Fourth Street Fine Art is pleased to announce the group exhibition New
Moons, running October 10 through November 3, 2014. The “new moon” is
a view of self in the context of a symbolic portal for new beginnings. It's the
moment when the old passes away and the new is not yet here. The show
is comprised of five female artists from San Francisco’s East Bay, 2 painters
and 3 jewelry artists, whose depiction of object explores the concept of
introspection to one’s wishes and desires.
In recognition of her respect for the concept of upcycling,
Suzane Beaubrun, an Oakland jewelry artist, transforms
common materials such as bottle caps and recycled inner
tube into art to wear. In addition to working with these
everyday materials she also weaves fine silver and semi-
precious stones into ethereal, fantastical jewelry. Her work is an eclectic
exploration of texture, color and form. Suzane is a graduate of The San
Francisco Art Institute and studied metalsmithing under Lisa Spiros at The
Craft Student’s League of New York.
Inspiration for Ann Marie Hodrick’s, unique jewelry
designs is born from the beauty, light, colors and textures
of her environment ... from urban Oakland to the idyllic
beaches and countryside of Northern California. Her
previous art works in painting, printing, clay and collage
created a springboard for exploring the world of personal adornment with
an artful eye. Ann Marie’s colorful one-of-a-kind compositions incorporate
gold, sterling silver, pearls and semiprecious stones alongside more
surprising materials such as fossils, Roman glass, hardware and wood.
For New Moons, Oakland artist Erin McGarry has selected
a series of landscape paintings depicting the Oakland
Estuary, an area in constant transition. The natural beauty
of the estuary is complemented and contrasted with the
development of the City of Oakland. The paintings seek to
capture this tension from the perspective of the artist. An
oil painter and current M.F.A. student at the Academy of Art University,
Erin has studied under the tutelage of landscape artist Carolyn Meyer.
Oakland artist Nuch, creates clean and elegant, simple but
striking jewelry designs which reflect an appreciation for
form, simplicity and salient details that she acquired during
her former life as an architect. Born and raised in Thailand,
Nuch became infatuated with her other muse, Nature. It
nurtures her soul and her creativity by inspiring her to create luscious gem
laden pieces inspired by the myriad of lyrical forms seen in the wilderness.
French by birth, Valerie Sobel has lived in the Bay Area
since 2000, but explores a completely different place and
time in her paintings where a surreal world of whimsy
reveals itself in vibrant colors.
This show invites the viewer to join in a joyful introspective
stroll on the paths of our childhood, when we could see the
world for all its wonder, its overwhelming beauty, brimming with exuberant
life. A stroll under a new moon, you might say... Please join us for the Artists’ Reception for “New Moons”
on Friday, October 10 from 6 to 9 p.m.
4th Street Fine Art
2000 4th Street @ University
Berkeley, CA 94710 (Map)
Gallery Hours: Friday-Monday 11a.m.–6p.m.
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