“Luz”  Juan Manuel

“Luz” Juan Manuel


Gallery is closed for the holidays and will reopen Thursday January 4,1-4pm   Join us for First Friday January 5, 5-8 pm

Abstract Oil Paintings by Juan Manuel 

Show runs November and December and until mid January. Juan Manuel was born and raised in the San Joaquin Valley of California where his father, Leo Gonzalez, managed fruit orchards and row crops.  His mother, Luz Vega de Gonzalez, developed her creative pride in as a craftsperson, while maintaining a strong sense of home and pride in their Mexican heritage.  Juan Manuel cites nature as his major inspiration.  ” By walking out to nature, I find that I’ve been looking at art my whole life.”  In 2016 Juan Manuel’s art captured the attention of Peter Selz, prolific curator including at SF MOMA, art historian and instrumental figure in the scholarship of modern art.  Selz was taken by the arresting richness of color, composition and movement he found in Juan Manuel’s work.  He inspired the image here, “A Painting of July” on display at the gallery.

Also showing Isobel George, watercolor and oil and other local artists.

Special Event: Saturday November 4, 7 pm – Rachel Maryam Smith with bassist Dan Robbins and drummer Steve Robertson will perform.  Doors open at 7 pm.  Door ticket: $30 performance at 8 pm.

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