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Find the Best Art Galleries & Art Dealers in Hayward, Oakland, Dublin and Fremont

Good art galleries in Alameda County have a great range of first edition pieces including those by Alameda County artists, as well as Alameda County art dealers who can perform art sales for the pieces you're seeking.

The following research by The Prime Buyer's Report identifies the best art dealers in Alameda County and issues related to buying art from them.

Updated September 27, 2013

 The TOP 10 Art Dealers in Alameda County CA

World Wide Art
(510) 538-8453
20628 Rustic Dr
Castro Valley, CA 94546

Masterworks Fine Art Inc
(510) 777-9970
13470 Campus Dr
Oakland, CA 94619

A New Leaf Gallery
(415) 495-6400
1286 Gilman St
Albany, CA 94706

Kala Institute Gallery
(510) 549-2977
1060 Heinz Ave
Berkeley, CA 94710

Nova Gallery
(510) 353-1464
43801 Osgood Rd
Fremont, CA 94539

Escolta Fine Arts
(510) 675-0198
29520 Kohoutek Way
Union City, CA 94587

Editions Limited Galleries
(510) 923-9770
4090 Halleck St
Emeryville, CA 94608

Willits Center Gallery
(510) 979-5600
3755 Washington Blvd
Fremont, CA 94538

Spirits in Stone Gallery
(510) 486-9050
41 Tunnel Rd
Berkeley, CA 94705

Find the Best Art Galleries & Art Dealers in Hayward, Oakland, Dublin and Fremont 

 

There is no state license required of art dealers in Alameda County and so no state standard for competency. This makes it all the more significant that all art dealers bearing The Prime Buyer's Report—TOP 10 designation have been evaluated by our research staff, and have had to pass all the requirements for Prime Buyer's Report—TOP 10 status such as survey phone calls to previous clients to verify high satisfaction, clean complaint record, best business practices, length of time in business, and more.

 

Art Dealers in Alameda County Can Procure any Desired Works
To find the best art galleries in Alameda County to match your preferences, be aware of the various certifications that art galleries may have for their pieces. Some art dealers in Hayward, Oakland, Dublin and Fremont offer art education, artist studio visits, art literature consultation (catalogues, etc.), and curatorial advice. When expanding on or beginning to develop a collection, art galleries may have local art brokers able to assist you in art consultation, private collections, corporate collections, and investment collections. If interested in representing a theme in your home or place of business, the best art galleries in Alameda County can consult on commissioned paintings, sculptures, framing, or murals. When you have that impressive piece that needs the finishing touch for presentation, art galleries often offer all sorts of framing consultation, custom framing, commission framing, and installation of artwork.

If you have a masterpiece that has some damage, many art dealers offer art restoration services including paint repair, canvas and pigment replacement, varnish removal, stretcher repair, canvas rejuvenation, frame repair, carving repair, recasting, gold leaf cleaning, gold leaf application, mold removal, stain removal, tear repair, hole repair, and encapsulation repair. Trained eyes can perform structural analysis and other evaluations with the human eye, x-rays, scanners, using microscopes, pigment cross-sections, and other methods. If moving your entire collection, or just your latest acquisition, art consultants in Alameda County can also arrange art transportation or shipping. For the active art connoisseur, some art galleries offer art gallery rental for private parties, artist representation, art workshops, sketching workshops, painting, sculpture and craft workshops, resource rooms, family days, and guest speakers.

Good Art Galleries in Hayward, Oakland, Dublin and Fremont CA Have Broad Expertise
The best art galleries and art dealers in Alameda County specialize in the many types of art, including fine art, contemporary art, digital art, and many others. Other types of painting, including vase paintings, portraits, etc. can be found at these art galleries in Alameda County. The collections of local art galleries and the experience of art dealers in Alameda County extend to drawings, prints, sculptures, photography, ceramics, and nearly any other medium imaginable. Art galleries and art dealers can also specialize in clay and glazed ceramics, portraits, marble or stone sculpture. The broad range of styles extends to contemporary art, abstract art, African tribal art, Australian Aboriginal art, modern art, postmodern art, fabric design, landscapes, nature or wilderness photography, seascapes, and oceanscapes.

Some Art Dealers in Alameda County Are Much Better Than Others
The Prime Buyer's Report lists these art dealers in Alameda County: Editions Limited Galleries, Spirits in Stone Gallery, Willits Center Gallery, Kala Institute Gallery, Escolta Fine Arts, A New Leaf Gallery, Nova Gallery, World Wide Art, Masterworks Fine Art Inc. Other local art dealers in Hayward, Oakland, Dublin and Fremont CA who might still be in business include .


