Robert K byers, Martine Jardel, Janet Jones, Steve Levin, Lori Robinson, and Brandon Smith
16 November 2018 through 10 January 2019
Opening reception 16 November 2018 5:00-8:00 PM
Telegraph Hill Gallery is pleased to present “Sojourn 2” a group exhibition featuring the works of Robert K. Byers, Martine Jardel, Janet Jones, Steve Levin, Lori Robison, and Brandon Smith. “Sojourn 2” will be on display from November 16, 2018 through January 11, 2019 with an opening reception on Friday, November 16 from 5:00 to 8:00 PM. This is the gallery’s annual holiday show that will display a variety of works both in medium and style - black and white photography, abstract mixed media paintings, realistic oil paintings, mixed media collages, color field paintings, and tromp l’oeil paintings. Robert K. Byers has had a lifelong love of the outdoors, as well as old buildings and mining towns, and in his images he captured the beauty he found in his explorations. After studying with Ansel Adams, as well as Wynn Bullock and Brett Weston, he started to seriously pursue photography. He primarily used a large-format camera and photographed extensively in the United States, Canada, Mexico, Europe, and Japan. Martine Jardel’s paintings reflect her intuitive response to colors. The works are composed of an assemblage of colors, gestures, and marks of paints, pastels, pencil, ink, and charcoal suggesting atmospheric images of landscapes and seascapes. Jardel has been featured across many group and solo exhibitions both in the United States and France. Janet Jones uses a variety of found materials to create stunning layered collages. The pieces in the series are meticulously crafted from layers of unaltered materials to preserve their integrity allowing the papers to speak for themselves. Her works act as a process and each series serves as a study of the material. Steve Levin draws inspiration from traditional paintings dating back to the 17th century. HIs tromp l’oeil work is based on the wunderkammers or curiosity cabinets. ‘The juxtaposition of disparate objects may really be only a metaphor for that logic but there is a dreamlike richness which can arise from the dislocation of context.’ Combining both subject (curiosity cabinets) and style (Surrealism), he is able to create scenes filled with a variety of real objects and objects of the imagination. Lori Robinson’s inspiration for her artistic ventures stems from the beauty and reverence of the sea and sky. She has turned to new horizons as the focus of her works. By reducing sky, sea, and land to their essential forms in color fields, it allows her to highlight the other striking qualities of these natural scapes. Brandon Smith’s works rely upon a relationship between traditional oil painting methods and expressive brushstrokes, creating a beautiful blend of expressive and precise marks on each canvas. His style of painting and exceptional composition envelop the natural beauty of landscapes in his Plein Air and studio works.
Art is for Everyone Outsider Art
Creative Growth Artist Group
5 October through 2 November 2018
Opening Reception 5 October 2018 5:00 to 8:00 PM
Telegraph Hill Gallery is pleased to present “Art is for Everyone: Outsider Art – Creative Growth Artist Group” featuring the drawings and paintings of various artists from Creative Growth Art Center in Oakland, California. “Art is for Everyone” will be on display from 5 October 2018 through 2 November 2018 with an opening reception, Friday, 5 October, 5:00-8:00PM.
“I remember my first experience of seeing this amazing production of art that was different than what I had seen and it was such a personal expression by the person making it. They may or may not have had language, they may or may not have been able to communicate with me, but they’re making this work that’s really a window into their soul. When you ask someone who has been disenfranchised their entire life to tell me their story, it’s amazing how the door opens.” - Tom di Maria, Executive Director
Creative Growth Art Center was founded by Florence and Elias Katz in 1974, a time in which California was deinstitutionalizing people with disabilities. Since then Creative Growth has served hundreds of artists with developmental, physical, and metal disabilities providing not only space, but the tools and inspiration to become professional exhibiting artists. It is the world’s oldest and largest nonprofit center dedicated to giving artists with disabilities an opportunity and a voice to express themselves.
Creative Growth exemplifies the quality of inclusiveness. The artists all work in a shared and open space and within that you will find almost every form of artistic expression. The success that Creative Growth and their artists have found proves that art can transcend social boundaries and obstacles, and serve as a common language for everyone, artist and viewer alike.
Today, artists represented by Creative Growth have had their works acquired by museums like the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) in New York and San Francisco; been invited to exhibit at the Venice Biennale; and are in high demand among collectors around the world. Outside of the traditional art exhibitions, Creative Growth has collaborated with many companies including Anthropologie, Levis, Marc Jacobs, Method, and Target.
