Gallery 1855 is a highly respected gallery featuring a number of internationally recognized artists each year. Located on the historic grounds of the Davis Cemetery District it was named Gallery 1855, in honor of the first recorded interment.
The gallery is open weekdays between 9 AM and 3 PM, and the public is always warmly invited to meet the artists on the second Sunday afternoon of every month between 1 PM and 4 PM. Along with the art and the stimulating conversation, light refreshments
Gallery 1855 is thrilled to announce the solo exhibition of mixed-media artist Cathie James-Robinson. Her Solo exhibition will run throughout the month of January. Artist reception and open house will be held January 7th from 1-4:00 pm.
Cathie James-Robinson has spent her life creating art, from technical drawing to fine arts working in all types of media, including painting (with watercolor, acrylic and soft pastels), drawing (graphite, color pencils and ink), sculpture of all types, assemblage and fine art photography. Originally a self-taught artist, Cathie decided to attend American River College in 2008 where she discovered an amazing and talented faculty in the Art and Photography departments. It was there that she received degrees in Art and Art New Media as well as the Certificate in Freelance Photography. During her time at ARC, she was published twice in the national award-winning American River Magazine, as well as participating in numerous student exhibits, winning Best 2-D in show for her pastel, “Moody Mountain View”.
After soaking up all of the knowledge and processes she could and honing her skills, Cathie became increasingly interested in combining her fine art, photography and assemblage into single mixed media art pieces. The art in this show has been created using the artist’s original paintings, photographs and drawings, as well as hand-made stencils and stamps. The repeated ink drawings and photographs used in the art have been reproduced from her originals and applied with unique transfer techniques. The hope of the artist regarding this exhibit is that these nature and vintage inspired pieces communicate the stories of emotion and relevance with which they were imagined.
Formerly known as Cathie Bechtell, a resident of the Foothills of El Dorado County for 35 years, she has lived in Davis, California for the past 2 years and has fallen in love with the lifestyle and art community.
The talented Linda Ayre will exhibition her abstract paintings during the month of February at Gallery 1855. The exhibition will run from February 5- February 28th. The artist reception and open house will be held February 11th from 1-4:00pm.
Linda has been a Davis, CA resident since 1990. She was Born in Glendive, Montana, raised in Santa Monica, CA and lived extended periods of time in San Francisco, Peru, and Mexico, which gave her many diverse memories and experiences.
She first became interested in painting and art in the 70’s while living in Oaxaca, Mexico where vivid colors, animals, plants and uncommon situations were visible on a daily basis in the extraordinary, ever surprising local art. For 14 years the beautiful tapestries and weavings, colorful ceramics, and brightly painted wood carvings as well as the paintings of indigenous artist painter were her portal to art and when she began painting, they permeated every painting she did and still have a dominant influence on her work. Her paintings, now, are a mixture of the subjects that interest her today and those vivid colors, those characters and situations and the memories of experiences (sometimes magical and surreal) that she had.
During her life in Oaxaca she was immersed in the unreal real realm of Indigenous art where the normal limitations of human and animal behaviors do not apply. During these years she was influenced by the art of Rufino Tamayo, Francisco Toledo, and Frida Kahlo as well as by the paintings of the indigenous Oaxacan artists who worked in the Taller de Artes Plásticas Rufino Tamayo from 1978-1984: Eddie Martinez, Justina Fuentes, Maximino Javier, Amador Montes, & Guillermo Brena .
Twenty years later, in 2007, after retiring from teaching and school administration in Woodland CA., Linda began painting and took her first formal classes. Watercolorists Joyce Laws, Betty Berteaux and Christine Shackel were her first teachers in California. In 2008-09 Linda studied oil painting in Paris at the Academie Port Royal in a studio art course with Jean-Maxime Relange and Dina Pickard. In 2010 she returned to Oaxaca, Mexico and entered an advanced studio art class with Guillermo Brena. After returning to Davis in 2012, Linda worked on her own and took classes with Betty Burteaux at the Davis Art Center. In 2013 she was accepted into the Different Strokes Art Critique Group. In 2015 she took both an Oil & Cold Wax Mixed Media and an Abstract Painting, Drawing & Collage workshop with Sara Post which moved her toward abstract painting.
Linda is interested in painting the out-of-ordinariness of ordinary things and the juxtaposition of perceived important and the non-important. She sometimes takes on the painting of individual plants or animals as an opportunity to explore and understand their uniqueness.
Recently Linda has been exploring abstraction and other genres to express her art including cold wax and oil, collage, India ink, & charcoal used in abstractions. Some of her acrylic abstracts are shown in this exhibit.
She has exhibited in Davis, CA at: The Chen Building (2009), The Tsao Gallery, a group exhibit (2013), The International House, a group exhibit (2015). She is presently showing her work at the Gallery 625, Woodland, CA
Mark Howell and Susan Scholey
Gallery 1855 is please to announce a special exhibition with photographers Susan Scholey and Mark Howell. The exhibition will run throughout the month of March. The opening reception will be held March 11th from 1-4:00 pm.
This exhibit features recent landscape and nature photographs by local artists Susan Scholey and Mark Howell. Almost all of the images are from California; hence the title, Not So Far Away. In addition, the title refers to Sue’s and Mark’s shared belief that the pleasures of art are always close at hand, an integral part of our humanity. The prints in this exhibit represent a persistent quest to go beyond the basic descriptive/documentary aspect of photography to produce pictures evocative of the profound influence of the natural world on the human psyche.
Sue Scholey is a physician who has lived in Davis since 1989. Over the past decade, her long-time interest in photography has evolved into a passion, abetted by workshops with Michael Frye, Charles Cramer, and Stephen Johnson, and by her friends and fellow members of Viewpoint Photographic Art Center. She has participated in many group exhibits, but this is her first exhibit of a larger body of work.
Mark Howell has been making photographs with serious intent for over 25 years. After many years making black-and-white darkroom prints, he has spent the last few years exploring the greater freedom of digital photography. This is his first exhibit of digitally-produced landscapes. Also an ardent Viewpoint member, he lives in a West Sac condo dominated by two cats and lots of other people’s photographs.
Gallery 1855 (820 Pole Line Road) located at the historic Davis Cemetery District is a non-profit, contemporary art gallery. Visitors are welcome to the view the art M-F 9-4:00 pm. Receptions are help second Sunday from 1-4:00 pm.