Gallery 1855 welcomes all to come see the magnificent photos taken by AP Photo Students at Da Vinci Charter Academy. “Through the Lens of a Teen” will be on exhibit throughout the month of January. A reception will be held Sunday, January 15th from 1-4:00pm. The show will feature multiple works from nine young photographers. The show will consist of both digital and silver gelatin prints and explore a variety of subject matters. All sales will go directly to the artists of the AP Da Vinci Art program.
The exhibit opens on January 2, reception Jan 15th and is open through rest of January. The gallery is located on 820 Pole Line Rd., Davis, Ca. Come support the next generation of artists.
Simon Dvorak Solo Exhibition: Nodes
Exhibition Dates: December 1-December 30, 2016
Artist Reception December 11, 2016 1-4:00pm
Gallery 1855 is pleased to announce the solo exhibition by multi-media artist Simon Dvorak. His solo exhibition “Nodes” will be exhibited throughout the month of December. A special end of the year opening reception will be held on Sunday, December 11th 1-4:00pm.
Simon Dvorak has shown his work in multiple mediums throughout the United States. His latest work is an exploration of networks. Nodes, connected and disconnected, forming a greater whole, exist as independent and yet dependent objects. Connected and energy can be transferred. Disconnected and the node exists independently. Electrical circuits, computer networks, your ‘Related Items’ have all manifested as a result of this paradigm.
“Through the vibrant medium of oil paint I have tried to visualize these concepts in diverse formats and styles. In a time of social networks aided by technology, examining the power and beauty of networks becomes imperative so that we may better understand their nature and potential impact of their forms.”
This will be a must see exhibition. All work for sale by the artists. More information about the artist can be found at http://www.simondvorak.com
Joseph Finkleman “Odd Specie”
Finkleman is a versatile artist whose work has been exhibited both internationally and throughout the country. His latest work is a series of portraits highlighting the beauty and strangeness of the human species.
Born in Hollywood, Finkleman studied literature and journalism at Sacramento State, then transferred to the San Francisco Art Institute, where he earned his bachelor’s and master’s degrees in fine art.
He worked as a commercial photographer for more than 20 years, then established and ran an advertising company specializing in niche marketing. For the next two decades he held various positions, including executive and management responsibilities in business development, sales management, customer service and marketing in a variety of companies. He is credited with starting and running Gallery 1855 and also designing the Davis Cemetery Arboretum.
He started showing art in the late 1960s and has had numerous solo shows of both his paintings and photography. Additionally, he has been in more than 100 group shows. His work is in collections in Europe and throughout the United States.
Partnered with his wife Susan Finkleman, they have one book to their credit, “Torn Silk Picture Cloud Quilt,” along with two CDs of their two-voice poetry. He has been working with the composer Robert Vann on a chamber opera titled “You Who Know” and a song cycle ,“The Blank Page.” His current opera, “The Kaballah: Shanghai 1940,” is unfinished.
October 2016: Tribute to Francisco X. Alacron
Gallery 1855 located at the cemetery office of Davis Cemetery & Arboretum will hold an art exhibition “Dreamers ~ Altars, Words and Paintings” from October 1-October 31st. There will be a special opening reception on October 9th from 1-4:00pm. It will feature over 20 art pieces by artists: Maya Christina Gonzalez, Rene Castro, Juan Fuentes, Francisco Orrego, Jaime Montiel, Claudia D. Hernández, and Natalia Deeve Sossa; featuring the poetry by locally and internationally recognized Poet Francisco X. Alarcón. The opening reception on October 9th will include a reading by Escritores del Nuevo Sol Poets and others. Poet-Activist and Co-editor of “Poetry of Resistance: Voices for Social Justice” Odilia Galván Rodríguez, will serve as emcee for the event.
September 2016: Celebration of Life Group Exhibition
The Davis Cemetery and Arboretum will host its eighth annual Celebration
of Life Arts Festival from 1 to 4 p.m. Sunday, September 18th. The free
festival features live music and a group art exhibition featuring the works
of local artists in a variety of mediums. Light refreshments will be
served throughout the day.
The event will start with a live performance by the New Harmony Jazz
Band from 1-3:00 pm. They will play a variety of jazz tunes from classic
The art exhibition will be on display at the on-site gallery from
September 1-September 30th and features photography, charcoal,
encaustic, and paintings from over thirty artists.
Kurt Fishback : Nature Mandalas
Gallery 1855 is pleased to announce the solo exhibition “Nature Mandalas” by renowned photographer Kurt Fishback. The exhibition will run throughout the month of August. A special artist reception will be held Sunday, August 14th and will include a special talk by the artist from 1-1:30 pm.
From the Indian language Sanskrit meaning Sacred circle, Mandalas are gateways to our divinity, the God within us from the human perspective and inspired by energy inherent in the Earth and Nature.
A mandala can be used during meditation as an object for focusing attention. The symmetry of the designs tends to draw the attention towards their center, towards our center.
