We're a contemporary art gallery and consultancy in the Bay Area of California. Formerly in downtown Vallejo, the gallery is now located in the historic Benicia Arsenal in Benicia, California. We represent 20 emerging and mid-career artists, the majority of which are women.
Gallery programming includes an ambitious exhibition schedule of emerging and mid-career artists in group and solo shows and numerous art fairs. In addition to our artist roster, we manage Opus, our invitational artist collective for art fairs, offer workshops on art marketing, as well as provide consultation services for artists.
Our current exhibition space in Benicia is in a brick building built in 1879 with 20 foot ceilings, 12 foot high wood windows and fluted columns. Formerly a munitions assemblage space, the bright and airy gallery offers abundant filtered light perfect for showcasing art.
Jen Tough, Owner For over 20 years based primarily in Los Angeles, Jen worked as an Art Director for numerous highly recognized companies and people. She was the Art Director for Warner Bros Records, Urban Outfitters, Hollywood Records (Disney) and numerous national magazines (Bleach, Lava, Bikini/Raygun Publishing). Her extensive freelance work included dozens of wide ranging creative projects for comedian Drew Carey, as well as being a creative consultant for Nike for years where she directed retail focused campaigns for new product launches. She has won numerous awards including being named "one to watch" for the 2000's for art direction by famed designer David Carson in Metropolis magazine, included in the prestigious Communication Arts Design Annual for editorial art direction, and exhibition awards for art fairs from Redwood Media. She has a BFA/honors in general fine arts from Ohio State University, attended The Art Academy of Cincinnati for fine art foundation, and Parsons School of Design program in West Africa where she studied textile arts and African art history. Jen was the 2018 juror for Marin MOCA's Make Your Mark exhibition, curator for Arts Benicia's After Dark exhibition, gives workshops on art marketing, and offers private consultation with artists.
Todd Hemsley, Operations With 25 years experience working in the film industry in Los Angeles as a Visual Effects Artist, Todd is the "behind the scenes" gallery operations manager between VFX gigs. Todd has worked on over 20 feature films including Pirates of the Caribbean, Apocolypto and Transformers as well as 100+ commercials including most recently 3+ years at Apple, Inc. In between VFX jobs, Todd keeps all the gallery parts moving smoothly... including being bartender at most openings.
Karadan Clark, Exhibition Coordinator Karadan has a BFA in painting, has lived all over the US and two years in Italy. Karadan is a practicing abstract painter, (almost) fluent in sign language, and is known by everyone for her amazing ability to organize almost anything. Karadan lives in Vallejo, has a hairless cat who is an occasional visitor at the gallery, and is a master art hanger and art fair pro. She focuses on exhibition management, registration, and all the important details.
Ridj Johnson, Outreach San Francisco native Ridj is an abstract painter and former technology specialist for Salesforce and HP among others. He has lived in Santa Monica, Mexico, NYC and now the Bay Area.
Aidan Harley and Katherine Fosse: Gallery + Art Fair Assistants Extraordinaire