Jen Tough 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.

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!