Los Gatos: Art gallery celebrates Super Bowl 50 with football-themed exhibit

Photograph by George Sakkestad • Charlotte Bonano art consultant for JCO'S Place for Fine Art.

Photograph by George Sakkestad • Charlotte Bonano art consultant for JCO'S Place for Fine Art.

Football paintings aren't unusual, but using a football as a paintbrush is--unless you're Tom Mosser, that is.

The Pittsburgh, Pa.-based painter is one of a dozen artists whose work is part of the new "Art of the NFL: Celebration of Super Bowl 50" exhibit that runs through Feb. 7 at JCO'S Place in downtown Los Gatos.

The fine art exhibit is a collaboration between JCO'S and Sports & the Arts. The latter helped curate the art collection at Levi's Stadium that celebrates the San Francisco 49ers.

JCO'S has brought together two dozen works by Mosser and six other artists whose work hangs at Levi's Stadium, plus five of the gallery's favorite artists for the exhibit.

Los Gatos artist Gordon Smedt, San Jose artist Ryan Carrington and San Francisco artist Russ Wagner are among the locals whose works are included in the exhibit.

"About half the pieces in our show are by artists from the Levi's Stadium collection," gallery director Bridget McMahon said.

Mosser, for instance, made an NFL shield and a 49er logo for the JCO'S Place exhibit.

"He makes the most incredible paintings," McMahon said. "He learned to paint with two hands, and once he'd mastered that, he started painting with objects, including footballs."

Mosser uses a brush to slather a football with paint, then simply rolls the ball over a canvas to produce what he describes as a "raw screen-printed look."  Mosser demonstrated his technique at a Jan. 14 reception at JCO'S that was also attended by former 49er wide receiver Dwight Clark and current 49er tight end/long snapper Kyle Nelson.

A portion of JCO'S sales made during the exhibition will be donated to the San Francisco 49ers Foundation, which supports programs for underserved youth.  JCO'S Place is at 45 N. Santa Cruz Ave., Los Gatos. Visit jcosplace.com or call 408.888.1500 for gallery hours and more information.

New Museum Los Gatos has Super Bowl fever, too
The history curator of the New Museum Los Gatos has put together an exhibit of items from the 1985 Super Bowl, when Joe Montana and Dan Marino went head to head at Stanford Stadium. Curator Amy Long says the exhibit includes many "quirky trivia" items, including seat cushions emblazoned with the Apple rainbow logo that Steve Jobs used to advertise his then-young company.Long has also gathered a Super Bowl ring, a signed game ball, autographed jerseys, original tickets, posters and videos and photographs documenting the 49ers 38-16 win over Miami.

The exhibit runs Jan. 21-March 27. The New Museum Los Gatos is in the town's civic center at 106 E. Main St. Call 408.354.2646 or visit numulosgatos.org for gallery hours and more information.

Burning Man Photosculpturist Comes to Town

Michael Garlington in his studio. Image courtesy of BAMM.   

Michael Garlington in his studio. Image courtesy of BAMM.


Known for sculptures behemoth in size but meticulously detailed, Michael Garlington--of Burning Man notoriety--is exhibiting his haunting yet fun work at a South Bay gallery.

His photosculpture collection, titled "Let it Burn," will be on exhibit until Nov. 8 at JCO's Place in Los Gatos.

JCO's is a fairly petite gallery and much smaller in comparison to the vast desert where Garlington's Totem of Confessions was explored by thousands in September, then subsequently burned to the ground with a dose of Timothy Leary's ashes inside.

But the gallery offers an up close and personal vision of the artist's surreal approach to photography and the sculptures he creates to place his subjects into an alternate world.

Michael Garlington, whose Totem of Confessions at this year s Burning Man became a vessel for Timothy Leary s ashes, is exhibiting a series of 'photosculptures' called 'Let It Burn' at JCO s Place for Fine Art. (Anne Gelhaus)"All I want is to portray mystery and wonder," Garlington said of his work. "It tells [the onlooker] to follow a pathway and story."

It's often up to the viewer to decipher his photosculptures. Using black, white and sepia tones, the Petaluma artist sometimes double-exposes his photos to leave a ghostly imprint as characters move about. Others are still shots but set in sculpted scenes reminiscent of early 1900s carnival photos.

Garlington takes only a couple shots of each of his set-ups, as his time and energy is devoted more to the sculpting and design elements. To that end, some of the photos themselves are framed in his art.

Tea cups, porcelain knickknacks, figurines, fabrics and even paper cutouts of other photos are carefully assembled creating a border around the photographs, and a doorway into the image.

