Art Explosion, an arts collective that provides artists with affordable studio space and exhibition opportunities, is ready to burst forth with creativity for its annual Spring Open Studios this weekend. A free opening gala takes place Friday evening from 7 to 10 p.m.

More than 100 painters, sculptors, fashion designers, jewelers and other artists will open their studios to the public and feature their latest work. The event spans two locations, 2425 17th Street and 744 Alabama Street. And, as previous Mission Local coverage confirms, the two spaces will be filled with all the art a connoisseur’s heart could desire:

“Still, it’s a bit overwhelming to sample so many different perspectives and mediums all in one night. Though the music, wine and food at the opening bash did help fuel my wandering, I decided to stick to one location and cover the last two on Saturday,” wrote Mabel Jímenez in 2010. So, too, can you — Both studios will be open this Saturday and Sunday from noon to 5 p.m.

For a small gallery of previously featured artists, see our 2013 coverage. For a list of artists participating this year, visit Art Explosion’s web page.