Friday, February 29, 2008

Solo show for Marianne Lettieri

Marianne Lettieri has a solo show of new work at The Main Gallery in Redwood City, March 19 to April 20, 2008. The exhibit, called "Outside Inside," shakes up the concepts of freedom and confinement, suggesting that they might be the same. Cages, lanterns and paintings of sky are juxtaposed with familiar objects to create unsettling tension. The viewer will have to question what is outside and what is inside.

"For years I have collected a great inventory of interesting containers to use in my art," Marianne said. "The challenge for me with this series was to work with enclosures that have strong symbolic imagery, but say something unexpected."

The resulting exhibit offers thought provoking and ironic visual metaphor. For example, a red birdcage appears as if it would fly off into the blue canvas behind, if it were not tethered to a chain and barbell. A house shaped sculpture painted with clouds and encased in a wrought iron cloche gives new meaning to the phrase "castle in the sky." These and other pieces in "Outside Inside" reveal what is normally concealed by the placement of objects in such a way that poetic resonance happens.

There will be a reception for the artist on Sunday, March 30 from 4 to 7 p.m. The gallery is located at 1018 Main Street in the historic yellow Victorian cottage. The Main Gallery is open Wednesday through Friday from 11 to 4 and weekends from 10 to 3. For more information, please call the gallery at (650) 701-1018 or visit the gallery's web site at

Wednesday, February 20, 2008

Show curated by Barbara Mortkowitz

Barbara Mortkowitz has curated a show which is currently at the Jewish Community Library in San Francisco.

Even Hoshen Press: Fine Books from Israel
Exhibit: through March 16, 2008

Even Hoshen private press in Ra'anana, Israel represents a collaboration of father and son Uzi and Ido Agassi. Named after the twelve precious stones of Aaron's breastplate, the press produces books in limited editions, accompanied by original etchings, prints, or woodcuts, with special hand made bindings. Book artist and designer Ido Agassi will be present at the opening reception on January 13, giving an artist's talk at 3 pm. This exhibit represents the first time the press's work is being displayed in the United States.

Curated by Barbara Mortkowitz

Co-sponsored by The Israel Center of the Jewish Community Federation and the Consulate General of Israel in San Francisco

Jewish Community Library: l835 Ellis St., San Francisco

Monday, February 18, 2008

The Qi Project by Nanette Wylde

The Qi Project by Nanette Wylde opens at KCI Art Gallery.

The Qi Project, an installation which investigates humanity, opens at The Krause Center for Innovation Art Gallery at Foothill College in Los Altos Hills, Tuesday, February 5th. The exhibition runs through February 29.

The Qi Project is an inquiry into the nature of humanity and what it means to be human at this moment in time. It is the gallery's first projected video installation. Project creator, Nanette Wylde interviewed people in front of a camcorder, via postcard, email, website and telephone. The questions asked were "What does it mean to be human?" and "What is humanity?"

The Qi Project was conceived in 2005 after nine weeks of study and travel in China. The project was conceptualized specifically for the KCI Gallery and its unique circular aspects.

The Qi Project brings together nine years of video people watching, interviews in both written and video form, and welcomes audience participation in the gallery. There is a companion website

Gallery hours Monday - Friday, 9 am - 9 pm, Saturdays, 9 am - 5 pm.

Tuesday, February 12, 2008

Marianne Lettieri featured in new book

Lynne Perrella has a new book called Art-Making, Collections & Obsessions. It features a page about Marianne Lettieri and her assemblage, "Pieces of String Too Small to Use, Valued." The book, which has been released this month online and to book stores nationwide, looks lusciously at the synchronicity between object and artist.

Saturday, February 2, 2008

Kalani Engles

Juried Exhibitions, Awards and Fellowships:

San Mateo County Museum (2005 and 2003)
KQED Public Radio Interview (2000)
Stanford University Women’s Studies (1997)
Visiting Artist, Castello di Spannocchia, Frasnia, Italy (1998)
Invited Artist, Denver Print Fair, Denver, Colorado (1997)
San Jose Museum of Art, The First San Jose Biennial (1986)
Crocker Art Museum, Crocker-Kingsley Annual Exhibition, Sacramento, California (1985)
San Mateo Arts Council, Belmont, California (1985, 1984, 1982)
The Arts Commission of San Francisco, Arts Commission Festival (1985)

One Woman Exhibitions:

George Billis Gallery, New York (2008)
The Studio, Burlingame, California (2006 and 2005)
Bradford Gallery, San Francisco, California (2001 and 1999)
Inkfish Gallery, Denver, Colorado (1995, 1994, 1990)
Vorpal Gallery, San Francisco, California (1994, 1990, 1988)

Museum Exhibitions:

Arkansas Arts Center, Little Rock, Arkansas (2007 and 2002)
San Jose Institute of Contemporary Art (2002)
One-West Art Center, Fort Collins, Colorado (1997)
Nicolaysen Museum, Casper, Wyoming (1996)

Recent Publication:

Hunger for Light, Fithian Press (2006). 30 large black and white botanical monotypes are paired with 30 original poems by poet Stephen Browning. “. . .defines the seriousness of her involvement not only with the medium but with her relationship to nature,” Nathan Oliveira


Musuem and public collections include the Arkansas Arts Center, U.S. Department of State Art Bank Program, San Mateo County Library, and The National Museum of Women Archives.
Corporate collections include Hogan and Hartson, Indian Wells Country Club, Atlanta Airport Hilton and The Trump Group. Over 200 private collections.


Stanford University, Department of Art (1980-1983) – Advisor: Nathan Oliveira
College of San Mateo, A.A.Degree

Friday, February 1, 2008

Kalani Engles - New York show

For our friends in New York, please stop by the George Billis Gallery in the Chelsea district. Kalani's work is showing until February 16th.