ALWAYS AND EVERYWHERE

Show and Lecture at the Shasta College Art Gallery

Please join me for a lecture on my work, followed by a reception on February 2, 2017 at the Shasta College Art Gallery.

Please join me for a lecture on my work, followed by a reception on February 2, 2017 at the Shasta College Art Gallery.

ALWAYS AND EVERYWHERE

JANUARY 17 - FEBRUARY 23, 2017

 

ARTIST'S LECTURE:
Thursday, February 2, 2017
11-noon, Humanities Room, 400

RECEPTION:
Thursday, February 2, 2017
noon-1pm, Shasta College Art Gallery, Building 300

LOCATION:
Shasta College Art Gallery
Shasta College Art Department, Building 300
11555 Old Oregon Trail | Redding, Ca

Presented by the Shasta College Division of Arts, Communications & Social Science and the Shasta College Foundation.

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sf camerawork

2016 Benefit Auction

Headlands Bldg. 828 EXP-0038 will be LOT 14 in this years benefit auction for SF CAMERAWORK. See info below.

Headlands Bldg. 828 EXP-0038 will be LOT 14 in this years benefit auction for SF CAMERAWORK. See info below.

Founded in 1974, SF Camerawork’s mission is to encourage and support emerging artists to explore new directions and ideas in the photographic arts. Through exhibitions, publications, and educational programs, we strive to create an engaging platform for artistic exploration as well as community involvement and inquiry.

Help support a wonderful organization by bidding on my piece above. (LOT 14)

DATE:
Saturday, October 29, 2016

TIME:
Registration begins at 5:30 PM
Silent bidding begins at 6:00 PM
Live bidding begins at 7:00 PM

TICKETS:
$30 in advance; $40 at the door
Click here for tickets

PREVIEW RECEPTION:
"Curator Picks" Walkthrough with Sandra S Phillips, SFMOMA Curator Emeritus
Thursday, October 27, 6 - 9 PM
Hosted by Dale Cook and Michelle Branch

PREVIEW EXHIBITION:
October 24 - 28, 2016
12 - 6 PM, and by appointment   

AUCTIONEER:
Rick Wester
Rick Wester Fine Art, NYC

LOCATION:
SF Camerawork
1011 Market Street, 2nd Floor
San Francisco, CA 94103
Valet Parking on Market between 6th/7th

ABSENTEE BIDDING:
Unable to attend? Place an absentee bid!
Click here for Online Absentee Bid Form

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HEADLANDS CENTER FOR THE ARTS

Fall Open House

Galapagos Series mini-zine. Come out and grab an 8 page mini-zine I produced from the Galapagos Series I've been working on since arriving at Headlands. Limited Edition of 50.

Galapagos Series mini-zine. Come out and grab an 8 page mini-zine I produced from the Galapagos Series I've been working on since arriving at Headlands. Limited Edition of 50.

Come out to Headlands for the Fall Open House, Sunday October 16, noon-5pm. My studio is in Building 960, #17.  

For more information please visit: www.headlands.org | www.headlands.org/garyedwardblum

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LOS ANGELES TIMES

Art Review by Leah Ollman

"We often hear of the silence within, an inner calm that can steady us against external demands and decibels. Blum’s paintings at Ruth Bachofner Gallery do project a sense of stillness, but the more the works reveal themselves, the more they rumble and hum." —Leah Ollman 

Very nice review of my solo show "The Silence AroundYou" at the Ruth Bachofner Gallery by LA Times art critic Leah Ollman.

Please click on the link here to read it in its entirety.

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euqinom projects

Summer Group Show

Galapagos with Erased Line, Galapagos with Form, 2016 | mixed medium | 3.75 x 4.75 each

Galapagos with Erased Line, Galapagos with Form, 2016 | mixed medium | 3.75 x 4.75 each

I'm pleased to announce my first show of photographic works. Join me at EUQINOMprojects on July 29 for a group show including Oliver Leach, Daniel Postaer, and Gabrielle Teschner.

