Jen Tough Gallery

Carol Dalton: Written In The Sand

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APRIL 27 - MAY 10, 2018


Carol is primarily a painter, also working with mixed media, collage, and printmaking.  She starts with collaged and pigmented paintings on board, and scores, scrapes, and abrades, and marks, creating rough textured surfaces.  Washes of pigment are added, distilling the surfaces and infusing them with a powerful and balanced presence.

Recent works are concerned with environmental and communication issues.   Dalton’s sensitivity to her materials and her regard for her subjects, brings depth and authenticity to the pieces.  She inspires non artists and artists alike with a layered beauty and intensity to her work.

Carol studied at the Santa Barbara Art Institute from 1971-1974. She has shown in the Bay Area for many years since moving there after art school, and has work in museum, corporate, and private collections. She maintains an active studio practice in Benicia, California.

Call for Entries: Marin Museum of Contemporary Art

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Jen Tough will be the juror for Marin MOCA's "Make Your Mark" exhibition
Hurry! Submission deadline: April 20, 2018 (by midnight PST)

Exhibit Dates: June 16 – July 29, 2018
Reception: June 16, 5 – 7pm

Artists use marks to create form, line, pattern and texture. Mark-making can be loose and spontaneous or intentionally controlled and structured. Marks can be descriptive, expressive, conceptual, photographic or symbolic, and appear across all genres of artwork from abstract to representational. A mark can be made with a splash or drip of paint, or a thread through space. From Vincent Van Gogh to Cy Twombly, mark-making has been an integral part of the artistic process yet it can be elusive to define. We’re interested in seeing how you make marks to create your artwork. 2D or 3D artwork will be accepted in any medium.

JUROR  Jen Tough
Jen Tough Gallery is a contemporary gallery and art consultancy located in Benicia, California. Programming includes an ambitious exhibition schedule comprised of solo shows rotating every several weeks, multiple art fairs, and the management of Opus – an invitational artist collective for independent artists. Jen Tough has a BFA from the Ohio State University, attending the Art Academy of Cincinnati and Parsons School of Design program in West Africa. She was the Art Director for Urban Outfitters, Hollywood Records, Warner Bros Records, numerous national magazines, and was a creative consultant for Nike for many years.

Open to all U.S. resident artists 18 and over. You are invited to submit up to 5 digital images of your original artwork completed in the past five years, not previously shown in a MarinMOCA or Artists of MarinMOCA exhibit.  Artists currently represented by the juror are ineligible for this call. This exhibit is open to all art media. Only online entries with digitally uploaded images will be accepted. Oversized artworks that do not have a waiver will not be juried.  Digital entries must be RECEIVED via online application on or before midnight, FRIDAY PST, April 20, 2018. Notification will be by online list of accepted artwork and via email.

More info can be found here:

Susan Stover: Reveries + Reliquaries

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Opening Reception: Saturday, April 07, 5:00-7:00

Reveries and Reliquaries is composed of paintings and sculptures that recall an ethnic sensibility and geometric organization. Adapting processes that are traditionally used in the production of textiles, Stover uses materials and techniques that recall a collective history with the completed painting and forms revealing themselves in the making. Stover explores the meditative qualities of repetitive labor involved in stamping, stitching and constructing, along with how these created objects and textiles are tied to identity, status and religious beliefs in various cultures.

The exhibition features an entirely new body of work for the artist, including small freestanding sculptures and large and medium scale mixed media wall pieces incorporating encaustic wax. The majority of these new works have a similar color palette, primarily white, grey and muted earth tones creating a quiet and meditative installation and grouping.

Susan Stover received an MFA from CCA in Oakland, and a BFA from Miami University in Oxford, Ohio, with both degrees concentrating on textiles and painting. She has shown extensively across the US and is known for her teaching and workshops given in her studio.

Diane Williams + Chuck Potter: Ancestral Convergence

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Partners in life and in the studio, Diane Williams and Chuck Potter show their latest works in our first flash exhibition. Using earthy materials with an Asian influence such as rust solutions and sumi inks, Diane and Chuck create inspiring large scale abstract works drawing on their common spiritual influences and nature.


The Three Graces, mixed media triptych on canvas, 2018


"The name of my studio is I AN I. It is a version of the Jamaican Rastafarian term “I and I”. Living in Jamaica for 10 years as a young woman, I adopted the concept of “I and I”. To paraphrase the words of Rastafari scholar E. E. Cashmore: “I and I is an expression to totalize the concept of oneness..... I and I means that God is within all...”

I have come to realize that “I and I” also encompasses a relationship with our ancestors. Our DNA connects us with our familial history going back to the dawn of time and we carry the wisdom of the ancients in our genes. Additionally our ancestors include our artistic influences whether related by blood or simply a connection of the heart and a common bond.

