Friday August 9, 6-9 pm: Natalie Jeng: Art á la Carte and Travels in Tahiti
This month's 2nd Friday art opening showcases the talents of Alameda artist and recent high school graduate Natalie Jeng. She will be presenting two series of paintings, Art á la Carte and Travels in Tahiti. Come by to view paintings, meet the artist, and enjoy refreshments!
Art á la Carte
My art pays homage to food: a simple, everyday commodity that is also a huge part of the human experience. Relatable to everyone, eating a delicious meal can be a way to relax, to experience a different culture, to cope with difficulties, and to connect with friends and family. Using a realistic art style, I try to capture all the rich and subtle details to make the images instantly recognizable, tantalizing and mouthwatering. (Don’t you just want to take a bite?) Besides being realistic, the pieces also evoke the unique tone and energy of a certain meal. My painting style changes to show how fast a particular experience went by, how calm or pleasant it was, how clear it is in my mind, and what the most important parts were. Odd, blurry or unclear elements represent discontinuities in my memory of the events. Additionally, I use perspective to place the viewer in the moment, as if they are really there, chowing down on some food with me and my friends.
Travels in Tahiti
I am so excited to present a brand new painting series featuring my summer 2019 trip to Tahiti. This was my third trip to the small island in the South Pacific. It remains one of my favorite places to visit, not just because of its gorgeous scenery but because I get to see all my wonderful family there. With my art supplies in hand, I stood and painted some of these pieces ‘en plein air’, outdoors, on the island. I had to paint quickly to catch all the changing colors and light. Working with my art club last year, I had experienced painting Bob Ross tutorials and used the techniques I learned to make these landscapes. There were plenty of ‘Happy Clouds’ and ‘Tree Friends’ there.
Natalie Jeng just graduated high school, and will be attending the School of the Art Institute of Chicago starting this August.
Past Events and Shows:
Thursday July 25, 6-9 pm: Squad Goals: A Drawing Night Fundraiser
Come to Inkblot Gallery for a night of drawing and donations to support KIND (Kids in Need of Defense). We'll have art supplies (or bring your own) for sketching. Hang out and draw! Bring cash so you can buy art, enamel pins, zines, and refreshments. And yes, we'll have a big ol' American flag sheet cake so we can eat our way out of this mess.
All proceeds will benefit KIND, which helps migrant children through legal services; public education and outreach in the U.S., Central America and Mexico; and reintegration support for children returning alone from the U.S. to their home countries.
https://supportkind.org Children are being jailed under horrifying conditions (children!!) and the president just told four congresswomen of color to "go back to the totally broken and crime infested places from which they came." Let's make art, enjoy each other's company, and do something to help.
Friday July 12th, 6-9 pm: Luis E. Garcia: K’uh Poetry
Inkblot Gallery is excited to present K’uh Poetry, paintings by Luis E. Garcia. In this series, Luis shows us the beauty of the Wayib, the Maya spirit companions of the living and divine beings. The paintings are figurative, lively and intense with saturated colors. While there is a mythological narrative in much of Luis E. Garcia’s work, it also references environmental and social justice issues which have been a lifelong passion for the artist.
Luis E. Garcia has been painting for more than 20 years and has exhibited all over the SF Bay Area. We look forward to sharing his work with you.
Friday May 10th, 6-9 pm: Christina Spiegel: I Heard There’d Be Cake
Our very own Christina Spiegel will be showing the latest cartoons from her beloved comic, Like All of You. She’s been drawing this series since 2015 with the idea that the characters represent some shared and relatable aspect. They are “like all of you.” And yes, there will be cake! Not just actual cake, but Wayne Thiebaud-inspired paintings. Cakes are often the centerpiece of our significant life experiences: baby showers, birthdays, anniversaries, graduations, retirements and weddings. Christina will present six cakes from some of our less recognized events such as, “Cake for when you’ve completely lost perspective” and “Cake for when you’re a women working at NASA and there’s no space suit for you - no plate for your cake either.”
Christina Spiegel is one of those so-called creative types. As a youngster she wrote gloomy poems and carried around existential novels. She was a Humanities major one of the times she didn’t finish college. She will never tire of telling you that she’s from New Jersey. In the late 1990s she did stand up comedy and was part of the regular line up at the 50 Mason as well as a few other places that were also not the Punchline. She loves joking, laughter, and making things. She’s an excellent cook of rich, salty food and will surprise you with her parenting. She’s middle aged and only slightly disappointed.
