This oldest arts & crafts cooperative west of the Mississippi (founded in the mid-1950s) owns its own exhibition space and retail outlet — a handsome, many-windowed brick building in upscale North Berkeley, flanked by high-end restaurants and boutiques. Inside, artworks created by member artists are displayed in rotating shows and events.
At Actual Cafe, it's all about sitting down and enjoying the coffeehouse experience. Get a cup of Joe (or tea) served in a real china cup, plop down, and just hang for a while. Actual Cafe boasts comfy furniture and communal seating to encourage actual interaction with actual human life-forms. It's "not just another wi-fi shack." Indoor bike parking and a full menu are also available. Weekends are laptop-free.
True to its name, the Addison Street Windows Gallery intends for the viewer to enjoy mixed-media art exhibits from outside, through its windows. Therefore it’s always free, and always open. The space is run by the Civic Arts Program of the City of Berkeley, in cooperation with the Civic Arts Commission.
A satellite space curated by the Kala Art Institute.
The gallery, part of the Adobe Art Center complex, is run by the Hayward Area Recreation and Park District.
The warehouse gallery space showcases works of sculpture and digital media, and is equipped with a fabrication shop, design studio, and screening room.
Photographer Michael T. Williams and potter Susan Paul-Williams own and operate the Albany Arts Gallery, which is known for the enamel, wood, and porcelain work created by renowned local artists. The owners teach classes behind the gallery in their on-site studios.
The foyer of the Albany Community Center doubles as an art gallery, featuring the work of local artists. Anyone can petition the Albany Arts Committee to have their art shown as a part of one of the four shows that exhibit every year.
A collection of small shops and galleries in the vibrant Temescal arts district.
After a year and a half, the Alphonse Berber Gallery closed its Berkeley storefront and merged with its Union Square location. Single artist exhibitions shown there feature a wide range of mediums - including light displays, sculpture, and print. The split-level space is available to rent and the venue offers catering services for events.
This art gallery, located in the Alta Bates Summit Medical Center, provides onlookers artwork to peruse while taking a break from a hospital visit.
Alta Galleria, founded by forty-year contemporary art collector, Alta, features rotating shows of mostly California-based painters, many that are local to the San Francisco Bay Area. The front area of the gallery is dedicated to rotating solo artist's shows, and the back room offers a more intimate display area.
Located at the base of the Berkeley hills, the Ames Gallery is the West Coast's only gallery featuring contemporary paintings, drawings, and sculpture created by self-taught, visionary, and outsider art in addition to antique Americana folk art.
Downtown Berkeley's Art House Gallery & Cultural Center mixes art with purpose. In addition to art exhibits, the space also hosts benefit events.