Season's Greetings, Shadetree Family!

We’d like to start things off by proudly introducing our newest resident, M.K., who was brought into this world on July 9th by Shannon and Paul, longtime beloved residents who –among many things– help keep our garden looking so alive. M.K. has yet to sign up for a work committee at Shadetree, but we are patient and hopeful... We’ve also been making a lot of jokes like that ;)


In other heartwarming news, we received a feature from your favorite local outlet, KQED. In case you missed it, here's the link to our interview & audio piece.

And that's just a taste of it. As part of our first real newsletter, we'd like to share the fruits of our labor with friends far and wide, near and dear.



Friday, September 21st

Local arts and community activist group, SPAZ (Semi Permanent Autonomous Zone), joined with Shadetree to produce an event for the Oaklajara project, which fosters artistic exchange between Oakland, California and Guadalajara, Mexico. 

The evening was headlined by an all-female psychedelic rock group, Neptuna, from Guadalajara, plus two more psych-rock groups, LEMAT, and UAY, all from the Mexicadelia festival project. They were joined by Night Heron from Portland, OR, and local DJ TR4VI3ZAA. With a pop-up art gallery, prints by Oakland’s Patchwork Press, and a taco storm courtesy of Captain Luke and Max, the night was about as perfect as a night can get.

Immigracious project

Saturday, September 22nd

Two Shadetree residents and a 5th Avenue neighbor embarked on an artistic voyage as maritime stewards for local artist Richie Rhombus’s Immigracious project.

Horizons, a 47’ teak ketch built in 1973, set sail from her home berth of 5th Ave Marina with Sausalito’s Freda, the west coast’s oldest wooden sailboat, carrying 20 first- and second- generation immigrant artists to Treasure Island’s Clipper Cove, where they shared stories of departures, arrivals, heartbreaks, detainment, renewaland loss. Both vessels then sailed to Angel Island for a homemade Persian feast and coffee before returning to Jack London Square at sunset.

2018 Partners in Preservation Awards

Thursday, October 25th 

Thanks to a submission by Betty Marvin, Shadetree was awarded a Certificate of Recognition on by the Oakland Heritage Alliance’s 2018 Partners in Preservation Awards. Resident Ben Burke represented our group with a short speech celebrating our story and all that’s still great about Oakland. 


Upcoming: SFAI Concentrate

November 10th-11th 

Shadetree resident Kate Rannells will exhibit her latest piece at the San Francisco Art Institute this weekend. Explore studios and works by over 100 emerging artists --free and open to all. We invite you to join us in viewing several of Kate's pieces and immersing ourselves in a sound sculpture that Kate herself will be facilitating (Installation Room 3).
SFAI Fort Mason
2 Marina Blvd Pier 2, SF
November 10-11th 
10am-5pm both days
more info:
SFAI Concentrate | SFAI

Finally, on a more "wet blanket" topic: OUR ROOF!

Winter Roof Revival 

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Our roof is a popular topic of conversation as winter draws near, the subject of many a “workparty” as we attempt to give this ol’ corrugated tin champion a long-overdue overhaul. In order to keep our roof major leak and mold-free, we need to fundraise $30,000.

How You Can Help

  • Know of any low-income, building renovation, or community-based grants we can apply to? Know someone who does? Send ‘em our way!

  • Add our Amazon Smile to your Amazon account. A small portion of your purchases will go towards keeping the roof over our heads.

  • Finally, you can donate to our cause. This is our most ambitious undertaking since our purchase in 2017, and the more hands on deck the better. If possible, a donation of $100 will go a long way, and as we are a 501(c)(3) non-profit, your donations can count as a tax deduction. If you can’t donate but want to support, please share this with your community and connect us with some dynamite people in the field. The more people involved in maintaining our structures, the closer we'll be to reaching our $30K goal and being the thriving arts & gatherings space we’d love to be in 2019.

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More updates and opportunities to connect coming soon. Whether you're here in person or in spirit, we thank you for being part of Shadetree.

With love,
The Residents Of Shadetree