The non-profit organization Oakland Art Murmur, dedicated to promoting awareness of and participation in the visual arts in Oakland, is pleased to announce the winners of the first-ever Flourish Oakland Art Award. The three winners were selected by Senior Curator of Art at the Oakland Museum of California René de Guzman, out of a group of nearly 30 works donated to Oakland Art Murmur for their upcoming benefit auction, “Flourish Oakland,” to be held onSunday, October 20, at MUA Restaurant, in Oakland.

Founded by a small group of galleries in 2005, the non-profit organization known as Oakland Art Murmur, works to develop new audiences for visual art across Oakland. In the last few years, Oakland Art Murmur has attracted national recognition for their free public First-FridayArt Walks, Saturday Strolls, curator-led gallery district tours, artists’ talks, and for the role these activities have played in the cultural and economic revitalization of Oakland’s Uptown and Downtown neighborhoods. The October benefit will help support and expand these activities, so that both the arts and Oakland can continue to ‘Flourish.’

The first-place winner of the Flourish Art Award is Tressa Pack, represented by Interface Gallery in the Temescal district of Oakland, for her large-format photograph, Fictions, Landscape Series.

The second-place runner-up was Vicky Mei Chen, for a silkscreen and gampi-paper collage on board, based on the Port of Oakland, titled Seaports III, which was recently featured in an exhibition at SLATE contemporary gallery on 25th Street.

Third place went to Jann Nunn, of Mercury 20 Gallery, also on 25th street, for her drawing, Blue Lungs. All three winners are on display in the hall at 473 25th Street until the 14th of October.

Other highlights of the auction include a limited edition aquatint etching by Deborah Oropallo,Post Rank, donated by Paulson Bott Press in Berkeley, and a ten-color lithograph by Gus Heinze, Made in USA, donated by Magnolia Editions in Oakland. All the works  have been illustrated and listed at Oaklandartmurmur.org/flourishauction.

Works can be purchased for full price in advance of the auction, or for as little as 40% of their value at the auction, depending on competition. Tickets are still available to the event, and absentee bidding forms are available for collectors who can’t attend the benefit but would still like to participate. “Flourish Oakland” will be an evening of fine food, wine, signature cocktails sponsored by Strip and Go Bare, artists in action, a raffle, performances by Oakland Ballet Company’s dancers, and a silent auction of works by both local and nationally-renowned artists.

Oakland Art Murmur Board President Danielle Fox says, “We are committed both to growing Oakland’s reputation as a contemporary arts destination nationally, and to connecting diverse local communities with the wealth of visual arts in Oakland. We can only do this with the support and participation of local businesses and individuals who care about the visual arts and about Oakland.”

Oakland Art Murmur is commonly cited as one of the city’s most exciting and vibrant attractions. Affiliated visual art venues showcased over 1100 artists in over 200 exhibitions to an audience of up to 72,000 visitors last year.

WHAT:       Oakland Art Murmur Second Annual Benefit, “Flourish Oakland”

WHEN:      Sunday, October 2013, 6:00pm–9:00pm

WHERE:    MUA Restaurant, 2442 Webster Street, Oakland, CA 94612

HOW:        Tickets – $150 each, $250 for a pair. http://oaklandartmurmur.org/flourish

(Members of FOAM: $125 each, $200 for a pair.)

FOR MORE INFORMATION: http://oaklandartmurmur.org

TO PURCHASE TICKETS: http://oaklandartmurmur.org/flourish

To join Friends of Oakland Art Murmur: http://oaklandartmurmur.org/join-support/friends-of-oam To become a sponsor or make a tax-free donation: http://oaklandartmurmur.org/join-support/help-support-art-murmur Tressa Pack Fictions, 2010 Archival pigment print 44 x 50 Courtesy of Interface Gallery Available now for purchase: $1,800 Starting bid at Flourish Auction: $720 Vivky Mei Chen Seaport III, 2013 Silkscreen and collage on gampi paper on board, 12 x 12 x 2 Courtesy of SLATE contemporary Jann Nunn Blue Lungs, 2013 Ink on paper, 16 x 20 Courtesy of Mercury 20 Gallery Available now for purchase: $500 Starting bid at Flourish Auction: $200

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