Georgia Hodges

Reception Saturday, April 1 6-9pm
Exhibition March 30 – April 29

The Great Highway Gallery is thrilled to present The Horizon Line , ceramics and drawings by Georgia Hodges.

About the Artist
Georgia Hodges is a working visual artist, small business partner/collaborator, and mother, living in San Francisco. She makes ceramic sculpture & pottery, as well as mixed media drawings. She graduated from California College of the Arts in 1997 with a BFA in ceramics. From 1999-2008 she ran an art gallery (Soularch Gallery), in the Outer Sunset district. She fondly refers to her ceramics studio as The Mud Room at Ocean Beach, where she invites other ceramic artists to gather and share their work and inspirations on a regular basis, cultivating a ceramics ‘collective’ of sorts. Her homestead, behind the studio, is a “work in progress’, and this collaboration with her husband Doug Jacuzzi (architectural designer and master builder), has, for better or for worse, turned into a lifestyle project. She currently teaches ceramics at SF Clayworks in San Francisco.

Artist Statement
I notice the natural world in a state of ongoing adaptation. Nests are built on ledges, vines grow from cracks in buildings, sand dunes migrate. Nature’s presence, steady and persistent, is in constant pursuit of harmony. I learn the lessons of adaptation from nature. I notice the way nature responds to humankind’s irreverence. I’m heartened by the natural world’s ability to accommodate our laziness, our discards, our disregard. In my art, I look to express the beauty in that adaptation, in that grouping together, in the quiet, gentle adjustments. I try to create something that might occur in nature, that has a sense of order and building on itself over time. I work to express that sense of optimism that comes with assurance that renewal will occur. I’m attracted to small, simple details, to stark contrasts, to raw sounds and shapes. I choose materials that are delicate or bold. I strive to accurately reflect what I experience: a world that is drastic and full of contrast, that is tender and quiet; a world where the chaotic is intertwined with and even organized amid the steady, reliable presence of nature. The work for this exhibition, entitled, The Horizon Line, highlights our perceptions of things near and far. Our horizon line, out there, off our local Ocean Beach, is where the sea and sky meet, a seeming ‘edge’, that’s not really there. It is sharp some days, a clear division between the water and the air, and fuzzy and indistinguishable on foggy days. If we were to sail to it, we’d never reach it. It is a symbol of infinity. The work for this show expresses a variety of perspectives, often at once. Calling attention to the ocean, so expansive, yet diminutive in the hands of the fog, in the Ocean on Fog piece. Other pieces reference something that might wash up on the beach, reminding us of a kelp holdfast or something once used by humans, that resides below the horizon line. A drawing might reference the expansiveness of the sky and how similar it is to the expansiveness of microscopic algae living in the ocean water. The horizon line, in essence, calls attention to our tendencies to divide and organize. Its varied appearance reminds us of our diverse points of view, and its endlessness gives us a sense of infinite possibility. About the Gallery   The Great Highway is a fine art gallery located in San Francisco’s Outer Sunset district. The gallery was founded by John Lindsey, a long time resident of the city with a deep appreciation for images and ideas that explore the intersection of land and water in contemporary work. The Great Highway Gallery’s mission is to seek, analyze, support, and promote the work of a diverse group of artists who seek sincere authenticity, challenge conventional thinking, amuse us, and push the boundaries of today’s creative media. To learn more about the gallery, visit www.thegreathighway.com.

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February 23rd – March 25th
Reception Saturday, February 25 – 6-9pm

The Great Highway Gallery is pleased to present The Morning After, a group exhibition curated by Leo Bersamina. Paintings, photography and ceramics from John Bucklin, Rebecca Latourette Connolly, Amy WIlson Faville, Jane Fisher, Terry Hoff, Karl McDade, Jessica Snow, Travis Somerville, Judy Starbuck Sorro, Marie Van Elder and Nicole White.

Curator’s Statement

This exhibition will reflect on what happens when there is an ominous moment of change and a new reality (which replaces your old assumptions and beliefs) begins to take form. The Morning After will focus on that moment of recalibration that happens just before action. http://www.leobersamina.net Instagram: @leob50

John Bucklin

A fourth generation San Franciscan, John Bucklin has been drawing and painting since he was three. Trained in the classical tradition at the Florence Academy of Art, he continued his studies in New York City, graduating with a BFA from the School of Visual Arts. His work has been shown in Miami, Los Angeles, New York and San Francisco.

