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Desta Gallery Presents Two Concurrent Solo Exhibitions Featuring Works by Jeffrey Long and Jo Killen


Mar 14, 2018 – 11:00 AM - 5:00 PM

(daily until Mar 16, 2018)

417 San Anselmo Ave
San Anselmo, CA 94960 Map

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Shelters: oil paintings by Jeffrey Long
The Art of Dwelling: ceramics by Jo Killen

Artist reception: Friday, January 26th, 2018, 5pm – 7pm


Jeffrey Long, was born in New York City in 1948. He received his B.F.A. from the Rhode Island School of Design (1970) and M.F.A. from the California College of Arts & Crafts (1976).

Many of Long’s large-scale works are now at museums throughout the United States including San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, The Oakland Museum, Crocker Museum, Sacramento, and Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art. He has been exhibited in many solo and group exhibitions at galleries such as Andrea Schwartz, Fay Gold, and Tomey Tourell.

The human element in nature is a connecting thread in Jeffrey Long’s broad swathe of paintings done over the past five decades.

His paintings, expressed in various visual languages, abstract, representational, figurative, narrative, and metaphorical, are meant to bring order to direct experience.

Jeffrey Long, now at Desta Gallery, launches a new series based on the idea of SHELTERS.

The artist carries over much of what he has expressed in his abstract paintings, which fuse Modernist and tribal design motifs. The SHELTERS series can be read, in part, for its purely rhythmic patterning and color.

Obvious to the casual observer, the provisional, ad hoc architecture of necessity is spreading exponentially as humans outstrip resources and lack opportunity. Shanty towns and slums seen throughout Latin America, Africa and Asia, are now blossoming in North America and Europe.

These piecemeal shelters evoke desperation and misery, but they are also emblematic of people doing the best they can under difficult conditions.

J o K i l l e n

Jo Killen was born in Pennsylvania and spent all her summers in Maine on a lake with her family. It was in her summers in Maine that she started to draw and develop an interest in art.

Killen obtained her BA degree in Art and Psychology from Sarah Lawrence College and her Masters degree in Art Education from Manhattanville College.

Killen brings an extensive background in art to her ceramic sculpture. In addition to ceramics, her background includes work as an art teacher, commercial graphic designer, illustrator, and art director in high-tech companies.

She has been exhibiting in variety exhibitions over the years and she has been selected for publication in the American Art Collector, Alcove Press 2015, 2016, 2017 and 2018. She is a member of Association of Clay and Glass Artists of California (ACGA), San Francisco CA, Board & Exhibiting and Orchard Valley Ceramic Arts Guild, Sunnyvale CA.

Jo Killan states: “Making art from clay goes back to the beginning of the human experience. It is always with great wonder and excitement that I approach the magic of taking the basic minerals of the earth to create new sculptural forms to enhance and express out lives.

I am particularly interested in the effects of modern raku and saggar firing techniques. These processes are a partnership between the artist and nature. The artist sets the stage with the selection of clays, shapes, and slips. Then elements of the fire, sawdust, cow dung, seaweed, wood, and chemicals such as copper carbonate and ferric chloride, combine to breath life into the sculptures.”

About Desta Gallery
Desta Gallery is a contemporary fine art gallery in San Anselmo, California focusing on the beauty of the creative arts, featuring established and emerging artists, while highlighting socially relevant themes of our times. The Gallery showcases paintings, photography, sculptures and ceramics. The gallery hosts artist receptions, poetry readings, speaking engagement and art workshops with the idea of connecting communities, artists and collectors in an atmosphere that inspires creativity and stimulates intellectually. To learn more, please visit

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