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Looking back at a little bit of Oakland’s art history, GearBox Gallery presents Unlock Your Mind, featuring psychedelic and surrealist paintings by Oakland artist Ken Gulley from the late ‘70’s and early 80’s along with memorabilia from the Upstairs Art Association in the Inner Room of the gallery.
Do you remember the Upstairs Art Association? If you do we’d love to hear about it. Come in to the gallery and add your reminiscences and comments to our journal or email them to firstname.lastname@example.org and we’ll include them in our information about the UAA.
As an Upstairs Art Association member, Gulley taught classes and was a regular contributor to the many UAA publications the group generated. Founded in early 1974, the Upstairs Art Association hosted exhibits, classes and events for artists, writers and musicians in its studios and gallery spaces located in a 100 year old Victorian at the corner of 10th and Broadway. With Loughran O’Connor at the helm as Art Director, the UAA actively promoted community and the arts in the heart of Oakland for quite a few years. GearBox is pleased to honor the memory of the UAA and its Oakland Art Scene members including Sheldon Yee, Rosalie Ritz, Judy Pittman, George Hurt, Liz Watts, Paula Rosenblum and Sue Matthews, among many others. The flyers and posters of the UAA are a wonderful snapshot into the energy and spirit of the times.