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Gearbox Gallery: Ruth Santee ‘Divergent Thinking’ @ Gearbox Gallery
Mar 3 @ 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm

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Divergent Thinking – new work by Ruth Santee
First Friday Opening Reception March 3, 6-9 pm  

GearBox Gallery,  a member of the Oakland Art Murmur, announces their upcoming exhibit by Ruth Santee entitled “Divergent Thoinking”.  The exhibit will run from Feb. 16 to March 18, 2017. All are welcome to attend. Light refreshments will be served at the reception.

Ruth Santee is a California based artist whose work has been exhibited in museum, non-profit and gallery venues. She received a BFA from the College of Santa Fe, NM and an MFA from the San Francisco Art Institute. Santee is a recipient of the Cadogan Fellowship Award from the San Francisco Foundation and a recipient of a commission from the San Francisco Arts Commission. Santee’s work is in the permanent collection of the University of Oregon and the David Brower Center, Berkeley CA. Her work has been reviewed in publications including the Los Angeles Times, Oakland Tribune and the San Francisco Chronicle and the Sacramento Bee.

According to Ms.Santee, the depictions of insects “began (as) a summer long investigation of insects, their intrinsic beauty, their death and the fragility of life in general”.

The exhibit will be at GearBox Gallery, 770 West Grand Ave in Oakland from Jan. 11, 2017 to Feb. 11, 2017, with a reception on Friday, March 3. GearBox Gallery is a contemporary artists’ cooperative exhibit space which opened in February of 2015. The gallery is dedicated to showcasing the work of its members and guest artists in the region, and on fostering community dialogue and education through intellectual and cultural exchange focused on the visual arts. Website:

Berkeley Art Center: ‘Forever Young!’ BUSD Youth Exhibition @ Berkeley Art Center
Mar 11 @ 3:00 pm – 5:00 pm

16700489_10155125950054679_1170524816583156814_oIn conjunction with National Arts Education Month, Forever Young will celebrate and honor Berkeley Unified District (BUSD) K-8 visual arts! This year the exhibition features the work of teachers and their students side by side in an exploration of mentorship and relationship. Participating Berkeley schools include Berkeley Arts Magnet, Cragmont, Emerson, Jefferson, John Muir, Le Conte, Longfellow, Malcolm X, Oxford, Rosa Parks, Thousand Oaks, and Willard. Family Day will feature hands-on art activities for all ages, music, and food trucks in the park.

Gearbox Gallery: Tara O’Siochain / Parra O’Siochain @ Gearbox Gallery
Jun 2 @ 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Tara O’Siochain / Parra O’Siochain

June 1 – 24, 2017
First Friday Reception:  June 2nd from 6-9 pm

What happens when a family tradition is passed down and adapts to circumstances in the next generation? This two-person exhibition is the first time that Parra O’Siochain and Tara O’Siochain, father and daughter, are showing their work side by side. Though the proximity invites comparison, the works shown contrast two artists who have evolved over the past several decades in close relationship, sharing similar artistic foundations and values, yet with very different expressions of that legacy.

In successive generations, both artists attended the San Francisco Art Institute. In the O’Siochain family, art was always a way of life, a way of moving through the world, and the creation of art objects a result of the work. At Mills College, Tara found the artist & instructor Jay deFeo, who became a significant influence and role model. But the art/life nexus remains a foundational legacy as passed down from her father.

Tara is showing a selection of pieces from the series “Chorographies”. The word “chorography” originates in the writings of Ptolemy, and refers to the visual mapping of a location that takes into account temporal, historical, cultural and other characteristics of a place besides the physical geography. Tara is investigating how a painting is able to function on many levels: the abstract, symbolic, referential, imagined and physical. She considers these paintings as being poised between the landscape tradition and the nonobjective abstract. Character of light and a sense of location evoke imagined spaces, while the patina of time is retained within the arena of canvas or panel over a long working process. The work is as much chronologic as spatial—each painting is a performative space capturing and recording events, time, and energy. Simultaneously, the painting acknowledges its physicality as an object by pushing out of the picture plane, layering paint skins and accumulating material residue and drips around the edge. Above all, these are metaphorical landscapes that reveal and share otherwise private states of consciousness—a mirror of interior space made exterior and manifest in paint.

