Gail Severn Gallery


Theodore Waddell

Booth Western Art Museum &

Foosaner Art Museum


Gail Severn Gallery is proud to announce gallery artist Theodore Waddell has two museum exhibitions currently on view in the eastern part of the United States. The first exhibition, "My West: The Art of Theodore Waddell" will be on display until December 29, 2013 at the Booth Western Art Museum, located in Cartersville Georgia. Waddell's second exhibition at Foosaner Art Museum, in Melbourne, Florida, is titled "Theodore Waddell: Far West." This exhibition runs until January 19, 2014. Waddell's style is distinctly contemporary, but has influencs of both abstraction and realism. Links to both of the museum exhibitions are below.

Booth Western Art Museum Link

Foosaner Art Museum Link

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Lisa Kokin

Mountain Living Magazine


Lisa Kokin's wonderful mixed media work is being featured in Mountain Living Magazine.  Kokin is best know for making art from books in a process she refers to as "sewing and alterations." The magazine photo spread features her "Melancholy Rancher," consisting of book covers, shredded pages, mull, thread, and wire.


As well as being able to see Lisa's work at Gail Severn Gallery, her  "sewing and alterations" will be on view at Boise Art Museum from October 5, 2013 through April 27, 2014.


Close-up of "Melancholy Rancher."

Lynda Lowe

The Patra Passage: An Experiment in a Cycle of Giving and Receiving


Begining September 28, 2013

The Patra Passage, created by Lynda Lowe, is an art-based experiment in the ongoing act of giving and receiving. The word patra refers to the name of alms bowls that monks carry in various cultures and translates as the vessel that never goes empty. Whatever is received in the bowl is enough for the day, a reminder of the offerings of the present moment.


The Patra Passage involves the circulating of 108 hand-built ceramic vessels seated on small paintings and presented in wooden boxes similar to Tomobako used for housing tea bowls. One hundred and eight represents an auspicious number in many cultures and emphasizes the value of repetition of labor in gift economies. The vessels go through a series of firings ending with a smoky pit-fire. They incorporate both refined and primitive qualities and suggest humble quotidian use as well as ritual purpose. The vessels are meant to be held in hand, closely examined, and used as contemplative objects.


The Patra bowls are meant to be symbolic contemplative objects, cradled in the hands, closely examined, and used to prompt meaningful reflection. The first 108 recipients, initially chosen by the artist Lynda Lowe, were presented with their Patra in a ritual ceremony on September 28th, 2013 at the Museum of Glass in Tacoma, WA. These participants are allowed to keep the vessel for a self-determined amount of time, maybe a few days but no longer than four months. They will then give the vessel in some significant manner to another recipient of their choosing and explain the purpose of The Patra Passage. This next participant keeps the Patra and then re-gifts it to another recipient they’ve selected. During this year-long cycle that began Sept. 28, 2013, each vessel will have been presented at least three times, creating a community of over 324 participants before being shipped back for the 2015 exhibition at the Museum of Glass in Tacoma, WA.


Click here for link to Patra Passage Website.

James Cook

The Painted Image: Recent Paintings

October 5, 2013 - January 26, 2014


Gail Severn Gallery artist James Cook will be having a solo exhibition at Mulvane Art Museum, Washburn University, Topeka, Kansas.


Connie Gibbons, Director of Mulvane Art Museum writes"James Cook took his first art classes at the Mulvane Art Museum when he was about seven years old. That early exposure to art launched Cook on a lifelong exploration of urban settings,landscapes and nature. There have been many paintings completed since his first art class at the Mulvane Art Museum, and we are pleased and proud to present this exhibition of new works by James Cook."


Click here for a downloadable PDF of the Exhibition Catalog.

