Venue Spotlight: The Compound Gallery & Studios, Oakland

The Compound Gallery

The Compound Gallery. Photo courtesy of Lena and Matt Reynoso.

I moved to Oakland about a month ago, and I’ve been doing my due diligence to find what the art scene in the East Bay has to offer. One particular trend I’ve observed is the flourishing presence of collaborative artist studio spaces. The Compound Gallery & Studios takes that a step further by creating a hybrid artist studio and exhibition space, and you would be remiss to pass up a visit. It’s  a welcoming space that is home to some of the most robust programing I’ve seen in the Bay Area.

Lena and Matt Reynoso founded The Compound Gallery in 2008, and the space is comfortably nestled in North Oakland near the intersection of 65th and San Pablo. The Compound Gallery nearly bursts at the seams with everything it has to offer. Here are some of highlights:

Exhibitions
In their efforts to provide high quality exhibitions, Matt and Lena review submissions, visit studios, and actively seek out emerging artists with strong points-of-view to feature at the gallery. The latest show, He-Charmers: Katherine Sherwood, opened October 15th and runs through December 4th. He-Charmers is a continuation of Sherwood’s mixed media Healers from the Yelling Clinic series in which she uses images of neural-anatomy from the 16th century to the present.
Additionally, The Compound Gallery reserves a portion of the space to feature works by artists working on-site. Alison O.K. Frost curated the current show in the Artists Gallery, Ex-Corpse, which features work by 18 Compound Gallery artists.
Artists Studios
Matt and Lana have always been interested in creating an interdisciplinary workspace. They strongly believe “that having high caliber artists working at The Compound helps enliven the space and keeps the energy alive.” During exhibition openings, the artists’ studios are open to guests, and you can see a variety of intricate works in-progress.
Art in a Box subscriber package

Art in a Box subscriber package

Art in a Box
Art in a Box was born about three years ago from the seedling of an idea inspired by Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) programs.  You can purchase a CSA membership in exchange for (often times weekly) deliveries of local organic food. Art-on-a-Box reworked this framework and applied it to art. Art-in-a-Box subscribers pay a monthly fee in exchange for  the delivery of an art work crafted by a local artist.
In essence, Art in a Box gives individuals the opportunity to own original artworks in an accessible way that not only speaks to your tastes, but supports local artists and this local business. Additionally, it’s another outlet for new or seasoned collections to introduce new artists to their collections.
Art in a Box continues to evolve and expand with the introduction of a new campaign called “The Art in a Box Great Trans-American Art Campaign,” which will focus on obtaining a subscriber in each of the 50 states. Posters, stickers, promotional cards, pins, and shirts currently being disseminated to art centers all over the nation.
Special Collections and Print Lounge
The newest addition to the Compound is a Special Collection & Print Lounge. The special collection lounge is dedicated to works by resident Compound artists and frequent contributors, and the collection is open to the public to browse during gallery hours. Matt and Lena agree that it’s enjoyable to have a more casual space at The Compound to showcase work outside of formal exhibitions.

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