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September Exhibitions 8/31 - 10/2

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688 Sutter Gallery

Michelle Edmunds - Cuba, Between Emptiness and Promise

Artist Reception: Thursday, September 1st, 5:30 - 7:30pm

Celebrating the beautiful decay of a colonial land whose occupiers have long gone, Michelle Edmunds seeks understanding of a culture through its music and food in Cuba - Between emptiness and Promise. “My awe at the profound failure of a system to advance its people was suspended by moments when an adolescent refrain was alive and energetic, even hopeful,” says Edmunds. “That underlying refrain is the sort of intimate music I imagine that can and must carry a soul through the leanest of times.”

Michelle Edmunds began her artistic education in an arts high school in Dallas, where she discovered her love of darkroom photography. Although she went on to major in Journalism, Edmunds decided to expand her photographic depth into the digital realm, and so completed her MFA in Fine Art Photography at Academy of Art University in 2013. Today she lives and works in the Bay Area as a freelance photographer.

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Cannery Suite 112

Gabriel Isak - The Blue Journey

Artist Reception: Thursday, September 1st, 5:30 - 7:30pm

Using photography as a metaphor for experiences of the soul, Gabriel Isak creates photographs that are simple in form but rich in ideas and emotions. The Blue Journey invites the viewer to inhabit the internal world of solitary figures symbolizing our own conscious states. “The object of my art,” says Isak, “is to reflect human experiences in my photography that will allow the spectator to reflect on their own journey.”

Born and raised in Huskvarna, Sweden, Gabriel Isak began exploring his environment at a young age, when his father gave him a compact camera. He enrolled at Academy of Art University in 2013 and is currently working towards his BFA in Photography.

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625 Sutter Gallery

Cathy Boyer - Street Scenes

Artist Reception: Thursday, September 1st, 5:30 - 7:30pm

"Stalking moments” is the phrase Cathy Boyer uses to describe her search for the fleeting beauty found in the world around us, and is the beginning of an artistic process documented by her latest exhibition Street Scenes. Beginning with plein air location studies, Boyer develops them in scale, concept, and detail, continuing the journey towards realising and preserving these elusive moments.

“Recording beauty of the urban landscape is my joy and brings me close to the essence of living things,” says Boyer. “Further style definition comes with inward probing. I’m delighted to be having that conversation within myself and with others.”

Cathy Boyer fell in love with art in the first grade, drawing with crayons on mimeograph sheets. By age 13 she was studying oil painting under a professional artist and went on to continue art courses while earning her BA in Social Science. She completed her MFA in Painting at Academy of Art University in 2015, and her work has been featured in numerous group and solo exhibitions.

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Cannery Suite 110

Abigail Gomez - Roots: La Cuba de Mi Bisabuelo

Continuing Exhibition

Abigail Gomez’s Roots: La Cuba de Mi Bisabuelo is a visual exploration of her experiences traveling to the cities of her ancestral homeland. Incorporating underlying textures that do not directly correspond to the surface imagery, Gomez presents parallel narratives that unify to create an overall impression.

“I have drawn on both atmosphere and location as sources for subject matter, along with my emotional responses to these times, locations, elements, and spaces,” says Gomez. “I have created the paintings in this series using a combination of structural elements inspired by the intricate Spanish styled iron-work evident on Cuban homes, along with abstracted imagery of more natural scenes found in the countryside of Pinar del Rio and Havana provinces.” 

Abigail Gomez Received her BFA in Studio Art from Virginia Tech in 2007, and went on to complete her MFA in Painting at Academy of Art University in 2015. She is the owner and teaching artist at Pretty Girl Painting, a fine art and mural painting business in Winchester, Virginia. She also teaches art at numerous schools, museums, and clubs in the Shenandoah Valley, and facilitates mural projects in Cuba and the Dominican Republic.

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435 Jefferson Gallery

Ben Hoffman - Contemporaneous

Artist Reception: Thursday, September 1st, 5:30 - 7:30pm

Growing up in the rural town of Bolinas gave San Francisco based photographer Ben Hoffman an appreciation of the natural landscape of the California coast. This relationship with nature sparked his interest in environments, and upon moving to San Francisco he began to focus on the interactions between personal space and urban exteriors. 

Hoffman completed his BFA in Fine Art Photography at  Academy of Art University in 2015, and is a member of ArtSpan. He recently showed his work at Book & Job Gallery’s Open Studios.

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