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#FightForLocalArt

Posted: March 15, 2016 in Uncategorized
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I’ve been an employee in the Oakland Airport since 2012. I currently work for the airlines operations. For years I’ve wanted local artwork to be displayed at the terminals that is representative of its city and people. I got in contact with Port of Oakland and their Public Relations Division did get in contact with me. I was advised that the managing firm for years was the Oakland Museum of California and they took care of the art acquisition for the airport terminals and the concourse extensions. The Port of Oakland is working on a request for proposals for installations or exhibits of
artwork and artists.

The June Steingart Gallery Located in Laney College are campaigning to “fight for local art.”
We all live and work in this diverse culture and beautiful city that makes Oakland. The people would like to be heard and represented. The best way to tell the stories of the people, are through the eyes of our local artists because they represent the times. It’s more important than ever to preserve these stories told by artistry by implimenting them in our public spaces. In the process allowing our story to be told and acknowledged by the world. An authentic cultural experiences that makes perfect sense because being local, the art is representative of the area.

These outreach activities are designed to increase public awareness and understanding of the Port, its projects and the city of Oakland. We are also committed to helping our neighboring art communities reach their full potential,culturally, economically, and socially.

I’ve already talked with Pamela Johnson and Professor Stratford at the June Steinhart Gallery. Both are very interested and are all on board in working on the project.

The Gallery is looking for any artist in the San Francisco Oakland Bay Area who are inspired by the local areas they grew up in. Our hopes are to not just have an exhibit for local artwork here at the gallery but have an exhibit in the Oakland Airport.

Please send a quick bio of yourself.
If you are interested in submitting pieces for the exhibit, please contact us below.

contact info:

Githro Espinosa
Githroespinosa@ymail.com

Pamela Johnson
wetafros@gmail.com

Dr. Leslee Stradford
ISTRADFORD@PERALTA.EDU

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I love sushi and any type of ocean food. And I won’t let anything stop me from eating what I love until it’s no longer available. This is and will be the problem for the future sea food lovers. With a lot going on with the oceans like giant floating islands of trash, little things can change or ultimately affect the oceans complex food chain and then your dinner plate. To assure no one species is singled out for consumption or depleted, people have to be more aware which species are in danger due to a variety of reasons like the seasons. Being aware sometimes to pick the alternative or sometimes not to can make a difference whether or not we have our favorite sea food dish in supply for next seasons catch. Even though quotas on websites are set to regulate and easy iPhone and android phone apps now tell you up-to-date information, it rests on the community to ultimately be responsible. This squid represents the Consumers and our choices. “Don’t ink the oceans. keep it sustainable.”Promote healthy oceans and protect fish reserves from overfishing!

This piece was actually really fun to make while I watched the Disney shows on Netflix. I wish I took a picture of how the living room looked like at the time I was working on this project. The area was all occupied and laid out with tools and materials. A little dangerous since I had a lot of pins and needles but I made sure to put them right on top of my white board so it would be plain easy to spot. Working with fabric was still new to me but it was so easy to work with. The hardest part of the project was making the arms as they needed to be of all the right length and stay together with the main body of the squid. I used electrical tape to slowly bend and shape the curve of each arm. I used a folding technique to replicate the shape of the main body of the squid so it would look more realistic. Once everything came together or stayed together, it was done and ready for the photo set. The photo set this time again was in the bathtub.

Here’s a link to help us out.

http://www.montereybayaquarium.org/cr/seafoodwatch.aspx