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Thank You!

Thank you to all of you who came out and supported our Autumn Lights Festival 2016!  Almost 9000 of you came, saw and wondered at the light and magic created by our generous Bay Area artists to support our garden.  Even in the rain on Saturday, thousands came and enjoyed the mist and sparkles that […]

Gardens Featured in Short Documentary

Academy of Art College student Todd Anthony created this fantastic 2 minute documentary about the Gardens for a class project. Featuring aerial videography by Aaron Jae, the video offers a great peek into the gardens and a view of how they fit into the larger Oakland community.

Alameda County Master Gardeners Workshops 2014

There will be FREE Saturday Workshops in the Trials Garden this season by the Alameda County Master Gardeners and we hope you can attend. The workshops all start at noon and end at 1pm (unless otherwise indicated) and attendees are asked to please bring a portable or folding chair if possible. See the schedule below:

April […]

Visit us at the San Francisco Flower & Garden Show

 

 

The Friends of the Gardens at Lake Merritt will be exhibiting at the San Francisco Flower & Garden Show this Wednesday, March 19th through Sunday, March 23rd at the San Mateo Event Center. We will be in Booth #1309 in the Educational Booths section of the Fiesta Hall, and would love to connect with you at […]

Autumn Lights Festival Recap and Artist Awards

Thank you to all the attendees, volunteers, sponsors, artists, and performers who supported the Gardens at Lake Merritt by coming out to the Autumn Lights Festival! The two nights of illumination and merriment were quite magical, and we are already looking forward to next year.

Many congratulations to the artist award winners and honorable mentions at the Autumn Lights Festival. Here is a recap of the results as tallied by Lisa at Another Bullwinkel Show:

Mayor’s Choice Winner:
Stan Clark’s “Moon Ornaments”

Mayor’s Honorable Mentions:
Insect Sciences Museum of California’s “Living Insects Painting”
Ashwin Swamy & Eric Thorne’s “Flowing & Glowing Squid”
Kim Webster’s “Blown Glass Succulents”
Andrea Hurd’s “Seed Fountain for Bees”
The Mother & Toddler’s “Carved Gourds”
Sacred Seed’s “Mudlights”

People’s Choice Awards:
First Place:  Kim Webster’s “Blown Glass Succulents”
Second Place:  Stan Clark’s “Moon Ornaments”
Third Place:  Clive Brown’s “Venusian Love Blossom”

Below are some of our favorite images from the event…

 

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Volunteers Needed at the Gardens

We are always looking for volunteers!  Our beautiful garden runs almost entirely by volunteer effort, due to deep budget cuts.  We used to have 17 full-time gardeners, now we have 1.5 to maintain all the lake parklands.  Join us for gardening volunteer days:
9:30 first and third Saturdays, Mediterranean and Sensory Gardens, bring your gloves and join the party.

9:30 […]

Join Wild Oakland for a Pollinator Walk and Talk

Come join Wild Oakland for a walk in the Gardens Saturday, August 10, noon-2:00, and learn what is happening in the plant and pollinator world of Oakland… like the construction of our new bee hotel!

The walk and talk will be led by Tora Rocha, Park Supervisor for the City of Oakland and founder of the Pollinator […]

Join us at the 2nd Annual Autumn Lights Festival!

We are happy to announce the Autumn Lights Festival fundraiser returns to the Gardens at Lake Merritt from 6pm – 10pm on Friday and Saturday, October 18 & 19, 2013!

Imagine several acres of garden illuminated with amazing and enchanting art installations created by local Bay Area artists. Electric fireflies flickering in the trees, glowing waterfalls, a flock of interactive books, a Polynesian Paradise with hand-crafted tiki lanterns and hula girls projected on palm trees. Fire art cars and live fire performers light the night while music and sound installations surprise at every turn on the garden paths lit with hundreds of luminarias. Attendees are invited to participate during the evening by coming dressed in their most interesting illuminated garden attire.

