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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.

Celebration of Life Art Festival and Concert

The Davis Cemetery and Arboretum will host its eighth annual Celebration
of Life Arts Festival from 1 to 4 p.m. Sunday, September 18th. The free
festival features live music anda group art exhibition featuring the works
of local artists in a variety of mediums. Light refreshments will be
served throughout the day.

The event will start with a live performance by the New Harmony Jazz
Band from 1-3:00 pm. They will play a variety of jazz tunes from classic
to modern.

The art exhibition will be on display at the on-site gallery from
September 1-September 30th and features photography, charcoal,
encaustic, and paintings from over thirty artists.

The Davis Cemetery is as 820 Pole Line Road. For more information, call
530-756-7807, email is cemetery@dcn.org or visit www.daviscemetery.org.

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Nature Mandalas by Kurt Fishback

Gallery 1855 is pleased to announce the solo exhibition “Nature Mandalas” by renowned photographer Kurt Fishback. The exhibition will run throughout the month of August. A special artist reception will be held Sunday, August 14th and will include a special talk by the artist from 1-1:30 pm.

From the Indian language Sanskrit meaning Sacred circle, Mandalas are gateways to our divinity, the God within us from the human perspective and inspired by energy inherent in the Earth and Nature.

A mandala can be used during meditation as an object for focusing attention. The symmetry of the designs tends to draw the attention towards their center, towards our center.

In each Mandala natural elements have been incorporated from photographs made while walking on the Earth. Some of the elements include; trees, stones, grass, sand, water, air, clouds and sky. Light is the most important element, indicative of the energetic life force in everything.

Visages of animal and other spirits emerge in the production of the mandalas as a result of the juxtaposition of the natural elements used. They speak of our connection to the Sky Nation and to the individual medicines of Grand-father Sun, Grandmother Moon, the Thunder Beings, the Cloud People, all planets, galaxies, stars and solar systems.

These Mandalas were made as a part of my daily spiritual practice. Each mandala is available for individual interpretation and discovery of any
personal meaning specific to the individual viewer.
Kurt Edward Fishback, son of photographer Glen Fishback and name sake of photographer Edward Weston, grew up as part of the photographic community in Northern California during the 1940’s and 50’s. Mentors and friends of the family included Ansel Adams, Wynn Bullock, and Edward Weston. Despite his immersion in the world of photography, Fishback began his artistic career studying ceramic sculpture at Sacramento City College, the San Francisco Art Institute and the University of California, Davis in the 60’s. He first began to experiment with photography in 1962 as a way to document his experiences with other sculptors, but it was not until 1973, when his father invited him to teach at the Glen Fishback School of Photography, that photography became Fishback’s primary mode of expression. Since then he has gathered over 250 environmental portraits of artists in their studios or the space they chose.
Kurt continues to teach photography when he is not too busy maintaining his own artistic career. His first major, one-person exhibit was held at the San Francisco Museum of Modern art in 1982. Besides this Kurt has amassed an exhibition record of over 100 solo exhibitions and countless group exhibitions since 1961.