Best New Art Walk

Golden Gate Gallery District

The galleries along San Pablo Avenue that have participated in First
Friday for several years have not exactly seceded, Texas-style, from
that event; instead, they’ve opened a new front, or art district, named
after the traditional moniker for the triangle where Oakland, Berkeley,
and Emeryville converge. Blankspace and the Compound Gallery on San
Pablo are already familiar to Generation X and Y boulevardiers;
somewhat less so, undeservedly, are the nearby Periscope Cellars,
Forthrite Printing, and John F. Kennedy University art gallery. All
will be open First Fridays from 6 to 9 p.m. Adding new luster to the
area is Kala Institute’s brand-new 2,000-square-foot gallery on the
ground floor of the old Heinz factory, just downstairs from JFKU;
scheduled events include artist talks and Thank God It’s Thursday
wine-and-art nights. Pick up postcards with addresses and hours at any
of the participating venues.

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