Firehouse Adeline Arts Project

Micro Store fronts available
and ready to move in May - June 2014

If you are looking for an affordable, awesome Berkeley spot in an upcoming cutting edge area, we recommend you set up your viewing tour now.
E-mail us or text Tom @ 510-219-8688

We have 5 spaces available, indoor, individually lockable.

Any art form such as henna or tattoo, clothing or gifts, sewing room, jewelry design, photo portrait studio, fine art studio, designer anything, architect, cottage foods, office space, healing arts, chiropractor, chair massage, vintage frocks, body care products, shoe maker, leather works, all artisans are welcome... We call it an 'Indie Micro Mall', because the space is weather protected but flooded with natural light, with a large common area, perfect for gallery exhibits and art show & sell events.

Super affordable, spaces are starting at $ 600 - $ 800, depending upon size.
Address is: 3140 Martin Luther King jr Way, by the Adeline junction, across the Ashby Bart station parking area.

The Firehouse Adeline Arts project is currently housing Rasa Caffe, open Mon - Sat 7:30 am to 4:30pm.
'Tarot Woman Vintage Clothing', is moving out in April, to a larger space. She did very well in our space as a start up!
Also on site is, the Firehouse Adeline Arts Hangar with live events on weekends, and a black box art & events theater currently under construction, ready to open in April. More about perks in person when you come see the spaces.

Contact us now while you still have a chance to pick your perfect spot.
Call or text Tom, 510-219-8688
or e-mail us: @

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Opening night Friday, March 21, 7-9pm

The exhibit, “Aspiring Artists Showcase” features 50 paintings, photographs, painted birdhouses and book illustrations by forty nine Hillsdale students.

An annual collaboration between Hillsdale art teacher Cindy Lynch, and the Firehouse Art Collaborative curation team, Tom Franco and Julia Lazar.

“Our collaboration presents a unique learning environment for our students to explore their own work and their potential future as an artist,” Hillsdale Visual Art Teacher Cindy Lynch said. “We are grateful to the Firehouse Art Collaborative for making this possible.”

 Students featured in the exhibition are Alex Herzog, Isik Yildiz, Giana Lorenzini, Amiel Joshua Manansala, Aya Harada, Jovany Martinez, Ralph Louie Dela Pena, Soleil Sergejev, Brian Yee, JoAnne De Bono Giambrone, Adrianna Kantlehner, Brian Houle, Samuel Smith, Daniel Hollar, Anna Hundertmark, Nicole Spencer, Laura Rivera Grabiel, Sumedha Burra, Brianna Hobbs, Jenny Lee, Radu Andrei, Erica Jenkins, Kelly Wang, Eric Jones, Michelle Lee, Genesis Purizaca, Elena Barco, Carla Crespo-Triveno, Chie Taino, Jenna Bell, Julian Mitchell, Madeline Kobe, Maxine Bojorquez, Amanda Diaz, Christopher Boyd, Alyssa Farrier, Niloufar Mansooralavi, Menat Allah El Attma, Andrea Saddi, Brandon Clore, Ashley McGraw, Hannah Plackowski, Sarah Duffy, Stephen Hua, Rigved Deshpande and Victoria Railsback.

“We met Cindy Lynch in 2012 and her passion and enthusiasm for teaching art inspired us to develop this opportunity,” Executive Directors Tom Franco and Julia Lazar said. “These students are extremely talented and we hope this show inspires other organizations to support high school art education.”

For more information contact
Cindy Lynch,650-558-2699,

To find out more about Hillsdale High School of San Mateo please click on:

Firehouse Gallery North is open on Wednesdays from 3 to 8 p.m. and Saturdays from 5 to 9 p.m.

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With a good amount of local media coverage* and a great friends and family turn out, Rasa Caffe had it's Grand Opening on Saturday, March 1st.

The address is: 

3140 Martin Luther King Jr. Way, Berkeley, CA 94703

Open hours: Mon - Sat 7:30am to 4:30pm
Phone: (510) 499-3960

The vibe is super cool and relaxed, while at the same time giving us the feeling that we are in great hands. The hands of a food pro with keen knowledge of the rising culinary arts movement with it's health aspects, local community, fresh, farm to table, slow food movement...Rasa Mott has been involved in all these since the beginning.

There are daily posts on Rasa Caffe Facebook page, of people visiting and commenting, so come on down and hang with the local foodies and Firehouse Art crew. 'Like' it if you do.
To see the photo album of opening day posted by moi, please click here.

Still sourcing local sweet treats these Pepples Donuts are here to say.