"The way I started making art was through my parents' dark room," he said, working in their Bay Area photo lab. "I printed photos for 10 to 15 years before I ever took a picture. When I finally started taking pictures, I just loved being with people."


And as he snapped more pictures, he said, he found that he loved to build ornate costumes and three-dimensional collaged settings for his shoots.

While the photosculptures on display in Los Gatos are for sale, Garlington's largest pieces have been burned to the ground--and he is totally fine with it.
"At Burning Man, it's such a massive place and I can make these big things, then you don't have to bring it home because you burn it," he said. "A lot of people have mixed feelings about that, but it's like one of those Tibetan sand mandalas. ... When they're done with it, they blow it away."

He said letting go of the massive Photo Chapel in 2013 and this year's Totem of Confessions was "very easy."

"More than 70,000 people saw it and then went away with it," Garlington said.
The 60-foot high structure was plastered in photo collage, and much of it was trimmed in gold, giving it a gothic cathedral look.

Inside were peep-hole dioramas that people lined up to see.

"My concept of the totem was to give them everything," Garlington said. "A lot of the pieces at the [JCO's Place] show are extensions of the cathedral."

The gallery is at 45 N. Santa Cruz Ave., Los Gatos. Call 408.888.1500 for gallery hours.

Ready, set, Los Gatos for charm & shopping

By Sophia Markoulakis
San Francisco Chronicle

The gallery space at JCO'S Place for Fine Art in Los Gatos.

The gallery space at JCO'S Place for Fine Art in Los Gatos.

Wedged within scenic Highway 17 and the base of the Sierra Azules is Los Gatos, a 19th century town with great schools, the Chronicle four-star Manresa (see Page 5) and a charming historic downtown. Outwardly, not much has changed since this milling and orchard town was established, and many of the Victorian-era buildings are still standing and occupied with retail shops that cater to both recent transplants and established residents. It’s a self-contained town that enjoys celebrating its past while looking toward the future — evident in the mix of home decor shops that appeal to vintage hunters and art seekers.
— Sophia Markoulakis, home@sfchronicle.com

1. Vintages
Owners Susan and Bob Bortfeld have developed a niche within the crafting and collectible community since opening their French-inspired shop 12 years ago. Their assortment of ribbons, antique letters and stationery appeals to the craft set while collectors of vintage cameras, china and flatware rely on Bob’s constant sourcing for rare finds. The couple also carry a number of American-made products by artists like Colorado’s Janet Ontko, who makes clay tiles and sculptures. The shop has developed a loyal following with regulars who stop by to sift through old ephemera and vintage photos. More than once someone has spotted an image and said, “Hey, I think this is a picture of my grandmother.”
10 a.m.-6 p.m. Tues.-Sat., 130-C N. Santa Cruz Ave. (408) 399-9090.www.vintagesantiques.com

2. The Maids’ Quarters
Everything for the bedroom and bath can be found at this 37-year-old shop. Owner Claudia Mann curates a luxurious selection of linens and towels from lines like Sferra, Yves Delorme and Carrara in addition to custom bedding and upholstery services. Over-the-top vanity displays are staged throughout the store with mirrored trays, silver-lidded crystal jars, and scents from Nest as well as Rance 1795 soaps. Pillows, robes, framed art and other appropriate decor rounds out the selection. Don’t miss the back garden, which has a fountain and a charming display of garden art and statuary. It’s a multigenerational shop, run by Mann and her daughter, and visited by multigenerational shoppers.
10 a.m.-5 p.m. Mon.-Sat. 36 N. Santa Cruz Ave. (408) 395-1980. www.themaidsquarters.com

3. JCO'S Place
There are always 20 to 30 contemporary artists represented in this small 400-square-foot space that art dealer and collector Julie Jenkins opened less than a year ago. A feat of organizational mastery, it functions as a gallery and an event space for openings and pop-ups. Local artists like Gordon Smedt share wall space with national fine artists like John Gonnella and Ann Strassman, and Brazil-based mixed-media artist José Gonçalves. Jenkins makes the space inviting for budding collectors and staffs it with friendly associates who are happy to educate.
11 a.m.- 9 p.m. Thurs.-Sat., until 5 p.m. Sun. and Wed. 45 N. Santa Cruz Ave. (408) 888-1500. www.jcosplace.com

4. NapaStyle
It’s been seven years since celebrity chef Michael Chiarello opened this outpost of NapaStyle, and it’s still a popular place to pick up his trademark flavored salts and olive oils and Wine Country rustic decor. Today it’s the only remaining outpost besides the company’s flagship Yountville location, and the shop exudes Napa living albeit in a South Bay locale. Besides the requisite branded foods, there’s a good mix of new and vintage items that seem aligned with Los Gatos living, including larger big-ticket items like furniture and grills.
10 a.m.-6 p.m. Mon.-Sat., 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Sun. 32 N. Santa Cruz Ave. (408) 354-1119.www.napastyle.com

