10 Connect :: A group show of ten artists

10 Connect :: A group show of ten artists

Show dates: April 13 – May 25, 2012

Opening reception 2nd Friday, April 13, 6 – 9 pm

Closing party/reception: May 25, 6 – 9 pm

Weekend dates: Saturdays from 2 – 6 pm and by appointment


This event is free and open to the public.

This year marks the thirtieth anniversary of the first live-work building for artists in Oakland’s Jingletown Community.  10 Connect, an exhibition at Gray Loft Gallery, shows the remarkable work of ten artists who helped pave the way for a distinctive, flourishing arts community.  The artists featured in 10 Connect – all women – have all been or currently are residents of the original building.

In addition to carving physical spaces in which to work, artist communities forge relationships that encourage the commitment needed to make art.  The artists showcased in 10 Connect bring to the exhibition three decades of this type of shared support, while maintaining a diversity of style, medium and philosophy.  The group participates in informal critiques and discussions that afford the opportunity for each artist to not only develop her unique visual language, but also allay feelings of isolation correlated (by virtue of the solitude necessary to work) with being an artist.  10 Connect will therefore examine how enduring friendships shape creative practice and determine both the physical and abstract places where artwork finds home.  Further, 10 Connect investigates an ongoing, intellectual sense of place and explores how these friendships inform the work of these women artists.

While each artist is accomplished in her own right and works from an individual identity, 10 Connect will speak to the significant role that the renowned Jingletown Community has had on these ten artists living and working in the Bay Area.  This group show will include work from:

High resolution jpgs of the artists work is available on request.

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The Gray Loft Gallery celebrates the phenomenal achievements of emerging and established artists, with an emphasis on those who live and work in the Bay Area.
The newly-opened Gray Loft Gallery is a unique venue located on the 3rd floor of one of Oakland’s oldest warehouses.
Gray Loft Gallery
2889 Ford Street, third floor
Oakland, CA 94601Image

Mariah Carle Exhibiting “Life Within Eyes” At Malonga Arts Annex March 8th

Oakland boudoir photographer Mariah Carle  of  Bay Area Boudoir will be in a portrait exhibit in April 1012.
March 8th 7-8:30 pm
1428 Alice Street, off 14Th street.

Oakland CA

“Life Within Eyes” exudes insightful interpretations of living beings of various species from any where they were encountered. The exhibit includes Pets and People. The 2 Dimensional Fine Art Portrait Exhibit reflects various nuances of contemplation. Who doesn’t wonder when particularly looking at the interesting face of an animal, what the being is thinking.

The public is welcome to share their thoughts about the Artworks mounted within the wheelchair accessible Beaux Arts Historic building that is the home of The Malonga Casquelourd Center For The Arts.

This City of Oakland, Office of Parks and Recreation
Performance Center is located at 1428 Alice Street, off 14Th street.

Oakland Portrait exhibit

Oakland Boudoir Photographer Mariah Carle

“Life Within Eyes” scheduled for Mon. March 5 – Thu. April 12, 2012, is the latest exhibit since the 2007 inception of professional local Artists’ presenting their Art in the Malonga Arts Annex. Classes, workshops and events are offered quarterly. View further details on the City of Oakland web-site oaklandnet.com/parks

School groups, visitors and residents are as usual, welcome to arrange a time to view and create Art based on the Artworks on exhibit. Viewing hours are Mon, Wed and Friday 9:00 – Noon / 1:30-4:30, Tues. & Thu. 9:00-1:00 & Sat. 10:30 – 4:30. There is a lively reception planned on the 3rd Thur. March 15, 6:30-8:00. To support the Arts Program, requests will be made at the door for a donation of $5 per adult. Children under 12 are admitted for free. Discerning eyes are thought provoking.
Mariah Carle

The Love Show Gray Loft Gallery Jingletown Oakland

The Love Show

Gray Loft Gallery

2889 Ford Street, Jingletown, Oakland

Show dates: February 10 – 25, 2012

Reception: Friday, February 10, 6:00 – 9:00 pm

Saturday, Feb. 11 and Sunday, Feb. 12, noon to 5:00 pm

Remaining Saturdays noon to 5:00 and by appointment


Announcing Oakland’s newest alternative art venue located in one of the oldest artist warehouse lofts in the area which now houses the Gray Loft Gallery.  The space was conceived by Jan Alderton, who saw potential in the beautiful 3rd floor space when the studio became available recently.

The gallery will be an alternative to traditional gallery spaces and will show work by emerging as well as established artists who want to show their work in a more unconventional venue.

The inaugural show will feature work by more than 25 artists. On display will be photographs, paintings, monoprints and sculptures which reflect love, passion, lust, hope, romance, imagination, true love, self love. This is not a Hallmark Valentine show, but rather a visual dialogue about love in its many incarnations and interpretations.  The gallery will also have handmade purses, hats, jewelry, cards and textiles that reflect the theme of love.

Opening reception: Friday, February 10, 6:00 to 9:00 pm

As part of the Estuary Art Attack gallery walk in Alameda and Oakland

Saturday and Sunday, February 11 & 12, noon to 5:00

On Saturday, February 11, Tessier Winery will be having a tasting of their incredible wine from 2:00 to 4:00 pm. Bring your sweetheart for a delightful afternoon in Jingletown.

Contact Jan Alderton



Plastic Camera Show at Rayko Photo

Our own Jan Watten will be exhibiting in the Plastic Camera Show
RayKo Photo Center
428 Third Street
San Francisco, CA 94107

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And here’s a bit that the SFWEEKLY wrote about the show to entice you to get a cheap plastic camera and work some magic:
Most of our smartphones contain digital cameras that rival the best that money could buy less than a decade ago. We often pay hundreds of dollars for these devices. And what do we do with them? Filter our 8-megapixel masterpieces through apps such as Hipstamatic and Instagram, to lend that elusive “shitty camera” sheen of yesteryear’s cheap point-and-click models. It makes a persuasive case for Devo’s grand theory of devolution — as a race, we’re going backward. But whether the trend toward faux-distressed photos with blown-out colors is mindless fun or the worst kind of kitsch, the results definitely lack the authentic charm of photos taken with a real, bottom-shelf, analog camera. Said cameras are becoming harder to find, but RayKo gallery director Ann Jastrab must have a secret stash, which she dispatched for “the International Juried Plastic Camera Show,” an exhibition of “the best images from the worst cameras.” From a slew of entries, RayKo curated 100 photos taken by professionals such as Robert Holmgren, proving that a talented photographer can capture an indelible image using any lens, and that no sophisticated image-processing algorithm can match the warm, serendipitous imperfection of analog.