Oakland’s Cool Art Scene at Cerrito Gallery


In our over-stimulating digital world, I find great solace in moments of screen-less beauty. For those moments, Oakland’s art scene is abundant. From enjoying the unique and airy architecture of the Oakland Museum of California, plus the art it holds, to our many independent galleries, our artistic community in rich in diversity and creativity. I had the chance to talk with Chandra Cerrito about her gallery in Uptown, Chandra Cerrito Contemporary, and look inside her two concurrent solo exhibitions: Sarah Bird’s the fullest measure of you, is you (front gallery) and Lewis deSoto’s ARBOR/ARDOR (upper gallery).  Come take a look inside at Sarah’s Bird’s work, and better yet, go visit in person. The show runs until March 30, 2017…enjoy.


Sarah Bird studied with deSoto in the 1990’s at the California College of the Arts in Oakland. Her life-size photos of California’s Redwoods illustrate both their magnificence in size, and depict the vulnerability of their shallow roots.


Downpour, made of thread and pins suspended from the ceiling and shown in the photo above, captures the illusion of rain, and also mimics the shape of a mighty Redwood’s trunk.

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The steel ring suspended in the air is nearly 9 feet wide, offering us perspective of a tree trunk’s gigantic diameter.

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For more on Chandra Cerrito Contemporary, go here.

Original images for 24 East by Lauren Andersen


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