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Meme, from Few and Far (the group of talented street artist women), just sent over the newly released video of their road trip back in April of this year. The group of women traveled to 5 different cities across the West to spread their talent to the good people of Sacramento, SF, LA ,San Diego and Tijuana Mexico. Read my interview with Meme earlier this year.

Few & Far X Ironlak Road Trip Tour 2012 from Lea Bruno on Vimeo.

Few and Far connects women by creating social and artistic exchange, by showcasing art on the streets, on walls and in other high profile venues.

Posted by on September 10th, 2012 at 6:27 PM | Comments (0)

Building off our post from last Friday, today we highlight the color orange again in homage to summer…which, as I gaze out the window at a blue-skied and sunny morning, seems to be off to a great start.

Heath Ceramics latest seasonal collection is inspired by the warmth of summer, featuring soft hues of orange in an array of elegant and minimal shapes. Each piece is beautiful on its own or as a set to adorn the table of your next outdoor dinner party. Collection is available through October.

All images via Heath Ceramics

Posted by on June 13th, 2012 at 4:10 PM | Comments (0)

I made it out of the house this weekend just in time to catch a few of the open art studios around my neighborhood that were a part of East Bay Open Studios. Every year, Pro Arts, a Bay Area advocate for contemporary arts in Oakland, produces the largest art event in the East Bay, showcasing over 400 artist studios. We, as a part of the 50,000 visitors from all over the Bay Area, have a chance to glimpse behind the doors of the creative artists that contribute to making our city more engaging and interesting. Below is just a handful of what I saw. You can see more this coming weekend as East Bay Open Studios continues on June 9th and 10th: 11-6pm. Go to Pro Arts to read more and download a map for the participating artists’ studios. You probably don’t even realize that you can walk out of your door and find an artist studio just around the corner! Go to the event and tell us what some of your favorite studios have been this year. We’d love to get your feedback.

KJ Appleton
"KJ Appleton" "Pro Arts" perspective color art Oakland

"KJ Appleton" "Pro Arts" color art painting Oakland

Benny Alba
This was cool. Benny had made this huge mural. Once you bought one of the many 11×17 paintings (on the bottom row), you could cut a rectangle out of the mural (wherever you wanted) and take home another piece. Great idea.
"Benny Alba" "Pro Arts" color art Oakland

Howie Katz

"Howie Katz" "Pro Arts" sculpture art Oakland

"Howie Katz" "Pro Arts" sculpture heads art Oakland

Posted by on June 4th, 2012 at 6:13 PM | Comments (0)

Two Sunday’s ago marked the first annual fundraiser, Flourish, for the Oakland art non-profit, Art Murmur. LS had the chance to help plan and style the event, and let me tell you, it’s not one to miss the next time it comes around. What a great way to support the local arts. The highlight for me was the live artist drawings, art drawn at the event and sold right before your eyes. Danielle Fox, Executive Director of OAM & Director of Slate Contemporary, Dalya Sachs, Event Chair of Flourish, and 36 other volunteers, worked around the clock to make sure that MUA (Art Venue/Restaurant/Bar), in downtown Oakland, was set up beautifully for the event. The event goal was to raise awareness and funds for an organization that encourages art to Flourish in Oakland. They were able to raise–through ticket sales, live auctions, raffle prizes and donations and sponsorships a nice amount of money to continue the growth of Oakland Art Murmur.

"Art Murmur", Oakland, Fundraiser, Flourish

I had the chance for a one on one with Danielle after the event. Read below to hear what she has to say.

After all of that hard work, how do you feel Flourish went?
Flourish was by all accounts a smashing success. It was, of course, the first time we had ever done anything like this, and I can think of a hundred ways to do it better next time. But everyone who came had a wonderful time and we raised not only money to help run the organization, but awareness about the organization and the arts programming we offer in Oakland.

