The art community in the Golden Gate neighborhood of Oakland is growing. Here at the Firehouse Art Co. "Lottie Rose Art House", 15 artists get together for a meet and greet potluck dinner. 

The Firehouse Art Co. family grew a bit tighter with a meet and greet potluck dinner. The new crew of the "Lottie Rose Art House" on San Pablo Avenue, had the opportunity to spend time together and to get to know one another. 
 While the few vacant rooms still lightly salted with saw dust, and the smell of finished wood wafts in the air, await their new occupants; the hallways were filled with laughter and conversation. The dining room smelled of good old fashion homemade food, pizza, pasta, and tortillas warming on the grill.

In the Dining room, Colin and Ben have some of their artwork spread out through the dining area, surrounding the mass quantities of food laid out on the tables. Jonny puts another batch of warm tortillas in front of us while Tom lays out some basic do's and don’ts of living in a share-house. We all start to settle and converse about who we are and what we are doing with ourselves as artists.

The artists here vary from traditional mediums such as painting, photography, sculpture, literature, and now days digital to conceptual art with untraditional mediums. There are four musicians as well, each with differing concepts to their music, which Alan says he’s ready to play some blues at anytime.

The large front room will be the place for not only the musicians, but will also be a gallery space to hang artwork, to act out performance art, and a place for invited guests to meet the artists.

The front room is ready and waiting for the vibrations from a guitar and amp. The bare walls are awaiting art to hang and the track lights hanging from the ceiling are in suspense as a target to highlight. The atmosphere breaths creativity; consumed by the handful of new tenants that occupy the 16 renovated rooms in this old building.

The "Lottie Rose Art House" may be old and have its own history, but now it is prepped and ready to make new history with the artists of the Firehouse Art Co. As the chatter grows and the food dwindles, the conversations drift to the future; the future of the house and its occupants, as well as a combined impact on the surrounding community and the East Bay. 

 As we, the new occupant artists and our guests sat, consuming our last bits of food and throwing out ideas, we all participated in the creation of a new paradigm for the arts in the Golden Gate neighborhood of beautiful Oakland.

Written by: Rory Terrell
Photograph: Johnny
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Firehouse Adeline Arts Project

Micro Store fronts available
and ready to move in May - June 2014

If you are looking for an affordable, awesome Berkeley spot in an upcoming cutting edge area, we recommend you set up your viewing tour now.
E-mail us or text Tom @ 510-219-8688

We have 5 spaces available, indoor, individually lockable.

Any art form such as henna or tattoo, clothing or gifts, sewing room, jewelry design, photo portrait studio, fine art studio, designer anything, architect, cottage foods, office space, healing arts, chiropractor, chair massage, vintage frocks, body care products, shoe maker, leather works, all artisans are welcome... We call it an 'Indie Micro Mall', because the space is weather protected but flooded with natural light, with a large common area, perfect for gallery exhibits and art show & sell events.

Super affordable, spaces are starting at $ 600 - $ 800, depending upon size.
Address is: 3140 Martin Luther King jr Way, by the Adeline junction, across the Ashby Bart station parking area.

The Firehouse Adeline Arts project is currently housing Rasa Caffe, open Mon - Sat 7:30 am to 4:30pm.
'Tarot Woman Vintage Clothing', is moving out in April, to a larger space. She did very well in our space as a start up!
Also on site is, the Firehouse Adeline Arts Hangar with live events on weekends, and a black box art & events theater currently under construction, ready to open in April. More about perks in person when you come see the spaces.

Contact us now while you still have a chance to pick your perfect spot.
Call or text Tom, 510-219-8688
or e-mail us: @

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Opening night Friday, March 21, 7-9pm

The exhibit, “Aspiring Artists Showcase” features 50 paintings, photographs, painted birdhouses and book illustrations by forty nine Hillsdale students.

An annual collaboration between Hillsdale art teacher Cindy Lynch, and the Firehouse Art Collaborative curation team, Tom Franco and Julia Lazar.

“Our collaboration presents a unique learning environment for our students to explore their own work and their potential future as an artist,” Hillsdale Visual Art Teacher Cindy Lynch said. “We are grateful to the Firehouse Art Collaborative for making this possible.”