EXHIBITION DATES: July 27, 2016 - August 27, 2016 |  RECEPTION: Friday July 29, 6 - 8PM

EUQINOMprojects
1599 Tennessee Street, San Francisco, Ca 90404

For more information please visit: www.euqinomprojects.com

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RUTH BACHOFNER GALLERY

The Silence Around You

New Paintings

After All, 2016 | acrylic on canvas | 30 x 30 inches

After All, 2016 | acrylic on canvas | 30 x 30 inches

EXHIBITION DATES: July 30, 2016 - September 3, 2016  |  RECEPTION: Saturday July 30, 5 - 7PM

RUTH BACHOFNER GALLERY
2525 Michigan Avenue, Suite G2  Santa Monica, CA 90404

For more information please visit: www.ruthbachofnergallery.com

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HEADLANDS CENTER FOR THE ARTS

Summer Open House

Building 828 | Pinhole Camera Experiment

Building 828 | Pinhole Camera Experiment

Come out to Headlands for the Summer Open House, Sunday July 17, noon-5pm. My studio is in Building 960, #17.  

For more information please visit: www.headlands.org

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HEADLANDS news

Affiliate Program 2016 and Benefit Auction

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I'm happy to announce that I will be returning to Headlands for a second year as an affiliate artist. The experience so far has been engaging and opened my practice to many new ideas and artists. I look forward to another year of art, beautiful views and some truly delicious artist meals provided by the talented chef staff!  

With that, I'm excited as well to have been asked to participate in this years Headlands benefit auction. My painting "Ditto(Grey)" will be a part of the silent auction.

See info below if you'd like to place a bid via paddle8, or better yet buy a ticket and attend the event. 

DITTO(GREY), acrylic on canvas, 30 x 30 inches

DITTO(GREY), acrylic on canvas, 30 x 30 inches

BID NOW

Wednesday, June 1, 2016 | 6:30pm, VIP 5:30pm | Festival Pavilion at Fort Mason Center for the Arts

For more information please visit: www.headlands.org

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HEADLANDS CENTER FOR THE ARTS

Spring Open House

UNTITLED(MAGENTA FORM) Photo Transfer and Acrylic on Panel, 16 x 20 inches

Come out to Headlands for the Spring Open House, Sunday April 17, noon-5pm. My studio is in Building 960, #17. I'll have new paintings as well as new photography works(see above.) 

For more information please visit: www.headlands.org

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HEADLANDS center for the arts

Fall Open House

Come out to Headlands for the Fall Open House, Sunday October 25, noon-5pm. My studio is in Building 960, #17. I'll have paintings as well as new photography experiments. Stop by and say hi. 

For more information please visit: www.headlands.org

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HEADLANDS

Summer Open House

Experimental studies: photo and charcoal on newsprint. 

Experimental studies: photo and charcoal on newsprint. 

Come out to Headlands for the Summer Open House, Sunday July 26, noon-5pm. My studio is in Building 960, #17. Stop by and see what's happening. 

For more information please visit: www.headlands.org

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headlands

Affiliate Program 2015

I am very excited to have been selected for the 2015 Affiliate Program at the Headlands Center for the Arts in Sausalito, California. After twelve years of working out of my West Oakland studio, I'll be closing shop and moving out to the Headlands starting July 1, 2015. Stay tuned for more updates.

For more information please visit: www.headlands.org

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PAUL MAHDER GALLERY

A Beautiful Expanse | Paintings

A Beautiful Expanse, 2014 | Acrylic on Canvas over Panel, 55 x 55 inches

A Beautiful Expanse, 2014 | Acrylic on Canvas over Panel, 55 x 55 inches

EXHIBITION DATES: February 21 - April 19, 2015  |  RECEPTION: Saturday, February 21, 2015, 6 - 8PM

PAUL MAHDER GALLERY
222 Healdsburg Avenue, Healdsburg, California 95448

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new american paintings #115

Pacific Coast Issue

Very excited to come back from vacation to find my shipment of New American Paintings #115 had arrived. I was one of 40 artists chosen for the Pacific Coast regional issue by juror Apsara DiQuinzio, curator of Modern and Contemporary Art and Phyllis C. Wattis Matix curator at the UC Berkeley Art Museum.

