Inclusions Gallery

Retrospective 11

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 and Derek Lynch

Artist Reception: October 6 / 5-7 pm

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.

Oceans Deep: Josie Iselin and Sharon Beals

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

Liana Steinmetz – The Generous Hours: Contemporary Landscape Paintings from the California Coast

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.

Contemplation and Musings: Kathryn Kain, Tatiana Lyskova, Mary Southall, Linda Larson


Opening Reception May 12 / 6-8 pm

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.

Wood, Aluminum, Copper: Toru Sugita, Jenny Robinson, David Avery

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.

Post Construction Update

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.

If you have any questions or concerns, please email:

You can also find us on Instagram and Twitter: Inclusionssf, or our Facebook page: Inclusions Gallery.

We’re excited and look forward to seeing you soon.


Retrospective 10


Opening Reception / Anniversary Celebration: December 7 / 6-9 pm

Join us for the opening of our annual year end retrospective exhibition. This year is extra special because it marks our 10th year serving the local artist & maker communities. The gallery will be brimming with fine art & handmade jewelry by over 40 bay area artists (and a few beyond). Come raise a glass & celebrate with us!

Featured Artists: Qire Ching | Ivy Jacobsen | Colette Crutcher | Natasha Dikareva | Leslie Lowinger | Derek Lynch | Jenny Wantuch | Bruce Katz | Larry Morace | Heidi McDowell | Robert Armstrong | Deborah Caperton | Peter Arvidson

Featured Jewelers: Owen McInerney | Raissa Bump | Stephany Hitchcock | Deborah Caperton | Sakura Haru | Stephen Dove | Jenn Carroll Wilson | Shellie Markee | Marcy Kentz | Jenny Windler | Anna Andersson | Vanessa Gade | Stefanie Wolf | Eko Wright | Denise Heffernan | Samantha Grisdale | Diane Dewey | Erika Honig | Vanessa Mellet | Suga | Kathleen Maley

Additional works by: Kim Smith | David Avery | Sarah Newton | Carrie Ann Plank | Mark Faigenbaum| Jenny Robinson | Susan West | Natasha Juelicher

Peter Arvidson


Opening Reception: October 28 / 4-6 pm

Join us in welcoming back to the gallery Cambridge, MA artists Peter Arvidson. Peter has been showing his work at Inclusions since our very first exhibition in late 2007. Since then, we’ve had the great pleasure of placing many his distinctive oil paintings, in a number of west coast dwellings, and beyond.

Reveries – “a state of being pleasantly lost in one’s thoughts; a daydream, a trance, musings…” and also the title of Peter Arvidson’s exhibit of new paintings at Inclusions Gallery. Arvidson’s works have always displayed a developed sense of color as well as a sophistication with color harmonies. His recent pieces in this exhibition tend toward his “colorfield” series of purely abstract works on canvas and wood panels. These pieces range in size from 6″ x 6″ up to 40″ x 40″ and are designed in loose grids and concentric squares that are often monochromatic with related colors gently introduced and juxtaposed. Some of these paintings evoke horizons and landscapes, while others tend toward musical and life rhythms. For the artist, creating these works is a meditative process with concentration on the the nuances of color harmony and repetitive mark-making. He hopes the viewers of these paintings can also take the time to experience a sense of solace and peace.

Peter Arvidson was born in New York and currently lives in Cambridge, MA. He holds an MFA in Painting from the University at Buffalo. His works are in private collections around the world. He will have his first international solo exhibit in Tokyo in 2018.

Botanicals Rediscovered, early works by Derek Lynch

September 23 – October 21, 2017

Opening Reception: September 23 / 5-7 pm

When Derek Lynch moved from New York City to San Francisco, in the mid 90s, he was immediately taken by the bounty and diversity of nature around the bay area. By the late 90s he began experimenting, incorporating found plant matter into his work. He developed an intaglio process of sorts, combining plants, many layers of acrylic medium, with drawing and surface scratching. The results are captivating multi layered pieces, on canvas and paper, ranging widely in scale and density of medium. Some of the pieces are likened to peering into a frozen pond or fossil bed, while others evoke ethereal landscapes or well patinaed frescos. All are rich in color and texture, some involving elements of drawing and or pattern making in the background; with surprisingly modern elements.

Though the subject of Derek’s most recent work is based primarily on architecture and the urban landscape of San Francisco, as seen earlier this year in his solo exhibit entitled, State of Being, there is one constant through out; a deep affection for his sense of place. We’re delighted to present this series of earlier works for you to enjoy.

Derek Lynch 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.


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