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October 30 @ 3:00 pm - 6:00 pm


Rare opportunity to see a group exhibit of 7 local, national and internationally renown artists.

Alistair Monroe will exhibit the work of his late father, abstract expressionist and Beat Era artist Arthur Monroe, and the remaining Cannery Collective artists in a vacant space, formerly an artist live/work studio. The artists have chosen to occupy and transform this vacant space as a statement of protest against the building owners attempts to weaken the resident community. The exhibit will provide a sense of the impact of the Cannery Collective and pay tribute to art and Arthur Monroe’s community building achievements. What better way to demonstrate and celebrate the ethos of Arthur Monroe, this collective and other artist spaces like it.

Free Parking in the main residential gated lot and covid safety measures in place.

This event is free, but please consider making a donation via the event link below. 

Exhibiting Artists

Arthur Monroe (b. 1935, New York, NY; d. 2019, Oakland, CA) 

Artist Arthur Monroe was an American expressionist abstract painter and museum professional. He was educated at The Boy’s School in the Bedford-Stuyvesant section of Brooklyn and the Brooklyn Museum School Art School. A widely-respected artist, educator, and community activist a chief registrar of the Oakland Museum of California 30 years. Monroe pioneered the first legal live-work artist studios at the Oakland Cannery in 1975 and contributed his personal correspondence and papers to the Smithsonian Institute of American Archives for research. He is a part of the permanent collection now at the National Museum of African American History and Culture in Washington DC.

Bret Amory:
Brett Amory’s multidisciplinary practice is based on the intersection of quotidian and habitual engagements with the everyday world.

Douglas Stewart:

Is an art therapist, businessman and spoken word artist who has been teaching African Studies in the Bay Area for more than 20 years. He is a griot and art activist who brings his lived and spiritual experiences of the African Diaspora in a colorful array of creative storytelling, prose and the arts in order to challenge, heal and elevate community consciousness toward self preservation and discovery.

Eddie Colla:
“If you want to achieve greatness, stop asking for permission”. Street artist, Eddie Colla writes; “Public spaces were never intended to be coated from top to bottom with photos of consumer products. These spaces should, in some manner, reflect the culture that thrives in that space.”

Rachel Riot –
Rachel Riot is an artist that examines the social behavior of fashion; the fashion in which we unite or divide ourselves, or the way that we fashion our lives into what we perceive as normal, successful, and acceptable. Through the process of deconstructing discarded and second hand garments, Riot’s work observes how the complexity of human nature collides with capitalism and industry.

Timothy Bluitt:
Timothy Bluitt (as an artist he goes by the name Timothy B), is an Oakland painter and muralist. Of his work he says; “”I want people to feel motivated to one, elevate themselves and do whatever they need to do to pursue the greatness within themselves, and two, contribute that to the community and elevate their peers.”

James Swinson

James Swinson’s work evokes some of these same philosophical sentiments. Through the use of color, size and scale, the use of words and text, photographic transfers, mixed media prints and works on canvas, wood, metal and other materials, he has created a vast, diverse body of work, spanning over the last two decades. He has established his artistic credibility; taking chances, mixing and fusing styles, materials and techniques.

Alistair Monroe

As an inner-city, community-based, cultural arts producer and festival promoter, Alistair works to enrich and beautify urban environments through humanitarian platforms.With a rich family history of artistry and hospitality, Alistair was the founder of the North Beach Jazz Festival, a vehicle for celebrating the legendary jazz history of San Francisco and was known as the New Orleans  Jazz Festival of the West, founded the Band Shell Music Summit in Golden Gate Park, a celebration of music, art and culture dedication to sustainable awareness while exposing the newly developed California Academy of Science and the DeYoung Museum.


October 30
3:00 pm - 6:00 pm
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The Cannery Collective


Gallery 5733
5733 San Leandro Street @ Seminary Street
Oakland, CA United States
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