The first trip I took walking through the pages of Melissa Davis’ book This is Oakland was to Creative Growth. Creative Growth is an art center dedicated to providing a studio space for adult artists with mental, developmental, and physical disabilities. The space consists of a couple main areas, first the gallery, in which guests walk into, the second is the main floor where there are tables set up for different projects, the third, a ceramics area, fourth, a wood works section and lastly a cafeteria.
First Robin and I entered the gallery, instantly seeing color and open space, it was a peaceful way to poke around the items for sale. Later we received “visitour” labels and walked further into the work space. Many of the artists said hello and were eager to show the work they had done and what they were currently working on. It was lovely to see the individual style and purity in their work.
After completing our tour we headed back up into the gallery and chose the first souvenir from this adventure, a clay pot. It will be a wonderful thing acquiring little treasures from each place to fill our home with pieces of the city we live in.
If you or anyone you know are interested in volunteering at Creative Growth, they can attend the volunteer tour on the 25th of September and visit: http://creativegrowth.org for more information about upcoming events.
You can also purchase the This is Oakland book in the Gallery.
Creative Growth Gallery Entrance
This reminded me of a childhood favorite, Swedish cartoon Alfons Åberg!
Some of the work in the wood work area
One of the long tables set up for the artists to work
Happy with the newest addition to our home, our pot!
A Juan Aguilera ceramic pot, inspired by the nature in Mexico.
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