By Judy Peterson
Los Gatos Weekly Times | San Jose Mercury News
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.