A First at Oakland’s First Fridays

Warehouse416 Gallery February Art Murmur. Black Culture Month

Horray! New Studio Office hits the ground running!

New officemate, Jen Heller, and I decided to open the doors of our new space (office and tearoom) up to Oakland’s Art Murmur located inside Warehouse 416 on 26th St. We decided to not make much ado about it, and rather invited just a few of our closest supporters opening possibilities to whatever the night would bring.

The multitude of galleries in the Uptown District opened at 6pm for the first Friday Art Walk. By 8:30 a river of art murmur-ers spewed from the streets into the gallery space at Warehouse416. There they found bricked high ceilinged walls lined with some creations featuring local artists including a huge two story walled mural that nearly 15 individuals contributed to. The theme was Black Culture Month. A DJ bumped beats from the booth, drinks flowed and the Snarky Button man was selling his snarky buttons. I personally enjoyed the “We told you so Larry.” That ones for my playa loving crew.

Not feeling in my super Uber socializing mode, I was sooo happy to escape from the heart of the madness and merely observe from our balcony into the warehouse.

I spent a good majority of the night talking with the curious guests that found their way up into the hidden space. Although a little off the beaten track, a steady flow of guests happened in where we greeted them with wine and cheese and an explanation that they aren’t crazy. It really is a living room hideaway in the middle of the Art Murmur chaos. We made it like that.

The balcony offered a perfect bird’s eye view of the parade of patrons beneath us where I spoke with friends, travelers, artists and first time Murmur-ers. While enjoying my beverage and gluten free cookie from one of the vendors, it was pretty rad to recognize that instead of saying “I’m going to have a sweet studio space,” I’m actually in a sweet studio space…it may still be far from “the top” where ever that is, it may not even be all that comfortable, but I’m really starting to enjoy this journey…even when I get knocked down by surprise…I am so thankful for my community of support and loved ones.

Stay tuned for upcoming events with Warehouse416 and Sarabek Images. Tomorrow night is a free movie night with popcorn! There is also a lil rumble of a much larger open house for all the 5 small business owners and artists of Warehouse416…an entertaining night indeed. Thanks to all

Ernest Doty in his Awesomeness www.ernestdotyart.com

Our Neighbors...The Firemen. I feel so safe.:)

The Driveway.

The Balcony

The Mural

Sunny at the door.

Officemate Jen

Sleepy Art Murmur Izzy

bird's eye view

Links mentioned:


Art Murmur

Artsy Geek Designs

Ernest Doty


1 comment

Chrissy - February 15, 2012 - 11:21 pm

Looks like fun.

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