My artwork references the human condition—the fact that we alter the surface of the planet in both strange and beautiful ways.
– Tom Gehrig
– Tom Gehrig
It's been nearly 50 years since I've performed, The Unexpected Always Happens, an ongoing mixed media work started in 1972. It was first performed at the Museum of Conceptual Art in San Francisco (Tom Marioni's place) and then at the Mills College Concert Hall as part of "works in progress" by music and art graduate students. I have kept adding to the piece over the years, as it informs the paintings that I do. On Sunday, July 28, 2021, I was thrilled to perform a segment from this work at the O'Hanlon Center for the Arts in Mill Valley, CA during their Sunday evening Salon. I was accompanied by Kenny Blacklock on violin.
The live performance was an extension of my piece, The Unexpected Always Happens: Black Crowned Night Heron at Five Brooks Pond, which is featured in the exhibit, LOCAL INSPIRATIONS, at the O'Hanlon Center of the Arts. The show was curated by Natasha Boas Ph.D. and features the work by artists in the Greater San Francisco Bay Area. The exhibit runs through August 13, 2021. CLICK HERE for more information about the show.
The O’Hanlon Center for the Arts is located in Northern California on two acres at the base of Marin County’s Mount Tamalpais. It has much in common with other California artists’ colonies founded in the early and mid 20th century. CLICK HERE for more information about the Center.
The Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco's juried exhibit, The de Young Open, is part of the de Young Museum’s 125th anniversary celebration. This show continues the museum’s long-standing tradition of engaging the local community and showcasing the talent of Bay Area artists. The theme of the show is, “On the Edge”, which derives from both the Bay Area’s geographic location on the Pacific Rim, but also the region’s historical reputation for leading-edge, cutting-edge, or edgy culture and creativity.
The museum received an overwhelming response to the open call, with over 6,000 artists registered and over 11,500 works of art submitted. The jurors narrowed down the entries to 881 pieces that will be displayed in the museum’s 12,000-square-foot Herbst Exhibition Galleries. Artists exhibiting work will be able to offer their pieces for sale and to retain 100 percent of the proceeds.
ABOUT THE JURORS: Timothy Anglin Burgard (Distinguished Senior Curator) and Ednah Root (Curator in Charge of American Art) led a curatorial jury that included; Claudia Schmuckli (Curator of Contemporary Art and Programming), Karin Breuer (Curator in Charge of the Achenbach Foundation for Graphic Arts) at the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco, and renowned Bay Area artists; Enrique Chagoya, Hung Liu and Mildred Howard.
The 2020 Left Coast Exhibition was scheduled to open at Sanchez Art Center on Friday, April 10, 2020. As the world turned upside down with the spread of COVID-19, it became clear that the exhibition would not be able to take place in-person as communities responded to shelter-in-place orders to protect public health.
In response, artists and Sanchez Art Center staff quickly pivoted to present the show in a newly created virtual gallery.
This year's juror is Carin Adams, Curator of Art at the Oakland Museum of California. Carin will be having a virtual Juror's Talk and Artist Gallery Walk on Sunday, April 26, 3 -5pm. CLICK HERE to sign up for this event at the bottom of the page.
The 2020 Left Coast Annual Exhibition at Sanchez Art Center was juried by Carin Adams, curator of art at the Oakland Museum of California. Over 1,000 entries were submitted by artists that live and work on the west coast of the USA.
The opening reception for Left Coast will be held on Friday, April 10, 7–9pm. Closing the show will be a juror's talk and a gallery walk on Sunday, May 17, 3pm.
The Jennifer Perlmutter Gallery, located in Lafayette, CA, has an ongoing pop-up in a commercial building formerly occupied by a Wells Fargo bank. JPG@TheBank is a large, dynamic space that showcases museum quality art across all disciplines.
San Francisco Bay Area artist, Tom Gehrig, has works featured at the pop-up—all available for purchase through the gallery. All three pieces are stunning oil paintings that incorporate mixed-media elements. Anchored as nocturne landscapes, the compositions are punctuated with celestial mapping, lunar illumination, and intrigue.
JPG @ The Bank serves to amplify our cultural and artistic voice. A hub where artists, fans, and collectors will come together for culture, community, and commerce. Located at 3525 Mt. Diablo Boulevard, the JPG pop-up is open Thursday – Saturday 2-6pm and Wednesdays & Sundays 12-4pm.
For more information, visit JPG@TheBank or call the gallery: 925-284-1485
The Arts Guild of Sonoma's annual National Juried Exhibition, entitled "ALCHEMY", runs from October 3 - November 3, 2019. The juror for the exhibit is Jenny Gheith, Assistant Curator of Painting and Sculpture at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art.
Tom Gehrig's piece, The First of Four Attempts to Deconstruct Jolley Jack's Dream, has been selected for the show. This 3 dimensional piece chronicles the journey of the imagination, mysterious detours and the interconnected realites that shape perception.
Measuring 16" x 8" x 8", viewers are able to interact with the various components of the piece, which include individual oil on board plates.
Click here for more info and details on ALCHEMY.
Bay Area artist, Tom Gehrig, was one of 8 speakers that presented at the inaugural Tiny Talks event, "People Connecting with Place", held at Scout Hall in Mill Valley, CA on April 26, 2019. Co-produced by Linda Graf and Lucinda Otto, the mission of Tiny Talks is to provide a platform for passionate speakers to share their wisdom, stories and perspectives.
The theme of Gehrig's presentation was "What Lies Within: Inside the Mind of an Artist". His presentation provides an insight into his inspirations, artistic process, and how the world and events influence his artwork.
Tom Gehrig artwork featured in the Tiny Talks presentation:
Two of Tom Gehrig's pieces have been selected for The 2019 Left Coast Annual Juried Exhibit at Sanchez Art Center: Suspended Apparatus with Water Collection Cistern and Reconnoitering Confusion Hill. Both pieces are oil paintings that incorporate mixed media elements.
Sanchez Art Center
Exhibit: April 12 - May 19, 2019
Opening Reception: April 12, 7–9 pm
Juror's Talk and Gallery Walk: April 13 at 2 pm
Scott Shields, Associate Director and Chief Curator of the Crocker Art Museum, served as juror for Left Coast Annual this year. Shields selected 50 artworks from the nearly 900 entries by artists from the left coast states of California, Oregon, Washington, and Alaska. The works chosen span a variety of media, from painting, photography, etchings, and archival inkjet prints to mixed media and installations, both large and small.
TOM GEHRIG'S "ROCK FISHING BY MOONLIGHT" AWARDED BEST OF SHOW IN GALLERY ROUTE ONE'S ANNUAL JURIED EXHIBIT
TOM GEHRIG fine art