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enter summary text hereVickie Jo SowellHOMECONTACT
Unruly Images
Public Art, Welded Steel Sculpture

Vickie Jo, Louise Stanley, Jeremy HammOctober 2004

"Neighborhood Convergence"
New Public Art in Emeryville

Grand Opening Celebration
Saturday, November 13, 2004,  4-7 pm
Powell Street Undercrossing of Interstate 80 at the Powell Street / Emeryville Exit

Convergence team and artwork in progressPROJECT DESCRIPTION
With sponsorship of the City of Emeryville and its Public Arts Committee, the artist team of M. Louise Stanley, Vickie Jo Sowell and Jeremy Hamm have transformed the city's Powell Street Undercrossing into a larger than life tableau featuring the citizens of Emeryville.  Brightly painted steel figures are lit against a sky blue wall projecting dramatic silhouettes.   In the reversal of an arcade game, cars drive through the space while figures appear and re-appear behind columns along the pedestrian walk-way between the Marina and city of Emeryville.   Emeryville citizens featured include a policeman with bicycle, a couple referring to their map, a runner with his dog, a father and daughter, and even a cameo appearance by Stanley as—what else?—the artist.

Please join the artists and friends for an illuminating walk within the recently completed installation.  Events begin at 4 pm, Saturday, November 13, 2004.

Nationally recognized Painter M. Louise Stanley, is known for her humorously quirky allegories and spoofs on the human condition.  For "Neighborhood Convergence" she has designed "larger than life" caricatures honoring the citizens of Emeryville.  Her work is in the permanent collections of the San Jose Museum of Art, Oakland Museum, Triton Museum of Art.  In addition to exhibiting, teaching and lecturing nationally, she leads an annual "Art Lover's Tour" to Italy for artists and scholars.

Metal sculptor Vickie Jo Sowell, has created public art for many communities including projects for the cities of Oakland, Dublin, Emeryville, Concord and an upcoming 80 foot fence for the city of Richmond.  Her community garden,  "Big Daddy's Rejuvenating Public Garden and Sculpture Park", graces the W. Macarthur exit of Highway 580 E.  Sowell has twenty years of studio experience and has taught welding for more than a decade.

Lighting designer Jeremy Hamm, has created  dramatic lighting for the stage, museums and restaurants for more than twenty five years.   His credits include the entry for the Outer Bay Wing of the Monterey Bay Aquarium and Bucci's Café in Emeryville.  He currently teaches stage and lighting design at Las Positas College.

Pedestrian walk-ways on either side of Powell Street (from Denny's and Powell Street Plaza (west) and Emeryville Marina (east).  Site is wheelchair accessible.

For additional information or a studio preview contact:
M. Louise Stanley  Ph (510) 658-8468 /  email: (CD images suitable for printing on request - leave address)