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March 30, 2012

Women Under The Influence
Conversations in paint with Jane Callister, Wendy Kveck and Mary Warner

June 6 through July 28
Artists’ Reception: Thursday, June 14 from 5:30 to 8

JAYJAY celebrates the hot temperatures of summer with an equally hot exhibit featuring three women artists who share similar interests in the sensuous and luxurious medium of paint. This is also an opportunity to explore the effects of inspiration, mentoring, and influence among artists who share and critique each other’s work. Both Wendy Kveck and Jane Callister received their MFA degrees at the University of Nevada at Las Vegas, where they studied with Mary Warner. Ms. Callister now teaches at UC Santa Barbara and Ms. Kveck is an instructor at University Nevada at Las Vegas. Ms. Callister shows often in Los Angeles and Santa Barbara with exhibitions to note such as the 2006 California Biennial at the Orange County Museum of Art and “Step into Liquid” at Otis Art School, curated by esteemed art historian and curator, Dave Hickey. Ms. Kveck was included in the 2011 International Art + Design Exhibition at Daigu University in South Korea and Aqua Art Miami, 2011.

Mary Warner is a Sacramento favorite, having received her MA at CSU Sacramento in 1974, and shown many times over the last three decades at Jennifer Pauls Gallery and JAYJAY, as well as the Center for Contemporary Art, Sacramento. We are so glad to welcome her back as she has chosen Sacramento as her permanent residence following her retirement from the art faculty at UNLV.

Her public exhibitions of note include the nationally recognized art curator and critic Dave Hickey’s unique traveling exhibition, “Ultralounge”, as well as “Sexy” Sensual Abstraction in California at the Armory Art Center, Pasadena, CA and the Temporary Contemporary in Las Vegas. Public collections include: CSU Sacramento; Crocker Art Museum; CSUS College of Continuing Education; University of California, Davis Medical Center; Kaiser Permanente, Sacramento; Pillsbury Corporation, St. Paul, MN; Byer Museum, Evanston, IL; Prudential Corporation; Marietta Cobb Museum, Marietta, GA; Chase Manhattan Bank, NYC; United Bank of Denver; McCarran Airport, Las Vegas, NV.

21 January 2012

February 8 thru April 21, 2012
Artists’ reception: Tuesday, February 14, Valentine’s Day from 5 to 7:30pm
Gallery Hours: Wednesday thru Saturday 11 to 4 and by appointment

JAYJAY is starting its 12th year! We want to celebrate with an exhibit that features the best of everything JAYJAY is and promises to be.

The Back Room Weekly, the JAYJAY weekly email conceived and written by our gallery assistant, Diana Bowers, features gems from our back room. This communication with JAYJAY patrons has been a vital way to promote the idea that the artworks we exhibit are each one of-a-kind-objects worth being singled out and discussed all by themselves, out of the context of an exhibit.

The JAYJAY annex has also been one of the most important aspects of our programming, where all of the great artists of JAYJAY are featured all the time. Many of our artists do monumental work, and this room allows us to exhibit all of our artists’ work always, regardless of the featured exhibit in the main gallery.

So, these attributes of our gallery, along with new and past work from our artists brings us to JAYJAY, The Back Room. The word ‘sublime’ in the exhibit subtitle refers to the idea that art made to be made, without the ulterior motive projected by the marketplace, has a sacred quality----and we are the fortunate dealers that are allowed to exhibit and sell these very distinctive objects.

Visit this exhibit and experience works never before seen at JAYJAY, as well as some of our favorite pieces from the inventory. All these artworks exhibited together give you a clear picture of what (and who) JAYJAY is and the mission that we continue to execute; presenting modern and contemporary work from museum track artists; scholars really, from this region and beyond.

