heART is Oakland – We wish to give Oakland an opportunity to honor the spirit and celebrate the lives lost in the Ghost Ship, through art. We hope to shift the attention to Oakland’s treasures, its artists, and let their works provide meaning to the community.

heART is Oakland Benefit Exhibition: Group Show runs July 1-30, 2017

The Silent Auction runs all month. Come see the show Wed – Sun, and grab a bite and beer. Bid on some great art while supporting artist housing.
Live Auction and Closing Reception:
Saturday, July 29, 6 PM – 8 PM

Classic Cars West
411 26th St
Oakland CA 94612

This family-friendly venue is open:
Wednesday thru Friday: noon – 10pm
Saturday Brunch: 11am – 3pm, Dinner 5 – 10pm
Sunday Brunch: 11am – 3pm

Brought to you by: We the Artists of the Bay Area (WABA) // FLAX art & design // Oasis Art Design // Classic Cars West // Kulturehaus.com

Special thanks to Tony Pernicone, who is volunteering his time to conduct the Live Auction, one of the many services he offers through Avanti Fine Arts.

heART is Oakland Benefit Exhibition

On Dec 2, 2016, Oakland experienced the tragic loss of 36 unique and creative souls. A city rich with visual artists and performance talents from various backgrounds make up a community unlike any in the world. For many, the act of creating and sharing art is an outlet of expression, freedom, and communication. We the Artists of the Bay Area and Flax art & design have teamed up to offer a community art show.


A benefit exhibition with the theme heART is Oakland, to serve as a tribute to the victims of the Ghost Ship fire, and an opportunity to celebrate the art and artists that beat within the city’s heart.


Because from tragedy can come hope and with hope we can triumph. Through art there is community, and this exhibition will serve as a visual reflection to inspire dialogue. We support local artists and the DIY spaces in which many live and work.


All artworks submitted are being sold in a silent auction. Bids for each piece start at $50, and all proceeds will go to  Safer DIY Spaces.

SAFER DIY SPACES is an Oakland-based, fiscally sponsored coalition of activists, architects, contractors, and artists that emerged in the wake of the tragic Ghost Ship fire in Oakland, CA in December 2016. Offering guidance, financial assistance, and labor to the frequently vulnerable members of the Bay Area’s communities who live and/or work in non-traditional “DIY” spaces.


We held an open Call to Art to any Bay Area resident of any age and art ability. To remove any entry restrictions, FLAX art & design donated art supplies. This is a group show by Oakland artists, for Oakland artists. It is their show, Oakland’s show.

Thanks to Richie Rhombus for providing the artwork on this page and our poster.