"Art Murmur", Oakland, Fundraiser, Flourish

Photo on bottom left // Danielle Fox with Hung Liu painting behind her
Photo on bottom right // Dalya Sachs

How do you plan to use the donations that you raised? What’s in store for Oakland Art Murmur?
We are planning to use the funds raised to help us get the word out about Oakland’s galleries so we can get more people to visit and enjoy them and all the wonderful art we have on offer. We would like to distribute our gallery guides via media partners and direct mail, advertise our events, revamp our web site, and make a video about Murmur.

"Art Murmur", Oakland, Fundraiser, Flourish

How can people continue to help Art Murmur?
People can still make donations via our fiscal sponsor Fractured Atlas -the link is on the web site. But what we need most is for people to spread the word and get their friends to come down and visit the galleries, especially on Saturday afternoons, and of course First Fridays, the event for which we are best known.

Go see what Art Murmur is about for yourself.
Next one: Saturday, May 19th
Saturday Stroll
Next one: Saturday, May 12th
First Friday’s
Next one: June 1, 6-9pm

"Art Murmur", Oakland, Fundraiser, Flourish

Photo on bottom right (l to r) // Roderick Kiracofe (OAM Board Member), Hung Liu (Artist whose “Winter Blossom” was the star live auction piece at Flourish), Mayor Jean Quan, Danielle Fox (Executive Director of OAM & Director, Slate Contemporary), Dalya Sachs (Event Chair, Flourish), Marshall Lamm (OAM Board Member)

Some of these photos generously donated by // Clayton Mitchell
look for him on facebook too.

Artists who participated in the event included:
Hung Liu
Magnolia Editions

Alison Tharp
Alison OK Frost
Crystal Morey
Dave Higgins
Obi Kaufmann
Nathaniel Parsons
Marcos LaFarga
David Siler
Jon Carling
Michael McConnell

Posted by on May 14th, 2012 at 7:33 PM | Comments (5)

Oakland is never too small to house another gallery. It’s time to expand the artsy side of our brain and support each and every one. Faultline Artspace is a brand new 6000 sq ft art space on the edge of the Fruitvale Station neighborhood in Oakland, California. They have a drawing room, a gallery space, artist spaces, and a wood shop, not too mention they plan on hosting a range of social events. Beginning with the Grand Opening is this weekend, Saturday May 12th from 6-10pm. Music, Art and Beer (from Beer Revolution).

"Faultline Gallery" Oakland Art murals artists gallery drawing screenprinting

Faultline Artists
Thomas Christopher Haag
Ryan McJunkin
Clare Szydlowski
Ernest Doty
David Polka
Madeline Tonzi
Felicia Gabaldon

Posted by on May 10th, 2012 at 4:10 PM | Comments (0)

Garet Luquet is an abstract mixed media artist, whose upcoming show at the Hive Gallery in Oakland, is sure to attract a large crowd. His paintings are multi-dimensional and intriguing, and in my opinion are worth a look. Trained as a realist painter at Pepperdine University, he gravitated more toward the free-expression of abstract art. He works with a variety of materials including acrylic paint, plaster, resin, fabric, string, wood, beeswax, paper, and most recently marbles. I recently had a chance to talk to Gared and get his take on abstract art. Read on for the interview.

Hive Gallery
May 4th, 6-9pm

"Gared Luquet" painting oakland artist textural

How did you decide to become an artist?
The first time I remember realizing that I was pretty good at art was in third grade, when we each chose a Georgia O’Keeffe flower painting to paint. As the years went on, I realized that I could draw and paint what I saw in a picture almost exactly. I continued the photo realistic style throughout high school and into college. Joe Paisentin, my professor at Pepperdine University encouraged me to explore the abstract and break away from my super uptight ways of reproducing. It took me two years of wish-washy abstraction to fully break free and embrace the abstract way. I have never looked back since, completely loving my freedom that abstract painting allows. I was the Outstanding Studio Art Graduate in my class, and had no other thought but to continue painting. I moved back to the Bay Area and got a studio at the Hive Artists Studios in Oakland, where I have been for the past three years. Each May I’ve been having a show, REMIX being my third one. I hope to continue being successful as an artist, because I can’t imaging not creating and exploring for the rest of my life.

