Wednesday, December 23, 2009

SD Gallery Holiday Hours

John deWit


TUESDAY, 12/22 - WEDNESDAY 12/23

11:00 AM – 6:00 PM


11:00 AM – 3:00 PM

TUESDAY, 12/29 - WEDNESDAY 12/30

11:00 AM – 6:00 PM


11:00 AM – 3:00 PM

Saturday, December 19, 2009

Gale Hart's Extraordinary Objects

Gale Hart has a knack for creating brilliant statement pieces in a variety of mediums. In our current exhibition she has ceramic sculpture, mixed media paintings and steel works.
Gale's Extraordinary Objects will be on view through January 30th.

Toss, 2009, Steel, 42" x 38" x 11" $1,100 (Sold)
A67 Table, 2009, Steel, 32" x 33" x 12.25" $1,200
So Table, 2009, Steel, 29.25" x 30" x 14" $1,500 (Sold)

To see more images from the current exhibition, please click here.

Wednesday, December 16, 2009

Extraordinary Objects Extended Exhibition Date

Paul DiPasqua, 2008, The Life of Soap, Digital Photo AP1, 40" x 57"

SD Gallery's Extraordinary Objects exhibition will be extended through January 30th!

works by:

Gale Hart
Paul DiPasqua
John deWit
Laura De Anna

The gallery is filled with Extraordinary Objects! Come see!

Tuesday, December 15, 2009

A Unique Ceramic Find!

SD Gallery recently acquired this unique ceramic plate piece by Erik Gronborg through a private collector. This piece was purchased during the Crocker Art Auction in 1983. When was the last time you saw ceramic works infused with photographic imagery? This piece is a beautiful find and would make a great addition to an eclectic home.

Erik Gronborg, Plate, 14" x 12" x 3.5" $500 (Sold)
(detail of plate)

The patron who we received this plate from provided us with this bit of information about Erik written in 1983.

Erik Gronborg, Solana Beach

Born Copenhagen, Denmark. Sculptor, Ceramist. Received BA and MA from UC Berkeley. Has worked and exhibited in museums throughout the world and has taught at many colleges on the West Coast. Has exhibited extensively and is a member of many well known art and conservation organizations. Has been the recipient of several national awards. Is currently teaching at UC Davis.

Eric Dahlin's Birds and Bunnies!

PJ's, 2009, Ceramic, 5" x 3.75" x 3" $150
Carnival Ride, 2009, Ceramic, 4.75" x 7" x 3.75" $175
Fish, 2009, Ceramic, 5.5" x 3.5" x 3" $150 (sold)

Eric Dahlin just dropped off three new birds for sale in our gallery,
two cardinals and a phoebe. We recently received three of his smaller rabbit figures for sale as well. These playful works are a great gift for animal enthusiasts, art collectors, and those with a great sense of humor. Please come by and see these works in person!

Cardinal, 2009, Ceramic, 11.25" x 7" x 14" $450
Phoebe, 2009, Ceramic, 10" x 8" x 15.5" $400
Cardinal, 2009, Ceramic, 12" x 8" x16" $450 (s0ld)

Thursday, December 10, 2009

Barbara Spring on Youtube!

Barbara Spring came by the gallery this morning for a visit. Barbara's wood sculptures are marvelous, and the process to create her works is impressive. Did you know that Barbara is in her 90's and still creating work with her chainsaw? Please take a look at her youtube video and prepare yourself to be amazed!

To see more of Barbara's works through SD Gallery, please click here.

Wednesday, December 9, 2009

Gary Dinnen - Raku Happy!

Gary Dinnen stopped by this afternoon with this little guy named Raku Happy.
He would make a great addition to a good home this holiday season!

Raku Happy, 2009, Raku Ceramic, 12" x 6" x 10" - $650 (SOLD)

Tuesday, December 8, 2009

Les Birleson Show at CPR January 2010

Les Birleson's River Series paintings will be on view at Capital Public Radio in January 2010.

Capital Public Radio
7055 Folsom Blvd.
2nd Saturday Reception
January 8th
6:00 - 9:00 pm
Leslie C. Birleson is a conceptual artist whose oeuvre ranges from carved granite and mosaic tile to screen-print and light installations. He has produced a number of large scale installation works including two Art in Public Places works for the Sacramento Metropolitan Arts Commission. "Traveling Light" is installed above the ticket counter in Terminal A at Sacramento Int'l Airport, and his small park-like project titled, "Open Circle" is on Riverside Blvd. near Land Park.

