COMMUNITY

STOMPER IN THE TOWN    |    OAKLAND A'S     |     ARTS FOR OAKLAND KIDS

ABOUT THIS PROJECT 

In 2016 I began volunteering my time with Arts For Oakland Kids. Growing up in the Bay Area, I spent a chunk of my childhood in Oakland, and I understand first hand how important art is to early education as a jumpstart to any future. Funding to Bay Area public schools continues to be cut, and every year there is more bad news for teachers and arts educators who struggle to find funding to teach creative programs. AOK is a meaningful cause I believe in and I do what I can to support their efforts to grow in our community and provide more access to the arts where it's needed the most because kids need art for happy, healthy and strong futures.

From the very beginning, my vision for the Stomper project was to create a colorful, memorable community art piece involving as many children as I could reach within Oakland in the short time I had. The best way to do this was to use their hands as a blueprint for the sculpture's own face and hands. I wanted Stomper's skin to represent the kids because they are the entire reason behind our mission at AOK!  With the help of my fellow board members, the teachers and staff at Achieve Academy in Fruitvale, and many of my friends and neighbors - I was able to collect over 300 handprints from children ranging in age between 6 months old to 16 years! 

With the 50th Anniversary of the Oakland A's, it was only appropriate that Stomper wears a suit and a bowtie. I wanted the illustrative design of his outfit to reflect a child like spirit and the mission within Arts For Oakland Kids. Whimsical creative elements were included to highlight aspects of music, theater, and the arts while celebrating the true spirit of baseball season! The entire project was wild from start to finish, and it was an honor to be included among the 50 mascots while being able to highlight an important cause that does so much for the community I live in. The statue stood in front of the legendary Grand Lake Theatre greeting moviegoers for several months in 2018, and now Stomper permanently resides at Achieve Acadamy in Oakland, where he was co-designed by the kids!

If you want to learn more about this incredible grassroots non-profit organization that is celebrating over two decades of bringing arts to underserved Oakland schools please visit AOK here: ARTS FOR OAKLAND KIDS

50th Anniversary Oakland Athletics Stomper "A Show of Hands"

Stomper in my Berkeley art studio, 2018

Grand Lake Theatre Location in the historic Lake Merritt area

Stomper greeted moviegoers at the main entrance of the theatre in 2018

Stomper headed to the Stadium

Art & Soul Festival, Oakland 2018

Studio development of a woodblock print for donors of AOK

Limited edition of 100 handmade prints, 2017

COMMUNITY PROJECTS PHOTO REEL

Check out some of the good times and creative projects I've helped contribute to in the Bay Area over the last several years...

AOK Board Members, 2018
Achieve Academy
Halloween with AOK in Jack London Square
Stomper in the Town Map
2018 AOK Benevon
2019 Art Fest
2019 Art Fest
Art & Soul Festival
AOK Art & Soul Festival
AOK Art & Soul Festival
AOK Silent Art Auction
AOK Silent Art Auction
AOK Silent Art Auction
AOK with Oakland Mayor Libby Schaff
AOK Receives Autumn of Giving Community Fund
Fremont boxArt, 2019
Fremont boxArt, Rumi 2019
Fremont boxArt, 2019
Fremont boxArt, 2019
Fremont boxArt, 2019
At the corner of Stevenson / Leslie Street
Berkeley City College Panel 2017

AOK Board Members, 2018 Achieve Academy Halloween with AOK in Jack London Square Stomper in the Town Map 2018 AOK Benevon 2019 Art Fest 2019 Art Fest Art & Soul Festival AOK Art & Soul Festival AOK Art & Soul Festival AOK Silent Art Auction AOK Silent Art Auction AOK Silent Art Auction AOK with Oakland Mayor Libby Schaff AOK Receives Autumn of Giving Community Fund Fremont boxArt, 2019 Fremont boxArt, Rumi 2019 Fremont boxArt, 2019 Fremont boxArt, 2019 Fremont boxArt, 2019 At the corner of Stevenson / Leslie Street Berkeley City College Panel 2017

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SELECTED WORKS
FLOWERS
MONOTYPE WORKS
WOODCUT & LINOCUT
SELECTED RELIEF WORKS
ETCHING
SELECTED INTAGLIO WORKS
PAINTING & ILLUSTRATION
SELECTED FIGURATIVE WORKS
EDITIONS
SELECTED SERIES WORKS
SONOMA
ARTIST RESIDENCY WORKS
MONOTYPE
SELECTED WORKS
FLOWERS
MONOTYPE WORKS
WOODCUT & LINOCUT
SELECTED RELIEF WORKS
ETCHING
SELECTED INTAGLIO WORKS
PAINTING & ILLUSTRATION
SELECTED FIGURATIVE WORKS
EDITIONS
SELECTED SERIES WORKS
SONOMA
ARTIST RESIDENCY WORKS
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