About Arts Benicia Presents:
Arts Benicia Presents is an adjunct, outreach program of Arts Benicia. Through this program, Arts Benicia hosts sixteen member artist solo exhibitions per year. Exhibitions are juried by the Arts Benicia Presents Committee. 2015 exhibitions are located in three Benicia venues: The Rellik Tavern, Olson Realty, Inc., and Benicia City Council Chambers. To participate as an artist in Arts Benicia Presents, you must be a member of Arts Benicia. For more information, contact Arts Benicia at firstname.lastname@example.org.
NEW EXHIBITIONS IN 2016!
ALICE M. STERN, GRACE COHEN, AND THOMAS WOJAK
Alice M. Stern’s Water’s Edge at Olson Realty, Inc.
January 25 – April 18, 2016
Artist’s Reception: February 5, 6:00 -8:00 pm
Alice M. Stern has been exploring the nature of water in the Point Reyes area for the past two years, following it through fog, light and shadow as it rushes through rocks, down cliffs and slides into pools and coves. She resonates with how water is influenced by infinite and subtle changes in light and color, how it can be dynamic or still, forceful or tranquil, shaped by wind, current and tide.
Stern’s prints are made from polymer etching plates that are sensitive to ultraviolet light. She uses a light box to develop her photographs of water on metal plates. Each plate can be printed several times; her intention is to print an edition variée of twenty prints of each image. The palette is purposely limited in order to create a cohesive series of images that work individually and as a collection. The prints are an exploration of the varied qualities of water and range on a continuum from representational to impressionistic to abstract. alicemstern.com
Grace Cohen at Benicia City Council Chambers
January 25 – April 25, 2016
Artist’s Reception: Friday, February 26, 6:30 – 8:30 pm
The focus of Grace Cohen’s paintings is frequently large scale scenes of nature, and panoramic views. However she also look for small spaces that uncover the beauty in nature that is usually overlooked by the casual observer – a stone on the side of the road; a tree trunk that shows the texture and colors hidden inside; a pine cone on the ground in the middle of a pile of leaves and branches. Cohen uses color to organize her compositions, creating texture with shades of color and brushstrokes. She paints mainly in oil, but also in watercolor, pastel, and graphite and china ink. Nature is Cohen’s primary subject, because of it’s sacredness – it imparts a spiritual connection to something bigger and more powerful than the individual. This is especially true for water. The ocean is a powerful and unstoppable force, and a miracle of creation. gracecohenart.com
Many thanks to the Benicia Arts and Culture Commission for sponsoring Arts Benicia Presents Receptions at Benicia City Hall. Benicia City Hall is located at 250 East L Street in Benicia. Open M-F 8:00am – 5:00 pm. Check in at the City Manager’s Office.
Thomas Wojak’s Vallejo Mug Shots at The Rellik Tavern
February 1 – April 11, 2016
Artist’s Reception: Saturday, February 13, 4:00 – 7:00 pm
Much of my work, if not all of it, in some way is about memory and creating a present from the fragments of the past. Police booking shots have fascinated me for a long time, so I was very excited to find that Vallejo had such a wealth of this material in its archives. My interest in re-contextualizing these images has had more to do with getting in touch with the history of my new town, than documentary or the study of the “criminal” type. Of the hundreds of images available I chose these 36 heads more for the visceral connection they provoked: their look; the gaze; the crimes committed. For the most part, I believe these characters evoke the commonality we all share, rather than the “otherness” of the criminal mind.
This series of mixed media screenprints is comprised of 36 images of local criminals from 1910 – to 1930, appropriated and reinvented from the archives of the Vallejo Naval and Historical Museum.
~ Thomas Wojak, January 2016
Thomas Wojak, master printer and exhibiting artist, is the owner and founder of The W.O.R.K.S, a high quality, short run, screen printing studio established in 1972 in San Francisco. The studio specializes in edition printing for artists and designers, as well as unique and demanding projects for exhibition/architectural fabricators and the technology industry. thomaswojak.com
The Rellik Tavern is located at 726 1st St, Benicia, CA 94510 (707) 746-1137