The big painting show
layers of abstraction by 8 bay area painters
Exhibition Dates: March 8 – May 10, 2013
Kill Date: May 11
Artists’ reception: 2nd Friday, March 8, 6 – 9 pm
2nd Friday reception: April 12, 6 – 9 pm
Closing reception: 2nd Friday, May 10, 6 – 9 pm
Gallery Hours: Saturdays, 1:00 to 5:00 pm, Sundays by appointment
Location: Gray Loft Gallery, 2889 Ford Street, 3rd floor, Oakland, CA 94601
The Gray Loft Gallery is pleased to announce the big painting show, with works by eight established Bay Area artists.
Betty Jo Costanzo
The Gray Loft Gallery celebrates the achievements of emerging and established artists, with an emphasis on those who live and work in the Bay Area, in a non-traditional art space. The mission of the gallery is to provide exhibition opportunities for artists in a setting that is an alternative to the traditional gallery model. The Gray Loft Gallery is a unique venue located on the 3rd floor of one of Oakland’s oldest artists’ work/live warehouses in Jingletown, a vibrant arts district.
Weekend events will include wine tastings and artist talks. Check our website for updates.
Jan Watten, founder/director
Gray Loft Gallery
2889 Ford Street, 3rd Floor, Oakland, CA 94601
Our own Jan Watten
will be exhibiting in the Plastic Camera Show
RayKo Photo Center
428 Third Street
San Francisco, CA 94107
And here’s a bit that the SFWEEKLY wrote about the show to entice you to get a cheap plastic camera and work some magic:
Most of our smartphones contain digital cameras that rival the best that money could buy less than a decade ago. We often pay hundreds of dollars for these devices. And what do we do with them? Filter our 8-megapixel masterpieces through apps such as Hipstamatic and Instagram, to lend that elusive “shitty camera” sheen of yesteryear’s cheap point-and-click models. It makes a persuasive case for Devo’s grand theory of devolution — as a race, we’re going backward. But whether the trend toward faux-distressed photos with blown-out colors is mindless fun or the worst kind of kitsch, the results definitely lack the authentic charm of photos taken with a real, bottom-shelf, analog camera. Said cameras are becoming harder to find, but RayKo gallery director Ann Jastrab must have a secret stash, which she dispatched for “the International Juried Plastic Camera Show,” an exhibition of “the best images from the worst cameras.” From a slew of entries, RayKo curated 100 photos taken by professionals such as Robert Holmgren, proving that a talented photographer can capture an indelible image using any lens, and that no sophisticated image-processing algorithm can match the warm, serendipitous imperfection of analog.