I’m back with another addition to my shop local series with a great spot I heard about from a few different artisans when I attended the Renegade Craft Fair last month. Collector Art Shop in Jack London Square is the 2nd storefront of this unique and innovative retail approach conceptualized by Christina Begley & Skye Sullivan. With a focus on bringing original art to people of all tastes and budgets, Collector Art Shop is filled to the brim with lovely creations in many forms.
The Jack London Square location opened in May of this year, following the success of the flagship store in the Elmwood District of Berkeley. When the open, light-filled space in the Ironworks District became vacant, Skye & Christina got a call from the artist studio tucked in back, Studios Eleven. Giving them the opportunity to showcase larger pieces by popular artists from their Berkeley store, they jumped at the chance to expand their offerings. On the gallery walls during my visit were amazing artists such as Eric Rewitzer, Mariko Hibbett, and Heather Robinson.
What is wonderful about this store is that more than 80% of artisans featured and on display are from within 40 miles of the gallery. Offering a great selection of lovely gift items, you can find ceramics, jewelry, notecards, bags, and beyond. A vast array of artwork is available in all forms; from illustrations to screen prints to photography and more, there is so much to take in and consider as you wrap up your holiday shopping. Works from great local artists are on hand; Pamela Baron, My Town Fan Club, noteify, GIGART, Craig Baxter, Maggie Hurley, Ideal Bookshelf and so on.
On the tables and along the walls you will find all sorts of great gift ideas; cute notecards, beautiful ceramics, pouches, tea towels and so much more. You can also find a handful of options for kids, adorable items from local company Petite Collage and baby clothing from local screen printers The Girl & The Rhino and Tina Produce.
When you are done with your shopping, pop in back to check out the unique space that share the back half of the building. Studio Eleven is a artist studio collective of sorts. Eleven different artists each have there own workspace, all centered around a great communal area and gallery. I visited on a rainy Sunday morning and I think everyone was home enjoying a cozy day off, but it offered me the opportunity to wander and peek through their windows to see all the dynamic tools of the their respective crafts.
I hope you are able to make a trip down to Jack London Square to visit Collector Art Shop and Studio Eleven. There is so much amazing, original art being created here in our community, consider supporting them and this great retail endeavor this holiday season.
Collective Art Shop is located at:
560 2nd Street
Oakland, CA 94607
Hours: Mon-Fri 11:00-7:00pm, Sat 10:00am-8:00pm, Sun 10:00am-6:00pm
For more information please visit their website at www.collectorartshop.com
You can learn more about Studio Eleven on their Facebook Page located here
Have a wonderful weekend everyone and Happy Shopping!
PS: Don’t forget to check out Oakland Supply Co. while you are in the area!
Photo Credits: All photos by Adrienne Schell