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Come for a float, stay for the art

By awoodall
Friday, June 29th, 2007 at 1:20 pm in Uncategorized.

Via my esteemed colleague, Kristin Bender, who covers Berkeley, comes word of an art show called “A Question of Belief” at Oakland’s Float, the only flotation center and art gallery in the San Francisco Bay Area. The show will run through July 14.

A group show of paintings, photography and sculptures featuring artists Cherie Raciti, Nina Glaser and Marianne Hale showcases artists who express the power of belief through sculpture, writings in the sand and mixed media art.           

Raciti, a professor of art at San Francisco State University, has had her work included in permanent collections at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art and other venues.

At Float, Raciti presents acrylic, mixed media paintings of simple shapes and patterns derived from both the sacred and the secular found in many cultures as well as the Buddha Head series, a different take on traditional views of the Buddha figure, organizers said.

Glaser, who had a 20 year photography career that included teaching at the Academy of Art University, will show a private collection of the Float curator at the gallery.

Hale, an amateur photographer, has photos of messages of “empowerment and belief” written in the sand, organizers said.

Float is located at 1091 Calcot Place, Unit No. 116 in the historic Cotton Mill studios in Oakland. Float offers new, public exhibits of local artists monthly. Their motto is “come for a float, stay for the art.” For more information, call Allison Walton at 535-1702.

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