The Ford Street Studios is an artist live/work loft community with a collection of 50 loft-style apartment units and artist day-studios located on Ford Street in the Jingletown neighborhood of East Oakland.

The historic 1908 warehouse was one of the first East Bay buildings to be adapted for residential use in the early 1980s.

On Nov. 9, the Oakland Heritage Alliance is sponsoring a walk-through of the complex and featuring the work of mixed media artist Tracey Snelling.

Snelling uses photography and video to capture a miniature world she creates with pieces of wood and other found scraps. Viewers can peek into tiny window openings and detect hidden representations of the life and times of her subjects.

She has had solo exhibitions in China, Belgium, the Netherlands and the U.K., but her home base is Oakland, where she was born in 1970 and raised. Snelling received a BFA from the University of New Mexico, Albuquerque.

The title of the current installation on view in her studio is "The Handsomest Drowned Man." It was inspired by the work of Gabriel Garcia Marquez, the Pulitzer Prize-winning author of "One Hundred Years of Solitude" and other works about his native Latin America.

Information on the event is on the Oakland Heritage Alliance's website, www.oaklandheritage.org. The tour is limited to 20 people, and the cost to attend is $20. The address for the studio is 2934 Ford St.


Advertisement

According to the book "Oakland Neighborhoods," by Erika Mailman, the district known as Jingletown -- International Boulevard to the estuary and 23rd Street bisected by Interstate 880 -- was once the site of a Native American shellmound. It was also called the Kennedy Tract after a man who acquired the land that had been in use as a fruit orchard, hence the term Fruitvale. During Civil War times, a troop encampment occupied the area; 500 men trained to go into battle there.

Mill workers jingled coins in their pockets walking back to their homes, and that is thought how the area came to be called Jingletown.

The Oakland Heritage Alliance also is announcing the next round for nominations to its Partners in Preservation Awards program. Each year the alliance honors individuals, organizations, projects and programs that demonstrate a commitment to excellence in historic preservation. The group hopes to inspire others to take action to protect Oakland's historic and cultural resources.

A nomination form is available on the website, as well as views of examples of past winners. Self-nominations are accepted. The deadline is Nov. 29.

The Oakland Tours Program 2013 walking tour season is coming to a close, with a final tour of Uptown to the Lake, on Wednesday. The tour is being led by longtime volunteer guide Don Tyler, a retired Oakland high-school teacher. Fans of Tyler's tours say he is a walking encyclopedia of Oakland legends and lore.

The free 90-minute tour begins at 10 a.m. in front of the Paramount Theatre, 2025 Broadway, and ends at the Kaiser Center rooftop garden. Reservations are recommended. See details at www.oaklandnet.com/walkingtours.