Friends of OAM has offered its members a host of private events and benefits since launching in December 2012.

On March 7th members gathered for a delightful and delicious gallery stroll, a walk among three downtown galleries: Res Ipsa, Betti Ono, and Pro Arts. Sipping fine wine and beer and nibbling catered treats from Farley’s, members met the gallerists and saw some arresting, bold artwork, and capped off the night with a take-away piece of “free art” from Pro Arts gallery, where an ensemble from the Oakland East Bay Symphony played for the intimate gathering.


The following week, Friends of OAM were invited to attend the exclusive opening reception for the landmark retrospective of Hung Liu’s career, “Summoning Ghosts,” at the Oakland Museum of California.


Spring brought us together again for a gathering on 23rd Street,  with curator Q&A presented by Chandra Cerrito and Jasmine Moorehead of Chandra Cerrito Contemporary and Krowswork galleries. With inventive savory and sweet bites from local innovators, Muffin Revolution, and glasses of refreshing champagne, attendees engaged with artist Mari Andrews, who was present to discuss her work, and to cap off the evening, the Oakland Ballet sent us two marvelous performers to dance a piquant pas-de-deux entitled “Les Biches” in front of Mari Andrews’ beautiful stone and steel installation “Propensitus Gravitas.”

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We were proud to offer our members VIP passes to see attend the opening night cocktail reception of the artMRKT fair at Fort Mason in mid-May, where eight OAM galleries were represented.

Friends of OAM members have much more to look forward to in 2013, with private tours and receptions still to come in the summer and Fall, discounts on tickets with our cultural partners (The Oakland Ballet, the Oakland East Bay Symphony and the Oakland Museum of California), plus special perks at Flourish, our second-annual benefit dinner and art auction.


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