photo by- Stephen Loewinsohn

East Bay Express Insider’s Guide 2011

Far From the Maddening Crowds

Art Murmur keeps expanding beyond its original borders.

By DeWitt Cheng

Matt and Lena Reynoso’s rehabbed The Compound Gallery (1167 65th St., 510-601-1702, TheCompoundGallery.com), an 8,000-square-foot space that blends Minimalism and old-school industrial tech nicely, with clerestory windows illuminating the communal work areas and private studios in the rear. Work by emerging local artists is shown in the gallery; in Professor Squirrel, the onsite store; through Art in a Box, an affordable-art subscription program; and online. It’s a professionally run gallery that skillfully uses social media, including streaming video from receptions, that is still low-key and fun to visit for casual viewer and serious collector alike.