Santa Cruz Museum of Art & History at the McPherson Center
705 Front Street • Santa Cruz • CA • 95060
Honor laborers past, present and future with vibrant portraits from Hung Liu alongside tools from Santa Cruz County workers and stories by Working for Dignity.
Explore tapestries and mixed media prints by artist Hung Liu— one of the most renowned Chinese artists living in United States today. Raised in China during the Cultural Revolution, Hung Liu creates vibrant portraits that honor workers– shoemakers, soldiers, farmers and more. Based off historical Chinese photographs, Liu’s prints and tapestries (many never seen before) not only celebrate workers (particularly women) but also expand the idea of what it means to “work.” Alongside Liu’s work will be tools from Community members and photos of local day workers from Working For Dignity artists Edward Ramirez and Natalie Alas.
Father-daughter duo exhibit work at Sheridan College
The Sheridan Press, Thursday February 16th
By Mike Dunn
Art and family go hand in hand for the Waddells. Theodore Waddell and his daughter, Arin Waddell, will each show pieces of their work in an exhibition called “Waddell + Waddell” at the Whitney Center for the Arts. Theodore Waddell, who splits his time between Montana and Idaho, works in abstract impressionism, often painting freely-rendered range animals that roam the plains of Montana. His daughter, on the other hand, creates more conceptually-based, highly-rendered images with a twist of humor. Both agree that they could not mimic each other’s painting styles even if they wanted. But while their styles of work contrast, they’ve walked similar paths to become successful artists. Theodore Waddell took a painting a class while attending Eastern Montana College as an undergraduate (now called Montana State University-Billings). He got hooked on painting almost immediately.
“I knew I didn’t want to be alive and not make art,” Waddell said. “That was 58 years ago.”
Waddell received his Master of Fine Arts and taught art at the University of Montana, receiving tenure before moving to the countryside to be a full-time rancher and artist.
Since taking up digital painting in the late 1990s, Deborah Oropallo has developed an arsenal of visceral imagery that grabs viewers and leaves them questioning whether her intent to terrorize, enlighten, empower or all three. Where fairy tales once served an equivalent function, Oropallo’s art, which draws on modern and ancient fables, warns of dangers lurking in the darker recesses of the Internet. More recently, with the right-wing takeover of American government, her work has turned pointedly political, all the while retaining the tantalizing visual provocations and post-feminist themes that have elevated her to her present position. All are thrillingly encapsulated in her current show, Bell the Cat.
The title derives from a story that was originally called Belling the Cat. It dates to 1200 has evolved through many variations, but its basic thrust is that of a cautionary tale, warning of spineless political leaders, who, having succumbed to corruption and cronyism, fail to steer clear of imminent and foreseeable dangers. It's a fable that applies well to the present moment.
Exploring Beauty: Watercolour Diaries from the Wild
Opening Reception March 4, 2017
Foster Art & Wilderness Foundation
940 Commercial Street • Palo Alto, CA
Tony Foster immerses himself in wild landscapes across the globe to convey the beauty and wonder of these often inaccessible and endangered places. Over the past decade he invited some of the world’s leading scientists, explorers, writers, environmentalists, and mountaineers to nominate the most beautiful wild place they had ever seen. These included:
• Dr. Winslow Briggs, Director Emeritus of the Carnegie Institute of Plant Biology, Stanford University
• Professor Sir Ghillean Prance, former Director of Kew Botanical Garden
• Maria Teresa Ruiz, Professor of Astronomy, Universidad de Chile
• Professor Stephen Sparks, volcanologist and winner of the Vetlesen Prize.
Foster traveled to each designated area to see if he could share the inspiration of the nominator. The paintings document his experiences on site from the remote jungles of Borneo to desert sands in Chile.
Bo Bartlett: American Artist - January 27, - May 7, 2017
Exhibition Opening January 27, 2017
The Mennello Museum of American Art
900 East Princeton Street
Orlando, FL 32803
The exhibition presents large-scale oil paintings that are figurative, psychologically imbued, beautifully rendered, and wonderfully sublime by one of the most significant Realist painters of his generation. Bo Bartlett is an American realist with a modernist vision whose multi-layered narrative work falls within the tradition of American realism as defined by artists such as Thomas Eakins and Winslow Homer to Edward Hopper and Andrew Wyeth. Like these artists, Bartlett looks at America's land and people to describe the beauty he finds in everyday life. His paintings celebrate the underlying epic nature of the commonplace and the personal significance of the extraordinary. Of Bartlett’s work, Wyeth wrote, “Bo Bartlett is very American. He is fresh, he’s gifted, and he’s what we need in this country. Bo is one of the very few I feel this strongly about.”