Rasa chose Bicycle Coffee Co as his vendor for the bean. Here in their own word: "Our small batch roaster allows us to roast our coffee exactly how we like it. Our beans change seasonally, but we always offer medium, dark, and decaf roasts.

Rasa's specialty however, some of us think, is his own mix of spices that he creates a chai base out of and also a killer spiced Coffee drink you can have iced or hot with milk. Amazing. It's his years of being around Indian food and culture, meditation and self effort that have gotten him the reputation his birth name give away: Rasa  = Flavor.

SF. Eater post abour Rasa Caffe

BERKELEYSIDE post abour Rasa Caffe

TABLEHOPPER post about Rasa Caffe

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JANUARY & FEBRUARY @ GALLERY NORTH: Rebels, Hipsters and Visionaries, Bay Area Poets and Artists, 1950s and 60s

OPENING RECEPTION: Friday, January 10, 5:30 - 8:30pm

Zan Stewart on Jazz Saxophone. Refreshments.

Firehouse Gallery North is located on 1790 Shattuck Avenue, North Berkeley, CA 94709

January Events

Monday, Jan. 13, 7:30 - 9:45 pm
Beat/SF Renaissance author & poet David Meltzer’s seminar on the Beat Era: Beat Things - Using as a starting point, Beat Thing: La Alameda Press, 2004, a contextualization of that cultural moment's history. Both personal and critical, Meltzer offers a look at problematizing mythopoetic versions invented by successive generations. $20 at the door/

Saturday, Jan. 18, 7 – 8 pm
Screening of 'San Francisco's Wild History Groove' by Mary Kerr. $5.

Friday Jan. 24, 7 m
Screening of 'Howl', directed by Rob Epstein and Jeffrey Friedman and starring James Franco. $5

Monday, Jan. 27, 7:30 - 9:45 pm
Beat/SF Renaissance author & poet David Meltzer’s seminar on the LA Avant Garde Scene & Wallace Berman: an exploration of Berman's utilization of kabbalistic ideas and symbols in his variegated body of art works. $20 at the door/

February events

Saturday, February 1, 2 – 4 pm
Poetry Reading with Jack Hirschman and David Meltzer - $10

Friday, February 7, 7 -8:30pm
Screening of 'Venice West and the LA Scene' by Mary Kerr. David Reid host discussion. $5

Saturday, February 15, 7 - 9 pm
The Zan Stewart Band with pianist Keith Saunders, bassist Adam Guy, and drummer Ron Marabuto, $7 - 10 at the door.


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Curated by TOM FRANCO, Firehouse Art director
The artists of the November show at Firehouse Gallery North:

& TERRANCE GRIEBEL all met living in Bolinas for extended times.
Schehera Van Dyk and Terri Griebel still do to this day.

It's time to have a Bo-Show in Berkeley and celebrate the season with art, poetry and music. Tom Franco will also host an artist talk which should be lively considering the peeps involved.

FRIDAY, November 22, 2013
7 - 10pm

1790 Shattuck Avenue, Berkeley Gourmet Ghetto

Kelli Hill and myself Julia Lazar, met at Brighton Beach in Bolinas, when Kelli clad in her blue wetsuit, with blonde hair down to her butt, with her classic longboard was heading out to the 'patch' where her peers, some of them famous surf stars back in the day, caught those long slow waves. It was winter, so no naked surfing that day, but we met and became friends over the last 30 years. It's such a blast to have an art show with Kelli.

Schehera Van Dyk has lived on Brighton, where she now has her art and ceramics studio, living the life of her passionate dreams, with husband, son and mom. We've known each other for about 30 years now and I so appreciate Schehera's art style and exuberance. Her dinner ware is highly collectible, and
I can't wait for the Berkeley crowd to fall in love with it, as the Marin folks already have.

Terri Griebel is a force of nature, besides being the radest artist I knew in Bolinas, he also shreds on the surf board and was one of the first mountain bikers in the world. When I met him in the 80s, he was sporting a 'Cunningham' prototype and carving new trails down Mt Tam, chased by rangers.

Terri has several painting on exhibit, one of which was a gift to Kelli, a portrait of Michael Sims, aka Saint 11:11, not because he was pious, but as rad as any free spirit ever will be.

Michael Sims died at the age of 32, on Kelli's sofa one afternoon, and we all keep magical memories of him we shared as friends. Here is a video he did with Jimo Thomas and Martin Matzinger: "Dogs in Bolinas". Michael also was the first white hip hop artist we all knew. May he rest in peace and join up again anytime.

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