Rod Kagan

Totems & Guardians

Gail Severn Gallery is excited to announce the release of a new hardbound book produced by Mandala Media and Gail Severn Gallery in conjunction with  Rod Kagan's Memorial Retrospective at The Gail Severn Gallery in July, August and September 2013. This book encompasses this wonderful artist's life and work from his early years in New Jersey to his sculpture studio work in Ketchum, Idaho. The book contains quotes and statements from the artist and collectors of his work as well as essays by Gail Severn, Dennis O’Leary (Executive Director, Boise Art Museum, 1981-1997), Tim Kagan (Rod’s oldest Brother), Julie Gallagher (Executive Director, Sun Valley Center for the Arts and Humanities, 1985-1996), Michael Green(Curator of Art Exhibits, The Herrett Museum, 1988), and Kristin Poole (Artistic Director, Sun Valley Center for the Arts, 1997-Current). This book is a wonderful salute to arguably the best know Idaho sculptor, who died of a brain tumor in December 2010 .  This book could not have been done without the help of all those who contributed their words and input to this project in honor of a man they loved, respected, admired and collected. Special thanks go to Tim and Sally Kagan and Rod’s close family and friends—all of those who played such a large role in his life who aren’t mentioned here. You know who you are and you deserve to be mentioned, even should you choose to remain anonymous, within the pages of this book. Our deepest gratitude go to each and every one of you. Special thanks to Julie Gallagher, Michael Green, Dennis O’Leary, Kristin Poole for contributing essays on Rod and his work, and to Rod's uncle T. Leonard Hill, who was instrumental in getting Rod started in his field by giving him his first welding outfit. This book would not have been possible without the guidance and the dedicated staff at the Gail Severn Gallery combined with the design and editorial vision of the team at Mandala Media and Sun Valley Magazine. Most importantly, we would like to thank all the collectors and supporters of Rod Kagan and his work, many of whom have expressed the power of Rod and his artwork on these pages—and many others, still, who silently enjoy his works of art standing, reclining, sitting or resting in their gardens and homes and landscapes around the country.

Julie Speidel

"An Experience: Sculpture In The Landscape"


at the Bloedel Reserve,

Bainbridge Island, WA

August 30 - October 13, 2013


Bloedel Reserve, a world-renowned garden of unique inter-related landscapes, is celebrating its 25th anniversary as a public garden in 2013.  This celebration will include an exhibition of national known Northwest sculptor, Julie Speidel in a special event entitled “An Experience: Sculpture In The Landscape”. Julie Speidel’s sculptures will be placed throughout the landscape and forest pathways of the garden integrating the environment and art.


This special art event will be open for public viewing beginning August 30 and close October 13. Visitors will be provided with a map of artwork locations.


All sculptures in this special exhibit will be available for sale through the Gail Severn Gallery


Julie Speidel is represented by the Gail Severn Gallery

artMRKT San Francisco

Visit Gail Severn Gallery Booth # 213


May 16 - 19, 2013


We are excited to be exhibiting at artMRKT - San Francisco this weekend! The event dates are May 16 thru 19, Thursday-Sunday. The venue is at the Fort Mason Center-Festival Pavilion.


We are located in Booth 213, next to the Collectors Lounge.

Lisa Kokin

Michael Gregory

Gwynn Murrill

Margaret Keelan

Jack Spencer’s Upcoming Frist Center Exhibition

Jack Spencer: Beyond the Surface


July 12 - October 13, 2013

Frist Center of Visual Arts - Nashville Tennessee


We are pleased to announce the upcoming exhibition of Jack's work at The Frist Center For The Visual Arts. The exhibition has been in the planning stages for over 3 years and will open on July 12th of 2013 and run through mid October. Over 70 images from all bodies of Jack's work will be represented in the most comprehensive exh1bit1on of Jack's work to date. The exhibition is being curated by Mark Scala, the chief curator at the Frist. There will also be a monograph of the exhibition work published. Click here for link to Frist Center


Jack Spencer is represented by Gail Severn Gallery

Legends, Myths and Truths: Jun Kaneko

Public installation of 13 of Mission Clay Pittsburg Project Dangos and 17 new figurative Tanuki sculptures


Millennium Park Boeing Galleries  -  Chicago, Illinois

April 12 - November 4, 2013


Millennium Park is a state-of-the-art collection of architecture, landscape design and art that provide the backdrop for hundreds of free cultural programs including concerts, exhibitions, tours, and family activities where you will find a new kind of town square – a lively, spectacular gathering spot located in the heart of the city and popular destination.


