Arts Season

Although it is always the season for fine art, tradition has it that Fall is the beginning of the arts season. With the symphony and opera galas, art appreciators are decked out in force and so are the art galleries.

Not to be missed this season:

Talia Greene
New Media Combinations: Traditional-Digital
September 7-November 16
Opening Reception: Friday, September 6, 6-8 pm
Berkeley Art Center
1275 Walnut Street, Berkeley, CA

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Katherine Westerhout

Home – Shelter and Habitat in Contemporary Art
September 5- November 17
Opening Reception: Thursday, September 5, 6-8 pm
Bedford Gallery
1601 Civic Drive, Walnut Creek, CA

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Tune in to Spark

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“… What I am so drawn to is the way the light enters these buildings and the way it carries color, from the outside, depending on the time of day.” Katherine Westerhout

Tune in to Spark on KQED to follow photographer Katherine Westerhout inside a forgotten West Oakland landmark: the 16th Street Station.

Tuesday, February 5, 2013
KQED 9 — 7:30pm
Wednesday, February 6, 2013
KQED 9 — 1:30am
Friday, February 8, 2013
KQED 9 — 11:30pm
Saturday, February 9, 2013
KQED 9 — 5:30am
KQED Life — 5:30pm
Sunday, February 10, 2013
KQED Life — 6:30pm

Open House

Open house events for the Public Utilities Commission’s new headquarters at 525 Golden Gate will take place on Thursday, June 21 and Friday, June 22 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. This exciting LEED Platinum certified building willl be home to an amazing collection of art including works by Judith Selby Lang and Richard Lang, David Tomb, Hughen/Starkweather, Katherine Westerhout, and others.

The public is invited to sign up for a tour.

Recent Press

“At Long Last” with Katherine Westerhout and “Disaster and its Opposite” with Jim Haynes in the gallery until February 18.

Westerhout and Haynes were both featured in the following review by Kenneth Baker in the San Francisco Chronicle: “Katherine Westerhout: The Time of Passing History”.

Also over at Square Cylinder David Roth has this to say in: “Katherine Westerhout at Electric Works.”

And over at Flavorpill, Jeanne Storck reports in “Katherine Westerhout: At Long Last”

Westerhout and Haynes

January 13- February 18
Artist Reception: Friday, January 13, 6-8 PM

Electric Works is pleased to announce At Long Last Katherine Westerhout’s third solo show in the main gallery. In this exhibition Westerhout continues her exploration of urban disused architectural spaces including such locations as Oakland, California; Yonkers, New York; Liberty, New York; Rantoul, Illinois; and Gary Indiana, among others. In this new body of work Westerhout still maintains her strict guidelines for photographing —only using available light and no staging of the areas in which she photographs—and these restrictions only add to the power of the rich highly detailed photographs she has generated for this exhibition. From a series shot at the one-time glamorous getaway known as Grossinger’s Catskill Resort Hotel, where outside vegetation is literally taking over the vast swimming hall to the poetic but decaying Palace Theatre from Gary, Indiana, Westerhout’s work documents not only the beauty of a bygone era, but also comments on where America has been and reflects on where it is going.

Westerhout received her B.A. in Art/Photography from San Francisco State University and began exhibiting in the late 1990’s. She has shown widely in the United States and abroad. Among her collectors are the San Jose Museum of Art and the Zimmerli Art Museum at Rutgers University.

Electric Works is pleased to welcome back to the Project Space visual and sound artist Jim Haynes. Haynes creates almost-abstract images via a unique photographic and rust process. The resulting images feel like half-remembered dreams of the American landscape. Haynes is also branching out in new directions with this show: color photography is making its first appearance in his work at the gallery. This body of work not only contrasts nicely with the almost-black and white nature of his earlier work, but also reveals Haynes as a sensitive and subtle creator of photographic images, no matter the medium.

Jim Haynes lives and works in the San Francisco Bay Area. His work has been exhibited at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, The Exploratorium (San Francisco), Westspace (Melbourne, Australia), Diapason (New York), Jack Straw Productions (Seattle), Works (San Jose), Eyedrum (Atlanta), The Fugitive Art Center (Nashville), and Varnish (San Francisco). He writes about sound art, noise culture, minimalism, and general music experimentation for The Wire, The San Francisco Bay Guardian, Metro Pulse, The Sound Projector, and Chunklet.

Last but not least…

Rounding out the year with a few last but not least newsworthy notes.

Visit with Jennifer Starkweather and Amanda Hughen at In The Make. During this studio conversation they talk about their collaborative practice and how they worked together on their Bay Bridge project and Approach, Transition, Touchdown their recent exhibition at Electric Works.


Noah with Enrique Chagoya’s 2012 slot machine.

A must read – Printintersting’s interview and walkthrough Electric Works with Noah Lang who pulls out the stops and pulls out the drawers of the flat files and even shows Marcel Dzama’s The Cabin of Count Dracula, twenty lithographs and a vinyl record housed in a LincolnLog-esque box lined with faux beaver fur.

Kudos to Katherine Westerhout. Her photograph Eastern State Penitentiary II is included in “SNAP: A National Juried Exhibition of Photography” at the Bedford Gallery in Walnut Creek until February 19th.

David Tomb continues his work with the Great Philippine Eagle and other beautiful endemic birds of the Philippines, including the Rufous Hornbill. His installation at the Bone Room, 1573 Solano Ave, Berkeley will highlight sounds of the Mindanao jungle. There will be an opening reception on Thursday, February 2 from 7-9 pm.

David has long been a champion of the El Triunfo Biosphere Preserve. Learn more about how you can win a trip – Just donate $10 and be entered into the drawing. Contest closes February 28, 2012.

Westerhout at the SFMOMA Artists Gallery

Katherine Westerhout’s photographs capture the psychological resonance of long-abandoned industrial, institutional, and ecclesiastical spaces. Westerhout works with the camera in four- to six-hour sessions to produce one or two carefully chosen color images. Using only available light, she creates large-scale works depicting uninhabited spaces that hold visual clues of past lives.

Katherine was featured in a KQED Spark program. Watch the segment to find out more about her work. And to view her photographs visit Electric Works.

Katherine’s work will be exhibited March 10 – April 21, 2011 at the SFMOMA Artist Gallery at Fort Mason. Please join us for an opening reception: Thursday, March 10, 2011, 5:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.

Out and About

David Tomb is just back from the Philippines and will be telling tales of his adventures and his sightings of Long-tailed Macaques, Steere’s Pitta, Hornbills a’plenty, and many other excellent critters this Thursday, January 27, 6- 10 PM at the California Academy of Sciences. Tiffany Bozic and Isabella Kirkland will also be presenting on this special Nightlife evening, “Art of Science, Science of Art.”

Check it out:
Dewitt Cheng reviews Geoff Chadsey’s show for Visual Art Source.
Artforum’s Picks features a write up by Glen Helfand. Plus Juxtapoz online has a photo spread about the show.


Ana Teresa Fernandez is the lead artist for La Llorona Unfabled: Stories to (Re)tell To Little Girls at Galeria de la Raza Opening reception: Saturday, February 12 – 7:30 PM. Artist talk from 2-4 PM.


The SFMOMA Artist Gallery has announced an upcoming exhibition with Katherine Westerhout opening March 10, 5:30 PM – 7:30 PM.