Labor Day Weekend

September 06, 2016  •  Leave a Comment

Labor Day weekend wasn't wild - but I did have a couple of outings planned. To start, it was First Friday, also known as the Oakland Art Murmur. Galleries open up to display local art during this monthly street festival, complete with live music, live art, and a plethora of food trucks. My girlfriend and I actually skipped the long food truck lines and went to one of our favorite burrito stops

mexican, food, burritos, aztecali, oakland, rx1r ii, candidAztecali is a great family-owned restaurant tucked away on Oakland Ave toward the highway.

 

We then took a brief stroll through part of the First Friday spectacle, where Telegraph Avenue is closed down to vehicles and becomes packed with people. Here are a few pictures: 

Oakland, First Friday, Art Murmur, street vendor, candid, rx1riiA street vendor drawing a crowd.

Oakland, First Friday, Art Murmur, street vendor, band, trumpets, brass, cross, candid, rx1riiA brass band jamming in the middle of Telegraph Ave.

Oakland, First Friday, Art Murmur, band, singer, light, candid, rx1riiA vocalist sings with a band on one of the side stages.

We found this scene at the side of the road rather perplexing. No one was within a 30 foot radius of. . . Tweety Bird and the Empty Shoes.

Oakland, First Friday, Art Murmur, tweety bird, shoes, random, rx1riiTweety Bird & Empty Shoes

 

The next day, we tried out a hiking spot that was new to us. Here are a few images from the Strawberry Canyon Fire Trail.

Strawberry Canyon Fire Trail, hiking, Berkeley, woods, trees, path, forest, black and white, b&w, rx1r ii

Strawberry Canyon Fire Trail, hiking, Berkeley, woods, trees, path, forest, black and white, b&w, rx1r ii

Strawberry Canyon Fire Trail, hiking, Berkeley, woods, trees, path, forest, black and white, b&w, rx1r ii

 

Later, we took a walk through downtown Oakland to visit a friend, and passed by this completed mural by an anonymous artist who goes simply by BiP. It's one of my favorites, and depicts Emma, a 91-year-old Oakland resident who immigrated here from Argentina. Check out more of BiP's artwork on Instagram

Oakland, mural, BiP, Steel & Fire, photo realistic, rx1r ii

I also just liked the way this red sign contrasted the beautiful blue sky: 

Oakland, Sutter Hotel, graffiti, blue, red, rx1r ii

 

And finally, my friend Daniel gave us a tour of his apartment, where he recently hung two of my images. Here's the one in his living room. Thanks Daniel!

fine art, oakland, for sale, large print, rx1r ii

 

This piece and others are available for large prints just like this one on the fine art page.


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