Millennium Park public art programming includes annual temporary exhibitions in the Boeing Galleries immediately east of Wrigley Square and Crown Fountain and flanking Cloud Gate. Jun Kaneko was selected for the third such installation from April 12th to November 4th, 2013 by a curatorial jury process comprised of members of the board of the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago, Nathan Manilow Sculpture Park and the Art Institute of Chicago.


The North Boeing Gallery will feature 17 figurative sculptures interpreted from Japanese folklore characters called Tanuki. From ancient times, the Japanese have expressed the purported shape shifting Tanuki in a variety of ways, but modernly they are usually depicted as a large, stout racoon-dog. They are legendarily spirited beasts that take on tasks around human habitats, the most familiar incarnation of which is the "sake buying errand boy" made popular by the ceramic artists of the city of Shigaraki which has one of the oldest ceramic traditions in Japan and where the Tanuki has evolved into the town mascot and an important symbol of business.


The South Boeing Gallery will exhibit 13 of the monumental works the artist created at his Mission Clay: Pittsburg project. Rarely does an artist have an industrial friendship that allows them to stretch the boundaries of a favorite medium. He worked at Mission Clay Products in California for two years in the mid-90ʼs to create twenty-four immense sculptures and at their Kansas facility for the majority of three years starting in 2005 to create 44 monumental ceramic sculptures. All sculptures are fabricated by hand stitching clay slabs into the walls of singular monolithic hollow artworks. These two largest sculptural undertakings in his 45 years as a studio artist were in cooperation with a family owned business that opened their kilns for an artist to build a dream.


Jun Kaneko is represented by the Gail Severn Gallery

Opening of the Bo Bartlett Center

Opening of the Bo Bartlett Center at Columbus State University is a big job for director David Houston




David Houston has a big job ahead of him. He was recently named the director of the Bo Bartlett Center at Columbus State University. The center takes up the entire upstairs of the Corn Center for the Visual Arts and is simply an open space right now. It currently has a cube that is humidity- and temperature-controlled, holding many of Bartlett's paintings, drawings, journals, sketchbooks and other mementos of his life.


Houston, 56, is used to this kind of job, though. He was the curator for the openings of the South Carolina State Museum in Columbia, the Ogden Museum of Southern Art in New Orleans and the Walmart-backed Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art in Bentonville, Ark. Crystal Bridges, which opened in November 2011, is the largest American art museum to open since the Whitney Museum of American Art in New York City, Houston said. That museum, even though it's in northern Arkansas, attracted more than half a million people the first year it opened. He was expecting 300,000, but he says the large number of visitors is a good problem for a museum to have.


In Columbus, the center is owned by CSU but will be privately funded. Houston has to raise money to keep the center open, he said. Besides being the archive for Bartlett's works and journals, he's hoping it will be an archive for other artists. Both Bartlett, a Columbus native, and Houston are hoping that the center will become a place for artists to come and study. Bartlett will hold his annual holistic art workshops, but he will not be the only artist to do that. This year's workshop, scheduled for next month, is sold out.


Architect Tom Kundig of Seattle, Wash., has been hired to design the more than 18,000-square-foot space. It will feature skylights for natural light and "floating" walls to mount exhibitions. By late spring, Houston hopes to have a calendar of events, including the grand opening. Unlike the Ogden and Crystal Bridges, which were built, he said "at least we have a building already." He also said the building is in the right place -- on the Chattaoochee River, in downtown Columbus. Bartlett, 57, who has known Houston for about six years, feels that he's the right person for the job. "He understands my work in the scope of American art," Barlett said. "His creativity can take on a project of this scope. I could not have wished for anyone better." Houston said it's not usual to be able to work with a living artist in his prime like Bartlett, who is in the forefront of the new American realism art movement.