5. Frank
When Christine Kent relocated her Saratoga shop to downtown Los Gatos several years ago, she also changed the name. A friend referred to her as being frank, in a good way, and it stuck. Two years ago Kent relocated to a larger location opposite the town square, allowing her to amass an inventory of cheeky and whimsical items. Her taste for humor-infused goods runs throughout the store, from greeting cards, mounted doll eye art, and suitcase shelves to new driftwood pieces engraved with clever sayings. Kent is always hunting for the delightfully unrefined item. Look hard enough you’ll find something that you never knew you needed but have to have.
1 a.m.-6 p.m. Tues.-Sat., noon-5 p.m. Sun. 9 Montebello Way. (408) 316-3329.www.frankinteriors.net

6 . Galeria Arte
Claudia Lopez moved her shop to the former Gina’s location this past September after having been on North Santa Cruz Avenue for three years. Lopez has taken advantage of the store’s various rooms by displaying her large inventory of Guatemalan and Mexican folk art and textiles within pieces of furniture and curios. Everything in the store is hand picked by Lopez as she travels to her native Guatemala and Mexico several times a year. All of the ceramics are lead-free and her wall art and tin metal mirrors are versatile pieces that would work well in any room. The shop is a must for anyone that’s a fan of the vibrant yarns and paints of Latin America. There’s also a large selection of Madonna and Dia de los Muertos art, including delicate miniatures and scenes that perfectly evoke the spirit of the craft.
11 a.m.-6 p.m. Tues.-Sat., until 4 p.m. Sun. 25 West Main St. (408) 395-0403.www.guatemalanboutique.com

Ask the Experts | FINE ARTS: Why Buy an Original versus Reproduction?

By Julie Jenkins & Melissa Kreisa
Los Gatos This Week

Julie / JCO

Julie / JCO

Melissa Kreisa: 
A friend asked me the other day, "Why should I buy an original piece of artwork? I saw something that I really liked at Pier One the other day. It wasn't an original, but it was pretty and it matched my curtains." 

Julie Jenkins: I'd say, hey ask yourself-- do you really love it? And how would you feel if you waled into your friend of neighbor's house and saw the exact same painting on their wall? 

Not so sound disrespectful, but I personally don't care if the artwork matches your curtains. I buy artwork because I love it, am inspired by it, connect with the subject or the artists, and want to be surrounded by something that is unique. I will be the owner of the work-- one of its kind! When I see it, I want to be reminded that another human being made it, not a machine. Original works of art have an energy about them that reproduced, decorative items simply don't have. 

So much in our lives is mass produced, and its becoming harder and harder to find a truly unique, handmade object that expresses our own taste and style. I love it when friends, family, and colleagues come into our home and we have the opportunity to share why we chose the pieces and how it inspires us. I truly believe that original artwork puts off an energy that enhances the space it occupies. 

The subtle qualities of an original piece of artwork cannot be replicated even by the most sophisticated printing technologies. Stop by JCO's Place and I will show you how the look and feeling of a painting can shift as the lighting changes or you move around it. The texture of the paint or the brushstrokes of an artist can give the painting a three-dimensional quality which cannot be achieved by a machine. I will show you how an original painting is so much more than an image- I will help you see the spirit of the artist and their creativity, energy, and passion. 

I would remind my friend that when she buys an original piece of artwork - she is also directly supporting the artists and their local economy. It is only through "patrons" that artists can bring their gifts to the world and continue to do what they love. 

So my dear friend, I hope I have answered your question and help you decide in favor of an original piece of art - even if it doesn't quite perfectly match your curtains!

Eco-Feast Silent Auction Pieces Donated by JCO'S Place & Artist Tom Yacoe

This gorgeous matched pair of Tom Yacoe seascapes has been jointly donated courtesy of JCO'S Place Fabulously Fine Art of Los Gatos, and by gallery artist Tom Yacoe.
These two blissful scenes of the beach at Pajaro Dunes (located between Santa Cruz and Carmel) were painted “al-fresco” in the spirit of this event! They are a matched and numbered pair, which can be displayed together or individually.


Tom Yacoe is well-known for his impressive series of Intimate California Landscapes, capturing the essence of California in its “pristine yet wild” state.
Yacoe’s work can be seen in Los Gatos at JCO'S Place, Fabulously Fine Art located at 45 N. Santa Cruz Avenue next to the Los Gatos Theatre.