ISO-BRONZE Art Works of Nosa R. Okungbowa


Botanical Sorcerers Gallery

343 15th St Oakland CA 94612 Tel: 510-833-4755


Feb 1st Opening — 6:30 pm- 8:30 pm
Feb 15th Artist Talk — 6:30 pm – 6:30 pm

Join the Botanical Sorcerers Gallery this February as we present the works of Nosa R. Okungbowa. Grandson of the ancient Benin Bronze Caster (IDUIGUN or IGUN COURT). The gallery is thrilled to see the historic work passed down and recreated by the sculptor presented as the first show of the year. – The show also will be presented in honor of Black History Month.

Best Regards,



Nosa R. Okungbowa
Meet the Artist @ the Gallery on 15 February.

Curated by Oasis Art Design

Local Business · Oakland, California

Director/Consultant – Curating the #designXconcept of businesses and professional artists.





Art, Science and Culture collide at the Botanical Sorcerer’s Gallery / Botanical Sorcerers Maker Space.

Exhibitions, Workshops, Classes and Live Events:

Thursdays: “Revolution Collage” Art Classes

Also come see us on 1st-Fridays, 2nd-Saturdays, 3rd-Thursdays for great art and musical events on the 15th St. Webster & Harrison block.


Also on this month…

Come and learn about growing your own food on a Phytopod vertical gardening container or hydroponic system for your home, school or business. Maximum plant production on a minimal footprint for herbs, salad greens, strawberries and more Join Bay Area Phytopod Vertical Gardeners on Meetup.


2016 & 2017 Colors of the Year


Image: Google – Graphic Design: Kadesh Carter/Oasis Art Design

“Chemistry grad student Andrew E. Smith wasn’t exactly expecting the art popularity that followed after the accidental discovery of a vivid, brilliant blue color YInMn Blue.”

By Kadesh Carter

The year 2016 color palette is almost over and 2017’s vibrancy is right around the corner. We are looking forward to the colors that will be used in assignments, new ideas that will be implemented by artists, old projects resurfacing, and the many inspirations to come. This year was a good one for the color spectrum with the discovery of a new blue shade introduced by science. Chemistry grad student Andrew E. Smith wasn’t exactly expecting the art popularity that followed after the accidental discovery of a vivid, brilliant blue color N. Quoted in NPR saying , “People have been looking for a good, durable blue color for a couple of centuries,” and we found this to be personally true at Oasis Art Design. Color is the purpose of art, as without, it would just be style that identified an artists work and not the vision. Color provides vision and voice. Color often goes unthought of critically because it’s such a big part of life. When taken seriously, its purpose is vastly understood.

“[An art] mission to find the imagined imaginable”

A year ago when hired to design a private home art studio gallery in Berkeley, CA, the owner, a previous client of Oasis Art Design for years, asked that we included a contrasting wall color of our choice. After looking at photos in the book “Egypt: 4000 Years Of Art”, which contains museum and private photos of works produced by architects and artists, the color that came to mind was a rich royal blue. The photos where that of well-preserved art, which if in a photo the works could look this beautiful, the colors had to be even more lively and bolder when it was originally designed. After visiting Home Depot in Emeryville, CA, and then Kelly Moore in Berkeley (additionally numerous of other commercial paint locations throughout the Bay Area that would follow), it was soon learned that this was a very special blue that was going to take a bit of research to find. With a deadline to complete the personal gallery, it was a determination not to leave the space just the mainly painted fresh white that it was. The black marble tile floor with its specs of grey and gold, and golden trimming accenting the room still needed more. It NEEDED that blue. During the mission to find the imagined imaginable, an artist  was discovered. The Liberian born artist Lina Iris Viktor, who, with a futuristic edge, paints elegant rich pigmented blue art. Her work was amazing to come across, immediately making her one of our creative directors newly found favorite artist of contemporary times. It was a confirmation that this blue that was sought at least had a sister, so she had to be out there somewhere.

Still searching after a month, our client ended up falling in love with the idea just as much as we were. Once it became a team mission between everyone involved, we searched swatch after swatch, luxury paints, and experimented with acrylic colors to see which fusion could come close to take with us to locations to see if it could be matched and made. A couple of locations tried but the color would be too dark of blue or plum purple, depending on how close the individual could get with our homemade color swatch provided. Unfortunately the color wasn’t coming soon enough and it was decided that a deep purple would be our contrasting wall color. Though our client didn’t mind, and says that it is his most admired room in his home, it wasn’t our dream color. But little did we know that the summer of 2016 our dreams would come true. So, thanks Andrew.



