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Athen B Gallery: Skinner’s Skinterview with Leighton Kelly @ Athen B Gallery
Aug 1 @ 7:30 pm – 9:00 pm

The Art Of Skinner is hosting yet another Skinterview at Athen B. Gallery with “All of the Things” artist Leighton Kelly. Doors open at 7:30 and the interview will start at 8pm. Limited seating and standing room avaiable.

This is event is free to the public. Contact with questions.

Panorama Framing: “Signs of Resistance” @ Panorama Framing
Aug 3 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm

“Signs of Resistance” at Panorama Framing and Gallery runs thru September 3. Join us at the mid-show Reception!: Thursday August 3, 6-8pm.

Panorama Framing & Gallery on Grand Avenue may be the place for you this Summer. Presenting “Signs of Resistance” a collection of contemporary “propaganda” from the Lighthouse Collection of Propaganda, Panorama establishes itself as a headquarters of the East Bay Resistance.

The Lighthouse Collection, owned and curated by San Francisco Political consultant Brook Turner, is one of the nation’s most extensive collections of political street art (think Shepard Fairey and Banksy).

“Signs of Resistance” is a group of very recent creations in response to the Trump presidency and includes some of the best from the Women’s March, the March for Science and the Tax Day protests. Featured artists include Oakland’s own Hugh D’Andrade, Jon Paul Bale, Wesley Douglas Timms (cover photo above), and Billy Triggs.

The public is also invited to fight the man by contributing to an installation of their own “signs” of Resistance.

A portion of proceeds from the pieces that are for sale will be donated to the Electronic Frontier Foundation (! 🙂

Join us at the mid-show Reception!, Thursday August 3, 6-8pm.

Fantastic local musician Oluyemi Thomas will be on hand with an array of instruments and musicality to wow us with… 🙂

Johansson Projects: Blaise Rosenthal ‘Between the Lines’ @ Johansson Projects
Aug 4 @ 5:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Johansson Projects presents Between the Lines, a solo show with artist Blaise Rosenthal. This is the first exhibition of his “Overpaintings”, a group of small abstract works produced over a five-year period beginning in 2012.The exhibition’s title, Between the Lines, refers to the position that these works occupy within the artist’s broader practice. More familiar from Rosenthal are his multi-panel charcoal and acrylic on canvas paintings, as featured in Mirage—the artist’s inaugural solo show with the gallery in 2016. Highly premeditated and composed of numerous applications of staining and obsessive drawing, these previously-exhibited works emerge from a rigorous and calculated methodology. By contrast, the Overpaintings, are created almost entirely without preconception. Produced in parallel with Blaise’s more restrained primary work, they are the layered result of spontaneous painterly outbursts that occur as a response to, and in respite from, a disciplined focus and strategy.

Warehouse 416: Youth.2.Power @ Warehouse 416
Aug 4 @ 5:00 pm

YOUTH.2.POWER examines the world we live in — and the worlds we imagine — through the eyes of young artists.

Warehouse416 is honored to present a new generation of contributors to the Bay Area’s vibrant arts scene at this inaugeral exhibition of civic youth art, featuring official submissions to the 2017 Congressional Art Competition, alongisde students protest posters, and signature First Friday craft vendors, refreshments, and music.

Join us for Oakland’s Best Frist Friday Art Party–with a special focus on young talent, arts education, and community engagement.

Art@Archer: Joel Stephen Ross ‘The Dark Frontier’ @ Art@Archer
Aug 4 @ 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm

The Dark Frontier
Joel Stephen Ross
Aug 4th – Oct 31st

Join us in welcoming Joel Stephen Ross back to the Bay Area to share the monster-people who have clawed their way out of his imagination. When he’s not setting his creepy creations free, you can find this Carolina-based artist searching for inspiration in the forests of the American South, where he believes the magic from his favorite fantasy novels may truly exist. Harnessing that magic allows him to use multiple painting mediums to illuminate the beauty hidden in every struggle.