In each Mandala natural elements have been incorporated from photographs made while walking on the Earth. Some of the elements include; trees, stones, grass, sand, water, air, clouds and sky. Light is the most important element, indicative of the energetic life force in everything.
Visages of animal and other spirits emerge in the production of the mandalas as a result of the juxtaposition of the natural elements used. They speak of our connection to the Sky Nation and to the individual medicines of Grand-father Sun, Grandmother Moon, the Thunder Beings, the Cloud People, all planets, galaxies, stars and solar systems.
These Mandalas were made as a part of my daily spiritual practice. Each mandala is available for individual interpretation and discovery of any
personal meaning specific to the individual viewer.
Kurt Edward Fishback, son of photographer Glen Fishback and name sake of photographer Edward Weston, grew up as part of the photographic community in Northern California during the 1940’s and 50’s. Mentors and friends of the family included Ansel Adams, Wynn Bullock, and Edward Weston. Despite his immersion in the world of photography, Fishback began his artistic career studying ceramic sculpture at Sacramento City College, the San Francisco Art Institute and the University of California, Davis in the 60’s. He first began to experiment with photography in 1962 as a way to document his experiences with other sculptors, but it was not until 1973, when his father invited him to teach at the Glen Fishback School of Photography, that photography became Fishback’s primary mode of expression. Since then he has gathered over 250 environmental portraits of artists in their studios or the space they chose.
Kurt continues to teach photography when he is not too busy maintaining his own artistic career. His first major, one-person exhibit was held at the San Francisco Museum of Modern art in 1982. Besides this Kurt has amassed an exhibition record of over 100 solo exhibitions and countless group exhibitions since 1961.
Learn more about the artist at his website.
Adele Louise Shaw “Water, A Fluent Conversation”
Exhibition Dates July 2, 2015 -July 29, 2016
July 10, 2016 1-4:00pm
Gallery 1855 (820 Pole Line Road, Davis, CA) presents the solo exhibition of painter Adele Louise Shaw “Water: a fluent conversation”. The exhibition will run from July 1-July 30th with a special artist reception July 10th, 1-4:00pm.
The water references within the Tao the Ching by Lao Tzu are a strong influence in Shaw’s work. She says: Deeply rooted in the natural world, the Tao speaks an international language of spirit. It is with this same spirit my conversations with water carry on.
These paintings are created with inks and acrylics on paper. Shaw’s signature style uses calligraphic brushwork to draw in rhythm and form; tache brushwork to convey a sense of movement and flickering light: and action painting methods of pouring and trowing paint to transform energy and movement into multiple layers of abstraction. The large compositions envelop the viewer.
This exhibition presents paintings which are stirring, emotional surroundings to be in conversation with. They invoke multiple ideas of passion and longing, force and fury, the dance and the ecstasy. They are a homage to the spiritual truth that water conveys. These paintings invoke our universal emotional and physical connection to water, and connect the viewer to the subject with an elegant, sensual grace spoken with paint.
Small encaustic paintings are also part of the exhibition. Shaw has been working with encaustic paint for 18 years. Her work with encaustic continues to push the boundaries of this ancient medium.
The exhibition will be open to the public July 2 – 29, 2016 M-F 9-3:00pm. The artist will be present for an open house Sunday, July 10th, 1-4pm.
Learn more about the artist at her website here
Gallery 1855 located at the historic Davis Cemetery is pleased to present the solo exhibition of artist Dee Conway. “The Continuum” will run from June 1, 2016 – June 30, 2016 with an opening reception Sunday, June 12th from 1-4:00 p.m.
Dee Conway is a graduate of the B.A. Brooks Institute of Photography. She is an award winning artist whose work has been featured in many prestigious publications and galleries.
“The Continuum” is a personal project that is inspired by Conway’s friendship with her late mentor Johanna Gillman. Johanna Gillman was a fabulous New York artist who spent the last three years of her life in California. Many of the images in the exhibit are a combination of Gillman’s artwork with Conway’s paintings and photography.. In other works she changed the color, tone, or position of Gillman’s work to create something new. Many of the works explore unconventional painting and printing techniques. It is through this project that they can continue their art relationship.
“The Continuum” will run through June 30, 2016 at 820 Pole Line Road, Davis, Ca. The artist’s will be present at the opening reception Sunday, June12th from 1:00 – 4:00 p.m. Works will be for sale by the artist. Light refreshments will be served. Gallery hours are Monday through Friday 9– 4:00, and by appointment. For additional information www.daviscemetery.org
Exhibition Dates: May 1, 2015-May 30, 2016
Opening Reception: April 30, 2016
Multi-media experience interactive works located on the Davis Cemetery and Arboretum grounds in addition to photographs and imagery from artist Charlie Schneider.
Christopher Dewees “Life Histories”
Da Vinci Charter Academy Advanced Placement Art Exhibition
Celebration of Life Group Art Exhibition
F/8 Photography Group “Windows and Doors”
Ellie Ivanova “Archive of Abandoned Dreams”
Rob Stone “Close to Home”