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3rd Art Exhibition

The Art Junket at Oakland’s Art Murmur

 January 5th is the 3rd annual gallery exhibit of the Art Junket. We are so excited to be showing our work at Warehouse 416 in Oakland. 

When -OPENING NIGHT: January 5th – 1st Friday in Oakland. The evening goes until 10pm.
SATURDAY STROLL: 1pm-4pm every Saturday in January.

WhereWarehouse 416, 416 26th St, Oakland
What – The Art Junket’s 3rd Annual Gallery Exhibit.
Why – To celebrate our work over the past 3 years and come together as artists and friends.

For the last three years, The Art Junket has gathered together artists who are new to the art world. These artists are outsiders, usually self-educated, who bring fresh and guileless art to the community. They produce art that strays from the norms and styles of contemporary art. Similar to the cafés of Paris of the 1920s, the Art Junket provides a safe place for artists to show and talk about their art.

Eleven artists will show select pieces from the past three years. Artwork and prints will be available for purchase.

The Art Junket was founded in Berkeley, California in 2015 by two artists, Maureen Fitzmahan and Erin Mahollitz. For any questions:




Pricing your art


by Maureen Fitzmahan

Did you have trouble pricing your art work for our Gallery Show in January in Oakland? I did.

There is a difference between the value of an art piece and what price it will sell for.  The value of your art is made up of two things: 1. how you value your art and 2. how the market values your art.

For example, I am showing two or three of my very favorite photographs.  I have spent most of my adult life learning the art of photography.  I spent a great deal of money on the camera, lens, printer, paper, matting, frames, and the glass I use.  I spent hours and hours making these photos – from taking and choosing the photo to many more hours of developing and printing until I came up with the photo I think is best. More importantly, I LIKE these photos.  I am attached and think they are the best pieces I have ever made.  I am happy to say, that you, my fellow Art Junketeers like my work, too.  So, when I price my work for strangers, I want to say, “This is my very precious work!” Unfortunately, this may not be what my work will be priced on the market.

Maureen Fitzmahan-On the Shoulders of Giants

The price of your piece is dependent on several factors. A photo is ‘worth’ (in money, only) as much as someone is willing to pay for it.

  1. Fame! Have you established a following, a reputation in the art world?  Personally, I think some of Picasso’s work is not that good.  But, a Picasso painting will sell at Christie’s Auction House for millions of dollars.

    Leonardo da Vinci. Salvator Mundi. c.1500. Sold in 2017 for $450.3 million.
  2. Who owned your work previously?  Does it have a history?  Recently da Vinci’s Salvator Mundi sold for $450.3 million!  Woah!!!  That is the most money ever spent on an art piece! It sold for that extravagant amount of money despite the fact that the painting is described as “a painting credited to Leonardo da Vinci.”  It may not have been painted by da Vinici, or only part of it was.  And the painting is not perfect…“the picture has suffered”… the painting was “aggressively over cleaned,” resulting in abrasion of the whole surface, “especially in the face and hair of Christ.” BUT there are only 20 da Vinci paintings known to exist. And, this is the only da Vinci painting owned by a private individual. All other da Vinci’s are housed in public museums.  It is the first discovery of a painting by da Vinci since 1909. Imagine owning the only da Vinci!  In your own home.  If you already have gazillions of dollars , why not spend some small amount of that on the only da Vinci!
  3. ARCHIVAL: Did you use archival materials? Unfortunately, this is not a topic we have covered at the Art Junket.  We wanted to encourage you to be free and experimental with your art.  What materials you use and how long your art lasts, need not concern you.  You are learning, expressing yourself, finding joy in the work.  However, if we sell our art, we owe the buyers the information to let them know if they are buying a piece of work that will last a few years or decades. Will your art piece physically survive the test of time?  Is it archival? Did you use materials that will last. These are some factors you should consider. (artistsnetwork)
    1. Do you want your work to be disposable or enduring?For some artists the process is more important than longevity. Cost is also an important factor.
    2. Many of your mixed-media works may incorporate materials that aren’t archival, such as cardboard, old paints, acidic glues, and collage paper. Are you using your materials properly? Painting on an improperly prepared surface can result in an unstable support, leading to paint flaking. Proper technique will contribute to a more stable and long-lasting artwork.
  4. RARE: Is Your art piece the one and only piece like it? Or, is it one of 6 you plan to make?
  5. FORMULA: If you are new to the art market, someone came up with this formula. Pay yourself a reasonable hourly wage, add the cost of materials and make that your asking price. For example, if materials cost $50, you take 20 hours to make the art, and you pay yourself $20 an hour to make it, then you price the art at $450 ($20 X 20 hours + $50 cost of materials)(Art business).  If, like me, you spend an inordinate amount of time making your art, you may need to cut back those hours or pay yourself less an hour.

So, what does all this mean?

