Dave Meeker: Lucky


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

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Dave Meeker: LUCKY

Exhibition runs February 28 – April 6 2013

SPECIAL EVENTS:
* Opening Reception: Thursday February 28 6-8pm
* Oakland Art Murmur First Friday: March 1st 6-9pm
* Artists’ Talk: Saturday March 16th 4pm
* 25th Street Winter Thursdays: Thursday March 28 6-8pm
* Oakland Art Murmur First Friday: April 5th 6-9pm

David Meeker
Dave Meeker "Winner Takes All Left and Right" (20132) cast metal 24 karat gold Swarovski crystals 7"w x 13"h x 2"d. Photo by the artist

New sculptures by Dave Meeker conceptualize the luck that surrounds us. The artist imagines this intangible with an inviting sense of humor. Luck is aligned with chaos and chance. It comes in many shades of good or bad big or small and may have very little to do with our own desires wills or intentions. These works are lyrical associative and built on the premise that every day we are presented with lucky moments of one kind or another and that we may choose how to interpret accept or reject them. www.davemeekerart.com

Dave Meeker is a sculptor who lives in Oakland California. He graduated with a BA in fine arts from San Francisco State in 1984.

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PET PEEVES: Julie Alvarado and Charlie Milgrim

Exhibition runs February 28 – April 6 2013

SPECIAL EVENTS:
* Opening Reception: Thursday February 28 6-8pm
* Oakland Art Murmur First Friday: March 1st 6-9pm
* Artists’ Talk: Saturday March 16th 4pm
* 25th Street Winter Thursdays: Thursday March 28 6-8pm
* Oakland Art Murmur First Friday: April 5th 6-9pm

In this show of paintings and installations two very different artists partake of the theme "Pet Peeves." Both artists relish in the comedic bait as well as the bitter bite.

Milgrim/Alvarado

Images from left: July Alvarado "DogFro" (2013) acrylic on panel 10"x10"; Charlie Milgrim "Pet Peas" (2013) chartreuse bowling balls and other media 14"x24"x10". Photos from left: Kate Cameron; Charlie Milgrim (studio shot).

Vibrant paintings by Julie Alvarado lend a wry comical look at some of the less-than-joyous aspects of canine pet ownership. Pet peeves are explored from the point of view of both the owner and the dog. www.juliealvarado.com

Julie Alvarado is an artist who comes from the Los Angeles area and relocated to the Bay area in 1993. Julie has been making art since 1980 and received her M.F.A from C.C.A. in 1995. She has exhibited work in northern and southern California and works as a painting instructor at Creative Growth Art Center in Oakland CA.

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Charlie Milgrim says her peeves aren’t so much "pet" as "ferocious predators"so for this show’s theme she hopped over the light-spirited "peeve" and plunged herself into complete creative inanity. Not insanity-inanity. With her tradmark bowling balls she creates installations that toy with a pun: pet peas! For a serious artist any path can lead to great art even one that begins with a pet pun. www.charliemilgrim.com

Charlie Milgrim was born in New York City. She received a BFA from California College of the Arts and an MFA from UC Berkeley. She has exhibited her work at the Oakland Museum the Haines Gallery and Gallery 16 in San Francisco OK Harris in New York City and has work in many private collections including the Di Rosa Collection in Napa CA.