Randolph Belle
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CREATING CONNECTION IN OUR COMMUNITY THROUGH ART AND ENTREPRENEURSHIP

RBA Creative is a design, communications and consulting firm, which provides a comprehensive offering of services for corporate, government and nonprofit clients. Founded in 2007 and expanded in 2017, we also provide space for a growing community of visual artists, photographers, and creative entrepreneurs.

CREATIVE SERVICES

Our creative services include graphic design and photography, along with web development and media production through a host of talented affiliated creative professionals. In addition to creative services, RBA provides a full range of print services including marketing and collateral materials, publications, tradeshow displays, large format outputs and fine art reproductions.

  • Graphic Design

  • Branding and Corporate Identity

  • Publication Design and Production

  • Photography

  • Full-Service Digital and Offset Printing

  • Brochures and Business Packages

  • Fine Art Reproductions


DESIGN PORTFOLIO


CONSULTING SERVICES

Our consulting practice is built on trust, in-depth content expertise, and the long-standing cross-sectoral relationships that we’ve developed over the past 25 years.  Drawing upon these relationships, we are able to guide our clients, forge strong partnerships and reach diverse communities, while providing innovative solutions to complex challenges and achieving mutual benefits. Our focus areas include economic and community development, real estate and infrastructure development, and the arts.

CONSULTING PRACTICE AREAS
Community Outreach and Engagement • Managed Arts Integration • Engineered Community Benefits Strategies • Technical Assistance

 

PROVIDING SPACE FOR ARTISTS AND CREATIVE ENTREPRENEURS

In addition to serving as the business headquarters for RBA Creative, we also provide a place to convene our diverse community and advance the creative economy. A space where entrepreneurs can “work out” the next project with others that understand the “hustle” in which we choose to participate. We like to think of the space as a business development center for the arts -- fertile ground for making new and productive connections and a place for artists and creatives to support each other by sharing their network and ideas.

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EXHIBITION SPACE FOR ARTISTS AND STUDIO SPACE FOR PHOTOGRAPHERS

RBA Creative provides 10’x10’ wall space to visual artists. We refer to them as personal galleries. Photographers have access to our studio for an hourly or monthly membership fee. Our artists and photographers also use the space to take meetings or showcase their work with the goal of broadening their audience. The gallery is open Wednesday through Saturday 12pm to 6pm and by appointment and the art in each personal gallery is available for purchase. Benefits of membership not only include access to exhibition and production space; you also have access to wifi and printers, shared marketing with RBA Creative, discounts on fine art reproduction, graphic design and printing as well as flexible hours. 

LOCATION

The facility is located in a highly visible, ground level, storefront in the Laurel Merchant District on MacArthur Blvd. The District is home to many new businesses and restaurants, and the surrounding neighborhood demographic is well aligned for a successful creative anchor site.


CO-WORKING

We are offering access to our space any five days of the week, Monday to Saturday, 9:00am to 6pm for co-working. Work any 1 or 3 days of the week, or get an unlimited membership that includes scheduled client meeting time, studio and event rental discounts, and shared marketing. All co-working is in an open format, no private offices, so be prepared to chit chat a little. If you think you might need a custom membership, feel free to inquire.

We offer more than just a place to get your work done. Our mission is to create connectedness in our community through art and entrepreneurship. At RBA Creative, we believe the power to push business forward lies in the creative process. 

Other amenities include:
Free Wi-fi, copy machine, tea, coffee, and bottled water, access to a shared refrigerator and microwave

BECOME A MEMBER

Co-working Monthly Memberships

  • $50 for 1 day per week

  • $125 for 3 days per week

  • $175 for unlimited (discount on studio and event rental, shared marketing, scheduled client meeting time)

    Who does this work for?

    Our co-working members are entrepreneurs in the creative economy. Filmmakers, photographers, graphic artists, editors, writers, digital artists, multimedia professionals, etc. to give a few examples. Mostly, they are folks who want to be a part of a creative network and work in an environment with local creatives who want to connect, build community, and also share the mission of RBA Creative.

The greatest benefit is joining a community of professionals who want to see your arts business thrive!
Email info@rbacreative.com to set up a tour or catch us on Facebook and Instagram @rbacreative.

Production Monthly Membership

  • 10 hours at $250/month or 5 hours at $125/month

  • Scheduled client meeting time

  • 10% off fine art reproduction and business services

  • Additional studio time at discounted rate

  • Access to copier and printer

Exhibitor Monthly Membership $100

  • Personal gallery space - 10'x10'

  • Scheduled client meeting time

  • Low 10%-25% commission on sales

  • Member rate of $25/hour for photo studio rental

  • 10% off fine art reproduction and business services

  • Access to copier and printer


RBA MEMBERS: Click for more information

Photographer

Kevin Meynell Photography delivers dynamic visual storytelling through photography and video for companies and educational institutions of all sizes. By creating personal and company specific compelling imagery, both the story and the brand of your company is communicated. I hone unique, inspiring and focused images, usable across all media. I have over 15 years of experience in direction, lighting and location shoots that produce value added images for all budgets.


