Posts Tagged ‘art’

Expand Your Universe at the Chabot Space and Science Center’s Kids’ Party Zone!

July 31, 2009

Chabot Space & Science Center is throwing an out-of-this-world party for ages 10 and under at the Best of the East Bay Party. Youngster rock bands, games, art projects, and hands-on activities await. And the museum staff will have the kid’s (and adult’s) scary, yet thrilling, Bat Cave open for the night.

Check out some of the other fun activities the Chabot Space & Science Center has planned from 5pm – 9pm in the museum’s Natural Science Center.


  • Astronaut Diaper Chemistry – Learn how astronauts are able to extend their space walks by wearing specialty diapers. Learn what they’re made of and the magic of the super absorbent polymer inside.
  • Air Compressor Rockets – Make your own rocket and blast off to one of the planets in our solar system. The better the rocket, the farther it does.
  • Spacesuit – discover the complexities and hazards of working in space by examining the numerous components of a spacesuit.

Astronaut Training – Simulate the effects of zero gravity on balance and coordination through a series of challenges:

  • Black Hole Toss
  • Space Toilet
  • Vestibular Boards
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East Bay Express Spray Paint Exhibition

July 17, 2009

Experience live, the talent of four Bay Area artists, as each transforms the night-time stealth of urban graffiti into Spray Paint Art on 4′ x 6′ modules of Painter’s Canvas. Sponsored by Blick Art Materials and Montana Cans.


Estria Miyashiro:  San Francisco’s Original Old School. Estria began spray painting in Hawai’i in 1984 and has since painted hundreds of murals. He was an influential leader of the “Golden Age” of graffiti (1980´s) in San Francisco, pioneering painting techniques of characters and scenes. He is also one of the originators of the stencil tip, a modified cap used by graffiti writers to create thin airbrush-like lines. Estria has painted in Peru, Italy, Mexico, Japan, Honduras, New York, Los Angeles, Honolulu, Charlotte and San Francisco.

Since 1993 he has taught graffiti classes and lectured at universities on graffiti´s social and political impact. He garnered national attention with his arrest for graffiti in 1994; appearing in CNN, the San Francisco Chronicle and Examiner, and the National Enquirer.

Estria co-founded Tumis Design in Oakland, California, which develops graphic communications and web applications for non-profits and foundations. Estria´s clients prior to Tumis include Sega America, MTV, Toyota, McKesson Corporation, Nokia, the Mills Corporation, President Clinton, and McDonald´s.

Estria also co-founded Visual Element, the EastSide Arts Alliance´s free mural workshop that develops youth as a voice of the People. He has served the community through his cultural work for over 25 years.

Samurai Graphix is a custom screen-printing company in San Leandro, CA, founded by Estria in 2007 to serve local businesses, bands and schools. He is currently creating screen prints for Hip Hop concerts.

Jared Roses

Jared Roses, age 25 is a painter/muralist from the Bay Area. At a young age he began to draw from comic books and was inspired by all the graffiti artwork in the Bay. Being a skateboarder and musician in middle and high school had a big impact on him as well. Music and Skating culture really opened Jared up to a unique and creative community of people. “I love painting to jazz music is my favorite way to paint because its’ so loose, and takes you new places.” Working on canvas, walls, wood and other various surfaces Jared’s main mediums include acrylic, oil, spray-paint, ink and more. Jared has a unique painting style infused with bright vibrant colors, psychedelic worlds, graffiti, ethnic art, Buddhist art, Hindu art, Latino/Aztec/Mayan art, emotions, spiritualism, and humor. For the past 10 years Jared has painted many murals northern California, displayed/installed and sold work in Bay Area galleries, graphic design projects for bands and companies, newspaper write ups, and has networked with many other talented artists here in the Bay Area.

Max Ehrman Eon75: He has been painting for over 12 years. Through graffiti, he has traveled and created murals all throughout Europe and American. Currently he has presented Canvas work in 4 different countries and has personally organized 3 art shows in Naples Florida with the Journeyman Gallery.

He has sold canvas work here in the United States and also in Berlin, Antwerp and Barcelona. Once a year he travels to Europe to paint with friends at several Graffiti/Hip Hop jams in Germany, Holland and Belgium. Through his travels, he has made some great friends as well as been lucky enough to paint with some very talented artists.

Mel Waters

I got started with art as a child. I’ve been surrounded by art my whole life.
I can’t hide from it. I love it. Art feeds my soul.

