Arts, Culture and Happenings in Oaktown

 

Although I hail from New York, a center for some of the world’s most renowned art institutions, it wasn’t until I relocated to the West Coast, that I truly began enjoying and appreciating art.  New York has an extensive art world that runs deep but it can also require deep pockets and projects a very subdued and pristine attitude.  After attending a few Art Murmurs and other various art shows, I was delighted at how affordable and diverse the concept of art is out here.  Beautiful hand crafted pieces aren’t hidden behind secured panels of glass and I don’t have to spend the day in hushed silence as I cautiously maneuver around large intimidating museums.  Art is everywhere in Oakland.  On the street, in pop up shops, in galleries no larger than my apartment and in renovated parking lots.  I can touch the art and speak to the artist, all in the same moment.  It is in a word gratifying.   
-Bincy Stephen, Photographer

Although I hail from New York, a center for some of the world’s most renowned art institutions, it wasn’t until I relocated to the West Coast, that I truly began enjoying and appreciating art.  New York has an extensive art world that runs deep but it can also require deep pockets and projects a very subdued and pristine attitude.  After attending a few Art Murmurs and other various art shows, I was delighted at how affordable and diverse the concept of art is out here.  Beautiful hand crafted pieces aren’t hidden behind secured panels of glass and I don’t have to spend the day in hushed silence as I cautiously maneuver around large intimidating museums.  Art is everywhere in Oakland.  On the street, in pop up shops, in galleries no larger than my apartment and in renovated parking lots.  I can touch the art and speak to the artist, all in the same moment.  It is in a word gratifying.   

-Bincy Stephen, Photographer


Burning Man Comes to the East Bay: Oakland’s April Art Mumur saw more daylight, more families, and more fire. The piece featured above, entitled The Golden Mean, is the brain child of husband and wife team Jon Sarriugarte and Kyrsten Mate.  Jon Sarriugarte is the owner of Form & Reform as well as co-owner of Kraftworks, a collaborative of Oakland’s finest industrial artists. 
A giant iron fire snail, The Golden Mean first made its debut at Burning Man in 2008, and joins a menagerie of fire-breathing animal creations by Mr. Sarriugarte, whose pieces are featured regularly at in Oakland’s Art Murmur and frequently displayed during the summer months in front of Warehouse 416 on 26th Street.  
See more information on Jon Sarriugarte’s work and The Golden Mean. 
Bincy Stephen, Photographer


Burning Man Comes to the East Bay: Oakland’s April Art Mumur saw more daylight, more families, and more fire. The piece featured above, entitled The Golden Mean, is the brain child of husband and wife team Jon Sarriugarte and Kyrsten Mate.  Jon Sarriugarte is the owner of Form & Reform as well as co-owner of Kraftworks, a collaborative of Oakland’s finest industrial artists.

A giant iron fire snail, The Golden Mean first made its debut at Burning Man in 2008, and joins a menagerie of fire-breathing animal creations by Mr. Sarriugarte, whose pieces are featured regularly at in Oakland’s Art Murmur and frequently displayed during the summer months in front of Warehouse 416 on 26th Street.  

See more information on Jon Sarriugarte’s work and The Golden Mean.

Bincy Stephen, Photographer