5 June 2009

Fresh Young Things: New Talent from Northern California
Co-curated by Kristina Schlosser

Exhibition dates: July 8 – August 8, 2009

Second Saturday Reception July 11, 2009 from 6-9pm

JAYJAY is pleased to announce the upcoming introductory exhibition Fresh Young Things: New Talent from Northern California. The inspiration for this exhibit is the fine and prophetic work being produced in the graduate programs at several Northern California schools and JAYJAY’s desire to share their triumphs with the community at large. These artists are recent MFA and MA recipients of studio art programs from San Francisco Art Institute, Stanford University, California College of the Arts, Mills College, University of California at Davis, and CSU Sacramento, producing work in various mediums including video, installation, painting, sculpture, and mixed media. This exhibition promises to offer a glimpse into future trends through the scholarly exploration of these emerging artists, with the added bonus of its co-curator, Kristina Schlosser, a Fresh Young Thing in her own right as a graduate student in Art History at the University of California, Davis.

The eleven artists included are Erin Billingsley, CSU Sacramento, Colby Claycomb, San Francisco Art Institute (SFAI), Julia Elsas, UC Davis, Klea McKenna, California College of the Arts, John K. Melvin, SFAI, Jhinryung Oh, SFAI, James Pakola, SFAI, Steuart Pittman, Mills College, Kazumi Shiho, Stanford University, Sara Wanie, SFAI, and David Yun, SFAI.

April 22, 2009

For Immediate release:

NEW less 20%
An art stimulus package
New Work from JAYJAY Artists

May 6 through June 20, 2009
Second Saturday Reception on May 8 from 6 to 9pm

JAYJAY considers a fine art object as a singular thing, made because it must be made, not made for the marketplace, although JAYJAY is in the business of selling fine art objects. Accordingly, we do not practice offering fine art objects “on sale”. That said, in response to the current economic global crisis Beth Jones and Lynda Jolley, along with our prestigious stable of artists, are proud to present “New less 20%, an art stimulus package, New work from gallery artists at a stimulating price! This is a limited opportunity

Along with great value, this exhibit promises insight into each artist’s present and future bodies of work, as well as, what JAYJAY looks like right now. This is our way of re firing the economic doldrums and refocusing art collectors on the art of collecting art. Please join us in our efforts to keep JAYJAY OPEN as we approach our tenth year anniversary, providing Sacramento with vital exhibits.

Participating Artists:
Stuart Allen; Carla Bengtson; Roger Berry; Linda Day; Mark L. Emerson; Judith Foosaner; Ian Harvey; S.R. Jones; Tom Leaver; Michaele LeCompte; Ken Little; Richard Martinez; Joan Moment; Jack Nielsen; Robert Ortbal; Michael Sarich; Kim Squaglia; Peter Stegall; Ellen Van Fleet; Mary Warner; David Wetzl; Galelyn Williams; Eleanor Wood.

For Immediate Release December 17, 2008

Tom Leaver
Out of the Blue
new paintings

Stacey Vetter
Winter Flowers
new works on paper

JAYJAY is proud to present this beautiful new exhibit to start 2009; Tom Leaver’s new paintings on canvas and panel and Stacey Vetter’s contemporary floral on paper paintings.

Long admired former Sacramento painter and Jesuit art teacher, Tom Leaver, returns for his second exhibit at JAYJAY with a departure from his moody, romantic landscapes of the recent past. The now Oakland artist turns his attention to some kind of liquid surreal atmosphere where plant life or cellular objects float in a blue Spring sky. Leaver has held on to a bit of foreground that might be underwater, or might be found in a Petri dish. Always channeling beauty in the studio, here he enhances his efforts with a refreshing palette and paint movement that borders on whimsy, at times. Leaver has an impressive resume of exhibits from several one person New York shows, to Memphis, Los Angeles, San Francisco, and Seattle all getting on board to tout his work.

Stacey Vetter, with a UC Davis MFA and several regional shows on her resume returns to JAYJAY with new paintings that explore what happens in a winter garden. We often think of a garden in winter as dormant, but Vetter reveals cyclamen and amaryllis blooms in all there quiet glory. Using gouache, charcoal, walnut stain and ink, these studies are so much more than flower paintings. They are almost narrative in their subtle drama and interesting pairings, bringing to mind the mysterious life of plants going on around us all the time.

Stuart Allen

Linda Day

September 12th thru October 25th 2008
Reception: Second Saturday, September 13 from 6 to 9 pm

JAYJAY Is pleased to present new work by Stuart Allen and Linda Day.

