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Davis Waldorf School Student Art Exhibition

Gallery 1855 is pleased to announce a special exhibition featuring the talented students of the Davis Waldorf School This exhibition will feature work from Davis Waldorf students 1-8 entitled “Connecting with the Natural World Through the Eyes of A Child”.  The exhibition will run from July 1-July 30th and the opening reception will be held Sunday, July 9th from 1-4:00pm. The opening will include a free performance from the Davis Waldorf Fiddlers.
A deep appreciation for nature is expressed in this art exhibit which shows that every child is an artist everyone has their own unique connections to nature. The display ranges from second grade to eight grade, using chalk drawings, beeswax crayon art, charcoal drawings, and watercolor paintings. As you peruse the artwork, enjoy the individual details each child adds to their work. The display includes the work of the seventh graders who have studies briefly about social justice and the human rights movements, which they will explore in depth in eighth grade. They each chose a quote from Dr. Martin Luther King Jr’s I Have a Dream speech to enhance their paintings of the red hills of Georgia.

Gallery 1855 is a premiere non-profit art gallery featuring contemporary art. It is located at the Davis Cemetery District office.

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“Hand of Man” F/8 Photography Group Exhibition

Gallery 1855, 820 Pole Line Road, announces the F/8 photography group art exhibition featuring local artists Anne Miller, Dave L. Robertson, Richard Haliburton, Dennis McCoy, Joseph Finkleman, Tim Messick, Rob Floerke and Michael Radin.

The collection, centering on the theme “Hand of Man,” will run throughout June. The show features each artists’ interpretation of the theme. Davis artist Tim Messick photographed man-made things that have been altered somewhat by time and the elements. Photographer Anne Miller’s work started with a man-made surface and the work ultimately becomes something else in her treatment of the subject. While nature enthusiast Robert Floerke’s images explore the past and mystery of the “Ancient Ones’ or Anasazi.

A free artists reception will be held Sunday, June 11th, from 1 to 4 p.m. The show is inspired by the 1930s’ famous group of photographers that lived in and around San Francisco that called themselves the F/64 club. It wasn’t that they actually used this very small f/stop but rather it was the idea of infinite depth of field that intrigued them. Before, for decades, photography had many adherents to a romantic soft-focus or selective-focus style. Using a small aperture meant that there wasn’t a specific obvious plane of focus, thus the viewer could make their own choice on what was important to them about the image and not be told by the photographer where to look.
It is in this spirit that this group of largely Yolo County photographers have come together to critique each other’s work. The eight artists all have different interests and visions, but one common passion is to perfect and develop their specific talents.
All ages are welcome and encouraged to visit the gallery, located on the grounds of the Davis Cemetery. For more information, visit www.daviscemetery.org

 

 

 

Summertime Group Art Exhibition

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Shake off those winter doldrums with our first annual “Summertime” exhibition. Artists from all mediums have shared their interpretation of this wonderful season. Exhibition will run from May 4th-May 31st.  The reception will be held on Sunday, May 21st from 1-4:00 pm. Grab a friend and enjoy an afternoon of delightful work from some of your favorite artists.

Featuring:  Linda Ayre, Mary Ellen Bauer, Koel Breslin, Pearl Caysentes, Simon Dvorak, Dalia Frank, Donald Hartman, Mark Howell, Charles V. Mcdonald, Mary Ann Montague,  Barbara Mortkowitz,  Diane Mohar, Cathie James-Robinson, Lin Lindert, Ann Privateer, Marguerite Schaffron, Susan Scholey, Cathy Speck, Crystal Vagnier, and Thelma Weatherford and Linda Ziskind!

 

Dave Hennessy  “Goose Cameos Served With a Medley of Botanicals” Solo Exhibition

Exhibition Dates: April 1 2017-April 30, 2017

Artist Reception: April 9, 2017 1-4:00pm.

Gallery 1855 is pleased to announce an exciting exhibition from artist Dave Hennessy. The exhibition will run from April 1-April 30th and a special artist reception will be held Sunday, April 9th, 2017 from 1-4:00pm.

Dave Hennessy is a photographer who creates ethereal and surreal images of his natural surroundings. The images are printed on aluminum that is infused with dyes and wood board that is marked with ink. His use of alternative materials gives the work the appearance of a painting. Wood amplifies the image’s organic earthiness.  Aluminum amplifies the image’s luminosity even under normal room lighting. His work reflects his artistic influences of Ansel Adams, Richard Diebenkorn (figurative paintings), Morris Graves, Edouard Manet (flower paintings), Odilon Redon, Joseph Mallord, William Turner, Vincent van Gogh, Johannes Vermeer, and James McNeill Whistler. This will be a must see exhibition.

“Twenty-three of the twenty-four images in this exhibit were captured within easy walking distance of my home.  The twenty-fourth image was created entirely digitally. Hopefully, in capturing and working with the images I have revealed some of the extraordinary and the miraculous hiding-in-plain-sight in the everyday-ordinary.  Something grand is always nearby—one doesn’t have to go somewhere special.

Integral to the experience of each work is its title, square format, and medium.  In contrast to a rectangle, squares better lend themselves to a more immediate and intimate experience of the image.  The rectangular format encourages the eye to move from end to end.  Consequently, the image feels more “out there.”  The square format encourages the eye to move around.  The image feels more “close-up.”

