This special, free weekend of Open Studios at the unique location of the country’s largest artist community is self-organized by hundreds of artists who paint, weld and work in the impressive industrial buildings of the former Hunters Point shipyard in San Francisco.
“We are delighted to welcome the public to the shipyard in person this fall,” said Barbara Ockel, President and CEO of STAR. “The pandemic has been a blow to artists around the world, as the opportunities to show their work and to engage with the public have all been reduced. Open studios are a wonderful opportunity for art lovers to support and connecting directly with local artists during these trying times and discovering something new in the process, from our unique location to the creative voices of the many artists from BIPOC and the neighborhood who are now part of our collective. ”
It’s quite a place, with colossal and disused cranes arrayed along the bay’s shore, and artists have fought to stay there for the past 30 years, finally gaining recognition as the centerpiece of the current redevelopment of the yard. naval.
The shipyard, open to the public only twice a year for artist events, offers visitors the rare chance to visit and connect with over a hundred art creators in their spaces, all from one shot.
This includes many artists who reside in the nearby Bayview Hunters Point area. Through the equity efforts of the nonprofit Shipyard Trust for the Arts (STAR), the Shipyard artist collective represents an increasingly diverse range of BIPOC artists, including a growing number from the neighborhood.
Since 1995, STAR has actively worked to connect with the neighboring community of Bayview Hunters Point through shipyard artist-led programs for children, youth and adults, as well as a strong artist-run program in residency that offers 18 months of studio space to artists. from the community. Many of these artists subsequently secured permanent studios at the shipyard and will participate in open studios, including award-winning painter, designer, muralist, sculptor and illustrator Malik Seneferu; self-taught painter and muralist Ira Watkins; artist / animator Ahmad Walker; woodcarver / sculptor Hasseem Abdallah; and much more.
Discover the artistic tradition of the Hunters Point Shipyard!
* Buy Art Direct
* Interact with artists in their workspaces
* Enjoy food from local Bayview vendors
* Bring the whole family, large free parking!
This event is brought to you by the Hunters Point Shipyard Artists, in partnership with the Shipyard Trust for the Arts, The Point and Bayview Opera House.
Malik Seneferu, “From the Hill and Beyond” (2019), acrylic on canvas, 38 “x 38”, photo by John Arbuckle
Also a photo of the Shipyard crane by Paul Gralen
Monday, October 4, 2021
4:06 p.m. – 5:10 a.m.