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Apr
14
Fri
Friday Nights at Oakland Museum of California @ Oakland Museum of California
Apr 14 @ 5:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Join the party every Friday night with OMCA and Off the Grid! The Galleries are open late, with popular food trucks out on 10th Street, and family-friendly activities inside. Savor California beer and wine around the Koi Pond while enjoying live music, dancing, art activities, and more! Bring the whole family to OMCA for a sampling of the best in Bay Area curbside cuisine—and all that OMCA has to offer!

Cost: Half-price gallery admission for adults, ages 18 and under are free. Admission for Members is always free. Prices vary for Off the Grid food trucks.

Transportation: OMCA is located one block from the Lake Merritt BART Station. Event parking is available at the Museum for a $5 flat fee after 5 pm.

Each week has great line up you can see here: www.facebook.com/museumca

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Jingletown 2nd Friday Art Walk @ Jingletown Oakland & Alameda Galleries
Apr 14 @ 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Apr
15
Sat
Oakland Art Murmur Saturday Stroll @ Saturday Stroll
Apr 15 @ 12:00 pm – 5:00 pm

Many of the galleries that participate in Oakland’s highly popular first Friday Art Murmur gallery walk are also open EVERY Saturday afternoon. Known as the Saturday Stroll, this is a quieter and more focused time to view art and visit with gallery directors.

Many galleries also hold special events on Saturday afternoons, such as artists talks, receptions, film screenings and trunk shows. Check our event listings for details.

www.oaklandartmurmur.org/saturdaystroll 

Athen B Gallery: ‘Muscle Memory’ @ Athen B Gallery
Apr 15 @ 7:00 pm – 11:00 pm

“Muscle Memory” a group exhibition featuring the new works of Alexandra Levasseur, Kate Klingbeil, Lynnea Holland-Weiss and Winnie Truong

Naming Gallery: Dan Isaac Bortz ‘Search Party’ @ Naming Gallery
Apr 15 @ 7:00 pm – Apr 16 @ 10:00 pm

Naming Gallery presents ‘Search Party’ a solo exhibition by Dan Isaac Bortz, with all new works, including graphic colorful paintings alongside an installation of painted familiar objects. Search Party is a playful body of work that sparks the imagination as it taps into the human psyche, the dreamworld and the subconscious. The work is abundant in metaphors and narratives for the viewer’s participation to interpret or expose meaning.

“This body of work is a collection of ideas pulled from personal visions. Some directly reference my night dreams, while other imagery becomes symbols for my anxieties, ecstasies and other dominant thoughts in my waking life. I am interested in this back and forth between these realms. When I create an object or a scenario in the studio, it then exists in the physical world and can influence my imagination and therefore my perception.

In many of my dreams, I am searching for others in an impossible terrain or looking to be a savior in some form. “Search Party” is a torch in a dark unknown forest. In addition to exploring the mysterious dream realm, my work also has a playful side that is a reflection of my enthusiasm to be alive in such an amusing world. I work in an intuitive manner, allowing my subconscious take the lead when creating different scenarios. Searching for meaning in the work is similar to analyzing the significance of a vivid dream.”
-Dan Isaac Bortz

Bio:
Dan Isaac Bortz is a visual artist with a focus on metaphoric, surreal and ecstatically colored visions. His subject matter always changes, but the work is often humorous, curious and psychedelic in nature. The scale of his work ranges from small detailed drawings to huge painted walls. He is originally from Cleveland, Ohio, but has traveled and lived in many different places. Dan currently lives and works in Oakland, California.

Please join us for an opening reception from 7-10pm April 15th

Music at 8pm by Joe Waine band
https://soundcloud.com/joe-waine

On view April 15th – May 15th

Pro Arts Oakland: Artist Talk – Eddie Yuen and Kal Spelletich @ Pro Arts Oakland
Apr 15 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Eddie Yuen and Kal Spelletich will discuss robotics, illegal art actions, and Relational Aesthetics, and how they relate to Situationist practice. We adapt the tactics and tenets of Situationism for these times. The lessons learned, gained and lost…… Now what!?

