Thursday, May 03, 2007

Oakland Art Gallery Fundraiser

Laura Paulini (SOLD on the first day)

The Oakland Art Gallery (OAG) is a key non-profit space for artists in Oakland and beyond. It operates on a budget so small that the leading citizens of Oakland ought to be blushing. They ought to be helping—with grants and donations. Meanwhile, artists are supporting the cause by donating work for OAG's current fundraiser, an art sale entitled "Ripples." Artist who have previously shown at the gallery were invited to donate work and to ask other artists to do likewise—hence the ripple effect. There are dozens of works in the show, and they are on view daily until the closing reception, which takes place on Saturday, May 5th, from 5:00 to 8:00. This show is not an auction: work may be purchased throughout the exhibit. Prices range from $50 to $6,000.

(For San Franciscans, access to the OAG is fairly easy despite the recent freeway collapse. The BART station at 12th St. in Oakland is near the gallery. If you're driving, use the right lane after crossing the Bay Bridge and take the Grand Ave. exit. Grand Ave. leads to downtown Oakland. The return drive is also via Grand Ave.)

Here are samples of work in the "Ripples" show:

Veronica De Jesus

Mel Davis

John Zurier

Jen Merrill

Caleb Duarte

Lisa Ricci

Jason Byers

John Casey

Tyrell Collins (oil on aluminum)

David Ryan (ink on wood)

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