About Sausalito Art Village

The name of Sausalito comes from Spanish sauzalito, meaning "place of abundance" n

The post-Gold Rush era, Sausalito's unusual location became a key factor in its formation as a community. It was San Francisco's nearest neighbor. The community is situated near the northern end of the Golden Gate Bridge, and prior to the building of that bridge served as a terminus for rail, car, and ferry traffic.

It developed rapidly as a shipbuilding center in World War II, the city's industrial character gave way in postwar years to a reputation as a wealthy and artistic enclave, a picturesque residential community [ incorporating large numbers of  houseboats ], and a tourist destination.

The artistic enclave continues to flourish such as the Sausalito Art Festival which celebrates its 60 + years as a annual Labor Day tradition.

Some of the ship building locations, have been converted into eclectic art centers, such as the ICB Building which is the home to 100 diversified artists. This location hosts two annual events: Normally, the first two weekends in May featuring the Marin Open Studios Event, and the first weekend in December featuring the ICB Winter Open Studios event.

Brick and Mortar Art Galleries, are located on Bridgeway, Princess St. and on Caledonia St. featuring classic and contemporary art works by both National and International artists.