Parra’s bronze sculpture in this show are a series of figures he calls “Self Portrait in Six Pieces” inspired by monumental figures of Auguste Rodin. His desire to work on such a monumental scale was hindered by practical matters which necessitated a more modest size. As a result he created a series of pieces conceived as scaled-up and abstracted body parts, cast in bronze. Also shown here are a selection from a series of winged figures inspired by the Greek myth of Icarus and his father Deadalus.

The exhibit will be at GearBox Gallery, 770 West Grand Ave in Oakland from June 1-24, 2017, with a reception on Friday, June 2nd.

GearBox Gallery is a contemporary artist-run exhibit space which opened in February of 2015. The gallery is dedicated to showcasing the work of its members and guest artists in the region, and on fostering community dialogue and education through intellectual and cultural exchange focused on the visual arts.

The GearBox is open Thursdays and Fridays from 12 to 6 pm and Saturdays from 11 am to 5 pm. GearBox Gallery is also open 6-9 pm the First Friday of every month as part of the Oakland Art Murmur Art Walk
image left: Parra O’Siochain, The Sculptor’s Hand right: Tara O’Siochain, Agate Beach at Dusk

Gearbox Gallery: ‘BLUETS: to fall under a spell’ @ Gearbox Gallery
Aug 4 @ 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm

BLUETS: to fall under a spell

August 3 – 26, 2017 

Juror Jack Fischer

Opening Reception:
Friday, August 4th from 6-9 pm
Diane Abt • Linda Belden • Ellen Bepp • Gina Borg • Kristen Brown • Patricia Bruning • Robert Cotham • Carol Dalton • Jean Davis • Lucia Dill • Deborah Benioff Friedman • Adam Forfang •  Shelley Gardner • Tali Grinshpan • Paul Goldman • Ann Holsberry • Judy Levit • Joh Lund • Lynlee Lyckberg • Kathleen McNutt-Hart • Mary Mocas • Jary Niebur • Janet Norris • Joshua Wilder Oakley • Yari Ostovany • Jane Peterman • Sara Post • Matthew Priest • Fernando Reyes • Nicole Rubio • Connie Ryan • Francesca Saveri • Robert Saywitz • Susan Silvester • Maryann Steinert-Foley • Jennifer Stuart • Michele Theberge • Bonnie Thomas • Keith Wilson

The works in BLUETS explore the theme inspired by the writer Maggie Nelson, who has written that to love the color blue was to fall “under a spell, a spell I fought to stay under and get out from under, in turns.” Blue is commonly associated with harmony, faithfulness, confidence, distance, infinity, the imagination, cold, and sometimes with sadness. References to the color include blue chip, blue collar, the wild blue yonder, having the blues, singing the blues, out of the blue, once in a blue moon. The color blue has been said to physically calm and sedate, cool, and aid intuition. “There is no blue without yellow and without orange”— Vincent Van Gogh.

Bluets was juried by Jack Fischer, principal of Jack Fischer Gallery. Currently at 311 Potrero Avenue and 1275 Minnesota Street in San Francisco, Jack Fischer is devoted to the work of outsider, self-taught, intuitive artists and continues to exhibit work he characterizes as “from the heart and the gut.”

GearBox Gallery’s special call for entries exhibitions are open to artists over the age of 18 and living or working in Northern California.

This year we will announce two awards. The winner of the Juror’s Award will have the opportunity to be featured as a guest artist in a future GearBox Gallery exhibit. The GearBox Gallery Award winner will have the opportunity to exhibit in the Inner Room at GearBox Gallery in 2018.

The 2015 Juror’s Award winner, Spencer Pittenger, was featured in Essential Elements and Other Mysteries of the Universe at GearBox Gallery, February 18 – March 19, 2016

The 2016 Juror’s Award winner, Leslie Smith, was featured in Biographies at GearBox Gallery, April 27 – May 27, 2017

The 2016 GearBox Gallery Award winner, Tamera Avery, will be featured in the Inner Room at GearBox Gallery, August 31 – Sept 23, 2017