Mix, Mingle, and Make! ArtSpan produces Artist Mixer events throughout the year to give San Francisco artists a chance to meet, mingle, and make art with each other. All events are free and open to the public. Upcoming mixers will be listed here. Contact [email protected] if you are interested in hosting an ArtSpan Artist Mixer, or volunteering at an event. 

2018 Mixer Schedule 

Mission: Sketch
at Artillery Apparel Gallery
2751 Mission Street in San Francisco
Thursday, February 22nd, 6pm-8pm

Join ArtSpan at Artillery Apparel Gallery for this Sketch Event with live nude models
in a creative environment. We'll host figure modeling with music and the opportunity to Mix, Mingle, and Sketch over snacks and beverages. ArtSpan will provide sketching materials for those who need them.Please note: We will be accepting suggested cash donations 
of $5-$20 at the door to be paid to the models. 

Crochet Jam with ArtSpan
The Tenderloin Museum
398 Eddy Street (@ Leavenworth) in San Francisco
Thursday, March 1st, 6-8pm

This interactive art activity is presented by ArtSpan Artist Ramekon O'Arwisters.
His Crochet Jams engage the public to think differently about the role of art within community and the power of art within society. Crochet Jam, a public, art-making event that's embracing and inclusive, with no attempt made to dictate the creative process nor judge the finished project, is liberating, empowering, transcending and FUN!

Volunteer Orientation Mixer
SOMArts Cultural Center
934 Brannan Street in San Francisco
Monday, March 5th, 6:30-8pm

We'd like to welcome and introduce our New and Returning volunteers to ArtSpan and our NEW Volunteer Program that will track and quantify volunteer hours to qualify to win prizes and special recognition in return for service and support. You'll learn about Artspan, how it is important to the Bay Area art scene and how you can be an ArtSpan advocate. We will clearly outline Artspan's volunteer policies and procedures as well as the perks and rewards for volunteering with ArtSpan.  Drinks & light snacks will be served before and after the orientation to mix and mingle with the staff and meet others on our volunteer team.

Bicycle/Figure Drawing Sketch Event
at Huckleberry Bikes
1073 Market Street in San Francisco
Thursday, April 19th, 7pm-9pm

Join ArtSpan for figure drawing at Huckleberry Bicycles! We'll take turns sketching one another doing short poses with bicycles and other props from within the store.
Light snacks and beverages will be served, and ArtSpan will provide sketch books and drawing materials for those who need them. Pencils, pens, charcoal, and small watercolor sets are acceptable. Please leave any messy materials at home. Don't miss this one of a kind opportunity to meet fellow artists and get your bicycle-sketch on!

Hosted at Z SPACE
450 Florida Street in San Francisco
Thursday, May 17th 6-8pm

Sketch 'n Sketch 3: where drawing meets guffawing! Watch the best-of-the-best think on their toes, as ArtSpan and Z Space bring together visual artists and improv sketch performers for this third annual collaborative event. First, we’ll have our teams of artists create works-on-the-fly. Then, we’ll unleash some of the Bay Area’s funniest sketch comedians to interpret the art (and entertain all of us). Hilarity will ensue! Between rounds, there will be plenty of time to mix and mingle and grab a drink. 

2018 SFOS Mentor Mixer #1: Potluck in the Park
Robin Williams Meadow in Golden Gate Park
320 Bowling Green Drive in San Francisco
Saturday, June 2 12-3pm

Join ArtSpan’s SF Open Studios Mentors for our first 2018 Mentor Mixer! We’ll meet in Golden Gate Park at the Robin Williams Meadow (look for the ArtSpan banner). Experienced ArtSpan Artists will be present to give you the inside scoop on how to produce a successful SF Open Studio event this Fall. Bring food to share and your questions to ask about Fall Open Studios. We will bring refreshments AND the answers to your questions. Meet other artists, share info and tips, and help us kick-off preparations for this Fall’s Open Studios. Wear sunscreen and comfy clothes, and please note this is an alcohol-free event.

