Wednesday, July 12, 2017

Gray Loft Gallery ~ Amy Sollins: Introspective

Deer Crossing
charcoal and pastel on paper

Amy Sollins: Introspective
 July 14 – August 26, 2017
Artists’ opening reception
2nd Friday Jingletown, July 14, 6 – 9 pm
Closing Reception
Saturday, August 26, 4:00 – 6:30 pm
Summer gallery hours are by appointment
Gray Loft Gallery is extremely pleased to present our first one-person show: Amy Sollins: Introspective, opening July 14th during our monthly 2nd Friday reception, 6:00 - 9:00 pm.

AMY SOLLINS creates charcoal drawings of her possessions, including her grandmother’s cast iron doorstop, underwear, jewelry, and other inanimate objects that have meaning for her, revealing a whimsical nostalgia for sacred and personal artifacts.  Uprooted from the context of her life, the artifacts are drawn on large white pieces of paper, floating and swimming, disregarding the natural laws of gravity.  She draws with the softest charcoal possible so that the dust falls in shadows, enhancing the objects from her personal mythology and that of her heritage.  The result is a surreal narrative, where scale and context are less relevant than emotive charge, and the everyday, inanimate object is poetry.  She is interested in the difference between perception and reality, and her work is rooted in the ways in which the scale of objects and their meanings may be opposite and the same—at the same time; the unity of opposites, the co-existence of being and non-being.

Sollins is known earlier in her career for her intricate abstract paintings – of which a few will be on display in the gallery.

Amy is offering special pricing for this show only. If you are interested in her work. please contact the gallery at the email listed below.

A Baltimore native, Amy Sollins earned her M.F.A. from the California College of Arts in Oakland and her B.A. from Syracuse University. Her work has been exhibited at the Seattle Art Museum, Oakland Museum of California, San Jose Museum of Art, Fresno Art Museum, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art Artists Gallery, Richmond Art Center and numerous galleries.

A few examples of Amy's work in the show:

Demoiselle Cranes on The Steppes
charcoal and pastel on paper

The Antipodes
watercolor, charcoal on paper

Wire Baskets    
charcoal and pastel on paper

Portrait of Amy Sollins by Lynn McGeever

We are grateful, thrilled and honored to have received "Best Art Gallery" for the 2nd year in a row in the Oakland Magazine's Readers' Choice Award!
Thank you to everyone who voted for us!
We truly appreciate your support and love!

Join us on July 14th for our celebration of receiving this award on Friday!

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Gray Loft Gallery - voted "Best Art Gallery"  two years in a row - 2016  & 2017 - in the Oakland Magazine Readers' Choice Award - has promoted the rich art culture of Jingletown and the greater Bay Area for 5 years. The gallery has been referred to as a hidden gem in Jingletown, and noted by Kenneth Baker, former SF Chronicle Art Critic, in his Visual Arts Don’t Miss Column as “…A space gaining prominence in the Bay Area…”   The mission of the gallery is to provide exhibition opportunities for artists in a setting that is an alternative to the traditional gallery model. We hope to inspire, engage and celebrate artists in our community and beyond.  We acknowledge the achievements of emerging, mid-career and established artists – with an emphasis on those who live and work in the Bay Area – in a non-traditional art space. A number of artists began their art career at Gray Loft Gallery.
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