Join us for an Artist Talk & Closing Reception with Carrie Ann Plank and Ellen Markoff: Sunday, February 24 / 4-6 PM
In our first exhibit of the new year, we are very pleased to present the work of esteemed San Francisco printmakers, Carrie Ann Plank and Ellen Markoff. Both artists credit the influence of the natural world in their work, pushing the boundaries of printmaking; using traditional and experimental techniques. There is a strong but pleasing contrast in the works created, making for an interesting dialogue between the two.
Carrie Ann Plank focuses on visual portrayals of information systems. She works with many layers of data visualization from charting to mathematical equations, to scientific principles. She combines emergent technologies, such as CNC routers and laser cutters, with traditional hand carving and mixed by eye applied inks.
Ellen Markoff works primarily in Monotype, creating unique one of a kind, hand pulled prints. Evocative of the natural world and the forces that shape it, her process of applying various media directly to the plate yields visceral imagery that is spontaneous, layered, transparent and textural.
Join us for our annual year end retrospective exhibition. This year marks our 11th year serving the local artist & maker communities. The gallery is brimming with fine, visual art & handmade jewelry by over 40 bay area artists (and a few beyond). Come raise a glass & celebrate with us on December 6th.
Featured Artists: David Avery | Sharon Beals | Josie Iselin | Kathryn Kain | Linda Larson | Derek Lynch | Tatiana Lyskova | Toru Sugita | Mary Southall | Liana Steinmetz | Aaron Zube
Featured Jewelers: Anna Andersson | Raissa Bump | Deborah Caperton | Jessica Davies | Diane Dewey | Stephen Dove | Samantha Grisdale | Vanessa Gade | Sakura Haru | Denise Heffernan | Stephany Hitchcock | Erika Honig | Jenny Jensen | Marcy Kentz | Emily Kiesel | Kathleen Maley | Shellie Markee | Owen McInerney | Dorie Meister | Vanessa Mellet | Joyce Rietveld | Jenn Carroll Wilson | Jenny Windler | Stefanie Wolf | Eko Wright
Additional works by: Peter Arvidson | Etsuko Bram | Mark Faigenbaum | Natasha Juelicher | Heidi McDowell | Sarah Newton | Carrie Ann Plank | Jenny Robinson | Hideo Yoshida
Aaron Zube is continually inspired by the unique geography of San Francisco; the hills, distinctive architecture, and the way that the ever changing light plays out over the urban landscape. The slow process of painting allows him to extend time within fleeting moments in order to explore the subtle power of light, color, and form, evoking memory, emotion, and ultimately creating a deeper sense of connection to his surroundings. Aaron strives to imbue his paintings with the beauty inherent in familiar scenes but often missed or overlooked in the course of busy daily life.
Aaron’s early teacher & mentor was the California landscape painter Peter Loftus. He studied drawing, painting, and sculpture at UCLA where he earned BA. He continued his study of drawing & painting over subsequent years through various workshops and most recently at Sadie Valeri Atelier in San Francisco. He’s participated in several shows, at Inclusions Gallery over the past 7 years & completed a number of commissions. He hold a masters degree in Architecture from the Southern California Institute of Architecture.
Derek Lynch creates urban-based idealized landscapes, in dreamlike circumstances. His work merges the use of digital photography, painting, and architectural forms that focus primarily on San Francisco neighborhoods. The scenes depicted are familiar but slightly skewed by ambiguous relationships and unsettling juxtapositions of geographic locations. The outcome can be whimsical yet offers a serious sociopolitical commentary on the changes to our urban landscape.
Derek was born in Englewood, NJ and currently lives and works in San Francisco. He graduated from the School of Visual Arts in New York City in the early 80’s. He was mentored by artists Frank Owen, John Seery, Francesco Clemente, and Sandro Chia. His work has been featured throughout the Bay Area in prestigious solo and group exhibitions. He is the recipient of numerous grants and awards.
Artist reception: August 18 / 5-7 PM
Artist talk: September 13 / 7-8 PM
Cyanotype Workshop: September 16 / 11:00 – 2:00 PM
We are delighted to present new works by Josie Iselin and Sharon Beals. In this exhibit, each addresses our ocean world from different vantage points, confronting issues both inspiring and thought provoking.
