The artists in this show are inspired by the juxtaposition of the natural and
surround us. We observe and filter the complexity and contradictions that living in
an artificial landscape present. What many times appears to be natural is
manufactured. What appears to be chaotic is ordered. The blurred edge between
nature and industry, plants and architecture, man and animal, is our muse. By
looking for links between these systems we uncover new ways of seeing our
landscape and how we are shaped by it.

    Date: January 3rd - 31st 2013
    Opening Reception: January 3rd, 6-10pm
Part of the  Lower Polk /// TL Art Walk
Tiffany Schmierer
Tomoko Nakazato
Postcard
    Gene Erickson
    Out of the Woodwork
Gene Erickson’s first solo show in the Bay Area is a masterful exhibit of his
wooden collage reliefs and three-dimensional sculpture.  Abstract shapes, found
works of art.

    Gallery Hours: Tue-Sat 11:30 am—5:30 pm
    Opening Reception: Thursday February 7th, 6-10 pm
Part of the  Lower Polk /// TL Art Walk
    The Three Faces of Steve
This exhibit explores the ever changing body of work by ceramic sculptor, potter
and painter,
Steven Allen.  His mercurial artistic pursuits of the past five years
have been driven by a desire to avoid boredom and by a state of flux between
graduate school, educator and gallery owner.  Steve's versatility in working with
clay and other artistic media and an eagerness to develop new techniques further
painting.

    Date:March 5th - 30th 2013
    Gallery Hours: Tue-Sat 11:30 am—5:30 pm
    Opening Reception: Thursday March 7th, 6-10pm
Part of the  Lower Polk /// TL Art Walk
        
    Clayton Thiel:
    SEED

Clayton Thiel's solo exhibit chronicles the natural evolution of the seed
of an idea.  Beginning with the figure in a meditative or dreamlike state,
an idea germinates and the story develops and comes to life on the
surface and through sculptural elements.  “SEED” chronicle this process
with Thiel’s recent sculpture.

    Date: April 2nd - 27th 2013
    Gallery Hours: Tue-Sat 11:30 am—5:30 pm
    Opening Reception: Thursday April 4th, 6-10pm
Part of the  Lower Polk /// TL Art Walk
  
    Margaret Keelan:
    the Essential and the Ephemeral

Margaret Keelan's solo exhibit, the Essential and the Ephemeral.
For the past few years Margaret Keelan’s sculptures have been glazed, stained,
fired, then glazed, stained and fired again to give the surfaces the look of
disintegrating paint over weathered wood. Keelan states, “this softening and
reduction of form so that its essential nature is revealed is a metaphor I am using
for life being lived, my exploration of the process of growing up and growing older.
These latest small sculptures recall the “Santos” figures of Mexico and Central
America and incorporate a reproduced 19th century doll head. Although my
figures echo contemporary concerns, the borrowing of earlier styles gives them
more of an ageless quality.” Linda Gastrom, Professor of Art, states, “The subject
conveys a sweet sentimentality twisted into melancholy that touches my emotional
core and helps me remember the complexities of childhood and life”

    Date: May 1st - 31st 2013
    Gallery Hours: Tue-Sat 11:30 am—5:30 pm
    Opening Reception: Thursday May 2nd, 6-10pm
              
Part of the
 Lower Polk /// TL Art Walk
Dance of Childhood
Dancer with Cardinals
1045 Sutter Street, San Francisco, CA 94109, 415-962-7877, www.smaartgallery.com
    Susannah Israel:
    Darwin's Atoms

The landscape/figures of “Darwin’s Atoms” are about Israel’s intensely personal
interpretation of the enduring connection of love. Israel states, “traveling alone
recently from California to Montana, I experienced poignant sorrow and profound
solace in the configuration of the terrain, remembering the same journey that Bill
Lassell and I had made ten years ago, newly in love”.  The piece Apostrophe*
begins the series, representing the figure in terms of geography and calling upon
a sense of the landscape inhabited by memory.    
There is a wonderful Peter Voulkos quote where he says, of the omnipresence of
clay through time, "I could be throwing my grandmother!"  Charles Darwin said
that all molecular particles on earth do constantly recirculate, through people,
rivers and rocks. For any (all, perhaps) of us who have suffered loss, there is a
sense of universal rhythm to that idea.


