“From The Sunny Side: Six East Bay Artists”

Oakland Museum of California

“From the Sunny Side” is a deceptively silly title for one of the most arresting group exhibitions of emerging artists mounted by a local museum in several years. Referring to the location of the six artists’ studios in the East Bay region, where the weather is frequently brighter than in fogbound San Francisco, across the Bay, the title was evidently chosen in accordance with the concurrent Oakland Festival of the Art’s desire to promote Oakland arts. The strength of the work on view does emphasize the fact that a large number of respected Bay Area artists’ studios are located in Oakland, Berkeley, and Emeryville.

Three painters and three sculptors comprised the Oakland Museum show, each distinctively individual yet clearly partaking of the Northern California traditions of either painterly approaches to figurative subject matter or the innovative uses of non-fine art materials. Painters

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