Friday April 12th, 6-9 pm: Kevin Truglio: Spell Check
Join us for the book release party of Spell Check! This graphic novel follows the life of a young witch, Sora, a natural talent with a bright future and on the path to join the Witches Hall of Fame. An unexpected event changes everything and she loses her ability to cast a proper spell. Now an adult, Sora's life has been unspectacular. But a visit from her niece, Izzy, has given Sora a chance to turn things around and prove that she can fulfill her dreams. Spell Check is an all ages story that both kids and adults will enjoy. It started off as an animated script and made the finals of StoryPros 10th annual screenplay competition in the Family/Teen/Animation category.
Alameda writer Kevin Truglio is the creator of Spell Check. Kevin has been involved in the indie comic scene for several years. He has self published the indie series Chem 19 (a successful Kickstarter project!) and has edited and contributed stories to other indie self publishers.
P. R. Dedelis is a comic book artist from Poland. He has been a full time freelancer for over six years now doing only comicbook art. He is an author of several graphic novels, e.g. Word Smith, Tabby, 5 Seconds (published by Sigmate Studio). P.R. is also the artist of the series Chem 19 and has worked with Kevin Truglio for several years.
Liezl Buenaventura is a comic colorist and digital painter based in Manila, Philippines with her husband and son. She holds degrees in Visual Communication and Studio Arts: Painting from the University of the Philippines, and has been working in the industry since 2009. She has worked with Zenescope Entertainment, Alterna Comics, Scout Comics, Upper Deck, Amryl Entertainment, and various other publishers. She enjoys utilizing bright palettes every bit as much as she does grit and darkness, and always strives to further storytelling through the use of color.
Friday March 8th, 6-9 pm: Stewart Blandón Traiman: Daydreaming
Our March show explores brilliant colors, geometric shapes, shadow, light, and spatial relationships. Visit us and see how "Daydreaming" is a manifestation of the images in artist Stewart’s mind. Every piece is in motion; the elements are moving closer and farther from each other on their own trajectories, the scenes frozen in a moment in time. The daisy petals are ruffling in the breeze. The telescope is moving you through the universe. Bubbles and Shards play with each other in the crowd. Rings are swirling all around. Starships are leaving the nebula. The elements in Tempo keep the beat.
Friday February 8th, 6-9 pm: HungryMunchy: Homeowpathways
Get ready for Valentine’s Day with our 2nd Friday art opening, “Homeowpathways.” Do you love cats? Do you love ceramics? Then make sure you don’t miss this event! Artist HungryMunchy will be showing cat themed wall pieces, rattles, cups and vases. According to the artist, each piece has a story. It is HungryMunchy’s hope that the colors, textures, and the gentle sound of rattles will stimulate your senses and create pathways to places you wish to be.
HungryMunchy is based in San Francisco. All of the work is handmade with stoneware clay using a combination of mid and high firi
Friday January 11th, 6-9 pm: Sketch Night
We are hosting a sketch night during 2nd Friday Art Walk! Stop by, bring your own art materials, and come draw with us. We will have various still life set ups, as well as snacks, drinks, and music. All are welcome!
Friday December 13th, 6 pm - 9 pm: Leah Frink: AW Series
Leah Frink’s AW series is a collection of portraits of everyday working people. It started off as a small personal project of Frink's to fine tune her lighting skills. The collection showcases people from different cultural, economic, and educational backgrounds, showing a diversity and uniqueness that everyone genuinely possesses. The titles of each portrait reflect each individual’s job, as they want to be represented, reflecting how they see themselves in the workplace rather than how others see them. The portraits are raw and unedited, holding true to the flaws that individuals possess while celebrating those same flaws with great care and sensitivity.
Leah b. Frink is a Bay Area photographer who specializes in documentary, portrait, and band photography. She recently earned a Masters in Education and hopes to co-start a non-profit organization that teaches photography and video production to underprivileged youth and those with autism. Frink's first-published rockabilly photography book and the AW series book will both be available for purchase.
Friday October 12th, 6 pm - 9 pm: Octavio Valdez: Breakfast
Octavio Valdez came to the U.S. as a native of Mexico City in 2000. He studied art in Guanajuato where he worked as an artist. Since coming to the United States, he has been a part of several artists’ communities while continuing his explorations into various media forms, particularly digital media and sequential art. His current series, Breakfast, consists of acrylic paintings on board.
Friday September 14th, 6 pm - 9 pm: Malcolm Fooks: THEN < > NOW
Alameda teen Malcolm Fooks has been drawing since he was little. In this show, he revisits drawings that his mom kept over the years and recreates the essence of them using his current skills with graphite. Each simple, 2D drawing from his past has been transformed into a hyperreal masterpiece, showing significant artistic growth along the way. From simple portraits to planes and suits of armor, Fooks’ imagination and incredible detail make it a fun journey from Then to Now.
