In 2017 I visited the Alameda Point Flea Market with Balderston and Marcia Donahue as my guides and later posted about that visit.
Today I write about his show at Julie’s Coffee and Tea Garden, 1223 Park Street, Alameda. It is a righteously good bakery and Perfect Place to hang out with a hot beverage of your choice and, it seems, your computer.
Balderston’s art feels right at home:
There are quirky touches in the cafe beyond Balderston’s art:
Just a tad creepy, no?
I love these little quirky touches.
I have referred to Jon Balderston as Quirky Berkeley royalty and I stand by that. These are a fraction of the paintings he has made, but it is good to see them on a wall outside his garage (the original Hodgepodge Lodge) in public. I encourage you to visit Julie’s, see the art, have a baked good and beverage. Go!
I showed the draft post to my friend. He has taken over the Update Department of Quirky Berkeley, and had a couple of submissions for me.
I have previously posted on this snowboard bench created by Evy Kavaler on Walnut Street.
My friend handed me photos of a chair that she has recently made with skis.
How cool is this? Answer: VERY cool.
Several years ago I met painter Debbie Vinograd and posted about her magic journey to and in Berkeley and her paintings. My friend gave me these two photos of new paintings she made. These paintings rock my world.
After I admired the photos I asked my friend what he thought of Jon Balderston’s art show. He did not hesitate –