Wednesday, August 25, 2010

Institute of Mosaic Art Changes Hands

Residents of Jingletown are tickled pink...(or purple?) ...over the change of ownership at Institute of Mosaic Art on the corner of Chapman and Derby. A big welcome to new owner Denise Bavier who will, hopefully, bring some much-needed good energy to the whole neighborhood.

Best of luck, Denise!

Sunday, June 22, 2008

AutoEroticia at the FLOAT Gallery


"It's All About The Car"

A Group show…

Phillip Hall - Digital light painted photography

Bill Silveira - Auto inspired assemblage sculpture

Laurel True - Asphalt Mosaics

Show runs 7/13 – 9/6/08

AutoErotica celebration party 8/09/08, 6-9pm

Let’s face it…. Big old beautiful cars are sexy!

The US, with its love for the car, is fighting the need to become fuel efficient, healthy and green. But no, we don’t want to drive a Twinkie! Huge American cars are in our blood and we aren't letting them go easily.

Each of these three Bay Area artists have their own unique take on the love of the car and travel. They honor our rapidly disappearing, uniquely American, decadent automotive past.

About the Artists:

-Philip Hall

PhilWhen it comes to capturing the fine art of automobiles, Hall understands that the beauty of light is in the details. For more than 30 years, Hall had looked at light from a different perspective. An award-winning lighting designer, photographer, filmmaker and lighting control specialist, it has always been his medium of expression.

Philip’s lighting projects include; televised visits by The Pope, the Queen of England, 4 Presidents of the United States, celebration of the Golden Gate Bridge, feature films, commercials and thousands of permanent lighting systems in the Bay Area, his favorite being the renovation of the San Francisco Opera House. His work is included in the private collection of Jay Leno.

Ever since Hall focused on the definitive detail in that 1953 Corvette, his subject has been the elements of the automobile. Artist statement: "What intrigues and stimulates me is how shadows detail life, enhancing or diminishing perceptions or emotional reactions to my artwork. Reality is defined in my work by revealing the mystery of an image -- its light and shadow -- through crystallizing or distorting pixels until the inherent beauty of an image is revealed."

-Bill Silveira

BillSlightly curmudgeonly, a bit on the eccentric side, with a maniacal enthusiasm for the automobile since his early youth, Bill Silveira enjoys making art out of discarded auto parts, rusty scrap metal, and other unique items that seem to find their way into his vast collection of interesting and eclectic junk. A business owner and resident of Oakland's Jingletown arts district since the early 1990's, Silveira likes to think of himself as "Sanford and Son-ish with a slightly twisted bent."

Owner of Automania, this semi-retired used car dealer is also well known in the film industry as the guy who can provide you with just about anything you need from classic cars to caskets for your photo shoot. Learn more about Silveira on Kim Larsen’s blog.

-Laurel True

LauralLaurel True is a Bay Area artist specializing mosaic, mixed media and public art.

She travels widely to teach and facilitate large- scale, community based projects and maintains artistic or residential bases in Oakland, New Orleans and in Ghana, West Africa. She lectures internationally and has been featured in many books and publications.

"In her new series of mosaic relief panels, artist Laurel True turns away from more traditional mosaic materials such as ceramic, glass and stone, instead creating her works from asphalt, concrete and other roadway detritus collected from her Oakland neighborhood.

True bases her works' designs on random and intentional road markings such as tar lines, cracks and skid marks made from sideshows and car spinouts. True's series is a visual and conceptual investigation of what beauty might be found in urban landscapes, exploring the ugliness, grit, solidity and underlying grace in both her materials and surroundings."

About FLOAT:

FLOAT, Floatation Center – Art Gallery is the only floatation center & art gallery in the San Francisco Bay Area, floatation therapy is a unique and powerful tool that allows you to shut out the world, and drift into the deepest possible level of physical and mental relaxation. FLOAT an urban art spa offers new, public exhibits of local artists to stimulate and challenge your senses.

FLOAT, Floatation Center – Art Gallery 1091 Calcot Place, Unit # 116 (located in a store front loft of the historic Cotton Mill Studios) Oakland, CA 94606

Media is welcome to "experience" a complementary float

For more information and high resolution images please contact: Allison Walton, 510.535.1702 ,

Wednesday, June 18, 2008

East Bay Open Studios

Jingletown's participation in the East Bay Open Studios the weekends of June 7 and 8, and 14 and 15 was reported to be a huge success. Saundra Warrens of In Saundra's Garden ceramics/mosaics and Kim Larson from the 420 Gallery are said to have made record sales this year. There was a lot of foot traffic and art fans.

Institute of Mosaic Art had a community meeting to discuss changes that will be taking place in their future.

Other artists, vendors and pedestrians were out in full force making this event one of the best to date.

Way to go, Jingletown!

Saturday, May 24, 2008


FLOAT Gallery in celebrating the Art of the Cotton Mill Studios

Art of the Cotton Mill Studios undisclosed-re.
show details 3:30 PM (2 hours ago)

Thursday, May 08, 2008

Closing Art Party at FLOAT Galleries

Beneath The Surface
Visionary Paintings & Works on Paper by Liz Mamorsky
Interactive Assemblage Sculpture by Paul Baker

Closing art party will celebrate the FLOAT Galleries 2nd year anniversary
DJ BONSCOTT of WaxONWaxOff productions will be spinning funk, hip hop, and jungle
Saturday 5/17, From 6-9pm

Last chance to see the amazing work of Liz Mamorsky and Paul Baker in the gallery, with free floats & amazing wine by Mel Knox Barrel Broker


Check out what the local press have to say about this show:

East Bay Express...
Piedmont Post...

