Community Treasures Art Show
at The Altenheim
Saturday June 3 & Sunday June 4
in Prior Hall from 11am to 5pm
We will open the doors to everyone on Saturday June 3 and Sunday June 4 for our Community Treasures Art Show in Prior Hall at the Altenheim.. What are our treasures? First it is the community in which we live at the Altenheim as well as the greater community of Dimond/Glenview neighborhoods in Oakland, California. Our building and its rich history and architecture contributes to everyone in our neighborhood. Our artists who were born in the USA from a variety of states and our artists who were born elsewhere on distant continents contribute to our global art community. We are diverse in the way we create our art, the way we see the world and the way we look. But we are a community. We inspired each other and give mutual support. We stand up for Art.
The Altenheim where several of us live is a gem that sits on the site of a former orchard. The garden area still boasts lemon trees, fig trees, giant redwood trees as well as a great variety of roses, agapanthus, bird of paradise. The Altenheim was originally built for retired people of German origin but now it includes people of many origins. The original Altenheim was built in 1893 but was destroyed by fire in the early 1900s. The current Altenheim where I live was constructed in 1909. Another wing was added in 1915. Then Three more wings were built in 2009 and 2010. When I moved here in 2006 it had just reopened after a closure of several years for remodeling. The buildings and grounds make up about six acres. We currently have 174 apartments and over 200 residents.
Our Goals: exhibit, explain and enable our viewers to enjoy our world.
Our Artists: Cheri Anderson, a ceramic artist whose throws capture us; Janet Brugos, a mixed media artist who paints with texture to create depth in her art that is both spontaneous and controlled; Zakiyyah GE Capehart whose poetic visions bring her subtle trees to our notice as delicate pastels; Berit Carlsen whose love of nature leads her to inspiring driftwood totems and watercolor paintings; MA Cockrell also finds beauty in nature which she captures by the camera lens and transforms them into wall art or useful decorative objects; Laura Echegaray is inspired by objects intended to be recycled from which she creates new art; Marcus Lorenzo Penn, a physician photographer who finds interconnectivity compelling; Geneva Thomas who enthusiastically embraces mixed media in a variety of decorative forms.
Since 2008 artist residents have held Art Exhibits which vary by artists and or media but the passion, quality and dedication remain high. We welcome you to share our world of art in its many forms.