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San Francisco's Top 3 Gallery Hubs

These diverse neighborhoods are must-visits for lovers of fine art.

Fine art can be found all throughout San Francisco, but art-lovers will find a peak density of galleries in these three neighborhoods.

1. Union Square

Home to the highest concentration of well-known galleries in the city, this should be your first stop if you’re limited on time. Meyerovich Gallery specializes in American and European paintings, works on paper, prints and sculpture by modern and contemporary masters, including Picasso, Matisse and Lichtenstein. Christopher-Clark Fine Art has long been a resource for museums, collectors and dealers for the scope and quality of its collection of paintings, drawings and original art prints by historically important artists ranging from Rembrandt to Picasso. Martin Lawrence Galleries has been at its 9,000-square-foot location for more than 30 years, showcasing original paintings, sculptures and limited-edition graphics by 20th century artists like Warhol, Miró and Dalí. 

2. SoMa

Home to SFMOMA, Yerba Buena Center for the Arts and the Academy of Art, the other side of Market Street is crawling with students who frequent the many museums and galleries. Arthaus is an intimate space featuring a diverse range of subject matter, media and style by acclaimed New York and local artists. Located in an alley, 111 Minna doubles as a hip arts space and bar, featuring work in all media by emerging and alternative artists. Gallery Wendi Norris is a bold and modern 5,100-square-foot gallery known for its surrealist network and emphasis on the global arts market. 

3. Potrero Hill

A short walk from the Design District, this industrial and largely residential area has recently welcomed several prominent galleries. Located in a former door factory, Catharine Clark Gallery specializes in contemporary painting and new media installation art by emerging artists, often with social and political themes. Brian Gross Fine Art has featured contemporary painting, sculpture, photography and works on paper since 1990. 

Open Studios

Meet local artists at work during ArtSpan.

Artist Tania Houtzager (©Liam Passmore/ SF Open Studios)
Artist Tania Houtzager (©Liam Passmore/ SF Open Studios)

Each fall, over 900 emerging and established local artists welcome art patrons, admirers and art collectors into their studios as part of a self-guided tour. This is the oldest and largest open studios program in the country, offering a unique opportunity to peek into the life of the working artist, discover new works and simultaneously explore the city’s many neighborhoods during its warmest season of the year. Oct. 9-Nov. 9.