First Friday Receptions (6-9 pm): August 4th, September 1st, and October 6th

Athen B Gallery: Leighton Kelly ‘All of the Things’ closing reception @ Athen B Gallery
Aug 4 @ 6:00 pm – 10:00 pm

For those who coudnt make it to the opening recpetion be sure to join us for the closing of All of the Things by Leighton Kelly. The artists will be changing up the exhibition by adding some paint to the walls and installaing a few more works. Rumor has it there might even be a $5 raffle to win a miniature sculpture by Leighton.

Chandra Cerrito Contemporary: August Muth “Tactile Radiance” @ Chandra Cerrito Contemporary
Aug 4 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm

“Tactile Radiance” by August Muth

Chandra Cerrito Contemporary is pleased to announce the opening of August Muth’s solo exhibition “Tactile Radiance.” August Muth is an internationally exhibited ar tist who uses holography to integrate art, science and philosophical inquiry into the nature of light, perception, and understanding of reality. On a technical level, his pioneering hologram artworks combine elements of sculpture, photography, and laser technology. Aesthetically, his beautifully refined compositions present a small number of elemental forms, such as overlapping rectangles and arcs in colored light, which hover within or in front of a color field. Experientially, the works evoke wonder and perceptual bewilderment. Light-infused objects project outward from the glass surface not as an illusion, but as something the viewer can physically engage. Objects can appear behind the picture plane, somehow within and beyond the glass, displaying impossible depth.

Muth is motivated both by the pursuit of capturing light and by the challenge it poses to human perception and philosophy. A hologram records matter on a photosensitive surface via light waves that interfere with an object at a cer tain moment in time and place (such as the ar tist’s studio). It then re-presents that object in the form of light at a later moment and indefinitely into the future. Present light enacts the past. This time/space transference relates to the wonders of photography as well as to starlight, which is visible eons after a star has extinguished. Interestingly, many people viewing holograms erroneously perceive them as optical illusions when the opposite is true–they are in fact, as Muth says, “photonic truth.” Ultimately, Muth aims to open up a space where viewers explore their own perception and question what is real versus illusion. He believes the resulting “perceptual evolution” may enable us “to keep pace with our technological revolution.”

About the Artist:

August Muth, based in Santa Fe, NM, has been exploring holography for over 30 years. Born in Albuquerque in 1955, he studied art and physics at the University of New Mexico. Between 1976 and 1978, he studied sculpture at the University of Texas, Houston and visual art and astronomy at the University of Texas, Austin. From 1983 to 1985, he engaged in an independent study at the Museum of Holography in New York City after which he apprenticed with holographers in Utah and Mountain View, CA. Muth founded his own holography studio in Telluride, CO in 1985, which he moved to Santa Fe seven years later. In addition to his own work, Muth helps produce custom holograms for other ar tists, including James Turrell.

August Muth’s artwork has been exhibited widely, both nationally and internationally, including New York City, London, Milan and St. Petersburg. He has exhibited extensively throughout the Southwest United States, including the Center for Contemporar y Ar ts and the New Mexico Museum of Fine Arts, in Santa Fe, NM. Muth both exhibited and is part of the collection at the MIT Museum, in Cambridge, MA. Additionally, he has work in the collections of the Museum of Holography in New York, NY. This is August Muth’s first solo exhibition with Chandra Cerrito Contemporary.

About Chandra Cerrito Contemporary:

Established in 2007 as a curatorial project space, Chandra Cerrito Contemporary features exhibitions and site-specific installations that highlight exceptional regional and national artists, with an emphasis on conceptual strength, refined craftsmanship, contemporary vision and art historical relevance.

Classic Cars West: Sawyer Rose ‘Force of Nature’ @ Classic Cars West
Aug 4 @ 6:00 pm – 10:00 pm

“Force of Nature” reveals the invisible force that fuels working women. Large-scale data visualization sculptures of working women’s hours inhabit the cavernous gallery space at Classic Cars West– each accompanied by a deeply personal portrait of the woman lifting or carrying her sculpture.

Opening at Classic Cars West, 411 26th St, Oakland // Friday, August 4th, 6-9pm

Press Event // Saturday, August 5th, 11am-1pm

Public Interactive Event // Friday, September 1st, 6-9pm

Exhibition continues through September 30th

Creative Framing & Gallery: ‘Stranded in Paradise’ Closing Reception @ Creative Framing & Gallery
Aug 4 @ 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm

“Stranded in Paradise” is being extended one more week and we’ve adding another Tiki Party ~ Join us!!