There will be a live performance with FREE drinks served by machines, walking BB-Q service and lots of noise.

About the artists:

Kal Spelletich was born and raised in Davenport Iowa, recently named “America’s Worst Place to Live.” He started working at his father’s construction company when still a child. Shortly after being given a chemistry set at the age of nine, he started blowing up stuff, experimenting with electricity, fire, alchemy and constructing tree houses and boats to launch on the Mississippi river. Kal ran away from home at the age of 15 and started squatting abandoned buildings and living on the streets. He worked as a dishwasher, cook, carpenter, auto mechanic, day laborer, plumber, salesman, teacher, union factory worker, stagehand, fix it guy. Discovered art through a camera. He somehow put himself through college and graduate school.

Kal founded Seemen, an interactive machine art performance collective, in 1988. Kal has collaborated with Survival Research Labs and countless others from rock bands to scientists, politicians, NASA, Hollywood television and filmmakers. He curates art exhibits and is involved in political activism. He works on the waterfront of San Francisco scouring junkyards and dumpsters for industrial items whose technology can be reapplied. Exploring the boundaries between fear, control and exhilaration by giving audience members the opportunity to operate and control some downright dangerous machinery. His work has terrified and thrilled tens of thousands of people all over the planet, gotten him in trouble with the law and thrown out of galleries. People have cried, he has been threatened with violence and lawsuits and his work has been banned. For 28 years he has been experimenting with interfacing humans and technology to put people in touch with intense real life experiences and to empower them. Kal’s work is always interactive, requiring a participant to enter or operate the piece, often against their instincts of self-preservation.

He sometimes teaches at Universities, lectures, presents workshops and exhibits around the world. And Kaltek University.

Eddie Yuen is a nationally recognized writer and speaker who is currently researching the political economy and cultural significance of extinction. His most recent work is on the discourse of climate change in the book “Catastrophism: The Apocalyptic Politics of Collapse and Rebirth”, (2012). He is the chief editor of two books on social movements and globalization and speaks at many political and academic conferences on race, urban studies, political economy and environmental crisis. Yuen is a contributing producer for “Against the Grain”, a syndicated radio program featuring in-depth interviews with prominent critical thinkers.

Pro Arts’ The New Situationists program is made possible with a generous grant from The Phyllis C. Wattis Foundation.

Apr
18
Tue
Pro Arts Oakland: ‘Double Blind (2017)’ by Finishing School @ Pro Arts Oakland
Apr 18 @ 12:00 pm – 3:00 pm

As part of the The New Situationists, Pro Arts presents a commissioned new work: Double Blind (2017) by Finishing School. Double Blind is an interactive sculpture. The operational function is purposely withheld from both the hosting institution and public.

About Finishing School

Established in 2001, Finishing School is a socially engaged artist collective that playfully explores an expansive range of subject and media territories at the many intersections of art, play, power, politics, praxis, participation, and the everyday. The collective has five members who represent a broad range of skills and research interests. Finishing School produces interdisciplinary actions, installations, workshops, design, publications, film, studio art, performance and new media.

They have presented work throughout the United States and internationally in The Netherlands, Switzerland, Israel, Thailand, England, Spain, Mexico, Brazil, and Italy. US institutions include Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Museum of Contemporary Art Los Angeles, Hammer Museum, New York University, Boulder Museum of Contemporary Art, Creative Time, Dedalus Foundation, Queens Museum, Baltimore Contemporary Museum, and the Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit.

