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FOR THE LOVE OF ART: FEBRUARY EVENTS

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Wow, it’s hard to remember when there was a February this busy with art in the Bay– it seems that there are interesting openings, workshops, and parties happening almost every night this month.  This month, take some time to explore places that might take a little longer to get to because there are great events happening in both Richmond and Alameda.


MAKERSPACE OPENING ‘N CRAFTS
The Port Workspaces is inviting all creators, artisans, prototypers, and designers to celebrate the grand opening of its new Makerspace in downtown Oakland.  There will be workshops throughout the night for pillow-making, wearable tech, tarot readings, and other creative projects.

MAKERSPACE GRAND OPENING
FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 1, 4 – 8PM
344 20TH ST, OAKLAND
INFO & RSVP

 

ART FROM ANNA FIDLER + CATHY LU
Artists Anna Fidler and Cathy Lu are opening a new show at Johansson Projects that reimage old myths through their colorful, feminine worlds.  Inspired by the ancient Chinese myth of the Immortal Peach Garden and an imagined group of women who live amongst the trees, their work seem straight out of a dream.

OPENING RECEPTION: HER KIND
FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 1, 5 – 8PM
JOHANSSON PROJECTS
2300 TELEGRAPH AVE, OAKLAND
INFO

 

ART IN CITY HALL
Alameda’s City Hall is hosting an open house for residents to come and view its latest art exhibitions.  The third floor features images of Zacatlan by artists Paul Feinberg and Erica Norelius from the gallery, Frank Bette Center for the Arts.  

ART IN CITY HALL OPEN HOUSE
FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 1, 5:30 – 6:30PM
ALAMEDA CITY HALL
INFO

 

GHOSTLY IMAGES
Ashara Ekundayo Gallery kicks off the year with a solo show from artist Sam Vernon, who makes Xeror drawings, collages, and objects using a process of “ghosting.”  By copying and multipying each original image, the end result of Vernon’s printmaking process questions how images are transformed when they are reproduced.  

ENDLESS SUPPLY – FIRST FRIDAY OPENING
FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 1, 6 – 9PM
ASHARA EKUNDAYO GALLERY
480 23RD ST, OAKLAND
INFO

 

DOPE DOPE DOPE WINTER GROUP SHOW
The Evolved SF store has partnered with local art collective Dope Dope Dope to curate a black and white group show called “Nothing Between.”  There will be works in various mediums and a special run of black and white merchandise available for purchase at the show.
OPENING RECEPTION: NOTHING BETWEEN
FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 1, 6 – 10PM
EVOLVED SF
3067 24TH ST
INFO

 

TREAT YO’SELF
Every first Friday, WorkshopSF has an open house and party with DIY activities.  To celebrate Valentine’s Day, there will be free card-making and chocolate-making that you could share (or eat by yourself) later this month. 

TREAT YO’SELF VALENTINES PARTY
FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 1, 7 – 10PM
WORKSHOP.
1798 MCALLISTER ST.
INFO

 

ART AT THE END OF THE WORLD
Artist Yoon Lee will give a talk about her elaborate compositions made from her own sketches, photographs, and computer manipulations.  Lee’s work feels chaotic, but in a way that represents the pace of contemporary life. 

YOON LEE – ARTIST TALK
SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 2, 2 – 3PM
THE LUGGAGE STORE GALLERY
1007 MARKET ST
INFO

 

#BADASIAN ART
Come raise a glass to the most provocative issue to date of Slant’d, an independent creative platform that celebrates the Asian American identity.  The issue features personal stories, art, poetry from 20 #badasians around the country.

SLANT’D ISSUE 02 LAUNCH PARTY
SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 2, 2 – 4:30PM
THE SUB, 199 CAPP ST
INFO & TICKETS

 

ALL THAT GLITTERS
The Berkeley Art Center opens the second part of its annual member’s exhibition.  The group show features a diverse set of artists that include Jennie BramanMary BurgerDana DeKalbDonna FenstermakerShelley GardnerChristine MeurisKimberly RoweSally SmithSimon TranStephen Whisler and Rochelle Youk.

OPENING RECEPTION: ALL THAT GLITTERS (HERE: PART 2)
SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 2, 6 – 8PM
BERKELEY ART CENTER, 1275 WALNUT ST
INFO

 

HIDDEN SIDE OF THE MOON
Check out a new solo exhibition from Mexican artist Patricia Lagarde at Jack Fischer Gallery this weekend.  Her exhibition explores the mystery of the “hidden” side of the moon, and the poetry that surrounds that idea.

OPENING RECEPTION: PATRICIA LAGARDE’S LUNA
SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 2, 5 – 7PM
JACK FISCHER GALLERY, MINNESOTA STREET PROJECT
INFO

 

BAD ART GALLERY
Broke-Ass Sturt has teamed up with San Francisco IndieFest to bring you another hilarious night of “bad” artworks, groovy music, and tasty beverages.  The finest paintings have been curated from dumpsters, flea markets, thrift stores, and the streets of San Francisco. 

