Pro Arts is going to the Jack’s Night Market! Come and visit the Pro Arts Alley at Jack London Square on the third Friday in May, June, and July and get a taste of who we are and what we do!

Enjoy a captivating evening of merriment and verve—with an eclectic mix of local makers, music, tasty eats, eccentric fun and an exciting array of quirky entertainment and surprises! From local crafts to street performers, this free vibrant outdoor bazaar will celebrate all that is Oakland. New this year is the Pro Arts Alley featuring visual and interactive arts, the Truck Stop – a collection of trucks selling jewelry to accessories as well as games and entertainment. Beer and wine sales benefit Pro Arts – an Oakland based nonprofit arts organization that encourages change in and through the arts to invigorate our communities.

In June, Pro Arts is hosting:

Karen Cusolito‘s outdoor installation “Tumble Leaf #5”, offering a respite from the market with pillows set within gorgeous metalwork.

Inside, Pro Arts presents the video works of Eliza O. Barrios, Keith DeNatale,  Kolby Rowland, and Nicole Wisler.

Kolby Rowland will also present Untitled (Second Version), part of an ongoing site-specific installation project that is concerned with notions of mobility, visibility, and privilege as they relate to the consumption of images, history, and culture.

Kelsey Leib’s interactive sculptural installation explores the concept of bodies as vessels for the spirit, and the dualities present in these forms. Form, material, and texture are used to reference cultural and societal effects on the physical and spiritual self.

Jamie Banes brings his quirky assemblages–often reminiscent of childhood forts or tree house constructions in miniature. His most current work presents as a collection of eccentric architectural models, wryly alluding to the seriousness of many ominous societal issues on our collective horizon.

Victor Mavedzenge will be performing throughout the evening with his Handwriting ReadingsThis Cage is Me, and Schizophrenic as well as live-painting. His performances and social practice engagements explore both identity and art history, using spoken word and poetry as a platform for existential queries into the human condition.

Scott Schryver acts the Secret Agent, abstracting the viewer’s darkest secrets in a performative act of acceptance and release.

Pro Arts Booth:  Small work, prints and books by various artists.