 

 

Interview Art Dealers and Visit Art Galleries in Alameda County Before Deciding 

Step 1: Find the Right Fit When It Comes to Art Dealers & Art Galleries in Alameda County
Before the interview, be prepared with at least a rough idea of what you looking for. Many Alameda County art galleries are specialized, so make sure the art dealer or art gallery can offer something to fit your taste. Whether you want a piece to fill a wall space, need a sculpture for the corner of a room, or a few items to continue a theme, be thorough and consistent in the way that you present information. The extent of the art dealer's specific artists in Alameda County can be narrow or broad, so make sure you are very exact in outlining your requirements. If you need assistance with repairing or refurbishing a piece, transporting artwork, or art consultation, outline your requirements and preferences in detail.

Step 2: Ask & Answer Questions of the Alameda County Art Galleries or Art Consultants & Take Notes

• What types of artwork do the Alameda County art galleries specialize in?

• How much experience do the Alameda County art galleries have selling paintings and other art?

• How long have the art galleries been in the art trade in Alameda County?

• What educational background do the Alameda County art dealers or art consultants have?

• Which certifications do the Alameda County art dealers hold?

• Do the Alameda County art galleries and art dealers offer art consultation?

• What other services do the Alameda County art galleries or art consultants offer?

• Do the Alameda County art galleries sell paintings and other art at auction or retail?

• Can the Alameda County art dealers guarantee all work that you buy is original?

• Will the art galleries or art dealers in Alameda County offer framing?

• How many artists are represented in the Alameda County art galleries?

• Are all paintings and art pieces accompanied by a valid Certificate of Authenticity (COA)?

• Are the Alameda County art galleries members of a professional art dealer's organization?

• Will the Alameda County art dealers provide a Transfer of Original Artwork if you choose to buy?

• Do the Alameda County art consultants visit clients for placement advice?

• Do the Alameda County art dealers and art consultants have references that you may contact?

• Do the art gallery staff have further suggestions for artwork or artists you might be interested in?


You'll learn a lot by the how the Alameda County art dealers respond and by the questions they ask. Take note of what concerns each gallery owner, art dealer, or art consultant has about your prospective purchase. How detailed and thorough are the questions? Does it seem as if they want to merely unload a piece or are they genuinely concerned for your investment? You'll want your art gallery to be as invested in your purchase as you are.

Step 3: Comparing Good Art Galleries in Hayward, Oakland, Dublin and Fremont & Alameda County
The sale of paintings, sculptures and art has historically proven to be a very lucrative field. There are many things to consider before purchasing a piece and to avoid being misled. Estimates can be the product of wishful thinking by the artist, dealer, or seller. Review your notes and weigh the art galleries' abilities against your priorities. Which comes closest to a perfect match? Which do you personally feel the most comfortable dealing with?

Step 4 : Making the Final Decision Among Good Art Galleries in Alameda County
Once you've found the perfect piece, it's time to close the deal with a Alameda County art gallery. Ask any final questions and then ask for the art dealers or art consultants to provide a written and signed contract for the sale, commission or consignment of the artwork.

 

 

Top Tips for Buying From Art Dealers in Alameda County 

Take Time Choosing Your Art Dealers in Alameda County.
Don't hire the first Alameda County art dealers that you contact. If you take a little time up front to properly outline the job and buy from the Alameda County art galleries that are right for you, you're less likely to be disappointed.

Understand the Art World & Art Sales in Alameda County.
Like any other purchase, the better you understand the industry from which the product comes, the better chance you have of making a wise purchase. You'll do better in assessing which are the best art dealers and art galleries in Alameda County if you understand the players in the industry and what to look for in a work of art. Authenticity, condition, quality, rarity, provenance, history, value, and investment wisdom are all criteria to consider. Also pertinent are the types of dealers: primary market, secondary market, public galleries, private dealers, art consultants, and artists all sell artwork. After doing some research, you can better judge which art dealer will fulfill your needs the best.

Have the Work Examined.
It can be exciting to find that piece that seems to be exactly what you're looking for. Remember that even with art, things can be too good to be true. Have a trusted dealer (other than the one you are purchasing from) or restoration expert examine the work to validate its authenticity and condition.

