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Julie Alvarado: Urban Hunting – Squirrel Season

August 2013

Julie Alvarado: "Squirrels Ruined My Vacation" (2013) 11" x 14" acrylic on panel. Photo by Kate Cameron.



Julie Alvarado’s latest group of paintings was developed under the influence; of both a field trip she took to Cabella’s Sporting Goods store in Nevada and stories both adoring and adversarial of human-squirrel interactions. Squirrels are squirrely; they tag along multiply vandalize build nests forge relationships and make things disappear leaving humans to “hunt” for things like glasses keys cell service and forgiveness. The artist weaves narratives of personal interest and humor into her realistic portraits and landscapes which are based on photographic imagery that she gathers from old books postcards and Internet images.

Julie Alvarado has been making her art since 1984. She came from the Los Angeles area to the Bay Area in 1993 and received her MFA from CCA in 1995. She teaches painting at Creative Growth Art Center in Oakland CA. Her work has been shown throughout California and can be seen at www.juliealvarado.com.

Special Events

  • Reception and Artist Talk: Saturday August 24 4:30-6:30pm
  • Third Thursday Art Walk: August 15 5-8pm
  • Oakland Art Murmur First Friday: September 6 6-9pm