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.
For May, Pro Arts is hosting:
Jocelyn Meggait of Free Utopian Projects, an evolving series of socially interactive installations, concentrating on the economy, the environment and building community by offering art and objects for free. In exchange patrons are asked to consider the possibilities of a Utopian free economy that bypasses monetary exchange. Consider the abundance of things, the ecological and economic impact of sustainable art practices. Consider the definition of art and the role and responsibilities of galleries/gallerists and artists in the community.Consider the value of objects, the value of art, art materials, stuff – the value of memories, sentiment and stories – and the value of sharing.
Robin Lasser & G. Craig Hobbs present “Migrating Cultures” Video Projection Mapping on the Sunset Magazine Building in Jack London Square. Imagery includes portraits of 15 immigration stories as told by Bay Area residents representing 12 different countries, including stories from Oakland residents. The work will combine these stories with imagery and sounds of species migrations to represent our shared global commons and the differences as well as universality of human movement and experience. The event will include time for the audience to share their own stories as part of the Migratory Cultures project.
Come watch and participate in “the lost ones”, a durational embroidery performance art piece by visual artist Liz Harvey that features a rotating crew of performers as part of a multiyear project that has developed in collaboration with performers Megan Nicely and Mary Armentrout . This ongoing performance project features a performer wandering and embroidering on her garment in an improvised dialogue with viewers. Viewers are invited to join her in embroidering images of endangered and extinct plants on her 19th-century-style gown to build an empathetic connection with these fragile species – and fellow stitchers – throughout the evening.
Throughout the event, participate in David Cummings‘ “Jellyfish”, a web-based interactive sound performance for mobile devices
Inside, Agargara will be blending chipper melodies, lush harmonies, and blistering beats. Agargara has been quietly making solo electronic music since 2006.
Also inside, Shayna Yasuhara and Joshua Herbolsheimer present video works. Shayna Yasuhara (Paint Pens Collective) is a self-taught Oakland-based artist specializing in collage and paper art techniques. Joshua Herbolsheimer (Super7) is a San Francisco-based illustrator and designer who also studied animation at the Academy of Art. Collectively, they’ve created this series of playful and other-worldly stop-motion animations.
Bre Gipson shares her taste in art with “Mirage: Food + Art” , where she demonstrates the relation between color and texture in the foods we eat and how to experience each bite as through the vocabulary of art.
Karen Cusolito‘s outdoor installation “Tumble Leaf #5” offers a respite from the market with pillows set within gorgeous metalwork
In the courtyard, Pro Arts will also have chalkboard painting and interactive gaming as well as various artists with small works, prints, and books available.