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Squeak Carnwath - Oakland Museum of California



A portrait of Bay Area artists and art movements through the 20th century and celebration of the California College of the Arts (formerly CCAC) centennial. The survey includes the renegade plein-air painters known as the Society of Six; production ceramists Edith Heath and Jocomena Maybeck; artists of the Bay Area Figurative school Richard Diebenkorn, Nathan Oliveira, and Manuel Neri; Peter Voulkos, Robert Arneson, and Viola Frey, leaders of the studio ceramics movement; minimalist John McCracken and conceptualists David Ireland and Dennis Oppenheim; photorealists Robert Bechtle, Richard McLean, and Jack Mendenhall; and cultural commentators Squeak Carnwath and Raymond Saunders.

Gwynn Murrill

Primal Form: The Sculpture of Gwynn Murrill

Council of 100 Distinguished Woman Artist for 2007

Fresno Art Museum


September 7 - November 11, 2007


Gwynn Murrill brings to her award as the Council of 100 Distinguished Woman Artist for 2007 a lifetime of compelling and powerful work – the exhibition presented is an overview of her command of disparate materials chosen for the expression of her sculptural language where pure abstract form transcends anthropomorphism. There are coyotes of laminated Koa wood, a cat hewn from grey Carrara marble, deer of bronze, an animal relief carved within ceramic tiles, along with soaring bronze eagles, each sculpture extends beyond the mimetic impulse to “follow nature. Murrill's sculptural sensibility, in the words of Peter Clothier, is an ecstatic apprehension of pure form in the environment of pure space.

2007 Idaho Triennial

Theodore Waddell & David deVillier


September 1, 2007 - June, 2008


Organized by the Boise Art Museum, the Idaho Triennial is a juried exhibition that has been a respected and treasured part of the museum's legacy since 1935. Held every three years, the Triennial is a statewide, juried art exhibition that reflects the quality and diversity of artwork being created in Idaho. To add a new twist, this year’s guest juror and curator is BAM’s associate curator of art, Amy Pence-Brown. In addition to the standard jurying of slides/digital images submitted by 249 artists, Pence-Brown spent the summer traveling Idaho to conduct 71 on-site studio visits, ultimately selecting 25 for the exhibition. We are happy to announce that the show is touring to two other Idaho venues this spring; it will be at the Prichard Art Gallery in Moscow February 20 - April 4, 2008, and from there go to the Sun Valley Center for the Arts April 18 - June 11,

Laura McPhee

River of No Return

Boise Art Museum


August 25, 2007 - January 13, 2008


Acclaimed photographer Laura McPhee bases each of her photographic series on a dilemma. River of No Return is no exception, highlighting the juxtapositions of individualism versus community and development versus preservation in the American West. This powerful traveling exhibition of haunting, large-scale color photographs captures conflicting ideas of land use and landscape across remote areas of Central Idaho. McPhee spent two years in the Sawtooth Mountains photographing the region’s cinematic and picturesque landscapes and illustrating their coexistence with humanity and development. McPhee sees these images as a microcosm of America and the dilemmas that communities and people face nationwide. The exhibition is organized by the Boston Museum of Fine Arts and works from this series focusing on Idaho are also included in a touring exhibition organized by the Guggenheim Museum. McPhee is a professor at the Massachusetts College of Art in Boston. This exhibition was organized by the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston and is made possible through the generous collaboration of Alturas Foundation. The Boise Art Museum presentation is sponsored by Mr. and Mrs. J.R. Simplot and the J.R. Simplot Company.

Theodore Waddell

featured in Art in Embassies


Several paintings are out on loan to the American Embassy in Sweden. Much of the art on loan reflects the vast open space of the American West, but they have also included paintings of other scenes of extraordinary beauty - the monterey coast in California, harbor scenes from Cape Anne and Gloucester, Massachusetts, and a Venetian lagoon.



Book Signing with Theodore Waddell


March 18th, 2007


With the snow melting and temperatures warming up, we thought that it was time for a fun art event to usher in the new season. Gail Severn Gallery will host a book signing with our artist Theodore Waddell, illustrator of the newly released children’s book Tucker Gets Tuckered,

• Sunday, March 18th, 2007 at 3pm

After years of creating imaginative works on paper of his beloved Bernese Mountain Dogs, Tucker, Lilly, and Sam, the artwork has now been arranged with an entertaining narration by writer, Ted Beckstead. The book follows a full day of Tucker’s adventures golfing, snorkeling, going to the beach, and playing with friends. Ted’s artwork is delightful, and as a collector of Theodore’s work you will enjoy this facet of his works on paper. The afternoon at Gail Severn Gallery will be fun for adults and children alike. Hope to see you there. Copies of Tucker Gets Tuckered are available through the gallery, please feel free to call or email us – or, of course, visit us on Sunday for a personalized edition.

Deborah Oropallo

The Magnolia Tapestry Project


March 2007


Acclaimed as one of the San Francisco Bay Area’s premier painters, Deborah Oropallo has created much of her work in recent years using digital photos and inkjet prints. George, her 2007 tapestry with the Magnolia Tapestry Project, finds the artist broadening her exploration of digital media. In George, Oropallo juxtaposes different modes of portraiture, colliding two sets of signs into an image both alien and familiar.



James Lavadour

The Smithsonian


March 3 - September, 2007


Native Artists Challenge Landscape Traditions in "Off the Map." Five artists investigate the complex relationship between Native art and the landscape in “Off the Map: Landscape in the Native Imagination,” opening at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of the American Indian in New York, the George Gustav Heye Center Saturday, March 3, 2007. The exhibition, which comprisesrecent workbyJeffrey Gibson, Carlos Jacanamijoy, James Lavadour, Erica Lord and Emmi Whitehorse, closes Monday, Sept. 3.


Gwynn Murrill in public spaces...


Gwynn Murrill will be included in the "landmark exhibition," Mulitiple Vantage Points: Southern California Women Artists, 1980-2006

February 25 - April 15, 2007 at LA Municipal Art Gallery. Presented by The Southern California Women's Caucus for Art and the Southern California Council of the National Museum of Women in the Arts.


Gwynn is also pleased to have her Tigers included as installations in Toronto Airport's groundbreaking new wing, Pier F

Victoria Adams

Tacoma Art Museum


February 10- May 6 2007


Victoria Adams will have a number of paintings included at The 8th Northwest Biennial at the Tacoma Art Museum, Feb. 10- May 6 2007. Curated by David Kiehl, Curator of Prints at the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York and by Rock Hushka, Curator of Contemporary and Northwest Art at the Tacoma Art Museum. Out of a field of over 900 entrants from Washington, Oregon, Idaho, and Montana, 41 artists were selected. A catalog will accompany the exhibition.

Join Us To Celebrate 30 Years, 1977-2007


The beginning of 2007 marks the start of our 30th year - and in celebration of the gallery's anniversary we will be having exhibitions and special events throughout the year to honor the artists we represent and to extend our appreciation for our collectors who have supported the arts and our gallery for the last three decades.

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