Graphic Designer | Photographer | Videographer | Musician

Nino Fernandez possesses a wide scope of experience ranging from design and marketing concepts for print and web to video and music production. He enjoys building personal brands by creating tangible pieces of art from an abstract vision, and has hopes of revolutionizing any brand that he touches.

Ink and Digital Collage

Ajuan Mance is an artist, illustrator and professor of english at Mills College in Oakland, California. She holds degrees from Brown University (BA) and the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor (MA and PhD). As an author, Ajuan explores issues of race, gender, and the literatures, lives, and locations, in which they intersect.

Ajuan is the author of two scholarly books, Inventing Black Women: African American Women’s Poetry and Self-Representation, 1877-2000 and Before Harlem: An Anthology of African American Literature from the Long Nineteenth Century.


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Artist | Jewelry | Gifts

Latisha Baker is an Oakland-based artist producing fine art, wearable art and jewelry. Her primary medium is a primitive technique called pyrography (firewriter), also known as, wood burning or pyroetching. She uses a variety of types of woods and enjoys educating her clients on the creative process behind each piece.


Photography

A traveler and visual artist, Brianna captures bold and bright images of world cultures, landscapes, and individuals. Originally from the Midwest, her life experiences inform her work, allowing her to honestly capture the world around her. Brianna’s photography company is Visuals by Bri.

Photographic Art | Videography

Rishabh Singh is a cinematographer and photographer based in Oakland. Originally from a small Himalayan town, Rishabh moved to the U.S. in 2013 to study for an MFA in cinematography. His work focuses on capturing cultures, places and people with a strong emphasis on environmental conservation. According to him, "If we don't do something about our current environmental issues, then who will?" In his free time, Rishabh travels or is off to primitive campsites to hone his night sky photography.

Fine Artist

Orlonda’s origins incorporate Brooklyn, NY and the Caribbean associated with it. Although very much an American, her mother's Caribbean ways have forever permeated her sense of self, her thoughts and her art. Sometimes painting feels like she’s feeding and energizing herself emotionally, spiritually and definitely visually - as if her visual receptors are on high octane.....and the world melts away.

Freelance Photographer

Christopher gains inspiration from music, films and the streets of his hometown, Oakland, to bring alive his photography. Ranging from creating modern lifestyle portraits of individuals and families to capturing the most cherished moments in ones life, Christopher can do it all. His creative direction will bring your vision to life. When he is not writing about himself in the third person, Christopher likes to spend his spare time doing philanthropy work around the Bay Area, writing poetry and going on random adventures. He also goes by his alias, Skinny Zeus.

RBA CREATIVE MEMBERSHIP INTEREST FORM

Contact Person *
Contact Person
Include general overview, years in business, primary clientele (corporate, nonprofit, other), services provided, specialties and required facilities.

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STUDIO, WORKSHOP AND SPECIAL EVENT SPACE RENTAL

RBA Creative's studio space is available to the public for rent daily and hourly. Amenities include continuous lighting, seamless backdrop, media screen, food prep and changing areas. The space is also perfect for workshops and a variety of events. To send a booking inquiry or reserve, please click one of the links below.

Photography Studio Rental

Hourly rate for
non-members- $39/hr
(2-hour minimum)

Special Events

Hourly rate of $70 for events
(4-hour minimum) Intimate concerts, film screenings, and gatherings of up to 40 people.

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TO RESERVE, CLICK ONE OF THE FOLLOWING:

Photo Production  |  Special Event  |  Workshops and Off-site Meetings

EXHIBITIONS

Exhibitions at RBA Creative include a range of member's work and other local fine artists. We also make our front display window available for installations by local artists and community groups.

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ABOUT RBA Creative

Vision: Fostering authentic human connection in a digital world through creativity. We believe that face to face human interaction and the cultivating of authentic relationships is being lost as technology advances. Creative businesses, services, artists/artisans, and crafting can provide personal and communal healing through self-expression; plus give an opportunity to find common ground with others we would otherwise not engage with.

Mission:

  • Provide shared work space, classes, and events to help creative businesses thrive.

  • Provide photography studio space to help these businesses create materials to market themselves.

  • Support visual artists by offering space for them to exhibit, sell their works and merchandise, and engage with the public.

  • Produce creative events that help people in our community connect with artists and other members of the our community.

RBA Creative was founded by Randolph Belle in 2007 as a graphic design and communications firm. RBA has since evolved and is proud to be affiliated with a host of businesses that enable them to provide a comprehensive offering of creative and consulting services. Randolph's wife, Erica, joined the business in 2017 to assist with the vision of acquiring space that offers so much to the Laurel District and arts community at large. Her love of art, dance background, and administration experience have equipped her well for this venture.

RBA is an acronym for Randolph Belle, Artist. Randolph was a visual artist in his early career; painting, airbrushing, and working with youth through his non-profit Support Oakland Artists (SOA). You can still catch him drawing or painting when he has time.

 
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Erica and Randolph Belle

Erica and Randolph Belle are the principals of RBA Creative - Erica serving as Chief Operating and Finance Officer, and Randolph- enough has been said about him elsewhere on this site. Let's give it a break.

 
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