Selected works by Dobee Snowber and Lisa Levine
October – December 2022
The last two and a half years were heavy with uncertainty and fear. We have all sought ways to ease the physical and emotional weight of the world. For some, being immersed in the waters of a pool, lake, river, or ocean is a means of escape. Entering the water relieves us of part of our earthly weight, supporting our bodies and lifting our spirits. The art of Dobee Snowber and Lisa Levine provides expressions of buoyancy through patterns of movement and rhythm and the way in which water, as a different physical state, affects our well-being.
Each artist captures a transformative moment when the equilibrium of the world shifts. Their work helps us feel the partial weightlessness of floating in water, gently reminding us to take life as it comes. Dobee Snowber’s paintings explore androgynous swimmers in and around pools. Each piece celebrates the joy of water and how being in a pool is like the constantly changing moments of a given day. Lisa Levine uses photography to capture the choreography inherent in the everyday experience of swimming. Her digital mosaics depict a response to the freedom and weightlessness of water.
Join us in welcoming these talented artists to our office gallery at 1820 Solano Avenue in Berkeley. We are open from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. to gallery visitors. Please call 510.528.5820 to reserve a time to stop by and enjoy their work.
Thursday, October 13, 2022
5:30 – 8 p.m.
1820 Solano Avenue
Join us to celebrate the work of Dobee Snowber and Lisa Levine with wine, food, good conversations, and a brief talk with the artists.
Bring friends. Share the word.
Many thanks to our event partners at Solano Cellars and Ann’s Catering.
Dobee Snowber is a working Artist, creating whenever she can. She has lived in the Bay area for over 20 years. Before that, she lived in Santa Fe and various places east of the Rockies.
She holds a BA in Intellectual History/Feminist Studies from Kirkland College and a BFA in Printmaking and Painting from the Maine College of Art, Portland, Maine. Dobee has shown extensively in various venues including galleries, museums, group collaborations, and solo exhibits. She is part of several private collections in the US and abroad. She is currently represented by SHOH Gallery, Berkeley, CA and Mary Praytor Gallery, Greenville, SC.
Creating art reminds me that I can not express myself until I let go of ideas, expectations, and judgments. I find it incredibly difficult to do this at times, but when I get there, it compels me to push forward and explore these cumulative moments on board with paint, ink, paper, pen, color, and objects. My pieces are about water and breath, structure, and entropy. They are about home and transitions. They are about the moment just before, the one right after, and the one in between.
The swimmers allow me to represent the female figure with a certain androgyny. The water they swim through and emerge out of is like the constantly changing moments in any given day. It is the effort to swim up and out, to breathe.
Lisa Levine is a photographic artist who, in recent years, has been working on public art. She creates large-scale commissioned artworks for public spaces, including university campuses, hospitals, public transit, recreational facilities, private architectural projects, and corporate commissions. Lisa’s personal work is widely collected and resides in numerous corporate and public art collections, including the Alameda County Art Commission, Berkeley Civic Arts Center, the San Francisco Arts Commission, the Kaiser Foundation, and the Brower Center in Berkeley, CA. She has also recently begun offering her work as NFT’s.
Recently retired from teaching photography at California State University East Bay for more than a decade, she currently teaches in the MFA program at the Academy of Art University in San Francisco. She graduated from the School of Visual Arts in New York City (BFA) and the City University of New York, Brooklyn College (MFA).
The Swim series is about the vernacular of dance and choreography inherent in the mundane experience of swimming. Each person’s body uniquely responds to the freedom of weightlessness in the water environment. When composing, I look for movement and rhythms to show how individuals have become “dancers.” As in the Swim series, the Topographies series uses the grid as a point of departure. For me, these images present a discourse of contradictions – micro and macro, time and timelessness, and the containment of uncontainable things.