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"William Harsh review: Painting, drawing for keeps"
San Francisco Chronicle, Review by Kenneth Baker, December 2014

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"Looking at many of Harsh’s paintings induces discomfort. You can feel the struggle in them, the effort of improvising something into fictive being and trying to make it credible in the way that only the delirium of heartfelt painting can...."
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Will Art Silicon Valley Transform the Art World?
Artnet News, October 2014



"Lonnie Lee, founder and director of Vessel Gallery in Oakland, told artnet News: "I am interested in introducing our artists to collectors in this region of the Bay Area. We're only a bridge away, and local; I want collectors to know that quality, distinctive art produced in the Bay Area is being represented and shown in Oakland. The SF Peninsula is home to Stanford University and is the epicenter of technology and venture capital—these sectors value creativity, innovation, and quality." Lee is bringing works by Nick Dong, Beili Liu, Cyrus Tilton, and William Schwob."
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Recap: Art Silicon Valley Brings Banksy, Kehinde Wiley to the Suburbs
High Fructose, October 2014 Nastia Voynovskaya, see Cyrus Tilton's works included

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"The selection of galleries at Art Silicon Valley was refreshing. The event was put together by Art Miami, the organization behind several annual Basel Week fairs in December, and felt truly cosmopolitan. Art Silicon Valley had a heavy emphasis on unusual materials..."
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Ron Weil / William Schwob
Visual Art Source, September 2014 Critic's Pick

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"Pairing artists is tricky: their work is usually related in theme or material, and aesthetically on the same wavelength; but also different enough so that they speak to each other.  The works Ron Weil and William Schwob work (and play_ so nicely together that novice curators could study how this works to their benefit."
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Oakland Artist Ron Weil Evokes Immersive Worlds with Peculiar Techniques in his Vessel Gallery exhibit, Discovering Uncharted Territories
East Bay Express, Review by Sarah Burke, September 2014

east bay express

"He developed an artistic technique using charcoal powder through which he now builds abstract dreamscapes on paper, producing works that appear remarkably tactile, and forming visual spaces with incredible depth...."
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Best of Oakland and the East Bay
Oakland Magazine, July 2014

Best of Oakland 2014

It's the 4th year in a row we've been named best gallery by our bay area community! Thank you for the continued support!
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Animalia House
East Bay Monthly, Review by Dewitt Cheng, July 2014 Issue

The Monthly

"A new show by sculptor Gordon Glasgow and assemblagist-painter Iris Polos, appropriately entitled Us, explores our malfeasance as our brother animals’ keeper..."
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The Animals In Us
East Bay Express, Review by Sarah Burke, June 2014

east bay express

"The show Us at Vessel Gallery explores this tension between inclusion and exclusion in regards to the relationships between humans and animals through the art of Gordon Glasgow and
Iris Polos."

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Installation Art Now
Hardcover Book by Sandu Publishing, 2014

Sanjay Vora San Francisco Chronicle Article

Beili Liu's Stalemate art installation at Vessel Gallery was published in Installation Art Now book
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What Lies Beneath
San Francisco Chronicle, March 2014

Sanjay Vora San Francisco Chronicle Article

"(Vora) has spent hours – full days – perfecting the light, the feel, the emotion...Vora's large scale paintings focus on the forgotten moments of his past through a process that requires him to relive memories, cover them up and then unbury them again."
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Periphery
East Bay Express, Review by Sarah Burke, March 2014

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[“My work is to bring the peripheral into focus,” says sculptor Cyrus Tilton in his artist statement. Indeed, Tilton’s sculptures reside in the space between the conscious and the unconscious, an area rich with the potential for imaginative play...]
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"Vessel Gallery Showcases a Surveys Tim Rice's Paintings"
San Francisco Chronicle, Review by Kenneth Baker, February 2014

