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Two Michaels Exhibition of Michael Stone and Michael Radin

Gallery 1855(820 Pole Line Rd) is pleased to announce a unique photography exhibition. “Two Michaels” features two lifelong friends and artists and their unique photography of landscape and architecture. The exhibition will run until October 30th and the opening reception will be held Sunday, October 14th from 1-3:00 pm.

Michael Radin works are a romantic series of photographs that capture the human interactions of the everyday lives in France. He first arrived in Paris twenty years ago and spent three months around Europe. He immediately fell in love with the city, the Seine, and the quais that border the river.  He still visits France regularly and this collection will make you feel like you have stepped back in time.

Michael Stone captures landscape and architecture using his digital camera and Photoshop Paint Program. The result is a photograph with an impressionistic painted surface. A portion of his works will include a series of a 1940’s apartment complex in Santa Monica. The old apartments and the smooth bark Eucalyptus trees have always caught my eye. I have been working on this project since early 2018. He lives in Santa Fe, New Mexico and has made three visits to the project area this year and continues to find new images to work with. This is a work in progress.

Gallery 1855 is non-profit, art gallery located at the Davis Cemetery District office. Visitors are welcome to enjoy the art and explore the grounds and gardens. Information can be found at



Solo Exhibition of Charles V. McDonald Opening Reception September 9th from 1-4:00 pm

Gallery 1855 is pleased to announce the solo exhibition of artist Charles V. McDonald. Charles is frequently spotted camera in hand documenting the exciting world of sports, arts and charitable events. His latest solo exhibition “Some Play and Even More Cheer” will be a must-see exhibition. The show will run throughout September and a special art reception will be held on Sunday, September 9th from 1-4:00 pm. His keen eye and humor can be seen and felt In his work. The works explore the similarities and differences of a variety of every day places and scenarios.

“The name of my solo photographic exhibition “Some Play & Even More Cheer” was originally intended to picture athletes engaged in playing their sport vs. the pictures of non-engaged spectators. A very simple contrast between the two. Or, so I thought.
I knew exactly which of my photographs to highlight as my “featured” or “title piece” for the solo exhibition. It is the one of spectators lined around the roller-skating track out at The Rink facility (off Bradshaw and Route 50).
And yet, that very image quickly became its own contradiction. Yes, the spectators were not active skaters, but in my photograph, they do appear to be both actively engaged in the action and many look to be emotionally involved in the outcome.
My vision for this photographic exhibition soon expanded to incorporate other dual interpretations derived from subjects that I photographed.”

I am hopeful that the viewer will discover their own pronouncement of “this vs. that” in my photographic exhibition. E.A. Bucchianeri, Brushstrokes of an Gadfly said it best “Art (contradiction?) is in the eye of the beholder, and everyone will have their own interpretation.” Charles V. McDonald

Gallery 1855 is non-profit, contemporary gallery located at the Davis Cemetery District office. Visitors are welcome to enjoy the beautiful grounds, enjoy a treat courtesy of the cemetery and take in the fine art at the most unique gallery in the region. Details can be found at

Amgen Tour California
Digital Print on 11×14 Poster Board

Women’s Lacrosse
Digital Print on 11×14 Poster board

Old Glory at The Rink
Digital Print on 11×14 Poster Board

9th Annual Celebration of Life Exhibition!

Gallery 1855 located at the scenic Davis Cemetery & Arboretum will host it’s ninth annual “Celebration of Life Group Art Exhibition” The exhibition will run from August 6, 2018-August 30th. The artist reception will be held Sunday, August 12th from 1-4:00 pm. The art exhibition will feature photography, charcoal, encaustic, and paintings from over thirty artists from local artists of all ages. The show will also include contributions for our local girl and boy scouts.

Celebration of Life started nine years ago when cemetery staff noticed artists creating art at the cemetery grounds. They thought it would be a great opportunity to open their doors to the public to display their works. The show received such an incredibly positive response that Gallery 1855 was created. The gallery now hosts monthly shows featuring local artists throughout the year.  Everyone is invited to be inspired by the art and beautiful grounds.

The Davis Cemetery is as 820 Pole Line Road. For more information, call
530-756-7807, email is or visit

Solo Exhibition of Ian Nelson Open Reception is July 8th

Ian Nelson Solo Exhibition

Artist Reception: July 8th 1-4:00 pm 

Gallery 1855 is pleased to announce the solo exhibition of Ian Nelson. the exhibition will run throughout the month of July. The artist reception will be held July 8th from 1-4:00 pm. Ian is a California native that moved to Maui, Hawaii in 2008 to pursue his passion for ocean sports. His full color underwater images are printed on aluminum.  His work has been published in National Geographic and he has exhibited at many galleries. His works feature his travels in Hawaii and Thailand. The subjects include foliage, animals and ocean life.