Join us this Summer at Creative Framing & Gallery for our 4th Annual Tiki Art Show “Stranded in Paradise”! We’re featuring a Group of amazing Tiki Artists including: Christine Benjamin, Woody Miller, Clee Sobieski, Brian Rechenmacher, Eddy Crosby, Kyle Milligan, Susan Casentini, Emil Barber, Dan Freeman, Heidiline, Anthony Carpenter, Eric October, BigToe (Tom Laura), Doug Horne and Ken Ruzic. We will have Paintings, Prints, Mugs, Lamps, Purses and more for you to add to your own tiki collection or just come enjoy. You’re not going to want to miss this fun and whimsical exhibit!! Free and Open to the public, all ages welcome. “Stranded in Paradise” Tiki Show on display: June 8th – August 5th, 2017.

Tiki Party Art Reception: Saturday, July 22nd, 2017 from 6-9pm

“Stranded in Paradise” is being extended one more week and we’ve adding another Tiki Party ~ Join us First Friday!!
Closing Tiki Party Reception, First Friday, August 4th, 2017 from 6-9pm

Gallery Hours: Tues, Thurs, Fri: 10-6 and Saturday Stroll: 11-5 (Mon & Wed: by appointment)

If you are unable to make it for this month, then check our website or facebook calendar and join us for our next First Friday Art Reception.

Thanks & Smiles,
Heather Piazza
Owner, Creative Framing & Gallery

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Gearbox Gallery: ‘BLUETS: to fall under a spell’ @ Gearbox Gallery
Aug 4 @ 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm

BLUETS: to fall under a spell

August 3 – 26, 2017 

Juror Jack Fischer

Opening Reception:
Friday, August 4th from 6-9 pm
Diane Abt • Linda Belden • Ellen Bepp • Gina Borg • Kristen Brown • Patricia Bruning • Robert Cotham • Carol Dalton • Jean Davis • Lucia Dill • Deborah Benioff Friedman • Adam Forfang •  Shelley Gardner • Tali Grinshpan • Paul Goldman • Ann Holsberry • Judy Levit • Joh Lund • Lynlee Lyckberg • Kathleen McNutt-Hart • Mary Mocas • Jary Niebur • Janet Norris • Joshua Wilder Oakley • Yari Ostovany • Jane Peterman • Sara Post • Matthew Priest • Fernando Reyes • Nicole Rubio • Connie Ryan • Francesca Saveri • Robert Saywitz • Susan Silvester • Maryann Steinert-Foley • Jennifer Stuart • Michele Theberge • Bonnie Thomas • Keith Wilson

The works in BLUETS explore the theme inspired by the writer Maggie Nelson, who has written that to love the color blue was to fall “under a spell, a spell I fought to stay under and get out from under, in turns.” Blue is commonly associated with harmony, faithfulness, confidence, distance, infinity, the imagination, cold, and sometimes with sadness. References to the color include blue chip, blue collar, the wild blue yonder, having the blues, singing the blues, out of the blue, once in a blue moon. The color blue has been said to physically calm and sedate, cool, and aid intuition. “There is no blue without yellow and without orange”— Vincent Van Gogh.

Bluets was juried by Jack Fischer, principal of Jack Fischer Gallery. Currently at 311 Potrero Avenue and 1275 Minnesota Street in San Francisco, Jack Fischer is devoted to the work of outsider, self-taught, intuitive artists and continues to exhibit work he characterizes as “from the heart and the gut.”

GearBox Gallery’s special call for entries exhibitions are open to artists over the age of 18 and living or working in Northern California.

This year we will announce two awards. The winner of the Juror’s Award will have the opportunity to be featured as a guest artist in a future GearBox Gallery exhibit. The GearBox Gallery Award winner will have the opportunity to exhibit in the Inner Room at GearBox Gallery in 2018.