    Date: June 4th - 29th 2013
    Gallery Hours: Tue-Sat 11:30 am—5:30 pm
    Opening Reception: Thursday June 6th, 6-10pm (Free event)

Part of the  Lower Polk /// TL Art Walk
Geography
Scribe
Image gallery
Participating Artists: Steven Allen, Jenn Brazelton, Monique Castiaux, Natasha
Dikareva, Alex Hackworth, Bryan Higgins, Lori Koenig, John Richard Lloyd, Nikki
Lau, Maggie Malloy, Oli Quezada, Bar Schacterman, and Tiffany Schmierer.

Curator’s Statement: A jazzy palette of 12 contemporary ceramic sculptors offer
an homage to the studio sojourn. This exhibition addresses the theme of the artist’
s deeply personal journey when sequestered in the studio. Deep in the Shed
derives its name from “woodshedding,” a jazz term that describes the act of
secluding oneself in the studio to work out ideas and develop techniques that are
to become the foundation of one’s unique vision. It is a time of experimentation
and a time of incubation - as artist Macha Suzuki says, “In my studio I don’t want to
hear others’ voices. This makes my work mine.”  What takes place in the studio is
often a mystery; this exhibition offers a glimpse into the studio sojourn.


    Date: July 2nd - 27th 2013
    Gallery Hours: Tue-Sat 11:30 am—5:30 pm
    Opening Reception: Saturday July 6th, 6-8:30pm (Free event)
    Closing Reception: Saturday July 27th, 6-8:30pm (Free event)
Part of the  Lower Polk /// TL Art Walk
Bar Shacterman
Clayscape #2
Jennifer Brazelton
Fukushima Red
Natasha Dikareva
Where is the Exit
Image gallery
Artists: Arthur Gonzalez, Bill Abright, Fred Yokel, Lisa Reinertson, Marc Lancet,
Margaret Keelan, Michelle Gregor, Richard Shaw, Steven Allen, Susannah Israel,
Wanxin Zhang

Curator: Steven Allen

Curator’s Statement: This first annual invitational exhibition presents sculptural
work that explores the complexity of the human experience through the metaphor
of the human body. Figuratively Speaking highlights the presence and continuing
relevance of the figure in Bay Area contemporary ceramics.

Bill Abright states: “Two Old Crows is a conglomerated self-portrait piece that
represents a sharing of human and avian mating patterns. Crows mate for life as I
have, and share raising their young and growing old together. The wheel thrown
and extruded parts are constructed into a large mold of one of my original masks
and then deconstructed to create complex interior spaces with tension between
organization, recognition and chaos. I want to connect to the complexity and
individuality that is just below the surface in all life forms.”

Israel states: “Child with White Rat draws upon the formal qualities of the wheel-
thrown hair elements, and the traditional poses of the Qin dynasty sculptures of
servants.”

Zhang states: “I believe that all art is somewhat a "revitalization" of artistic
concepts from the past, present, and future. And this goal is always a very
challenging task. Regardless of the cultural implications, and space and time
between these ideas, one must also keep in mind that art is not the only
motivation behind them. In most occasions, the spirit and content of the then-
modern society is the true source of these attempts.”

Coming from a family of peace and social activists, Reinertson’s work has an
underlying humanism that can be seen both in her poetic ceramic figures with
animals, to her more historic public commissions that express ideals of peace and
social justice.

Yokel states: “My current work involves capturing an individual moment in an
event that has taken place or is about to take place and express that one moment
in these ceramic sculptures. I hope you can find some humor in them and laugh
with me.”

    Date: August 1st – 31st, 2013
    Gallery Hours: Tue-Sat 11:30 am—5:30 pm
    Opening Reception: Thursday August 1st, 6-10pm (Free event)
Part of the  Lower Polk /// TL Art Walk
Marc Lancet
Senators and
Congressmen Collect
Them All!
Wanxin Zhang
Bipolar II
Arthur Gonzalez
Book of Whispers
Lisa Reinertson
Woman with Ermine
Artists: Julia Feld and Fred Yokel

Emotion: volatile and expressive. It is a trait all humans have, driving our blood,
bringing us highs and lows each day of our lives.

Clay allows us to embody these emotions in its responsive material. That gesture
is then frozen in the fire of the kiln. The translation continues with color, line and
texture applied in glazes. This refined version of our original impulse is offered to
the viewer, who completes the work. The viewer engages and participates in the
Clay allows us to embody these emotions in its responsive material. That gesture
expression; empathizing, reacting, and exploring his or her own sentiments on the
subject matter. This journey from the artist to the viewer through the clay is what
Clay allows us to embody these emotions in its responsive material. That gesture
keeps the Emotion in Motion.