FS has participated in many residencies and festivals, including The Wanlass Artist in Residence Program at Occidental College in Los Angeles; Side Street Projects in Pasadena, CA; the Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit; Nimoy Foundation Artist in Residence for the 2010 California Biennial at OCMA; Engagement Party: a three-month residency program at MOCA; DFLUX in Detroit, MI; De Zone Stichting Nutuur in Arnhem, The Netherlands; Angeles Gate Cultural Center in San Pedro, CA; and Nimoy Foundation Artist in Residence at Walter and McBean Galleries, San Francisco Art Institute.

Pro Arts’ The New Situationists program is made possible with a generous grant from The Phyllis C. Wattis Foundation.

Apr
20
Thu
The Rare Bird: ‘A Twist on Tradition’ @ The Rare Bird
Apr 20 @ 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Join us for the opening reception of “A Twist on Tradition”, Rare Bird’s Arpil-June show featuring three talented artists: Felicia Gabaldon, Lisa Spayde, and Cassandra Orion!

Opening Reception: Thursday April 20, 6-9pm
Art, music, wine, snacks, community.

Felicia Gabaldon:
“Iconic Visions” are a series of paintings that manifest a nostalgic illustration of the natural beauty of the American southwest; while also re-examining it. These paintings begin to narrate Felicia’s story of her identity as an American Indian of the Choctaw tribe with Spanish heritage. She is influenced by the desert landscape from basic stereotypes and the formulaic constructs of typical representations of the region to utopian visions …and romanticized beliefs. Her paintings represent a distant reverence to self discovery, culture, and history.

Felicia’s work draws from the imagination both a mythical and mystic part of human experience in the natural world. Her work being experienced through a cultural, iconic, and folkloric content expresses the wonders of nature realized through symbols and
tradition. Felicia hopes to suggest that the production of space and human experience influence the formation of individual and communal systems of belief. Felicia is from Santa Fe, NM. She currently resides in Oakland, CA and is a resident artist at Faultline Artspace in Oakland, CA.

Lisa Spayde:
Is a Northern California based fiber artist. Having grown up along the sandy shores of San Diego, she is inspired by her native landscapes of rich golden hills and the ever changing California coast. Lisa uses traditional tapestry techniques, along with foraged and repurposed materials, to create textural woven wall hangings.

Spending much of her life searching for a meaningful creative outlet, Lisa tried her hand at everything from painting to jewelry making and knitting, finally stumbling upon her niche when she took her first weaving class three years ago. The textures she was able to create using a myriad of fibers and color palettes fulfilled her inner need to make. Taking classes from a variety of weavers inspired and influenced Lisa greatly to find her own continuously evolving craft.

Lisa teaches beginning weaving classes in Northern California.

Cassandra Orion:
Bay Area artist, Cassandra Orion, introduces her latest work of contemporary quilts and multimedia pieces incorporating eternal ideas of nature, spirituality, femininity, and a taste of the occult. She is inspired by traditional textile techniques and meditative working processes. Her practice combines embroidery, quilting, collage, craft, and soft sculpture. Cassandra’s previous work has been shown at galleries in both New York and Los Angeles. Cassandra has a background in creative direction for advertising and has done work for clients such as Disney and Dreamworks.

Piedmont Ave Stroll @ Piedmont Ave Stroll
Apr 20 @ 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Enjoy Shopping, Dining, & Local Art!
Third Thursdays
6:00-9:00pm each month, Join us on Third Thursdays for Piedmont Avenue Stroll & support local merchants.  Check the Blog for the latest Stroll news
and featured merchants!

Look for the flag to know which businesses are participating!

 

Third Thursday Art Walk
Apr 20 @ 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm

THIRD THURSDAYS ON 25th STREET

Up to a dozen creative spaces located on the block of 25th street between Telegraph and Broadway stay open late on the Third  Thursday evening of each month.

