Jen Tough Gallery

Lisa Kairos: Bay Cartographies
Apr
14
May 8

Lisa Kairos: Bay Cartographies

Using mixed media and encaustic (hot wax and varnish), Lisa creates spellbinding lucid dream-like abstractions with a touch of science. She spent over two years "mapping" the San Francisco Bay, by walking around it's perimeter, photographing and drawing what she observed: the colors, the shapes, the stillness. This solo exhibition is the culmination of those years of work, and mark a transition from one project to the next. Join us for our opening reception and meet the artist: Friday, April 14 at 5:00 during Vallejo's Art Walk.

California: Weird, Wonderful + Wild
May
12
Jun 4

California: Weird, Wonderful + Wild

Join us for the opening reception during Vallejo's Art Walk: Friday, May 12.

Group invitational show running May 12 through June 4, 2017. This show is a tribute to all the weird, wild and wonderful that makes California unique. Artists include: Michael Ward (Costa Mesa, CA), Samantha Fields (Los Angeles), Heath Kane (London, UK), Susan Stover (Graton, CA), Obtainium Works (Vallejo), Jerry McLaughlin (Oakland, CA), Justin Preyer (Vallejo, CA), Suzanne Long (Vallejo, CA), Lisa Kairos (Pacifica, CA), Thomas Wojak (Vallejo, CA), Fred Smith (Marin, CA), Lisa Golightly (Portland, OR), Christopher Naughton (Vallejo, CA) and Jeff Snell (Vallejo, CA).

Left: Limited edition silkscreen 'Masks of Fear - Jong-un by Heath Kane More Info click here.

 

Women in the Abstract
Jun
9
Jul 9

Women in the Abstract

Join us for the opening reception Friday, June 9, 5:00 - 9:30

An invitational exhibition of contemporary women painters working in abstract expressionism. Artists include: Joyce Conlon, Diane Williams, Sara Post, Rebecca Crowell, Theresa Stirling, Zoe Cohen and Pamela Caughey. Image Left: Diane Williams, 'The Resting Place' 84" x 180" Acrylic and sumi ink on canvas

Pamela Caughey: Remainders
Jul
14
Aug 6

Pamela Caughey: Remainders

Join us for the opening reception Friday, July 14, 5:00 - 9:00 during Vallejo's Art Walk.

Pamela resides in Hamilton, Montana.

"Rather than literal renderings of my environment, I strive to create emotional content. Being surrounded by mountains, valleys, forests and sunlit meadows is a great inspiration to the senses, but when I paint, my colors, surfaces and tools entice me to explore the unknown. Rather than paint what I see and understand, I paint without knowing and hope I will discover something.  I strive for a finished painting that expresses something that can’t be verbalized, only visualized and experienced."

Strange Nature
Aug
11
Sep 3

Strange Nature

Something unexpected. A little dark but beautiful, maybe surreal. This show is all about the unusual all around us, seen in a new way. Small group show.  Image left by Veronica Mortellaro.

Mimi Ting
Sep
8
Oct 8

Mimi Ting

"Informed by her transcultural perspective, she has a captivating palette from which she devises striking combinations and arrangements, coaxing unexpected results from a frugal number of carefully prepared pigments. Ting’s astute choices come not solely from their position on the color wheel, and her inspired teaming of shades sets off the sumptuousness and vibrancy of each — as if seen for the first time. No hue plays a secondary or supportive role, which encourages the visual flux. Rather than look upon gray as neutral or drab, Ting prizes the hue for its resonance with the entire spectrum and lets it holds its own next to maroon or crimson...."  —Stephanie Grilli, Ph.D., art historian and independent curator

 

Jerry McLaughlin
Oct
13
Nov 5

Jerry McLaughlin

My paintings start with a lot of colors and a lot of marks. Frequently there are words, numbers, and symbols—recognizable things. But gradually, layer-by-layer, I obscure them. As I build up the painting, I am quieting it down. In the end, though the paintings have complex textures, they are essentially minimalist surfaces in neutral tones.

I choose my materials for the tactile experience I get working with them and for the textures they allow me to create: oil paint, pigments, and solvent—sand, ash, and dirt. A soft beeswax paste holds it all together. I use texture and surface as field.

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Ridj Johnson
Jan
12
Feb 5

Ridj Johnson

Solo exhibition by Ridj Johnson, known for his abstract paintings and collage works.

Lisa Pressman
Feb
9
Mar 4

Lisa Pressman

My work embodies a visual synthesis of stored memory. Personal recollections, both vivid and vague, build and decompose over time. Each painting, with its complex layered surface, elicits a visceral response, reshaping its own new history

Lisa Rosenstreich
Mar
9
Apr 9

Lisa Rosenstreich

My work reflects an interest in expressionism, abstraction and figuration.   Characterized by a vivid, subjective color pallet, it is often loosely narrative with frequent references made to the psychology of human experience and to the natural world.   I work in series; exploring ideas and emotional experiences over the course of many paintings and drawings.  

Susan Stover
Apr
13
May 7

Susan Stover

My work is about the relationship between art and artifact. It is about investigating what drives us to create, what form it takes and how it is valued. It is about honoring ritual, everyday labors and the beauty and mystery in fragments left behind.

Pattern and repetition are an integral part of the work as I often use traditional textile processes. I dye fabric, melt wax, embed fibers, and construct surfaces. I choose these methods because it connects me to people in other cultures who work in the same way. It is a language with which I can communicate and learn about symbolic meanings and beliefs at the same time defining my own.

Rebecca Crowell
May
11
Jun 4

Rebecca Crowell

Since earning her MFA in painting from Arizona State University in 1985, Rebecca Crowell has led a life focused on painting. When she is not traveling for teaching or for artist residencies (in such places as the Catalonia region of Spain, northern Sweden, and coastal areas of Ireland) she works almost daily in her studio in rural western Wisconsin. She draws significant influence from these residencies and travels, as well as from her surroundings at home.

Rebecca Crowell is known for her innovative painting techniques involving cold wax medium and mixed media, and is represented by a number of fine art galleries in various locations including Dublin, Ireland; Chicago, Illinois; Telluride, Colorado; Atlanta, Georgia; Milwaukee, Wisconsin and Columbia, Missouri. Her representation with Gormleys Fine Art in Dublin has recently led to international exposure, including several European art fairs.


Art Happy Hour
Apr
22
5:00 pm17:00

Art Happy Hour

  • Jen Tough Gallery

The gallery will be open for a couple hours every Saturday night. Up Bay Coffee Pedalers will be there serving ice cold nitro-brewed coffee. Look for the blow up giant "Astro Botanical" sculpture outside... Come hang out in funky downtown Vallejo with us all summer.

Wax.
Mar
10
Apr 8

Wax.

Join us for our very first opening happening on Vallejo's Gallery Walk night! The Wax exhibition features several nationally recognized artists who work in hot wax (encaustic) and cold wax mediums:  Zoe Cohen,   Melinda Cootsona,   Lisa Kairos,   Stephanie LaFortune,   Jerry McLaughlin,  Susan Najarian,   Sara Post,   Lisa Pressman,   Theresa Stirling