Allen, who lives and works in San Antonio, returns to Sacramento to present new sculpture and photography. Allen will display sculptures that continue his investigation of light, gravity, tension and space. Constructed out of sailcloth, aluminum turnbuckles and stainless steel cables, these beautiful and seemingly functional works invoke the artists’ passion for sailing and kite flying. In the annex, Allen will present a suite of new pixilated color field pieces from his pixilporn series. Allen takes these “stolen” website images of famous celebrity body parts and transforms them into provocative abstract pixilations.

Allen received his MFA from the Kansas City Art Institute in 1993 and has exhibited widely including one person shows at the Crocker Art Museum and the Claremont Graduate University Gallery. His work is in numerous public collections including the Crocker Art Museum, United States Embassy, Ottawa, Canada, City of Davis Police Headquarters and, this fall, Kaiser Permanente Women and Children’s Hospital, Roseville, CA.

Day, professor of art at CSU, Long Beach presents new paintings in an exciting premiere exhibit at JAYJAY. Day’s acrylic and oil color fields on panel evoke feelings of excitement, joy, as well as calm and tranquility. Day describes the series as becoming, “…increasingly translucent, the paint more voluptuous. In Between/Beyond atmospheric bands of color are overlapped and marked by rhythmic lines of saturated color.” Each band of color acts as the vibrating strings of a guitar as they are adjusted to create a different buzz, rhythm, and visual song.

Day obtained her MFA in 1978 from the Pratt Institute in Brooklyn, NY. Day has shown extensively in Los Angeles and surrounding areas as well as San Francisco and New York. Along with curatorial work, she was awarded residencies such as the YADDO fellowship in NY and the MacDowell Colony fellowship in NH.

Gallery hours: Wednesday thru Saturday 11-4 and by appointment

June 12, 2008 for immediate release

Home and Away: Contemporary Video Art
Curated by Rachel Clarke, new media professor at CSU Sacramento

As a well-established and commonly used media in contemporary art practice, video and video installation are presented in this exhibit entitled “Home and Away: Contemporary Video Art” featuring works by local, regional and national artists. Through their works the artists examine notions of time, space and scale and investigate various psychological states. Others explore light and color, the body and the evocation of place.

The exhibition provides a sampling of the array of approaches undertaken by artists using video ranging across a broad spectrum: installation and interactive works, narrative and non-narrative, single and multi-channel formats. The exhibition demonstrates the power of video and digital image as potent forms of expression.

Rachel Clarke & M. Azevedo, Sacramento (CA)
Erika Dawn, Walnut Creek (CA)
Stephen Eakin, Stockton (CA)
Doreen Maloney, Lexington (KY)
Darrin Martin, Davis (CA)
David Phillips & Paul Rowley, New York (NY)
Natalie Rishe, Sacramento (CA)
Jenny Stark, Sacramento (CA)
Ernest Zarate, Sacramento (CA)

Exhibition Dates: July 9- August 2, 2008
Artist Reception : “Second Saturday “ July 12 from 7-9 pm
Gallery Hours: Wed thru Sat 11-4 and by appointment

Still from “Gravity Loop” 2006. Artists: David Phillips and Paul Rowley. Color video with sound. 4:30 loop. Prepared piano music composed and performed by Emily Manzo

March 12, 2008

5520 Elvas Avenue
Sacramento, CA 95819

Roger Vail
New photography

Robin Hill
Recent Cullings

May 7 thru June 27, 2008
Reception: Second Saturday, May 10th from 6 to 9

JAYJAY is proud to present two masters of their craft, well known photographer and professor at CSU Sacramento, Roger Vail and painter, Robin Hill, a professor of art at UC Davis. This proves to be a WOW of an exhibit, with both artists exhibiting exciting new work.

Hill received her MFA from the Kansas City Art Institute in 1977. On faculty at UC Davis, since 2001 Hill makes work that ”rests in a state of suspended animation, speaking of possibility and potential rather than articulating a finite resolution, the subject of the work is work itself”.* These painting/sculpture contain elements from the by-gone era of 1940’s mass commercial production, along with luminously painted surfaces that resemble flesh. These combined elements create artistic machines, with a beautiful esthetic with no apparent purpose.

