Our numerous and extensive exhibitions vary throughout the year. We offer juried, invitational, curated and open submission opportunities for local, regional, national and international artists.To learn more about our exhibits please visit Events calendar.
Our exhibitions are often augmented with lectures, panel discussions, workshops, demonstrations and musical performances. We strive to stimulate, inspire and educate; further enhancing our patron’s engagement with the arts.
International Juried Exhibition
February 22 – March 29, 2020
Opening reception February 22, 1-4 PM
This exhibition presents a wide array of interpretations of “windows” and/or “doors”, symbolically or figuratively.
Drew Jackson is a lifetime photographer who shifted his artistic focus away from photography to abstract encaustic painting in 2009. After studying the craft locally, at the Mendocino Art Center in Mendocino, California, and Fabrica la Arurora in San Miguel de Allende, Mexico, he found himself once again drawn back to the world of photography where he developed the process he calls, Digital Encaustic. Since 2016 he has been melting mediums and photographing the results. The subject can be a dry, cool encaustic piece but more often than not, the piece is molten on the hot plate when photographed. The resulting abstract photographic art often looks like landscape images taken from the Hubble Telescope, imaginary under sea environments, or alien landscapes.
Marguerite Brennan, a life long ceramics artist, first established herself, on the East Coast where she received her BFA in Ceramics from Philadelphia’s University of the Arts in 1979. Her work has focused on the Mexican, Central and South American animism, folklore and culture and she has studied at the San Miguel de Allende’s Art Institute. She has blended her passion for the natural world into the primitive animal symbology of the native cultures. She recently relocated to the California where there is a strong community of clay workers and artists who explore the same terrain. Her current exhibit, “Opposites Unite,” is her response to the global extremism of current politics. Believing the old adage, humor is medicine, she flips the role of predator and prey in her animal sculptures.
Impressionism emerges as the major style in American art. California artists painted the beauty of our state’s many vistas: ocean, desert, redwoods, vineyards, and eucalyptus trees. They include Guy Rose, Grandville Redmond, Joseph Raphael, and Colin Campbell Cooper, with visits from William Merritt Chase, Childe Hassam. Theodore Wores painted Chinatown. In a fight to move toward modernism we will review the Society of Six led by Selden Gile. Architect Julie Morgan designs Hearst Castle.
America was reeling from the Crash of 1929. WPA artists painted the American scene: Maynard Dixon, Thomas Hart Benton, Diego Rivera, and photographer Dorothea Lange gave the painted voice to those struggling. The county was unsettled with over 1000 strikes. Coit Tower murals were painted during the San Francisco Maritime Strike. Another fair, the Golden Gate World Exposition celebrated two new bridges. Artists like Millard Sheets worked in new California Style. Ansel Adams advanced photography to new and exciting highs.
Artists Clyfford Still and Mark Rothko exploded onto the California scene and pushed painters out of their comfort zone. Abstract Expressionism became the norm. An association called Sanity in Art declared modern art a Communist movement. Bay Area artists rebelled. Figurative Art emerges as a Bay Area tradition. Artists will include: Hassel Smith, Sam Francis, Frank Lobdell, Elmer Bischoff, Richard Diebenkorn, and David Park.