Jen Tough Gallery

California Inked: A Survey of Works from the California Society of Printmakers

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Curated by California College of the Arts Professor and master printmaker Thomas Wojak, this show highlights both friends and society members. Artists include: Jonathan Barcan, Barbara Foster, Mark Johnsen, Sandra Kelch, Robin McCloskey, Michelle Murillo, Carrie Ann Plank, Luz Marina Ruiz, Robynn Smith, Jack Stone, Toru Sugita, Colleen Sullivan and Thomas Wojak. Image above, "Map" by Robin Mccloskey

Opening reception Saturday, Dec 9, 5:00 - 7:00

Artist Spotlight: Jeff Snell

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Jeff Snell grew up in a rural setting outside Baltimore, Maryland surrounded by woods and small streams. He has always maintained a deep connection to the natural world. Even in his most abstract pieces, one can feel a sense of navigating through passages. Living and working for some time now in Northern California, his work often reflects shifts and movements in his surroundings, where change is constant.

Snell creates dynamic compositions with spaces that shift between dimensional space and purely textural surfaces. He has an approach that allows for improvisation and chance discoveries... the act of creation is central to the content of his work. Kinetic energy is tangible and a variety of textures are developed with custom tools and multiple applications of material. “My objective is to maintain a fierce connection with the developing work that is raw as well as elegant.”


Call for Entries: 'Guilty Pleasures'

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Artists are invited to submit up to 5 two-dimensional works to our juried show, "Guilty Pleasures". The exhibition runs November 10 - December 3, 2017. Opening night is during Vallejo's Art Walk, Friday, November 10, 5:00 - 9:00. An Artist's Reception will be Saturday, November 11, 5:00 - 7:00. In addition to regular hours, the gallery will also have extended hours opening weekend for Vallejo's Open Studios weekend, so there will be extensive opportunity for exposure of your work if selected for inclusion.

Local, national and international artists welcome to submit up to 5 works per entry, 2-dimensional works only (must be able to hang on the wall), 4' wide max, 8' high max, and all hanging hardware must be included with your work.

THEME: Guilty Pleasures is open for your interpretation and does not have to be a literal interpretation. For example, you may be a landscape painter and your guilty pleasure is to escape to the outdoors to paint. If so, please title your work accordingly and in reference to a guilty pleasure. Sorry, but we do not accept sexually explicit work. All styles and media (or mixed media) accepted as long as it is wall hung work. The relation to the theme could be in title only.




_Entry fee is $25 for 5 pieces

_Pay your entry fee HERE

_Proof of payment must accompany your emailed submission. Proof can be a printed, scanned receipt of payment or a screen grab showing payment, attached to an email. Submissions without proof of payment will not be reviewed.

_please send proof of payment with your submission images (not in a separate email as it may get lost)

_Submissions must be digital, sent via email

_images must be attached to an email (not embedded in the body of the email)

_Please send images as: jpeg (.jpg), med to low resolution, RGB (not cmyk or lab color). Just use common sense with this... nothing too large or or too pixelated

_Please do not use any compression software or google drive/etc. If you need to compress images, please lower resolution to send

_Artist is responsible for all shipping charges to and from gallery

_Local, international and national artists welcome to submit work

_Submission does not guarantee inclusion in "Guilty Pleasures" exhibition



_Artist Name, Phone Number, Short Bio (one paragraph max)

_List the TITLE of each attached work, medium, size, year completed




_Artist Last Name_Title of Work



Not so small print: By submitting to Jen Tough Gallery, you agree to all of the following: to pay for all shipping expenses to and from gallery, that your work(s) will be for sale on a consignment basis at the gallery, and if sold Gallery and Artist split retail price 50/50, that artwork is fully insured while at the gallery, that gallery is not insured or responsible for shipping loss or damage, and that if work is lost, stolen, or damaged beyond repair while at the gallery, gallery will pay artist their 50% as if the work had sold. Phew!

Join us for Art San Diego! Sept 29 - Oct 1

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Visit us at booth 210 this year at Art San Diego!

Discover Art San Diego—a contemporary art show in the heart of southern California featuring an international slate of artists and galleries. The show features over 500 leading contemporary artists, museum exhibitions, Art Labs, events, and Art Talks focused on collecting. Now in its ninth year, the four-day event attracts over 15,000 high-net-worth collectors. Join us for an unforgettable four days of cutting-edge art, entertainment, and special events. Link here.

Sunday Artist Talk: Michael Shemchuk

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Don't miss this Sunday's artist talk with Michael Shemchuk (Shem)! This Sunday, July 30, 5:00 - 7:00. Casual meet and greet with the artist along with Q&A. Michael Shemchuk (Shem) is an artist based in the Bay Area of California. Shem is known for his large abstract, mixed media collage works, where he "mines" for hidden textures, colors and visual remnants through layers of paper, paint and found media, revealing spellbinding compositions with formal attributes. His work is reminiscent of both urban decay and discarded periodicals and advertising, where he finds the often overlooked beauty within.

