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Join us at the 2nd Annual Autumn Lights Festival! Elida will be displaying another one of her wonderful pieces for two magical nights.
The Festival benefits the Gardens at Lake Merritt from 6pm – 10pm on Friday and Saturday, October 18 & 19, 2013!
Imagine several acres of garden illuminated with amazing and enchanting art installations created by local Bay Area artists. Electric fireflies flickering in the trees, glowing waterfalls, a flock of interactive books, a Polynesian Paradise with hand-crafted tiki lanterns and hula girls projected on palm trees. Live fire performers light the night while music and sound installations surprise at every turn on the garden paths lit with hundreds of luminarias. Attendees are invited to dress in their most interesting illuminated garden attire.
• Lighted art, fire, and sound installations by Local Bay Area Artists
• Food, Beer & Wine
• Artist’s Museum Store
Tickets are here:
Thanks for joining us for a great celebration of our 30 years on Grand Avenue in Oakland. In case you couldn’t join us here are a few images of a fun day.
For those of you who came to my show at Tech Liminal and ProArts Open Studio, it was great to see you. Your wonderful support has inspired me to start a variety of new works. What I learned from you is that you particularly like the assemblage and sculpture. Here’s one of the new pieces, which is hanging in our store window.
Galleria Scola had the pleasure once again of hosting a Brown Bag lunch for members of Oakland Rotary #3. Each year, owners of local businesses volunteer to host Rotarians and acquaint them with what services each business offers and anything else of interest to the members.
This year Elida Scola regaled her small troupe with stories of how different types of art are made: etching, engraving, lithograph, silkscreen, as well as methods of restoring artwork and frames. A couple of folks also picked her brain for options in framing unusual pieces such as tapestries and 3-dimensional objects.
Have you ever looked up when you come into the shop? There are 2 floors above us with balconies. The Aubergine awning is down but Elida, Jennifer and Micah are still inside Galleria Scola waiting to see your smiling faces and your latest framing projects. Two weeks ago Dennis of Cameron Construction started a deck repair for us and found lots of dry rot. Yuck. So now our facade will be deconstructed and replaced. The old siding will go back on and our Awning right after that. Did you actually think I was going to tell you I had a facelift?
Jeff Sully is installing another beautiful suite of images from Herculaneum in Italy.
Deadline Extended! You haven’t missed your chance!
We’re still collecting books for kids in Bhutan. Bring them into the shop any time & enter to win a Bhutanese painting!
Packing & shipping cause more damage than you can imagine. Our friend Gloria O’Quinn, of Le Visage Salon & Gallery on Grand Ave, local Shona sculpture purveyor, received a beautiful three-foot tall carving of a woman, who lost her feet in transit from Zimbabwe.
‘Shona’ describes much of the population of the Bantu Nation living in Zimbabwe as well as the sculpture they create. The Shona have been sculpting stone for nearly a thousand years. Traditionally, items were produced for utilitarian purposes such as headrests, household items, and musical instruments. Then in the mid 20th Century, a new style emerged which was purely for artistic purposes; characterized by highly polished shapes sometimes offset by rough-hewn areas. The stone is serpentine or verdite, which ranges in color from black & green to yellow, orange, grey, red, and even purple. It is considered a semi-precious stone and is extremely hard. Before work begins, the sculptor must find the stone and explore its character. The stone tells the artist what shape it must have, and the artist can only work as long as they carry the image in their mind that the stone has conveyed.
Gloria’s sculpture had an unfortunate accident on the way to Oakland. So, the first step was to assess the damage.
Then we had to determine the composition of the sculpture. In this case, the stone had missing areas around the broken parts that needed to be recreated. Both raw surfaces at the break were sealed to prevent further damage and to prime them to accept the adherent.
Then both pieces were supported by custom devised sandbags and blocks, in preparation for the gluing. The adherent was a tinted epoxy that was then applied to both surfaces. The pieces were put together and left to dry in the custom-made support system. After the basic parts were back together, the missing areas were filled with more epoxy to build up to the final elevation.
When those layers were dry, the epoxy was smoothed and sanded to imitate the surrounding surfaces. To unify the entire repair, we mixed pigment matching the color and applied it with an airbrush. Then the surface sheen was replicated by fine polishing. A sealant was applied at the end to preserve the work.
This stone restoration was difficult to execute, due to the asymmetrical weight of the object. Very often the reason why articles break is a function of their original construction. If you have sculpture that is not able to rest evenly on the surface where it’s displayed, it could be worth remedying the problem before it causes the piece to fall. Some ways of accomplishing this is with build-ups on the item or on the display base using felt or museum gel. If there are any cracks, fissures, or particles around the piece, it is wise to attend to the problem before it gets worse.