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"I'm really interested in being aware of my surroundings continually. ... Also, working improvisationally, all this stuff comes up in an accidental way and I work with it as it does. It's about translating a visual experience in a particular way, but not a descriptive way..."
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Pareidolia
East Bay Express, January - February 2014 Review

east bay express

"With impeccable execution, the California College of the Arts professor of art and design presents several amorphous pieces inspired by nature, each of which work as Rorschach tests..."
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Science and Art Align in Fortescue Exhibit at Vessel
East Bay Monthly Review - February 2014 Issue

The Monthly

"It’s the title of a solo show by Donald Fortescue, scientist turned artist, who balances scientific objectivity with artistic subjectivity..."
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Vessel Gallery - Art & Soul of Oakland, These diverse galleries invite art lovers to explore Oakland's creative side.
US Airways, January 2014 Review



"Owner Lonnie Lee opened Vessel in 2004 and is passionate about developing relationships with artists and collectors. Championing emerging and established artists, Lee curates compelling solo shows and group exhibits in a historic building in Uptown. Vessel presents a regional and international lens on art through site-specific installations, paintings, sculpture, and fine jewelry—all with a refined eye toward individuation, distinction, and respect for nature as a source. Named Best Gallery for three years running...."
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Cheryl Calleri / Thekla Hammond
Visual Art Source, October 2013 Review

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"the two artists went beyond that level of dialogue and coalesced - or, more prosaically, collaborated - on a joint project, a video installation, "Co-Motion" with music by Armando Mafufo. It's in the downstairs gallery, but consider going there first. This collage of fleeting black and white images, exploring "the poetry of motion," features what appears to be solarized live film footage of dances, marathons, and microbial life. Projected onto a scrim of panels, the video is set to a propulsive beat that sets the tone for the silent but immersive works upstairs in the main gallery..."
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Reviews, The New Bay Bridge: Christy Kovacs and John Ruszel @ Vessel Gallery
Squarecylinder, September 2013

squarecylinder.com

"The New Bay Bridge, now on view now at Vessel Gallery in Oakland, uses photography and sculpture to frame the bridge in as an emblem of the “technological sublime”. Christy Kovacs, in photo collages, paintings and sculptures, probes its social, ecological and sonic possibilities; John Ruszel, a sculptor, explores it as a feat of engineering.  Both celebrate its functional and aesthetic virtues."
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Reviews, Oakland, Cyrus Tilton, Vessel Gallery
Sculpture Magazine, September 2013

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"Absence, Tilton's recent show, assembled a range of surprises. Suggesting Magrittte's paintings with a 21st-Century aesthetic, these sculptures form fantastic equivocations, prompted by the mysteries of life."
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Best of Oakland and the East Bay
Oakland Magazine, July - August 2013

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"Since relocating, Lee has become an active member of the burgeoning Art Murmur scene, regularly hosting cutting-edge group shows..."
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Landscapes: Near and Afar
East Bay Express, June 2013 Review

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"The works are varied, deep, and often stunning. Sanjay Vora creates marvelously textured seaside landscapes consisting of painted canvas veiled with a thick layer of meticulously scraped, fondant-like gray oil..."
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Cyrus Tilton: "Absence"
Art Ltd. Magazine, May / June 2013

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" Tilton has channeled this investment in craft and form into primarily classical subjects...by recalling historical references and emphasizing material processes, Tilton expresses multiple, complex emotional...."
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William Harsh taps the tangible but unnameable"
San Francisco Chronicle, Review by Kenneth Baker, November 2012

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"Vessel Gallery in Oakland has given Benicia painter William Harsh the sort of retrospective that his work has merited for years.
Sadly, though he was intensely involved in preparing the show, Harsh died of cancer at 59 just a week before it opened.
Harsh studied at Boston University with Philip Guston (1913-1980) and James Weeks (1922-1998)...
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William Harsh's Inner States
East Bay Express, November 2012 Review