“Art is for Everyone” will showcase a wide range of works on paper by the following Creative Growth Artists: Joseph Alef, Angela Archuleta, Rosa Giron, John Hiltunen, Bruce Howell, Cedric Johnson, Victor Limon, John Martin, Paulino Martin, Dan Miller, Donald Mitchell, John Mullins, Carrie Oyama, Valerie Tribble, William Tyler, George Wilson, Alice Wong, and Ying Gee Zhou.
Centennial A Lifetime of Photography
Robert K Byers
27 July through 14 September 2018
Opening reception: 27 July 2018 5:00-8:00 PM
Telegraph Hill Gallery is pleased to present “Centennial: A Lifetime of Photography” a solo exhibition featuring the works of Robert K. Byers. In celebration of his 100th birthday, the gallery will showcase images from his lifetime of photography. “Centennial: A Lifetime of Photography” will run from July 27 through September 7, 2018 with an opening reception on July 27 from 5:00 to 8:00 PM.
“Robert Byers has been, and is, one of the pillars of photography in this area of the West. He is a most excellent photographer, a warm and supporting friend, and a creative and stabilizing force in our local-national organization, the Friends of Photography. His photographs, like the man himself, are strong, direct, and clean in spirit and craft.” - Ansel Adams
Born in 1918, Robert Byers spent his childhood in Idaho and moved to California as a teenager. He settled in Carmel Valley in the 1960s, where he still resides. In 1930, he began photographing after receiving a free box camera from an Eastman Kodak Company promotion for 12-year-olds. Thirty years later, after studying with Ansel Adams, as well as Wynn Bullock and Brett Weston, he started to seriously pursue photography. He primarily used a large-format camera and photographed extensively in the United States, Canada, Mexico, Europe, and Japan.
Byers has had numerous individual and group exhibitions throughout the United States and Japan. His black and white images of natural landscapes, old buildings, and abstracts are in museum, corporate and private collections in the United States and abroad. Byers served as a trustee of the Friends of Photography in Carmel for 19 years and taught numerous photography workshops throughout the United States.
Byers graduated from the University of California at Berkeley with a BA in economics and received a law degree and master of business administration from Harvard University. He then served as a captain in the U.S. Army during World War II. He practiced law for decades in Santa Clara and Monterey counties, and also pursued many farming and other business ventures. With his late wife he raised four children. For more than 30 years he was a consultant to Photo Gallery International in Tokyo, Japan, as well as to the Oriental Paper Distributing Company of Santa Ana, California. He has served on the advisory board of Freestyle Photographic Supplies since 2002. Byers reflects on his craft: “I look at photography as the search for the ultimate image. It’s the search and the journey that make life and photography exciting. In working with the camera, I want to arouse a reaction in the person viewing the photograph similar to that felt by me when I made the exposure.” Byers has had a lifelong love of the outdoors, as well as old buildings and mining towns, and in his images he captured the beauty he found in his explorations. His work is in the style of the 1930s “straight” photography of Group f/64 and West Coast Photographic Movement, characterized by sharply focused images and subtleties of tone, light, and texture.
Lost Horizons Color Fields
22 June through 20 July 2018
Tuesday-Saturday 12:30-6:00 PM
Telegraph Hill Gallery is pleased to present a solo exhibition featuring the color field paintings of Lori Robinson. “Lost Horizons” will run from 22 June through 20 July 2018. The exhibition will showcase a variety of Robinson’s contemporary plein air and studio oil paintings that masterfully capture the essence of landscapes, seascapes, and horizons along the Pacific coasts and the Islands of Turks and Caicos. She is a returning artist to the gallery.
Having grown up near the coastal waters of Savannah, GA, the beauty and reverence of the sea and sky have always served as a source of inspiration for her artistic ventures. Now residing in Northern California, she has turned to new horizons as the focus of her works.
“Reflecting light, color, and atmosphere using traditional techniques, painterly brushwork, and simplified compositions, my oil paintings poetically express my reverence of nature.”
By reducing sky, sea, and land to their essential forms, it allows her to highlight the other striking qualities of these natural scapes. The reflection of light on water is delicately balanced through strong bursts of color that compliment soft undertones. Her smooth, painterly brushstrokes emulate the vastness and atmosphere of coastal horizons. The use of simplified compositions creates a wonderful sense of space that provides both a sense of understanding and a sense of ambiguity. These qualities in her work bridge the illusory chasm between the natural and supernatural.
Lori Robison has studied painting in New York, California, and Italy. She earned her M.F.A. from the John F Kennedy University in Berkeley, CA; MA from New York University, NY; in-depth art instruction from The School of Light and Color, Fair Oaks, CA; and BA from the University of Colorado, Boulder, CO. Robinson’s works have been shown throughout California.