Vail’s new work is a further examination of the artists’ recent (last five years) exploration of color photography. Nationally known for his Black and White pictures, Vail has proven the recent advancements in photographic technology can be used to a mature artist’s advantage. His technique of long exposure night photography has turned from carnival rides to neon signs from Reno and Las Vegas, as well as architectural landmarks from the Sacramento region. These sometimes abstracted images are sure to inspire nostalgia as well as visual satisfaction.

Gallery Hours: Wed - Sat 11:00 - 4:00 And by appointment
*Hill, Artist statement 2008

Michaele LeCompte
Formal Intuition
New paintings

Ellen Van Fleet
Barred Rock
New work

March 5 thru April 19, 2008
Reception: Second Saturday, March 8th from 6 to 9

JAYJAY is pleased to announce new paintings from two of the mainstays of the gallery’s stable: Michaele LeCompte and Ellen Van Fleet.

Michaele LeCompte is painting large with a departure from the circular imagery of the past exhibits. She explores color juxtaposition now, but with an organic approach. Precision is not the goal, rather lush quality of paint, systematically laid down in broad strokes with a knife, resulting in a tactile surface. LeCompte received her MFA from Mills College in Oakland. Her work has been shown at the Museum of Modern Art, San Francisco; Pence Gallery, Davis; and Crocker Art Museum, Sacramento. Sacramento Public Library, Kaiser Permanente, Boone, Schultze and Assoc, Sacramento County Primary Care Center, Sierra College, and University California Davis Medical Center all have commissioned LeCompte for their collections.

The new paintings from Ellen Van Fleet are fresh and graphic. Van Fleet is always changing and moving forward, often a rarity among more mature artists. Using repetitive black line patterns to create movement and energy, these paintings are embellished with quirky flower forms that make the work very upbeat and lyrical. Done on paper, mounted on canvas over stretcher bar, these new works are challenging and satisfying. Van Fleet has an impressive show record, having been included in exhibits at the Houston Museum of Contemporary Art; Guggenheim Museum, New York; Whitney Museum, New York; Museum of Modern Art, New York and San Francisco.

Gallery Hours: Wed - Sat 11:00 - 4:00
And by appointment

Peter Wayne Lewis
The Booster Paintings

Carla Bengtson
New paintings

January 9 thru February 23, 2008
Second Saturday reception: Saturday, January 12 from 6 to 9pm
Hours: Wed – Saturday 11 to 4, and by appointment

JAYJAY is proud to begin 2008 with a spectacular pairing of artists, Peter Wayne Lewis and Carla Bengtson.

More is not better in the paintings of Peter Wayne Lewis. The open spaces among the spare and improvisational abstract marks are like a musical rests, but for the eye. These compositions are original, personal, poetic, universal and after all is witnessed, elegant, much like a perfect piece of music, that haunts and resonates. These recent works are titled the ‘Booster Paintings’, which refers to the act of building on bodies of work from the past and making the markings bigger, broader, grander, hence, the title of this exhibit at JAYJAY being “GRAND”.

Lewis received his MA at CSU San Jose in 1979 and showed often in California through the 90’s; with three solo museum exhibits at the San Jose Museum of Art, Monterey Peninsula Museum of Art and the Triton Museum in Santa Clara in the mid to late 1980’s. His last commercial gallery solo exhibit in his hometown, Sacramento, was at Jennifer Pauls Gallery in 1989. So the enthusiasm at JAYJAY is understandable, to have the opportunity to reintroduce this wonderful and intuitive painter to the Sacramento and West Coast.

Lewis has spent much of the last twenty years, while residing on the East Coast, where he heads up the painting department at the Massachusetts College of Art in Boston, exhibiting internationally, with one person shows in Germany, Japan and China, as well as, New York. These international exhibitions are reflected in the collections in which his work can be found, including National Gallery of Art, Kingston, Jamaica; San Jose Museum of Art, San Jose, CA; Republic of Senegal, National Art Collection; Cosima Hotel, Tokoyo, Japan; Guenter Paal & Assoc, Stuttgart, Germany.