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"Vessel Gallery mounts a final retrospective of the admired expressionist painter....Unfortunately, Harsh would not live to see his final exhibition; he passed away the night his works left Benicia for installment. But with this rich retrospective now hanging, he is in every position to do as Picasso did for him: inspire other young artists, for whom there are certain things that can only be expressed in paint."
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Hidden Agenda at Vessel Gallery
Art Ltd. Magazine, November 2012 Review

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"All of the works in this exhibition display a dedication to craft, an interest in organic shapes, forms, or textures, and a balance of contemporary and modernist aesthetic. Critchfield's works on panel and linen are laboriously built, and her process even extends to formulating her own proprietary gesso to prepare the surfaces."
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Art Gallery Week - 10 Days of Art Events with 36 Galleries
October 3 - 13, 2012


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Vessel Gallery participates in Art Gallery Week!!
Friday, October 5, 4 - 6:00 PM Participating Oakland Galleries give a special preview of Oakland Art Murmur First Fridays. Vessel Gallery hosts a special champagne reception.
Saturday, October 6, 11:00 AM - 6:00 PM Oakland and Berkeley Galleries hold events and exhibits open to the public.
2 - 4PM Vessel Gallery hosts its Artist Talk Series.

Art Gallery Week will feature 36 internationally prominent Bay Area galleries located in San Francisco, Berkeley, and Oakland and will
offer a full spectrum of solo and group exhibitions by each of the participating galleries. To highlight the participating galleries’
exciting programs, special, one-time cultural events will be presented to the public.

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A Glass Menagerie - Alex Abajian and Jerry Lin-Hsien Kung explore
an unusual technique
East Bay Express, July 2012 Review


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"In isolation, one of these creatures might appear a merely decorative object — a chic, sensuous addition to a posh lobby or some such space. However, Abajian and Kung have no interest in delivering their creations to such a fate..."
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The Craft of Creation
Handful of Salt, August 2012




"We’re big fans of Lonnie Lee’s Oakland-based Vessel Gallery. Why? Other than Lonnie’s sparkling personality and the gallery’s serious coolness as a space, it’s her unerring taste, obviously. She has a way of finding great artists, and nurturing them to even further greatness. The other thing we love is her commitment to process: she understands how great art gets made in a profound way, and better yet, exposes that process to the community.

So few (if any) do this, and we can’t figure out why. But there you have it: Vessel’s the only place to go for this kind of thing."
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Vessel 8: Charting the Waters
Art Voices Magazine, August / September 2012




"Vessel has mounted a group show entitled Vessel 8: Charting the Waters, featuring work by fifteen artists and five jewelers, nicely selected and displayed in Vessel’s airy, elegant space. The marine theme and monochromatic color scheme lend coherence to the group show; it’s a museum-quality exhibition, and sure to be one of the year’s best in this Pacific port city."
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Best Gallery, Vessel Gallery
East Bay Express, July 2012


best gallery of east bay

"With its mix of media (sculpture, jewelry, painting, etc.), Lee's gallery demonstrates what Oakland art is, and exemplifies what
it can be."

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Summer Saturdays: Oakland's Coolest New Art Event
7x7SF, July 2012


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"Looking for another reason to cross the bridge to the East Bay? Many of the galleries that participate in Oakland's popular Art Murmur gallery scene are extending their First Friday festivities to include Saturday hours."
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Vessel Gallery: Interview with Lonnie Lee, Founder and Curator
by Kelly Inouye
San Francisco Arts Quarterly, June 2012


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"As a thirty-year resident of Oakland, Vessel’s owner and curator, Lonnie Lee, is fiercely proud of all that Oakland has to offer and is an active participant in the Oakland Art Murmur. I recently sat down with Lonnie to talk about her background, the evolution of Vessel, and her perspective as a gallerist."
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Oakland's Gallery Scene Boasts a Growing Murmur
Art Ltd. Magazine, May 2012

