For this edition of Dave’s Faves, we’d like to focus on five of our favorite art galleries in the East Bay that promote local artists as well showcase fine arts and artists from all over the country and the world.
One of the best ways to spruce up a new home, or revitalize an existing tired space, is with a unique and decorative piece of art. Whether your tastes lean toward contemporary or modern, oil and canvas or steel and stone, by visiting some of the fantastic galleries here in the East Bay, you’re sure to find that one unique piece that stirs up a variety of emotions and speaks to your inner artist.
SLATE Contemporary, located in Uptown Oakland, presents emerging and established artists in a formal and, as the name would imply, contemporary setting. Focusing on abstract painting, photography and mixed-media art, SLATE Contemporary owners Danielle Fox and Shelley Barry exhibit some of the finest examples of modern, contemporary art with rotating exhibitions not only in the gallery itself, but in various locations throughout the state. SLATE also runs SLATE Art Consulting as a full-service consulting agency for both private collections and solutions for professional services and offices. For hours of operation, location and a list of current and upcoming exhibitions, visit SLATE’s website at http://slateart.net/
The Wall Gallery features up-and-coming and established artists’ contemporary works in a fantastic space designed to showcase works in a highly visible and accessible manner. Artists are able to show and sell their works in a comfortable and open environment with a new artist showcase every first Friday of the month in line with Oakland Art Murmur. To find out more about this fantastic and popular Uptown gallery, visit their website at www.thewallgallery.blogspot.ca
Warehouse 416 occupies an old industrial building that perfectly exemplifies the edgy styling and esthetic of the artists this Uptown gallery showcases. Offering 3 work spaces, 3 offices and conference room provide ample space for artists and their patrons and the main courtyard gallery displays works by local artists on a rotating basis. To find out more about the gallery including upcoming and past exhibits, visit their website www.warehouse416.com
Thelma Harris Art Gallery has presented museum-quality contemporary works by African American artists for the last two decades in North Oakland. Exhibiting mid-career and established artist’s works in paint, sculpture and mixed media, the gallery focuses on 10 special exhibits a year that explore a variety of contemporary themes or artists. With a wide selection of art and an emphasis on professional services, the Thelma Harris Art Gallery has become a top resource for first time collectors and seasoned collectors alike. You can find out more about the gallery including all the services provided and upcoming exhibitions at www.thelmaharrisartgallery.com
art@archer in Downtown Oakland combines two of my favorite things: art and cycling! Located in the mezzanine area of a successful bike shop, art@archer features a fantastic display of Northern California artists and exhibits a variety of artists on a three month schedule. Browse contemporary and traditional artist’s works while the bicycle shop downstairs tunes and repairs your favorite ride. The gallery is open when the shop is open and it’s the perfect opportunity to check out some local artistic talent while getting a flat fixed. For more info, check out the gallery’s Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/archerbicycle or just stop by the shop on your ride through downtown.
David Higgins has always been a huge supporter of local charities, arts and artists and continues to be a big proponent of Oakland Art Murmur for the last several years through personal donations. If you have any suggestions or want to share your favorite Oakland art gallery, we’d love to hear it!