She writes in her comments: "Let us also consider another important period in painting's history, that of the Italian Renaissance, what some may still think of as the pinnacle of western painting, known for its development of central perspective within a single compositional frame. The artist Gary Edward Blum utilizes this classical notion of perspective in his painting "The Nimrud Lens," that sets a painting within a painting, with the lines of the floor in the foreground continuing in the painting shown hanging on the wall. If Renaissance painting was about developing a concept of space within the canvas, painting today might be about examining the space around and outside of the canvas in addition to what is delimited inside."

Grab a copy in newstands everywhere.

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RUTH BACHOFNER GALLERY

You Are Never Alone Or Too Far Away

EXHIBITION DATES: September 6, 2014 - October 11, 2014  |  RECEPTION: Saturday September 6, 4 - 6PM

RUTH BACHOFNER GALLERY
2525 Michigan Avenue, Suite G2  anta Monica, CA 90404

For more information please visit: www.ruthbachofnergallery.com

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CROCKER ART MUSEUM

Exhibition and Art Auction

Bid on PAINTING FOR SYLVIA, to help benefit the Crocker Art museum! If you are unable to attend, click on the "bid" link for more information. This artful evening features works by more than 100 of the region's finest artists, silent auctions followed by a gourmet dinner, and an exciting live auction(where my paintinmg will be one of the featured works.) Casually elegant attire.

LIVE AUCTION: Saturday, June 7, 2014: Doors open at 5:30pm, Silent Auction closes at 7pm

ART AUCTION EXHIBITION ON VIEW: May 22 - June 7

CROCKER ART MUSEUM
216 O Street  |  Sacramento, CA  95814
For more information, please visit: www.crockerartmuseum.org

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Ruth Bachofner Gallery

Small Works: Winter Group Show

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EXHIBITION DATES: November 30, 2013 - January 5, 2014  |  RECEPTION: Saturday November 30, 4 - 6PM

RUTH BACHOFNER GALLERY
525 Michigan Avenue, Suite G2  anta Monica, CA 90404

For more information please visit: www.ruthbachofnergallery.com

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Paul Mahder Gallery

Holiday Group Show

EXHIBITION DATES: November 21, 2013 - January 12, 2014  |  RECEPTION: Thursday November 21, 6 - 9PM

PAUL MAHDER GALLERY
3378 Sacramento Street, San Francisco, CA 94118

For more information please visit: www.paulmahdergallery.com

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Paul Mahder Gallery

Empty and Beautiful | Paintings and Drawings

EXHIBITION DATES: February 2 - February 28, 2-13  |  RECEPTION: Thursday February 2, 6 - 9PM

PAUL MAHDER GALLERY
3378 Sacramento Street, San Francisco, CA 94118

For more information please visit: www.paulmahdergallery.com

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Now on Facebook and Instagram

I've finally caught up with the rest of the world, you can now like me on FACEBOOK and follow me on INSTAGRAM(@garyedwardblum)

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Ruth Bachofner Gallery

Winter Group Show

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EXHIBITION DATES: December 1, 2012 - January 5, 2013  |  RECEPTION: Saturday December 1, 4 - 6PM

RUTH BACHOFNER GALLERY
525 Michigan Avenue, Suite G2  anta Monica, CA 90404

For more information please visit: www.ruthbachofnergallery.com

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Ruth Bachofner Gallery

Group Show

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EXHIBITION DATES: June 2, 2012 - July 14, 2012  |  RECEPTION: Saturday June 2, 4 - 6PM

RUTH BACHOFNER GALLERY
525 Michigan Avenue, Suite G2  Santa Monica, CA 90404

For more information please visit: www.ruthbachofnergallery.com

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Crocker Art Museum

2012 Exhibition and Art Auction

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Bid on SOLITUDE, to help benefit the Crocker Art Museum! If you are unable to attend, click on the link above for more information and/or fill out the absentee bid form.