Saturday August 25, 1-3 pm: Balanced Rock Workshop
In conjunction with Patty St. Louis' show, Environmental Artist and Rock Balancer Zach Pine is offering a free balanced rock sculpture playshop for all ages. Learn the basics, or learn advanced techniques like counterbalancing and arch-making.
Friday August 10th, 6 pm - 9 pm: Patty St. Louis: Portraits From the Landscape
St. Louis’ paintings explore the subject of balanced rocks in a way that is original, graceful and thought provoking. She reveals the myriad dualities that coexist in a single image, making us aware of the tension and gravity within them, while revealing the portraits within the landscape. The work is largely acrylic on canvas in a classical figure drawing style. To quote St. Louis, “The result is an iconic form that triggers an ancient memory of ourselves as part of our own landscape, responsible for and reliant on it.”
Friday July 13th, 6 pm - 9 pm: Enjoy Your Delicious Moments
You've seen the art. It's on every box of pizza. And it's terrible. And really weird.
So we invited 25 artists to re-create their version of "Enjoy Your Delicious Moments" on blank pizza boxes. Come check out this awesomely fun and diverse group show... enjoy the multimedia creations by local artists! All proceeds from the show will benefit Alameda Food Bank and Alameda Meals on Wheels.
Friday June 8th, 6 pm - 9 pm: Upcycled Scenery: Works by Bill Jeng
Our 2nd Friday show presents Bay Area scenery from the perspective of an artist with an engineering background and a penchant for reusing discarded materials. The artworks were created on canvases that were thrown out by other artists, or on discarded wood boards. The wood boards previously served as breaking boards for a local martial arts school, or as plywood framing from an old bench. They are re-purposed for artwork. Bill incorporates the natural colors and wood grain patterns into the scene he is depicting, creating a one-of-a-kind work.
Bill Jeng is a civil engineer with a background in art and architecture. He is a self-taught artist and has exhibited in local businesses and galleries. Bill is primarily a painter, working with acrylics on canvas, but also works with color pencils, wood, and other construction materials.
Friday May 11th, 6 pm - 9 pm: Paintings by Melissa Taylor
For our 2nd Friday opening, Alameda tattooer Melissa Taylor will be showcasing her artwork, which draws inspiration from fine art as well as tattooing. Melissa will be on hand to discuss her work, both on canvas and on skin.
Bay Area artist and female tattooist, Melissa Taylor, creates classically inspired, bold paintings that are both whimsical and macabre. Melissa's background in the medical field often shines through in her illustrative work. Her inspiration can range from her collection of rare carnivorous plants to history books and traditional American tattoo designs. For artwork and tattoo inquiries, please contact email@example.com or find her at Alameda Tattoo.
Friday April 13th, 6 pm - 9 pm: Night in Saguaro: Paintings and Music by Matt Bauer
For our April 2nd Friday show we'll be presenting paintings by Matt Bauer, whose work merges art with interior design. The result is an abstract series of beautiful atmospheric pieces, perfect for any room. Matt will also be accepting commissions to produce paintings to match your specifications. At 7 pm, Matt Bauer and Nathan Wanta will perform an acoustic set, including songs from Matt's most recent album, Dream's End.
Saturday April 14th, 1-5 pm: Afternoon Reception and Discussion for Night in Saguaro
At 3 pm, Jean and Matt will host a discussion on art, design, commercialism. A lot of folks have been asking what the process is for creating paintings for stores like West Elm and Bloomingdales... Is it considered art? Design? As an artist, do you have an emotional connection to the work? What defines art and what happens when it blends with commercial design?
Matt Bauer studied at Boston University's School of Fine Arts, but gave up painting to pursue music shortly after graduation. Over 20 years later, while working as a production assistant on a photo shoot, he was asked to make some prop paintings which lead to working as an in house prop and scenic painter at West Elm's photo studios in New York. Now painting under the name Night in Saguaro, his work has been featured in print, video, web, and installations for Design Within Reach, West Elm, Bloomingdales, Hello Fresh, and more. https://nightinsaguaro.com
Friday March 9th, 7 pm - 8:30 pm: Broken Hearts + Love Letters: Poetry about Grief
Amos White and InkBlot Gallery present local poets Alison Moncreiff, Riss Rosado, and Norma Smith reading poetry of longing, of love loss and the enduring passion that yearns to love again. Have you ever had a broken heart? Or carried the day's weight of a blackened cloud? What would you say to yourself when you thought the world had left you behind? Come bring your words. Write your letter or bring your poetry of love for healing a broken heart to read at this open mic event.
