First Friday Guide - December Edition 

A guide to Art Murmur and related events.


click to enlarge Moderna at SLATE contemporary features works by Maya Kabat, Lola, and Maura Segal. - PHOTO COURTESY OF SLATE CONTEMPORARY
  • Photo courtesy of SLATE contemporary
  • Moderna at SLATE contemporary features works by Maya Kabat, Lola, and Maura Segal.


Art Galleries

Art@Archer: Eclectic Visions Work by Diana and Larry Coleman. As varied as it is exciting, they take on new subject matter, as well as returning to some old standards. Through Jan. 31, 2018. free. 431 13th St., Oakland.

ArtVale Gallery: Bite-Sized Beauties Bite Sized Beauties is a holiday salon-style exhibition featuring small works by a collection of local artists and artisans. Fri., Dec. 1, 6-9 p.m. free. Facebook.com/events/170090980245397/. 3463 Champion St, Oakland, artvalegallery.com.

Athen B Gallery: Hinterland A solo exhibition by Troy Lovegates. Through Dec. 1. free. 1525 Webster St., Oakland.

Chandra Cerrito Contemporary: Vision and Voice Reflections of Immigrant Artists in California A curated exhibition by Genevieve Hastings featuring work by Guillermo Galindo, Pantea Karimi, Jung Ran Bae, Anna Larina, Takeshi Moro, and Xiaoze Xie. Through Dec. 21. free. 480 23rd St., Oakland, ChandraCerritoContemporary.com.

Classic Cars West: Between the Leaves A multi-sensory installation of Anjelica Colliard's signature "imaginary jungles" that takes the artist's drawings off the page and into space. As an artist primarily working in printed matter, this installation is a refreshing expansion of Colliard's strikingly sensual line work, and a deliberate invitation to the viewer to wander through her invented landscapes. Through Dec. 29, 6-9 p.m. free. oaklandartmurmur.org/events/anjelica-colliard-between-the-leaves/. 411 26th St., Oakland, ClassicCarsWest.com.

Concept Forty-Seven - Oakland: The Art of RoseSharon Oates Rosesharon Oates is an Oakland-based visual artist. Working mainly on wood panels, she burns in detailed lines, etching, and shading with a soldering iron before applying acrylic washes to create powerful visual stories. While her art has been primarily about her relationship with Spirit, she has become increasingly focused on depicting real people, especially women, holding sacred space and maintaining community in the midst of things falling apart. Fri., Dec. 1, 6-9 p.m. free. 4727 Telegraph Ave., Oakland, conceptfortyseven.com.

Creative Growth Art Center: Holiday Show: More Is More An exhibition featuring opulent layers of beads, jewelry, and trinkets in Juan Aguilera's sculptural creations; gratify the desire for more in Paul Field's scenes, where sundry characters fill every inch of his drawn tableaux, or with the densely packed repetition of forms covering Ricardo Gaitan's work; and push the limits of what's naughty and nice with nude punk angels crafted of wood by Casey Byrnes and Kim Clark's drawn celebrations of bawdy celebrity culture. Dec. 1-Jan. 11. 355 24th St., Oakland, CreativeGrowth.org.

Econo Jam Records: The Stories Places Tell New poster series by Nicholas Basta. Two-part studies of neon signs, hand-painted letters, gate patterns and vintage sports graphics. Opening event on First Friday, with special guest performances by Pas Doo, Eighty9s, Ovrkast. Fri., Dec. 1, 7-10 p.m., free, rootsandbranches.org. Econo Jam Records, 2519 Telegraph Ave., Oakland, EconoJamRecords.com.

The Fourth Wall Art Gallery: Never Enough Time One years' worth of work by Jennifer Hynes. Fri., Dec. 1, 6-9 p.m. free. 473 25th St., Oakland.

GearBox Gallery: On the Edge The recent works of Jules Campbell and TaVee McAllister Lee feature ephemera - fragments of paper from newspapers, magazines, and random discarded text and imagery. The fractured pieces are employed in aesthetically formal compositions that imbue them with depth, meaning, and mystery. Through Jan. 6, 2018. free. Small Works Works by Angela Baker, Carol Dalton, Lucia Dill, Jane Fisher, David Fitzgerald, Ann Holsberry, Daniel McClain, and Robert Ray. Through Jan. 6, 2018. free. 770 West Grand Ave, Oakland, GearBoxGallery.com.

Johansson Projects: Partnerlook A solo exhibition by Michelle Blade that transcends the apocalyptic with her lucid landscapes and totemic sculptures. Through Jan. 6, 2018. free. johanssonprojects.com/. 2300 Telegraph Ave., Oakland, JohanssonProjects.com.

Joyce Gordon Gallery: 7th Annual Holiday Art Exhibit A collection of unique and affordable art by new and returning artists, demonstrating an eclectic style work representing the best of the Bay Area. Continues through Dec. 30. free. LUKASA Inspired by the late Mrs. Ozella McDaniel Williams Quilt Code, LUKASA explores the African origins of Underground Railroad coded quilts institutionalized by Prince Hall, founder of the 18th century African Lodge, and used by enslaved Africans to navigate their clandestine and often hazardous voyage to freedom. LUKASA demonstrates how coded quilts preserve personal, familial and community stories and other invaluable cultural concepts unique to the African diaspora. Continues through Dec. 30. free. 406 14th St., Oakland, JoyceGordonGallery.com.

Manna Gallery: Connecting Threads A solo exhibition by Tiffany Schmierer. "The underlying theme of this series is the interconnection that we have with each other and our surrounding world. Along with dialogue, themes of home, dreams, and links to our environment are woven throughout the work." Fridays, Saturdays, 12-5 p.m. Continues through Dec. 16. free. 473 25th St., Oakland, MannaGallery.com.

Naming Gallery: Nadair Asghari, Nick Wilkinson, Frantz Jean-Baptiste Closing Reception Fri., Dec. 1, 6-9 p.m. 335 15th St., Oakland, NamingGallery.com/.

Oakland.Secret: Fast Falls The Eventide Closing A group art exhibition of underground artists with work ranging from metal sculpture, epic paintings, allegorical ink drawings, ceramic sculpture, fruit glass window/mixed media sculpture and installation art, all nestled in the accidental theme: nature and all her arms. Bay Area artists: Charity Romero, Rima Khalek, Shannon Knox, Aiya Jordan. Visiting artists: Jordan Barlow, Beckey Kaye. Live DJs. Fri., Dec. 1, 6-10 p.m. free. 577 5th St, Oakland.

Oakopolis Creativity Center: Elemental "Paintings in this exhibit are mostly mixed-media started and/or finished recently, though Tsunami took years of layering to resolve. Others more playful or whimsical, far less of a struggle. The bronze sculptures date from earlier time periods, though limited editions were just recently cast and still inform my present. Bird-Woman has been cast into bronze for the first time from her ceramic origins." Dec. 1-Jan. 27. free. 447 25th St., Oakland, Oakopolis.org.

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