Kite Soaring Above Sutro
Amei Papitto
18 x 18
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Greater Than or Equal To #9
Celena Peet
Mixed Media
November 2022 Virtual Show
Art Education in Oakland
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OAA's featured artist is George Ehrenhaft

Many of my earliest artistic efforts, Scotch-taped onto the family icebox, depicted houses with huge clouds of dense smoke billowing from their chimneys, suggesting, perhaps, a greater fascination with arson than with art.

       Fast forward to 1996, when, about to retire from English teaching, I bought some paints and brushes and began to paint with watercolors, a medium so unpredictable that I’m often surprised by the results—both good and bad. Sometimes I do the same painting two or three times, until I either get sick of it or get it right. Half of them end up in the trash.

      Largely self-taught, I'm still a painter in flux, experimenting with various styles and techniques from realistic to a vaguely abstract, but gradually evolving into what I call a “visionary realist.” That means I look through lenses that expunge my subjects’ flaws and blemishes. Colors in my work are richer and brighter than in reality, edges are softer, shapes and textures more pleasing to the eye. Hardly an avant garde painter, I try to see what others don’t.  My paintings push no boundaries. Instead--or so I've been told--they soothe the spirit, evoke memories, and often encourage viewers to look deeper.

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October 2022 Law Library Show

125 12th Street, Oakland CA 

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November 2022 Virtual Show

"Shades of Red" 

Afternoon Hose - Stockton Street #10
Mary Millman
Dry Pastel   16 x 12    $750
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OAA's Next Show:
Alameda County Law Library Gallery Show
125 12th Street, Oakalnd CA 94607
January 10 to March 14, 2023

Autumn in the Valley

George Ehrenhaft


Point Richmond Tunnel
Beth Bourland
Watercolor  16 x 20  $350

The Oakland Art Association helped support ARTogether's Expressive Art Class 2021 for refugee and immigrant children 6-10 years old.


Class activities encouraged children’s artistic interest and self-discovery while having fun and making friends! Activities ranged from guided creative art projects to educational and holistic art activities to more freeform expressive art.

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OAA is a non-profit group  of artists, photographers, and art supporters in California's Alameda and Contra Costa Counties.  We encourage artistic endeavor in our community, support public-school art education, and arrange show venues for our members' artworks.
We have about 10 juried shows each year where all members are invited to show original work in an array of community venues.  Look at our latest newsletter.
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