Oakland Murmur Art District and Best in Show

Wisteria - Dianne Poinski, Best in Show

Last Saturday I attended the artist’s reception at the PHOTO gallery in Oakland’s Murmur Art District to congratulate my friend and colleague Dianne Poinski on her win for her photograph “Wisteria,” for which she received ‘Best in Show,’ along with an award of $1000 Dollar. The exhibit “Best of Botanicals” was the second collaboration between PHOTO - Fine Art Photography Gallery and the San Francisco Botanical Garden Society. A percentage of the sales will benefit the SF Botanical Garden Society. Best of Botanicals was a national juried exhibition.

The artist’s reception also featured a talk by Harold Davis, bestselling author on digital photography and recipient of numerous awards. David spoke about the “Making the Botanical Photo: The Digital Print as a Artifact.”

Over the last number of years, Oakland has been developing the Murmur District with the help of small business owners into a vibrant and unique art district. The narrow old industrial brick buildings that make up most of 25th Street, where PHOTO gallery is located, may appear an unlikely place for numerous galleries but the conversion of former auto body shops and garages, gives many of these gallerias and co-op studios their very charm.

On the 19th of June, the 25th Street galleries held their “First 3rd Thursday ArtWalk” with two more to follow over the summer months. The next one will be July 17th and then August 21st, from 6-8 pm. This event is separate form the Oaklnad Art Murmur “First Friday Art Walk,” when galleries in Oakland downtown, Jack London Square, Temescal, and West Oakland will be participating. For more information on Oakland’s First Friday, please check the link at the end of this article.

After visiting with several other friends who also attended the “Best of Botanicals,” I stopped off at a co-op gallery shared by several ceramic artists. One of the artists had some of his shelves displayed like a cabinet of curiosities, which I not only had to explore but also photograph.

I had hoped to visit my friend Bobbie Altman, ceramist, who was taking part in the annual Open Studio, but sadly I was running late and I still had to get to San Francisco for an evening with Bruce and the the San Francisco Symphony.

OPEN Gallery website
Oakland First Friday website
Oakland First Friday map website
Bobbie Altman website

All photographs taken with an iPhone 4S by
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