Know Your Alameda County Art Dealer's Area of Expertise.
It seems that the number of artistic categories is endless. It is important to find Alameda County art dealers or art galleries experienced in the type of art you are interested in. While some Alameda County art dealers may be educated and experienced in more than one type of art, it may be more beneficial to purchase from an expert in a single field. Ask questions about each Alameda County art dealer's educational background to see if he or she is right for you.

Ask if Your Alameda County Art Dealers Will Bid at Auction.
Art consultants and art dealers in Hayward, Oakland, Dublin and Fremont and Alameda County can advise you on the appropriate value for a piece, but some are experienced auction-house experts that can deduce information from the atmosphere of the auction. This will ensure that your purchase is not only a smart move, but that the value is market-correct.

Maintain Constant Contact.
Working with art galleries and art dealers in Alameda County is a partnership, so communication is essential. When it comes to your collection, you must stay informed about every detail. Don't jump to conclusions and be sure to ask when you have even the simplest question about your artwork purchase. It's your money and you have a right to know.

Establish Trust.
Over time, your art dealer will gain intimate knowledge of your buying habits, financial situation, and other details. Don't entrust this information to just anyone. You can easily find yourself in a very vulnerable position, so make sure you hire someone you trust. Don't just ask around - perform background checks as well.

Know Your Rights.
Consumers have special rights depending on where they live. You're dealing with art galleries in Alameda County, so check out the California Department of Consumer Affairs.

Make Sure The Alameda County Art Dealers Has Your Best Interest in Mind.
If the Alameda County art dealers seem disinterested or glosses over key issues, don't buy from them. Good art dealers in Alameda County should be as dedicated to your financial well-being as you are. If this is ever in question, those art dealers are not the one for you.

 

 

Resources About Art Sales in Alameda County 

Regulatory & Trade Associations Related to Art Sales in Alameda County
Art Association (http://www.artassociation.org/)
AAH Association for Art History (http://www.indiana.edu/%7Eaah)
AAM American Association of Museums (http://www.aam-us.org/)
AAMD Association of Art Museum Directors (http://www.aamd.org/)
ACLA American Council of Learned Societies (http://www.acls.org/)
ADAA Art Dealers Association of America (http://www.artdealers.org/)
ARIAH Association of Research Institutes in Art History (http://www.ariah.info/)
ARLIS Art Libraries Society (http://www.arlisna.org/)
APA Art Publishers Association (http://apa.pmai.org/)
BBB The Better Business Bureau (www.bbb.com)
CAA College Art Association (http://www.collegeart.org/)
CAC California Arts Council (http://www.cac.ca.gov/)
CAEA California Art Education Association (http://www.caea-arteducation.org/)
DCA California Department of Consumer Affairs (www.dca.ca.gov)
FAA Fine Arts Association (http://www.fineartsassociation.org/)
FADA Fine Art Dealers Association (http://www.fada.org/)
Metropolitan Museum of Art (http://www.metmuseum.org/)
MOMA Museum of Modern Art (http://www.moma.org/)
NAAO National Association of Artists Organizations (http://www.naao.net/)
NGA National Gallery of Art (http://www.nga.gov/)
LAPADA The Association of Art & Antique Dealers (http://www.lapada.org/)
PADA The Private Art Dealers Association (http://www.pada.net/)
SFADA San Francisco Art Dealers Association (www.sfada.com)

 



Media Regarding Art Sales in Alameda County

Art Visionary Magazine
ArtisSprectrum Magazine
Artnet Magazine
Coagula Contemporary Art Magazine
Contemporary Art Gallery Magazine
Frieze Magazine
Gallery Guide Magazine
IT'S ART Magazine
Juxtapoz Art and Culture Magazine
Paint Magazine Quarterly

 

 

The Prime Buyer's Report provides information for the TOP 10 Art Dealers in Alameda County within the following zip codes:

94539, 94707, 94612, 94606, 94613, 94537, 94544, 94546, 94542, 94708, 94545, 94605, 94586, 94602, 94662, 94587, 94603, 94540, 94701, 94619, 94578, 94661, 94543, 94552, 94703, 94555, 94608, 94566, 94560, 94550, 94588, 94709, 94538, 94551, 94610, 94536, 94579, 94624, 94710, 94580, 94623, 94557, 94617, 94702, 94611, 94621, 94706, 94502, 94618, 94577, 94607, 94615, 94705, 94614, 94604, 94541, 94704, 94609, 94620, 94712, 94568, 94601 and 94501

 

 

 

 


Art Galleries Alameda CA

Art & Soul Alameda CA 94501

Art Galleries Albany CA

A New Leaf Gallery Albany CA 94706
Albany Arts Gallery Albany CA 94706
Transmissions Gallery Albany CA 94706