The 2015 Juror’s Award winner, Spencer Pittenger, was featured in Essential Elements and Other Mysteries of the Universe at GearBox Gallery, February 18 – March 19, 2016

The 2016 Juror’s Award winner, Leslie Smith, was featured in Biographies at GearBox Gallery, April 27 – May 27, 2017

The 2016 GearBox Gallery Award winner, Tamera Avery, will be featured in the Inner Room at GearBox Gallery, August 31 – Sept 23, 2017

Graffiti Camp For Girls Mural Unveiling and Fundraiser @ Temescal Studios
Aug 4 @ 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Join us! Graffiti Camp Reception & Fundraiser @ Temescal Studio on Aug 4th, 2017 

Time: 6pm – 8pm

Join us to celebrate the creation youth mural at Temescal Studios the First Friday in Aug 4th, 2017. This community event will feature the mural made by Graffiti Camp for Girls. This fundraiser will benefit the work of Graffiti Camp for Girls. Come buy a gourmet cupcakes, join us for a glass of wine, and draw at our interactive graft and art table in North Oakland’s Temescal Studios– just one block from McArthur Bart Station.

The mission  of Girl Mobb’s Graffiti Camp for Girls is to develop the talents and create opportunities for young women creating public art. Prolific local artist Nina Wright leads the class and brings rotating influential female muralists, street artists and graff writers to collaborate as creative teachers to address the dearth of female perspectives in the current community. Teaching and modeling successful public work for young women Graffiti Camp for Girls gives young girls a creative opportunity to enhance their public art skills.

On our 42nd street wall at Temescal Studios young women between the ages of 12 – 16 will learn the ropes of public art with Nina aka Girl Mobb. Nina provides creative counsel, image planning, an understanding of tools and application, necessary information on seeking permission and ensuring safety, and encouragement for our young apprentices to think big, while empowering the emerging artists with what they will need to know about creating a work of public art on their own.

Director of Camp and Lead Instructor: GIRL MOBB
Girl Mobb, also known as Nina, is an established Oakland local artist, known for her pink ski mask motif. She consistently curates shows and mural productions with other female artists. Burning cop cars, grim reapers, fem iconography, fem subjects, and bay area specific subjects are used as consistent symbols in herwork. With the help of Deirdre O’Shea, Girl Mobb created this class to empower female youth art projects and hopefully make this whole gender gap thing a bit smaller.

About our current artist volunteer:
Danielle O’Malley is an emerging artist and muralist based out of Oakland, CA. Influenced by folklore, 90’s cartoons, femininity and the occult, her work weaves sugarcoated cutesy kitsch with the odd and macabre to create a world that is equally inviting and perturbed. She’s exhibited and painted murals internationally from Berlin to Tijuana. She currently runs an online shop out of her home, called Filth Cakes, where she sells screen prints, fine art, and various designs.

Joyce Gordon Gallery: Chukes ‘Identity Theft’ @ Joyce Gordon Gallery
Aug 4 @ 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Join us Friday, August 4th 6-9pm for the opening reception of “Identity Theft” featuring new works by renowned artist, Chukes.

featuring new works by Chukes
August 4 – September 2, 2017
Opening Reception: Friday, August 4th 6-9pm
Artist Talk: Thursday, August 17th
6-9pm (Talk @7pm)

Joyce Gordon Gallery is proud to present a new body of work titled “Identity Theft” from the renowned artist Chukes.

“Identity Theft” is a very personal statement for Chukes. He began creating these pieces at the beginning of 2017 to protest the televised killings of Black people and people of color here in America and through out the world. Chukes states, “This work is a learning tool designed to confront the negative stereotypes plaguing Black people and people of color and challenge the misconceptions that lead to self-hatred and genocide.

Chukes is a native of Northern California he received his BFA from The California College of Arts and Crafts and later moved to Southern California where he now lives, and received his MFA from the prestigious Claremont Graduate University.

Chukes art has been featured in the White House. He has also in the collection of Nobel Piece Prize winner Archbishop Desmond Tutu, Actress CCH Pounder and famed art collectors, Bernard and Shirley Kinsey to name a few. Chukes works have been published in countless magazine including O, The Oprah Magazine, Ebony and Essence magazines, as well as books and films.

Please come and join the Joyce Gordon gallery for this insightful and thought-provoking exhibit and artist talk.

