Catherine Mackey adds some detail to a canvas featuring one of her portraits of the urban environment

Artists around the neighborhood will open their studio doors to the public this weekend. Participants in the Mission Artists United spring open studios create their art in spaces ranging from units in an old mayonnaise factory to their own garages. But they often consider themselves the lucky few.

As rents soar all around the city, the artistic hubs that were “sketchy” 10 years ago are now highly desirable and often unattainable and long-term tenants find themselves on the lookout for the next place where they can continue their work.

The event opens with two receptions this evening, Friday, April 25, at 1890 Bryant and  Asterisk Gallery.

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