Sunday, July 19, 2015

Gray Loft Gallery ~ ButohPhoto Workshop

ButohDrawing Performance, Cyprus 2000
 ButohPhoto Workshop 
being offered at Gray Loft Gallery
A workshop by
Tom White, Betty Jo Costanzo, Styrous and Kyung

Workshop: Wednesday and Thursday, August 12 – 13, 6:00 to 9:00 pm
ButohPhoto Performance by class participants at Gray Loft Gallery:
2nd Friday ArtWalk, August 14, 7:00 pm

The workshop will be directed by Tom White, Betty Jo Costanzo and Styrous. For more than two decades they have created workshops domestically and internationally including a residency in Cyprus where they created and performed Butohdrawing.

For more information about the instructors, please visit their websites:
Tom WhiteBetty Jo CostanzoStyrous and Kyung Lee.

The two-day workshop will consist of learning the Butoh discipline – which is a way to discover how to perceive the world through peripheral vision and all of our six senses – the elements of Butoh movement and performance.

The instructors will demonstrate how the act of taking a photo with Butoh heightened perception is a way of seeing the world around us in a very unusual way.  Smart phones and video cameras will be used to record and project the collected images into the gallery space.

The conclusion of the two-day workshop will be a Friday performance, where the participants will incorporate the concepts learned at the workshop, presented during the monthly 2nd Friday ArtWalk at
Gray Loft Gallery at 7:00 pm.

For more info on ButohDrawing, click here and here.

Workshop Details:
Open to ten participants  (sign up today - space is limited)
Wednesday and Thursday, August 12 – 13, 6:00 to 9:00 pm
2nd Friday ArtWalk, August 14, 7:00 pm: ButohPhoto Performance by workshop participants
Performance experience not required
Bring a smart phone or small camera
$100 donation to the Gray Loft Gallery  (sliding scale available)
ontact the gallery to register by August 1.

2889 Ford Street, third floor, Oakland
(not wheelchair accessible)
ButohDrawing Performance, Cyprus 2000

Upcoming Events...

Memory Sketches

curated by Karyn Yandow

Artists’ opening reception: 2nd Friday, Sept. 11, 6 – 9 pm
2nd Friday ArtWalk reception: October 9, 6 – 9 pm
Closing party: Saturday, October 24, 3:00 to 6:00 pm

Gray Loft Gallery is very pleased to present MEMORY SKETCHES, curated by Karyn Yandow, an exhibit by four Bay Area artists who incorporate portraiture as an aspect of their artistic practice. Their images reveal and embody time, memory, history, imagination and image perception. The works on display alternately reveal the mysterious, personal and universal concepts of portraiture and identity.

 Phillip Hua, mixed media
Suzanne Rubin, photography
Susan Scott, photography
Jan Watten, photography  

Join us for a summer
Art Dinner
at Gray Loft Gallery!

Local chef Mona Personius will create a seasonal menu for a summer dinner at the gallery on Saturday, August 29 at 7:00 pm.
The cost of the dinner is $65 and will include a seasonal beverage,
passed appetizers, a gourmet dinner and dessert.
And Art!

If you are interested in joining us, please email the gallery for more information.

2889 Ford Street, third floor
Oakland, California 94601


Gallery Hours:  
Summer Hours: by appointment

Gray Loft Gallery is a proud member of the Jingletown Arts and Business Association
and the Oakland Art Murmur
Copyright © 2015 Gray Loft Gallery, All rights reserved.

Tuesday, July 7, 2015

Gray Loft Gallery ~ In Her Eyes & Botanica: All Things Plant Life

Please join me for two artist receptions this weekend:

In Her Eyes, 2nd Friday at Rhythmix Gallery K and Botanica: All Things Plant Life at the Bedford Gallery.

Scroll down for information about these two group shows.
Ruth  gelatin silver print by Jan Watten

You are invited to join me for two artist receptions...


2nd Friday, July 10, 6 - 9 pm   Rhythmix K Gallery

July 10–September 4, 2015

Eight East Bay artist working in a range of media illuminate the varied lenses through which women see the world.   From casseroles to mythic archetypes, these artists embrace things that have become ordinary, to reignite mystery and delight:
Carol Aust, Charlie Milgrim, Deborah O'Grady, Ginny Parsons, KC Rosenberg, Susan Scott, Deborah Sullivan and Jan Watten.
Leslie  gelatin silver print by Jan Watten
In conjunction with Rhythmix’s Second Annual Wine, Women & Song Festival on Aug. 22, the K Gallery presents Through Her Eyes, a group exhibition featuring eight East Bay artists working in a range of media to illuminate the varied lenses through which women see the world. From casseroles to mythic archetypes, from bowling balls to dreamscapes, the artists in the show draw inspiration from the mundane to the divine to explore physical, social, political, and emotional dimensions of identity.

The exhibition examines how daily routines and realities influence imagination and creativity; how, by embracing things that have become ordinary, we can reignite mystery and delight; and how, upon close examination, we can excavate layers of the past to reveal truths about the present. Through paintings, ceramics, sculpture, and photography, the artists in Through Her Eyes acknowledge, question, celebrate, and subvert the roles women are often expected to perform.

Exhibiting artists include Carol Aust, Charlie Milgrim, Deborah O’Grady, Ginny Parsons, KC Rosenberg, Susan Scott, Deborah Sullivan, and Jan Watten. Curated by Rhythmix Artistic Director and Founder Janet Koike.

An opening reception for the exhibition will take place as part of 2nd Friday on July 10 from 6 pm to 9 pm. Artwork will also be on view during Rhythmix’s Wine, Women & Song event on Saturday, Aug. 22 from 4 pm to 10 pm. Ticket packages range from $35 to $110, and include options for reserve wine and food tastings by some of the region’s top artisans, a panel discussion of women wine producers, and electrifying world music and R&B performances by an all-star lineup. Proceeds support Rhythmix’s youth arts education programs in Alameda and Oakland. Details at

About Rhythmix Cultural Works
Open since 2007, Rhythmix Cultural Works is a nonprofit community arts organization in Alameda where diverse cultures come together to perform, inspire, teach, and interact. Rhythmix supports local, regional, and international artists in the presentation of their work and encourages participation in the arts through live performances, art exhibitions, classes, workshops, and seasonal camps for youth, families, and adults.

About the K Gallery
The K Gallery is located at Rhythmix Cultural Works, 2513 Blanding Avenue, Alameda, CA 94501. Tel: 510.865.5060. The gallery is open Wednesdays from 6 pm to 9 pm and for events. To make an appointment to view Through Her Eyes outside regular hours, please contact info@rhythmix
Botanica: All Things Plant Life
July 12 - Sept 6, 2015
Bedford Gallery, Lesher Center for the Arts
Opening Reception
Sunday July 12, 3-5pm
Betsy's Pond, Carces  gelatin silver print by Jan Watten
Botanica: All Things Plant Life

From 16th Century Flemish painters, to C├ęzanne and the Post Impressionists, the color and variety found in plant life, as well as the potent symbolism, has made it a popular subject for still-lifes and artist studies. Botanica asks artists to draw on these themes to create artwork that explores how plant life can be represented in a diverse reach of media.

Botanica is a National Juried Exhibition and was juried by Ken Harman of Hashimoto Contemporary and Spoke Art, San Francisco, CA and MacKenzie Stevens of the Hammer Museum, Los Angeles, CA.

Please join me and a number of other artists participating in this wonderful show about all things plant life!

For more information about my work, please see my
I hope you will join me!