BACCHINAE

It’s funny thing, in the art world, at least MY art world, that the end of things isn’t necessarily a sad course of events. You have to free up energy to let new light in – you have to free yourself to be free. Christopher and Regina, the manager and the owner of Zza’s, have been the greatest, most liberating people to work with: always rolling out the red carpet, so to say for each artist – always letting us do whatever we wanted. When I started this project, I imagined a place where artists and friends could gather once a month and see each other’s work in an informal setting, a round table of exhibits. It worked – almost like something out of another time, turn of the century Paris or something classically modern where wine fuels the wit and everyone has a good, and sometimes strange, time.

More then the art, I am going to miss the gang. We, the Zza’s community, have shared over forty shows of art over the past four years. They have all been solo shows except for RED AND WHITE a couple of years back.  Now, in my second group show here at Zza’s I say farewell – gathering 14 Zza’s veteran for a big show: one night of great wine and brilliant art. As for the big picture? I have no idea what is next – come out Saturday night, get loud in the spirit of Bacchus, and share with me about what you got going on!

Below is a previously unreleased, black and white portrait of each artist – click on the picture to link to their original original studio-visit I did with them back in the day…

Zza’s Wine Bar is at 550 Grand Ave. Oakland, California. The show will be up through January 6th.

artist Holly Wach photo by obi kaufmann

artist Gina Tuzzi photo courtesy of the artist

artist Martin Webb photo by obi kaufmann

artist Ryan McJunkin photo by obi kaufmann

artist Elliot Fredericksen photo by obi kaufmann

artist Hunter Mack photo by Obi Kaufmann

artist Patricia Gillespie photo courtesy the artist

artist David Seiler photo by obi kaufmann

artist Theo Auer photo by obi kaufmann

artist Alison OK Frost photo by Obi Kaufmann

 

artist Alissa Goss photo by obi kaufmann

artist Forest Stearns photo by obi kaufmann

artist Michael Patton photo by obi kaufmann

artist Kelly Monson photo by obi kaufmann

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  1. thanks obi!!! to the art king!!!! you amaze me with that art energy of giving and sincerity!!! thank you!!!!

  2. way to go Obi! See you on Saturday




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