Photographs by the members of the Oakland Art Association will be on view in the 2nd floor art gallery at the Rockridge branch library.
The Oakland Art Association is a non-profit group of roughly 55 members, several of whom have been active over most of its almost 60 years. The association is involved most in arranging show venues for its members in Alameda and Contra Costa Counties but also in support of specific art programs with-in the Oakland Unified Schools. Typically, they have about 10 juried shows each year, where members are invited to show original work which is competitively judged, and cash prizes are awarded.
During August 2016 OAA will hold its annual photography only show at the Rockridge Library as well as a juried show at the Oakland Chamber of Commerce offices (475 14th St. Oakland).
During September the Association will have a show of paintings only at the Rockridge Library, a new show at the Oakland Chamber, and a third show at the Alameda County Law Library (125 12th St., Oakland).
Additionally, the Association sponsors a number of so called "Satellite" shows featuring the work of a single member artist. Currently two Satellite shows are being displayed; First Federal Saving Bank, 6058 College Ave, Oakland and at Piedmont Gardens, 110 41st Street, Oakland.
Membership in OAA costs $50 per year, and is open to all artists who would like to have their work shown in local venues. To learn more about OAA consult our website: www.oaklandart.org .
Once again the African American Quilt Guild of Oakland will be displaying quilted wall hangings during the months of August and September. This year we will be using patriotic colors. At least 75 percent of the wall hanging should be in red, white and blue. The designs will range from traditional, modern and art pieces
With hands outstretched to the future, Queer Youth Productions’ traveling exhibit, Muck and Sparkle: the Magic and Pain of Survival, brings forth the art of expanding hearts and paradox of possibility in a candid array of artwork from LGBTQIA2S young people. The show brings with it the specter of struggle youth maneuver in order to (re)claim space to carve out the complexities of their identities. Alongside powerful depictions of self determination, this exhibit transcends the two dimensional and offers a unique glimpse into the the less-often-heard-seen-thought-touched-interiority of vulnerability that comes with uncovering (un)truths of gender and sexuality. By centering voices of queer youth, we are able to reflect upon work that has been done in queer communities and build intergenerational conversations for envisioning supportive and liberating futures. Within these pieces is a resilient force of magic that speaks to a collective and time-defying queer tongue.
To commemorate the 50th anniversary of the founding of the Black Panther Party, the Oakland History Room has mounted an exhibit to showcase the group's innovative and much-needed survival programs (1966-1982) that aided many people in Oakland and around the United States by providing them with free food, medical care, legal assistance, and political education.
The exhibit will feature Black Panther Party newspapers, photographs, books, articles and ephemera from the group's heyday.