Birleson's "River Series" of large scale oil paintings reveals his emotional response to life along the Sacramento River levees. The seasons bring a change of palette and texture, from the lush rain of winter to the dry heat of summer, but the elements of land and water remain constant along the shoreline.

Sierra Summer, 2009, Oil on Canvas, 60" x 78"
High River, 2009, Oil on Canvas, 60" x 78"

Saturday, December 5, 2009

Extraordinary Objects For All!

If you are in search of unique art pieces for your home or for holiday gift giving, you will love our current exhibition, Extraordinary Objects!
There is something here for everyone.

Extraordinary Objects - December 3- January 30

Thursday, December 3, 2009

Extraordinary Objects Reception Tonight 6-8PM

Please join us this evening from 6-8pm, for our opening reception of "Extraordinary Objects", featuring the works of Laura De Anna, John de Wit, Paul DiPasqua, and Gale Hart.


Through the month of December Solomon Dubnick Gallery presents the work of four exceptional artists producing work in a variety of mediums. Whether functional or not, the pieces transcend the concept of artwork as being decorative and each stands on its own as an “extraordinary object”.

John de Wit, a native of Woodland, is among the most innovative glass artists working in the Seattle area. His work explores "the vessel as canvas" through painting and incising techniques. John has gained prestigious international honors for his work, and most recently served as Artist in Residence at the Museum of Glass in Tacoma.

Paul DiPasqua has spent much of his career assembling things out of found materials in order to redeem our culture's wealth of misdirected efforts and horrible things. He's also produced a large body of work in photography, collage, painting and mixed media. Paul lives, works, and teaches in the Chico area.

Laura De Anna maintains her jewelry studio in the Sierra foothills near Placerville. She was recently honored as an "Emerging Artist" at the annual Celebration of Craftswomen in San Francisco. Many of you may have seen Laura's work at our 2nd Saturdays on 20th Street.

Gale Hart is a Sacramento painter, sculptor, gallery owner and animal rights activist who produces remarkable furniture out of recycled steel. Gale has also assembled a number of widely acclaimed theme exhibitions at her studio, in addition to her prodigious output of artwork.

Wednesday, November 25, 2009

December: Extraordinary Objects

Happy Thanksgiving!

When we return from our holiday break, we will be setting up our December show, Extraordinary Objects, a group show with Laura de Anna, Paul DiPasqua, Gale Hart and John de Wit. Stay tuned for images!

Tuesday, November 24, 2009

Wayne Jiang "Everyday San Jose" Opening Today

From Wayne

Hi Everyone

My solo show "Everyday San Jose" at History San José, Leonard and McKay Gallery opens today. The show features 27 paintings depicting the daily life of San José.

Please come to one of the following events for the show.

Members Preview Party:
Sunday, 22, 2009 1:00pm to 4:00pm

Public Opening:
Friday, 27, 2009 11:00am to 4:00pm

Art Tour through the exhibit
December 5, 11:30am and 1:30pm at the Heritage Holiday Event

Exhibit Starts: November 27 2009
Exhibit Ends: May 30, 2010
Hours: Saturdays & Sundays 11AM - 4PMAddress:

History Park at Kelley Park
1650 Senter Road
San José, CA 95112

for directions and more info on History San Jose go to

Saturday, November 21, 2009

Tune in Monday to KXJZ for Peter and Camille VandenBerge's Interview

Peter and Camille VandenBerge Interview on Capital Public Radio KXJZ
Monday,11/23 @ 10am on "Insight"

Tune in to KXJZ this upcoming Monday to Capital Public Radio at 10am to hear Peter and Camille VandenBerge's interview with Jeffrey Callison!

For more information and to listen to them live this upcoming Monday, please click here.

Today in the Gallery...Artists!!

Gary Dinnen, John Tarahteeff and Peter VandenBerge happened to be in the gallery at the same time this evening.
Jian Wang and Camille VandenBerge
Peter VandenBerge, Gary Dinnen, Bobby Dinnen, and John Tarahteeff

Friday, November 20, 2009

Emerging Artist-SF Celebration of Craftswomen: Laura De Anna Davis

SD Gallery jewelry artist Laura De Anna will be participating in SF’s Celebration of Craftswomen event, where she has been selected as an “Emerging Artist.” Laura’s work will be available for sale during this event taking place over two weekends. Support female craftswomen and give the gift of art this holiday season.