Art, Readings & Reactions 
Modern Eden Gallery
801 Greenwich Street in  San Francisco
Friday, June 15 6-8pm

This Artist Mixer showcases writers from Quiet Lightning as they share literary creations inspired by the artwork at Modern Eden. The audience will be equipped with sketch books and drawing materials from ArtSpan to react with drawings. Plus a musical performance by Turk & Divis and snacks, beverages, and mingling with fellow artists!


Artist Mixer & Figure Drawing Session
Hosted at Code & Canvas
151 Potrero Avenue in San Francisco
Thursday, June 21 6-9pm

Join ArtSpan for figure sketching sessions with live nude models, including a break for mingling and refresments. ArtSpan will have sketching materials available for those who need them. **Requested donation $10-20 CASH at the door to compensate our models.**

Cut & Paste Collage Mixer
Hosted at Art Attack SF
2358 Market Street in San Francisco
Thursday, July 5th 6-8pm

Meet ArtSpan artists and take part in a creative community collage project. 
Guests are encouraged to contribute to a large-scale, spontaneous collage work by applying their own selection of ephermal materials in a fun, hands-on activity. Light snacks and beverages will be served and art making materials provided. Don't miss this one of a kind opportunity to make mixed media and art friends!


2018 SFOS Mentor Mixer #2: Expectations & the Tool Kit
at Arc Studios & Gallery
1246 Folsom Street in San Francisco
Wednesday, July 11 6-7:30pm

Meet up with with our Mentor Team to learn and discuss what to anticipate from your SFOS experience, how to prepare for it and how to get the most out of it. An introduction will be offered to the online SFOS Toolkit and how to utilize the Artist Resources Facebook Page. Any and all questions relating to SF Open Studios can be asked of our experienced mentor team and answers will be generously given to build your confidence and artist community!


Letterpress Printing and Book Making
at San Francisco Center for the Book
375 Rhode Island Street in San Francisco
Thursday, July 26th 6-8pm

Mix, Mingle, Make and Meet artists and art enthusiasts! Check out the letterpress print studio and try your hand at pulling letterpress prints using wood type.  Interactive art activities to engage in! Light refreshments and snacks will be served.


2018 SFOS Mentor Mixer #3: Timelines, Collateral & Statements
at Umpqua Bank Community Room
415 De Haro Street in San Francisco
Wednesday, August 8 6-7:30pm

At this Mixer our SFOS Mentor team will answer all your questions about how to get ready for SF Open Studios and share their personal, first-hand insight about....
-Setting up your Timeline; create a check-list of things to address leading up to SFOS,
-Gathering Together Collateral Materials; what you’ll need and where to get them.
-Creating your Artist Statement; both written & verbal to discuss your work and yourself.
Join us for a casual conversation with our experienced mentors ready to offer expert advice on who, what, when where and how to to prepare for SF Open Studios.

Assemblage Making Mixer with Dianne Hoffman at SCRAP re-use Center
at SCRAP re-use center
801 Toland Street in San Francisco
Thursday, August 23 6-8pm

Come create and get inspired! ArtSpan assemblage artist, Dianne Hoffman, will offer techniques for utilizing re-purposed and salvaged objects and stir your creative process in a fun, hands-on activity. SCRAP will provide participants with a huge array of complimentary materials for use during the event. You’re sure to take home something unexpected.

2018 SFOS Mentor Mixer #4: Set Up, Curating, Pricing & Interacting
at Umpqua Bank Community Room
415 De Haro Street in San Francisco
Wednesday, September 5 6-7:30pm

Get teamed up with our SF Open Studios Mentors who can offer tried and true tips for success! Artist with several years of SFOS experience will answer all your burning questions about how to host your event and share info about these useful topics: 
-Studio Feng Shui; best use of your space with helpful accommodating tips.
-Curating & Pricing Your Work; how much to present and how much to ask for it.
-Role Playing; practicing your interaction with potential patrons.
Join us for our friendly feedback, meet your fellow artists and get ready for SF Open Studios!


Mixer Testimonials:

"I had such an amazing time at last week's ArtSpan Artist Mixer! The cafe was great, the figure drawing was great, and I loved meeting so many new artists! Thank you!!" - Artist Attendee

"Thanks for bringing such a fun event to the gallery, it was a blast! We'd love to do it again." - Kim Larson, Modern Eden Gallery Director