San Pablo Arts District

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The San Pablo Arts District (SPAD)[1] is a nascent arts district along the San Pablo Avenue corridor, between 53rd and 67th Streets in the Golden Gate neighborhood of Oakland, California.

San Pablo Arts District

Art Galleries in the SPAD[edit]

  • Blank Space (2006-2010)[2]
  • The Compound Art Studios[3][4][5]
  • Create In Clay, 5512 San Pablo Ave, Oakland, CA
  • Emeryville Art Exhibition,[6] featuring works of nearly ninety artists and craftspeople - both established and emerging - who live or work in Emeryville. The Annual Exhibition is hosted by a different location each year. 2013 will be the 27th edition of the event.
  • The Grease Diner / Laurie Shapiro Gallery,[7][8][9] 6604 San Pablo Avenue, Oakland, CA. The Grease Diner is an art gallery, retail store, and DIY screen printing studio. The Grease Diner houses the Laurie Shapiro Gallery, providing landscape for her large-scale mixed media paintings; as well as a retail store that sells over a dozen artists and craftmakers work, including clothing, gifts, art prints, zines, and other hand-made items. Every Tuesday and Thursday evening, The Grease Diner hosts a DIY screen printing open studio, where customers can screen print their own images. In addition, the Grease Diner is home to Jon Jon Cassagnol's recording and production studio. Jon Jon is a music engineer and producer, lead singer of Dub Skanky [Pittsburgh, PA], and founder of the original Grease Diner Recording Studio in Pittsburgh, PA where he worked with over 60 artists and bands in a wide variety of styles.[10]
  • Lottie Rose Art House (Firehouse Collective)
  • Mysterious Creatures Art Collective/Cuddle Factory,[11] 6610 San Pablo Ave., Oakland, California. Metal art, jewelry-making and metalwork classes, open studios.
  • Sight School
  • Yzzo Studios,[12] 6610 San Pablo Avenue, Oakland, CA 94608. Art from recycled metal: steel sculptures. custom window security, furniture.

Independent cafes exhibiting art in the SPAD[edit]


  1. ^ San Pablo Arts District
  2. ^ Blank Space Gallery
  3. ^ The Compound Art Studios
  4. ^ The Compound Gallery: A World of Its Own
  5. ^ Shilanda Woolridge (July 30, 2012). "At the Compound Gallery, a new show explores storytelling and art". 
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  8. ^ East Bay Express article on the opening of a new gallery in the SPAD.
  9. ^ Chan, Bonnie (2013-07-26). "Oakland Social: The Grease Diner serves up art with a side of DIY". Oakland Local. 
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