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" Lonnie Lee, owner of Vessel Gallery, is a key player in the Oakland Art Murmur. Energetic and committed, she is one of the few full-time gallerists in the neighborhood. She moved to her current site on 25th Street from a much smaller showcase in Berkeley and brought her clients with her."
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Art Murmur Video
By Jason Jakaitis, May 2012





Visual Arts
San Francisco Chronicle, March 2012


San Francisco Chronicle
[DON'T MISS "Woven Through Time"]
Vessel Gallery March exhibit information >


Beili Liu
Artillery, March 2012


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"Hitting that sweet spot between old-school emotion and avant-garde formal innovation, Beili Liu's work combines Eastern continuity over time with Western passion for the new."
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Videos of Artist Talk Series at Vessel Gallery,
on our YouTube channel. 




Check VesselGalleryOakland channel for video clips from this series of Artist Talks. Hosted most 2nd Saturdays of the month. Thus far: Walter James Mansfield on process, Cyrus Tilton on "The Cycle," Gordon Glasgow on sculpting wood.


Handymen at Vessel Gallery
East Bay Express, November 2011 Review

east bay express

"Sculptors Gordon Galsgow and John Ruszel fuse materials and ideas..."
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The Curious Creations of Cyrus Tilton
Art: 21 Blog, October 2011 Review




"The Cycle, is no less suggestive in its satirizing of humankind’s conformist and consumerist instincts: we’re like locusts...."
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The Cycle
East Bay Express, October 2011 Review

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"Cyrus Tilton considers, provocatively, the plague of humanity..."
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Video of "Individuals" Kinetic Installation by Cyrus Tilton
Vessel Gallery Exhibit, "The Cycle" October 2011





Oakland, "Portraits" at Vessel Gallery
Art Ltd. Magazine, September 2011 Review


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"...the airy multi-story space—once a stable for Oakland fire department horses—was packed with an engaging array of paintings and sculpture, as well as photo and video. The result was an unusual grouping of well-crafted works that spanned from whimsical to melancholy, sometimes, curiously, within the same piece."
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Relay Points: One
East Bay Express, August 2011


east bay express

"...his abstract drawings are meant to invoke and evoke eternal verities..."
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HOT SPOT: Oakland Art Murmur
San Francisco Chronicle, August 2011


San Francisco Chronicle

"Art lovers of all stripes troll the Uptown district for Oakland Art Murmur the first Friday of each month..."
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First Friday, Oakland, August 5, 2011
ArtCam, Blog by Dewitt Cheng, August 2011




"The warm night brought out large crowds; someone told me that the streets were still buzzing at 1am..."
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Best of the Bay Area Winner 2011
San Francisco Magazine, July 2011 Issue


the best of san francisco 2011

Vessel Gallery made San Francisco Magazine's top pick for
Best of the Bay Area 2011!

Read more about the "scene worth making" at sanfranmag.com >
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Portraits at Vessel Gallery
Oakland Art Beat, July 2011



"Exploring pertinent, but disparate issues of the genre, artist
Walter James Mansfield’s paintings simply entitled “Heads” are a highlight of the group exhibit because the subject matter engages so dynamically into the conversation by stripping portraiture bare."
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Face Time at Vessel Gallery
East Bay Express, July 2011


east bay express

"...the capturing of likeness and personality remains an open question for artists even in the digital age, with its controversies over identity and representation. Six local artists take on the challenge."
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Murmur Whispers a Lovely Story
Oakland Tribune, July 2011


Oakland Tribune

"The downtown monthly event has been going on for the past five years and keeps growing and expanding."
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Get Your Art Murmur On
Diablo Blog, June 2011


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"...for those who like their art served a little lower key, the event has just tacked on Saturday Strolls for perusing art in a quieter afternoon atmosphere. Ten galleries are located within a three-block stretch, so it’s hard not to enjoy a warm summer night or afternoon filled with local art and culture."
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Artist Roundtable at Vessel Gallery