Friday February 9th, 6 pm - 9 pm: Grief: Images by Marcy Voyevod
Join us for 2nd Friday as artist Marcy Voyevod explores "Grief" through ink and gouache on paper and canvas. Her exquisite abstract designs pinpoint feelings of grief specifically as aspect of love. A special mixed media altar will be assembled in the gallery. Visitors are invited to anonymously write their feelings of grief to be burned at the end of the exhibition in March. Light refreshments and a custom blend of tea from Marcy's daughter will be served.
Marcy Voyevod is a painter, sketcher, printer and maker of books, collage, and altars. After her first trips to Taos, Mallorca, and Barcelona she found the beauty of painting with black cat India ink and gouache on paper and canvas. In Taos and Mallorca she studied with Sas Colby, who opened up her vision of how she worked and what she saw. Ink, collage, and books became methods to work through experiences. Solitary travel became her joy and changed her life.
For many years, she created altars for the Dia de los Muertos shows at SOMarts Cultural Center in San Francisco. They were an extension of her beliefs and her private altars that she had been making most of her life. Altars are a way for her to focus on an event, experience, intention, or celebration. Marcy has shown her art in many venues over the years, most recently at Oakopolis, in uptown Oakland; Julie’s Tea Garden in Alameda; SOMarts Cultural Center in San Francisco, and The Berkeley Art Center in Berkeley. MICA in Baltimore was the place she met her tribe and received a BFA in Interior Design. After over 20 years of work in the design/building industry, her daily life now involves a stress-free job that pays for her art and travel obsessions and her little 105-year-old Craftsman bungalow in Alameda.
Saturday February 10th, 1 pm - 5 pm: DIY Valentines
Drop by Ink Blot Gallery any time between 1:00-5:00 to make a paper Valentine card for your sweetie, your sibling, or yourself. Include a silly pun, sarcastic remark, sappy sentiment, or a truly thoughtful message. All materials provided. $5 donation appreciated. All ages welcome.
Friday January 12th, 7 pm - 10 pm: Interstitial Topography by Cybele Gerachis and Julia Marchand
Visit us for the opening reception of our first show of the new year! Cybele and Julia share a dreamlike, colorful, and surreal aesthetic. The pieces are at once arresting, melancholy, and optimistic. We invite you to experience these incredible stories up-close.
Cybele Gerachis is a mixed media artist whose work straddles the border between dreams and reality, building narrative and surface from fragments of old photographs, maps, vintage paper dolls, and other ephemera. Her artwork has been exhibited locally in the Bay Area as well as in Washington D.C., Chicago, New York, and Los Angeles.
Julia Marchand explores themes of nature and identity in her artwork. She uses references from wildlife dioramas, public gardens and personal experience. Her paintings and works on paper have been exhibited in galleries in London, New York, Los Angeles, Seattle, San Francisco and Mexico City.
Saturday December 2nd, 4 pm - 6 pm: Moms in the Arts
Moms in the arts! Are you an artist, a creative type, or working in the art world? Let's meet up to talk about work life balance, chat about our kids, network, and exchange ideas.
Friday November 10th, 7 pm - 10 pm: Unusual Mojo by Rebecca Stees
Stop by Inkblot Gallery for the 2nd Friday opening of collages created by Rebecca Stees. The work is composed of collages created in Freemix and printed on canvas. The images are iconic, intuitive, playful and revealing. Refreshments will be served and fun will be had!
Thursday October 20th, 7 pm - 10 pm: Sketch Night!
Stop by Inkblot Gallery for an evening of drinks, snacks, and drawing. Bring your sketchbook and ideas... and come make art with us. We'll be available for feedback, critiques, and camaraderie!
Friday October 13th, 6 pm - 9 pm: Suspended by Jenya Chernoff
Visit us for the 2nd Friday opening of Jenya Chernoff’s fantastical photography show. Her dreamy, ethereal pictures of Jell-O are imaginative and other worldly. You've never seen Jell-O like this!
Jenya Chernoff studied art and film at UC Berkeley and SF State, and has since made zero films. She has, however, played and toured as a rock drummer; pursued a career in graphic design; and co-owned a bakery and a food truck. It was food photography that brought her back to the path of image-making. She currently lives and works as a professional photographer in Oakland, CA.
Tuesday October 24th, 7 pm - 10 pm: Sketch Night!
Stop by Inkblot Gallery for an evening of drinks, snacks, and drawing. Bring your sketchbook and ideas... and come make art with us. We'll be available for feedback, critiques, and camaraderie!