This exhibit is presented in conjunction with “Strings Genesis” at 40 Acres Art Gallery, January 29 thru March 29, 2008.

This recent work from Carla Bengston is greatly influenced by her many trips to the Amazon Basin and the rain forests there. There are underlying ecological themes that may be apparent to the viewer, but it is the movement of paint that refers to forces of nature which prevails. She continues to use circular shaped surfaces, but has returned to traditional rectangular panels, also. In these new paintings, there is a subtlety and a less turbulent feel, like smoke rising above the burning earth.

Bengtson received her MFA from Yale University in 1983 and has exhibited across the US, including shows at The Painting Center, NY, NY, Artspace, New Haven, CN, RKL Gallery in Brooklyn, NY and numerous others. Corporations collecting Bengtson are: Bank of Sacramento, Wood Rodgers Engineers, Bullivant Houser Bailey, Merrill Lynch, Sacks Fifth Avenue, Phoenix Mutual Life Insurance Company, among others.

5520 Elvas Avenue, Sacramento, CA 95819

For immediate release:

October 17, 2007

Mary Warner

Robert Ortbal
Untold Wrinkles

November 7 thru December 22, 2007
Second Saturday Reception: November 10 from 6 to 9

Gallery Hours: Wed thru Sat 11 to 4 and by appointment

Native to Sacramento, Mary Warner, who received her MA from CSUS in 1974, has been exhibiting in Sacramento and across the country for the last 35 years. Flower and garden motifs have long been the interest of this very skillful painter of her own brand of dramatic realism. Warner has experimented with painting surfaces in the last several years, including a highly successful venture into wood forms covered in velvet. This new body of work concentrates on Venetian plaster surfaces using gouache paint and once again explores flower forms, floating in space, inhabited by all kinds of insects, as well as modern architecture.

Her public exhibitions of note include the nationally recognized art curator and critic, Dave Hickey’s unique traveling exhibition, “Ultralounge”, as well as “Sexy” Sensual Abstraction in California at the Armory Art Center, Pasadena, CA and the Temporary Contemporary in Las Vegas. Public collections include: Pillsbury Corporation, St. Paul, MN; Byer Museum, Evanston, IL; Prudential Corporation; Marietta Cobb Museum, Marietta, GA; Chase Manhattan Bank, NYC; United Bank of Denver; McCarran Airport, Las Vegas, NV.
In Sacramento: Crocker Art Museum; CSUS College of Continuing Education, University of California, Davis Medical Center, Kaiser Permanente.

JAYJAY is very proud to show well known Bay Area sculptor Robert Ortbal, in his first commercial gallery exhibit in Sacramento. He received his MFA at UC Davis in 1989, and has recently joined the faculty at CSU Sacramento as a sculpture professor. Inspired by the historical design movements, Rococo and Art Nouveau, Ortbal uses eccentric materials (styrofoam beads, chicken wire, flocking, rubber balls, etc) to create his own organic (plant or animal) forms that have mutated into a series of beautiful, seemingly live objects, of odd, disparate elements.

Recent exhibits include the UC Berkeley Art Museum, Oakland Museum at City Center, Oakland Museum, and Cabrillo College. “I am You, He is She” is Ortbal’s recent Oakland Airport commission. He was the recipient of the Eureka Fellowship in 2004.

For immediate release:

July 23, 2007

Judith Foosaner
Travel By Night
Recent works

Sandy Parris
Natural and Unnatural
New mixed media work

September 5 thru October 20, 2007
Reception: Second Saturday, September 8 from 6 to 9 (new hours!!!)

Gallery Hours: Wed - Sat 11:00 - 4:00
And by appointment

The visual art exhibition season opens in September in Sacramento with a great pairing at JAYJAY. Formal modernism meets an organic aesthetic with Judith Foosaner’s striking abstraction and Sand Parris’ monochromatic markings.

