Carl Schmitz

Art on the Avenue: The Richard Diebenkorn Foundation

Saturday, May 9, 2015

On College Avenue, just on the north side of the Berkeley-Oakland border, is the office of the Richard Diebenkorn Foundation. Richard Diebenkorn (1922-1993) was a painter and printmaker who was raised in the Bay Area and spent the majority of his life in California. From 1956 to 1966, the Diebenkorn family lived in the Berkeley Hills near Rockridge.

Art on the (Other) Avenue: Deco Art

Monday, March 9, 2015

Among a short string of businesses on the northwest side of Claremont Avenue just before it passes under the Grove-Shafter Freeway toward Temescal, Deco Art's stylized green sign stands out. In a location where the Bay Printmakers Society originally made its home in the mid-'50s, a neighborhood artmaking tradition carries on.

Art on the Avenue:Bosko's Framing Gallery

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Bosko's Framing Gallery is starting its 70th year in business at the southeast corner of College and Armanino Court. Currently in the display windows at Bosko's are a colorful variety of objets d'art: paintings by Lynne Bostick, Jason Schoner, and Rip Matteson, watercolors by Wendy Yoshimura, giclee prints by Lois Wachner-Solomon, and vintage pottery.

Art on the Avenue: Thelma Harris Art Gallery

Saturday, January 10, 2015

On the southeast corner of College and Harwood Avenues, up a short flight of exterior stairs bordering Barclay's pub, you will find the Thelma Harris Art Gallery, Rockridge's destination for master works by African American artists. In 2015 the gallery marks its 25th year in business and its 23rd year in Rockridge.

Beyond the Shelves at the Rockridge Branch Library

Friday, December 12, 2014

After a hard-fought community campaign led by the RCPC, the Rockridge Branch of the Oakland Public Library opened on August 3, 1996, on the southeast corner of College Avenue and Manila.

Rockridge's first library was established 95 years ago on Shafter just off College and has since been housed at a handful of locations. The current site is where the Longo family lived and worked for the better part of the last century, making and selling decorative cement sculptures as part of their Art Stone business.

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