"People seldom have a chance to meet an artist," Houston said. "This center will help humanize a person to let people see where he came from and how they evolved into the artist they are. It gives people a connection to the artwork." He's hoping to pull regional and national resources to fund the center as well as make it a place for a "wide range of artists" to come. But he doesn't want it to become just another artists' colony. Houston wants the community, which already supports Bartlett, to be part of the center. "I want to make it available to students and the public," Houston said. Bartlett joked that Houston will have to work with a smaller budget. Crystal Bridges is sponsored by Walmart and had an annual budget of about $50 million. The artist, who has homes in Washington state, Maine and here, said he and his wife, artist Betsy Eby, will be spending more time in Columbus because of the center. They are also planning on setting up studio space in Columbus.


Both Bo Bartlett and Betsy Eby are represented by the Gail Severn Gallery


David Houston, the director of the Bo Bartlett Center at Columbus State University, left, and artist Bo Bartlett are photographed in the large space inside the Corn Center for the Visual Arts that will house the Bartlett Center. Photograph by Mike Haskey

Hung Liu

2013 Museum Exhibitions


Fans of the artist Hung Liu will be pleased to learn that the California based painter has two upcoming museum shows in Oakland California this winter.


“Summoning Ghosts: the Art of Hung Liu,” a career retrospective covering paintings and prints from the late 1960s to the present, opens at the Oakland Museum of California on March 16, 2013. Meanwhile  “Offerings,” a complimentary exhibition of installation works by Liu, opened on January 23 at the Mills College Art Museum. “Offerings” will comprise the reinstallation of two iconic, large-scale works, “Old Gold Mountain” (a mound of 200,000 fortune cookies) and “Tai Cang—Great Granary.” Hung Liu recommends both shows, noting: “the paintings at the Oakland Museum will look great and the fortune cookies at the Mills Museum will smell good!” Please see the above links for reception/event details.

Summoning Ghosts: The Art of Hung Liu

Oakland Museum of California


March 16, 2013 - June 30, 2013


The exhibition Summoning Ghosts: The Art of Hung Liu is the first comprehensive survey of the artwork of Hung Liu-one of the most prominent Chinese-American painters working in the United States today. Featuring approximately 80 paintings, as well as personal ephemera such as photographs, sketch books, and informal painting studies from private and public collections around the world, the exhibition celebrates Liu’s career accomplishments and includes work completed in China before the artist arrived in the U.S. The exhibition explores the evolution of Liu’s artistic practice, and investigates the complex interactions between individual memory and history, and documentary evidence and artistic expression, among other themes.


Born in Changchun, China, in 1948, a year before the creation of the People’s Republic of China, Liu lived through Maoist China and experienced the Great Leap Forward and the Cultural Revolution. Trained as a social realist painter and muralist, she came to the United States in 1984 to attend the University of California, San Diego, where she received her MFA. One of the first people from mainland China to study abroad and pursue an art career, she moved to northern California to become a faculty member at Mills College in 1990. She has exhibited internationally at premier museums and galleries, and her work resides in prestigious private and institutional collections around the world. Hung Liu currently is a tenured professor in the art department at Mills College.

Hung Liu: Offerings

Mills College Art Museum


January 23 2013 - March 17, 2013


Continuing its legacy of innovation in the arts, Mills College showcases a rare presentation of large-scale installations by artist and Mills Professor of Art Hung Liu in Hung Liu: Offerings at the Mills College Art Museum, January 23, 2013–March 17, 2013. The exhibition also includes related paintings and prints by Liu.


Hung Liu: Offerings features Liu’s installations Jiu Jin Shan (Old Gold Mountain) (1994) and Tai Cang—Great Granary (2008). The exhibition examines themes of memory, history, and cultural identity through works that navigate the complex journey of immigration and returning home.


