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Past Shows

November 19th  
Reception 6-9pm

Nov 19th - Jan. 8th

A group show where artists try to make sense of  the fuckedupness that is pervasive in our world while still remaining true to themselves.


Isolation, instability, uncertainty. Common terms describing the new reality as we emerge from a pandemic. Add economic and political upheaval to the mix and you have a recipe for chaos. How we choose to respond will determine our success for survival.  

What the FCK! thoughtfully examines the general state of fuckedupness that is pervasive throughout the world. The undercurrent of this new reality runs deep within our psyches as we grasp for the tattered threads of our sanity. Two tour de force installations by Judson King Smith, Anthropocene Dream and

One of Us deliberately explores climate change in conjunction with political disintegration. One of Us is a touching tribute to an artistic soul encouraging us to spread our wings before it's too late.  

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Sept 10th 8pm
UMA Gallery Oakland is proud to bring back Mark Growden for a solo performance.  You may have seen Mark at our last show "Cottonflesh Sacrifice" by Christiane Cegavske.  Mark was the composer for her animation "Blood Tea Red String". On Saturday, September 10th at 8pm join us for an evening with Mark Growden.Mark Growden is known for his soulful and poetic performances in which he sings and plays baritone saxophone, accordion, banjo, jaw harps, sruti box, bicycle handlebars, seljefloyte, Swedish bagpipes, lur, jouhikko, kankles, and kantele.He has released several critically acclaimed albums, including Saint Judas, which was awarded “2010 Rekkid of the Year” by music blog Stash Dauber and ranked in the 2010 Village Voice Critics Poll. Growden has toured the the US extensively, performing at venues such as the The Fillmore, Cowell Theater, and Great American Music Hall in San Francisco; Snug Harbor and the Marigny Opera House in New Orleans; and The Knitting Factory and Tonic in New York. Growden’s one-man show “Spare the Rod” – directed and co-written by Remy Charlip – played to sold-out audiences at Dancer’s Group/Footworks in San Francisco.Growden has performed and collaborated with numerous musicians including Hamza el Din, The San Francisco Opera, Remy Charlip, Kid Congo Powers, Wendell Brunious, Stan Ridgeway, John Santos, Jim Santi Owen, Evan Fraser, Omar Sosa, Ralph Carney, Rising Star Drum & Fife Band, James Singleton, Baby Gramps, Eric McFadden, Larry Sieberth, Extra Action Marching Band, Faun Fables, and Carla Kihlsted from Tin Hat Trio. Please get your tickets early as we expect this show to sell out.

 Mauro Ffortissimo's Piano Liberado

Saturday January 29th 2022 at 2pm

Mauro Ffortissimo speaks about Piano Liberado 

I’ve been literally “playing” the inside of pianos for more than 25 years. People that have never heard it before ask me “What is this, how did I come across this instrument, did I invent it?” Some realize it is just an upright piano from which the keyboard and “action” (the hammer mechanisms) have been removed: thus opened and liberated from its original construction. Following in the steps of Harry Parsh, John Cage and the de-construction concepts of Jack Derrida, I’ve added my touch.

Following the concert will be the closing reception, open to all, for Paulette Traverso’s exhibit “Slow Fuse”, featuring pandemic inspired works, her video animations with sound by Mauro Ffortissimo, and other drawings and prints.


Paulette Traverso

Opening Reception, Saturday Dec. 4th runs through Jan. 8th 

For Paulette, creating is as necessary as breath. Daily art practice is essential. Her inspirations are nature, literature, history, music, science and art. Especially from earlier centuries where technology as we know it was nonexistent. The making of illuminated manuscripts, daguerreotypes, pigments from minerals and plants, scientific illustrations, glass models from blown glass... That primal connection of the eye, hand and spirit to make a creative expression. 

DROP: A Psychedelic Exploration


Saturday, June 04, 2022 , 6:00pm-9:00pm

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Mosswood Chapel

3630 Telegraph Ave

Oakland, CA



You're invited to DROP: A Psychedelic Exploration this Saturday June 4th from 6-9pm. Come meet these inspirational artists and see their psychedelic explorations. Video and sound installation by Gordon Fung and Ernest Strauhal along with Attaboy, Hi-Fructose Magazine, David Normal Art, Institute of Craziology, visionary artist, Chris Isner stellar artists DaryllPeirce, Justin Teisl, Harvey Stafford, Scott Schryver, John Gullak, Billy Douglas, Gary Comoglio, Dan Levin, Travis Wilson Art, Carl Linkhart, Vincent Robbins, Judith Threadgill, Deirdre Weinberg, Yule Gullak, Bruce Pollack, Allison Renshaw Artwork Gabrielle Cohen, Richard Blakely, Robert Blakely and Amber Gruhlkey Farhangnia. Show runs through June 18th. Gallery hours Thursday - Saturday Noon - 5pm, or by appointment. UMA Gallery Oakland is located in the old Mosswood Chapel, 3630 Telegraph Ave at 37th. Five minute walk to Temescal restaurants and MacArthur Bart Station. Plenty of street parking. 

Viva La Punx

Guest Curator: Destroy Art 12/4 - 1/8/22

This December at Oakland's UMA Gallery!

VIVA LA PUNX! is an art show by punx, and for all those punk lovers.

Featuring the art of Monkey (The Adicts), Rikk Agnew (D.I/ (R)Adolescents/ Christian Death/Social Distortion),

DNGRCT (The Degenerics/Kamikaze) &

Phil Geck (Monster Squad/LUV), we're celebrating the other side of punk rock through its visual expressions - loud, youthful, scary, irreverent, yet truthful. 


Opening night is on Saturday 12/4 (free entry), with a live painting session on Sunday 12/5,  




Opening Reception, Saturday Dec. 4thruns through Jan 8th

What a treat! UMA Gallery has a surprise for you in the embalming room. Lori Herbst, an independent artist specializing in realistic portraits made from glitter upholstery vinyl that she hand cuts with hobby blades and sews to canvas.

Lori's art is truly unique and one of a kind. Horror movies, her never-ending love of Sci-Fi, modern mythology all serve as inspiration in creating her vinyl portraits. These portraits give us a glimpse into our ever changing culture. Lucky for us, Lori is our guide.

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