Friday September 8th, 6 pm - 9 pm: Manchild by Jason Furie
Dinosaurs, ducks, pizza, ice cream, barf, paranormal beings, and sword-wielding warriors are recurring elements in Jason's pop-culture inspired art... come on out for this fun and whimsical show!
Jason is an artist, writer, and part-time goofball who finds comfort in the streets of San Francisco where he can traverse unbothered as the man-child he truly is. He founded the website Never Ending Radical Dude (.com) where he and a ragtag team nerd-out about movies, TV, video games, comic books, toys, and more! He’s often found watching THE NEVERENDING STORY and LABYRINTH forever. He enjoys a good LEGEND OF ZELDA video game. And he loves arguing with fellow nerds about why Cyclops is the coolest X-Men character ever, why Tom Cruise is a bad ass, and why LOST is a damn fine show! Damn fine.
Let Them Eat Sheet Cake!
Saturday September 2nd, 1-5 pm
Now you can have your sheet cake... and take action! Channel your inner white girl and help us sue the Trump Administration. We'll be serving cake and making art. Stop by and make a donation towards a slice of cake or artwork.
Friday July 14th, 6 pm - 9 pm: Living with the Five Elements: A Year in Photographs by Denise Cicuto
Join us for the 2nd Friday Artwalk opening reception of Denise Cicuto's photography show! Denise is an Alameda based photographer and acupuncturist. Her work reflects her background in Chinese Medicine and Taoist tradition. We'll have drinks, snacks, and good times! Denise's work will be available for purchase. "In January 2016 I began my studies of Alchemical Healing in a mentorship lead by Lorie Dechar and Benjamin Fox in New York and Maine. It was a mentorship and part of my continuing education as an acupuncturist. As part of that mentorship, I did a photography project which lead to this body of work. I showed up to the first class in upstate New York, camera in hand, on the weekend of a blizzard that shut down Manhattan. Welcome to Winter. I took these photographs over the course of four weekends in New York and one in Maine (Earth/Late Summer)."
Friday June 9th: i see you by Alison Moncrieff
Join us for the opening reception of "i see you" featuring the paintings Alison Moncrieff. Her acrylic on canvas paintings are abstract, intuitive and visceral. They contain empty dresses, dreams, birds, symbols, signs, numbers and words, all there in spirit whether layered under or floating on top. Sometimes there are over 30 layers underneath a final painting, sometimes just 4 or 5. Alison is an artist residing in Oakland, where she tends to chickens and children in between painting in her home of more than 30 years.
Friday May 12th: panels + places + some faces by Lark Pien
Join us for the opening reception of panels + places + some faces, featuring postage stamp-sized watercolors and 11x17" prints by children's book author, illustrator, and cartoonist Lark Pien. This series of observational drawings springboard from tv, movies, cartoons and comics. The mini watercolors will fit in wallet. You can take one out of your purse or back pocket and look at it any time. Anytime! The not-so-smalls will fit on a wall, so you can stand back and gaze and not be stressed or angry about the current state of affairs. A print. A duplicate, meaning someone might have what you have, meaning you might have something in common with someone! Some shared passion? Lark enjoys playing with narrative visual media: changing expressions and characters, creating different backgrounds, playing with color, revising composition. For her, this kind of play induces a fresh perspective and moves from what is familiar to what is new.
Friday April 14th: Bob Ross and Chill
Hang out, draw, and chill with us as we watch Bob Ross videos! 6-9 pm.
Friday March 10: The Loop by Emily Brock Lewis
We are pleased to present the work of local Alameda artist Emily Brock Lewis as our first official show! Her series of pen, ink and watercolor pieces is based on photographs she took at Joaquin Miller Park in Oakland and along Shoreline Drive in Alameda. "I have created a series of works titled, The Loop based on photos that I have taken at Joaquin Miller Park in Oakland and along Shoreline Drive in Alameda. Although I feel uneasy making precious landscapes when the world is in such turmoil, this project is a way for me to clear my head and gain some perspective during a tumultuous time. The process of taking the photos physically slows me down and draws me into the moment while the differing styles within the pieces speak to my seemingly disconnected thoughts on memory and how it is distorted in the remembering."
Friday February 10th: 2nd Friday Valentines
Join us on Friday, Feb 10th for the soft opening of Inkblot! Stop by for cookies, chocolates, and booze. We'll be making custom Valentine's Day cards and listening to cheesy love songs. Ask us to draw something for you! We'll make it happen!
6 pm to 9 pm at 933b Central Avenue