LIVE AUCTION: Saturday, June 2, 2012: 5:30pm - 10pm

CROCKER ART MUSEUM
16 O Street  |  Sacramento, CA  95814

For more information, please visit: www.crockerartmuseum.org

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RUTH BACHOFNER GALLERY

Small Works: Gallery Artists

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EXHIBITION DATES: November 26, 2011 - January 7, 2012  |  RECEPTION: Saturday, November 26, 4 - 6PM

RUTH BACHOFNER GALLERY
525 Michigan Avenue, Suite G2  Santa Monica, CA 90404

For more information please visit: www.ruthbachofnergallery.com

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berkeley art center

Abstract Visions: Selections by Peter Selz

 

EXHIBITION DATE: June 11 - August 7, 2011  |  RECEPTION: Saturday, June 11, 5-7pm

BERKELEY ART CENTER
1275 Walnut Street, Berkeley, Ca  94709

The exhibition ABSTRACT VISIONS is meant to celebrate the centennial of abstract painting. Abstract art has evolved from its original spiritual and utopian stance in the early 20th century to its present vibrant position. Refuting the digital display of the current moment, abstract paintings are simply pictures, brushed by the hand of the artist, in which emotional intuition is framed by the artist's rational mind into dynamic metaphors.

Naomie Kremer's energetic abstract paintings allude to forest interiors and Donna Brookman's evocative Ragini Paintings also respond pictorially to the natural environment as do the stunning new paintings by Eva Bovenzi. Kevan Jenson creates visual magic with the use of smoke. Gary Edward Blum's acrylics which at first glace appear to be pure abstractions surprise the viewer with their trompe l'oeil details, just as Gloria Tanchelev's square canvases reveal glowing layers beneath their smooth surfaces.  Bruce Hassan's organically encrusted bronzes are ingeniously named after the volcanoes on the earth's six continents.

I am pleased to assemble this extraordinary group of Bay Area artists for ABSTRACT VISIONS at Berkeley Art Center and thank director Suzanne Tan for assisting me with the selection process.

Peter Selz

For more information, please visit: www.berkeleyartcenter.org

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CROCKER ART MUSEUM

2011 Art Auction and Big Names, Small Art

BIG NAMES, SMALL ART EVENT: Thursday, June 26, 2011, 6-9pm  |  LIVE AUCTION: Saturday, June 4, 2011

CROCKER ART MUSEUM
16 O Street  |  Sacramento, CA  95814

For more information, please visit: www.crockerartmuseum.org

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KALA ART INSTITUTE

kala-fornia: STATE OF THE ART

A ten day exhibition of works by a select group of contemporary artists currently working in California culminating in a dynamic Gala Auction on April 30, 2011.

AUCTION EXHIBITION: April 20-30, 2011  |  PREVIEW PARTY: Wednesday, April 20, 2011, 6-8pm, Silent Auction opens, Free Admission  |  AUCTION GALA: Saturday, April 30, 2011, 6:30-9:30pm

For more information, please visit: www.kala.org

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los angeles municipal art gallery 

 FRAMING ABSTRACTION: Mark, Symbol, Signifier

EXHIBITION DATE: February 27 – April 24, 2011  |  RECEPTION FOR THE ARTISTS: Sunday, February 27, 2-5pm

ARTISTS: 
Lita Albuquerque, Jordi Alcaraz, Gary Edward Blum, Hans Burkhardt, Meg Cranston, Mark Harrington, James Hayward, Charles Christopher Hill, Kevan Jenson, Naomi Kramer, Manfred Muller

