East Bay Artists Going ‘Uptown’


Textile art by Aiko Kobayashi Gray.

OAKLAND — Many of the Japanese artists participating in the annual East Bay Open Studios will be gathered in one place — Uptown, 401 26th St. (at Broadway) in Oakland.

A preview reception with refreshments and live music will be held Friday, June 3, from 6 to 9 p.m.

Gallery hours are Saturday and Sunday, June 4-5 and 11-12, from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Twenty percent of all sales will be donated to St. Mary’s Center.

Exhibiting artists:

Nora Akino, printmaking

Julie Bernstein, watercolors

Brigitte Bize, paintings

Paula Boas, abstract paintings

Bill Christensen, sculpture, mixed media, new media

Ceramic work by Eiko Toyooka.

Suzanne D’Arcy, paintings

Shari Arai DeBoer, printmaking, book art

Adriana Diaz, paintings and drawings

Aiko Kobayashi Gray, textile art

Naoko Haruta, paintings

Yasuko Kaya, watercolors (June 3, 4 and 5 only)

Yuko Kitaura, watercolors, paintings

Naohiro Matsuzawa, ceramics

Alan Mazzetti, abstract paintings

Mitsuyo Moore, paintings, mixed media

Margo Rivera-Weiss, watercolors, recycled art

A watercolor by Lewis Suzuki.

Junko Stickney, jewelry

Carol Tarzier, drawings, sculpture

Eiko Toyooka, ceramics

Celia Wedding, printmaking, paintings

A hub for live music, outdoor recreation and locally sustainable culinary attractions, Oakland is also home to one of the largest artist communities in the nation, creating cutting-edge contemporary art, craft, and traditional works.

For two weekends in June, over 400 leading artists open their studios to the public, offering a rare opportunity for art fans of all ages to visit artists’ studios, peek inside their creative process, and purchase works directly from local artists — painting, sculpture, drawing, watercolor, textiles, jewelry, ceramics, photography, mixed media, glass, mosaic, print-making, book-arts, furniture, installation, paper, and metal arts. During the week, there will be more innovative art, groundbreaking museum and gallery exhibitions, live concerts, and great food in Oakland and the East Bay.

Participating neighborhoods include: Oakland’s Uptown, Jack London Square, Temescal, Rockridge, Jingletown, Fruitvale, Diamond, West Oakland, Glenview, Laurel, Berkeley, Albany, El Cerrito, Richmond, Alameda and more.

East Bay Open Studios and The Directory of East Bay Arts serve as essential resources for connecting the public to the creative and vital arts community in the region. For over 35 years, Pro Arts has been serving artists and public audiences by presenting the best art made in the region.

Pro Arts at Oakland Art Gallery is located at 150 Frank H. Ogawa Plaza in Oakland. Info: www.proartsgallery.org.

Other artists participating in East Bay Open Studios include the following. Note: some addresses are for the exhibits only and are not the artists’ studios.

• Kanna Aoki (painting), 1019 Pomona Ave., Albany, (510) 559-8344, www.kannaaoki.com

• Curtis Arima (jewelry, metal), 2547 8th St., Studio 30B, Berkeley, (510) 205-5694, www.CurtisHArima.com

• Ellen Bepp (mixed media, textiles), 9-11 Studios, 900 E. 11th St., Oakland, (510) 839-9641, [email protected]

• Taro Hattori, www.tarohattori.com

• Betty Nobue Kano (painting, paper), 1340 Peralta Ave., Berkeley, (510) 527-1401, [email protected]

• Kiyomi Koide (ceramics, printmaking), 9-11 Studios, 900 E. 11th St., Oakland, (415) 350-5222, [email protected]

• Masako Miki (mixed media, painting), 1318 4th St., Berkeley, (510) 323-6437, www.masakomiki.com

• Lewis Suzuki (watercolors, mixed media), Suzuki Studio, 2240 Grant St., Berkeley, (510) 849-1427, [email protected]

• Weston Teruya (sculpture, paper), http://westonteruya.com

• Fonda Yoshimoto (ceramics, drawing), 10th Street Studios, 3100 e. 10th St., Oakland, (707) 695-4809, http://[email protected]

• Wendy Yoshimura (watercolors, printmaking), Studio 474, 474 43rd St., Oakland, (510) 595-6806, www.wendyyoshimura.com

• Linda Yoshizawa (printmaking), Jack London Square, 98 Broadway, Oakland, (925) 247-4214, www.lindayoshizawaimpressions.com






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