Celebration of Craftswomen 2009 Event

TWO WEEKENDS: Saturday and Sunday
November 28-29 and December 5-6, 2009

10 a.m. to 5 p.m. each day

Herbst Pavilion at Fort Mason Center in San Francisco

Fort Mason Center is located at Buchanan Street and Marina Blvd

For the past three decades, The Women’s Building Celebration of Craftswomen has allowed Bay Area residents, along with visitors to San Francisco from throughout the world, to discover the work of the nation’s best female artisans and fine artists.

The Celebration of Craftswomen is San Francisco’s largest holiday fine crafts retail fair, and the largest event celebrating the craft of women in the nation. The event is sponsored by and is a benefit for The Women’s Building, a community service center serving women and girls in San Francisco.

Featured at the Celebration of Craftswomen are contemporary and traditional handcrafted items, such as:

• Functional and decorative ceramic and glass vessels
• Sculpted wood and works of metal.
• Polymer clay, beaded, stone and precious metal jewelry
• Woven, painted silk, leather clothing and wearables
• Home furniture and accessories
• Fine art sculpture
• Photography
• Watercolor and oil paintings

The crafts fair will also offer live music, gourmet food, a benefit raffle, and a silent auction.

For more information about this event, please click here.

To see images of Laura’s work, please click here.

Tom Hulse - Lucky Card Room

Mr. Tom Hulse just sent us this image of "Lucky Card Room 2," that he will have available for our Small Treasures sale in December. Tom's work is the perfect gift for those who appreciate the imagery and history of Sacramento.

Lucky Streak Card Room 2, 2003, 18" x 22" (framed and matted), Photography -$350

For more images of Tom's work through SD Gallery, please click here.

Thursday, November 19, 2009

Peter VandenBerge- TB9 Images

Peter VandenBerge stopped by the gallery today. I came across David Gilhooly's website and found Peter on the site. I showed Peter these early images of him in TB9 at UC Davis and he got a kick out of it. He said we could share them with you.

To see the original article on Peter and these images on David Gilhooly's site, please click here.

Lodi Memorial Hospital Installation by: Joseph Bellacera

Joseph Bellacera just finished installing this multi-paneled painting, "Fields of Light Over Lodi," for the Lodi Memorial Hospital. Below is an image of this beautiful installation and images of Joseph putting the finishing touches on his work.

"(The) Artwork depicts the aerial landscape from the surrounding area of Lodi. These agricultural patterns include marshes, orchards, vineyards, contour and straight set fields as well as irrigation canals and roadways."

- Joseph Bellacera on "Fields of Light Over Lodi".

Fields of Light Over Lodi, 5' x 26' x 8", wood, plexiglass, oil, acrylic, enamel and varnish

To see more of Joseph Bellacera's work through SD Gallery, please click here.

Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Peter and Camille VandenBerge Capital Public Radio Interview on Monday

Peter and Camille VandenBerge Interview on Capital Public Radio KXJZ
Monday,11/23 @ 10am on "Insight"

Did you catch Peter and Camille's radio interview last night on KFBK? If not, you can catch them on the airwaves this upcoming Monday on Capital Public Radio on KXJZ at 10am!

For more information and to listen to them live this upcoming Monday, please click here.

Behind the Scenes: Our Sign

We are settling into our new digs!

This afternoon Edward and his crew attached our Solomon Dubnick sign to our gallery facade. Here are a few pictures as the sign was being installed. Please stop by and see it for yourself...and of course, come inside to enjoy the art!

Update: Richard Duning

Richard Duning’s Busy September

This year, Richard had two exhibitions of his work running simultaneously during the month of September.

A show of his Relic Series opened in Riverside, California. This group of paintings are embedded with objects such as leaves, sticks, rocks, gourds, – even a snakeskin. Some are on paper, some on board in a variety of sizes. Richard’s opening was part of the Riverside Artwalk, and he had a good look at the growing art scene in that city.

Noises II (#1-2009), Mixed Media, 48" x 36", $3800

This That Develops (#34-2009), Mixed Media, 22.5" x 34", $2000

Then Richard jet-setted back home, where an exhibition of his collaborative dream paintings was opening at Piante Gallery in Eureka. Richard and a friend, Madeline McMurray, have been sharing dreams and painting them together for several years. This exhibition showed 18 of their big, 30x44” works, acrylic on paper, a colorful and dynamic exploration of images and interactions.