Josie Iselin is a San Francisco-based fine art photographer using her scanner to capture portraits of objects and organisms from our near-shore ocean universe. She is the photographer, author and designer of eight books published to the trade. Her writing and book development practice is deeply informed by the act of looking closely and her research into the science of intertidal habitats is imbedded into the weft of her art-making practice. Josie holds a BA in Visual and Environmental Studies from Harvard and an MFA from San Francisco State University. Josie has used her flatbed scanner and computer exclusively for generating imagery for almost twenty-five years. She is still captivated by the fluidity with which this technique allows her to render and design with three-dimensional objects. Josie exhibits large-scale prints at select galleries and museums as well as at algal conferences. She designs architectural scale seaweed commissions and gives workshops on art & algae. She has also designed a line of seaweed-inspired scarves and shower curtains.
“After making a series of books on beach stones, seashells and sea glass, the world of marine algae (seaweed) opened up to me while building a book titled Beach: A Book of Treasure, published in 2010. I was exploring, visually, the realm of what we find at the beach and happened to hold a scrap of seaweed up to the sky. I was struck by a fabulousness of form and color that prompted me to return to the studio and put some seaweed on my scanner. In 2014 a visual primer on seaweeds, titled An Ocean Garden: The Secret Life of Seaweed, was published. This book combines luminous portraits of these ‘intertidal heroes’ with thoughtful prose explaining their world and their life histories.Algal Dreams: Seaweed Stories from the Pacific Coast of North America, is the next project in the works. It is an ambitious combination of essays and historical as well as contemporary imagery, due to be published in 2019. This book chronicles the natural history as well as the history of science of fifteen iconic, Pacific coast seaweeds and kelps. A portfolio of images layering my contemporary scans onto historical lithographs of these specific seaweeds has evolved alongside the development the book. I am deeply influenced and humbled by the men and women who have been investigating the seaweeds before me, many generating some of the first imagery to bring these elusive, ocean-based organisms to human view. My hope is that bringing art and science together builds empathy with and for the seaweeds; that celebrating the ordinary wonders we find in the strip of ocean along our coast will bring thoughtfulness and stewardship to this extraordinary place of discovery.” – Josie Iselin
Sharon Beals is the author and photographer of Nests: Fifty Nests and the Birds that Built Them. Besides the nests, she photographs wild native habitats and watersheds, and recently, coastal fault-lines. Responding to the issue of plastic ocean debris, she created photograms of plastic fragments to make large scale, deceptively beautiful yet confrontational images. Included in this show is her first video, an homage to the ocean that she created for this show.
“Time stops at the Ocean’s Edge. I stand at the cliff edge as incoming waves are volleyed back by the rocks below. Far from any silting river, on a clear day the reflected sky inks this confluence of deep and shallow water with pure blues and greens. Wind lifts the spray from a breaching whale, seals search the undulating shallows as oyster catchers and gulls loudly name their territories, and pelicans parade in prehistoric flight.Our dear ocean, home to so many species of life we only know a fraction, supporting the rare and rapidly disappearing in visible and invisible ways.” – Sharon Beals
Artist Reception: June 16 / 5-7 pm
Artist Talk: July 19 /7-8 pm
We are very pleased to present Liana Stienmetz, The Generous Hours: Contemporary Landscape Paintings from the California Coast.
Liana Steinmetz’s passion is taking her paints outside and capturing a moment in time that expresses the drama of expansive landscapes. A native of Marin County, she grew up where the redwoods meet the sea and miles of grassy hills touch the bay.
In 2002, after graduating with a BA in Anthropology, Liana was feeling lost in our current fast-paced culture. She found relief, and a sense of belonging, by spending time in nature; the more time she spent, the better she felt. She began documenting her strong connection with nature, through painting. She continued furthering her education in Studio Art and Oil Painting at the College of Marin and Marin Art School from 2007-2012.
Liana is the recipient of several awards and honors, including a number of Artist in Residency Scholarships in Missouri, South Dakota and New Mexico. She has been painting professionally for ten years, having work exhibited in both select group and solo exhibitions throughout the bay area. This is her first solo exhibit an Inclusions Gallery.
Opening Reception May 12 / 6-8 pm
Post construction update:
Though we are still in the process of finishing, the gallery is now open for business during regular hours. We are currently featuring large scale paintings by San Francisco artist, Derek Lynch.
We will be having an artist reception March 3rd, 5:00 – 7:00 PM.
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We’re excited and look forward to seeing you soon.