Vessel is a space where artists and art lovers journey together.  It is a conduit through which ideas can pass from person to person.  Vessel is committed to developing long-term relationships with emerging and mid-career artists of varied voices who reveal individuation and distinction.  Lonnie Lee, curator of Vessel Gallery, is concerned with the artist’s life’s work pursued over time with increasing concentration and singularity.  This approach helps collectors, enthusiasts, and viewers understand the development of the artist’s work.  Vessel strives to exhibit diverse programming above all be a destination gallery where discoveries are endless.  It is also committed to developed a close relationship with the Oakland community at large through educational outreach, and support to charitable causes both local and global.  The Vessel Gallery space is open to holding cultural meetings and events that create a unique community dialogue and experience through a variety of visual, literary, and musical happenings.


"The universe is full of magical things
patiently waiting for our wits to grow
sharper." ~ Eden Phillpotts 

"All art has this characteristic: it unites
people." ~ Leo Tolstoy 

"I don’t believe in art. I believe in artists."
~ Marcel Duchamp

"Every authentic work of art is a gift
offered to the future." ~ Albert Camus 

"The object isn’t to make art, it is to be
in that wonderful state which makes art
inevitable." ~ Robert Henri

"Thought is the wind, knowledge the sail,
and mankind the vessel. " 
~ August Hare 

"Art evokes the mystery without which
the world would not exist."

~ Rene Magritte