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Lindsay Dirkx Brown Art Gallery

Located inside the San Ramon Community Center - 12501 Alcosta Blvd.

February 4, 2019 - February 27, 2019
California High School Advanced Photography​​
Reception: February 9, 2019  2pm - 4pm

 Cal High Photo

The show features the work of local photographers at California High School. This showcase was created using traditional photography methods. In a generation consumed with snapshots on smartphones, instant sharing, filters, manipulation, and the use of film enables these artists to capture moments in their purest form. Their work draws attention to the commonly dismissed beauty in the raw, unedited scenes that they capture in silver halide crystals. While this traditional art form is being forgotten by many, these local artists have brought their work Out of the Dark(Room) and into the light of the gallery for all to view.

March 3rd, 2019 - March 27, 2019
Dana Mano-Flank​​ & Marina Smelik

Dana Mano-Flank​​ 
- Mixed Media

Dana's desire to create awareness and caring for our living world is central to her work. She explores the mysteries of the natural world and makes a statement about both nature and humanity's fragile relationship with nature. Dana incorporates wabi-sabi in her compositions. Wabi-sabi is a traditional Japanese aesthetic which signifies acceptance of transience and imperfection. Wabi-sabi is an understated beauty that exists in the modest, rustic and imperfect, an aesthetic sensibility that finds beauty in the impermanence and imperfections of all thing. Wabi-sabi is modest, quiet, reveres authenticity and celebrates the cracks, fading and all other marks that time, weather and use leave behind. Things that are aged, humble and modest are therefore beautiful in a small and quiet way and she tries to capture this simple and understated beauty in nature. A conscious effort to honor the mundane and incidental is part of her philosophy. Dana wants the viewer to be drawn into the work and contemplate the fragile connection we have with nature as well as the moral weight of our influence on it. To this end, she explores the intersections of human society and the natural world, tradition and innovation, art and science, and time and change.

Marina Smelik - Pastel Paintings & stone sculpture
marina stone

There is nothing better and more powerful than nature. Her energy and beauty have always been the source of my inspiration. The more I observe and explore nature, the more I marvel at its originality and uniqueness. Most of my works were created under this influence and reflect organic forms and uniqueness of nature.

My favorite materials are stone and clay.

Stone cannot be compared to any other material. When I'm working with a stone, I'm listening to what it "tells" me. Every stone has its character. Sometimes the stone is a collaborator; sometimes it is an opponent. Great results can be achieved only by compromising. Working on the project, I'm trying to express my thoughts and enrich them with purity of the material. My works always a combination of the plasticity of forms, movement, organical biomorphic shapes, "S" curves, a combination of positive and negative spaces.

Another material I'm working with is clay. It is almost complete opposite to stone - it is an obedient material that allows me to embody my ideas and always cooperates with me. My works are handbuilt sculptures and pottery. I find clay's natural color and texture attractive and trying to preserve them in works as much as possible. Glazes are used sporadically and only to highlight or contrast the natural beauty of the material used. Underglaze painting also opens new horizons in working with clay and offered many new possibilities