Local artists showing at Caffe 817
We keep our walls vibrantly decorated with the works of local artists who have roots here in the Bay Area. For information about how to be a participating artist, please contact us. Our art shows rotate every two months and we are always on the lookout for new and inspiring art to adorn our walls.
To purchase a piece currently being shown at Caffe 817, please contact us.
Melanie Gravois, owner of The Artists Loft, is an artist of more than 20 years and currently lives in Oakland, California. Her focus is primarily in oil, but she also works in different mediums such as charcoal, watercolor and collage. She was privately trained in drawing and oil painting, and has been exploring different ways to capture the essence of life’s experience through her art. Over the years, her style has evolved from realism to abstract expressionism.
Ms. Gravois’ inspiration comes from living and traveling domestically and abroad. Her international and multi-cultural experience is translated into her own visual language. Her art reflects on the human condition and expression, the quiet contemplation of nature, or the global political socio-economic situations. Her paintings are a unique expression of her life and provide a window into what she was seeing or feeling at a particular moment in time. Each painting has its own story to tell, but is open for the viewer’s interpretation.
This exhibit, featuring work by Melanie Gravois, showcases some of her earlier work created during her residency in New Mexico and recent work created during her residency in California. Her earlier work integrates her affinity for the New Mexican cultural heritage, which has been shaped by its people, their religion and art, as well as its raw, beautiful geologic landscape. Her more recent work reflects the human and social conditions of the disadvantaged experienced during her international travels.
This selection of work illustrates her unique and broad visual language, which combines her affection for the Southwest culture, symbolism, abstract expressionism, and influences from her personal life.
Ms. Gravois’ art is held in private collections throughout the United States.