John expresses his artistic talents in other ways. Last May, ”Rooster”, his eight foot tall steel sculpture, was installed at City Hall in San Rafael, and “Daffodil”, another steel sculpture, graced the Inverness Plant Park. Recently he has been working on a series of swimming pools, tennis courts and still lifes using wood as the theme. http://www.johnbucklin.com Instagram: @johnbuclin

Rebecca Latourette Connolly

Rebecca Latourette Connolly (b. 1993) is a New York-based abstract painter and graduate of Fine Art from Goldsmiths, University of London. Connolly’s paintings inhabit a space in between figuration and abstraction. The product of an intrigue with the depth between visual perception and cognitive processing, these paintings articulate the disembodied aperceptions the artist experiences as a synaesthete. In synaesthesia one property of a stimulus (e.g., shape) induces a conscious experience of a secondary percept (e.g., colour.) The paintings construct an abstracted environment, negotiated and manipulated by an over-riding entity that takes on a bodily aesthetic– alluding to a classifiable materiality, while also eluding a definition as a singular object or subject. The composition seeks to create a microcosm wherein a tension is observed between the autonomous role of sensory modalities, their assumed function of identifying stimulus in the world, and the human compulsion to accurately place stimulus in a realm of constructed reality. http://www.rebeccalconnoly.com Instagram: @rl_connolly

Amy Wilson Faville

Amy Wilson Faville lives and works in Oakland. Her work has been featured in solo exhibitions at The Sonoma Museum of Visual Art, Rena Bransten Gallery, Recology San Francisco and SCOPE Miami, and can be found in the collections of the Achenbach Foundation for Graphic Arts, British Airways, and the Rene di Rosa Preserve. She has been part of group exhibitions at Southern Exposure Gallery, the San Jose Institute for Contemporary Art; RB Stevenson Gallery and the Bedford Gallery. Faville is a recipient of the 2012 Artist in Residence award at Recology San Francisco, and a 2007 Artadia Awardee. http://www.amy-wilson-faville.com

Jane Fisher

Jane Fisher has shown work in public since 1984. She is well known in the Bay Area and has exhibited her works throughout the United States. Jane Fisher received her BFA from Ohio University and received a Master of Fine Arts degree from The Art Institute of Chicago. She paints ordinary, identifiable people in familiar settings – individuals rather than ideals – and familiar though not necessarily family, with subject matter ranging from divers in mid-air to models at an auto expo. – Adam Beck, askART. http://www.janefisher.net Instagram: @janefisher1608

Terry Hoff

Hoff’s work has been described as, “abstract with hints of bright colors” and is inspired by his youth spent immersed in California suburban culture. Terry Hoff was born in Prescott, Arizona. He attended school at San Joaquin Delta College in Stockton, California, and the Academy of Art University in San Francisco, California, where he currently teaches. Terry lives seaside in Pacifica, California. www.terryhoff.com Instagram: @terry_hoff

Karl McDade

Born in 1971, in Portland, Oregon, Karl received a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from Southern Oregon State College in 1993 and completed his MFA at Montana State University in 1997. Between 1997 and 2000, Karl worked as the studio technician and a part-time instructor at the Kansas City Art Institute. In 2000, Diablo Valley College (Pleasant Hill, California) hired Karl as a full time ceramics instructor. Karl earned tenure in 2004, and continues to teach at DVC while maintaining a studio in Berkeley. http://www.karlmcdade.com

Jessica Snow

Jessica Snow is a San Francisco-based artist whose abstract paintings and drawings are characterized by playful geometric shapes and patterns. Jessica’s international exhibition record includes museums such as Sonoma Valley Museum of Art, Crocker Art Museum, Riverside Art Museum, UCSD Art Museum, Monterey Museum of Art, Waterland Museum, Indianapolis Museum of Contemporary Art, University of Southern Queensland and the US Embassy in Montevideo. She has had solo exhibitions at several galleries, including Jen Bekman Gallery in NYC and Galleri Urbane in Dallas. When not in her studio, she teaches painting, drawing and art appreciation at University of San Francisco and Qingdao University in China. Jessica received her BA from UCDavis, her MFA from Mills College, and she also attended the Sorbonne and the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture. http://www.jessicasnowart.com Instagram: @jessnow01

