It’s been roughly 11 years since I’ve been to the Big Apple and I’m sooo excited about this trip. Many of the painters that I have followed since I began painting 3 years ago exhibit in NYC or have studios there. And then there’s the Metropolitain Museum of Art! Is going to be an inspiring and invigorating trip and I hope to get lots of ideas for future projects when I return.
Open Studios is in 2 weeks! So excited and looking forward to meeting roughly 2000 art enthusiasts that will be visiting our city. I’ve made a few new pieces especially for Open Studios and can’t wait to hear the feedback. To the left is the first painting of a series of pieces I’m going to be making utilizing metallic colors. I’ve not used them much in my work but interested to see how they play into my typical color pallette. Hopefully, it will be successful!
I think this will be my 4th time participating in Open Studios and I’m really excited about this event as a) the weather is better and b) I’ll have a bigger variety of work. Also, following up on a slew of shows that I’ve been in doesn’t hurt at all either…just sayin’! This year it will be held on the weekend of May 2nd and 3rd in the town of Benicia. The majority of artists will be housed in the Arsenal but there are quite a few outside of the Arsenal area including downtown on First Street. There will be a few galleries open and other venues showing art. Should be a nice weekend overall and always a lot of fun!
“Tapestry #1” by Jeffrey Tover
Gallery 621’s ReOpening reception was a GRAND SUCCESS and I was thrilled to have sold my first piece that evening. My “Delta Sunrise” painting was swooped up by a local stylist in town and she is extremely happy with her purchase. It was nice to receive such wonderful feedback on my work in the gallery from the folks that came by to see it.
So after being so energized from all of the positive feedback, I decided to paint a large piece using a gray color field as the background. The painting is called “Havana” and is 36in by 36in made with acrylic and pumice. Haven’t decided where I’m going to exhibit the piece yet but Arts Benicia’s Open Studios preview show is a likely spot.
In other news, I’ve been asked to particpate in two group shows this upcoming fall in Oakland and Sacramento which I’m pretty excited about. I will update my blog as soon as the info is confirmed for those events. If you are interested in seeing my other work, please visit my artist page at mesart.com.
Well… today is the day that history is written again for this wonderful gallery. The Grand ReOpening reception is tonight and I’m SUPER EXCITED about this new venture. I am involved with some of this hardest working, passionate artists the world has every know. Among them is Nikki Basch-Davis. This woman is not only an exceptional artist (painting and ceramics) but a real, as we say in yiddish, MENSCH! She has dedicated so much time in making this gallery what it is and kept this large group of artists in check…which if you’ve ever had to corral individuals that are spread out everywhere you know how difficult THAT is! The space looks amazing and people from all over are thrilled with the new digs! The gallery was featured yesterday in the Benicia Herald with a nice write-up and pictures by Keri Luiz (a Benicia favorite). AND! as a special bonus… Mike Kendall (another Benicia favorite) and Lisa Reinertson (ceramics artist extradornaire) are exhibiting a few pieces as part of our current exhibit. So if you’re in the area this Saturday (for the Beer Crawl or just shopping and enjoying the sights) stop by the gallery and say “hi”. We’ll have some nibbles and lemonade in case you’re hungry…and LOTS OF CONVERSATION! Should be a full house tonight!
The New Gallery 621 is now located at 309 First Street in the historic town of Benicia. I am fortunate to be sharing this new home with a group of the most amazing and talented artists I have ever encountered. After a few weeks of hard work and getting all of the details finalized, we are ready to open our doors this Thursday, March 5th, from 11am to 5pm. Our official “Grand ReOpening” is being held on Saturday, March 14th, in conjunction with the City of Benicia’s Beer Crawl and the Second Saturday reception at the Plein Air Gallery next door. Our new gallery is a bit smaller than the original location but is still packed full of an array of AMAZING artwork from some of my favorite artists and friends… Nikki Basch-Davis, Pam Dixon, Lee Wilder Snider, Stephen Schumm, Bea Guttman, Kathy Oja, Bob Nelson, Sharon Payne Bolton, Susan Aulik, Linda Stevenson Dunlop, Jerrold Turner, and myself.
Gallery 621 has been a staple of Benicia’s art scene for the last 4 years. Some of the original resident artists have relocated to this new location while others have made our “sister” gallery, The GearBox Gallery in Oakland, their new home. With the art scene in the Bay Area seemingly going through a transitional phase and trying to find new footing, many artists still feel a commitment to the various communities that have supported them through the years. This is very evident with Gallery 621 and it’s future in Benicia.
We look forward to providing tourists and residents some of the best in the world of art and sculpture that Benicia has to offer. Benicia has a long of history of supporting the artist community and we intend on keeping that traditional alive and well.
Well spring is definitely in the air and due to arrive very soon! The weather here in the Bay Area has been fantastic…even though we desperately need the rain. Lots of “artsy” things happening this month for me again.
This coming weekend is the reception of a show I curated (my first one!) at Renee Jordan Real Estate. It’s called the “Winter Pop-Up” show and will have works from about 13 artists…AND…we will be having the wonderful Benicia’s First Tuesday Poets Society participating in a poetry reading called “Ekphrastic”. The reception is this Saturday, March 7th, from 3-5pm at Jordan Real Estate. Stay tuned for more exciting news happening this month…
“5 Rings” by Jeffrey Tover featured in the show
I know it’s been a little while since I’ve posted anything to my blog but it’s been very busy since the year began and sooo much has happened! I have completed a few new paintings that will be available to view in a couple of gallery spots around the Bay Area. I am thrilled to have had 2 pieces accepted to Valley Art Gallery in Walnut Creek (valleyartgallery.org). They have a boatload of talented artists that show work there and I am so privileged to be able to display my work side by side to theirs. The upcoming show is called “New Faces of 2015” which will feature the work of 16 new artist members thru February 28th. The artist reception will be held at the gallery on Saturday, January 24th, from 3-5pm.
I also will have 1 painting that is featured in the Arts Benicia annual “Art of a Community” event that is running until the 8th of March 2015. This show features works by approximately 130 artist members (LOTS of STUFF to see and buy) and is a celebration of sorts for the art community in Benicia. The show is in the AB Gallery and the reception will be on Saturday, January 24th, from 7-9pm. The painting I submitted for the show is called “Dreams Of Spring”..and it’s GORGEOUS!!
Up next will be my FIRST…yes my FIRST…solo show at the City Hall in the beautiful of Benicia. I will have roughly 20 pieces of work to see. I will update my blog once a reception date has been set.
I am sooo excited how this year is starting off. There is even more news forthcoming but I will be saving that for my next posting. Until then… remember to always strive to make your dreams your reality. It takes patience, persistence, and dedication to get there…but it can be realized. DON’T GIVE UP!
Enjoy your 2015!!