"Gared Luquet" painting oakland artist textural
Courage to Flow, Blowtorched beeswax, acrylic, paper, & plexiglass on masonite

What’s the most challenging part of your process?
The most challenging part of my process is not to force or over think my work. My best paintings are created when I begin working with a particular idea in mind, but then let each phase inspire the next. Working in this process has helped me to create one of a kind pieces that I am even surprised and excited to see.

"Gared Luquet" painting oakland artist textural
Target Practice, Oil, acrylic, sand, newspaper, cement, & plaster on masonite


Posted by on April 23rd, 2012 at 6:00 AM | Comments (0)

For those of you looking to participate in tonight’s Art Murmur soiree here is another must see to add to your list.

Marion and Rose’s Workshop
461 9th St. Oakland
April 6-May 19, 2012
Opening Reception: Friday, April 6: 6-9pm

Marion and Rose’s Workshop presents an art exhibition titled CLUSTERNOOK by the local and mysterious art collective of fun-havers known only as Wonderboom!

CLUSTERNOOK, will feature a clubhouse, objet d’art and paintings. The constructed clubhouse titled by the artists, The Funny Company, is made from reclaimed wood, screenprinted elements and spice drops. It negotiates a space in which fantasy, innocence and simulation blend.

It has me intrigued. I’m totally going!


Posted by on April 6th, 2012 at 5:54 PM | Comments (0)

First Friday’s is upon us again. Among the many galleries to exhibit Oakland Artists is Mercury 20. Mercury 20 has a great exhibit this month, featuring three artists whose work brings a new meaning to lost and found. Peter Honig, Dave Meeker, and P.K. Frizzell have been brought together for a group show titled Object Lessons. Their shared adoration for found objects and art reflect a sense of humor and reflection consistent with those working with this discarded medium.

Exhibition dates: March 29 – May 5, 2012
Artists’ Reception: Saturday, April 14 from 4-6 pm. Artists’ Talk at 5pm
Oakland Art Murmur First Fridays: April 6 & May 4 from 6-9pm

Dave Meeker
"Dave Meeker" artist straws Oakland "Mercury 20"

Peter Honig
"Peter Honig" artist  Oakland "Mercury 20"

P.K. Frizzell
"P.K. Frizell" artist paint Oakland "Mercury 20"

Posted by on April 2nd, 2012 at 5:28 PM | Comments (0)

If you crave to find a moment of solace from the digital technology that is all around us, duck into Compound Gallery’s current exhibit, “The Art of Letterpress.” You’ll find a beautiful array of finely crafted letterpress by local artists where you can disappear into the depths of the textured lettering rather than your computer screen.

Hurry – exhibit runs thru this Sunday, March 25th (closing reception from 3-6 pm).
Compound Gallery: 1167 65th st. Oakland, CA 94608

Via Compound Gallery

Via the Examiner

Posted by on March 21st, 2012 at 4:33 PM | Comments (0)

The thing I’m loving about Oakland is the collaboration of artists that is emerging behind so many new galleries. We all long to be around like minded people that motivate and give us creative energy, right? The Compound Studios & Gallery is an artist run space, established in 2008, featuring work in a variety of media by some of the best Bay Area artists. In their beautifully lit space they offer workshops, interactive art shows, art movie nights, and gallery openings.

"The Compound Gallery & Studios" oakland letterpress typeface

This week, a show I am quite partial to, opened up; The Art of Letterpress. I have a thing for textures and print as a graphic designer. I can’t help it, but I’m drawn to the world of hand-crafted objects as our world quickly becomes immersed in lit-up screens and perfectly constructed letterforms. The art of letterpress embodies the organic and natural sentiment that gets lost among our techy lives. The show will be up through March 25th.

You will certainly find me back at the Gallery on February 23 watching the film, Typeface. This movie is held in conjunction with The Art of Letterpress show and is a must see for anyone struggling with the love of both analog craft and the digital future.

"The Compound Gallery & Studios" oakland letterpress typeface

Posted by on February 15th, 2012 at 5:37 AM | Comments (0)