G&L Artist Reception September 10, 2010

September 4th, 2010

“Experience the Journey” by Erik Niemann

Gallagher and Lindsey is a satellite venue of the Frank Bette Center for the Arts in Alameda, CA. Each month I bring down one artist’s work, and another artist’s work goes up. Once we have a completely new group show we have a reception for the artists. Friday, September 10th, from 6-9 PM, Gallagher & Lindsey will host a reception for the four artists currently exhibiting there. On display are the paintings of Erik Niemann and Christine Rossi, the paintings and drawings of Janis Anton, and art gourds by Marjorie Albright.

Erik Niemann creates contemporary abstract paintings in acrylic on canvas which have been exhibited worldwide. He’ll be giving a talk about these large, vivid, richly textured pieces at the reception, beginning at 7 PM. He’s got some great stories, including how his work ended up at a US embassy in East Timor!

I’d had my eye on Christine Rossi’s mixed-media “Alice in Wonderland” series for some time. Some of these pieces were among the highlights of “Games People Play,” an exhibit at Rhythmix Cultural Center in April-May of this year. From her initial encounter with Wonderland in “I’m Late” to its frightening climax in “Twas Brillig,” Alice’s anxiety is palpable as she battles bankers and jabberwocky alike.

“Mad Tea Party” by Christine Rossi

Janis Anton is a National Endowment for the Arts grant recipient who has exhibited in galleries in Alameda, Oakland, and San Francisco, as well as the San Jose Museum of Modern Art. Her Black & White series is a combination of oil paintings on beech wood and ink on canvas. “Kiss Me” recalls William Gibson’s symbiotic alien barflies, and the dark silhouette of a bunny in “The Visitor” raises the creepiosity factor to a 9+, right where I like it.

“Kiss Me” by Janis Anton

The amazing art gourds in the front window of Gallagher & Lindsey are the work of Marjorie Albright, who lovingly raises the gourds herself. These mixed media pieces include lidded bowls, a bird house and feeder, cat treat jar, dominoes game, and a Native American mask. I had the honor of being Marjorie’s first patron many years ago, and remain a huge fan.

“Art Deco Explosion” by Marjorie Albright

The reception is timed to coincide with Alameda’s monthly Estuary Art Attack event to give you more bang for your buck! (OK, it’s free, but you know what I mean. As a member of PETA I can’t bring myself to use the “two birds” expression.) In addition to this artist reception, the Frank Bette Center for the Arts at 1601 Paru will be open late. Speaking of birds, stop by and check out the phoenix crafted out of recycled material by Phil Hargrave. Autobody Fine Art at 1517 Park Street is holding a closing reception for James Shefik’s outstanding debut, “I Am Not An Army,” from 7-10 PM. Rhythmix Cultural Works at 2513 Blanding Avenue is having a Gypsy Dance Party and, in their K Gallery, the “One Eye Open” photography exhibit includes photos by… me! Afterwards, carefully cross the street to Chuck DiGuida’s Bridgehead Studios. Something’s always going on there.

Art in Alameda? Hell yeah.

Gallagher & Lindsey is located at 2424 Central Avenue, Alameda, CA 94501. (510) 521-8181

Michael Singman-Aste
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