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Manna Gallery shows contemporary paintings, collage and sculpture by Bay Area artists.  We are located in the heart of Oakland's thriving arts district.  For information on current and upcoming shows go to our calendar page.
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473 25th St., Oakland 94612  510-536-7559
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                 Coming in February to Manna Gallery; "LAYERS", 
               an exhibition of three abstract  artists

Manna Gallery is pleased to announce "Layers", an exhibition of three abstract artists, Kathryn Arnold, Barbara Maricle and Kay Marshall.  Their works, although very different in approach, all present rich, complex statements where many layers of paint interact with, around and through each other.  The exhibition opens Friday, February 21 and continues through March 28.  A reception for the three artists happens on First Friday, March 6, from 6-8 pm, when they will be present to greet visitors and discuss the ideas and issues behind their artistic process.
    Kay Marshall says this about her work. "My work is very process orientated and experimental.  It explores themes of memory, impermanence, and the relationship between opposites such as order versus chaos, structure versus gesture, and line versus form.  I create mixed media paintings and monotypes using acrylics, oils, pastels, inks, collage and various drawing items.  I try to develop levels of meaning by building and/or removing layers of paint, ink, paper and other materials.  Each piece has its own history, which is partially revealed through varous layers.  They become a personal language of animated marks.  They are images and marks contained in layers of space and time."
    Kay lives and works in her Richmond, California home studio where she paints and prints monotypes.  She exhibits regularily and her work is in numerous private collections.  She received her Bachelor's degree in art from the University of Wisconsin, Madison.

    Barbara Maricle presents examples from two different series of work.  "Over the past number of years I have explored my interest in how we perceive and navigate space through several related series that are inspired by aerial photography, cartography, landscape, and movement and are influenced by abstract expressionism. 
    The Evanesce Series evokes a feeling of following a path that you don't see clearly, the uncovering of new territory, the obstacles your guide, wondering about the road not taken...
    Pieces from my Continental Drift Series appear to be images of continents, land masses and bodies of water.  Although not based in reality, they contain the shapes and textures of geology and imagine new or past configurations of the Earth's surface."
    Barbara Maricle has lived most of her life in the San Francisco Bay Area, now residing in Berkeley.  Barbara's work has been shown at Mills Gallery, at Boston Center for the Arts, National Association fort Women Artists Gallery in New York, San Luis Obispo Museum of Art, Woodbury Art Museum in Orem, UT, as well as numerous shows in the San Francisco Bay Area.

    Kathryn Arnold's works "...display the density and layered mark making that point to my artistic process and intent."
    "In a new series titled "after Diebenkorn", of which a few are exhibited in this exhibition, I wish to engage my audience with visual understanding of Diebenkorn's geometric constructions deconstructed into their original inspiration.  I do this through appropriating specific color information (color palette) relating to a specific work which I then use for the title...the works provide the viewer a sense of timelessness and infinite space which relates the works in a direct fashion back to Diebenkorn's muse - often times this was the Ocean Park area in Santa Monica...Four of the works in this exhibition belong to my series titled "The Poet".  These works are inspired by the Japanese poet Basho's haiku and contain my interpretations of his wanderings throughout Japan."
    Kathryn exhibits nationally in museums, galleries, universities and art centers and is a NEA Regional Fellowship recipient.  She has received other fellowships, grants and awards as well.  Kathryn's work is included in numerous public and private collections.

Kathryn Arnold / After Ocean Park
Barbara Maricle / Evanesce 2
Kay Marshall / Interplay 6