daliel's Gallery

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Front of daliel's Bookstore and Gallery in Berkeley, California, 1946

daliel's Gallery (stylized with a lowercase 'd', and sometimes just 'daliel') was a display and performance space in the San Francisco Bay Area in California in the 1940s and 1950s; the building also contained daliel's Bookstore. George Leite opened daliel's at 2466 Telegraph Avenue between Dwight and Haste Streets in Berkeley, as a combination bookstore and art gallery in 1945, naming both after a half-brother in Portugal he had never met, Dalael Leite.[1]

The bookstore was also the home of Circle Magazine[2] and Circle Editions, the publishing ventures Leite established at the same time.

Artists featured in the gallery included painters, sculptors and printmakers, as well as jewellers, musicians, and modern dancers.[3] These included painter Zahara Schatz, jazz musician Dave Brubeck from Concord, sculptor Jean Varda, and jeweler Peter Macchiarini. One show in 1950 was by a group of nuns from Oregon who had been taught in a summer class at their college by Jean Varda.[4] The store closed in 1952 several years after the magazine ceased publication.[5]

Partial list of Artists Exhibited[edit]


  1. ^ "Oral history interview with Nancy Leite". daliel.leitefamily.net. May 5, 2015. Retrieved June 11, 2015.
  2. ^ Davidson, Michael (1991). The San Francisco Renaissance: Poetics and Community at Mid-Century. Cambridge University Press. p. 39. ISBN 978-0-521-42304-5.
  3. ^ "Berkeley Daily Gazette". January 12, 1947. p. 11.
  4. ^ "Berkeley Daily Gazette". May 4, 1950. p. 8.
  5. ^ Brady, Mildred (April 1947). "The New Cult of Sex and Anarchy". Harper's Magazine.