Travis Somerville

Travis Somerville was born in 1963 in Atlanta, GA. Growing up in towns throughout the southern United States and along the eastern sea board, he briefly studied at Maryland Institute College of Art, Baltimore, MD, finally settling in San Francisco where he attended the San Francisco Art Institute, CA. His large scale oil paintings on paper mounted to canvas incorporate collage and present images of political and cultural icons associated with the history of the south. His work explores the complexities of racism and serves as a point of departure for discussion about US oppression and colonial attitudes abroad. Somerville’s work has been included in numerous museum exhibitions: The University of Georgia, Athens, GA; University of Houston at Clearlake, Houston, TX; de Saisset Museum, Santa Clara University, CA; Florida A&M University, Tallahasee, FL; Laguna Art Museum, Laguna Beach, CA; Charles Wright Museum, Detroit, MI; The Bass Museum, Miami Beach, FL; Frederick Weisman Art Museum, Minneapolis, MN; Smithsonian Institution, Washington, DC; The Brooks Museum of Art, Memphis, TN; Montgomery Museum of Fine Arts, Montgomery, AL; and Los Angeles County Museum of Art, CA. http://www.travissomerville.com Instagram: @travissomerville

Judy Starbuck Sorro

Activist 1941- present.

Marie Van Elder

Van Elder was born in Brussels, Belgium. She graduated from Universite Catholique de Louvain, Belgium and received her MFA in Painting in 2003 from California College of the Arts, San Francisco. Van Elder’s work has been exhibited in California (San Jose ICA, SF MOMA Artists Gallery, Oakland Art Gallery, Berkeley Art Center, Marin MOCA, Headlands CFA, etc…), New York, Utah, and Tokyo. She was recently included in the national exhibition RTBF/Canvas, La Collection at the Palais des Beaux Arts in Brussels and featured in New American Paintings and Studio Visit magazine. http://www.marievanelder.net instagram: @mvanelder

Nicole White

Nicole White is an Oakland-based artist, curator, historian, and writer. Currently, she is an Assistant Professor of Photography at Diablo Valley College in Pleasant Hill, CA. Recent exhibitions include: Fluid Method, curated by Julie Weber, The Observatory, Chicago, IL (2016), Immediate Experience, Contemporary Art Center, Peoria, IL (2015), Mutual Ruins, Heaven Gallery, Chicago, IL (2014), High Tide, Dossier Outpost, New York, NY (2014), and Process of Subtraction, Chicago Art Department, Chicago, IL (2013). http://www.nicolewhite.net Instagram: @othernicolewhite

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Group Exhibition

December 1st – 31st
Opening Reception Dec 3rd 6-9pm

Differing Feathers

When different species of birds flock together, their flight interactions are determined by social dynamics both between and within a species. For centuries, scientists have been puzzled by the unified behavior of flocks of birds. One ornithologist even suggested they might be guided by telepathy. Other experts have suggested more reasonable explanations. One noted that mathematical models show that coordinated group movements can be generated by repeated interactions among individuals following simple rules. However, these models usually rely on the assumption that individuals within groups are identical and interact independently, which may or may not reflect reality. Interactions depend on social dynamics between the different species as well as relationships within a species.

The group exhibition Differing Feathers will mix mediums and artists to create a discussion around how social dynamics in birds can be applied to society.  The exhibition will feature painting, photography, sculpture, and mixed media.
Sage Akaboshi
Nick Allen
David Kimball Anderson
Nicole Andrijauskas
Matthew Bajda
Leo Bersamina
Methanie Binder
Jill Bonny
Alexis Braun
Rob Brodman
Able Brown
John Bucklin
Steph Canlas
Madison Clell
Mike Cohen
Sean Collier
Blake Conway
Ilana Crispi
Sachi Cunningham
Cielo De La Paz
Naomi Deal
Jessica Dunne
Bethany Eden
Ethan Estes
Paul Ferraris
Todd Francis
April Fredrikson
Dave Gardner
Lucas Elmer
Dave Glass
Annie Galvin
Jeana Hadley
John Harding
Sherri Harding
Jeremy Harper
Gerald Hawk
Cliff Hengst
Amber Hockborne
Taylor Holland
Walker Hollenbeck
Alan Hopkins
Tana Johnson
Kyle Johnson
Michelle Jones
John Keegan
Lawrence LeBianca
Mario Lemos
John Lindsey
Derek Macario
Spencer Mack
Mark Madeo
Flika McGurrin
Jay Mercado
Silvin Morgan
Josh Nelson
Bailey Nelson
Max Nordemann
Tino Olsen
GP Panawek
Tiff Pollard
Matt Proehl
Eric Rewitzer
Heather Robinson
Tami Sark
Alex Schaffer Czech
Elissa Steamer
Jonathan Steinberg
William Strasser
Mathew Sumner
Tracey Thompson
David Tomb
Brita Ulf
Charles Valoroso
Marie Van Elder
Rafael Vieira
Coco Virostko
Jamie Williams
Ed Wolowski
Douglas Yee
Jade Zebrowski
Kayleigh Ziehler-Martin
Robert Steiner

Differing Feathers Artist Interviews

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