Thelma Weatherford “Abstractions of Nature” Exhibition

Gallery 1855 is pleased to announce the solo exhibition of Davis artist Thelma Weatherford. The Abstractions of Nature exhibition will feature her latest works and will run throughout the month of March. There will be an artist reception with light refreshments on Sunday, March 12th from 1-4:00pm. The show will consist of paintings that are small abstract snap shots of nature such as gardens, plants, flowers, water, some are subtle others have movement and bright colors. There is a mixture of oiland cold wax as well as encaustics.

 

My work has evolved over the years; currently I have been working with encaustics and oil & cold wax. In my process I experiment with layering, scraping and mark – making. I usually start with a general idea or color scheme. After I apply several layers and manipulate the paint I allow the piece to guide me, to “tell” me where it wants to go. It takes several days or weeks to get to this point. My work is about exploring what you can do by layering, adding & taking away layers of paint. I use various mark making tools to etch into the layers of paint. My work focuses on abstract style of art. Inspiration comes from nature and our environment. My observation of the world around me is my subject matter. Creative energy comes from trees, plants, leaves in the fall, water, mountains, beaches, and cityscapes. I play with color, texture, line, and form. Many of my paintings are impressions of small places such as leaves in a windstorm, poppies at night, maybe a riverbed with water flowing over rocks, or the patina of old wood. I am fascinated by the texture of buildings and structures. I use these elements from my environment to create abstractions or what I call mindscapes

More about the artist can be found on her website http://www.artbythelmaw.com/

David Robertson “Death be Abstraction” Reception and Artist Talk

Exhibition Dates: February 1-February 28, 2017
Artist Reception: February 12th 1-4:00pm
Artist Talk: February 12th 2-3:00pm
Gallery 1855  is pleased to announce the solo exhibition by abstract photographer David Robertson. Death by Abstraction will be on exhibit throughout the month of February. A special artist reception which will include a talk with the artist will be held Sunday, February 12th from 1-4:00pm. The personal talk with the artist will start at 2:00 pm.The show was inspired by two articles the first being Zadie Smith’s “Man vs. Corpse” in the New York Review and the other by Alex Ross “Trill of Doom” in the New Yorker.

David Robertson is a retired professor of English at UC Davis, where he was also a member of the Graduate Groups in Ecology and Geography. He was a member of the group of faculty who established the Program in Nature and Culture, and joined with other faculty and staff to bring the Putah Cache Bioregion Project into existence. His teaching and research centered around human responses to the natural world, as well as the Bible as literature and religion in general. Two books were the outcome of these interests, West of Eden: A History of the Art and Literature of Yosemite and Real Matter, a book about the writings and doings mainly of Gary Snyder, Jack Kerouac, Philip Whalen, and Mary Austin. Since the early 1970s he has been an active photographer of the natural and human worlds.

Gallery 1855 is a non-profit contemporary gallery located at the historic Davis Cemetery District. For more information please go to www.daviscemetery.org.

Through the Lens of a Teen: Emerging Photographers from Da Vinci Charter Academy

Gallery 1855 welcomes all to come see the magnificent photos taken by AP Photo Students at Da Vinci Charter Academy. “Through the Lens of a Teen” will be on exhibit throughout the month of January. A reception will be held Sunday, January 15th from 1-4:00pm. The show will feature multiple works from nine young photographers. The show will consist of both digital and silver gelatin prints and explore a variety of subject matters. All sales will go directly to the artists of the AP Da Vinci Art program.

The exhibit opens on January 2, reception Jan 15th and is open through rest of January. The gallery is located on 820 Pole Line Rd., Davis, Ca. Come support the next generation of artists.

Simon Dvorak: Nodes An Exploration Exhibition

Simon Dvorak Solo Exhibition: Nodes

Exhibition Dates: December 1-December 30, 2016

Artist Reception December 11, 2016 1-4:00pm

Gallery 1855 is pleased to announce the solo exhibition by multi-media artist Simon Dvorak. His solo exhibition “Nodes” will be exhibited throughout the month of December.  A special end of the year opening reception will be held on Sunday, December 11th 1-4:00pm.

Simon Dvorak has shown his work in multiple mediums throughout the United States. His latest work is an exploration of networks. Nodes, connected and disconnected, forming a greater whole, exist as independent and yet dependent objects. Connected and energy can be transferred. Disconnected and the node exists independently. Electrical circuits, computer networks, your ‘Related Items’ have all manifested as a result of this paradigm.

“Through the vibrant medium of oil paint I have tried to visualize these concepts in diverse formats and styles. In a time of social networks aided by technology, examining the power and beauty of networks becomes imperative so that we may better understand their nature and potential impact of their forms.”

This will be a must see exhibition. All work for sale by the artists. More information about the artist can be found at http://www.simondvorak.com

Dreamers, Altars, Dreams and Paintings Exhibition Reception October 9th

Gallery 1855 located at the cemetery office of Davis Cemetery & Arboretum will hold an art exhibition “Dreamers ~ Altars, Words and Paintings” from October 1-October 31st. There will be a special opening reception on October 9th from 1-4:00pm. It will feature over 20 art pieces by artists: Maya Christina Gonzalez, Rene Castro, Juan Fuentes, Francisco Orrego, Jaime Montiel, Claudia D. Hernández, and Natalia Deeve Sossa; featuring the poetry by locally and internationally recognized Poet Francisco X. Alarcón. The opening reception on October 9th will include a reading by Escritores del Nuevo Sol Poets and others. Poet-Activist and Co-editor of “Poetry of Resistance: Voices for Social Justice” Odilia Galván Rodríguez, will serve as emcee for the event.