Support Oakland Artists by purchasing a custom designed, limited edition bottle of Treecraft Vodka!
Spirit of Oakland is a fundraising collaboration between Treecraft Distillery and Oakland Art Murmur prioritizing Oakland’s BIPOC artist community. Choose from three limited edition custom bottles designed by Oakland Artists: Shogun Shido, Juniper Yun and Fernando Reyes.
Each bottle sold supports Oakland artists. Proceeds of each bottle sale go directly towards the individual artists and Oakland Art Murmur. With Treecraft, a small artisanal business supporting local artists, the collaboration is a true expression of creativity and community in the East Bay.
About the Art
The artists were asked to reference feelings of rebirth, renewal and new beginnings for the year 2021. Artworks were selected through an open Call for BIPOC Artists. A panel of Oakland curators, gallery owners, OAM board members, and the owners of Treecraft selected 5 finalists. The public was then invited to vote for their top 3 designs through social media. Over 700 votes were collected and our 3 Spirit of Oakland artists were selected!
GEM by Fernando Reyes:
GEM is an artwork of collage on wood panel created with my own handprinted paper. These fun colorful motif elements are strategically placed to create a sense of nostalgia that harkens to the mid-century modern period of graphic design. Living and working in Oakland has also given me an appreciation for the diversity and colorful ethnic backgrounds which make up Oakland’s population that I believe is reflected in GEM.
Sea Woman (해녀) by Juniper Yun
Sea Woman (Haenyeo – 해녀) is an illustration that remixes and mystifies the image of the woman sea diver culture in Korea. This tradition comes from my mother’s homeland in Jeju, an island off the coast of South Korea. The painting depicts a dramatic moment where a “sea woman” finds a pearl — a moment of hope and intrigue in the murky dark of the water.
Abundant Seed by Shogun Shido
This piece is an interpretation of rebirth/new life. The seed is cultivated and caressed by loving hands representing nurturing of self and community surrounded by a series of free flow script that represents the cosmic life force. How can a seed manage to survive time and time again through so many experiences of hardship throughout its growth? Love, determination, and faith in what is to come aided by a helping hand along the way.