Naming Gallery: Closing Reception for “Touch me back” by Alise Anderson @ Naming Gallery
Aug 4 @ 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm

It’s your last chance to experience solo show “Touch me back” by Alise Anderson! Make sure to stop in and check out this touchable, interactive art installation!


In “Touch Me Back” Alise Anderson draws specifically from a personal narrative of growing up in a conservative mormon family, being a woman silenced for so many years, current relationships, social pressures and anxieties, and her simultaneous fear of and love for strangers. There is a subtle humor in everything she creates, even if it stems from a darker memory, story or feeling. Like her performance work, her visual art is often bright and approachable and plays with the boundaries of touch.

Alise Anderson …was born in Houston, Texas. From 2007 to 2009 she studied Modern Dance Performance and Choreography at Utah Valley University. She later received a certificate in Directing and Producing at Berkeley Digital Film Institute. Her work has already been included in various exhibitions and screenings including West Coast Craft, San Francisco CA and Selected Shorts at Pacific Film Archive. This year her work will be showcased in KnitWit Magazine and Kole Magazine, both fiber and textile publications. Earlier this summer she attended an artist residency at CalArts. Anderson currently lives and works in Oakland.

Pro Arts Oakland: ‘The Beginning Was The End / New Work Closing’ Reception @ Pro Arts Oakland
Aug 4 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Join us for the closing reception and final day of “The Beginning Was The End / New Work”, a solo exhibition by Allison Leigh Holt.

These two interrelated bodies of work feature video-sculptures, diagrams, videos, as well as works in mirror and glass, which explore divergent ways of perceiving, comprehending, and interacting with our world.

For a year and a half, Holt focused on traditional Javanese cosmology, working with shamans and philosophy professors as a Fulbright Scholar developing the body of work, “The Beginning Was The End”. Holt translated the interrelatedness of human cognition, natural systems, and spirituality embodied in this worldview into a series of diagrams. These served as blueprints for her Hypercubes, a series of transparent resin sculptures activated by video mapped to their surfaces. Each Hypercube reveals delicate, powerful moving images that result in three-dimensional forms that convey higher-dimensional phenomena and concepts of time that differ from those of the West.

Holt’s “New Work” describes perspectives that propose radical shifts in cultural, anthropocentric, and Earth-based biases, at a time when human behavior determines our planet’s survival. The pieces in “New Work” apply the research from “The Beginning Was The End” to the world within and without the gallery itself. Within these newly constructed pieces, Holt experiments with symmetry in physics using the reflective and refractive properties of glass and water to create a multitude of views of the space, and sometimes of the viewer.


Allison Leigh Holt is a cross-disciplinary artist based in Oakland, CA. Working at the intersection of sculpture, video, installation, and performance, she pursues a dialogue between divergent ways of experiencing, comprehending, and describing reality.

Holt has received awards from the U.S. Department of State (Fulbright Fellowship, Indonesia), Djerassi Resident Artist Program, the San Francisco Arts Commission, the David Bermant Foundation, Cemeti Institute for Art + Society (Indonesia), the Experimental Television Center, Kala Art Institute, and the North Dakota Museum of Art. Her nominations include the SFMOMA SECA Award, the Eureka Fellowship, and the Smithsonian Artist Research Fellowship (2015, ’16 finalist). She was a recent resident artist at Bullseye Resource Center and at the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics. Holt is the Vice President of San Francisco Cinematheque’s Board of Directors, and is a media art mentor to neurodivergent individuals. She studied at The Evergreen State College (BA) and Massachusetts College of Art (MFA).

The Beginning Was The End / New Work is funded in part by generous grants from Cemeti Institute for Art and Society, Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs – Fulbright Program, San Francisco Arts Commission the David Bermant Foundation, Zellerbach Family Foundation and the Fleishhacker Foundation.

Slate Contemporary: ‘Water Works’ @ Slate Contemporary
Aug 4 @ 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm

SLATE contemporary exhibition open late for the monthly Oakland Art Murmur #firstfriday art walk. Featuring three artists tackling the elusive subject of water from three different formal and conceptual vantage points: Audra Weaser, Danielle Eubank, and Thea Schrack.