First exhibition in our new space! Join us for the opening Friday, July 14, 5:00 - 9:00 during Vallejo's Art Walk. Group invitational featuring works 6" and smaller. Artists include: Karen Gallagher Iverson, Jeffrey Tover, Carol Dalton, Rick Weyrich, Suzanne Long, Eileen Goldenberg, Ridj Johnson, Sara Post, Mira M White, Melissa Mohammadi, Lisa Kairos, Irene Nelson and Adam Cochran.
OPENING RECEPTION: FRIDAY, SEPT 8, 5:00 - 7:00
As part of Vallejo's magical Visions of the Wild festival, artist Jeff Snell will be doing a site specific installation in the Inner Gallery. The theme of the work is "Our Changing Landscape" and will address the current assault on our environment. Composed of paint, board, canvas, and mixed media, Jeff's gorgeous sculptural works will envelop the entire space, yet be able to be sold as smaller individual pieces.
OPENING RECEPTION: FRIDAY, SEPT 8, 7:00 - 9:00
I was born into a household with three women who had bound feet: Great Grandmother, Grandmother and Sixth Great Aunt. We lived together in an old house in Shanghai with a garret where all the children slept. One of my earliest memories was reaching into the secret jar from which all sweetness flowed, to pick out my own bar of brown sugar. Another was my stepping onto the sill of an open window, a cool wind on my face; I reached toward the patch of blue-grey sky, willing to fly. Voices behind me screamed, “No! Stop! Do not move!” Those words became the mantra for most of my upbringing. They were to prevent me from being struck by whatever misfortune might be waiting in ambush. In order to not get into trouble, I became adept at being still, and learned to thrive in stealth and silence. Imagination was my window for escape…
We're excited to be one of the Supporting Galleries for Arts Benicia and their 30th anniversary Auction and Gala. We will be donating a work by Oakland's Jerry McLaughlin for the auction, so if you've been waiting to add one of Jerry's works to your collection, this is a great opportunity to also support a wonderful arts organization in the Bay Area!More info about Arts Benicia and this event here.
OPENING RECEPTION: SATURDAY, OCTOBER 14, 5:00 - 7:00
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.
An invitational group show curated by Thomas Wojak.
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.
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.
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.
Solo exhibition by William LaChance of St. Louis, MO, listed among Artnet's index of TOP 500 ARTISTS FROM THE UNITED STATES, BORN 1966 OR AFTER, William LaChance is an American painter and professor of painting and art history born in St Louis, MO., received a BFA from The Kansas City Art Institute and an MFA from Indiana University and was artist in residence at The Chautauqua Institution, New York and The Oxbow School, Michigan. William LaChance's works are in the permanent collections of The US Federal Reserve, Lambert St Louis International Airport, The National Broadcasting Company (NBC) and Nike Inc. Opening reception during Vallejo's Art Walk, Friday, June 08, 5:00 - 9:00
Don't miss artist Anthony Riggs discussing his work at the gallery during the 'Strange Nature' show. "My paintings are a visual exploration of opposing belief systems. By integrating visual elements from different historical periods and ideological viewpoints I investigate how aesthetics have been used as propaganda to control the narrative of history. I borrow from pop culture, kitsch, propaganda, ancient mythology, religious iconography, and science fiction. Using the aesthetic tricks of classical composition and advertising propaganda I want to seduce viewers into my narrative world. In these works I invite the viewer to think about the relationship between east and west, masculine and feminine, ancient and modern, and science and religion. I want to suggest a new story using appropriated images from multiple histories. My goal is to negate traditional narratives and create endless subjective interpretations. By combining these images I hope to create new meaning that transcends national and cultural specificity.
My current series combines the scientific and environmental worldview with ancient religious symbolism creating an iconography of an emerging belief system. These works are a reflection of the near scientific thinking, environmental fear and religious belief in american popular culture."
Join us for champagne, hors d'oeuvres and a silent art auction to benefit the first Vallejo Chalk Art Festival, this September 8-10, part of the Visions of the Wild Festival.
The Chalk Art Festival will have chalk artists and street painters from master artists to youth and families, transform the pavement into a collection of vibrant, colorful, large scale images. Designs will include images reflective of "Our Changing Landscape", this year's theme for Visions of the Wild Festival. The Chalk Festival will be held Sept 8-10 in downtown Vallejo. For more information, visit their website
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, Melissa Mohammadi, Suzanne Jacquot, Lisa Pressman, Zoe Cohen, Irene Nelson and Pamela Caughey. Image Left: Lisa Pressman
Join us for the opening reception during Vallejo's Art Walk: Friday, May 12.
Group 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), Jen Stone (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).
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.
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