“Photographing the octopus truly is an art and it is a skill that has taken me years to develop. Octopus are incredibly intelligent, cunning and elusive. To find octopus you must develop the “eye.” Their camouflage is so effective that they can blend the color and texture of their skin with their surroundings. Once you have found an octopus, the fun begins. With some patience and a bit of luck, hopefully, you can witness them hunting, traveling, mating, or simply hiding in a hole.” Ian Nelson

Ian works on a sailboat providing private charters and as a professional photographer. Ian became interested in photography at a young age and took photography class in high school, but it wasn’t until years later that he would pick up the camera and start shooting again. Ian’s love of travel and the ocean have provided him with a diverse subject matter for his fine art photography.

Gallery 1855 is a non-profit art gallery located at the historic cemetery district. Visitors are welcome Monday-Friday 9-4:00 pm and second Sunday from 1-4:00 pm. More details can be found at

Patricia Prendergast The Serenity of the Northern California Landscape

Patricia Prendergast
The Serenity of the Northern California Landscape

Gallery 1855 is thrilled to announce the solo exhibition of artist Patricia Prendergast. Her beautiful, detailed pastel works can be viewed throughout the month of June. A special artist reception will be held June 3, 2018 from 1-4:00 pm. Light refreshments will be served.

Since retiring from a career as a computer programmer, Patricia has been able to indulge her love of nature and art. She chose pastels for the immediacy of the color on her finger tips. Although most of her work is done in the studio she enjoys painting out in nature to hone her ability to see the light and the colors. In fact, she feels the greatest benefit she derives from painting is how it changes how she sees the world when she isn’t painting. Everything is more vivid – the beauty of light and shadow in the trees, the subtlety of the color of clouds, the sparkle and reflections in water.

Patricia often begins her paintings with a watercolor underpainting and applies pastel over that, leaving some of the watercolor to show through. She lets the painting process determine how the scene will unfold. Her paintings are more an evocation of an emotional response to the transcendence found through nature than a rendering of a specific place.

Patricia is a signature member of the Sierra Pastel Society and is currently represented by the Pacific Bay Gallery in Bodega Bay and CK Art in Midtown Sacramento.

You are invited to view more of her art and contact her through her website:



Naomi Bautista Solo Exhibition

MAY 3-MAY 30, 2018
ARTIST RECEPTION MAY 20, 2018 1:00 PM-4:00 PM
Davis artist Naomi Bautista celebrates her 15th year as an artist with her first solo exhibition at Gallery 1855. Naomi’s exhibition will include recent still life and landscape paintings. Her paintings reflect the unique expressions and dimensions for each individual on this planet. As an artist she transfers to canvas through her creative viewpoint.
“I started out by taking a basic painting class at the Davis Arts Center and a local community college followed by more classes and workshops at other places from various teachers.
Some of the teachers taught me fundamental basic techniques while others taught me how to transfer my love of colors and energy onto the canvas.
I paint many different subjects. Any subject can be a reference of what my artistic eyes interpret, where the interpretation is something only I can create. I try to develop my own style of painting but if I have to categorize it, it can be called impressionism and abstract.
I feel so fortunate to be able to do what I love to do. I hope that the art I create can provide happiness and joy to others as well.”
Naomi exhibition will be on display at the historic Davis Cemetery Office. Enjoy the colorful paintings and the colorful gardens throughout the month of May. The gallery is open M-F 9-4:00 pm and second Sunday from 1-4:00 p.m.

Landscapes with a Gist By Stasia Tikkanen

Gallery 1855 will host a one-of-a-kind exhibition by local artist Stasia Tikkanen. “Landscapes with a Gist” will run from April 3 to 30. An open house is planned from 1 to 4 p. Sunday, April 8.

The exhibit features conceptual landscapes that include a night-and-day series, an in-studio series exploring perception related to the time of day. The artist paints two scenes from the same environment, one in nightlight and the other in daylight to see how light alters the perception of a scene. In this series, she has explored subjectively chosen scenes in Davis.

Originally from Albuquerque, N.M., Tikkanen moved to Davis 16 years ago. With a bachelor’s degree in fine art studio from the University of New Mexico, she has worked as a professional studio artist, decorative painter and in galleries for a total of 20 years.

In 2013, she became a full-time studio and plein air artist.

“While painting in studio or outdoors in the tradition of plein air, I seek a general notion or idea in each environment I explore and try to capture it in my work,” Tikkanen said.“While painting, I ask myself, what does this scene make me think or feel? What is the gist of this scene? Be it a mood, a metaphor, symbolism or just an internal musing on my part, I find revealing it through landscape captures a reflection of human nature.”

The idea of conceptualizing landscapes got the attention of several patrons interested in specific themes. In 2014-2015, Tikkanen was privately commissioned to paint a landscape series featuring the high deserts and mountains of New Mexico and Arizona. This series reflects the culture of the area through color and subject while portraying the unique lighting of the high desert mountains and land features.

In 2016, Juanita Bucot published one of these paintings, “The Sandias,” as a book cover of her fiction novel “Spirit Gone Wild,” a journey through the southwest in the 1960s. Also in 2016 the artist focus extended further into the outdoors and scenes of Northern California.

