About Manna Gallery
Manna Gallery presents contemporary art by emerging and mid – career artists, mainly from Northern California. A member of Oakland’s Art Murmur since 2011, our goal is to select the most interesting and innovative work being produced in one of the most creative regions in the country..
- New Exhibition: January 4 to February 9, 2012
- Mark Lightfoot: “Works on Paper”
- Gretchen Greene: “Emergence”
- Sharon Wilcox: “Digital Photography”
Manna Gallery launches 2013 with its first curated exhibition of artists new to the gallery. Gretchen Greene and Sharon Wilcox, artists with long histories in the Bay Area, join Mark Lightfoot in this varied and interesting mix of artworks. This exhibition opens First Friday, January 4, at 5 pm. Come meet the artists at their reception Saturday, January 5, from 3 to 6 pm. Gallery hours are: First Fridays, 5 to 9 pm, Fridays and Saturdays, 1 to 6 pm and by appointment.
Gretchen Greene draws inspiration from California’s urban and rural landscape. Departing from realism to reflect the richness, depth and illusion reminiscent of early California Impressionists, she uses color, the play of light and shadow, texture and contrast to create a spontaneous environment alive with fantasy and drama. Her oils on canvas use painterly bold forms and edges, which define and diffuse, inviting the viewer onto the paintings’ surfaces to share in her world.
Sharon Wilcox has always pursued a number of avenues in art, and now digital photography has taken center stage. In this medium, she enjoys photographing concrete images and then altering them to establish a new esthetic. The landscapes exhibited in this show relate to her earlier work done in etching, drawing, and painting.
In his recent works on paper, Mark Lightfoot continues to develop a personal vocabulary to express his passionate response to nature and the underlying energy that pushes nature’s forms into being.