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Cannery Suite 104

Johnnie Chatman – Iridescent Waves

Artist Reception September 3rd, 5:30-7:30pm


Johnnie Chatman’s mixed media series Iridescent Waves represents the reconciliation of parallel trains of thought, an exploration of duality and rhythm, and the expression of an inner vision in an otherwise nondescript setting.

“I’m exploring the landscape, looking for unorganized scenes that will allow me the freedom to construct my own reality,” says Chatman. “I’m seeking to find ideas and traits of expressionism in the physical world.” Beginning with long photographic exposures, he prints the images on rag paper mounted on wood panels, then further works them with acrylics, blurring the line between photography and painting while employing the strengths of both media.

Johnnie Chatman grew up in the southern California suburb of Claremont, and began his art education under the tutelage of local artist Elizabeth Preston, and later at Chaffey University. Discovering an affinity for photography as an art form, he transferred to Academy of Art College in 2011 and recently completed his BFA in Photography.  His work has been shown at the de Young museum, the Caremont Forum, and at a recent solo exhibition at AAU Galleries at The Cannery. Chatman currently lives and works in San Francisco.

Cannery Suite 108

Rose Adare – Restraint & Revolution

Artist Reception September 3rd, 5:30-7:30pm


In her portrait series Restraint and Revolution, Rose Adare incorporates classical elements and contemporary impressionism to achieve her unique style and portray a diverse group of models rarely seen in museums and galleries. Moving beyond the camera’s ability to freeze a moment in time, Adare’s oil portraits capture the emotional essence of the subjects, allowing the audience the chance to experience exotic and unfamiliar lives.

“They want to know, but all their lives they’ve been told not to stare,” says Adare. “Art gives us that window. Art sheds light on amazing people and raw sensations by connecting the audience with a broader subject. By enabling greater understanding we can develop a true sense of respect.” Adare uses traditional indirect oil techniques to achieve her realistic finish, but also includes non-traditional materials to help personalize the portraits.

Injured in a train accident in 2005, Adare spent years in physical rehabilitation, drawing with a pencil taped to her fingers as a way to regain lost dexterity. Her sketchbooks became a bridge to her emergence in the art world, and she enrolled in Academy of Art University in 1995, completing her bachelor’s degree in 2000. Adare went on to study at the Temescal Atelier for Classical Realism under a full three-year scholarship. She has exhibited in numerous exhibitions and currently lives, works, and teaches art in Hawaii.

Cannery Suite 110

Rentian Qiu – Endearing

Artist Reception September 3rd, 5:30-7:30pm


Rentian Qiu’s Endearing Is an intimate portrait series based on people with whom he shares a strong emotional bond.

“These people are important to me because I understand them and they understand me, says Qiu. “When I paint them, I can feel empathy with them, and it is much easier to relate to them emotionally.” Combining a traditional Asian approach to art, which seeks to avoid disrupting the two-dimensional picture plane, with a western willingness to suggest three-dimensional depth through pictorial illusion, Qiu achieves a surprisingly smooth fusion that respects both traditions without seeming contrived.

Originally from China, Rentian Qiu began his formal art education at Torin Academy of Fine Art in Tokyo, Japan. He later attended Academy of Art University and completed his BFA in Painting in 2014. Qiu won first prize for a fire alert poster competition, and has participated in group exhibitions in San Francisco and Pacifica. Endearing is his debut solo exhibition.

Cannery Suite 112

Diana Majumdar – Zwer

Artist Reception September 3rd, 5:30-7:30pm


Zwer (zwuur, zwər) n, [[ON, <?]] sound of birds taking flight, (dialect, Somerset/Devon)

Often taken for granted due to their omnipresence, birds hold a unique place in contemporary urban and suburban environments, maintaining their direct connection to nature regardless of human alteration of the landscape. Diana Majumdur’s Zwer celebrates the intersection of avian and human cultures, and explores the connections that form between them.

“As the urban and suburban areas keep growing, replacing the natural habitat, some disappear but some choose to stay and become part of our lives,” says Majumdar. “The artificial concrete and steel ecosystems of cities support a surprisingly large number of birds.” Taking a mixed media approach, Majumdar often begins with found object supports, such as fabric, newspaper pages, or architectural drawings, then builds layers of color and image using any number of the techniques from her artistic repertoire. Elements of collage, monoprint, chine cholle, and encaustics are frequently employed, and her resulting layered images echo the way birds perch atop an ever changing urban environment, distinct, yet still a part of the overall landscape.

Growing up in Estonia during the last days of the Soviet Union, Diana Majumdar learned drawing and watercolor from her father. Recognizing her potential, he took her to museums and provided access to art books. She studied a wide variety of techniques and aspects of painting and drawing at Academy of Art University, and completed her BFA in 2015. She has exhibited extensively in California’s Sonoma County since 2012, and continues to work and develop as a professional artist.

625 Gallery

Scott Rankin – Left Right Still

Artist Reception September 3rd, 5:30-7:30pm

Comport is where you find it

Scott Rankin sees being an artist is a responsibility of storytelling. In Left Right Still: A Celebration he explores narrative aspects of the creative process as a vehicle in the search for simple truths and the revelation of the pure moment. Mixed media and found objects come together in a loose, figurative collage style based on “outsider” Folk Art all come into play and are given full reign to influence the direction of each work, and shape its eventual outcome. The stories involve a central character, a Greek figure named Kouros, a classic, simple, almost androgynous sculpture from the past.

“What is important is to be truthful in my search, and to bring a sense of beauty to the combination of found materials and pigments used in my mixed media paintings,” says Rankin. “The process is what creates the work, the adding and taking away, the refiguring of areas that still have no place in the whole.”

Scott Rankin is a third generation California artist, and an accomplished painter and instructor in Academy of Art University’s School of Fine Art. Studying art since the 1970s, Rankin received his BA from UC Santa Barbara, a Post Baccalaureate from San Francisco Art Institute, and an MFA from UC Berekeley.

435 Jefferson Gallery

Academy Showcase

Continuing Exhibition


Featuring recent works by Ah-young Jeon and Ariella Greenfield. Located at the historic Cannery building, you’ll find the new gallery out along Jefferson Street, where a whole new audience can discover our awesome artists!

Atelier Gallery

Alumni Spotlight

Continuing Exhibition – Closes September 11


Based in painful memories of parental doubt and ridicule, Han Jiang transforms childhood drama into dynamic motivation and a source of inspiration for his painting series Dark Illusion. Themes of a fragile refuge sought in books and movies, of dolls and Chinese fairytales, are played out in luminous plastic-toy colors; fragile, frightened dolls submerged like drowned Ophelias, become surrogate vessels of emotional expression.

Translating mental imagery into paint, Shawn Vales abstract series Into Space begins with visualization through meditation. By allowing color and form to manifest entirely free of external stimulation, Vales taps inner energies in search of a balance not easily deduced, but simply felt. A series of juxtapositional dualities such as soft and hard edges, active and passive areas, thin and thick textures, parallel his inner negotiation between intuition and method.