After exhibiting in the 2017 Davis Art Studio Tour sponsored by the Davis Art Center, Tikkanen continued her Northern California focus with an in-studio series titled “Night and Day — A study of perception related to light.”27747392_10216463158794102_4035382938590195388_oDSC_1006

CALL TO ARTISTS Celebration of Life Exhibition

The Davis Cemetery and Arboretum will host its ninth annual Celebration
of Life Arts Exhibition August 2018. Artists of all stages are welcome to contribute to this group art exhibition . Work should be ready to be hanged and delivered by July 23rd. Please label your piece with all relevant information.  We welcome a variety of mediums but due to space limitations cannot accept sculpture or large scale pieces.

The art exhibition will be on display at the on-site gallery from
August 1-August 30th . The artist reception will be held Sunday, August 12th from 1-4:00 pm.

The Davis Cemetery is as 820 Pole Line Road. For more information, call
530-756-7807, email is or visit

Susan Scholey and Mark Howell “Not So Far Away” March Exhibition

Gallery 1855 is pleased to announce a special exhibition with photographers Susan Scholey and Mark Howell. The exhibition will run throughout the month of March. The opening reception will be held March 11th from 1-4:00 pm.

This exhibit features recent landscape and nature photographs by local artists Susan Scholey and Mark Howell. Almost all of the images are from California; hence the title, Not So Far Away. In addition, the title refers to Sue’s and Mark’s shared belief that the pleasures of art are always close at hand, an integral part of our humanity. The prints in this exhibit represent a persistent quest to go beyond the basic descriptive/documentary aspect of photography to produce pictures evocative of the profound influence of the natural world on the human psyche.

Sue Scholey is a physician who has lived in Davis since 1989. Over the past decade, her long-time interest in photography has evolved into a passion, abetted by workshops with Michael Frye, Charles Cramer, and Stephen Johnson, and by her friends and fellow members of Viewpoint Photographic Art Center. She has participated in many group exhibits, but this is her first exhibit of a larger body of work.

Mark Howell has been making photographs with serious intent for over 25 years. After many years making black-and-white darkroom prints, he has spent the last few years exploring the greater freedom of digital photography. This is his first exhibit of digitally-produced landscapes. Also an ardent Viewpoint member, he lives in a West Sac condo dominated by two cats and lots of other people’s photographs.

New Territory Layers, Tears, Scrapes, Marks and Shape Solo Exhibition of Linda Ayre




The talented Linda Ayre will exhibition her abstract paintings during the month of February at Gallery 1855.  The exhibition will run from February 5- February 28th. The artist reception and open house will be held February 11th from 1-4:00pm.

Linda has been a Davis, CA resident since 1990.  She was Born in Glendive, Montana, raised in Santa Monica, CA and lived extended periods of time in San Francisco, Peru, and Mexico, which gave her many diverse memories and experiences.

She first became interested in painting and art in the 70’s while living in Oaxaca, Mexico where vivid colors, animals, plants and uncommon situations were visible on a daily basis in the extraordinary, ever surprising local art. For 14 years the beautiful tapestries and weavings, colorful ceramics, and brightly painted wood carvings as well as the paintings of indigenous artist painter were her portal to art and when she began painting, they permeated every painting she did and still have a dominant influence on her work.   Her paintings, now, are a mixture of the subjects that interest her today and those vivid colors, those characters and situations and the memories of experiences (sometimes magical and surreal) that she had.

During her life in Oaxaca she was immersed in the unreal real realm of Indigenous art where the normal limitations of human and animal behaviors do not apply.  During these years she was influenced by the art of Rufino Tamayo, Francisco Toledo, and Frida Kahlo as well as by the paintings of the indigenous Oaxacan artists who worked in the Taller de Artes Plásticas Rufino Tamayo from 1978-1984:  Eddie Martinez, Justina Fuentes, Maximino Javier, Amador Montes, & Guillermo Brena .

Twenty years later, in 2007, after retiring from teaching and school administration in Woodland CA., Linda began painting and took her first formal classes.   Watercolorists Joyce Laws, Betty Berteaux and Christine Shackel were her first teachers in California.  In 2008-09 Linda studied oil painting in Paris at the Academie Port Royal in a studio art course with Jean-Maxime Relange and Dina Pickard.  In 2010 she returned to Oaxaca, Mexico and entered an advanced studio art class with Guillermo Brena.    After returning to Davis in 2012, Linda worked on her own and took classes with Betty Burteaux at the Davis Art Center. In 2013 she was accepted into the Different Strokes Art Critique Group.  In 2015 she took both an Oil & Cold Wax Mixed Media and an Abstract Painting, Drawing & Collage workshop with Sara Post which moved her toward abstract painting.

Linda is interested in painting the out-of-ordinariness of ordinary things and the juxtaposition of perceived important and the non-important. She sometimes takes on the painting of individual plants or animals as an opportunity to explore and understand their uniqueness.

Recently Linda has been exploring abstraction and other genres to express her art including cold wax and oil, collage, India ink,  & charcoal used in abstractions. Some of her acrylic abstracts are shown in this exhibit.

She has exhibited in Davis, CA at: The Chen Building (2009), The Tsao Gallery, a group exhibit (2013), The International House, a group exhibit (2015). She is presently showing her work at the Gallery 625, Woodland, CA