Hung Liu to paint Meryl Streep for Smithsonian’s National Portrait Gallery
Hung Liu has been commissioned by the Smithsonian’s National Portrait Gallery to paint Meryl Streep's portrait. The actress met with the artist a day after the recent opening of her latest exhibition. The two looked at the paintings and talked for two hours.
Streep will visit for an initial "sitting" with Hung in her studio in October.
“She is a down-to-earth, warm person, very attentive,” said Liu, and “not too much taller than me,” which “made me very happy.”
Celebrating the Feminine Spirit at Gail Severn Gallery
by Elizabeth Youmans
Sun Valley Property News, September 2016
The mighty wordsmith Oscar Wilde said, “Art is the most intense form of individualism the world has known.” Throughout history, artists, poets, musicians, and writers have found inspiration in similar themes and interpreted and expressed them in markedly different ways; drawing on their diverse experiences, techniques, and perspectives. This summer marks the 40th anniversary of Gail Severn Gallery, and Severn is featuring two local artists for solo exhibitions from early September through the end of October. Severn, whose soaring, contemporary building boasts four separate exhibition spaces, will be featuring Judith Kindler’s “Desire” series and Suzanne Hazlett’s encaustic paintings from her “Southern Exposure” body of work. Each artist, unbeknownst to the other, has created work that explores the theme of femininity.
As SVPN Magazine celebrates 5 years in business, they chose Gail Severn Gallery as one of 5 local business to have videos commissioned from Dark 2 Light Productions. These videos have been created to define and illustrate the people and places, which have made Sun Valley a strong and vital community.
These outstanding short films reveal how so many people have enriched Sun Valley to be an exceptional mountain town and a place to call home.
Join Gail Severn as she reflects on her 40 years in business and the Sun Valley community's commitment to art.
Best of The Valley 2016
Gail Severn Gallery awarded Gold Medal
Every year The Idaho Mountain Express (The newspaper covering the Wood River Valley including Sun Valley, Ketchum and Hailey, ID) hold it's "Best of The Valley" survey to find which person, place, business and other categories, are favorites to readers of the newspaper.
The survey is held on-line at mtexpress.com and thousands of votes are cast. This year Gail Severn Gallery brought home the Gold Medal.
Thank you to everyone who voted for the gallery and we look forward to seeing you soon!
We are excited to be exhibiting at Art Market - San Francisco this Spring! The event dates are April 27 through May 1, Thursday-Sunday.
The art fair is being held at the historic Festival Pavilion - Fort Mason Center in San Francisco, CA. We will be featuring work from over 20 of our represented artists. Gail Severn Gallery is one of over 90 galleries to participate in this event, which host fine art galleries from all over the world.
We are located in Booth 421, next to the Collector's Lounge.
Robert McCauley, Donald & Era Farnsworth, & Kenna Moser
BEYOND THE POUR II: THE CREATIVE PROCESS
August 20, 2016 – January 22, 2017
Museum of Craft and Design
2569 Third Street, San Francisco CA 94107
Using the wine label as a medium to examine creative processes, Beyond the Pour II: The Creative Process, explores the ways in which artists make their inspiration a reality.
This exhibition highlights the process of a number of these artists as they make their way from inspiration to the completion of their artwork, destined to be reproduced on wine labels.
The majority of the work chosen for this exhibition comes from the Imagery Estate Winery Permanent Collection. Thirty-one years ago, Bob Nugent began curating this collection of art by commissioning artists based on the quality of their work and the materials they use. He invited them to create an original piece in any manner, medium and style. Having complete confidence in the artist’s work, Nugent made a promise to the artist to use the image as a wine label for Imagery Estate Winery, and had no control over the final outcome. The only requirement was that the artist include some interpretation of the “Parthenon,” the winery’s trademark.
For this exhibition, several artists were commissioned to document the making of the pieces shown. This will provide a typically unseen insight to the creative process as each artist works toward a final completed piece.
Artists represented in the exhibition include, among others: Tony Berlant, Richard Derwingson, Dominic DiMare, Don and Era Farnsworth, John Fraser, Stephen Galloway, Sam Gilliam, Lynn Hershman, Guy Laramée, Sol Lewitt, Pam Longobardi, Robert McCauley, Robin McCauley, Jim Melchert, Kenna Moser, Judy Pfaff, Otavio Roth, Buzz Spector, Monika Steiner, Catherine Wagner, Cybele Young, and a collaboration between Heather Patterson and Elaine Coombs.