Judith Foosaner makes paintings, drawings and collages with an economy of line and color that is a counterpoint to the sweeping fluid shapes filling these recent, mostly black, paintings. A well known Bay Area painter and art educator, teaching for over 30 years at Berkeley, California College of Art in Oakland and UC Davis, she has made her home and studio in Sacramento the last seven years. Foosaner has continued a rigorous show schedule with exhibits throughout California, and in New York, New Mexico, British Columbia and London. Her work can be found in the following public collections: Crocker Art Museum, Sacramento, CA; The Oakland Museum, Oakland, CA; The Contemporary Museum, Honolulu, HI; The Everson Museum of Art, Syracuse, NY; Newport Harbor Art Museum, Newport Harbor, CA; San Diego Fine Art Museum, San Diego, CA; Albuquerque Art Museum, Albuquerque, NM.

Sandy Parris’ recent work continues her investigation into the natural world’s similarity to her own human emotional history. Using a limited palette and minimal organic shapes, her primitive abstracts achieve a harmony between the human experience and nature’s order. Her surfaces reflect the process of painting, but also make reference to the emotional scars we all wear. Parris received her MA at CSUS in 1989 and has continued to show often regionally, as well as in Chicago.

Gallery favorite Mark L. Emerson will help up celebrate our fifth anniversary in East Sac with a new works on paper exhibition featured in our ANNEX

June 21, 2007
For immediate release

Terry Berlier
Kristin Bly

July 11 thru August 11, 2007
Reception: Second Saturday, July 14, 2007 7 to 9pm

Gallery Hours: Wed - Sat 11:00 - 4:00
And by appointment

JAYJAY is pleased to present an exhibition by two multi-media conceptual artists Terry Berlier and Kristin Bly.

Berlier’s work incorporates found materials including pot lids, car horns, fire alarms, bicycles and telephone speakers to create sculpture and video that addresses the ever changing world, resulting modern technology and new ways of communication. Berlier critiques this modern era in that the advancements made seem to have greatly affected how humans interact and connect with one another. Her sculpture invites viewers to come together and share in an experience that can only be had by relating to each other’s movement therefore creating an interpersonal event.

Berlier received her MFA from UC Davis in 2003 and this fall will be an Assistant Professor of Sculpture at Stanford University. Berlier has exhibited widely including a group exhibitions at The DiRosa Preserve, Napa, CA, The Mondovi Center, Davis, CA FemArt, Barcelona, Spain and solo shows at the Richard L. Nelson Gallery, Davis, CA and Miami University, Oxford OH.

Bly based in Ohio, is an educator, curator and co-director of the collective newsense enterprises. Sculpture, collage, drawing and videography are employed to convey Bly’s sympathy for the proletariat mindset and the suspicion of corrupt power. By using inconspicuous “parts” and audio, Bly constructs curious tableaus of labor and industry resulting in an interactive sculptural experience. These pieces, at first glance, seem to blend in with the environment and are not immediately apparent to the viewer as “art”.

Bly earned his MFA from Miami University in 1994 and currently lives and works in Ohio. He is the co-director of newsense enterprises, an artist/gallery collective that organizes exhibitions, public programs, and social interventions. Bly has exhibited nationally and internationally including the West-Indisch Huis. Amsterdam, Netherlands, the Northern Illinois University Gallery in Chicago, IL, Space in Pittsburgh, PA, as well as the Contemporary Art Center, Cincinnati, OH.

For Immediate Release: April 27, 2007

Ian Harvey
15 years

Richard Martinez
New Paintings

May 9 thru June 23, 2007
Reception: Second Saturday, May 12, 2007 7 to 9pm

Gallery Hours: Wed - Sat 11:00 - 4:00
And by appointment

JAYJAY is pleased to announce a new exhibit of artwork from two innovative post–modern artists: 15 years paintings and works on paper by Ian Harvey and New Paintings by Richard Martinez

Ian Harvey received his MFA from Columbia University in 1980 and was hired in 2005 as an Assistant Professor of Art at CSU, Sacramento. Harvey created a suite of paintings for the Bemis Center for contemporary arts with a grant from the Pollock Krasner Foundation in 2003. He is currently working on a large-scale collaboration with South Korean artist Koo at Bemis. 15 Years chronicles his move from East to West with works on plywood, canvas, paper and unique artist’s books. His work is an exploration of pictorial languages using geometric and gestural abstraction as well as realism, surrealism, primary forms and decorative motifs. Harvey has created three books for this exhibit that miniaturize his energetic and emotional style.

