FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS:
TRAVEL TO AND FROM THE STUDIO, "The City", AND OTHER INFORMATION
Here are some tips on travel to my studio and San Francisco (The City) in general. Please feel free to email me if you have any questions.
SFO (San Francisco International) http://www.flysfo.com/web/page/index.jsp is just 15 minutes away. If you are staying at a hotel downtown there are plenty of shuttles, BART and public transit to and from the hotel/airport.
OAK (Oakland International) http://www.flyoakland.com/ is across the Bay Bridge in Oakland. A longish cab or shuttle ride into San Francisco.
SJC (San Jose International) http://www.flysanjose.com/ is about an hour south of San Francisco depending on traffic. Plenty of public transportation to and from the City.
Driving To The Studio (only for classes held at my studio)
Please see the driving directions on this page of my website. Use these directions for the best results. Google Maps and GPS are unreliable due to construction and road closures.
Public transportation is widely available in the City. Check this link for lots of good information!
I have listed three hotels that are just 5 minutes south of San Francisco. I would recommend these because they are much more reasonable than being in the City itself.
Here's a list of three depending on your budget:
Pricey - Hilton Garden Inn, 675 Gateway Blvd. South San Francisco, CA, (650)872-1515
Moderate - Holiday Inn Express San Francisco Airport North, 373 South Airport Boulevard, South San Francisco, CA94080 (877)859-5095
Budget - Comfort Inn South San Francisco 121 East Grand Avenue, South San Francisco, CA 94080 (650)589-7100
Super budget: If you want to stay at a budget location in San Francisco I would recommend the Hostel at Fort Mason. (415) 474-5721. While I have not stayed here myself I have heard that it is quite clean and reasonable.
I would also recommend visiting Trivago, a hotel shopping site. Follow the link to check on San Francisco listings.
Restaurants Near My Studio (for classes held at my studio)
- We now have a really good coffee shop right on the Shipyard. The Storehouse!
- Great soul food at Hard Knox on Third.
- Yummy tapas and cool drinks at Poquitos on Third.
- Upscale dining and delicious food at Serpentine on Third.
- Tasty Japanese at Moshi Moshi on Third.
- Fantastic French Provencal at Chez Papa on 18th Street.
- Good pizza at Goat Hill Pizza on Connecticut Street.
- Amazing coffee and pastries at Farley’s on 18th Street.
Shipping Supplies to and from the Studio (for classes held at my studio)
If you are shipping supplies to the studio use this address:
- Tesia Blackburn Fine Art
- Hunters Point Shipyard
- 101 Horn Avenue
- Building 101 Studio 2315
- San Francisco, CA 94124
Please make sure to mark the box or shipping label "DELIVER TO STUDIO DOOR. DO NOT LEAVE ON FIRST FLOOR" to insure that your materials get to the proper studio.
Often I will have to wait to send your work back to you until it has dried and can be shipped properly. You will be expected to prepay the shipping at the end of the workshop or class unless you have a prepaid FedEx or UPS account that you will use. FedEx UPS
About the Bayview-Hunters Point District
My studio is located in a decommissioned Naval Shipyard that has been home to artists since about 1976. While some say the Bayview-Hunters Point neighborhood is a little rough, I have been here over 20 years and I love it! We have the best weather (lots of sun) and plenty of wildlife. It’s quiet and a great community of artists. The Point at the Shipyard, which is home to my studio, has over 200 artists and is recognized as the largest artist community in the United States. Once you cross the threshold into the Shipyard, you are in a world of artists, wildlife and sunny skies! Read more about The Point here.
There is a lot of building going on around my studio. The developers have finally found us! Daytime classes may get a little noisy with all of the equipment but we still have the best weather in town!