BAD ART GALLERY S07E01
SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 2, 8 – 11PM
518 VALENCIA ST
INFO & TICKETS

 

CODEX VII
Browse a unique selection of international artist books from Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway, and Sweden at this book fair from the Berkeley-based CODEX Foundation.  Suddenly, traveling to Richmond doesn’t seem so far away when it’s for the largest fair in the world for handmade books. 

CODEX BOOK FAIR
SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 3, 3PM
THE CRANEWAY PAVILION, RICHMOND
INFO

 

THE PARIS REVIEW
Come listen to a conversation about what it means to be a woman working in a creative field with Emily Nemens, the current editor of The Paris Review.  This arts and design-focused night will also include accomplished female authors and contributors to the famous literary magazine.

THE PARIS REVIEW: WOMEN AT WORK
MONDAY, FEBRUARY 4, 6:30 – 8PM
BERKELEY ART MUSEUM & PACIFIC FILM ARCHIVE
INFO

 

MOVIES AT THE MUSEUM
After checking out the current exhibitions at the Contemporary Jewish Museum on its Free Admission First Tuesday, stick around to catch a classic movie from 1971.  Harold and Maude is set in the Bay Area, so be sure to keep an eye out for any cameos that San Francisco makes in the movie.

HAROLD AND MAUDE
TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 5, 1 – 2:30PM
CONTEMPORARY JEWISH MUSEUM
INFO

 

MEDIA MAKES THE WORLD GO ’ROUND
Learn more about the media skills that today’s artists and activities need for growing their audiences.  This free workshop will introduce you to tools needed to thrive in today’s media environment and pizza!

ESSENTIAL MEDIA SKILLS FOR ARTISTS & ACTIVISTS
TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 5, 7 – 8:30PM
OMNI COMMONS, 4799 SHATTUCK AVE
INFO & TICKETS

 

FOOD FOR THOUGHT
Join local writers for a lively conversation on what defines Oakland’s foodie culture and what makes its restaurants stand out.  The panel features writers like Luke Tsai, senior editor at San Francisco Magazine, and will be sure to inspire your appetite. 

OAKLAND FOOD WRITERS DISH ON OAKLAND DINING
WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 6, 6 – 7:15PM
OAKLAND MAIN LIBRARY
125 14TH ST, OAKLAND
INFO

 

PARTY WITH WOLFMAN BOOKS
Oakland-based bookstore and community arts hub, Wolfman Books invites everyone to celebrate the latest issue of its art and culture magazine.  New Life Quarterly is a literary, arts, and culture magazine focused on the intersections of art and community, especially in the Bay Area.

NEW LIFE ISSUE 4 LAUNCH PARTY & POSTCARD MAKING
THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 7, 4 – 7PM
BERKELEY ART MUSEUM & PACIFIC FILM ARCHIVE
INFO

 

CASTRO ART WALK
Every First Thursday, the Castro’s local merchants extend their hours to host arts and culture activities.  Some of the official participating stores include the Apothecarium, (on Market St.), Dog Eared Books, and Art Attack SF.

FEBRUARY CASTRO ART WALK
THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 7, 6 – 9PM
CASTRO DISTRICT
INFO

 

FLEET WOOD TURNS FOUR
Fleet Wood is celebrating its fourth anniversary at its Tenderloin location and opening a new solo show from local artist Arael Dominguez.  The store is known for its killer art shows, pop-up shops, zine fairs, after-parties, so be sure to show them some support!

OPENING RECEPTION: ARAEL DOMINGUEZ
THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 7, 6 – 10PM
FLEET WOOD SF, 839 LARKIN ST
INFO 

FADED GLORY
Delphian Gallery directors Benjamin Murphy and Nick JS Thompson are collaborating on this new show at Book & Job Gallery.  “Faded Glory” will have paintings and photography from both artists presented in the pair’s experimental curatorial style. 

OPENING RECEPTION: FADED GLORY
THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 7, 6 – 10PM
BOOK & JOB GALLERY, 838 GEARY ST
INFO

 

ARTIST MINI MART
Do some shopping at Mission Bowling Club and support local artists, vendors, and musicians.  DONCAT will be playing music and there will be cheap beers from Standard Deviant Brewing!

MINI MART
FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 8, 6 – 9PM
MISSION BOWLING CLUB
INFO

 

LIVE@VAMP
Oakland’s Vintage Art Music for the People store (VAMP) some music performances from Rodrigo Barrage with Timothy Russell & Mark Zollinger and Murder Sewage.  The store is also stocked with hella cool records and vintage wear, so come prepared to shop.

