GLAMA‐RAMA Salon and Gallery in Oakland is excited to welcome Mary Patterson and her show “Magic Destination”. Her work presents a menagerie of souls who wander the highways of an imagined landscape seeking comfort and joy, a nice place to lay one’s head on the road, a good meal at a friendly restaurant, a good deal on a flight out of town, or a sweet vacation spot.
Join us for the artist reception on Saturday, Dec. 5, 6-9pm. Beverages and light snacks provided. This is a FREE event.
About the artist:
Mary works in oils, acrylics and watercolors, pen and ink.
A California native, Ms. Patterson started her art career at the age of five, observed by her mother pounding the coffee table and sobbing because she could not draw a perfect circle.
Mary attended art school and art studios workshops, and launched into showing and selling works of art in 2003. Beginning with SF. Open Studios, an early member of City Art Cooperative Gallery in SF, she started doing solo and group shows at alternative galleries and art spaces in California and other states.
From 2005-2007 Mary created mini comic books and participated in the Bay Area Alternative Press Exposition, as well as taking on various commercial art jobs, donning her illustrator hat.
Today, she concentrates mainly on Painting and showing her paintings, as well as creating editioned prints for sale online and in stores and galleries, as well as being available for custom commissioned work and commercial illustration jobs.
From the artist:
“I derive a great deal of pleasure in bringing my inner world of nostalgia and emotion into character, form, and most importantly locating it in a physical landscape or interior scene. Currently animal characters “people” my spaces, possibly because relating emotionally is almost more accessible in this form. They take on layers of meaning and innuendo that either bring about an emotional response or strike a funny bone.
The comic strip and graphic novel greatly appeal to me as storytelling vehicles. I have been venturing slowly into the sequential art form, but as yet have not moved fully into it though am still exploring. For now I’ve been placing my visions or “snapshots” as scenes from or parts of stories, fully there with no explanation of what comes before or afterwards. I am only presenting my viewers with the one window into the place and time where my characters live, and they must fill in the blanks. I enjoy watching people read their own stories into the scenes I create, or envision and imagine the scenario according to their own experience. I especially like it when people have a laugh at a joke that I thought might only be funny in my head.”
Artist’s website: www.fishchild.com