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Johansson Projects (2300 Telegraph Ave., Oakland, 510-444-9140), amidst of the First Friday crowds, presents thoughtfully assembled, eclectic shows with professionalism and polish, but free of art-world attitude.
LoBot (1800 Campbell St., West Oakland), founded in 2004, is a "lower-bottom" 7,000-square-foot space that shows thematic group shows of regional, national, and international artists.
Mama Buzz Cafe and Gallery (2318 Telegraph Ave., Oakland, 510-465-4073) is a rather cozy, funky casual food joint by day, and comes alive at night with live music to accompany the art exhibitions.
Mercury 20 Gallery (25 Grand Ave., Oakland, MercuryTwenty.com) is a cooperative gallery of "twenty elemental artists" that mounts monthly shows of two of its mid-career members.
Pro Arts (150 Frank H. Ogawa Plaza, Oakland, 510-763-4361), sponsor of East Bay Open Studios since 1979, mounts contemporary art exhibits at its 2,500-square-foot gallery and dedicated project space, while its Gallery Store displays the artwork of member artists.
Richmond Art Center (2540 Barrett St., Richmond, 510-620-6772) offers classes in ceramics, paintings, weaving, and jewelry, and workshops for artists of all ages in its 25,000-square-foot facility, which includes a 6,000-square-foot gallery space and a sculpture courtyard.
Rock Paper Scissors Collective (2278 Telegraph Ave., Oakland, 510-238-9171) is an organization of volunteers that offers classes in fashion, skateboarding, DJ-ing, crocheting, knitting, web design; a gallery; a sewing and screen-printing art lab; a 'zine library; and a retail store for local artists and crafters.
Rowan Morrison Gallery (330 40th St., Oakland, 510-384-5344) is a contemporary art gallery, book publisher, and store, featuring 'zines, fine-art prints, paper goods, and artist's books.
Swarm Studios + Gallery (560 2nd St., Oakland, 510-839-2787) shows contemporary art (new media, installations) in its large gallery and smaller project space while offering eleven studio spaces for rent.
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