Young artists make debut at Art Murmur

If the sultry weather draws you outside this evening, you might check out the Oakland Art Murmur, a monthly event hosted by a group of local galleries on first Fridays.

Tonight, the Red Door Gallery (416 26th St.) is featuring the work of emotionally troubled and mentally ill children from the Lincoln Child Center, a school and a residential facility in Oakland.

Lisa Rasmussen, who teaches in Lincoln’s Transformative Art department, says the experience helps kids tap into their “own creative source.”

“I teach them fine art techniques, and they run with them,” she said (via news release). “Their work is so raw — and when I show it to my teachers and painting mentors, they are shocked to learn the art is coming from kids. It’s so refined.”

Because of Lincoln’s confidentiality policies, I can’t give credit to the artists who created the work posted here. But if you’d like to see more of it, now’s your chance.

The Red Door Gallery will be open from 6 to 9:30 p.m tonight.

Katy Murphy

Education reporter for the Oakland Tribune. Contact me at kmurphy@bayareanewsgroup.com.

  • Sue

    I loved Art Murmurs, the one time I dragged the whole family to it. They were mostly bored though. Maybe I’ll drag them along a second time tonight – this might be a way to get them a little more interested.

  • http://www.writressworder.com elizaBeth Benson-Udom


    thank you for this mention. Lincoln Child Center will also be a part of the upcoming exhibition and grand opening of The Red Door Gallery: Self and Other, October 4. It is extraordinary–the way the voice of the children is present in the heart of the space–and how they are, in so many ways, the “other”. I love noticing how the works dialogue with the fine art of the collective artists. These Lincoln students and their artistic voices are powerful and important to hear.

    Thanks for all you do to publicize Lincoln.


  • lisa

    The moving “What does art mean to me” art exhibition featuring the student/artists work from Lincoln at the Red Door was a powerful demonstration of the power of art to connect and transform both the artist and the viewer.
    The opening was filled with life and transformation, from both the Red Door Collective and from the artists at Lincoln Child Center. Stunning show, I look foward to the Grand Opening on October 3rd.