ARTQUEST2 8-22-09

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Scroll below to find links to reports from the 40th Street exhibits.
Merchants of the 40th St. Area invite the public on an Art Quest 2

August 22nd, 2009 – The 40th St. corridor that connects MacArthur BART at Telegraph Ave. to Piedmont Ave. has recently seen a surge of independent businesses and shops. Joining longtime Oakland favorites like Mama’s Royal Café are several exciting new retailers each offering unique services. On the evening of Saturday, August 22nd, five of these merchants are staying open late to promote local artists, local business, and a neighborhood on the rise.

The first Artquest was held in February and was such a success that the event is being duplicated. Since February, the 40th Street Corridor has seen more improvement with the expansion of 1234Go! Records and the imminent opening of Subrosa Coffee Shop.

Manifesto Bicycles, Rowan Morrison Gallery, Premium Tattoo and Vintage, 1234GO! Records and Issues are each hosting art receptions in their businesses on the same evening as part of the “40th Street Corridor Art Quest 2”. In addition to local artwork, the public is invited to get their “treasure maps” stamped at each location and enter for several chances to win gift certificate prizes from the participating venues. There will be music, refreshments, and lots of affordable products (many manufactured locally).

Manifesto Bicycles, located at 421 40th St., is a different kind of bike shop. Operated by Sam and MacKay Cunningham, Manifesto restores and sells vintage bicycles as well as accessories, local handmade crafts, and their own line of apparel. On the evening of the 22nd, Manifesto will be hosting a reception for a group show of paintings in their back gallery, curated by local artist and promoter Obi Kaufmann. The show is called “The Living City 2” and will feature the work of Oakland artists Bruk Dunbar, Jane Elliot, Marcos Lafarga, Marc Landes, Jeff Riley and Alex Rosmarin.

CLICK HERE TO VIEW COVERAGE OF THE SHOW AT MANIFESTO BICYCLES

Rowan Morrison Gallery and Artist’s Bookstore, located at 330 40th St., is owned and operated by husband-wife artist team Narangkar and Pete Glover. Working out of their adjacent storefront studio, Rowan Morrison offers an eclectic selection of art books, zines, and prints in addition to hosting regular fine art exhibitions by local emerging artists. They also act as an independent publisher of art books and print editions. On the evening of the Art Quest they present a closing reception for the paintings of Oakland artist Carl Auge, in an exhibit called “Resound, New Work by Carl Auge.”

CLICK HERE TO LINK TO JOHN CASEY’S BLOG FOR COVERAGE OF ROWAN MORRISON

Premium Tattoo and Vintage, located at 4130 Broadway Ave., is a “mom and pop shop” that highlights timeless style and first-class permanent body artwork. With a comfortable atmosphere, amazing tattoo work by renowned artist Matt Decker, and unearthed fashion classics collected by Hilary Decker, Premium is a tattoo parlor that can be enjoyed by those with no intention of going under the needle. For one night they are transforming their space into Premium Gallery and will present an installation of the paintings by Oakland artist David Seiler.

CLICK HERE TO VIEW COVERAGE OF DAVID SEILER’S SHOW AT PREMIUM

Located just above Piedmont Ave. at 20 Glen Ave., Issues is an international newsstand that has quickly established itself as the place to go for periodicals, locally produced publications, and great conversation. Owners Noella Teele and Joe Colley are working hard to provide the community with not only with the best selection of magazines in the Bay Area, but also with a great selection of books, music, and original artworks. Issues will host a reception of works by Sacramento artist Bluewater Avery called, ‘Schlock and Aww Shucks!’ For this show, Bluewater will take over ISSUES with works of all sizes and mediums. His works explore the collision between spirituality and crass desire and his own conflicts arising from survival in a pop culture world. A selection of his self published zines and pamphlets will also be on sale during the show. He is currently employed as an art teacher working with adults with disabilities.

CLICK HERE TO VIEW BLUEWATER AVERY AT ISSUES

Joining the line-up for Artquest2 will be 1234Go! Records at 423 40th street, and Subrosa Coffee at 419 40th street will be hosting art events by local artists as well.

CLICK HERE TO PREVIEW SUBROSA COFFEE

CLICK HERE TO LINK TO JOHN CASEY’S ARTQUEST2 COVERAGE INCLUDING PICTURES FROM 1234GO! RECORDS

More than just another Art Murmur, the merchants of the 40th St. Corridor appreciate the value that support for the local economy can have on a neighborhood. All the owners of these businesses, as well as many of the exhibiting artists, are also residents of Oakland. Please join us all for an evening of art, crafts, fun, and community.

www.issuesshop.com,
www.rowanmorrison.com
www.wearemanifesto.com
www.myspace.com/premiumtattooandvintage
www.oaklandsweetart.info
www.1234gorecords.com

Questions? call Obi 925-951-7501

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