Gallery 625 is pleased to present “Synchronizing with Nature” featuring Michelle Sakhai. “Synchronizing with Nature” will occur Jan. 4 - Feb. 1, 2011 at Gallery 625, 625 Sutter St., San Francisco, CA 94102. There will be an opening reception for the artist on Thursday January 6th, 2011, from 5:30-7:30 pm. The event is free and is sponsored by Gallery 625. For more information, call (415) 618-3700.
ABOUT THE ARTIST
Michelle Sakhai received her MFA at The Academy of Art University in San Francisco, CA. She graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree with high honors from Hofstra University in Long Island, New York. Majoring in Art History and minoring in Fine Arts, she also attended classes at C.W. Post College in Long Island, New York University, and in Venice, Italy, through Hofstra University. Michelle Sakhai was a speaker of the Hofstra Arts Conference, and once graduated, she studied at d'Arts Plastique I Disseny, also known as LLOTJA, in Barcelona, Spain, with the School of Visual Arts in New York City. This was where Michelle Sakhai painted the streets of Barcelona, down to the southern part of Spain, Valencia, pursuing her painting excursion in “plein air.” “I try to expose what is deep beneath the surface and reveal landscapes at their most natural and purest state.” In 2006 Michelle received a grant to attend the Vermont Studio Center in Johnson, VT and shortly after travelled to France to study at the Marchutz Academy of Fine Art in Aix en Provence. She painted in many areas of the south including Ventabren, Arles, Eguilles, and Marseille. She then continued her studies with artist Nikolai Kojoukhovski in Port Bail, Normandy and Nice. “I want to express the idea of time and nature. It is an unfortunate truth that these beautiful landscapes eventually grow old and gradually die. Therefore, these frozen moments on my canvases are a reminder of how precious every moment of our lives are.” Her traveling to many countries from an early age, as well as her mixed heritage, plays a vital role in her study and influences of Art. “I hope that anyone from any country, with any background, can feel a connection with my paintings.” She has been a member of several organizations such as the Art League of Long Island, The New York Academy of Art, New York Plein Air Painters, International Plein Air Painters, and has also been involved with the Nassau County Museum of Fine Art. She currently resides in San Francisco California, and often travels to her home town of Long Island, New York.
For more information, call Thelema Dietler at (415) 618.3700