Martinez received his MFA at UC Davis in 2001. He has recently joined the faculty of University of Texas, San Antonio as an Assistant Professor of Art. Martinez’s work was featured in the 2006 New American Paintings national publication and included in: the Oregon Biennial (2001) Portland Art Museum, the Texas Biennial (2005) in Austin, TX. He has exhibited at The Blue Star Contemporary Art Center, San Antonio, and the New Braunfels Museum of Art And Music, New Braunfels, Texas. Using shaped and stretched canvases, Martinez employs a baroque approach to painting with blatant sensuality through form, artifice, and the pleasure of a candy-coated palette. Martinez has no problem borrowing decorative motifs from design history and combining them with the best part of 20th century abstraction. “Ultimately I am interested in making paintings that are awkward and ambiguous in some way, yet ultra-beautiful and familiar at the same time”.

Images and resumes available on request.

JAYJAY For immediate release: February 16, 2007
5520 Elvas Avenue
Sacramento, CA 95819

Tom Monteith
Rise and Fall

Peter Stegall
Can You Feel The Blue?

March 7th thru April 28th, 2007
Reception: Second Saturday, March 10th from 7-9 pm
Gallery hours: Wed thru Sat, 11 - 4 and by appointment

JAYJAY is proud to present an exhibit of contemporary painting from two of Sacramento’s most admired artists, Tom Monteith, and Peter Stegall.

In Tom Monteith’s new exhibit at JAYJAY, he continues his exploration of the reduction of the landscape using a limited palette and a simplification of form that creates post-modern studies in value. His gift with monumental scale is once again apparent in “Westward Movement” which spans 21 feet. These four panels are a testament to his elegant and sophisticated approach to grand landscape in the abstract form. His paintings could be compared to modern poetry in their economy of line and form, alluding to the grandeur of nature. From Monteith’s own artist statement he quotes “I am like the earth about/about twenty-three degrees off, which gives me summer and winter/moods, sheds hopes and spouts them again: what are my hopes;/ it’s hard to tell what an abstract poet wants (From “Sphere” by A.R. Ammons).

Monteith is a professor at CSU Sacramento. His exhibit history includes SFMOMA Artists Gallery; Weintraub Thomas Gallery in Sacramento; Yosemite Museum Gallery, Yosemite, CA; Redding Museum of Art and History, Redding, CA; POST in Los Angeles; Krannert Museum, University of Illinois; and I Space, Chicago, IL.

Peter Stegall is an absolute master colorist and this exhibit will not disappoint fans of his beautifully constructed painting gems. Stegall continues a life long obsession with simplification of form and color. Using juxtapositions of color, and working within a self-imposed restrictive format, Stegall continues his debate with abstracted compositions. Stegall is certainly a magician when it comes to color choice, so that the form becomes secondary to his expert combinations in his paintings on panel, paper, and constructions.

Stegall received his MA in Art, from California State University, Sacramento in 1972, and has been exhibiting and teaching throughout the US for over 30 years. He has exhibited widely, including one-person shows in Sacramento and numerous group exhibits in New York. The recipient of the prestigious Pollock-Krasner Foundation grant (1998-90), and the Adolf and Esther Gotlieb Foundation grant (1989-90), Stegall has continuously pursued his passionate contemplation and fascination with color and form. Stegall’s work appears in the personal collections of several curators of note, including: Marcia Tucker, Founding Director, The New Museum of Contemporary Art, New York, New York; Donald Albrecht, Curator of Exhibitions, American Museum of Moving Image, New York, New York; and Philip Linhares, Director, Chief Curator of Exhibitions, Oakland Museum, Oakland, California. Local corporate collections include Bullivant, Hauser, Bailey, CSU, Sacramento College of Continuing Education and the Sacramento County Primary Care Center.

Images and resume on request: Beth Jones or Lynda Jolley at 453-2999 or by email at

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