KQED Guides

How to Find Great Art by Local Artists

Updated: June 2, 2014

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The Bay Area commands you to support your local artists! Ditch the stuffy halls of the city’s museums (for a day) and celebrate the talented Bay Area community.

LOWER POLK / TL ART WALK
First Thursday of every month, 6pm – 10pm
Polk & Larkin between Geary & Bush, San Francisco

The Lower Polk / TL Art Walk currently opens 20 gallery spaces to the public, including White Walls, Alliance Francaise, Larkin St Youth Gallery, and many more, as well as featured neighborhood murals. This event runs later than most neighborhood art walks, ending at 10pm. Get your art crawl on!

OAKLAND ART AND SOUL FESTIVAL
Sat August 2, Sun August 3, Noon – 6pm
near 12th Street/City Center BART station
Frank Ogawa Plaza, Oakland
$15

This annual Oakland art festival offers live music on multiple stages, as well as a sprawling art exhibition. Past performers include Lisa Loeb, ConFunkShun, Lyrics Born, Persephone’s Bees, MC Hammer, Indigo Girls, and tons more. The art exhibition typically showcase every genre imaginable, including installation, digital art, dance, photography and collaborations with local colleges and arts institutions.

SAUSALITO ART FESTIVAL
August 30 – September 1
Marinship Park, Sausalito
Adults $25, Kids 6-12 $5, Children under 6 Free

With hundreds of local artists, this festival features paintings, sculptures, drawings, ceramics, glass, fiber arts and fashion, wood, photography, and mixed media surrounding a main stage with performers. After more than 60 years, this is one of the oldest fine arts festivals in the Bay Area.

Check out KQED Arts for more arts-related ideas.

- By Nicole Zeichick and Adrienne Blaine

  • Dave

    The Art Beat Bazaar is now being held at the 25th Street Collective! It’s bigger and better! 477 25th Street, Oakland! August 19th show features Bang Data, Judith & Holofernes, Seal Press Author, Cori Crooks & awesome local indie arts & crafts!