• Lighted art, fire, and sound installations by Local Bay Area Artists
• Food, Beer & Wine
• Artist’s Museum Store
Tickets
Click here to buy tickets
Tickets are $25 in advance at  or $35 at the gate
Children 3-12 years are half price, free under 3 years
VIP Tickets for 21+ are $50, and are available in advance only. VIP Ticket includes free wine and beer tastings and illumination toys in the VIP lounge.

 

 

 

Artists and Art Installations

ARTIST

ART INSTALLATION

LOCATION

WEBSITE & EMAIL

R. Emil Barber & Kyle Milligan
Polynesian Paradise with Hand-crafted Tiki Lanterns & Vintage Hula Projections
Palmetium Garden
www.kylemilligan.com 
kukubyr@hotmail.com

Clive Brown
Eco-Foam Flower
Tree Stump near Rose Garden
cliveeta@yahoo.com

Clive Brown
Disappearing Pine/Infinity Mirror
Pine Tree near the Beehive
cliveeta@yahoo.com

Susan Casentini
Projected garden-related vintage home movies
Rock Face at the Waterfall Cascades
www.studioquercus.com 
casentini20@hotmail.com

Stan Clark
Space Forest of Inflatable Sacred Space Asparagus Trees
Location TBA
www.oyeahtoys.com 
oyeahtoys@gmail.com

Karen Cusolitos
Giant Floral Metal Sculpture
Location TBA
www.americansteelstudios.com 
Karen@americansteelstudios.com

Echo Landscaping
Giant Trees Lit From Below
various trees
www.echolandscape.net 
mike@echolandscape.net

John Fadeff
Projected Shorts
The Green House
www.johnfadeff.com 
fadej@att.net

Tara Gill
Photographic Light Box
Location TBA
www.taragill.com 
taranoella@gmail.com

Golden State Bonsai Federation
Lighting on Bonsai Trees
Bonsai Garden
www.gsbf-bonsai.org/lake-merritt 
gsbcnorth@gmail.com

Insect Sciences Museum of California
Living Insects Painting
Community Garden
www.bugpeople.org 
eddie@bugpeople.org

Adam Katz
Submersible Water Lighting
Waterfalls & Ponds
adam@geekeasy.com

Kyle Milligan
Tulip Lanterns
Location TBA
www.kylemilligan.com 
casentini20@hotmail.com

Joanie Mitchell
Illuminated Batiks
Gazebo
www.joaniemitchell.com 
joaniebatik@yahoo.com

Keiko Nelson
Floating Water Sculptures
Garden Pond
www.keikonelson.com 
keiko@keikonelson.com

Robin North
Chrysalis Path Lights
Location TBA
rlnorth@sonic.net

Mie Preckler
Illuminated Tree Arch
Red Gate Area
www.miepreckler.com 
miepreckler@gmail.com

Danya Pugliese
Patterned Steel Lightboxes
Location TBA
www.DanyaPugliese.com 
dpugliese@meca.edu

Sacred Leaf Studio presents Mud Lites
Ceramic Garden Lanterns
Sensory Garden
www.sacredseed.com 
mudlites@sacredseed.comnbcresta@gmail.com

Ann Schnake
MobileInTent
Location TBA
www.annschnake.com 
zananovana@gmail.com

Elida Scola
Overlapping Tree
Location TBA
galleriascola@yahoo.com

Valerie Sobel
Vegetal Hand-felted Light
Location TBA
www.valeriesobel.com 
valerie@zoobywooby.com

Sun Brothers Studio (Kevin Gauna)
Entry TBA
Location TBA
www.sunbrothers.com 
k@sunbrothers.com

Ashwin Swamy & Eric Thorne
Etched flowing and glowing squid panels
Location TBA
swamy.ashwin@gmail.com

Tech Liminal
Electric Fireflies
Hornbeam Tree
www.Techliminal.com 
anca@techliminal.com

Tech Liminal
Illuminated Trumpets
Angel’s Trumpet Tree
www.Techliminal.com 
anca@techliminal.com

Jamie Vaida
Garden of Fire Flowers
Fire Garden
www.jamieaida.com 
jamievaida@gmail.com

Lauran Van Duren & Kyle Milligan
Crysalis Lanterns
Magnolia Tree
laura@lauravanduren.comcasentini20@hotmail.com