Summer Sundays at the Gallery: Artist Talks

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Join us this Sunday, July 23, 5:00 - 7:00 for 'Earthly Evidence' artists Carol Dalton and Mark Eanes as they discuss their work in a casual meet-and-greet format. Light refreshments served.

On Sunday, July 30, 5:00 - 7:00, Artist Michael Shemchuk will discuss his work and creative process in a meet-and-greet style talk in the gallery. Light refreshments served.

Don't Miss It! This Friday, July 14 5:00 - 9:00 during Art Walk!

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Join us Friday, July 14, 5:00 - 9:00 for TWO openings and the grand opening of our new Inner Gallery space! It will be Vallejo's Art Walk, and this month Georgia Street will be closed to accommodate food trucks, artist tables and music! Parking should be plentiful on nearby side streets and city lots.

OUTER GALLERY: "Earthly Evidence", a small group invitational with artists Carol Dalton, Mark Eanes and Michael Shemchuk, running through Sunday, August 6.

INNER GALLERY: "The Little Things: Small Art 6" and Under" Artists include: Karen Gallagher Iverson, Jeffrey Tover, Carol Dalton, Rick Weyrich, Suzanne Long, Eileen P Goldenberg, Ridj Johnson, Irene Nelson, Sara Post, Lisa Kairos, Mira M White, Susan Stover, Chuck Potter, Diane Williams, Melissa Mohammadi, Hector Badillo, CJ Trujillo Justin Preyer, Adam Cochran, and more!


Upcoming Art Fairs

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Happy to announce the gallery will be exhibiting at two upcoming art fairs! Art San Diego Sept 29-Oct 01, and Art Expo Contemporary in Las Vegas (during Winter Market) Jan 27-31. Come visit!

First Show in New Inner Gallery Space - 'The Little Things'

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Join us for the opening reception July 14, 5:00 - 9:00 during Vallejo's Art Walk! The first show in our new "inner gallery" space, The Little Things: Art 6" and Under will be on view July 14 - September 3. This is a group invitational and artists include Karen Gallagher Iverson, Jeffrey Tover, Carol Dalton, Eileen Goldenberg, Ridj Johnson, Sara Post, Mira M White, Lisa Kairos, Chuck Potter, Diane Williams, Melissa Mohammadi and more.

New Gallery Space Opening!

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Super excited to announce we're opening an "inner gallery" in our gorgeous Victorian-era building which will be an amazing second space for showing outstanding contemporary art. Our first show will be a group invitational 'The Little Things: Works 6" and Smaller" opening July 14, and the second show is a site-specific installation by artist Jeff Snell in conjunction with the Visions of the Wild Festival opening September 8. Openings will be held on the same night as the front gallery, 2nd Fridays from 5:00 - 9:00.

'Women in the Abstract' show opens Friday, June 9

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I'm so excited about our next show! Women in the Abstract features (female, of course) abstract painters working in varying mediums in primarily expressionistic abstraction. Artists include: Melissa Mohammadi, Diane Williams, Sara Post, Joyce Conlon, Rebecca Crowell, Theresa Stirling, Lisa Pressman, Zoe Cohen, Suzanne Jacquot, Irene Nelson and Pamela Caughey. On view June 09 - July 09.

Opening reception: Friday, June 9, 5:00 - 9:00 during Vallejo's Art Walk. Don't miss it!

Classes and Workshops

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Learn from Gallery Artists

Jerry McLaughlin teaches a cold wax workshop

Several gallery artists have workshops and classes coming up in the next year and into 2018. If interested, sign up quickly as they fill up almost as soon as they are announced. Many gallery artists offer private instruction, please see the artist's website for details.

Jerry McLaughlin

October 20-23 Cold Wax Workshop, Berkeley, CA

October 26-29 Cold Wax Workshop, San Luis Obispo, CA

Sign up and get additional info at Jerry's website

Rebecca Crowell

Waiting list only. Please see Rebeccas' website to sign up.

Susan Stover

July 10 - 14, 2017 Exploring materiality: Fiber and encaustic intensive, Graton, CA

September 8 and 9, 2017, Intro to Painting with Encaustic 2-day workshop, Graton, CA

October 16-20, Concept, passion, materiality and craft with Susan Stover and Patricia Baldwin Seggebruch, Graton, CA

Sign up and get additional info at Susan's website

Suzanne Jacquot

July 18-20, Get Bold, Brave and Wild! Paint Big! Abstract Art Workshop, Santa Rosa, CA

September 15, 16 and 17, 2017, Express Your Wild Creativity: Cut Loose, Get Wild! Abstract Art Workshop, Santa Fe, NM (Taught by Julie Schumer and Suzanne Jacquot)

June 03, Ignite Your Wild Creativity Through Mark Making, Abstract Workshop, Marin, CA

For more info and registration, go to Suzanne's website

Jeff Snell

Saturday June 24, Sunday June 25: Explore Abstract Compositions
2 single day classes

Sign up here or visit Jeff's website to learn more about him

Lisa Pressman

Find out more about Lisa's workshops here

Sara Post

Find out more about Sara's classes here