Would you like little to take home some of our homemade items?
We sell our own homemade jam, granola, hot sauce, and chicken stock.

Come check ‘em out!

Lunch Specials for Friday February 12 in Downtown Oakland

Caramelized onion and bread soup with Parmesan and black pepper 8.00

Arugula salad with wild rice, roasted cauliflower, thyme, orange zest, and Parmesan 11.00

Slow-cooked chicken with chickpeas, tomato, Tuscan kale, and roasted mushrooms 12.25

Homemade chocolate chip cookie 2.50

Local artists showing at Caffe 817

We keep our walls vibrantly decorated with the works of local artists who have roots here in the Bay Area. For information about how to be a participating artist, please contact us. Our art shows rotate every two months and we are always on the lookout for new and inspiring art to adorn our walls.

To purchase a piece currently being shown at Caffe 817, please contact us.

Now Showing:

Mary Ann Hayden

January-February 2016

by MaryAnn Hayden

California artist MaryAnn Hayden’s paintings and photographs have been informed by the minutiae of nature, such as seed pods, the spine of a leaf or that of a fish, or perhaps even the human spine. The artist uses these small things, enlarged and restated to become discreet parts in a meditation on the urban environment and her intimate relationship with nature.

The patterns present in nature are echoed in the shapes within each paining, as well as in her photographs. Her use of color may be more arbitrary and free form. The intersecting forms and use of color combinations create vibrancy within the picture plane.

On a formal level, she attempts to set up a tension between abstraction as mark-making and an image, in order to set up a visual conversation/tension between what she observes and the aesthetic knowledge that grows out of the surface of a painting.
~review by Susie Locke

Ms. Hayden received her BFA from Washington University School of Fine Arts in Saint Louis, Missouri. She has exhibited her paintings in galleries in Texas, Missouri, and California. She is well known as a printer/book maker and has books in the collections of Stanford University Library, San Francisco Public Library, Biblioteque Nationale, France, and in The New York Public Library. She is also included in collections in Rome and Australia. After her retirement from printing books, the archive of the press, Sombre Reptiles was purchased by The University Library of Delaware. She is also an accomplished photographer who has work in private collections in California.

Her work has been represented by the SFMOMA Artists Gallery in San Francisco since 1985.

In the upcoming months:

Digital Artist Collective
Berkeley City College


March-April 2016