GUEST CURATORS:
Marlena Doktorczyk-Donohue and Peter Selz

Hosted by LAMAG

Abstract form always existed. Prehistoric cave art, ancient art, medieval art and modern art used abstraction right alongside stunning verisimilitude in smart, deliberate ways. Western cultures equated the ability to duplicate the world with the highest standard of art skill, until the camera. Machines that in a click captured the real—as well as contact with artifacts of colonialism—led artists to re-imagine uses and meanings for abstraction: universal communication, theosophy, primal expression, the inner structure of objective reality, and to signify creative ‘free will’ in contrast to lock-step formulas of social realism.  Art history attributes the first abstraction to Kandinsky’s Improvisation of 1911. Oddly enough, non figurative forms in that work repeat similar shapes in the oldest known caves in Marseilles—and these potent  marks sit comfortably beside images of lions so real they rend the heart. It’s fitting that one hundred years later we reconsider what abstraction means today, its legacy and longevity, how and why it is used. More fitting still is that we do this through works and words of artists who deploy that language now, each in very different but ever viable ways.

This exhibition, Framing Abstraction, is meant to celebrate the centennial of abstract painting. Abstract art has evolved from its original spiritual and utopian stance in the early 20th century to an art which was seen as radical-avant-garde, and on to its present vibrant position. Refuting the digital display of the current moment, abstract paintings are simply pictures, brushed by the hand of the artist, in which emotional intuition is framed by the artist’s rational mind into dynamic metaphors.

 LOS ANGELES MUNICIPAL ART GALLERY 
Main Gallery   |  4800 Hollywood Blvd.  |  Los Angeles, Ca 90027

For more information please visit: www.lamag.org

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ART IN AMERICA

Art in America Review at The Dolby Chadwick Gallery

In his show of new abstract paintings, Gary Edward Blum juggles modes of pictorial reality, creating productive tensions between flatness and depth, and intriguing interplays between fact and representation. He has a painterly feel for a color and surface as well as a gift for gamesmanship. 

Each of seven acrylics on canvas, ranging from 2 1/2 to 6 feet on a side, is accompanied by a small framed acrylic on paper study. Several of the paintings faithfully duplicate the studies, while some are variation on their themes. The canvases display a muted palette and rectangular blocks or bands of color, some of the works recalling the clarity of a John McLaughlin, while others are more Rothkoesque. All, though, feature an additional painting within the painting that replicates the composition on paper. These replicas seem to hang on the surface of the painting, trompe l’oeil fashion, complete with faux Scotch tape and painted shadows. In several works, such as A Rarely Loved Thing, the darker tones at the bottom seem to describe a floor, the lighter upper area a wall on which the replica of the study appears to hang. That “wall” is marked with a grid in subtle shades of off-white and light gray, recalling not only Agnes Martin but also the kind of grid artists use to scale up a study. 

Blum’s play between surface and depth, and his room motif, become at times a bit arch, with the exception of Get Your Things, with its reference to depictions of the artist’s studio. It could be read as representing the floor and wall of a room in which the replica hangs. The lower part is flecked with daubs of gray, white and blue that look like stains on a floor, but in fact they are the palette with which the replica was painted.

Elsewhere, things are satisfyingly hazier. The study for Solitude is divided between fields of deep violet-black on the left and turquoise-aqua on the right. Departing from this composition, the painting introduces a faintly gridded off-white area at the left, which includes the replica of the study; the violet-black that dominates half the paper work is reduced to a central vertical strip that separates the off-white from an expanse of turquoise-aqua at right. In this work, no “floor” corresponds to the “wall” where the replica seemingly hangs, and thus there is less implication of an interior. Instead, Blum suggests a more expansive and ambiguous space, just as the painting’s divergence from the study indicates a freer, looser approach. 