Ansel Adams Moonrise, Hernandez, New Mexico 1941.jpg
Ansel Adams. Moonrise, Hernandez. 1941.  In 1996, Adams biographer Mary Alinder estimated that 1,300 prints of Moonrise, Hernandez had been made over 40 years — often produced by Adams whenever an order for a copy came in, most of them done in the 1960s and ‘70s — worth a cumulative $25 million. Sotheby’s New York includes a print of Moonrise in its photo sale on Oct. 5, 2011, printed in the late 1960s or even 1970 at what is called a “mural size” (30 x 40 in.), estimated at $300,000-$500,000.
  1. First, don’t be disappointed if your work does not sell. You and your art are very valuable.  Keep on showing your work.  Don’t be discouraged. Ansel Adams sold his first photo for $100.  Today, that print sells for a million dollars. Of course, he’s dead. And very famous!
  2. Second, it is OK if you don’t really want to sell your art piece. So, price your painting at any amount you want. Or, trade your art to me for one of my photographs.  I’d love to trade! I think your art is incomparable and would love to put it on my wall. (That is how the great artists of the f/64 photo group and the artists of the Paris cafes first started. If no one will buy your art, trade with your fellow artists.)
  3. Third, if you really want to sell your work, price it at an affordable price. Think of it this way – you are providing a piece of art to someone and that will bring them great joy to have a piece of your art in their house. And, you will have sold your first piece of art! Bragging rights!


3 Years of Art: Congratulations!

1st Art Junket Salon and 1st Junketeers. 2015. Maureen, Ana, Sara, Erin, Lorren, Cristelle, Katie.


1.1 Illumination (

Maureen: “Well of Souls” (Native American pot); “Glass of Light”

Erin: Fairy Houses

Katie: “Underlying Colors: Rocks of Point Reyes”

Ana: “Cielito Lindo” (Rotablo)

Lorren: “Illumination” (mosaic)

Kay: “Illumination” (photo of self in office)


1.2 Rhythm (

Maureen: “Man and Guitar” (photo of Don)

Erin: “StoryTeller” (handmade book)

Katie: “Phases” (flowers in memorium of Leo)

Ana: “Mexican Hat Dance”


1.3 Taboo (

Maureen: “Electric Plug”

Katie: “Silence”

Ana: “Aztec Moon Goddess”

Lorren: “The Two Faces of Green”


1.4 Self Portrait  (

Maureen: self portrait as photographer. Acrylic

Erin: “Be Still, My Beating Heart”

Katie: self portrait  –

Ana: self portrait – dancing mermaid



2.1 Enigma (

Maureen: “Searching for God”. Acrylic

Erin: “Be Still, My Beating Heart”

Katie: “Canyons of the Unknown”

Ana: “Mar Rojo”

Lorren: “The Life After” (two half hearts (clay, feathers)

Tony: “Composition #3” (inspired, in part by son, Raylan)


2.2 Bed (

Maureen: “Erin, Katie, and the Country Fence”

Erin: “Dreams and Visions”

Katie: “Morning”

Ana: “Bedroom, Albuquerque, 1982”

Lorren: “White Light”

Tony: “Blackstar” (David Bowie)

2.3 Angles (

Maureen: “On the Shoulders of Giants”

Katie: “San Francisco: A Day” ( 3 pieces)

Erin: “Triangles” (hanging curtain of triangles)

Ana: “Hopscotch #2”; “Las Casas Rosas”

Tony: “TONY”

2.4 Poetry (

Maureen: “Blades of Grass”

Katie: “Breathing”

Ana: “Usufruct”

Tony: “The Apple Tree” (mural)

Mary Louise: Turtle”

David: “Mad Fish”

2.5 Zen (

Maureen: “A Study in Curiosity”

Katie: “Changing Faces. Changing Lines”

Tony: “With a Hose”

Mary Louise: “Zen Doodle”

David: “Recycle Zen” (fountain)

Kay: “Sans Souci-Yerba Buena Gardens”



3.1 Dissonance (

Maureen: “The Scree of Time”

Erin: “Awash”

Katie: “Your Brain on Nature”

Ana: “Mar Rojo”

Lorren: “Of Ashes”

Tony: “Sound and Vision ”

Mary Louise: “Fall”

David: “Recycle Zen” (fountain)

Tao: “Landmarks 1”

Brian: “Light the Fire, Catch the Wind”

Annelise: “Choose your Adventure”


3.2 Genesis (

Maureen: “Kafé Japan”

Erin: “Potentially”

Katie S: “Eve”

Ana: “Popol Vuh, Revisted”

Tony: “Purple Reign ”

Tao: “A Way of Seeing”

Brian: “Genesis 1”

Annelise: “Tears”

Lucy: “She Took the Apple”

Zoey: “Flow”

Kate O: ”Connections”


3.3 Still Life (

Maureen: “Dusk” (Photo and Ink)

Erin: “Suspended”