YInMn Blue


Out of the many colors that have been used on walls, canvas’, and various mediums it was gold paint that found its way to much of what we touched. From being used as the main medium (gold leaf) or color, gold was almost everywhere for us. Like blues, golds were also a part of the history of  Egyptian art – illustrated in paintings, sculpture, metalwork, woodwork, textiles, and ceramics. In 2016 many of our company based projects, and contracted work was complimented with the metallic medium. “The Kiss” painted by Australian Symbolist painter Gustav Klimt, is an intimate photo of the embracement of a man and woman with various gold patterns that appears to be on a hilltop where romantics can place themselves when looking at it and mirroring their own lives. Its indebtedness to art is not only our appreciation, but of many others worldwide, with expensive reproductions giving viewers just a taste of its dynamic beauty. Because the physical property of gold it does not corrode and became a symbol of immortality and power in ancient times which is still referenced today in fine art.



Golds were also a part of the history of  Egyptian art – illustrated in paintings, sculpture, metalwork, woodwork, textiles, and ceramics.




Greenery – 2017 Color of The Year

Pantone, founded in the modern days of art history in the year 1962, prides itself in being the first colour matching system. The system used today regularly by artists, graphic designers, ad agency’s, and reproduction companies, is a household name for many who find this system useful. Pantone Matching System (PMS) as it has been named. Since year 2000 the Pantone Color Institute with its intriguing way of holding secret meetings to discuss various nations color standards, has introduced to the world a “Color of the Year”. For the year 2016 the color was Rose Quartz And Serenity, which was a noticeable influence in the fashion industry spring of this year. Descried as “A refreshing and revitalizing shade, Greenery is symbolic of new beginnings” and continued on being explained as “… a fresh and zesty” color on the Greenery release page on their website. Advising consumers to “take a deep breath, oxygenate and reinvigorated”. Greenery before it’s awarded title has been a piece of our everyday lives, visually seen around the world in urban planning, lifestyle, and artistry. Thus making it a reminder of the peace, and calmness that it carries. Many also feel that this is a critical time in the contemporary world of  art, from its economic influence, the historic consideration of the way that it will be continued to be taught in educational institutions in the near future, to the major influence of art in the fluctuating tech boom. Consequently, greenery comes at a pivotal time being “A life affirming shade… a color snapshop of what we see taking place in our global culture that serves as an expression of mood and attitude.”

Oasis Art 
Design Color of The Year 2016:



Painting By Kadesh Carter



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Article References:, //, Egypt: 4000 Years Of Art By Jaromir Malek


The Kiss (Lovers), oil and gold leaf on canvas, 1907-1908 – Gustav Klimt 180 cm x 180 cm

Thursday Art & Makers Classes At Botanical Sorcerers Gallery


Join in at Botanical Sorcerers Gallery for Thursday art classes.

Interactive art classes where artists create, discuss, and have fun!

Weekly Schedule:
First Thursday – Revolution Collage Makers
Second Thursday – Drawing Workshop
Third Thursday – Still Life Drawing
Fourth  Thursday – Green Tech
Fifth Thursday – Indie Art

Basic materials provided, but you can bring your own as well.

Class Fee: $10

Botanical Sorcerers Gallery
343 15th Street
Oakland, CA 94612


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Artists & Entrepreneurs Networking Social


COLLAB is an Artists & Entrepreneurs Networking Social for anyone interested in local artistry and small business growth. We are a growing group of local artists, galleries, small businesses, and tech start ups.

Creative Vision + Business Savvy = COLLAB

The #FirstFriday events feature: Artistry, Film, Live Music, Small Business Services, Food & Happy Hour.

Next Event:
Friday Nov 4th

4 PM – 8 PM

Level 13 Lounge
341 13th Street
Oakland, CA 94612



Fall In Love With Art Decor

Home décor accents make for good taste, and a space that visitors will always remember. Right before, or very soon after moving we make the decision of what is desired for our new home, storefront, gallery, or office to look like. Choosing themes such as Moroccan, vintage, decade, and color blocking variations to create an environment for your everyday-mood. The fun thing about décor, and space is that over time it just comes together – if you didn’t have a theme in mind at first. There will be a lamp that looks just like the one that you have at home, and you’ll buy it to now have matching nightstand twins. Or, there will be another bookshelf that you need in order to get those books out of the box in the closet, and it may look totally different than the bookshelf that you already have back at the office… But, you know that they will look perfect together.