Liu joined the Mills faculty in 1990 and serves as a tenured professor of art at Mills College, which, throughout its 160 years, has pushed the limits of social and cultural expression through art. Born and raised in China during the rule of Mao Zedong, Liu’s work incorporates both modern and historical themes. She is widely regarded for a body of work that includes highly evocative paintings, murals, drawings, mixed media, and printmaking.


“Hung Liu has played an integral role in shaping the visual art offering at Mills College, which embraces intellectual rigor and bold creative practice,” said Stephanie Hanor, director of the Mills College Art Museum. “Hung Liu: Offerings epitomizes the innovative thinking and techniques that have made her one of the most prominent Chinese artists working in the United States today.”


In Hung Liu: Offerings, Liu’s installations Jiu Jin Shan and Tai Cang serve as memorials to the past while acknowledging rapidly changing cultural dynamics in contemporary China.


Jiu Jin Shan (Old Gold Mountain), which was originally commissioned in 1994 by the M.H. de Young Memorial Museum, features more than 200,000 fortune cookies in a symbolic gold mountain engulfing a crossroads of railroad tracks beneath it. The junction of the tracks represents the cultural intersection of East and West as well as the shattered dreams of Chinese immigrants who perished during the building of the Sierra Nevada stage of the transcontinental railroad.



Jiu Jin Shan (Old Gold Mountain)

Tai Cang—Great Granary contains two distinct components. The first, Music of the Great Earth II, examines Liu’s passage between past and present through a reinterpretation of a mural she painted while earning her master’s degree in Beijing. Music of the Great Earth II is not intended as a recreation of the original, which was demolished, but as Liu’s analysis of how moving through time and place shape her perspective. The second component of Tai Cang—Great Granary features 34 antique dou, a traditional Chinese food container and unit of measure arranged in a map of China and representing the country’s 34 provinces and special regions.


With support from the Agnes Cowles Bourne Fund for Special Exhibitions and the Helzel Family Foundation, Hung Liu: Offerings is planned in conjunction with the Oakland Museum of California’s retrospective Summoning Ghosts:  The Art of Hung Liu.

Questions from the Sky


San Jose Museum of Art

June 6, 2013 - September 29, 2013


Hung Liu is one of the most beloved artists represented in SJMA’s collection. Liu is known primarily for her paintings, which are drawnHungLiu20Titlefrom Chinese historical photography. She has recently been working on a three-screen video installation based on digital snapshots that she takes with her iPhone. Liu meditates on death and memory in the video through five seemingly simple sets of images: burning candles; dead birds and deer; Buddha’s hand fruits; and cloud formations in the sky. For Liu, the images provoke questions of how we remember those who have passed and how images or moments in daily life give us notice of their presence.


right: Questions from the Sky in Chinese calligraphy courtesy Hung Liu.


To view Hung's work at Gali Severn Gallery, please click here.


Jenny Honnert Abell


Art in Embassies-Senegal, West Africa


Gail Severn Gallery artist Jenny Honnert Abell traveled to Senegal, West Africa, as part of her commission with the Art in Embassies program. During this recent trip, she visited the new US Embassy in Dakar, and experienced the people and culture of the region. Honnert Abell amassed inspiration for her 10 new works that will be in the embassy’s permanent collection.


Jenny Honnert Abell’s work is unmistakable. She enhances old, recycled book covers with extremely meticulous and detailed orientated imagery of birds with human attributes, mainly heads.



To view work available at Gail Severn Gallery please click here.

Gwynn Murrill

On the Avenue Of the Stars, Century City


We are proud to share the news that one of our fabulous sculptors, Gwynn Murrill, is featured in Century City, California’s first outdoor-sculpture project.   The project opened November 15th, 2012 with The Gwynn Murrill Exhibit, which will feature a retrospective of Gwynn’s bronze sculptures.   Murrill’s work invites an environmental art experience by juxtaposing statically imposing animals as urban architecture and the natural city landscape as backdrop. This wonderful outdoor exhibition will be on display until October 2013. We are so excited for Gwynn.  We invite you to stop by the gallery any time to see her work locally.


To view Gwynn's work at Gail Severn Gallery, please click here.

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