Coming this October, San Francisco’s most-creative set will transform our foggy city into a Willy Wonka-esque wonderland for art enthusiasts. 900-plus established and up-and-coming artists will open their creative digs to the public for ArtSpan’s 36th annual SF Open Studios - the country’s oldest and largest event of its kind. From the Dogpatch to Fort Mason, the Mission to Ocean Beach, you’ll peep inside artist quarters, ogle, drool, and snag affordable eye-candy covetables. And no golden ticket is necessary as this month-long event is totally free.

Don't miss this fantastic event! You can still buy tickets at the door for the 15th anniversary Art for AIDS art auction this Friday, September 23, 6PM-9PM at the Galleria in the San Francisco Design Center. All proceeds from the event benefit the UCSF AIDS Health Project, who in the last 27 years has performed testing, education and counseling for over 240,000 people. Entrance tickets for the event are $100; VIP tickets are $200. Gourmet food and wine will be provided by Bay Area restaurants and cocktails by Ketel One. Below are a few of the over 140 pieces that will be up for auction.

The first day of summer was yesterday. Pair that with the warm weather we've been having in SF, and I'm in a seasonal state of mind. Perhaps that's why the works in the Palos Verdes art exhibition, Surf's Up, are so appealing to me.

When I've got a little extra money in my pocket, I treat myself with something sweet. When I have a little more cash (a rarity), I crave not shoes, jewelry, or other typical trappings of wealth. No, it's original artwork on which I splurge. So San Francisco artist Paul Ferney's sumptuous cake paintings satisfy both my big and small cravings at once. Each one is a little dollop of sweet perfection. I only hesitate to purchase because I'm quite certain having one around would cause a sharp increase in my consumption of Miette baked goods, already reaching dangerous levels.

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