My recent work is an exploration of my ancient roots as a weaver, and a farmer. Pieces like “The Gatekeeper” and “Weaver’s Tale” use hand cut stencil and scrappers to mimic patterns and folds of fabric. “Woven Field” pays tribute to the fertile soil where life springs forth in the form of flowers. “The Three Graces” harkens back to to Asian ancestery, honoring the Bird and Flower painters of China.

My pallate of rich earth tones, and rust  draws a connection with the land and the patina of time. Large brusbstrokes are my physical relationship with my work, mapping my journery as an artist. I have become acutely aware as a mature artist, that my future is merely a continuation of the ancient past and we are all connected by common threads." —Diane Williams


Take a Stand, mixed media on canvas, 48x44, 2018


"I believe in a creative source greater than myself. Painting is my spiritual practice, a form of prayer that connects me to my ancestors. I speak of ancestors as those influences that are passed down through generations not only in the physical sense of DNA, but also through shared experience that I like to reference as shared consciousness. My approach to the canvas invites a gathering of my ancestors into a shared vision where I can embrace a larger creative energy. I can paint surfaces and textures abstracted from nature and beyond where beauty is more complicated than something that is pleasing to the eye. Consider the grandeur of a mountain range in contrast with the surfaces, textures, and color of rocks found in a creek. Both the mountain and the rock share a common source, but I respond differently to each of them. Using homemade rust solutions, sumi ink, acrylic paints, and other mixed media on a wet plaster surface, I can record my own body movements and responses into the surface. The marks I leave behind become a journal of my shared ancestral experience and an invitation for the viewer to partake." 
—Chuck Potter

Lisa Rosenstreich: Material Investigations, Opens Friday, March 09

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Join us for the solo exhibition of Ukiah artist Lisa Rosenstreich, opening Friday, March 09 with an opening reception Saturday, March 10 5:00-7:00. 

Lisa Rosenstreich’s mixed media work explores both abstraction and figuration. Obsessed with color and pattern, she works in oil, cold wax, acrylic and collage. Her work reflects an interest
in the natural world and human interaction. Utilizing a vivid, subjective color pallet, she constructs images through the building of layers of paint and paper, often constructing and deconstructing a surface many times before the final composition emerges. Ranging in size from 16” x 16” to 50” x 122”, this series of paintings and collages focus largely on formal aspects of shape, color and line; in part inspired by her experience teaching fundamental art and design concepts to students. Rosenstreich is an Assistant Professor of Art at Mendocino College in Ukiah, CA where she teaches painting, drawing, design, and art history while also managing the college’s art gallery.

Opening Friday, February 23: Tangential

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Mark Ashworth, Ridj Johnson and Jenny Phillips



A small group invitational featuring three Bay Area artists whose work plays with line and form in varying media. Mark Ashworth's work focuses on colorful and bold shapes that fluidly fill his large canvases full of motion. Ridj Johnson's at once delicate and bold shape and line work tell almost tribal stories with their patterns and repetition. Jenny Phillips work is quiet, serene and minimalistic, focusing on hairlike strokes in encaustic wax. This show is not to missed if you're interested in current Bay Area art trends.

Gallery Hours: Mon-Thurs open 10:00-7:00 for private viewings; Friday 1:00 - 6:00; Saturday 11:00 - 7:00; Sunday 11:00 - 6:00. For a private viewing, please contact Karadan@JenTough.Gallery

Grand Re-Opening and Opening Reception: Lisa Pressman, "The Heart of It"

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Solo Exhibition
Lisa Pressman: The Heart of It
February 09 – February 22, 2018

Jen Tough Gallery, 942 Tyler Street, Benicia

Opening reception: February 10, 5—7pm

Jen Tough Gallery is pleased to announce the opening of The Heart Of It, a solo exhibition of works from New Jersey-based American abstract painter Lisa Pressman, on view at 942 Tyler Street in Benicia from February 09 – February 22, 2018. Opening reception is February 10, 5-7pm. This will be the artist’s second showing at Jen Tough Gallery with work previously in the group invitational exhibition, Women In The Abstract in 2017.

Pressman’s vibrant, moody work explores transformation and movement, using vessels, windows, doors, and imagery relating to the inside/outside metaphor. In The Heart of It, Pressman turns inward, focusing on where the work comes from, “turning the outside noise down and tuning in to the inside.”

The exhibition features new work alongside previous in which Pressman has created and used abstract imagery of transport in order to suggest the passage from “human vibrancy and entropy.” In the catalogue for Passing Through, John Seed comments, “Pressman is attracted to the personal and the familiar, which she recasts into explorations of mood and color. Working in series, she creates families of imagery that share thematic points of departure while generating individual works that are discrete and distinctive”

Lisa Pressman was born in Elizabeth, New Jersey in 1958. She earned her BA in Art from Douglass College, Rutgers University and her MFA from Bard College. Her work focuses on a visual synthesis of stored and personal memory.

Gallery Hours: Mon-Thurs open 10:00-7:00 by appointment; Friday 1:00 - 6:00; Saturday 11:00 - 7:00; Sunday 11:00 - 6:00. For more information, please contact

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.