First Friday Art Walk in Oakland, CA

Hi everyone,

To kick off the first week of June, I went to First Friday Art Walk in Oakland with Abhinaya and Johnathon. We walked through a street filled with live drumming, music, artists painting works, hand-made jewelry, and of course Pete’s Coffee and Tea was giving away free samples of their coffee. While at the Petes stand, I saw a woman pedal a bicycle blender.  Enough said. Here we go.

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Pete’s Coffee and Tea Bike Blender!
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This was the first art gallery we walked into. I didn’t get the name of it, but it was pretty cool. On the inside, there were flyers and posters in support of #blacklivesmatter. I’d love to check this out again at some point during the summer.
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This was the first big art mural we saw on our walk. It looks like a cross between a lion/wolf and ducks with upside down faces. I love the vivid colors and repeating patterns.
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The next exhibit we entered was the Johansson Projects. This place had some really interesting art work patterns. You can check out more on their website: http://johanssonprojects.com/
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This was one of the art works on the wall of the Johansson Projects exhibit. They did a lot of monotone repeating patterns. The variation in the patterns makes it really interesting to look at. I could have stared at the intricacy of this work for hours.
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The next place we went to was very different. It featured a lot more playful and child-like pieces. This one was my favorite. Its two friends walking together. In the bodies of the two friends is a painting of the universe.
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On our way back, we saw a huge variety of murals painted on the businesses. This one conveys a lot of intricacy. I love the message on top of the door, “Give & Love”
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This one was right across the street from the “Give & Love” mural. In stark contrast, this conveys a more sad, contemplative image of life in Oakland.
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Lastly, across the street from both of those murals was this image of animals, jungles, and flowers.
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