Co-op Galleries in the Tri-Valley
Groups of artists, usually under the auspices of a local art group, come together and form a gallery, where they display and sell work. Co-op galleries generally charge a membership fee and/or a commission on work sold in the gallery. These fees and commissions are generally smaller when compared to commercial galleries, and in return, artists work a set number of hours to help run the gallery but also get some say in how the gallery is managed. The Alamo Danville Art Association, the Fremont Art Association and the Livermore Art Association all sponsor co-op galleries in the Tri-Valley.
Fremont Art Association Gallery
The Fremont Art Association (FAA) Gallery is run by the Fremont Art Association (FAA), and is located in the boutique shopping area of the Niles district of Fremont California. Gallery rotation of art is every three months. Participating artists must be FAA members, work once a month for the three months their work is in the gallery and pay one cent per square inch for their gallery space. For more information, visit the FAA website.
Livermore Art Association (LAA) Gallery
The LAA Gallery, run by the Livermore Art Association, is not only one of the oldest art galleries in the Tri-Valley, but also the only surviving art gallery in Livermore. It is located two blocks off of 1st Street in the historic Carnegie Building, in the middle of Carnegie park. The gallery members are all local artists from throughout the Tri-Valley whose work encompasses a wide range of media, including painting, photography, wood carving, glass work, pottery, fabric art and jewelry. Find out more about joining the LAA Gallery.
Alamo Danville Artists' Society Blackhawk Gallery
Blackhawk Gallery is a nonprofit co-op art gallery, operated by the Alamo Danville Artists’ Society. The gallery features over 40 artists in consecutive 10-weeks exhibits. These established and emerging artists include member and guest artists from the San Francisco Bay Area. An eclectic collection of decorative and functional works on display and for sale include painting, drawing, photography, sculpture, ceramic art, wearable art, jewelry, prints, and note cards. http://adas4art.org/blackhawk_gallery/
Additionally, Blackhawk Gallery Artists enhance art programs in local public schools by donating a percentage of sales to the ADAS Art For The School Program Grants.