Dates: September 3 -28, 2013
Gallery Hours: Tue - Sat 11:30am - 5:30pm
Opening Reception: Thursday September 5, 6-10pm

Part of the
 Lower Polk /// TL Art Walk
Fred Yokel
Away
Emerging
Transformation
SMAart Open Studios

Resident Artists Members: Steve Allen, Lee Bloch, Michael Broeker, William
Chase, Shenny Cruces, Trevor Ewald, Mark Farmer, Nicki Green, Susan Gregory,
Marjorie Green, Suse Haugk, Anna Lichtenberg, Mia Lobel, Scott Phillpott,
Jacqueline Regalado, Jessica  Regalado, Sandy Reznor, Sylvia
Vientulis, Lily Yao

Emerging Artists Members: Megan Brady,  Rebecca Gunthrie, Jesse  Guzman,
Yoshi Hoshino, Zehava Itelman, Delphine Jacquin, Amanda Klimek, Susan
McKinney, Paula Moran, David Perry

SMAart Gallery & Studio is pleased to announce its second annual Open Studio.  
Come experience the works of art produced by the artist of SMAart Gallery &
Studio.  Buy Local!  Eat on Local!  Come see beautiful works of art made here in
San Francisco on Sutter Street by the artists of SMAart.  Its the SMAarter way to
support local artist and the environment.  

Dates: October 3 - 31, 2013
Opening Reception: Thursday October 3, 6-10pm
Open Studio Weekend: Saturday & Sunday Oct. 19 & 20, 11am - 6pm
Gallery Hours: Tue - Sat 11:30am - 5:30pm

Part of the
 Lower Polk /// TL Art Walk
Life Observed
Lisa Reinertson

Come meet the artist Lisa Reinertson this Saturday November 23rd from 2 - 5 pm
and see the exhibition "Life Observed".

SMAart Gallery & Studio is pleased to present Bay Area artist
Lisa Reinertson in
the exhibition "Life Observed". Reinertson's work positions the artist as keen
witness: of the human figure itself, and of humanity's collective relationship with
nature. Reinertson's ceramic sculptures express current environmental concerns
while resonating with a sense of timeless mythology. This exhibition features her
life-size ceramic sculptures, sculptural wall pieces, in addition to small studies
created while teaching figurative sculpture courses . Reinertson, who currently
teaches at the San Francisco Art Institute, has exhibited nationally and
internationally and is the sculptor of over 20 public commissions.

Meet & Greet: Saturday November 23, 2-5pm

Dates: November 5th -27th
Preview Party and Opening Reception: Thursday November 7th, 6-10pm
Gallery Hours: Tue - Sat 11:30am - 5:30pm
Part of the
 Lower Polk /// TL Art Walk
Jacqueline Regalado
Jessica Regalado
Lili Yao
Mia Lobel
Susan Gregory
Sylvia Vientulis
Will Chase
Steve Allen
Spectacular 2013
Our annual Holiday Show.  A broad selection
of holiday gift ideas -  Made Here! Buy Local!  
Eat on Local!  Come see beautiful works of art
made here in San Francisco on Sutter Street
by the artists of SMAart.  Its the SMAarter way
to support local artist and the environment.  

Resident Artists Members: Steven Allen, Lee
Christina Bloch, Michael Broecker,
Will Chase,
Shenny Cruces, Trevor Ewald, Mark Farmer,
Nicki Green, Susan Gregory, Marjorie Green,
Suse Haugk, Anna Lichtenberg, Mia Lobel,
Scott Phillpott, Jacqueline Regalado, Jessica  
Regalado, Sandy Reznor, Sylvia
Vientulis, Lily
Yao

Emerging Artist Members: Megan Brady,  
Rebecca Gunthrie, Jesse  Guzman, Yoshi
Hoshino, Zehava Itelman, Delphine Jacquin,
Catlin James, Amanda Klimek, Susan
McKinney, Paula Moran

Dates: January 3-31, 2014  (Closed January
14-15)
Preview Party and Opening Reception:
Thursday January 3, 6-9pm
Gallery Hours: Tue - Sat 11:30am - 5:30pm

Part of the
 Lower Polk /// TL Art Walk
Susan McKinney
Jennifer Brazelton
2013 Exhibits