Pub date November 29, 2006

Dec. 1

Visual Art

“American Carnival Portraits”

The definition of serendipity is when an artist like Linda Kramer walks into a place like the Lucky Ju Ju Pinball Gallery in Alameda – just about the ideal setting for her vivid, often night-draped photographs of people who go to or work at carnivals. According to Lucky Ju Ju’s Michael Scheiss, the gallery’s colorful machines lured Kramer, who came in looking for a present for her parents and ended up booking a show. At least equal to recent work by established names such as Lauren Greenfield, SF State grad Kramer’s burgeoning series “American Carnival Portraits” is a social documentary project that’s certain to yield a great monograph. (Johnny Ray Huston)

6 p.m.-midnight reception; show continues through Jan. 2, 2007
Lucky Ju Ju Pinball Art Gallery
713 Santa Clara, Alameda
(510) 205-9793

Visual Art

“Wrap It Up: Creative Growth Holiday Exhibition and Sale”

Judith Scott’s awe-inspiring fiber art and William Scott’s visionary paintings and sculptures have been shown at CCA Wattis and other sites. Their home base is Creative Growth in Oakland, where they’re two of many people making art about pop culture, love, the streets, and life. Reproductions can’t compare to an actual piece of art – the holiday exhibition and sale “Wrap It Up” gives you an opportunity to purchase one. (Huston)

5 p.m. reception; show continues through Jan. 4, 2007
Creative Growth Gallery
355 24th St., Oakl.
(510) 836-2340