Katie S: “Alcatraz Island”

Ana: “Adelita Dress”

Tony: “Distill Life ”

Tao: Untitled (black and white photograph)

Brian: “Cast Offs”

Mary Louise: “Still Life” (watercolor)

Lucy: “Still Beautiful”

Zoey: “Sacred Stillness”

Katie O: ”Still Life”

3.4 Blue (

Maureen: “The Moment: 2017 Solar Eclipse”

Erin: (layered paper and light)

Katie S: “Blue Whale”

Ana: “Quinceañera”

Tony: “Blucifero ”

Brian: (3 etchings)

Annelise: (mountains, moons)

Zoey: “Lady Lion”

Katie O: (burned flower painting)


Salon 3:4 – Blue



by Maureen Fitzmahan

Blue: The Salon was held in Berkeley, California at Zoey Olbum’s home.

The Salon was attended by Maureen Fitzmahan, Ana Perches, Brian Nelson, Kaitlin Fitzmahan Strange, Erin Mahollitz, Tony Jones, Zoey Olbum, Annelise Dohrer, and Katie Osenga.

This month’s theme was “Blue.”

The Art

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Dorothea Lange, photographer


Oakland Museum of California

1000 Oak Street (at 10th Street)
August 11, 2017.  5 – 10 p.m.

Dorothea Lange. Migrant Mother.

The photograph that has become known as “Migrant Mother” is one of a series of photographs that Dorothea Lange made of Florence Owens Thompson and her children in February or March of 1936 in Nipomo, California. Lange was concluding a month’s trip photographing migratory farm labor around the state for what was then the Resettlement Administration. In 1960, Lange gave this account of the experience:

I saw and approached the hungry and desperate mother, as if drawn by a magnet. I do not remember how I explained my presence or my camera to her, but I do remember she asked me no questions. I made five exposures, working closer and closer from the same direction. I did not ask her name or her history. She told me her age, that she was thirty-two. She said that they had been living on frozen vegetables from the surrounding fields, and birds that the children killed. She had just sold the tires from her car to buy food. There she sat in that lean- to tent with her children huddled around her, and seemed to know that my pictures might help her, and so she helped me. There was a sort of equality about it.”

The images were made using a Graflex camera. The original negatives are 4×5″ film. (


Enjoy the best—and biggest—street market in the Bay this summer with OMCA and Off the Grid! Friday Nights @ OMCA is now open an extra hour later, and expands onto Oak Street, adding even more food trucks to help quench your thirst for delicious local cuisine. Savor California beer, wine, and non-alcoholic beverages around the Koi Pond at the Blue Oak beer garden. Enjoy half-price admission, live music, hands-on activities for kids, a pop-up art market in the Redwood Burl area, and extended OMCA Store hours. Bring friends and family for a taste of local music, food, and culture at the Oakland Museum of California every Friday Night!

What to expect on August 11:

5–10 pm: Half-off gallery admission for adults, free for ages 18 and under
5–10 pm: All Museum galleries open late
5–10 pm: Gourmet food trucks from Off the Grid featuring the best in local cuisine: get the weekly list here
5–9:45 pm: OMCA Store open with great artisan California-themed gifts, apparel, books, toys, and more
5–9:30 pm: Local beer and wine specials in the Blue Oak beer garden
5–9 pm: Gardens open for family fun
5–9 pm: Marketplace @ OMCA, featuring local vendors selling their wares in Redwood Burl area
5–6:30 pm: August resident DJ Suavecito Souldies spinning vinyl in the 10th Street Amphitheater
5–8 pm: Family-friendly drop-in activity: Make a Summer Zine in the OMCA Gardens
6:30–7 pm: Salsa dance instruction with Nick and Serena of Salsa Vale Todo in the 10th Street Ampitheater
6:30–8:30 pm: Live music from The Bob and Lenny Show setting the mood in the Oak Street Plaza
7–9 pm: Live music with Latin fusion band Debajo del Agua in the 10th Street Amphitheater

Cost: Half-price gallery admission for adults, ages 18 and under are free. Admission for Members is always free. Cash bar. Prices vary for Off the Grid food trucks.

Transportation: OMCA is located one block from the Lake Merritt BART Station. Event parking is available at the Museum for a $7 flat fee after 5 pm. Museum garage closes at 10:30 pm.

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Salon 3.3 – Still Life

by Maureen Fitzmahan

The Art Junket artists

Still Life: The Salon was held in Pittsburg, California at Erin Mahollitz’s home.  A hot summer day of art.

The Salon was attended by Maureen Fitzmahan, Mary Louise Harrington, Ana Perches, Brian Nelson, Kaitlin Fitzmahan Strange, Erin Mahollitz, Tao Graham, Lucy Beck, Tony Jones, Zoey Olbum, and Katie Osenga.

This month’s theme was “Still Life.”  The art and the happy faces speak for themselves.

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