  • Galleries may include Vessel, Oakopolis, FM, Mercury20, Manna, PHOTO, SLATE, and Roscoe Ceramics Gallery; open 6-8pm
  • 25th Street Collective of slow food and slow fashion artisans open 6-10pm
  • Two Mile Wines open until 10pm.
  • Perfect for people who want a more relaxing alternative to First Friday
Apr
21
Fri
Friday Nights at Oakland Museum of California @ Oakland Museum of California
Apr 21 @ 5:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Join the party every Friday night with OMCA and Off the Grid! The Galleries are open late, with popular food trucks out on 10th Street, and family-friendly activities inside. Savor California beer and wine around the Koi Pond while enjoying live music, dancing, art activities, and more! Bring the whole family to OMCA for a sampling of the best in Bay Area curbside cuisine—and all that OMCA has to offer!

Cost: Half-price gallery admission for adults, ages 18 and under are free. Admission for Members is always free. Prices vary for Off the Grid food trucks.

Transportation: OMCA is located one block from the Lake Merritt BART Station. Event parking is available at the Museum for a $5 flat fee after 5 pm.

Each week has great line up you can see here: www.facebook.com/museumca

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Apr
22
Sat
Oakland Art Murmur Saturday Stroll @ Saturday Stroll
Apr 22 @ 12:00 pm – 5:00 pm

Many of the galleries that participate in Oakland’s highly popular first Friday Art Murmur gallery walk are also open EVERY Saturday afternoon. Known as the Saturday Stroll, this is a quieter and more focused time to view art and visit with gallery directors.

Many galleries also hold special events on Saturday afternoons, such as artists talks, receptions, film screenings and trunk shows. Check our event listings for details.

www.oaklandartmurmur.org/saturdaystroll 

Apr
28
Fri
Friday Nights at Oakland Museum of California @ Oakland Museum of California
Apr 28 @ 5:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Join the party every Friday night with OMCA and Off the Grid! The Galleries are open late, with popular food trucks out on 10th Street, and family-friendly activities inside. Savor California beer and wine around the Koi Pond while enjoying live music, dancing, art activities, and more! Bring the whole family to OMCA for a sampling of the best in Bay Area curbside cuisine—and all that OMCA has to offer!

Cost: Half-price gallery admission for adults, ages 18 and under are free. Admission for Members is always free. Prices vary for Off the Grid food trucks.

Transportation: OMCA is located one block from the Lake Merritt BART Station. Event parking is available at the Museum for a $5 flat fee after 5 pm.

Each week has great line up you can see here: www.facebook.com/museumca

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Apr
29
Sat
Oakland Art Murmur Saturday Stroll @ Saturday Stroll
Apr 29 @ 12:00 pm – 5:00 pm

Many of the galleries that participate in Oakland’s highly popular first Friday Art Murmur gallery walk are also open EVERY Saturday afternoon. Known as the Saturday Stroll, this is a quieter and more focused time to view art and visit with gallery directors.

Many galleries also hold special events on Saturday afternoons, such as artists talks, receptions, film screenings and trunk shows. Check our event listings for details.

www.oaklandartmurmur.org/saturdaystroll 

May
3
Wed
Andres Guerrero ‘Fruits of our labor’ @ LAND AND SEA
May 3 @ 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Opening Reception: Friday, May 5th, 2017, 6:00pm – 9:00pm May 6th, 2017, 2:00pm – 7:00pm

Best known for his eponymous Guerrero Gallery, artist and curator Andres Guerrero continues to make an impact within the Bay Area art scene as one of the area’s leading voices. To the unknowing eye, an entrance to his current Bayview space sees the cavernous warehouse as a tool of perpetual deflection— redirecting our focus to the objects within the space, yet for those closer to Andres each wall and angle is embedded with the gallerist’s considered thought, keen eye to craft, and refreshingly DIY approach to labor. And while so much of Andres’ work falls behind the scenes and under the larger umbrella of the gallery, his personal practice provides an intimate and rarely seen glimpse into the artist’s motivations and background.

LAND AND SEA 5428 SAN PABLO BLVD, OAKLAND, CA 94608