Jau Jou Studio has a new show of artwork  by Dominic Fontana whose “canvas” consists of galvanized sheet metal and whose “paints” consist of brightly colored reflective tapes.  Thus the show title, “Taped Metal Canvas“.

Urban Furniture is featuring a new show of recent paintings by David Mertens + beverages and small bites.

Better Homes and Gardens Real Estate (next to Camino) is debuting a show of fine art by Caroline Stern.  They will be simultaneously celebrating “Cuatro de Mayo”  with Mexican inspired food and refreshments including (at my request) Negra Modelo. 

Alchemy Bottle Shop‘s second-floor gallery is continuing to host a show of watercolors and highly detailed cut-out portraits by Eva Restad.

Studio Grand‘s  “Angels in Times of a Dictatorship” is a solo show of original paintings and drawings by Adrian Arias. This may be the best show ever. You owe it to yourself to go and, if you’re in the market for art for yourself or your place of business, the prices are incredibly reasonable.  

Ruth Stroup Insurance will be hosting a show of abstract oils by Judy Chamberlin. Complimentary beverages and small bites will be served.

Panorama Framing is hosting an Opening Night Artist’s Reception for “Wooden Icons, Works by Laura Schatzkin”.  Complimentary beverages and refreshments.

Alyce on Grand is featuring the multifaceted talents of Oakland artist, Monica Santos.  The show includes manipulated animal photos and hand-painted portraits.

Baraka Gallery is continuing to highlight its inventory of tiny beads – beautifully crafted and from all over the world but particularly, Africa and Asia.  Sip a cup of tea while you browse as Shiffen always has the teapot on.

The Libertine has an ongoing show of extremely tasteful nude photographs by Josh Stevenson.

San Francisco Fiber:  Try your hand at spinning wool  – hosted by Kate Colwell.

510 Brand‘s walls are liberally covered with paintings by shop employees,  Culling Cahayag, Nina Simi, and Natasha Reh – supplemented with handful of original drawings by Connor Burke,  who works next door at Modigliani plus wonderful prints by a student at the Oakland School for the Arts known only as “Skye”.  A DJ will be in the house and complimentary beverages and snacks will be served.

A complete list of participating businesses offering special First Thursday discounts is posted at:  www.grandavenuefirstthursdays.com