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May Exhibitions 5/3 - 5/28

Postcard - Front  - Atelier (alison and richard)

Atelier Gallery

Richard Black & Allison Ye - Evidence of a Shared Life

Artist Reception: Thursday, May 4, 2017 | 5:30-7:30pm

The artist couple, Richard Black and Alison Ye, present a collection of select sculptures showcasing their distinct styles in spite of their shared marital life. Both artists employ sculpture as an outlet for their personal narratives. Ye creates colorful creatures—avatars of herself, her friends and her loved ones—positioned to act out stories of love and loss within a whimsical fantasyland. Richard’s interest lies in composing traditional, figurative pieces with a contemporary twist. His plaster and bronze entities skirt the line between refined, academic sculpting, and a raw, unfinished look drawing attention to the artist’s hand and the materiality of the medium itself.

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Frase3.16x16

625 Sutter Gallery

Tell It Loud: New Stories from Photography Graduates

Artist Reception: Thursday, May 4, 2017 | 5:30-7:30pm

Tell It Loud introduces the work of the University's most recent photography graduates. 

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Merola_9b

688 Sutter Gallery

Sarah Merola - Porous

Artist Reception: Thursday, May 4, 2017 | 5:30-7:30pm

Sarah Merola’s haunting pieces spotlight the vulnerability and susceptibility of children. Her crudely carved, doll-like figures physically display the emotional scars of victimized children maturing amidst poverty, war, abuse, and neglect. Merola’s dolls confront viewers with peeling skin, gaping wounds and missing limbs symbolic of a child’s powerlessness and the influence others have to fill children with fear and hate in place of love and hope.   

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OBrien_American Dream

Cannery Suite 106

Debbie O’Brien - A Sense of Place

Artist Reception: Friday, May 5, 2017 | 5:30-7:30pm

Debbie O’Brien’s oil on canvas landscape paintings study the intrusion of manmade structures in the natural expanse occupied by Pleasanton, CA where she is currently residing. There, hillsides are dotted with residencies composing suburban neighborhoods, roads cut through valleys guiding drivers to shopping centers, offices, and schools. In spite of the community’s sprawling habitat, O’Brien describes a monotonous existence where inhabitants are detached from one another: “Here, in the suburbs, we live in big homes and drive cars along tree lined roads from subdivisions to strip malls to our children’s schools, often feeling isolated and disconnected in our overscheduled lives.”      

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TheRedFernGrows (300)

Cannery Suite 110

Colleen Gianatiempo - Harmonic Chaos

Artist Reception: Friday, May 5, 2017 | 5:30-7:30pm

Colleen Gianatiempo describes her dense abstractions as interpretations of minute details found in the natural environment. Employing a variety of techniques and media, the artist invites viewers to navigate her unique landscapes composed of overlain organic and geometric forms.  

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Sunrose

Cannery Suite 112

Usha Shukla - Reverberations

Artist Reception: Friday, May 5, 2017 | 5:30-7:30pm

Usha Shukla’s airy compositions are infused with vibrant colors inspired by organic hues found in nature. Her seemingly effortless splashes of paint are made using an air blower. The unconventional mark-making tool pushes the pigments across Shukla’s chosen surfaces. As the diluted oils disperse and evaporate they leave behind ethereal traces of their journey.    

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