Arts Benicia Presents

Marty Jonas
Olson Realty, Inc.
April 17 – July 17, 2017
Artist’s reception: May 19, 6:00 – 8:00 pm
Grace Teo, Curator
Marty Jonas uses cloth, thread, felt as well as repurposed industrial materials to create abstract and figurative wall art, mosaics, collages, and sculptures.
“The tactile quality of fiber and thread, combined with surface design techniques, provide me with the opportunity to speak visually, that which, I cannot express in words. Fiber is an extension of my voice.” (Jonas)

Read more ~ Marty Jonas

Olson Realty, Inc.
920 First Street, Suite 101
Benicia, CA


Jeffrey Tover
The Rellik Tavern
April 3 – July 10, 2017
Opening reception: Thursday, April 6, 6 – 9 pm
Diane Williams, Curator

Arts Benicia presents Precious Oddities, the abstract paintings of Jeffrey Tover. Tover’s works, primarily acrylics, are dominated by organic shapes, lines, and vibrant color.

“My approach to the development of a painting differs every time I begin a piece of work. The environment I’m in, the music I hear, the emotions I’m feeling, and whatever might be inspiring me at that moment become a part of the end result.” (Tover) ~ Jeffrey Tover

The Rellik Tavern
726 1st Street
Benicia, CA

Pearl Jones Tranter at Benicia City Council Chambers

January 23 – April 24, 2017
Grace Teo, Curator


I am a third generation Vallejoan. My great grandfather, Marshal Jones came to work on Mare Island to build ships. My grandfather, William A. Jones, became an architect and designed structures in Vallejo, Solano County, and on Mare Island to live and work in. My Dad, William A. Jones, Jr., worked on the Island as a bookkeeper to help put himself through University of California at Berkeley and support me and my mother before graduating as a civil engineer from the College of Engineering. He worked for the State of California Civil Engineering Department, then Henry J. Kaiser, then became the Solano County Road Commissioner.

I, known in those days as Carol Jones, went to McKinley School as did my grandmother Grace Hobbs, and my father, Bill Jones. I also went to Vallejo High School and studied Art with Lulu Braghetta and Dorothy Herger. And then, I began my college education at UC Berkeley, later working for and attending the San Francisco Art Institute and achieving an MFA from the Photography Department.

I currently attend classes in Digital Arts at Berkeley City College. The years 1953-1992 were all about marriage, family, jobs. Art was linoleum block prints made in a spare room at home. And then, I went to work on Mare Island as an independent photographer after my Letters and Science education and final career to retirement as an Administrative Assistant in the College of Engineering at UCB. Born, bred, educated, worked, careered in the Bay Area. Now retired and working once again on my time “…and dime” now at Mare Island.

I am the fourth generation of Jones doing work on Mare Island.  ~ Pearl Jones Tranter

Receptions at City Hall are supported by the Benicia Arts and Culture Commission.

Benicia City Hall
250 East L Street
Benicia, CA




2017 Arts Benicia Presents Exhibitions

The Rellik Tavern: Diane Williams, Curator
Carl Heyward, January 9 – April 3
Jeffrey Tover, April 3 – July 10
Erika Sean Hoffe, July 10 – October 2
TBD, October 2 – January 8, 2018

Olson Realty, Inc.: Grace Teo, Curator
Louise Victor, January 16 – April 17
Marty Jonas, April 17 – July 17
Janet Bogardus, July 17 – October 16
Hedi B. Desuyo, October 16 – January 15, 2018

Benicia City Council Chambers, Celeste Smeland & Mary Shaw, Co-curators
Pearl Jones Tranter, January 23 – April 24 (curated by Grace Teo)
The Beauty of Water – Group Exhibition, April 24 – July 24
Madeline Ibrahim, July 24 – October 23
Joe Garcia, October 23 – January 22, 2018



Thomas Wojak’s Vallejo Mug Shots at the Rellik Tavern, January 2016

About Arts Benicia Presents

Arts Benicia Presents is an adjunct, outreach program of Arts Benicia. Through this program, Arts Benicia hosts twelve member artist solo exhibitions per year. Exhibitions are juried by the Arts Benicia Presents Committee. 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.

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