Create / Art Studios

Artists Studio

Where the co-working area is the digital realm of activity, the art studios welcome makers from a wide variety of disciplines: painters, textiles, jewelry, printmaking, photography, sculpture and more. The studios are rented on a month-to-month basis. Studio spaces become available periodically, so get in touch if you are interested in renting a space.


PHOENIX is a running Art Gallery. Exhibits are in constant rotation and we have an open call for art. Contact us here with references to your work if you would like to exhibit here. Selections are limited but we’ll get back to you about details and availability, either way.

Creative Workshops

Our goal is to give Alameda an immersive artistic incubator by offering designated spaces for workshops, where makers can do printmaking, hand lettering, collaging, flower crowns, fairy doors and much, much more. Let us know if you would like to host a workshop at PHOENIX or which workshops you would like to see offered.

Meet our Artists

Andrea Padilla


Andrea Padilla was born in 1979 in Buenos Aires, Argentina. At the age of 16, she started what would become her career in photography strongly influenced by artists such as Carlos Trilnick, Andy Goldsworthy and Ólafor Eliason. She moved to Bogota, Colombia, where she continued her education in Fine Arts at the National University of Colombia, and also completed a Masters in Photography at LaSalle College.

Miss Padilla’s first large scale exhibition was in 2004 at the Contemporary Art Museum in Bogota Colombia where she won First Prize for her series of panoramic landscapes of South American deserts. She has since participated in photography and art festivals all over the world including NYC, Bogota, Buenos Aires, San Francisco, and Rome presenting work alongside Andres Serrano and Alexander Apostol. Since moving to the US, Andrea has continued to explore her love of art in its varied forms by producing various photographic projects including her Negative Space Series and public art projects under the commission of New York Parks and Recreation, ArtBridge, and Figment Interactive Art Festival.

Carrie Yakura

Portrait Painter

In her painting, Carrie focuses on the human face as a landscape and as a way to communicate interconnectedness between ethnicities. She views portraiture as a method by which to see and a vehicle by which to feel. In his way, she sees her role as a storyteller as much as painter

Joy Coakley


Joy is an Alameda based photographer, capturing family, newborn + child, maternity, and high school senior moments. With a BFA in Photography from the Academy of Art in San Francisco, She’s led a very fun and successful career as a commercial photographer and stylist. It wasn't until some years ago, when Joy decided to bring my love of beauty and working with real people together and start shooting again. “As a lover of psychology and human behavior, it's like my own way to study and record the beauty and intrigue I see in people and the interactions between. And then it just comes down to that fact that I also love to have a ton of fun with anyone who is willing to enjoy it with me!

Sung E. Kim


Far far away, behind the word mountains, far from the countries Vokalia and Consonantia, there live the blind texts. A small river named Duden flows.

Michael Tunk

Collage Artist

Far far away, behind the word mountains, far from the countries Vokalia and Consonantia, there live the blind texts. A small river named Duden flows.

Linnea Oliver

Jewelry Designer

Far far away, behind the word mountains, far from the countries Vokalia and Consonantia, there live the blind texts. A small river named Duden flows.

Joanna Ruckman


Far far away, behind the word mountains, far from the countries Vokalia and Consonantia, there live the blind texts. A small river named Duden flows.

Sandy Drobny


Using her studio to explore new avenues of repurposing and reuse, Sandy Drobny produces
one-of- a-kind art garments and theme-based aprons made out of recycled materials. Both
functional and symbolic, her intricate creations make reference to perceived notions of women’s work, delivered with a touch of humor and whimsy. A weaver for 3 decades, Sandy uses her loom to transform ordinary household discards and plastic shopping bags into vibrant pieces of art.

Gwatoh Kroma

African Textile

“I learned to sew as a child in Liberia. Every summer when school was out, my aunts cared for me and taught me their craft. As I grew up, my interest in sewing became a passion, woven into my life as deeply as the family I was part of. Just as my aunts passed their knowledge on to me, I wanted to share my creations with others. I created Peppajar to make clothing and accessories inspired by the African print that colored my childhood.”Peppajar was created to make clothing and accessories inspired by my childhood and the African textiles that flowed through every part our lives.

May M. Lo

Owner, Designer, Maker

May has a background in Traditional Illustration and Animation. She discovered making as a kid, spending her free time drawing portraits and hand sewing doll clothes. These days, she finds ways to combine her passion for art and her love of leather craft. Spend a day with May and learn how to make a piece of your own... visit for details on classes + workshops and see what she's up to.

Melissa Schmidt


Melissa Schmidt is the owner of East Bay-based Icarian Photography.

Icarian Photography specializes in documentary-inspired, natural light family, newborn, maternity, and creative headshot photography. Melissa’s shooting and editing style is unpretentious, honest, and heavily influenced by the unique narrative found within each individual she has the privilege of serving. Melissa also has the honor of helping aspiring photographers along their artistic journeys both through group workshops as well as individual mentorships.

Vivianesque Young

Mixed Media Artist, Jewelry Designer

Vivianesque Young, a mixed media artist and jewelry designer. Her company is JFein Designs & Vivee Style featuring wood rings and pendants with vintage embellishments, buttons, and cameos from the 1800’s to the 1980’s. Take a peek at her website: or reach her at 510-851-1856 for an appointment!

Bill Wiatroski

Media Artist

Bill Wiatroski is a Media Artist based in the Alameda, California. Bill uses modular video synthesis and real-time camera feeds and feedback as source, processed through an array of obsolete broadcast mixers and bespoke processors, to create subtly colored abstract interpretations of the electrical and optical signals generated by the instruments interacting with environment. Bill’s work has been featured at SubZero Festival, Sand City’s West End Festivals, Bath University’s Seeing Sound, Gray Area’s Unseen Series. He regularly collaborates in performance with Bay Area and touring artists.

Rent an Artist Studio

Please submit the application form below if you are interested in renting a studio on a month to month basis. If we are full, we’ll let you know and put you on the waiting list. Thanks and we hope to be able to be creating with your soon!

Interested in...(Studios include 24/7 access, biz-grade wifi, kitchen, reception area and use of common area)
Shared Studio (from $225)Solo Studios ($325-$500)Common Craft Area ($60/6hr day, $20/hour)

What times of the day will you be most likely using your studio?
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Will you be able to participate in the 2nd Friday's open studio night?
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Host a Workshop

Please submit the application form below if you are interested in hosting a workshop at Phoenix.