“Interior design is making the best possible use of the available space.”

Architectural interior layout, also more familiarly known as interior design, can be done with a professional, personal shopper, or alone. “Interior design is making the best possible use of the available space.” Today it is very easy to get ideas online from apps such as Instagram, and Pintrest, or by visiting your local bookstore and purchasing a book dedicated to home décor. A great way to keep your space artsy is to collect a piece of work from a local gallery first, and then buy furnishings based around it. Creating a space that will have the perfect color combination looking both amazing, and unique.

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Custom bookcase by OK Designs for Ne Ndoro Urban Ethnic Boutique in Oakland, CA.


Choosing themes such as Moroccan, vintage, decade, and color blocking variations to create an environment for your everyday-mood.

Artistic home décor is a unique modern approach to creating an artful space. Now, for this style, white seems to cover the walls so that it is just the items in the room speak. Independent stores will have the best designs to select from often because the pieces carried will be one of a kind, limited editions, and made by independent artists. Smaller stores are able to provide more of an engaging experience, making it to where you can get into detailed conversations about the artist who made your piece, and interior decorating suggestions.

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Custom décor is a great conversation starter when placed in good view. Purchasing custom pieces are held on to for years like family heirlooms because of the appreciation many collectors have. A great way to create a look of uniqueness is to make your own personal décor. DIY projects are simple and fun to make, helping to elevate the design look of a room. Search the hashtag #diy to see what all can be discovered.

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Article Written By Kadesh Carter


COLLAB @ Level 13 Oakland


Oakland/SF Bay Area where will you be next #FirstFriday? Check out COLLAB at Level 13 Oakland a mixer for local makers, art supporters, and entrepreneurs.

Artistry:: Creative style through art. Installations by local, and national artists.

Design:: Workshops + Vendors

Film:: Domestic & International Indie Films/Documentaries

Next session: Friday Oct 7th

Check out our schedule of Friday events here:

Oasis Art Design

Hand Spun – An Interview With Textile Artist Kelsey Leib


Kelsey Leib is an Oakland based artist whose work captures the curiosity of various weaving materials, shapes, and expression all in one form. Creating at Percolator Workspace studio helps her bring new life to materials typically associated with comfort and spirit.

Would you like to introduce yourself?
Kelsey Leib: I am a sculptural textiles artist from Cleveland, Ohio.

Where are you from originally?
I grew up in the western suburbs of Cleveland, Ohio, and studied textiles at Kent State University.

What is it that you create, with what medium?
I concentrate on creating vessel forms, representing the human figure as a vessel for the spirit. This year, I began expanding the size of the vessel and knit a “house,” so that the viewer could enter and fully experience the interior space. I knit, weave, felt, and utilize basketry techniques to create these forms. I typically combine traditional materials, yarn and fiber, with alternatives, including metals and fishing line. I’m interested in the themes of repetition and gender, that inevitably come up when using textiles as a medium.


How long have you been an artist?
I’ve been making and showing my art for about six years.

What are you trying to communicate with your art?
My “Spirit Vessels” are intended to imply the sacred quality of being human. They reveal hidden sides of people, humanizing them. Using the vessel form allows me to compare and contrast an interior and exterior. Some pieces are opaque, requiring the viewer to make an effort to peer inside to catch a glimpse of its inner workings. Others are transparent, its details announced loud and clear.

How did you discover Percolator?
I initially discovered Percolator on Craigslist.

How long have you been working at Percolator?
A little over two years. I was Percolator’s first renter! When I moved in, it looked like an unfinished basement. Tad has completely transformed the space into working studios.


Is there an artist(s) who you admire or inspires you?
I am constantly amazed at the work of Joanna Berzowska for her fusion of science, conceptual art, and textiles. Her works at XS Labs are textiles with minds of their own, they move and breath independently.

I’m drawn to Petah Coyne’s work because of her aesthetic, her references to literature, and her frequent theme of repetition, a concept inevitable in textiles. Right now I’m working on some quilted pieces based off of narratives, and I’ve been thinking about “Everything That Rises Must Converge.”

Nick Cave and Walter Oltmann for their use of the figure and the spiritual feeling in their work. The Brooklyn Museum recent had a really fantastic show called Disguise: Masks and Global African Art, featuring many of them.

April Dauscha’s uses lace work and the body in really interesting ways.

