Jingletown Art Walk Set for Dec. 1-2

Across the Park Street Bridge in Oakland, the Jingletown Arts & Business Community is hosting the 7th-annual Winter Art Walk, from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday, Dec. 1–2.

(An opening reception will take place from 6 to 9 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 30, 4:20 Gallery, 420 Peterson Street, between Ford and Glascock streets.)

These events are free and open to the public. The annual winter open studio event will highlight the work of more than 35 artists who live and/or work in the area known as Jingletown, which is situated between the Park and Fruitvale Street bridges bordered by the estuary separating Oakland from the island of Alameda.

Among its many artistic enterprises, the area is the location of the Gray Loft Gallery, the Institute of Mosaic Art, Apples & Oranges Gallery and Float Gallery, as well as studios.

For a complete listing of Jingletown artists, businesses and upcoming events in the area, go to the group’s website.

Some of the participating galleries are: 4:20 Gallery at 420 Peterson St., Gray Loft Gallery at 2889 Ford St., Counterpoint Studio at 2899 Ford St., the Institute of Mosaic Art, 3001 Chapman St., the Ford Street Studios, 2934 Ford St., and Apples and Oranges Gallery at 2934 Ford St.

According to the artists’ organization, Jingletown got its name from Portuguese cannery workers whose earnings would “jingle” in their pockets at the end of the day as they walked home from the factories in the area. Though the neighborhood went into disuse for a time, some artists realized its potential in the early-1980s and converted many of the neglected warehouses into functioning live/work spaces.

Janet Levaux