Before returning home with the Riverside pieces, Richard and his partner Nancy fulfilled a dream of camping for a week in Chaco Canyon. There, they studied the ancient Puebloan ruins and artifacts, and Richard created a series of sketches and drawings. This trip culminated a summer of travel, which included a pottery village in France, ancient ruins in Sicily and even more ancient Neolithic ruins in Malta, all inspiration for future artwork.

To see more of Richard Duning and Madeline McMurray's collaborative paintings, please click here. To see Richard's work through SD Gallery, please click here.

Tuesday, November 17, 2009

Peter and Camille VandenBerge KFBK Interview Today @ 6:40PM

Please tune into KFBK radio this evening at 6:40PM to catch Peter and Camille VandenBerge's radio interview with Kitty O'Neal.

For live stream on KFBK's site, please click here.

Wayne Jiang Exhibition: "Everyday San Jose"- Leonard and David McKay Gallery, Pasetta House

Everyday San José: Paintings by Wayne Jiang

November 27, 2009 - May 30, 2010

Leonard & David McKay Gallery
at the Pasetta House, History Park

1650 Senter Road, San Jose, CA 95112

(408) 287-2290

Saturdays & Sundays from 11 am to 4 pm

Public opening: Friday, November 27th, 2009 11am- to 4pm

Meet the Artist:

Wayne Jiang will be giving tours through the exhibit December 5th,

11:30am and 1:30pm at the Heritage Holiday Event

For more information regarding this exhibition, please click here.
To see Wayne Jiang's works through SD Gallery, please click here.

Mark Bryan "Hard Times" Exhibition -Steynberg Gallery, San Luis Obispo

Press Release
For immediate release

Mark Bryan painting exhibition “Hard Times”

Beginning Nov. 20th Steynberg Gallery will be exhibiting recent oil paintings and prints by Mark Bryan in a new show titled “Hard Times”

Bryan’s paintings always seem to reflect the mood of our times. About this show Bryan states, “The underlying theme is the hard times that so many of us, our country and the world are experiencing right now. The obvious topics have to do with the poor economy, the continuing wars, the environmental crisis and a general sense that things are out of control and not going well. There are also works that deal with "Hard Times" on the personal and psychological level.” On the surface this exhibition may sound like a real downer but Bryan has taken his usual humorous and satirical approach to these subjects. “I think we can always use a good laugh, especially now”, he said

Notable works in this show are a Large piece titled “The Republic of Suicide” which depicts the Washington mall as never seen before and a parody piece of Norman Rockwell’s famous thanksgiving painting “Freedom from Want”. Bryan’s version is titled “The Grateful Dead”.

Bryan has become known as a deadly satirist taking on the villains of the day and the stupidities of human behavior in surprising and delightful fashion. He is also known for his decidedly surreal and whimsical works.

Bryan’s work has received wide recognition. He has exhibited throughout California and the US. His work has appeared in articles and cover art for numerous magazines and publications. He has also been featured on satirical and political web sites across the US and internationally.

Exhibition: Nov. 20th through Jan.10th 2010
Opening reception: Nov. 20th 6-9pm

Steynberg Gallery is located at:
1531 Monterey St.
San Luis Obispo ca. 93401
805 547 0278
hours 7am-7pm

For more information regarding this exhibition at Steynberg Gallery, please click here.
To see more of Mark Bryan's works through SD Gallery click here or for Mark's site, please click here.

Saturday, November 14, 2009

Crocker Kingsley Art Club Lecture Series: Maija Peeples Bright

SD Gallery ceramic artist Maija Peeples Bright will be lecturing at the Crocker Kingsley Wednesday, November 18th 1:15pm.

SD Gallery will be featuring Maija's work in an upcoming show in January 2010.


Maija will discuss her experience in the dynamic UC Davis Art Department of the mid 1960's and the wonderful scene centered on the famed Candy Store Gallery and her friendship with the owner, the late Adeliza McHugh, plus and intimate insight into her art-making methodology.

To see Maija's work through SD Gallery, please click here.

2 New Camille VandenBerge Sculptures

Camille VandenBerge brought in two fanciful pieces last night to incorporate into her show, The Om in Mom- Ordinary Miracle, currently on view.
Please stop by this evening during Second Saturday and see these animal friends in person!

Lucky Dragon, 2009, 30.25" x 7.5" x 22", Ceramic. $7,000
Wall Hooter, 2009, 6.5" x 8" x 3.5", Ceramic. $980