Exterior wall murals abound as you stroll through the indie bookstores, boutiques, and numerous restaurants of the Tennyson Street Cultural District. Tucked among the shops and coffee houses of this Berkeley neighborhood lay studios and galleries featuring many amazing local artists.
Featuring artistic works by owner Michelle Courier, among other national artists and various media, Westwind Gallery also provides both knowledge and skill helping clients commission and select works for their home. Michelle’s favorite subject, mountain lakes, can be seen prevalently in the gallery.
Award-winning photographer Michael D. Rieger
owns and operates Lapis Gallery. Among the custom furniture, his photographs, pottery, and other fine art can be seen. Other past open studio events have included printmaking demonstrations, etchings, and more.
Specializing in handmade jewelry designs, Altitude Boutique can be found near the heart of Tennyson Street Cultural District. This unique jewelry shop infuses artistic meaning into each handcrafted piece.
Not only a traditional gallery featuring local artists, pop-up events, and fascinating exhibits, Alto also provides urban community service through food drive programs, art, and entertainment. You can also shop their featured artist works and visit their revolving exhibitions.
Whether you come for bottomless mimosas on Sundays, the literary events and book clubs, or to read and sip your favorite beverage, this independent bookstore is sure to bring you closer to your literary community. Taking their roots from the cultural district, books clubs and coffee talks bring this store to life.
Tesoro Artisan Gallery
Perusing the handcrafted items and original artwork from Mexico and India, as well as many items made in Colorado, you’re sure to find a unique treasure to share. Many local artists also exhibit their work throughout the year, along with art openings and Armenian readings.
Built in 1927, the Oriental Theater today features live performances, film screenings, fests, and musical and comedy acts, as well as availability for private events. As the north anchor of the district, the well-known building is part of the National Historic Registry.
Taking It In
Getting its historic footing from Mary Elitch’s love for the cultural scene that was prominently displayed through her Elitch’s Garden Theater and botanical gardens, Tennyson Street today boasts a growing number of art venues to explore. Whether you choose to explore the shops during a morning stroll with coffee in hand, an afternoon searching for a unique piece, or checking out the evening culture during their First Friday events, you’re sure to enjoy what this art district has to offer.