Artist Reception: April 27 / 5-7 PM Artist Talk: May 9 / 6:30 PM
Rooted in the tradition of landscape painting, Heidi McDowell’s work explores our contemporary relationship to the natural world through the process of documenting memory.
“I start with travel, collecting images and impressions on road trips, and bring the experience back to the studio for examination. My process relies on a fluid dialogue between loose drawing, sketchy monotypes, and photorealistic painting. Because each medium has its own limitations and moments of surprise, struggling with the imperfections of any given process becomes a way for me to play with the image and excavate more information with each iteration. I will repeatedly attempt to draw a cloud in graphite, then oil, then ink, then oil again looking for a common thread but also noting the changes. Difficulty, accident, and misinterpretation drive discovery, and the resulting works become memories of both the places they describe and the process of describing them. In the end the work depends on a balance between specificity and suggestion that rewards multiple viewings to build a narrative over time. I want you to feel like you could look behind a tree, imagine what’s under a rock, or watch the clouds slide past and feel that the boundaries of the painting are not the boundaries of the place.” – Heidi McDowell, April 2019
Sum of the Partsfeatures 5 Bay Area artists working in collage & assemblage. Each approaches the genre with a unique perspective, inspiring a collection of work ranging from two-dimensional compositions to three-dimensional sculptures. Each piece is thoughtfully composed of cultivated antique & vintage papers, found objects, and other collectibles. The resulting works are curious, thoughtful, and meticulously rendered showing the breadth of contemporary collage & assemblage.
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.
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
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.
As a poetic precursor to the long days of summer, we’re pleased to present this lovely group exhibit, featuring the work of four Hunters Point Shipyard artists. Stop by for the reception or come view it during gallery hours, through the 10th of June.
Kathryn Kain was born in Toledo, Ohio and studied art at the Cleveland Art Institute, Toledo University and Arizona State before settling in the San Francisco Bay Area. She completed a BFA, emphasis on printmaking at San Jose State University. She earned her MFA in printmaking at the San Francisco Art Institute. Nature, nurture and the deep connection between humans and plants inspire her work. Drawing perishable objects in the vanitas still life tradition, her work features beautifully rendered fruits, flowers and branches. Selected ephemera, collected images and found papers offer hints of narrative in her drawings and prints. Her monotypes, collages and paintings have been shown across the US and Mexico.
Tatiana Lyskova was a widely-acclaimed, prizewinning illustrator and printmaker in Moscow before she moved to San Francisco in 1998. She graduated as a Bachelor of Graphic Design from Moscow University of Print (Press), Russia. She has successfully worked in fields of book illustration, print design, typeface design, and web design. Fine art, and particularly etching, is important part of her life. Her subjects are literary in nature – witty, ironic and graceful. She strives to capture a vision that sees nature in alternative way; one full of details that may pass unnoticed by many. Tatiana’s works are held in private collections in USA and Europe.
Originally from Edinburgh Scotland, Linda Larson is a painter that lives and works in San Francisco. Formally educated in both Scotland and the US, Linda is life long artist who has shown in many galleries throughout California and the UK. She uses oil paints and mostly traditional grisaille methods of layering light. She paints on wood, art board and clay board as these rigid surfaces hold light well. Linda’s work often depicts the ephemera of seasonal transitions through lush, vibrant, dreamlike landscapes. Fragments from her past that connect with her present work that inspire her everyday observations. Her work is always evolving.
Mary Southall is a San Francisco artist, originally from Texas. She received her BFA from Texas State University in San Marcos. Mary spent several years in Austin as director of a cooperative gallery. She also founded Acme Art Gallery and Studios before relocating to San Francisco. After taking a hiatus from painting Mary began to experiment with new techniques. She discovered inspiration in a plethora of old family papers and images. By working in collage, paper, image transfer and acrylics, she’s found a new visual depth. Her paintings serve as visual journeys, seeking answers to questions about life’s mysterious connections.
Toru Sugita, a printmaker and painter originally from Japan, is actively showing his artwork throughout the United States, Europe, Japan, and Latin America. He works mostly with images with strong architectural elements. Toru is known for his black and white intaglio and wood engraving prints with strong architectural elements. His prints can be found in various public collections including the Achenbach Foundation of Graphic Arts in the Fine Art Museum of San Francisco. Toru is also known as the illustrator of award-winning book “Floating Lanterns and Golden Shrines.”
Jenny Robinson’s work has always been informed by her immediate environment, where she live, works and goes has a direct impact on the subject matter she is drawn to. After moving from London to San Francisco in 2001, she became fascinated by structures displaying a sense of strength and energy, but ignored, threatened by the passage of time to ultimate defeat by corrosion and decay. Her work is concerned with depicting how these giant structures appear, not through a sense of romantic yearning for the past, but by responding to location and documenting how they appear to her, now, in the moment.
David Avery continues to exploit the constraints inherent in black and white line etching at his studio in San Francisco. His work is included in the collections of the Library of Congress, the Fogg Museum at Harvard University, the New York Public Library, the Achenbach Foundation for the Graphic Arts, the Stanford University Library among others, and has been noted in the New York Times. Even though “black and white doesn’t sell”, he has eschewed the use of color, finding the subtleties and tonalities of black and white most capable of creating the psychological mood that allows his work to be effective.