Spring is often a time of great productivity and creativity...learn from artists about their inspiration; hear what they have to say in a discussion on renewal and the recharging process of an artist.


artist roundtable

Vessel Gallery artists Bryson Bost, EMA, Luke Heimbigner, Walter James Mansfield, Mari Marks, and Cyrus Tilton come together to share their individual stories on what a typical work day in the studio may look like, if there is one. Learn when and where inspiration comes forth for these artists. Do artists ever get stuck in a rut? Spring is a time to begin anew. We'll hear this group of artists discuss how they invite inspiration into their work. Learn what gets them started - what gets them past a difficult passage in their work? How might each renew the effort in their
creative work?



Murmurama at Vessel Gallery
Saturday, May 21, 7 - 10 PM


murmurama

Vessel Gallery will participate in this year's first annual Murmurama, a multi-venue celebration including art exhibitions, artist talks, live music, food, wine tastings, art and dance performances, video screenings and more. Murmurama will take place on the Saturday evening of the San Francisco art fair weekend. Art fair attendees from afar are invited to
take part in the thriving and nationally recognized Oakland art scene generated by the artists and galleries behind Oakland Art Murmur. Bay Area locals are encouraged to enjoy some of the region’s most refreshing art and numerous gallery activities on a night other than ever-popular
First Fridays.

See schedule of events and art exhibitions during Murmurama >


William Harsh: "Morphologies" at Vessel Gallery
Art Ltd, January 2011



"Morphologies," with its echoes of the surrealist Roberto Matta,
suggests a similar preoccupation with the mental states and metamorphosis. These works, however, have even deeper roots in modernist painting. Harsh, a former student of Philip Guston, has also studied Picasso, de Chirico, and Beckmann, and he synthesizes Cubism, Expressionism, Metaphysical Art and Surrealism in his depictions of collapsed ruins continually seeking to regroup and recover--not a bad metaphor for artmaking as psychic integration...
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Rhythmic Sequences at Vessel Gallery
East Bay Express, December 2010




"Time is illusively embedded as well in the artworks of Sanjay Vora and Ani Kasten, combinations of abstract form and archaic-looking surfaces seemingly bleached by time and weather."
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Aftermath at Vessel Gallery
East Bay Express, November 2010




"William Harsh makes a forceful case for aesthetic seriousness in Morphologies, a show of some three dozen paintings, prints, and drawings that suggests disciplined self-expression as a way out of the art world's current hothouse/funhouse mentality."
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First Friday Oakland Art Openings
ArtBusiness.com, November 2010




"The old surrealist theme of metamorphosis informs this Vessel
Gallery show by painter William Harsh, sculptor Maru Hoeber, and
jeweler
Eve Singer."
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Artist Talk with William Harsh led by Dickran Tashjian
Saturday, November 20, 4 - 5:00 PM




Dickran Tashjian is professor emeritus of art history at the University of California, Irvine. A scholar of the Machine Age, Dada, Surrealism and the American Avant-Garde, an authority on Joseph Cornell, Rene Magritte and Max Ernst, Tashjian will interview and direct an illuminating lively discussion with artist William Harsh.

FREE - We invite our collectors, art critics, art enthusiasts, fellow artists and ALL friends of Vessel to join, ask questions, and get to know this fascinating artist Bill Harsh.



Don't Miss: 'Augmented Realms'
San Francisco Chronicle, October 2010


San Francisco Chronicle

"It starts with the attempt to portray a scene of nature, but things soon take their own course."
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Augmented Realms
East Bay Express, October 2010


east bay express

"These elegant, meditative works, with their sepia/umber palettes, suggest lost worlds accessible only through the artifacts that they
once inspired."