Oakland has become a mecca for artist, what brought you to the city in particular? I moved to the Bay area a little unexpectedly, after graduating college, going on a vacation along the West coast, and choosing to stay. I felt uncertain about Oakland until the night I moved in, when I ran into a friend of a friend who happened to be getting rid of a loom. One week later I found Percolator to house my loom. After that, I just felt like Oakland was home. Oakland is full of creative, interesting people.

Where do you see the future of art and the role of the artist? I hope to see the art world constantly expanding and opening up to new media and ideas. My degree fell under “Crafts,” which was considered separate from a fine art degree. I hope the future of art is a broader definition, merging with other subjects.


Statement about Kelesy’s residency work at Second Sight Studio (picture above), using found objects, hand spun wool, and headlines from local newspapers:

“Our visiting artist Kelsey Leib observed some striking similarities between Franklinton and her home neighborhood in Oakland, California. Inspired by the experience, she created this symmetrical wool on wood installation “A Space to Unify,” in which one neighborhood mirrors the other. “From the outsider’s perspective, areas with strong reputations for crime and violence, including Franklinton and Oakland, are in danger of being perceived only through headlines and sensationalized stories. News reports spelled out with wool, a material typically associated with warmth and the home, question our tendencies toward segregation and notions of comfort amongst different neighborhoods. What should define Franklinton?”


Keep up with Kelseys art on social media:



Thank you Kelsey!

Interviewed By Kadesh Carter

Originally published at on August 30, 2016.


Level 13 Installation: Spirit Vessels


Introducing Art & Design at Level 13

For the past two years Oasis Art Design has been the curator of Level 13 lounge located in the heart of Downtown Oakland, and we are thrilled to announce the exploration of creative works through various mediums every first Friday of the month. Level 13 is Oakland’s destination for live performances, venue event booking, and weekend nightlife satisfaction. The setting of the space makes for a large comfortable and beautiful space. Perfect for art. August will feature a sparkling, metallic installation of Spirit Vessels, sculptural textile work by Kelsey Leib.

Spirit Vessels
Opening: Aug 5th 4pm – 8pm
Installation: August 5th – 27th, 2016

341 13th st, Oakland, California 94612


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Curated by Oasis Art Design an Oakland based creative directing firm. Join Oasis Art Design at Level 13 every First Friday 4pm to 8pm.


Call Her [The Future]: Grace Jones

Photo Credit: Oasis Art Design at the MoAD

In Review: The Grace Jones Project

By Kadesh Carter

Over the years I have been asked who was my favorite artist, and for many of those years I did not have an answer. Being a painter, I always told myself to appreciate the works of others, but for some reason I never gravitated towards anyone in particular. I never wanted to make works based on the thought of anyone else, and I never wanted to recreate the works of another artist. I know for some, this method is a form of flattery based on inspiration – which is a beautiful thing, but I always wanted to make my own way. Create from my imagination, no matter how different it may have seemed to be. Uniqueness is a quality right? So, it was I was watching “Boomerang” starring Eddie Murphy, and there she appeared, Strangé, beautiful and boldly herself. Now, I could tell there was more to this actress than lines from a script, so I dug deeper. Her name was one that I would be sure to remember.

Image courtesy of Google images.

Who? Grace Jones. Who? Grace Jones.

What better way to create than to create from the depths of your soul. She was Grace Jones. And she created from her soul without limitation. There are many who live in this world, but few who walk their own path without regret. Grace is definitely one of these humans. The influence of her work changed the art world in more ways than one. Music, fashion, performance, culture, and visual arts have all been mediums mastered. From the start of her public career her one of a kind approach has been purely amazing to see. Using color, bodily expression, and the freedom of art has made many attempt to duplicate what Grace originated. I had found my favorite artist and what she represented was what I wished to someday come close to.

a person or thing that makes or produces something.
synonyms: creator, manufacturer, constructor, builder, producer

Queen of Makers… Call Her The Future

In today’s time I would define her as the Queen of Makers. In past times I would have called her the future. The weekend had rolled around a couple of months ago, and the date destination was a trip from Oakland to San Francisco to the museum to an exhibit featuring Grace Jones and I was more than delighted. With the many shows that I have experienced at the Museum Of the African Diaspora, The Grace Jones Project is one that I will always remember. Curated by Nicole J. Caruth, everything about the show was astounding. Each art piece individually clearly projected the impact of Grace on the artist and their views of how she is art herself.

The Grace Jones Project is on display now – Sept. 18 at the Museum of the African Diaspora in San Francisco. For more information please visit