Stevan Shapona, 59, is one of the last remaining artists from San Francisco's fabled golden age. Born and raised in the Bay Area, Shapona worked alongside his father as a sign painter for decades—touching up the awnings of the St. Francis hotel among other local icons—before pursuing art full time.
Problem: You just moved into a new apartment and need to decorate its sad, bare walls (since your landlord won't let you paint them). You've been wanting to start your own personal art collection, but the high cost of entry has prevented you from breaking into the grown-up market.
Solution: Get it on the cheap. Take advantage of the affordable prices (works range from a hundred to a few thousand dollars) at Open Studios, and buy art straight off the artists' walls.
The 36th Annual Open Studios kicks off this weekend. From now through the end of October, you can stroll through more than 900 artists' spaces, get a feel for their working life, and support their craft (by buying a piece or maybe just signing up for their mailing list). Here, a sampling of 15 of the artists that stand out from the multi-talented pack.
October in San Francisco features the sundress weather we never got in July, a subsequently confusing profusion of pumpkins, and local artists opening their studios to the public in every neighborhood we have, including some you might not know existed. (Mount Davidson, anyone?) There’s so much excellent art to see in so many neighborhoods that not even the most savvy googling can unearth everything - so we recommend you go where the whim strikes you to see local art at its origin. Here are the artists and neighborhoods that strike us.
As we near the real summer months in San Francisco and people stop hiding from the fog, my social calendar gets particularly crowded. And it's not all about Outside Lands or the World's Ugliest Dog Contest. The local arts scene is heating up too, so we've put the best on our radar for you choose fill your own sunnier days: