Sights & Sounds is your weekly guide to the Bay Area arts scene through the eyes and ears of local artists. Our guest is Dawline-Jane Oni-Eseleh, an artist and illustrator with work in two exhibits: Home at Pro Arts Gallery in Oakland and No Heroes Allowed at Art Attack SF in San Francisco.
Oni-Eseleh told KALW’s Jen Chien about three cool arts events happening this weekend around the Bay.
On Saturday, 6/11, Combat Paper brings its mobile papermaking project to San Francisco’s Veterans Building. Workshop participants can turn military uniforms into handmade paper with the help of a group of veterans, artists and activists. Bring your own uniform or use one provided by the group. The afternoon also features creative writing facilitated by Warrior Writers and an art exhibit by Justseeds Artists’ Cooperative.
ONI-ESELEH: I think it’s hugely important for people, who might be going through trauma, to be able to take that and transform it into something else.
On Saturday, 6/1, NIAD Art Center in Richmond kicks off the In Matter and In Mode exhibit with a weenie roast and the Vinyl Van mobile DJ booth in their courtyard. In Matter and In Mode highlights art made intuitively and features the work of Phyllis Carr, Julio Del Rio, Adonia Douglas, Luis Estrada, Felicia Griffin, Sara Malpass, Marlon Mullen, Dorothy Porter, Elena Rossi, Alice Sampson, Linda Stewart, Jonathan Velazquez, Michael Walker, Billy White and Susan Wise. It runs through Friday, 6/24.
ONI-ESELEH: The work there just really blows me away. It’s a good way to collect contemporary art at a good price point and support the work of artists that may not get the spotlight as much as other artists do.
The all-cat circus, Amazing Acro-cats are at Fort Mason Thursday, 6/9 through Sunday, 6/19. Rescued house cats entertain with tricks and close out the show with a performance from their band , Tuna and the Rock Cats. Real cats play real instruments with back-up by a chicken on the tamborine.
ONI-ESELEH: Who doesn’t love a cat that is also a drummer or a keyboardist?!