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Oakland’s Gray Loft Gallery’s Summer Salon Showcases Bay Area Artists

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Oakland’s Gray Loft Gallery is a gem of the Jingletown art scene and their Summer Salon proves it. The show is closing on Saturday, August 26th and I highly recommend the trip to see it. 12 Bay Area Artists make up the show. Utilizing a wide range of mediums and styles, the artists bring together a cohesive visual narrative. The show features Beth Fein, Jennifer LaPierre, Sue Matthews, Melina Meza, Dorie Meister, Ginny Parsons, Jenny Sampson, Simone Simon, Jan Watten, Andrea Wedell, Stephanie Williamson, and John Wood.

John Wood speaks the languages of dreams in his paintings at Gray Loft Gallery.

Haunting photographs, whimsical sculptures and paintings evoke a summer day from beginning to end. Photographs of flowers in full bloom by Melina Meza whisper the legacy of Georgia O’Keefe. Curious paintings by Ginny Parsons display impressionistic scenes of Alameda. I say curious because they are made of repurposed materials found washed up by the Bay. Each piece of the show has been carefully considered by owner, Jan Watten.

Ginny Parsons works intuitively who uses non-traditional mediums like borax and powdered milk to create these hazy landscapes.

Gray Loft Gallery makes a habit of consistently showing cutting edge and inspiring art. As a result, this space has created a safe creative home for local artists to exhibit their work and to encourage community. It is a crown jewel of the Jingletown art scene and always worth a visit. The neighborhood is a good place to wander and discover new art, music and community. The closing reception this Saturday will run from 4-6:30.

Melina Mesa’s photographs capture the essence of summer and time passing.

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Vita Hewitt

Vita Hewitt

Vita is a half Chinese-Malaysian, photograph taking, plant foraging, vegetable garden growing, astronaut impersonating, conceptual art creating Bay Area human. She loves exploring the intricacies of the Bay Area Art Scene.