'I Have Something To Say' Abstract Paintings
2-day Pop-up Art Show Energizing Art, People, and Music
Friday 15 June 5:00-8:00 PM Saturday 16 June 1:00-7:00 PM
Classical Adventures Ballet and Operatic Paintings
4 May through 8 June 2018 Opening Reception: 4 May 2018 6:00-8:00 PM
Telegraph Hill Gallery is pleased to present a solo exhibition featuring the fantastical works of Barbara Fracchia. “Classical Adventures - Ballet and Operatic Paintings” will run from 4 May through 8 June 2018 with an opening reception on Friday, 4 May 2018, from 6:00 to 8:00 PM. Fracchia has been showing her work in New York, New York and is a returning artist to the gallery.
“Classical Adventures – Ballet and Operatic Paintings” will showcase several series of her works, primarily focused on her admiration for opera and ballet. The exhibit covers a wide number of opera and ballet performances, many of which can be seen in San Francisco throughout the year. Fracchia’s contemporary interpretations reflect the modern adaptations the performing arts have embarked on. She used the inspiration from the more current format to infuse a unique energy to her paintings. Fracchia describes her work as, “… exploring the unusual in subject matter. My ideas are a bit above the norm, but incorporate the classical elements of painting. My work is a combination of impressionistic plein air style for landscapes and illustrative for figures.”
Most recently Fracchia completed a series of paintings based on Richard Wagner’s opera series “The Ring” which is regarded as one of the most monumental works of art. The story consists of four parts: “Das Rheingold,” “Die Walküre,” “Siegfried,” and “Götterdämmerung” and these are directly portrayed through Fracchia’s works. She also depicts ballet performances -- such as Tchaikovsky’s Serenade “Bright Fast Cool Blue,” Stravinsky’s “Firebird,” and “Unbound” an account of ballet’s history and future.
The show also features scenes at the New York Metropolitan Opera House and the San Francisco War Memorial Opera House and Performing Arts Center. A series paying homage to Beaune, a town in Burgundy, France, known not only for its sceneries but also for its annual festival of notable revival of Baroque operas and performances of Mozart in original instruments, is also included.
Fracchia’s paintings are prominently featured at the gift shop of the War Memorial. Notably, one of her recent works -- a depiction of the story of “Frankenstein” by Mary Shelley (and turned into a ballet by Liam Scarlett) -- is featured as a t-shirt design through the San Francisco Ballet.
Fracchia was born in New Jersey and resides in Kensington, California. She worked as a graphic artist and illustrator focusing on architectural related work. Her passion for drawing led her to try painting and began painting landscapes in plein air. She enrolled at the Academy of Art University and went on to earn an MFA. Fracchia relishes variety and adeptly paints a wide range of subjects. She works in the painterly tradition and has an excellent eye for capturing details as reflected in her composition and colors.
Wrapped Food In Plastics II: The Masters
14 March through 27 April 2018 Opening Reception: 15 March 2018 6:00-8:00 PM
Shapes of Abstract Ernest Regua and Joshua Rampage
February 1 through February 28, 2018
Opening Reception February 2, 2018 6:00-8:00 PM
Telegraph Hill Gallery is pleased to present a two-person show featuring the works of Ernest Regua and Joshua Rampage. ‘Shapes of Abstract’ will run from February 1 through February 28, 2018 with an opening reception on February 2 from 6:00PM to 8:00PM. This is Rampage’s first showing with the gallery, while Regua is a returning artist.
‘Shapes of Abstract’ will feature Regua’s paintings exploring the interplay of natural and manmade forms and Rampage’s works probing on hidden texts in secretive works. Both of these artists use stunning array of colors, layers, and shapes to dictate their artworks.
Regua was born and raised in San Jose, CA. He holds a Master of Fine Arts in Painting and Bachelor of Arts in Painting from San Francisco Art Institute, and Bachelor of Arts from San Diego State University. He is currently a resident artist at Cubberley Artist Studios Program in Palo Alto, CA. Regua exhibits work regularly in California and in New York.
‘My interest encompasses juxtaposing elements of color, lines and shapes manifested in an optical play that references architecture and biomorphic forms.’ - Ernest Regua
His paintings draw inspiration from our everyday surroundings. The symbiotic relationship of manmade structures and natural occurrences fill the canvases he paints. This bringing together of different elements is evident throughout his works - the solid shapes harmonize with the spiraling lines; the circles and curvatures surround the geometry creating balance. The interplay of imagined space reveal both tension and humorous intersections.
