Join the Conversation:

ArtSpan provides forums for working artists in San Francisco to share their knowledge base and pose questions about the professional/business aspects of art-making, including helpful resources, tips, studio listings, and suggestions with regards to marketing, pricing, gallery representation, SF Open Studios, and other topics. 

Professional Development Resources:

ArtSpan produces 90-minute workshops designed to sharpen your business skills as a professional artist, prepare you for exhibiting work inside and outside your studio, and help you build community with fellow artists and the public. These workshops are Free for all current SF Open Studios Artists, ArtSpan Members, and Friends of SOMArts. Click here for upcoming workshops and information from past workshops

SF Open Studios Toolkit 

A guide to hosting a successful open studios event, created by successful Open Studios Artists. Tips on verything from building a marketing strategy to serving snacks!  Check out the Artist Marketing Toolkit.

Facebook Community Forum

The SF Artists Resources Facebook Group is now over 3,000 artists! This is a great place to ask questions, share your best tips, and find listings of opportunities for artists.  It is NOT for promoting yourself or your events, but it’s a great place to get ideas and guidance on how you can.

Open Studios Mentorship Program

New since 2015, a program for matching newer exhibitors with more experienced members to help strategize a great event!  https://www.artspan.org/mentorship  


General Artist Resources:

The list below is intended for reference and does not indicate particular endorsements of products or services.  If you have suggestions to add, or you find outdated links, please write info@artspan.org

NUTS and BOLTS

Business & Sales Tax Information

-Internal Revenue Service - 800-829-4933 or www.irs.gov
-State of California Franchise Tax Board - 800-852-5711 or www.ftb.ca.gov
-Seller's permits and Sales Tax- California Board of Equalization 
-Registering a business in San Francisco- City and County Treasurer and Tax Collector
-Information on Employer ID Numbers (EIN)
-Small Business Workshops - Small Business Administration
-Current copyright laws and FAQs - US Copyright Office
-Legal and tax resources for artists - California Lawyers for the Arts

Protect Yourself from Art Scams

-Learn how to protect yourself from art scams at artscams.com
-ArtScams.com Resources
-Search Common Scammer Names
-More about the fake-check scam: LA Times, FTC Warning
-Report an Internet Crime Scam
-Post Scams

Artist insurance

-Crimson Business Insurance - License #0G35151, Ambere St. Denis, Founder: ambere@cimsoninsurance.com, San Francisco: 415-572-2173, Los Angeles: 213-394-5215
-Heffernan Insurance Broker - 866-500-6359, 415-778-0300
-Barney & Barney - 415-243-4160
-The Hartford - Small Business Insurance, 1-866-467-8730


CREATING

General Art Supplies

-Arch Art & Drafting Supply - @CCA 1111 8th Street San Francisco 415-433-2724

-   Blick Art Materials - 979 Market Street at 6th, San Francisco 415-441-6075

Flax Art & Design - Fort Mason Center, 2 Marina Blvd, Bldg D, San Francisco 415-530-3510

-SCRAP Creative Reuse Center  - 801 Toland Street, San Francisco 415-647-1746

-Artist & Craftsman Supply - 555 Pacific Avenue, San Francisco  415-931-1900

-Leslie Ceramic and Craft Supplies - 1776 Wright Avenue, Richmond  510-524-7363

Metal and Jewelry

-Alan Steel and Supply - 505 E Bayshore Rd, Redwood City, CA 650.369.2526
-C & V Sheet Metal Co  - 1430 Yosemite Avenue, Bayview 415.671.2230
-Rio Grande metals, tools, equipment, findings, jewelry display and packaging
-Sculpt Nouveau patinas, sealers for metal sculpture 
-Wire Sculpture metal wire from 10 to 34 gage

Framing

-Aaron Brothers - 5600 Geary Boulevard, 415-876-0150, other locations around the country
-AC Graphics - 79 Belvedere Street, San Rafael, 415-456-0363
-Back to the Picture - 934 Valencia Street at 20th, 415-826-2321 or 83 10th Street, 415-558-9901
​-Cheap Pete’s,  Various locations
-OktopusRiot Designs - 689 Bryant St, #23B in the SAS studios, 415-601-5719 
-PB&H Moulding - Upstate NY, family-owned company specializing in raw moulding

Artwork Photography

-Almac Camera Store - 445 Stockton Street, San Francisco, 415-986-6327
-ArtSquare Photography Services - photography@artsquare.com. - 15% Discount for SFOS artists.
-Black Cat Studio - Fine Art and Commercial Services. 1 Commercial Blvd., #100, Novato, CA, 94949
-Johnny Davis Photography - 415-505-3060. Discount for SF Open Studios artists. 20 years experience.
-Dickerman Prints Photo Lab - 1141 Howard Street, SF - 15% discount for SF Open Studios Artists
-artpaul Cartier - cartier@igc.org or 415-260-5445
-Jacqueline Neuwirth - Artist Professional Portraits - hello@jacquelineneuwirth.com/510-847-2753

 

Making Prints Of Artwork

-Electric Works Artist Services
-Scale Up Art
-Brady Fine Art

Packaging & Shipping

Uline

Exhibition & Fine Art Services

Gizmo


Marketing

Signage

-1daybanner.com - Banner Printing
-eBuySigns.com- Vinyl lettering for walls
-Industry Printing - Banner Printing
-Dynamite Digital - Sandwich Boards, Indoor & Outdoor Printing

Printing-Postcards/ business cards and other promo

-Clubcard Printing - 553 Pacific at Montgomery, 415-865-1930. Tree-Free printing option
-ePrintFast.com
-GotPrint.com
-PsPrint - 2861 Mandela Parkway, Oakland, 800-511-2009
-Rocket Postcards - 2757 16th Street, 415-357-1509
-sinalite.com

E-mail Newsletter Services

Cooler Email

Constant Contact

GetResponse

icontact

Mad Mimi

Mail Chimp

Vertical Response

Website Building Resources

-Canva
-Strikingly
-SquareSpace
-Website for Artists
-Weebly
-Wix
-wordpress


OPPORTUNITIES

Calls for Artists

-Art Deadlines List
-Call for Entry.org


LEARNING

Blogs and Newsletters

-Alyson Stanfield- ArtBiz Coach
-Art Business- Alan Bamberger
-Artsy Shark
-SF Art News- Michael Yochum

Business and marketing workshops

-ArtSpan Workshops
-Studio Fine Artist Network -Stephen C. Wagner
-WaldmanArts - Private Artist Consultation - Discounts for SFOS Artists in September & October! Contact: beth@waldmanarts.com


COMMUNITY

SF Galleries and Alternative Art Spaces

List of galleriesvia SF Art News

List of alternative spaces via SF Art News

Bay Area Arts Organizations

-Alliance of Artist Communities - Visual arts residency opportunities
-Intersection for the Arts - Fiscal sponsorship for artists that need short-term nonprofit status to qualify for certain grants
-SF Sketchers, Urban Sketchers, John Muir Laws - Bay Area sketching groups
-Pro Arts-East Bay Open Studios- http://www.proartsgallery.org/