Mignonne Welcomes New Artists.

Wednesday, May 21, 2008

Oakland artist Nicole Hanshaw seeks to show us beauty in the details.  She creates multi-textured collages using items found in everyday life and faraway travels ... from snakeskin and sheets of old music to snippets of ribbon.  She draws on Russian and French heritage to merge Old World romanticism with a modern sense of fancy.  Birds, poetry and music are prominent in her work, symbolizing the freedom and emotional resonance that art can deliver.

Born and raised on the East Coast, Hanshaw has lived in the Bay Area since 1989.   She's worked in product development for The Museum of Fine Arts in Boston creating gifts based on the museum collection, and for the Nature Company and Imaginarium, where she developed toys and science gifts for children. She lives in Oakland with her husband and two children.

We're delighted to offer several pieces from her series "Flights of Fancy" now through the end of June.  Don't miss it!

By changing colors and constantly challenging his completed works, Gary Comoglio is able to create a body of prints that captures the interplay of light to evoke different moods and emotions in the viewer.

He employs European, American, and Japanese techniques to produce the final printed image. Using linoleum as the base material, Gary hand prints all his own prints, the majority of which are one-of-a-kind.

"I am dedicated to creating unique images drawn from my surroundings, and mastering precise technical skills in carving and hand printing. My art is inspired by images from my daily life: I focus on simple beauty, brilliant colors, and strong composition."

Gary's prints and oils can be viewed at Mignonne until the end of May.


islandgirl4ever2 said...

Oh... Tres chouette!! Bonne chance avec votre nouveau business!! -Leesa

Mignonne said...

Leesa ~ Thanks for being our FIRST commentator! We are a fledgling business, just coming up on our 2nd anniversary. This blog is even younger still! It is exciting to be embarked on this enterprise, and even luckier still ... with my daughter. Thanks for your support, stop by soon!

Vivacious Girl said...

I work in downtown Oakland and visit Mignonne frequently on my lunch break. It is a very charming and quaint boutique!

Johnelle is warm and beautiful and she has an excellent eye for exquisite items and art. I love her displays!

I saw this recent exhibit of Gary Comoglio's paintings and prints and wasn't surprised when Johnelle told me she sold his large painting.

I look forward to shopping and seeing more local art at Mignonne. Thanks for bringing some class to downtown Oakland!


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