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Just Come Out! 2.0
Art Ltd. Magazine via You Tube, Summer/Fall 2010

Hear Owner / Curator, Lonnie Lee, speak about Oakland's vibrant
Art Murmur scene >





Fall Preview, Northern California
Art Ltd. Magazine, September/October Issue 2010

View featured Vessel Gallery artist and exhibit information >

Art Ltd Magazine


The Five-Point Weekend Escape Plan (in Oakland)
New York Magazine, September 2010

Art crawl and explore Oakland area galleries >

New York Travel


Walter James Mansfield's Material World
East Bay Express, September 2010




"Mansfield fuses 1950s Abstract Expressionist painterly gesture and 1970s postminimalism to create complex contemporary landscapes
and portraits."

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Oakland Turns Over a New Leaf
Wall Street Journal, September 2010


Wall Street Journal

"Oakland is going through a revival. A civic push in recent years to revitalize the city has resulted in the opening of new tourist attractions"
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Artists' Models at Vessel Gallery
East Bay Express, August 2010




"In Penta, five artists examine structures composed of repeated/reflected geometric elements as found in nature and
the human mind... "

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Take Bart to Oakland Art Murmur Friday, Aug. 6
SFBART's blog, August 2010


BART

" 'It’s exciting to talk about art and culture and what’s happening in Oakland... I see people who are very interested in art, art collectors, art professionals... I see families bringing kids, too. You don’t have a certain age range. It’s diverse. Very much like Oakland.' "
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Galleries We Love: Vessel Gallery
Handful of Salt, June 2010




"....there is a handful of smart galleries that have created environments that inspire, and make you feel better about the art they feature. Vessel Gallery, in Oakland, is one of those all-too rare places..."
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Vessel Turns Up Volume on Oakland Art Scene
Oakland Tribune, May 2010




"Lee is among the growing number of dealers providing exhibition venues for the city's exploding population of artists. Her gallery is just the latest among those dotting the area between 23rd and 26th streets at Telegraph Avenue and Broadway injecting life into a city..."
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Vessel Gallery Grand Opening Gala Photos
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Cyrus Tilton's Labyrinth at Vessel Gallery
East Bay Express, May 2010


east bay express

"Tilton ... uses his anatomical knowledge and expert craftsmanship to good effect, but he also knows how to use material and process poetically: 'It's about knowing when to quit ... when to keep your hands off. ... Once you start ... to mold it like life, it dies.' "
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Vessel Gallery
Oaktown Art, May 2010


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"A small gallery space greets visitors on the ground floor, but upstairs is a different story. The second floor is expansive, and each piece of art is given lots of breathing room. Additionally, instead of packing several artists’ works into their space, they focused primarily on just one artist, whose pieces filled both floors. It was a somewhat refreshing viewing experience, almost restful compared to the chaos of smaller more eclectic galleries."
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Oakland Art Murmur: East Bay's Free-Spirited Art Scene
Art Ltd. Magazine, May/June 2010


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"There is a palpable sense of enthusiasm and energy surrounding Oakland Art Murmur and the Oakland art scene in general."
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Grand Opening Gala
Reception May 15, 2010, 3 - 6PM


vessel gallery interior

Celebrating new works by Cyrus Tilton and Eric Silva
Portion of proceeds will benefit local charity First Place for Youth
Wine pouring by local winery Two Mile
Music by Nathan Tilton and Ross Peacock of NED

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First Friday Oakland Art Openings
ArtBusiness.com, May 2010


artbusiness.com

" 'Cyrus Tilton presents his surreal kinetic (and static) sculptures, beautifully engineered as well as poetic and strange.' "
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Art Meets Auto Row:
Vessel Gallery forges a new era in Oakland's Garage District
Oakland Local, May 2010


oakland local

" 'I'm very interested in the development of an artist, which takes time to evolve. My intention as curator is to show distinctive, quality art and artists with a very developed language and voice.' "
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Oakland's Journey From Seedy to SIzzling
New York Times, April 2010


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Oakland is coming into its own as a cultural destination, and the arts are having a significant economic effect.
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