 Students featured in the exhibition are Alex Herzog, Isik Yildiz, Giana Lorenzini, Amiel Joshua Manansala, Aya Harada, Jovany Martinez, Ralph Louie Dela Pena, Soleil Sergejev, Brian Yee, JoAnne De Bono Giambrone, Adrianna Kantlehner, Brian Houle, Samuel Smith, Daniel Hollar, Anna Hundertmark, Nicole Spencer, Laura Rivera Grabiel, Sumedha Burra, Brianna Hobbs, Jenny Lee, Radu Andrei, Erica Jenkins, Kelly Wang, Eric Jones, Michelle Lee, Genesis Purizaca, Elena Barco, Carla Crespo-Triveno, Chie Taino, Jenna Bell, Julian Mitchell, Madeline Kobe, Maxine Bojorquez, Amanda Diaz, Christopher Boyd, Alyssa Farrier, Niloufar Mansooralavi, Menat Allah El Attma, Andrea Saddi, Brandon Clore, Ashley McGraw, Hannah Plackowski, Sarah Duffy, Stephen Hua, Rigved Deshpande and Victoria Railsback.

“We met Cindy Lynch in 2012 and her passion and enthusiasm for teaching art inspired us to develop this opportunity,” Executive Directors Tom Franco and Julia Lazar said. “These students are extremely talented and we hope this show inspires other organizations to support high school art education.”

For more information contact
Cindy Lynch,650-558-2699,

To find out more about Hillsdale High School of San Mateo please click on:

Firehouse Gallery North is open on Wednesdays from 3 to 8 p.m. and Saturdays from 5 to 9 p.m.

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With a good amount of local media coverage* and a great friends and family turn out, Rasa Caffe had it's Grand Opening on Saturday, March 1st.

The address is: 

3140 Martin Luther King Jr. Way, Berkeley, CA 94703

Open hours: Mon - Sat 7:30am to 4:30pm
Phone: (510) 499-3960

The vibe is super cool and relaxed, while at the same time giving us the feeling that we are in great hands. The hands of a food pro with keen knowledge of the rising culinary arts movement with it's health aspects, local community, fresh, farm to table, slow food movement...Rasa Mott has been involved in all these since the beginning.

There are daily posts on Rasa Caffe Facebook page, of people visiting and commenting, so come on down and hang with the local foodies and Firehouse Art crew. 'Like' it if you do.
To see the photo album of opening day posted by moi, please click here.

Still sourcing local sweet treats these Pepples Donuts are here to say.

Rasa chose Bicycle Coffee Co as his vendor for the bean. Here in their own word: "Our small batch roaster allows us to roast our coffee exactly how we like it. Our beans change seasonally, but we always offer medium, dark, and decaf roasts.

Rasa's specialty however, some of us think, is his own mix of spices that he creates a chai base out of and also a killer spiced Coffee drink you can have iced or hot with milk. Amazing. It's his years of being around Indian food and culture, meditation and self effort that have gotten him the reputation his birth name give away: Rasa  = Flavor.

SF. Eater post abour Rasa Caffe

BERKELEYSIDE post abour Rasa Caffe

TABLEHOPPER post about Rasa Caffe

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JANUARY & FEBRUARY @ GALLERY NORTH: Rebels, Hipsters and Visionaries, Bay Area Poets and Artists, 1950s and 60s

OPENING RECEPTION: Friday, January 10, 5:30 - 8:30pm

Zan Stewart on Jazz Saxophone. Refreshments.

Firehouse Gallery North is located on 1790 Shattuck Avenue, North Berkeley, CA 94709

January Events

Monday, Jan. 13, 7:30 - 9:45 pm
Beat/SF Renaissance author & poet David Meltzer’s seminar on the Beat Era: Beat Things - Using as a starting point, Beat Thing: La Alameda Press, 2004, a contextualization of that cultural moment's history. Both personal and critical, Meltzer offers a look at problematizing mythopoetic versions invented by successive generations. $20 at the door/

Saturday, Jan. 18, 7 – 8 pm
Screening of 'San Francisco's Wild History Groove' by Mary Kerr. $5.

Friday Jan. 24, 7 m
Screening of 'Howl', directed by Rob Epstein and Jeffrey Friedman and starring James Franco. $5

Monday, Jan. 27, 7:30 - 9:45 pm
Beat/SF Renaissance author & poet David Meltzer’s seminar on the LA Avant Garde Scene & Wallace Berman: an exploration of Berman's utilization of kabbalistic ideas and symbols in his variegated body of art works. $20 at the door/

February events

Saturday, February 1, 2 – 4 pm
Poetry Reading with Jack Hirschman and David Meltzer - $10

Friday, February 7, 7 -8:30pm
Screening of 'Venice West and the LA Scene' by Mary Kerr. David Reid host discussion. $5

Saturday, February 15, 7 - 9 pm
The Zan Stewart Band with pianist Keith Saunders, bassist Adam Guy, and drummer Ron Marabuto, $7 - 10 at the door.


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