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Artists In NoPa Open Their Studios This Weekend

ArtSpan's SF Open Studios is taking place all this month across the city, and this weekend, you'll be able to visit the studios of artists working north of the Panhandle. On October 24th and 25th from 11am to 6pm, painters, photographers, sculptors, assemblage artists, and more will be opening their doors for free, with an optional donation to ArtSpan.

Here are the participating artists in the Divisadero and Alamo Square areas, and where you can find them:

Image: Kyle Brunel

Kyle Brunel at Cyprian’s Center (2097 Turk St., Choir Loft)

Kyle Brunel’s architectural background is evident in the use of planes and space in her colorful geometric paintings. She is currently the artist-in-residence at Cyprian’s, which works to build community through arts and advocacy.

Image: David Silverman

David Silverman (552 Baker St.)

The dream-like work of David Silverman ranges from the abstract to the allegorical. According to his Facebook page, there will be wood carvings/burnings and paintings on display at this open studio event.

Image: Justine TF

Justine TF (552 Baker St.)

Justine TF’s work features crisp ink lines and bright splashes of paint. According to her website, “her artwork is inspired by the ephemeral experiences of being a human being,” and images of introspective women and messages in her word-based art (“be,” “say hello”) suggest an emphasis on being present.

Image: J.B. Higgins

J.B. Higgins (1221 Fulton St.)

J.B. Higgins’s black-and-white photography is known for emphasizing the sculptural qualities of the male body in poignant, often clever ways. His photographs of male nudes have covered everything from men embracing the outdoors to the leather scene.

Image: Renee M. Coiro

Renee M. Coiro (1852 Fell St., Apt. 7)

From photography and design to installation and sculpture, Renee M. Coiro does it all. According to her website, she “is driven by the juxtaposition between the natural and the man-made,” a drive that's evident in the organic forms of her installations and paintings.

Image: Chelsea Marie Doherty

Chelsea Marie Doherty (1852 Fell St., Apt. 7)

Chelsea Doherty paints her surreal art with water media, including inks, watercolor, and acrylic. Detailed organic forms found throughout her work convey a calm, yet obstructed, feeling. 

Image: Angela Wagner

Angela Wagner (1412B McAllister St.)

Angela Wagner says she's always been interested in how things and people are put together, which applies to both her career in healthcare and her art, in which she gravitates towards assemblages, using found objects to put humorous shadowboxes together. "Whatever the pieces, I hope they make you smile," she says.

Image: artpaul cartier

artpaul cartier (1845 Hayes St.)

Photographer artpaul cartier calls Highway 395, which starts east of LA and runs up through Yosemite and Reno, his “long-term obsession.” Seeing his work may have you itching to plan your next road trip as well. His subjects have ranged from Death Valley to Goose Lake to Oregon's Painted Hills. He hopes that his photographs encourage people to ask, “How can landscape be a metaphor?”


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