Ice Cream, French Fries, and First Fridays!

There are many things in life that I can't live without - ice cream is one of them.  I can even give up chocolate if I had to.  I know...that's crazy talk!  But even in the middle of winter or just a regular overcast summer afternoon in the East Bay, I still crave that cold, creamy dessert.  And one of my favorite places to go is Tara's Organic Ice Cream.  They make a total of 136 gourmet flavors.  Some of my favorites include banana, molasses, and banoffee pie.  To make things interesting, they switch up their menu often between their 2 locations in Berkeley and Oakland.  The first time I visited the Oakland shop a few years back, I noticed all the wonderful art done by local artists on display.  And in the back of my mind I thought, "Hmmmm...one of these days I would love to display my art here."  But of course I had to build up my repertoire first.  So fast forward to 2012, earlier this week, I met with Tara Esperanza owner of Tara's Organic Ice Cream, who by the way is an artist, turned ice cream connoisseur, turned successful business woman (her ice cream can be found in multiple grocery stores and restaurants).  And in conclusion, I will be exhibiting my artwork at the Oakland store!  YAY!  Below are the details:

Where: Tara's Organic Ice Cream, 4731 Telegraph Ave., Oakland

When: October 4th-31st, 1-10pm Daily

Artist's Reception: October 5th, 6-10pm during Oakland's First Friday Art Walk

Tara will be updating her blog closer to the exhibit date.  More details from me will follow...

Tara Esperanza and me at her shop in Berkeley

Tara was super friendly, down to earth, and whole heartedly supportive of local artists.  I love how she transformed her passion for painting into ice cream making.  Her friends even joke that when she creates her decadent concoctions, it's very much similar to her mixing her paints.  How cool is that?  We even shared our obsession with French fries.  Apparently Luka's Taproom in Oakland and Frjtz in SF have great Belgian fries.  I definitely have to check those places out.

But now it's back to work...since I've got lots to do!  This is my first gallery and there are lots of things to think about.  It's pretty exciting though. :)

Lastly, happy First Fridays everyone!  Please come out tonight to show support to local artists and businesses.  It's always a fun time...eat, drink, and be enlightened!