Gallagher & Lindsey Artist Reception

May 11th, 2010

I’ve been curating satellite exhibits for the Frank Bette Center for the Arts at Gallagher & Lindsey–an Estuary Art Attack venue–since August of last year. Each month I bring down one artist’s work, and another artist’s work goes up. When I’ve got a completely new show together we have a reception for the artists. Friday, May 14th, in conjunction with Estuary Art Attack, Gallagher & Lindsey will host a reception for the four artists currently exhibiting there. The current exhibit features the photography of Mi’Chelle Fredrick, Mary K. Shisler’s botanicals, prints by Kathe Welch, and Linda Lawson’s mixed media.

“Phantom Landscape” by Mi’Chelle Fredrick

Mi’Chelle Fredrick usually identifies herself as a watercolor portrait artist, but I had fond memories of her work from the first Alameda on Camera exhibit and asked her if she’d mind exhibiting her photos instead. I’m so glad she agreed. She’s exhibiting a dozen pieces in two series. One series is a set of fanciful urban landscapes. This includes her “Phantom Landscape,” which I believe was taken in Baja, one of the locations American Photo named as among the twenty-five best places in the world to shoot. This surreal image was exactly what the camera saw–no Photoshop involved–and I absolutely love it. Please buy this piece or I’m going to have to get it for myself. Not kidding. Help me.

Her other series are mirror images, where several copies of the same photo are combined to repeat patterns or create entirely new ones. Come get a good look at her “Experiments in Cloning 4” and tell me you don’t see a monstrous killer rabbit.

“Apricot Tulips” by Mary K. Shisler

I hate to give away the secret of what you are looking at when you admire Mary K. Shisler’s oil paintings. In fact, they are not oil paintings at all. She creates her luscious botanicals via cameraless photography, scanning flowers, shells, and ribbons at very high resolution, printing them herself on canvas, then stretching and framing the work. These works are also available unframed on canvas, or printed on paper.

“Lady” by Kathy Welch

Kathe Welch is busy, busy, busy. She’s exhibiting seven pieces at Gallagher & Lindsey–linoleum block prints, wood cuts, and a collagraph (google it)–but she can’t make it to the reception because she’s in another show the same night, poor thing! 😉 After stopping by Gallagher & Lindsey and purchasing one of her prints, why not visit her at Chuck DiGuida’s Bridgehead Studios where she’s doing live drawing? Chuck keeps it open late.

"Flyspeck Pool Hall" by Linda Lawson

“Flyspeck Pool Hall” by Linda Lawson

Linda Lawson is exhibiting half a dozen of her mixed media pieces in the front window at Gallagher & Lindsey. This includes “Kiss G’night Hug” which won a Best of Show at the Frank Bette in February of this year. Lawson has been creating these collages and dioramas–which she calls “out-of-the-frameworks”–for nearly a decade, tracing their development to “a lifetime of picking up interesting bits of nature, a childhood immersed in mythology, attraction to Latin American art and a long-time hobby of drying and arranging flowers, sparked by the life-wrenching events of 9/11/01 witnessed from 11th St & B’way, NYC, and the impromptu shrines that sprang up immediately after.”

The reception on May 14th is from 6-9 PM at Gallagher & Lindsey, 2424 Central Avenue in Alameda. Mi’Chelle Fredrick will be giving a demonstration of her mirror image technique for approximately one hour, beginning at 7 PM.

Michael Singman-Aste
Postdiluvian Photo

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One response to “Gallagher & Lindsey Artist Reception”

  1. M.Vega says:

    Mary K. Shisler took photography to a completely different level by not even using a camera. Not a lot a people know that a good high quality can be used like a camera. The scanner almost gives the piece a partial 3-D effect to it. Some of her work leaves the black background but other photos she puts fabrics, textiles, or found object which gives the piece a completely different look throughout all those layers. As I looked at more of her work and fell in love with the light and water study . I love the way she explores the water’s movement and how it reflects different kinds of sunlight. Some of the pictures you can see it’s not a really sunny or breezy day and you can see the water very translucently. The other pictures she took were taken on a very sunny day and the sun was glaring off the water. It’s like you walked into a whole different world.

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