Rampage was born and raised in Chicago, IL. He studied at the University of Indiana and received a degree in Graphic Design. It was during his time at U.I. that he developed a passion for typography. This has gone onto inspire the series of paintings, developed over the last eight years, being shown here at Telegraph Hill Gallery. Rampage has also completed an artist residency program in Australia and shows his work in the San Francisco area regularly.
‘These abstracts are derived from literal secrets. Secrets reflect us and frame how we interact with each other.’ - Joshua Rampage
The process of removing a letter from itself, breaking it into a raw shape delicately crafted with color, is a driving force behind his work. In doing so, he instills a brief moment where you may think you have discovered the secret hidden beneath the layers of bright paints, only to find that it is but a fragment of the whole. He describes his works as, ‘giving secrets form and allowing others to observe them in a new incarnation.’
California Sceneries Greg Gandy . Aron Meynell . Brandon Smith . Jason Toney
Extended through 12 January 2018 JANUARY 3 - 5 and 9 - 12 Hours 12:00-6:00 PM
, Greg Gandy . Aron Meynell . Brandon Smith . Jason Toney
California Sceneries November 29 through December 29, 2017
Opening Reception December 1, 2017 6:00-8:00 PM
Telegraph Hill Gallery is pleased to present a group exhibition featuring the works of four San Francisco Bay Area artists, Greg Gandy, Aron Meynell, Brandon Smith, and Jason Toney. The show titled ‘Greg Gandy, Aron Meynell, Brandon Smith, Jason Toney - California Sceneries’ will run from 29 November through 29 December 2017 with an opening reception on 1 December 2017 from 6:00 to 8:00 PM. The exhibition will highlight a wide series of landscape paintings, plein air studies and studio works. Greg Gandy is a meticulous painter who strives to capture each and every last detail imaginable. Gandy is also a master colorist, using a diverse palette inspired by the time of day or the weather on location. This cumulates into a stunning photorealistic landscape in each of his works. He uses both plein air studies and photography to serve as references for his paintings
Aron Meynell’s paintings are often walking the line of fantasy versus realism and are strongly affected by the soft, muted color palette combined with an intense amount of detail and technical application. His depictions of landscape have a unique atmospheric quality to them, resonating as a dream-like scene. Meynell carefully crafts a particular moment to evoke emotion and an uncertainty in the viewer.
Brandon Smith’s paintings rely upon a relationship between traditional oil painting methods and expressive brushstrokes, creating a beautiful blend of precise marks and bravura brushworks on each canvas. This method of painting, in conjunction with keen awareness for composition, envelops the natural beauty of landscapes in Smith’s plein air and studio works.
Jason Toney’s work covers the full spectrum of realism -- still life, landscapes, and figurative. His impeccable use of color and understanding of composition create stunning landscapes filled with depth and serenity. These properties of his work also blend well with his more expressive brushstrokes, which build upon layers of paint.
Gandy, Meynell, and Smith are faculty members of the Academy of the Art University’s Fine Art Department. All are alumni of the university, with Gandy, Meynell, and Smith earning their MFA and Toney his BFA. The four artists have garnered much praise and recognition for their work, including numerous awards and honorable mentions at shows and exhibitions across the country.
Perspective October 30 through November 24
Martine Jardel, Julie Blankenship, and Janet Jones
Paintings and Mixed-media
Art Has No Rules September 6 through October 13 2017
Chris Blum Assemblage boxes and sculptures Decoding societal values with pop culture and politics using found objects
City Hues August 1 through August 30, 2017
Marcia Clay, Alice Gibbons, Eddie Lee, Leslie Lowinger, Sarah Newton, and Toru Sugita
Retrofit 2.0 June 24 through July 22, 2017
Curators: Mel Day and Marianne Lettieri Artists: Amy DiPlacido, Andy Muonio, Ann McMillan, Catherine diNapoli, Conrad Johnson, Ernest Regua, Ken Edwards, Paloma Lucas, Rachelle Doorley, Sahba Shere, the collaborative artist duo t.w.five
Retrofit 1.0 May 20 through Jun 17, 2017
Curators: Mel Day and Marianne Lettieri
Artists: Barbara Boissevain, Barbara Gunther, Charles Coates, Inge Infante, Lessa Bouchard, Linda Gass, Marianne Lettieri, Mel Day, Melissa Wyman, Pantea Karimi, and Servane Briand
San Francisco’s Telegraph Hill Gallery Reopens after Construction with Works from Palo Alto’s Cubberley Artists
Barbara Fracchia American Art Collector, April 2017
Barbara Fracchia Art of the West, March 2017
Barbara Fracchia American Art Collector, February 2017
Lori S Robinson American Art Collector, February 2017
REFLECTIONS Museum of Craft and Design, San Francisco August 20, 2016 - January 22, 2017