Manna Gallery is pleased to present “Suspended in Time”, an exhibition of innovative concepts by Luz Marina Ruiz. The show opens Friday, January 8 and continues to Saturday, February 13. The gallery will host a reception for Ms. Ruiz on Third Thursday, January 21, from 6 to 8 pm when she will be present to greet gallery visitors and discuss the ideas informing her current work.  Gallery:  Hours are Fridays and Saturdays 12 to 5 pm, Location: at 473 25th St., Oakland.  Call 510-277-5927 or visit www.mannagallery.com for more information

In this show, Ms. Ruiz creates a variety of sculptural forms, including an installation suspended from the gallery ceiling. She says, “ I work in a variety of media: drawing, printmaking, painting, mixed media and book arts. Intrigued by the experimental nature of printmaking, I employ many printmaking approaches to my mixed media pieces: gouging, scratching, using collage and layering pigment to achieve highly textured surfaces. Combining various media and approaches allows for a rich never-ending dialogue.

“My early fascination with California landscape and light has evolved over the years to create a synthesis of nature and light. No longer depicting actual places, I find myself still drawn to basic organic forms found in nature, seeing them as essential structures nurturing the essence of life.”

Luz Marina Ruiz was born in Cali, Colombia. She immigrated with her family at the age of three to New York, where she lived until she graduated from high school. She studied printmaking, painting and drawing at the University of California at Berkeley, where she received a BA, MA, and MFA. After graduate school, Ruiz pursued a career in teaching. She taught design, drawing, painting and printmaking at the college level, planning and implementing a printmaking program at Diablo Valley College. Many of her students are accomplished printmakers and have gone on to establish their own printmaking studios. Currently, she teaches at California College of the Arts, Oakland, CA.

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