Everyone knows my fascination with the San Francisco shipyards. My Italian grandfather was a fisherman, so all things maritime call out to me or perhaps it’s because I have a dream of renovating an historic building for a live-work space. For now, I can dream. This weekend was the Dogpatch Artists Open Studios so I headed straight for The Noonan Bldg on Pier 70. Yes, you remember, I’ve written about the artist Kim Austin here. Pier 70 is home to the oldest American civilian shipyard with a continuous record of ship production and repair from the late 19th century to today. The Noonan Building is the former Navy Office Bldg dating from World War II which now houses about 30 artists. The Noonan Bldg artists have participated in the Artist Open Studios for 25+ years.
I was back for more, this time exploring the fine details of this old building with curiosities oozing out of every nook and cranny. I took my time meandering from studio to studio, floor to floor, and discovered a lasting love affair for the Noonan, her history and the views, as well as the manner in which the artists have materials laid out in brightly lit spaces. Come meander with me for a glimpse. Let us begin, backwards. We will enter at the EXIT and start at the roof overlooking the bay’s shipyard.
Close-up photos of materials and works feature the following Noonan Bldg Artists:
Thank you for sharing your studios and your hearts for all to enjoy!