Sawtooth Building Artists Featured in East Bay Open Studios, June, 2013


Saturday & Sunday, June 1 – 2 + 8 – 9, 11:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.

East Bay Open Studios offers an opportunity for arts fans of all ages to visit artists’ studios, glimpse the creative process, and purchase work directly from local artists. Many of the artists also offer refreshments, such as wine, artisan cheeses and other treats, in their studios. This year, over 400 hundred artists will participate, opening their studios to art adventurers across the East Bay.

Since 1979, this event remains the largest art event in the region and draws an annual audience over 60,000! Many of the artists’ studios are located within walking, biking or easy driving distance from each other. Most are also accessible by public transit, including from BART and AC Transit coming from San Francisco.

Plan Your Open Studios Tour:

  • Pick up a copy of the Directory of East Bay Arts, the event publication that profiles participating artists and includes maps, a 12 month East Bay Arts Calendar and Arts Index. Directories are available at Pro Arts and are distributed in the East Bay Express the first week in June. They are also available at most of the Open Studios locations.

  • Log on to the Online Gallery for all your East Bay Open Studios listings and maps. Each participating artist has a fully searchable personalized webpage with image gallery.

  • Self-guided tours can start in downtown Oakland at Pro Arts Gallery — East Bay Open Studios’ Headquarters — with a visit to the Preview Exhibition. On view April 30 through June 9, 2013, the Preview Exhibition features over 400 artworks installed salon-style; an awesome display that quickly reveals individual treasures.

“The fun thing about this event is that going here and there exposes things that are ordinarily invisible.”
— Leonardo Online

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Our Creative Sage™ studio/office building, the Kawneer Building (also known as the Sawtooth Building, due to the jagged sawtooth shape of its roof), located in West Berkeley, is a central point in the East Bay Open Studios event. There are a number of prominent artists of all genres working there, including visual/fine artists, writers, musicians, composers, filmmakers, sound designers, photographers, web designers, graphic artists, illustrators, theatre artists, dancers, ceramicists, woodworkers, jewelers, and more. There are also a number of interesting, arts-related small businesses and nonprofits headquartered in our historic Berkeley, California landmark.

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In fact, the entire neighborhood of West Berkeley, bordering on Emeryville, is an intriguing one, full of artist studios, cafes, unusual shops, tech and biotech companies, creative businesses, and the historic Fantasy Studios, part of what was formerly known as the Saul Zaentz Film Center, now Zaentz Media Center (photo above). It’s also a short drive from West Berkeley to Pixar and other Emeryville landmarks.

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You can see the entire set on Flickr.

If you plan to tour the East Bay Open Studios and want to stop by and meet me (Cathryn Hrudicka) in person, please contact our office first to arrange a date and time, as we’re not usually there for the entire Open Studio hours. You can email us, preferably at least 24 hours in advance, or call and leave a message, at: 1-510-845-5510 (PDT), and we’ll get back to you to arrange a visit! You can also make prior arrangements to visit our building at a time other than East Bay Open Studios by contacting us at least 7-14 days in advance.

We hope you’ll enjoy touring our historic Berkeley building, and the East Bay Open Studios!

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