RODRIGO BARRAGE WITH TIMOTHY RUSSELL & MARK ZOLLINGER
FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 8, 8 – 11PM
VAMP, 331 19TH ST, OAKLAND
INFO

 

MUSIC FOR FALLING IN LOVE
Enjoy a night of music at Exposé Deux, a new curated night of live performances at Pro Arts gallery in Oakland.  The local selection of musicians will make you want to dance.

EXPOSE DEUX
FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 8, 8:45PM – 12:45AM
PRO ARTS
150 FRANK H OGAWA PLZ, OAKLAND
INFO

 

24 HOURS OF NOISE
Tune into 24 hours of live noise music broadcast from KZSU, Stanford University’s FM radio station.  There will be 48 different shows going on throughout the day.

DAY OF NOISE
SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 9, 12AM – 11:59PM
KZSU STANFORD
INFO

 

CRAFT-A-THON 2019
Rock Paper Scissors Collective will be putting on 14 workshops in 10 hours at Classic Cars West Gallery in Oakland.  The workshops range from plushy pillow sewing to shrinky dink making.  

CRAFT-A-THON 2019
SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 9, 11AM – 9PM
CLASSIC CARS WEST
INFO

 

TREASURE ISLAND ART

The Treasure Island Museum will partner with the Port Chicago Naval Magazine National Memorial, the SFPL, and the Friends of Port Chicago Memorial to present this lecture and symposium.  The program will present a historic story of diaster and trial, and connect it to the present moment. 

THE PORT CHICAGO TRIAL: PANEL + EXHIBITION
SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 9, 1 – 4:30PM
TREASURE ISLAND MUSEUM
INFO & RSVP 

 

PERSONAL SPHERES & PERIPHERIES|
Abram Claghorn Gallery presents an 11-person group exhibition about personal sphere and rudimentary periphery.  The geometric art show will feature a selection of Bay Area artists in all shapes and sizes.

 

OPENING RECEPTION: ON THE EDGE OF EDEN
SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 9, 5 – 7PM
ABRAMS CLAGHORN GALLERY
INFO

 

FINE PRINT FAIR
Stop by the Kala Art Institute this weekend to shop a selection of fine prints from leading art dealers and galleries.  The international fine works span from the last five centuries.

BAY AREA FINE PRINT FAIR – INAUGURAL SHOW
SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 10, 10 – 5PM
KALA ART INSTITUTE
2990 SAN PABLO AVE, BERKELEY
INFO

 

BE HERE NOW

Catch the opening for a group show at Kadist that investigates the strategies that communities of different cultures use to cope with the transformations of their cities.  ‘Here We Live’ is the second chapter of a collaboration with the Galaxy Museum of Contemporary Art in Chongqing, China.

OPENING RECEPTION: HERE WE LIVE
WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 13, 6 – 8PM
KADIST
INFO

 

ANTI-VALENTINE’S DAY HAPPY HOUR
Join the San Jose Institute of Contemporary Art and have an Anti-Valentine’s Day happy hour to celebrate its current ‘Curate Your Heartache’ group exhibition.  

ANTI-VALENTINE’S DAY HAPPY HOUR
THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 14, 5 – 8PM
SOCIAL POLICY,
200 S 1ST ST, SAN JOSE
INFO

 

FOR THE LOVE OF FRIENDS
Spend this Valentine’s Day at Artist Television Acess for LOFI LEGS, CASI ASMODEA & XASHADELIC.  There will also be an installation by Faith Arazi & Jose Cital.

VALENTIMES
THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 14, 7 – 10PM
ARTISTS’ TELEVISION ACCESS
INFO

 

GALLERY FOR BROKEN HEARTS
The third annual Gallery for Broken Hearts is a great place to be alone with some art.  You’ll be sure to have some interesting conversations (or relive some painful memories) at this opening.

GALLERY FOR BROKEN HEARTS
THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 14, 6 – 11PM
CODE AND CANVAS, 151 POTRERO AVE
INFO

 

A MYSTICAL, MAGICAL DINNER

Artist-in-residence Isis Hockenos will transform one of the spaces at the Midway Gallery into a life-size painting for an immersive dining experience.  The dinner will also include wine pairings.

NIGHT FISHING: OSTARA
THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 14, 7 – 9PM
THE MIDWAY GALLERY & ARTIST STUDIOS
INFO

 

A CURATORIAL MIGRATION
Southern Exposure is having a group exhibition SoEx Curatorial Council Member Marcela Pardo Ariza that combines writing, photography, video, ceramics, music and installations.  The exhibition will explore the narratives of those who have migrated, live in between cultures, and embrace their hybridity as a place of resistance and joy.

OPENING RECEPTION: TALLEST PART OF THE ARCH
FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 15, 7 – 9PM
SOUTHERN EXPOSURE
INFO

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