Many thanks for all your support!
Allison & Fil

FLOAT, Flotation Center - Art Gallery
1091 Calcot Place #116

This is a free event, please feel free to forward this invitation.

Wednesday, April 30, 2008

Coming to Jingletown in June!

(click poster to enlarge)

Tuesday, April 29, 2008

Jingletown Art Opening!

Art of the Cotton Mill Studios
Paintings, sculpture, photography and mixed media by:
Keiko Nelson, Bill Stoneham, Elizabeth Tennant and Susan Tuttle
Show runs 5/19-7/12
Opening party 5/31, Closing party 7/12 6-9pm
Performing at the opening party will be DJ Daniel Berkman


Driving down the 880 freeway in Oakland, you’ve probably seen a gorgeous brick warehouse towering over the freeway. Local history buffs will know this building as the Cotton Mill, one of the area’s oldest living landmarks. Originally a 1900’s manufacturing plant, the Cotton Mill Studios was renovated into work live lofts that house many diverse eclectic artists and businesses. It is a creative nexus that is fast becoming a hub of the surrounding Jingletown district.

On display at the artist owned and operated FLOAT Gallery will be hand-picked group of Cotton Mill artists who live and work in the building: Keiko Nelson, internationally accomplished sculptor. Bill Stoneham, painter, sculptor and animator, Elizabeth Tennant, painter and Susan Tuttle photographer and mixed media artist.

About the Artists:

Keiko Nelson is an international artist, who has exhibited her works and lectured about her art in the United States, Japan, Germany, Ecuador, Hong Kong, Egypt, Thai, China and Mexico. She was an artist in residence at the University of Chiapas in Mexico for the International Sculpture Symposium, and given a grant for a one –person exhibition by the Ministry of Culture in Egypt. She was given in the Artistic Achievement Award by the Pollock-Krasner Foundation in New York in 2002, among her interests range from sculpture through fine art, design and textiles. Her works feature the subtle flow of natural force. Her work has been described by the Curator Emeritus of the Asian Art Museum of San Francisco as “a unique fusion of the East and West, the retrospective and the progressive and delicate and the dynamic.”

Bill Stoneham's professional art career began in 1972 at Feingarten Galleries in Beverly Hills, CA. Feingarten bought Stoneham's paintings for two years and hosted a one-man show that was reviewed with statements like " their best when at their weirdest" and "The best works here deserve the attention of collectors". In 1992 Stoneham started working at ILM, sculpting in the creature shop, building feature film sets. When art went digital, Stoneham followed, mastering digital 3D modeling and cinematic production. During his career, Stoneham created inspiring digital and fine art for many entertainment companies including Lucas Arts Entertainment, Cyan Worlds, and Crystal Dynamics.

Today Stoneham is painting and creating digital art and animations - all in surrealist style - exploring figurative and textural concepts influenced by the urban environment and the social/political forces at work in our world.

Susan Tuttle moved from the East Coast to San Francisco in 1978. She is the Director of Montclair Gallery in Oakland, which she founded in 2003 with East Bay glass artist Janet Thompson. Susan is a photographer and jewelry designer, and her jewelry designs are on permanent display at Montclair Gallery. She graduated from Ithaca College in 1976 with a B.A. in Liberal Arts and a minor degree in Art History. She studied graphic design at the Academy of Art College beginning in 1982 and was involved in the profession for 20 years. She participates in the annual East Bay Open Studios, San Francisco Open Studios, well as other juried and non-juried exhibits in the San Francisco/Bay Area. From 1999 until 2004, she was involved with San Francisco’s ArtSpan, proofreading the annual San Francisco Open Studios Guide. In addition, she is an associate director at San Francisco SOMA’s new GarageGallery, where she has also exhibited her photography and jewelry designs.

Elizabeth Tennant is a native California artist with a BA in studio art. Working in oils exclusively, she is committed to magical realism and the craft of painting. Her lifelong interests in psychology and mythology give her a perverse, fantastical visual language that conveys deep emotion. Her works can be found in collections throughout California and on the East Coast.

About the music:

Daniel Berkman is a San Francisco-based multi-instrumentalist who has played with artists ranging from Essence to the San Francisco Ballet. Well
known for his inspired West African kora playing, he will be flexing his electronic muscle as Colfax, releasing his debut electronic album later this year.

About FLOAT:

FLOAT, Floatation Center – Art Gallery is the only floatation center & art gallery in the San Francisco Bay Area, floatation therapy is a unique and powerful tool that allows you to shut out the world, and drift into the deepest possible level of physical and mental relaxation. FLOAT an urban art spa offers new, public exhibits of local artists to stimulate and challenge your senses.

FLOAT, Floatation Center – Art Gallery 1091 Calcot Place, Unit # 116 (located in a store front loft of the historic cotton mill studios) Oakland, CA 94606