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Artist Reception: Irene Nelson – Songs and Stories

September 30 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm


Get ready to immerse yourself in a world of captivating colors, shapes, and emotions. Manna Gallery proudly presents Songs and Stories, an exhibit of abstract paintings by Irene Nelson. Nelson’s acrylic paintings and works on paper offer a unique glimpse into the ethereal landscapes of her imagination. Central to her work are biomorphic forms and captivating color relationships that compose her visual narratives. Her work presents an artful balance between the intricate layers of detail and the apparent simplicity that lies on the surface. Through her paintings, Nelson opens a doorway to untold stories, inviting us to explore her visual narratives and uncover the profound interplay between imagination and reality.

Irene Nelson is a painter, printmaker and ceramicist based in the East Bay. Originally from New York City, Nelson’s creative path led her to the Bay Area in the 1970s, where she initially explored photography, filmmaking, and acting. After a return to art school, she forged a successful 30-year career as the founder of a boutique graphic design firm. Since 2012, Nelson has engaged in a dedicated painting practice, with notable exhibitions at prestigious venues like the San Francisco DeYoung Museum Open 2020, Gearbox Gallery, and various curated group shows. Her works, whether paintings, photo etchings, or monoprints, convey curiosity, adventure, and optimism, characterized by vibrant colors and confident shapes that seamlessly interact in harmonious compositions.

September 23 – November 4, 2023
First Fridays: October 6 & November 3
Gallery Hours: Saturdays, 12-5 pm & First Fridays, 5-8 pm


September 30
2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
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473 25th St.
Oakland, CA 94612 United States
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