ﾷ Exhibition dates: June 2-25 2011
ﾷ Oakland Art Murmur: Friday June 3 from 6-9pm…Special Musical Guest: Echo Twin
ﾷ Opening Reception: Saturday June 11 6-9pm (in conjunction with Oakland Art Murmur)
ﾷ East Bay Open Studios: Extended Hours on Sat. & Sun. June 4-5 & 11-12 11am to 6pm
ﾷ Artists’ Talk: Saturday June 11 at 2pm
Julianne Wallace Sterling: Pushing Fairy Tales
Image: Julianne Wallace Sterling “Snow White’s Blue Birds” 2011 Oil graphite and collage from Disney’s Snow White on wood panel 36″ x 48″‘
In her latest group of work Julianne Wallace Sterling paints about the realities complexities and absurdities of life as a woman. With some bittersweet humor she explores the place where the gender conditioning of her youth rubs up against the expectations of being a woman wife and mother. Her paintings are about little secrets women keep to themselves. As Cornelia Otis Skinner said “…Women keep a special corner of their hearts for sins they have never committed.” Sterling draws from the rich history of portrait painting with this work creating a likeness but also musing on cultural norms and ideals of women. Her subjects are drawn from the women and children in her life.
Julianne Wallace Sterling is a Bay Area painter born in Southern California. She graduated from UC Riverside with a BS in Economics and pursued post-baccalaureate studies in art at San Francisco State. Her work has been exhibited at Dacia Gallery in New York A.I.R. Gallery in Brooklyn Marin Museum of Contemporary Art in Novato and Pro Arts Gallery in Oakland. She was recently awarded first prize at Marin Museum of Contemporary Art’s 2010 Juried Annual. Her work has been written about in the San Francisco Chronicle and the East Bay Express. She was nominated for a Pro Arts’ 2 x 2 Solos Exhibition and Commissioning Program. Ms. Sterling’s work was recently selected for A.I.R. Gallery’s 9th Biennial in Brooklyn in March 2011.
Gallery Artists: Less Than Large
Image: Kerry Vander Meer “Hybrid #10″ 2011 Mixed media on paper 22″ x 15”
Mercury 20 Gallery is proud to present a selection of small work created by current gallery artists. Collectors will find paintings photographs prints drawings and mixed media works at very affordable prices. Artists: Mary V. Marsh Kerry Vander Meer Julie Alvarado Jill McLennan Mary Curtis Ratcliff Jody Medich and Charlie Milgrim.
DeWitt Cheng, End Times at Krowswork and Mercury 20, East Bay Express, June 15, 2011