–Mark Van Proyen, Art in America

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San francisco chronicle

 The San Francisco Chronicle Reviews "The Long Year" at Dolby Chadwick Gallery

Blum's companion pieces: Gary Edward Blum's work at Dolby Chadwick risks getting snarled in its own cleverness, but it presents viewers a healthy resistance. Healthy in the sense that, in a culture hooked on speed, it takes time to figure out and rewards inspection with a clear internal logic. "Painting for Sylvia" (2010), a characteristic work in the series, consists of a small framed abstract "Study" that Blum has repainted - illustrated, really - as the kernel of a large unframed canvas.

In the painting, the "Study" appears to hang on a wall, but then you notice that the wall repeats, magnified, the composition of the "Study" itself. In this toying with pictorial paradox, Blum may revisit territory explored by William Anastasi and Michael Snow - even by René Magritte (1898-1967) - decades ago, but a pervasive new postmodernist suspicion of representation has refreshed the exercise.

–Kenneth Baker, San Francisco Chronicle  |  July 24, 2010

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the crocker art museum

 The Long Year

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The Crocker Art Museum has acquired its second piece, "The Long Year"  for its permanent collection.

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THE dolby chadwick gallery

 The Long Year | New Paintings

EXHIBITION DATE: July 1 - August 28, 2010  |  RECEPTION FOR THE ARTIST: Thursday, July 1, 5:30-7:30

THE DOLBY CHADWICK GALLERY
210 Post Street, Suite 205, San Francisco, CA  94108

GALLERY HOURS: Tuesday - Friday, 10:00-6:00, Saturday, 11:00-5:00

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THE DOLBY CHADWICK GALLERY

 The Art of Play | Group Show

 

Dolby Chadwick Gallery is pleased to announce the upcoming group show, The Art of Play. This has been a challenging year for artists and the institutions and business that support them. Our hope is to add some levity to the end of 2009. We feel a great deal of gratitude to have survived thus far and look forward to celebrating the end of the year with this exhibition focused on play.

ARTISTS: Jeffrey Beauchamp, Chris Cosnowski, Marshall Crossman, Matt Duffin, Gary Edward Blum, Katina Huston, Holly Farrell, Kim Frohsin, Dan Jackson, Alex Kanevsky, Vanessa Marsh, Gary Ruddell, Ada Sadler, Rob Tarbell

EXHIBITION DATES: December 3, 2009 - January 9, 2010  |  RECEPTION FOR THE ARTISTS: Thursday, December 3, 5:30-7:30

THE DOLBY CHADWICK GALLERY
210 Post Street, Suite 205, San Francisco, CA  94108

GALLERY HOURS: Tuesday - Friday, 10:00-6:00, Saturday, 11:00-5:00

People tend to forget that play is serious. -David Hockney
The creation of something new is not accomplished by the intellect but by the play instinct acting from inner necessity. The creative mind plays with the objects it loves. -Carl Jung

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ruth bachofner gallery

 "White" on the Radio

Listen to Molly Barnes and Jim Morphesis discuss the White Show this Sunday, March 29th. 88.5 FM at 7:30 p.m. to 8 p.m...You can also go to kcsn.org and listen to it live on your computer.

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studio visit magazine

"Seco Street" was chosen for the Spring 2009 edition.

www.studiovisitmagazine.com

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ruth bachofner gallery

 White | Group Show

 

EXHIBITION DATES: February 28 - April 11, 2009  |  RECEPTION: Saturday, February 28, 2009, 5 - 7PM

RUTH BACHOFNER GALLERY
525 Michigan Avenue, Suite G2  Santa Monica, CA 90404

For more information please visit: www.ruthbachofnergallery.com

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RUTH BACHOFNER GALLERY

 Quiet House | New Paintings

EXHIBITION DATES: February 28 - April 11, 2009  |  RECEPTION: Saturday, February 28, 2009, 5 - 7PM

RUTH BACHOFNER GALLERY
525 Michigan Avenue, Suite G2  Santa Monica, CA 90404

For more information please visit: www.ruthbachofnergallery.com

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solage resort

 Solage Commission, 2007