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Join Us for First Thursday Opening Reception! 
Appropriated Topography
 by Nicollette Smith
Live Music by Graham Patzner
March 3, from 6-9pm
 
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Appropriated Topography is the upcoming solo exhibition of Oakland based collage artist Nicollette Smith in the Gallery at Panorama.  She uses various maps and cut papers to assemble scenes with snowcapped mountain peaks, rolling hills, bodies of water, and radiating light onto wood panel.  
 
Nicollette is inspired by the compositions of master landscape artists such as the Japanese Ukiyo-e artist Utagawa Hiroshige and the Canadian landscapes artists A.J. Casson and Frank Carmichael.  Similar to these artists, her compositions are comprised of flat juxtapositions of color within a soft palate range. 
She uses the texture and density of the maps to create color and shading within the larger appropriated landscape.  For instance, narrow lines within a topographical map are cut by Smith and used to make up the dense ridges within a mountain range.  In contrast, Smith applies a lighter, more spacious city maps for the snow peaks. The combined result is a picturesque landscape.  
 
Appropriated Topography runs from March 3 through May 1, 2016.  The Artist Receptions are on March 3 and April 7, 2016, with refreshments served from 6-9pm, as part of Grand Avenue First Thursdays.
This is the final week to view our current exhibition, Cause / Effect, which features an abstract group show of four Bay Area based female artists, Francesca Saveri, Kellie Flint, Mel O., and Yarra McClure.  The artists collectively use intuitive expression to translate meaning into materiality through abstract gestural painting, linked by a common influence of the natural environment.  
Their artistic styles individually reflect an exploration of the connection to the natural world, whether by means of color palate or by shapes reflecting a natural landscape. Francesca Saveri uses her influence of California and Brazilian landscapes to “explore the use of strong color, bold shapes and organic mark making” to provide exciting and melodic encaustic mixed media paintings.   (Image Left: Mel O., Winter, 2015) 
Mel O. shares Francesca's influence of strong color and encaustics.  Mel's circular paintings are vibrant and full of texture, utilizing a beeswax medium. The paintings by Yarra McClure are from her most recent series influenced by the reflective light and beautiful Bay Area Landscape.  Using acrylic ink and pure bleach as a painting medium on rag paper, Kellie Flint utilizes a minimalist approach to abstraction in exploration of geological and hydrological attributes to ecological failures in the Arctic.  Cause Effect is open daily until February 28, 2016. (Image Right: Yarra McClure, From Memory, 2015)
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Panorama Framing, Inc. combines the practicality of professional custom picture framing with an appreciation for the art inside (and outside!) those frames. Celebrating two years in the Grand Lake District, Panorama opened its doors in February 2013 and has been an emerging presence since, hosting events, rotating exhibitions and art receptions as part of Grand Avenue's First Thursdays.



First Thursday Artist Receptions for Appropriated Topography
March 3 and April 7 

6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
Panorama Framing
3350 Grand Ave.
Oakland, CA 94610
(510) 629-1918
Copyright © 2016 Panorama Framing, All rights reserved.


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