– Mel C. Waters

Mel Waters, being born to both Filipino and African-American parentage, grew up with a strong, unending desire to do art by being inspired by his own “portrait” of life experiences. With an unbreakable support system from family and friends, Mel seeks most of his artistic subject matters for his work from within the soul that coincides with his life experiences with the human condition that transforms his abstract style.

allamericanmel“There’s always a story behind people,” Mel explains. “Abstract art makes me feel like I’m painting outside of my body. The work will speak for itself.” This is why he considers his most traditional inspiration to be Pablo Picasso. But modern day artists, to name a few, that also inspires him includes – DUG1, CHE1, BISARO, SPIE, Mike “DREAM” R.I.P., Kay Bradner, Kim Cogan, Mitch Gibson, David Choong Lee, and Shawn Barber. As Mel simply puts it,”I love the poetry, technique, and soulfulness of their work.”

Most mediums Mel enjoys utilizing to create his work include the use of pencils, acrylic, oil, and spray paint. His most popular work includes murals for Jason Britton and pink’s husband, Cary Hart.


During the free party, you can also see current OMCA exhibitions at a discounted price!

July 2, 2009

Courtesy National Museum of Mexican Art Chicago

Courtesy National Museum of Mexican Art Chicago

African Presence in Mexico

This exhibition examines the overlooked history of African contributions to Mexican culture. In 1609 Yanga, an African leader, founded the first free African township in the Americas- almost a century after Africans first arrived in Mexico (in 1519). Africans have continued to contribute their artistic, culinary, musical, and cultural traditions to Mexican culture. The exhibition features paintings, prints, movie posters, photographs, sculpture, costumes, masks, musical instruments, and other examples of art and popular culture. The exhibition was curated by Sagrario Cruz-Carretero of the University of Veracruz and Cesáreo Morena, visual arts director at the National Museum of Mexican Art, Chicago.

Squeak Carnwath, In Pursuit of Happiness, 2000. Oil and alkyd on canvas (80” x 80”). Collection of Squeak Carnwath and Gary Knecht. © Squeak Carnwath/Licensed by VAGA, New York, NY.

Squeak Carnwath, In Pursuit of Happiness, 2000. Oil and alkyd on canvas (80” x 80”). Collection of Squeak Carnwath and Gary Knecht. © Squeak Carnwath/Licensed by VAGA, New York, NY.

Squeak Carnwath: Painting Is No Ordinary Object

This survey reflects Carnwath’s groundbreaking artistry and stature as one of California’s leading contemporary artists. Karen Tsujimoto, senior curator of art at the museum, has chosen more than forty works from the past fifteen years—the period since Carnwath’s last major exhibition. As the title indicates, a painting is “no ordinary object” for the artist. Her recurring motifs reflect personal and universal themes; each meticulously applied layer of glaze carries meaning and inquiry.

Admission to the special exhibitions is $5.00*; museum members, city of Oakland employees, and children under 6 are free. *Tickets to the exhibitions will be timed and dated. The exhibitions will be open until 11pm.

Call for Art

June 19, 2009

Friday, August 7, 5pm — Midnight
Oakland Museum of California

We’re pulling out all the stops for this year’s Best of the East Bay Party, and one of the most exciting additions to the event is our Gear Head Garage in the upper level of the Museum’s parking garage. In addition to live engine demonstrations by Godspeed, a Harley Davidson exhibit, and a tattoo parlor, we’ll be lining the walls with local art to fit the theme of the garage.

Art submissions may include paintings, prints, silk-screens and photos of tattoos, pin-up girls, rock posters, album cover art, and more. Use your imagination!

The deadline for submissions is Friday, July 10. Please submit art samples to:

East Bay Express Best of the East Bay Party

June 5, 2009

August 7, 5 p.m.-midnight, Oakland Museum of California, 1000 Oak Street, Oakland. All ages, free admission

To celebrate the winners of the Best of the East Bay, we are throwing the biggest performing and visual arts party in the East Bay. Join us!

Amoeba Music Main Stage – Featuring Superfinos VTO, Maldroid, Heavenly States, The Thrill of it All, Mystic Rage, Swann Danger, Souls of Mischief, C U Next Weekend (Shampu), Dizzy Balloon, Social Unrest, Fracas, and Goapele

DAI Style Lounge -Exhibiting over 30 local, independent designers including fashion shows, make overs and salon services

Chabot Space & Science Center Kids Party Zone –Live music from BandWorks, entertainers, magic shows, art projects, learning and hands-on activities for 10 and under


  • Eight stages featuring a wide range of live music
  • Film screenings, dance, theatre, and live art making
  • Tattoo art exhibition
  • Performance Motorcycle Exhibition by Godspeed and Custom/Classic Car Show
  • Contact sports and professional wrestling ring
  • Outdoor village of food, drinks, artists, retailers, and nonprofits
  • Subterranean all-star DJ party
  • Spectacles galore

Bike Valet parking available

One block from Lake Merritt BART station

Don’t miss the OFFICIAL after party at the Uptown Nightclub.

For more event information, vendor or sponsorship information, call 510-879-3700.