This week’s happenings in Alameda’s Park Street Business District: View Calendar
3 Venues, 18 Artists participating in Open Studios on Park Street
East Bay Open Studios has been offering an opportunity for art fans of all ages to visit artists’ studios, glimpse the creative process, and purchase affordable art directly from the local artists since 1979. It has become the largest art event in the region and now draws an annual audience over 60,000!
This year over 400 hundred artists (!!!) will be opening their studios to art adventurers across the East Bay during the weekends of June 7-8 and June 14-15, from 11:00am to 6:00pm each day.
But what if you have only one day to visit the studios?
If you don’t have time to explore the entire list of East Bay studios, there are a number of artists that will be featured in Alameda’s Historic Park Street District where you can top off your plans by starting your visit with lunch at one of the local cafes or finishing it with dinner at one of the popular fusion restaurants (see our list below).
Participating galleries include Gary Francis Fine Art, The Artistic Home Studio & Boutique, and Autobody Fine Art. You’ll get a chance to meet the gallery owners who will be displaying their own original works of art along with other featured artists.
Gary Francis Fine Art
1419-E Park Street, (510) 629-1175
Gary Francis Fine Art Gallery is nestled inside the Park Street Plaza – a 10,000 square foot space housing six unique retail shops. The gallery specializes in contemporary art with a focus on San Francisco Bay Area emerging artists. Gallery director Gary Comoglio is himself is a painter and printmaker. He has exhibited throughout the Bay Area and will have some of his own works on display for Open Studios. In addition, the gallery is featuring seven other artists that work in printmaking, sculpture, mosaic, glass, photography, book art, textiles, painting, and drawing.
The Artistic Home Studio & Boutique
1419-E Park Street, (510) 263-0337
The Artistic Home Studio & Boutique is a DIY home decor studio & boutique. Rachel Gingold teaches decorative paint techniques that help enhance furniture, cabinets, and walls. JaYing Wang offers a daily drop-in studio for fused glass and teaches classes in mosaics & stained glass. They also have a youth program consisting of summer camps and after-school art classes. Both artists will have some of their original works on display for Open Studios. Their studio space will also be used to feature three other artists who work with mixed media, fused glass jewelry, and woodworking.
Autobody Fine Art
1517 Park Street,
popUp Gallery at Autobody Fine Art was created to provide an opportunity for emerging and under represented artists to present their work in a gallery setting. It is their goal to seek out and recognize local and regional artists who have not yet achieved widespread exposure, but who deserve recognition for demonstrating artistic excellence and unique perspectives. During Open Studios, exhibit coordinator Mi’Chelle Fredrick and four featured artists will present works that create relationships between art and ideas, offering visitors something new and unexpected to think about.
You won’t want to miss out on this year’s event! East Bay Open Studios is produced by Pro Arts, an Oakland-based nonprofit that promotes arts within the entire East Bay community and connects the public with over 400 regional artists. You can find out more about East Bay Open Studios on their website: www.proartsgallery.org/ebos
Nearby Restaurants and Lounges
Downtown Alameda’s Historic Park Street Business District offers a variety of restaurants where art fans can relax and enjoy the scenery. Enjoy lunch, dinner, or even a cocktail at one of these hip eateries:
Alameda Wine Company, 2315 Central Ave
American Oak, 2319 Santa Clara Ave
Cafe Q, 2302 Encinal Ave
C’era Una Volta, 1332 Park Street #D
East End, 1650 Park Street
Gold Coast Grill, 1901 Park Street
Habanas Cuban Cuisine, 1518 Park Street
Pappo, 2320 Central Ave
PS Eatery, 1363 Park Street
Speisekammer, 2424 Lincoln Ave
Spice I Am, 1353 Park Street
Taste at McGee’s, 1645 Park Street
The Hobnob, 1313 Park Street
Wine & Waffles, 1505 Park Street
Yellow Tail Japanese Bistro, 1332 Park Street #C
Zen, 2315 Santa Clara Ave
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Downtown Alameda’s Historic Park Street Shopping District offers great food & drink establishments, charming shops, friendly services, and fun things to do! To learn more about the businesses and events in Downtown Alameda, visit our website: www.ShopParkStreet.com/news. You can also find the “Park Street Business Association” on Facebook, Twitter , and Google+.