Opening May 1st, 2016 Grounds for Sculpture • 80 Sculptors Way, Hamilton, NJ
Grounds For Sculpture (GFS) is pleased to announce an exhibition of work by internationally renowned Israeli-born sculptor, Boaz Vaadia. The exhibition, entitled Boaz Vaadia: Sculpture, will be on view to the public May 1, 2016, and spans 45 years of this prolific artist's career. A special preview reception for GFS members and VIP guests of the artist will take place on April 29, 2016.
Vaadia has worked in New York City for over 40 years and has many public art placements, including the highly visible Time Warner Center (NYC). His work is also shown in museums and private collections throughout the world, including the Metropolitan Museum of Art (NYC), Museum of Modern Art (San Francisco), Tokyo Metropolitan Teien Museum (Japan), and The Israel Museum (Jerusalem).
Figures in postures of repose or watchfulness are representative of his characteristic style. Deeply interested in using materials indigenous to the landscape he calls home, Vaadia began working with bluestone when he discovered it being removed from the sidewalks of New York. Made by stacking individual layers of stone, the artist has said of his figures that he captures the "pause in the movement." This series of work, much of which have been cast in bronze, will comprise the main body of the exhibition, and includes more than 30 works on display in GFS' Museum Building and outdoors in the surrounding landscape.
Vaadia's early work will be on display in GFS' Domestic Arts Building. These rarely seen pieces show the artist's early interest in considering the effects of gravity, a key element in his later work. By viewing his models and early sculptures, visitors will gain a deeper understanding of Vaadia's sculpture on view in the GFS Museum Building and will be able to follow the artistic evolution that led him to his current body of work.
This exhibition, inspired by BAM’s Second Nature Art Cards, presents a selection of artworks from the Museum’s Permanent Collection in which artists reflect on the relationships between humans and nature. Whether ecological change is part of a natural cycle or induced by a range of possible man-made causes, many artists are turning their attention to environmental themes.
Now until July 4, 2016 Los Angeles County Museum of Art - Art of the Americas, Level 3
Throughout his life, Morris Graves lived in remote settings, drawing inspiration from the close observation of nature and imbuing his subjects—predominately animals and plants— with poetic and symbolic qualities. A native of the Pacific Northwest, Graves pursued this singular artistic vision, deliberately maintaining his distance, both geographically and conceptually, from the contemporary New York art scene despite the sudden acclaim he received after exhibiting at MoMA in 1942.
Morris Graves: The Nature of Things features a focused ensemble of the artist’s works from the 1930s to 1950s, a pivotal period in his career. The early paintings and exquisite works on paper, largely from LACMA’s collection, are on display in tandem with select objects from the museum’s Chinese, Japanese and Nepalese holdings. Together they highlight the ways that Asian aesthetics and philosophy informed Graves’s oeuvre.
Hung Liu, Robb Putnam, Alexander Rohrig, Jane Rosen, Kiki Smith, Inez Storer
Bird in the Hand
January 16, - April 10, 2016 Palo Alto Art Center
Since earliest recorded history, birds have inspired both awe and superstition. Their flapping, singing, tapping, and preening feed our imaginations, visiting not only the dreams of artists, but the collective consciousness of the entire human race. For this exhibition, we have created our very own exotic aviary, featuring the work of more than 40 artists from around the world.
Click on artist name below for available work at Gail Severn Gallery
Gail Severn Gallery listed one of Idaho’s 10 Best Contemporary Art Galleries by The Culture Trip website.
by Helen Armitage
January 25, 2016
Despite being one of the least densely-populated states in the USA, Idaho has a thriving contemporary arts scene that, if recent investments in the state’s arts are anything to go by, will only grow stronger. From the numerous galleries in the vibrant downtown capital of Boise to the arty town of Ketchum in Sun Valley, named one of America’s Best Small Art Towns in 2013, Idaho’s art scene has a lot to offer.
In support of the New Museum Los Gatos (NUMU) mission to feature exhibits that are connected to globally relevant ideas, art and history, NUMU is pleased to present More Than Your Selfie, an exhibit about the genre and practice of self-portraiture.
It is an enduring tradition for humans to create self-portraits. The self-portrait is used to mark one’s presence, to convey and construct identity and beliefs, and to celebrate or promote individuality and skills. Self-portraits are utilized to facilitate healing, record life changes, events or aging. The self-portrait is also a tool for introspection. More Than Your Selfie will explore the history of the self-portrait, how self-representation has developed over time, its various aspects, motives and intentions, and how the self-portrait continues to permeate and inform our current culture and technology.
