Monday, October 19, 2009

Also at the Studio on Nov. 6th

Studio One • Presentation on the History of Temescal • November 6, 2009

In celebration of Studio One’s 60th anniversary, community artist and neighborhood historian, Jeff Norman, will present a talk and slide show on the history of Studio One as part of the art center’s First Friday event on November 6, 2009. Jeff’s presentation will cover the history of the 115-year-old building that Studio One occupies, as well as the philosophy, vision, and leadership that established the city-run program in North Oakland. Jeff's recent book, Temescal Legacies, includes a chapter on Studio's One's unique history. Jeff will be available to sign copies of his book following the program.

For thirty years, artist Jeff Norman has been using images and text to address how we experience our everyday environments. Since 1996, his community art projects specifically have explored a wide range of physical and social changes that have occurred in the Temescal district and surrounding neighborhoods of North Oakland.

His projects include: Beyond the Pussycat: Nine Lives of a Neighborhood Landmark, installed in 2000 on the former theater site at Telegraph and 51st St.; and History Walk, a tile photo/text walkway commissioned by the City of Oakland for the Station 8 firehouse on 51st St.

Through Shared Ground, an organization he founded in 1998, Jeff also has produced in collaboration with others the local history book, Temescal Album; the video, Where We Live: Stories from Temescal; and PostMark Temescal, a community interpretive site on Shattuck Ave. outside the North Oakland Post Office. For more information on these and others of Jeff’s projects, visit

Starts at 7:00 pm in the theatre room

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