ArtSpan's Art Curious series aims to demystify the process of building an art collection, provide exposure to original art made here in San Francisco, and cultivate a space for learning and living with art. One part social, one part educational, all parts artful, Art Curious events are a central part of ArtSpan's mission to connect the public to visual arts in San Francisco.

2018 Events:

ArtSpan Art Curious Tour: Open Collections
Sunday, July 15, 12pm-4pm, 2018

In this unique event, four local art collectors across San Francisco will open their homes to ArtSpan ArtLover Members for a self-guided Open Collection tour. Think SF Open Studios, but instead of visiting artists' studios, we offer a sneak peek into collectors' homes to see how they live with and love their art. Attendees will gain a deeper understanding of collectors' inspirations,strategies, and their relationship with the artists they collect. Visit one or visit them all from noon to 4pm.

ArtSpan will organize a post-event gathering at a separate location from 4pm to 5pm.

Reserve your space here.

ArtSpan ArtLover Members: Complimentary admission

General Admission: $25, ticket sales to be announced

**Join as a NEW ArtLover Member HERE ($75 annual with benefits including Open Collections Tickets**

ADVANCE RSVP WILL BE REQUIRED: ArtSpan will share the addresses of the Open Collections venues on the day before the event ONLY with members who have RSVP'd. 

*Featured collectors to be announced!*





Join us for a guided tour of four featured artists' studios. Meet the artists and hear directly about their process in an intimate setting. Register early as there will be limited space to create the ideal environment. Free Admission. Wine & light refreshments will be served. 

Art Curious: The Evolution of an art collector

cohosted by artspan and the pacific felt factory
tues, apriil 18, 2017
6 PM-8 PM at the Pacific felt factory studios  

In the spirit of ArtSpan's 2017 Art Builds Bridges Campaign, we welcome you to join this experienced group of panelists to gain insight on how to make your first purchase, transition from sporadic purchases to developing an "eye", and ultimately build the art collection of your dreams.  This workshop is the perfect opportunity for emerging collectors to connect directly with artists in a fun, welcoming atmosphere. Resident studio artists from Pacific Felt Factory will have their studios open this special evening in order to facilitate conversations between artists and art lovers. 

*Ray Beldner, Artist, Art Consultant and Co-Founder of the stART Up Art Fair 
*Matt Gonzalez, Artist, Collector & Chief Attorney of the San Francisco Public Defender's Office 
*Emilie van der Hoorn, Art & Archival Conservator 

Pacific Felt Facory Resident Artists:
Cindy Shih, Brian Singer, Rodney Ewing, Sandra Yagi

SF Art Tasting

Artist & Juror Talk
Sat, Oct 8, 2016
5 PM-7 pm, SOMArts Cultural Center

Join us for a taste of art, games, wine, and stimulating discussion at the SF Open Studios Exhibition. Please your palette with wine tastings, while viewing over 400 works of art, sculpture, and jewelry by San Francisco artists. Activities include a gamified gallery scavenger hunt and facinating insights from the exhibition's jurors and artists.

Collecting - Prints, Editions, & Works on Paper

panel discussion
Wed, October 12, 2016
6:00 PM – 8:00 PM, SOMArts Cultural Center

Join this panel discussion about the art of collecting editioned work, and get an insider’s perscpective about collecting books and all kinds of works on paper, including woodcuts, digital prints, lithographs, and more.

Learn where to find books to start collecting, and how to determine what you are looking for when just starting out.

As an art buyer, it can be confusing to differentiate between fine art prints, various types of digitally printed artworks,  as well as drawings and watercolors. 

Join moderator Matt McKinley for a conversation with Ann Jastrab, owner of Rayko Gallery and  book collector; Anthony Ryan, artist and collector; and Dave Himmelblau, collector of all kinds of art on paper, as they discuss the art of collecting.

Open Collections 

Learn about art collecting from local collectors in this one-of-a-kind open house tour. Gain a deeper understanding of collectors' inspirations, strategies, and their relationship with the artists they collect. In this unique event, local art collectors open thier homes to their favorite artists and to ArtSpan members for an Open Collection tour. RSVP available shortly.

Color Curious

Color radiates meaning, mood, and intrigue in art and in our daily lives. Have you ever wondered how designers, artists, and professionals choose the perfect palettes that attract and entice our eyes? Or how a slight change of hue can mean the difference between an energized or a relaxed space? Join ArtSpan and color experts Tesia Blackburn, Toni Lobsenz, and Julia Rowe, and learn about the ways in which color affects our taste in art, and the very essence of our emotions.

The Educated Bidder: Bay Area Art Now

Join us for a lively and informative evening as DeWitt Cheng, Maria Jenson, and other arts professionals discuss the art of the auction. Hear about the latest trends, techniques, and topics being investigated by Bay Area artists in the context of charity auctions. Find out what makes the Bay Area unique within the art world and how the history of art in San Francisco still has contemporary resonance. This auction primer will provide a deeper understanding of the art scene and essential insight into how to make a sucessful bid so you can enjoy the experience of collecting original art.