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.
Landscapes with a Gist
Gallery 1855 will host a one-of-a-kind exhibition by local artist Stasia Tikkanen. “Landscapes with a Gist” will run from April 3 to 30. An open house is planned from 1 to 4 p. Sunday, April 8.
The exhibit features conceptual landscapes that include a night-and-day series, an in-studio series exploring perception related to the time of day. The artist paints two scenes from the same environment, one in nightlight and the other in daylight to see how light alters the perception of a scene. In this series, she has explored subjectively chosen scenes in Davis.
Originally from Albuquerque, N.M., Tikkanen moved to Davis 16 years ago. With a bachelor’s degree in fine art studio from the University of New Mexico, she has worked as a professional studio artist, decorative painter and in galleries for a total of 20 years.
In 2013, she became a full-time studio and plein air artist.
“While painting in studio or outdoors in the tradition of plein air, I seek a general notion or idea in each environment I explore and try to capture it in my work,” Tikkanen said.“While painting, I ask myself, what does this scene make me think or feel? What is the gist of this scene? Be it a mood, a metaphor, symbolism or just an internal musing on my part, I find revealing it through landscape captures a reflection of human nature.”
The idea of conceptualizing landscapes got the attention of several patrons interested in specific themes. In 2014-2015, Tikkanen was privately commissioned to paint a landscape series featuring the high deserts and mountains of New Mexico and Arizona. This series reflects the culture of the area through color and subject while portraying the unique lighting of the high desert mountains and land features.
In 2016, Juanita Bucot published one of these paintings, “The Sandias,” as a book cover of her fiction novel “Spirit Gone Wild,” a journey through the southwest in the 1960s. Also in 2016 the artist focus extended further into the outdoors and scenes of Northern California.
After exhibiting in the 2017 Davis Art Studio Tour sponsored by the Davis Art Center, Tikkanen continued her Northern California focus with an in-studio series titled “Night and Day — A study of perception related to light.”
May 6, 2018 Artist Reception
Some of the teachers taught me fundamental basic techniques while others taught me how to transfer my love of colors and energy onto the canvas.
I paint many different subjects. Any subject can be a reference of what my artistic eyes interpret, where the interpretation is something only I can create. I try to develop my own style of painting but if I have to categorize it, it can be called impressionism and abstract.
I feel so fortunate to be able to do what I love to do. I hope that the art I create can provide happiness and joy to others as well.”
Naomi exhibition will be on display at the historic Davis Cemetery Office. Enjoy the colorful paintings and the colorful gardens throughout the month of May. The gallery is open M-F 9-4:00 pm and second Sunday from 1-4:00 p.m.
Reception June 10, 2018
The Serenity of the Northern California Landscape
Since retiring from a career as a computer programmer, Patricia has been able to indulge her love of nature and art. She chose pastels for the immediacy of the color on her finger tips. Although most of her work is done in the studio she enjoys painting out in nature to hone her ability to see the light and the colors. In fact, she feels the greatest benefit she derives from painting is how it changes how she sees the world when she isn’t painting. Everything is more vivid – the beauty of light and shadow in the trees, the subtlety of the color of clouds, the sparkle and reflections in water.
Patricia often begins her paintings with a watercolor underpainting and applies pastel over that, leaving some of the watercolor to show through. She lets the painting process determine how the scene will unfold. Her paintings are more an evocation of an emotional response to the transcendence found through nature than a rendering of a specific place.
Patricia is a signature member of the Sierra Pastel Society and is currently represented by the Pacific Bay Gallery in Bodega Bay and CK Art in Midtown Sacramento.
You are invited to view more of her art and contact her through her website: pprendergast.faso.com
July 2018 Boy Scout Group Exhibition
July 8, 2018 Artist Reception
August 2018 Celebration of Life Group Art Exhibition
September 9, 2018 Artist Reception
Photographs of Charles V. McDonald
October 14, 2018 Artist Reception
Michael Radin and Michael Stone
November: Group Art Exhibition Painters
Artist Reception: November 11, 2018 1-4:00pm
Artist Reception December 9, 2018
Bird Paintings of Nelson Loskamp
Paintings and drawing of the 7-8th Grade Students of the Davis Waldorf School