Kim Webster
Illuminated Blown Glass Plants & Mosaic Planters
Location TBA
www.kwebsterglass.com 
glassgardener@juno.com

Kelly Whalen & Sara Dubois
Gourd Lanterns; Kitchen Sieve Lanterns; Carved Pumpkins
Community Garden

Mary White & Christina Bertea
Illuminated Bird Baths
Near Lathe House
mwhiteglass@gmail.com

Kevin Woodson
Woven Paper Lanterns
Mimosa Tree
www.kevinwoodson.com 
kevin@kevinwoodson.com

 
Performers and Performance Schedule

PERFORMERS

FRIDAY 18

SATURDAY19

Aileen Lawlor of Fire Smoothie
www.firesmoothie.com
Fire Dancer
8-9:30PM Firescape Garden
8-9:30PM Firescape Garden

Amber & Aaron Snider
www.ambersnider.com
Singer Songwriter on guitar, Folk/Rock/Blues/Americana

6-8PM

Andrea Farrell & Jeremy Elliott of Wreck This Place
www.wreckthisplace.com
Singer Songwriter on guitar
8-10PM VIP Lathe Garden

Chris Head of Tank Half Full
www.tankhalffull.com
Singer Songwriter on guitar & harmonica

8-10PM

Dalyte Kodzis & Claire Gendler
dkodzis@gmail.com
What’s a garden without Pink Flamingoes?
7:30-8:30PM

Deborah Hamouris and Buffalo of The DulciMates
www.djhamouris.com
Mountain Dulcimer & Voice
6-8PM

Franklin Beauregard Davis
brassworksmusic@gmail.com
Various Brass Instruments

8-10PM

Harold Tervort
htervort@att.net
Native American Style Flutes
8-10PM Sensory Garden
6-8PM Sensory Garden

Ian James
www.themagicofianjames.com
Mind Reading Magician

6-8PM Museum Store

Jc Villafan
www.jcvillafan.com
Singer Songwriter

6-8PM VIP Lathe Garden

Kelek Stevenson and Dave Evans of Bitter Water
m_stevenson@berkeley.edu
Banjo & Guitar
6-8PM

Laramie Crocker and his Universal Fun Machine
www.laramiecrocker.com
Singer Songwriter on guitar, with 3 singers and bass
6-8PM VIP Lathe Garden

Laura Inserra
www.laurainserra.com
Hang Drum
8-10PM

Lee Davidson
davidsonlee86@gmail.com
Rope lights dancer
8-10PM

Lisa Graciano
www.lisagraciano.com
Bluesy World Music with Guitar, Flute and Vocals

8-10PM

Manda & Noelle of Very Fairy Events
www.facebook.com/veryfairyevents
Face/Body Painting and Glitter Hair Strands
6-10PM Japanese Garden
6-10PM Japanese Garden

Monica Williams & Wendy Loomis of Phoenix Rising
www.phoenixrisingmusic.net
Native America Flute and Drums
6-8PM Location TBA

Nathan Moon
Acoustic Guitar
6-8PM

Paul Anderson
www.travellersrow.com
Dulcimer & Guitar
8-10PM

Vanessa Lowe
www.vanessalowe.com
Eccentric Indie Folk Pop

8-10PM in VIP Lathe Garden

Volunteers Needed
If you would like to contribute by volunteering at the Autumn Lights Festival, please fill out and submit this form.

Funds raised will be used for improvements to the Gardens at Lake Merritt for the enjoyment of the entire community.

The Autumn Lights Festival is hosted by the Friends of the Gardens at Lake Merritt and  produced by AnotherBullwinkelShow.
Thank you to our wonderful sponsors:
 

 

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Join us as a Volunteer Ambassador on Love Our Lake Day 6.9.13

 

Love Our Lake Day is taking place on Sunday, June 9 from 11am to 4pm at Lake Merritt, Lakeside Park and in the surrounding Oakland neighborhoods. Oaklanders and visitors alike are invited to come play in the car-free streets & parks surrounding Lake Merritt and celebrate the area’s transformation through Measure DD!

On Love Our Lake Day, […]