Call for “heArt is Oakland”
Statement: Through art, there is community. Through tragedy, there is hope. Through hope, we can overcome. On December 2, 2016, Oakland experienced the tragic loss of 36 unique and creative souls in the devastating Ghost Ship fire. This city, rich in visual artists and musical talents from diverse backgrounds, has a creative community unlike any in the world. For many, local art & music provides an outlet for expression, freedom, and communication. We The Artists Of The Bay (WABA) and Flax Art & Design have teamed up to offer a community benefit art show- heArt is Oakland . “This is a call for heArt, which we define as works that speak to Oakland’s unique artistic soul”. Tyler Hanson
What: A benefit exhibition with the theme heArt is Oakland, which will serve as a tribute to the victims of the Ghost Ship fire, and a opportunity to lift up the art and artists that beat within the city’s heart.
Where and When: July 1-31, 2017 at Classic Cars West, 411 26th St., Oakland, CA 94612. This family-friendly venue will be open to the public Wednesday through Sunday each week during the show.
Why: Through art there is community. This will serve as a visual perspective and dialogue to continue the support of local artists, and the DIY spaces in which they live and work.
Benefit: All artworks submitted will be sold in a silent auction, which will be held open for the duration of the exhibition. All proceeds will support safe housing for artists. Bids for each piece will start at $50.
Eligibility: The show is limited to 100 participants. Any Bay Area resident of any age and art ability is welcome to participate. To remove any entry restrictions, Flax Art & Design is donating art supplies. It is the hope of WABA and FLAX to include all art submitted to the benefit art show. Depending on the scope of submissions, WABA & FLAX will be selecting art based on diversity of style and representation of the theme, heArt is Oakland. This will be a blind process based solely on choosing images that represent the meaning of heArt. Artists whose work is not installed in the show will be contacted for pick up. All art submitted will on display for the duration of the show and available for auction.
Registration Date: May 1 – May 31, 2017
Art Material Available at FLAX (Must register first): May 1 – May 31
Deadline to Drop Off Finished Pieces: June 25
Final Selection Process Ends: June 30
Event Dates (including Silent Auction): July 1 – July 31
Opening Reception: July 1
Deadline for Picking Up Unsold Artwork: August 6
Requirements for Size and Materials: To maximize the number of participating artists, the art is limited to two-dimensional works no larger than 18”x 24”. Artists may visit Flax to pick-up free art supplies to create their heArt is Oakland artwork, which includes either a stretched canvas or wood panel. FLAX will also distribute additional art materials that can be used to create pieces. Materials are limited and will be available on a first- come, first- served basis.
What is heArt Is Oakland?
heART Is Oakland is an open call for work by established and emerging artists who wish to pay tribute to the victims of the devastating Ghost Ship fire. This is a community call for heArt.
What is the reason for this event?
Our aim is to give Oakland artists an opportunity to honor the spirit and celebrate the lives of those lost in the warehouse fire,. We hope to shift the attention to Oakland’s treasures, its artists and their works, and let their works provide meaning to the community.
Who can participate in the art show?
Anyone of any age. This is a community art show for new, beginning, and continuing artists.
We the Artists of the Bay Area (WABA) is an inclusive organization of artists, tenants, and community activists dedicated to working with city officials to ensure safe, long-term spaces for the creative community in Oakland, the larger Bay Area, and throughout the United States. WABA was formed in response to the Ghost Ship tragedy that occurred on December 2, 2016, and has quickly become one of the largest self-organized coalitions for members of the creative community in the San Francisco Bay Area.
Who is Flax Art & Design?
As the Bay Area’s oldest and well-loved retail art supply business, Flax has been serving the creative community since 1938. A family-owned and operated business that returned to Oakland last year (there was a store on Telegraph in the 1950s), FLAX has a long history of supporting artists and the arts community. FLAX is located at 1501 Martin Luther King Jr Dr.
Where will the funds from the art show go?