Geography: Devorah Jacoby at Donna Seager Gallery

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Geography: New Paintings by Devorah Jacoby. March 4 - March 30, 2008 There will be a reception for the artist on Friday, March 14 from 6 to 8 p.m. In the Artist Book Gallery, books from Arion Press will be on display and there will be a talk with Andrew Hoyem on Friday, March 21 at 6 p.m.

Geography: New Paintings by Devorah Jacoby

March 4 through March 30, 2008
Reception for the Artist: Friday, March 14, 6 to 8 p.m.
Previews by appointment: March 1 - 3

A year and a half after her sell-out exhibition of 2006, Devorah Jacoby returns to the gallery with a powerful new group of paintings. Entitled Geography, the exhibition takes the viewer to places both real and in the imagination with bits of maps and clues to help us find our bearings. Jacoby dances skillfully in these painterly works between detailed imagery and abstraction, presenting to us her own vision of the joys and pitfalls lurking in the corners of every day existence.

There is an ambiguity between flying and falling, fearlessness and fright which resonates to the heart of modern day life. In one painting, people are boarding a big plane with loved ones looking on, surely a sight that strikes home in a post-9/11 world. Two children circle a single chair, as in Musical Chairs, waiting for the music to stop when one will win and one will lose. But even with the foreboding shadows, there is a charm and beauty to these works that is the hallmark of Jacoby's painting. Jacoby is not uncheerful, even as she looks unflinchingly into the complex world we inhabit. More information at

The exhibition will run through the month of March with a reception for the artist on Friday, March 14 from 6 to 8pm. Preview appointments can be set up through the gallery from March 1 - 3 by calling the gallery at 415-454-4229 or by email at

In the Artist Book Gallery, we are pleased to present the book of Arion Press. One of the finest presses in the world, pairing great writing with great artists in the most exquisite papers and binding imaginable, this promises to be a rare treat. Books on display will include Sampler, a new edition by the press which presents poems by Emily Dickinson paired with stitched samplers created by renowned artist Kiki Smith. These are editions of superb quality. There will be a talk in the gallery with Andrew Hoyem, owner and creative leader of Arion Press on Friday, March 21 at 6 p.m. RSVP at

Donna Seager Gallery is located at 851 Fourth Street in San Rafael, just off Route 101 at the Central San Rafael exit. The gallery is open from 11 to 6 p.m., Tuesday through Saturday and from 1 to 5 p.m. on Sunday. For information about the gallery and a look at the art and artists, go to

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