 

Art Galleries Berkeley CA

4th Street Studio Berkeley CA 94710
ACCI Gallery Berkeley CA 94709
Alta Galleria Berkeley CA 94705
Art of Living Center Berkeley CA 94705
Berkeley Art Center Berkeley CA 94709
Cecile Moochnek Gallery Berkeley CA 94710
Checkmate Enterprises Berkeley CA 94702
Ethnic Arts Berkeley CA 94710
Expressions Gallery Berkeley CA 94703
Fastframe Berkeley CA 94704
Gallery Systems Inc Berkeley CA 94705
Giorgi Gallery Berkeley CA 94705
Glass Mountain Berkeley CA 94710
Green City Gallery Berkeley CA 94704
Kala Institute Gallery Berkeley CA 94710
Notan Graphics Berkeley CA 94701
Scriptum Berkeley CA 94708
Shurman Scriptum Gallery Berkeley CA 94702
Spirits in Stone Gallery Berkeley CA 94705
Stoll Custom Framing Berkeley CA 94707
Thia Contemporary Craft Gallery Berkeley CA 94710
Trax Ceramics Gallery Berkeley CA 94710
Traywick Gallery Berkeley CA 94707
West Wings Art Berkeley CA 94710
Young at Art Gallery Berkeley CA 94710
Zen Paintings Berkeley CA 94709

 

Art Galleries Castro Valley CA

Art of Wellness Castro Valley CA 94546
Euro Art Imports Original Oil Castro Valley CA 94546
World Wide Art Castro Valley CA 94546

 

Art Galleries Dublin CA

Lawrence Gallery & Framing Dublin CA 94568
Yu Fong Art Studio Dublin CA 94568

 

Art Galleries Emeryville CA

Art Com Emeryville CA 94608
Editions Limited Galleries Emeryville CA 94608
Experimental Workshop Emeryville CA 94608
Helene Fried Associates Emeryville CA 94608
Kodak Gallery Emeryville CA 94608
Linen Life Gallery Emeryville CA 94662
Osceola Gallery Emeryville CA 94608
Sankofa African Art Emeryville CA 94608

 

Art Galleries Fremont CA

A Plus Art & Frame Fremont CA 94539
Fremont Art Associates Fremont CA 94536
Jans Art Studios Fremont CA 94536
Jomi Art Fremont CA 94539
Nova Gallery Fremont CA 94539
Willits Center Gallery Fremont CA 94538

 

Art Galleries Hayward CA

Eden Art Shop Hayward CA 94545
Green Shutter Gallery Hayward CA 94541

 

Art Galleries Livermore CA

Livermore Heritage Guild Livermore CA 94551
Thompson Gallery Livermore CA 94550


Art Galleries Newark CA

Arts Africans Newark CA 94560
Liang's Art Gallery Newark CA 94560


Art Galleries Oakland CA

21 Grand Oakland CA 94612
A Different Angle Oakland CA 94618
Aji Tos Center for Art & Culture Oakland CA 94621
Akers Offramp Studio Gallery Oakland CA 94607
Art & Logic Inc Oakland CA 94619
Bella Feldman Studios Oakland CA 94608
Black Art Production Co Oakland CA 94603
Cafe Van Kleef Oakland CA 94612
Catherine E Burns Fine Prints Oakland CA 94611
Design Connections Ltd Oakland CA 94618
Esteban Sabar Gallery Oakland CA 94612
Fone Art Communications Oakland CA 94607
Linda C Koch Fine Arts Oakland CA 94610
Masterworks Fine Art Inc Oakland CA 94619
Oakland Community Art Project Oakland CA 94606
Sankofa African Arts Oakland CA 94612
Suzy Locke & Associates Oakland CA 94618
Swarn Studios Oakland CA 94607
Vintage European Posters Oakland CA 94602
Zizi Gallery Oakland CA 94606

 

Art Galleries Piedmont CA

Michelle Bello Fine Art Piedmont CA 94611

 

Art Galleries Pleasanton CA

Alexander's Main St Gallery Pleasanton CA 94566
Gregory Frame Shoppe Pleasanton CA 94566
Studio 7 Fine Arts Pleasanton CA 94566


Art Galleries San Leandro CA

Casaj Gallery San Leandro CA 94577
Chinese Art Gallery San Leandro CA 94578

 

Art Galleries Union City CA

Escolta Fine Arts Union City CA 94587