We will take over a whole gorgeous boutique hotel called Casa de la Noche June 23-29 for a once in a lifetime class with Micheal Shemchuk (“Shem”), where we’ll dive deep into mixed media as only Shem can do. One of the country’s most sought after instructors, Shem is full of enthusiasm, support and boundless creative energy, tools and ideas. Get away and focus on your work in this gorgeous hilltop city with endless inspiration and artistic energy, surrounded by a supportive group of artists and new friends.
A New Lens: Working with Abstraction with Louise Victor
Two full days of instruction with Bay Area Artist Louise Victor in our new project space with lunch included both days. $330
We briefly trace the history of abstraction, beginning with Hilma von Klint, who was the first abstractionist, through Kandinsky, Mondrian, Gorky and the Abstract Expressionist to modern abstraction.
Through drawing experiments, we learn how to find forms and structure for our abstractions. There are several techniques for doing this, which I demonstrate. Participants will experiment and play with these methods over the two days, leading to a firm development of a personal formal vocabulary.
We also discuss the ways in which we can describe space and movement within the abstraction. Using different techniques such as: overlap, negative space, texture and color, the two days culminate by painting vibrant, exciting abstractions with solid structure and intention.
INSTRUCTOR: MIRA M WHITE
This workshop offers new possibilities for artists who want to enrich their work by incorporating multiple media. It focuses on the amazing possibilities available in combining soft pastels, acrylics and collage. It is also about creating work that strikes a deeper meaning for you. We will be building layers, adding, subtracting, scraping, using both homemade and commercial stencils, using soft pastels as both a drawing and painting medium, alternating with acrylics.
Our collage materials will be culled from painting exercises the first day, structured initially as a base layer or underpainting. Acrylics, soft pastels, water soluble graphite sticks, water soluble oil pastels will all contribute to this mixed media mash up! I hope you will join me!
Painting Bold With Acrylics & Other Mediums
Instructors: Diane Williams + Chuck Potter
In this 3-day workshop you will learn to be BOLD. Learn about the different stages of making a painting as we guide you through the process. Mark making is distinctive as your fingerprint adding a personal touch to your painting. Marks can energize a painting or highlight movement, rhythm or direction. This workshop will emphasize composition and movement using gesture, color, contrast and texture. By making a mark and responding to the mark we will build the painting. This approach infuses the painting with the feeling of freedom and adventure.
Exhibition runs March 23 - April 25
Jen Tough Gallery, a contemporary Bay Area gallery located in the historic Benicia Arsenal, is pleased to announce the solo exhibition of gallery artist Tamera Avery titled, Hell’s Valley. Avery, who lives and works in San Francisco, recently was awarded first place in the prestigious Crocker-Kingsley competition. Her recent exhibitions include Split Screen, with Deborah Oropallo and Andy Rappaport at Gearbox Gallery in Oakland, The Summer Show and Art Santa Fe with Jen Tough Gallery, along with New Lands and Wild Things, both San Francisco popups.
In this series of brave and almost human-scale self portrait paintings, Avery places herself in the ponds of Hell’s Valley, an area of rugged cliffs and sulfurous hot springs in Japan, where Macaque Monkeys enjoy steamy baths. This series of revealing and highly personal works defy the cultural norm of invisibility for middle-aged women. Avery’s series challenges the viewer to gaze and explore her constructed narratives, evoking a level of discomfort while seemingly stating, “I am here”.
More Info here.
SOLD OUT Landscape+Architecture: Abstract Experiments with Pigment Sticks, Oil Paint, Wax and Paper
with Sara Post
$475.00 / A 3-day workshop with lunch included each day.
Landscape and our relationship to it is a powerful theme in contemporary abstraction. The Benicia Arsenal offers a unique combination of landscape—sky and water worlds, and architecture, massive buildings and boats. Inspired by the land and our architectural interactions with it, workshop participants will use beautiful materials to focus on color and placement of abstract elements in order to express powerful thematic ideas. We’ll blend and combine soft pigment sticks with oil paint, wax and other mediums. Working on paper provides options not available on other surfaces while allowing flexibility and permission to break new ground. Economical and effective presentation ideas for finished work will be demonstrated. Open your imagination and come ready to explore and enhance your own artwork with “strategies to create miracles”.
Artists include: Terry Tsu, Rachel Davis, Nancy Brown, Sasinun Kladpetch, Swann Freslon, Christopher Chaffin, Chuck Potter, Diane Williams, Rebecca Katz, Barbara Pollak-Lewis, Francis Snyder, Julie Cavaz, Beth Billups, Kate Zimmer, Amanda Saint Claire, Bibby Gignilliat, John Yoyogi Fortes, Jenny Phillips, Tamera Avery, Carol Dalton, Melissa Mohammadi, Erin McCluskey Wheeler, Gina Tuzzi, Jeffrey Erickson, Peter Samuels, Gustavo Oviedo and more
Opening Reception: Saturday, February 9, 5:00-7:00
SOLD OUT - TO BE ADDED TO WAITLIST, PLEASE EMAIL US: Info@JenTough.Gallery WITH “WAITLIST” ON THE SUBJECT LINE. THANK YOU!
3 over 3: An Abstraction by Design mixed media workshop
Instructor: Michael Shemchuk (“Shem”)
One of the gallery’s most sought after instructors, and a favorite of collectors and students alike, Shem will be teaching for three full days this February. This is a very special class you don’t want to miss! Fun and informative, supportive and enlightening are words that others have used to describe Shem’s workshops.
INTRUCTOR: ERIN MCCLUSKEY WHEELER
We will explore color and composition and use collage as a starting point for painting and further mixed-media work. Students will have the option to create several small pieces to experiment with color composition, layout, gluing and connecting techniques, or to create one larger piece. This is a wonderful opportunity to re-purpose and give new life to old painting, drawings, prints, and photographs - if it's on paper and it's okay to cut it up - you can use it! In this class you will generate new ideas for creating abstract art and think deeply about color and composition through the fun, accessible medium of collage. Open to artists of all levels of experience.
Michael Shemchuk: Surface Tension
JANUARY 05 - FEBRUARY 13
Jen Tough Gallery is thrilled to announce the solo exhibition of gallery artist Michael Shemchuk, “Shem”. Shem as been in numerous shows at the gallery including Earthly Evidence with Mark Eanes and Carol Dalton and numerous art fairs. We recently launched a new line of prints of Shem’s work which we introduced at Art San Diego in October, and are available in editions under 25.
Join us for a group invitational curated by gallery artist and Bay Area legend Michael Shemchuk (Shem), running January 05 through February 13, 2019 with an artist’s reception January 12, 5:00-7:00. Artists chosen for this show are all current or former students of Shem’s. This show runs concurrently with Michael Shemchuk’s solo show, Surface Tension.
Artists include: Elaine Tope, Bibby Gignilliat, Jackie Boberg, Aia Bower, Claire Verbiest, Allison Cooke, Donna Weathers, Susan Friedman, Beverly Kedzior, Patricia Leeds, Jamie Madison, Pat Mayer, Karen Meadows, Julia Nelson-Gal, Crystal Neubauer, Rebecca Katz, Christina Spann, Shirley Williams, Margot Hartford