Featuring works in a range of media created in the Bay Area and beyond by artists including: Robert Arneson, Hung Liu, Judy Dater, Julie Heffernan, Nina Katchadourian, Alex Kanevsky, Travis Collinson, Kim Frohsin, Elizabeth Barlow, Jackie Kirk, Paul Gibson, Linda Christensen, Phillip Hua, Cristina Nunez, Danny Scheible, Erin Feller, Ray Turner and Katy Schneider, More Than Your Selfie examines art, history, psychology, culture, identity and community. In addition, the exhibit incorporates opportunities for creative and interactive visitor experiences.
More Than Your Selfie is made possible by the generous support of our partners, lenders and sponsors: The Town of Los Gatos, the participating artists and collectors, and Donors to NUMU’s Annual Campaign.
January 12 - March 5, 2016 Mulvane Art Museum, 17th & Jewell Streets, Topeka, KS
Though Theodore Waddell is best known for his modernist paintings of vast landscapes and livestock, he is driven and inspired by other interests that inform his primary work. Hallowed Absurdities is comprised of objects that may be surprising to viewers who are unaware of the artist's roots as a sculptor. The exhibition will offer a variety of enigmatic objects that connect to Waddell's sense of self, place and history.
December 14, 2015 - January 31, 2016 New York Public Library
Valerie Hammond’s print “Blue Anemone” (pictured right) is being show in conjunction with the New York Public Library’s exhibition, “Printing Women Three Centuries of Female Printmakers”, curated by Madeline Viljoen. The print “Blue Anemone” will be displayed on the exhibition website for one week as an online component of Contemporary female printmakers. An image of “Blue Anemone” is posted and accompanied by a written piece about the origin of the work. Other artist included in this wonderful component will be Julia Jacquette, Kara Walker, Sara Sanders, Diane Victor, Alyson Shotz, Ambreen Butt, Julie Buffalohead, and Chloe Piene.
January 12 - February 13, 2016 80WSE Gallery, New York University
80 Washington Square Park East, NYC
Language of the Birds: Occult and Art considers over 60 modern and contemporary artists who have each expressed their own engagement with magical practice. Beginning with Aleister Crowley's tarot paintings and Austin Osman Spare's automatic drawings of the 1920s, the exhibition traces nearly a century of occult art, including Leonora Carrington and Kurt Seligmann's surrealist explorations, Kenneth Anger and Ira Cohen's ritualistic experiments in film and photography, and the mystical probings of contemporary visionaries such as Francesco Clemente, Kiki Smith, Paul Laffoley, Valerie Hammond, BREYER P-ORRIDGE, and Carol Bove.
January 28 - March 26, 2016 International Print Center New York
508 West 26th Street, 5th Floor • New York, NY 10001
International Print Center New York presents New Prints 2016/Winter from January 28 - March 26, 2016 in its gallery at 508 West 26th St, 5th Floor. New Prints 2016/Winter, consisting of over fifty-three projects by fifty-two artists, was selected from over 2,000 submissions. New Prints 2016/Winter is the fifty-third presentation of IPCNY’s New Prints Program, a series of juried exhibitions organized by IPCNY three times each year featuring prints made within the past twelve months. An illustrated brochure with a curatorial essay by David Senior will accompany the exhibition.
Artists are: J.L. Abraham, Ann Aspinwall, Michael Barnes, Mary Lynn Blasutta, Marcin Bochenek, Nathan Catlin, Ann Conrad Stewart, Josh Dannin, Dexter Davis, Andrew DeCaen, Jeffrey Dell, Eliza Evans, Eduardo Fausti, Devra Fox, Miracola Giacomo, Karinna Gomez, Susan Graham, Sheila Gritte, Rafael Guiavarc'h and Elisabeth Bikond Nkoma, Libby Hague, Valerie Hammond, M. Benjamin Herndon, Cassandra Hooper, Cary Hulbert, Richard Hull, Anna Hutchings, Zack Ingram, Yvonne Jacquette, Frances Jetter, Sandra Kelch, Robin J. Koss, Dominique Labauvie, Karen Lederer, Emmy Lingscheit, Christina Maile, Luciana Maiorana, Theresa Martin, Kathy McGhee, Mary Mead, Gary Michaels, Nic Annette Miller, Sarah Plimpton, Laura Post, Padmavathy Rajendran, Renée Rockoff, Edo Rosenblith, John Schiff, Catherine Stack, Beth Sutherland, Eszter Sziksz, and Ian J. Welch.