Every third Saturday of the month, Oakland Art Murmur offers Saturday Stroll district tours on foot. Today it began at Interface Gallery, a one room space in Temescal Alley next to tiny specialty shops offering doughnuts, ice cream and exotic plants. I am well acquainted with microcinemas but this was my first experience with microgalleries. The Interface exhibition currently displays a single painting by Linda Geary (pictured) and a single sculpture by May Wilson. Curator Suzanne L’Heureux passionately shared her process of starting a gallery, her curatorial process and the background of the artists. She then led the Stroll (about a dozen folks) a few blocks away to the Royal Nonesuch Gallery at 43rd & Telegraph wherestood Free Alterations: A solo exhibition by Sarah Hotchkiss. Hotchkiss’s playful pieces colorfully drew attention to flaws in the physical space, though the concept suffered a bit as it served more as an inside joke among gallery staff.
While I loved the minimal offering at Interface and its spotlighting of a mere two (TWO!!) works, the Stroll as a whole left me hungry for more. Two tiny galleries, and the event ended before the two hours advertised. A seasoned Stroller told me it usually includes more gallery visits and sometimes runs over two hours. I’ll have to check out a future stroll. It seemed to be a great way to comfortably meet fellow art lovers, take in a neighborhood, hear directly from curators and artists, and check out local art.
Photo by Kristin Cato