here’s our story
We like to say that we are a gallery, a studio, and a collective all in one. We definitely are a gallery showing traditional, modern and functional art. We are the creative energy of two on-premise studios. We are a group of successful artists inspired by natural beauty of Sonoma County who want to share local art with well, locals. And perhaps whoever else is in town, too. Gallery 300 is based on the idea that a working studio is a great place for people to see the work. Or an art demo, an art show, an event or even music. So come on in, and experience all that we are. We’d love to experience you, too.
a very fine collective
We are all Sonoma County residents who are inspired by the nature and beauty of our county. All of us been professional artists for more than 20 years. That’s a lot of years in the art business but luckily, we are all still young at heart. Why a collective? Well, why not. We all have a different different style of painting but a deep respect for each other’s talents. This means there’s a set of very different work for our audience. Ranging from pure abstraction to realism. And truthfully, this mix keeps things lively and interesting.
Jennifer Hirshfield is influenced by her universal need to make connections with nature, animals and people. Her application of paint and looseness in stroke, stems from her studies at UC Davis under influential Bay Area Figurative painters. Ron Macken, also owner and founder of Lightwave Laser, creates striking wood jewelry art that is vibrant and lightweight. Mexican born, Alejandro Salazar intends to leave his mark in the world with an honest exploration of emotions translated into paintings, and here at Gallery 300, his jewelry, ceramics and clothing line.
curated by an artist for those who love art
Meet Gallery 300 owner Jennifer Hirshfield. She is a daughter of the Bay Area Figurative Movement and California native who studied painting at UC Davis and at San Francisco State. Her subject matter derives from what she believes to be a universal human need—to connect with nature. Says Jennifer “I paint with an intentional and active mindfulness to allow the past and future to slip away.” She has a deep understanding of color with a unique, vibrant palette. Using many types of media in her works—from clay to high gloss molding material, and a heavy, textural application of the paint—viewers often speak of wanting to touch the paintings because of the variety of surfaces and layers of colors. The energy applied in the painting process is meant to mirror the energy of the painting’s subject.
With this deep background in art, Jennifer created a collective of artists that she believes represent some of the finest art in northern California. Says Hirshfield about the artists that have come together “This group of artists isn’t subtle. We all have a bold sense of color and are prolific painters. All of us are professional artists who are 100% into their art career.” She curated this group based on a love of their work, liking them as people, admiring their approach, and their serious conviction to the arts. She believes each of them are always growing artisitically. They are a diverse group—in their styles, countries of birth, and religious convictions—but they are united by their politic, an environmental respect, and of being conscious of nature as an informing force. As a woman owned gallery, Hirshfield believes that it’s important to show women’s work, so four of the six artists are women.
The motto of the gallery is “creating locally, showing locally.” Two artists in the group, Hirshfield and Thorpe, create art onsite and all artists create their art within 15 or so miles of it. Gallery 300 is based on the idea that a working studio is also a great place for people to see art work. And that a gallery can be devoted to the evolving work of the same group of artists, rather than be a sea of constantly changing art. We each change our art monthly, which means there’s always something new to see. Gallery 300 aims to be part of the local Sebastopol community and offer ongoing art demos, art shows, and events.
We are located in downtown Sebastopol, CA in The Barlow. The Barlow is a 12-acre Bay Area outdoor market district in Sebastopol, California featuring local food, wine, beer, spirits and arts made onsite by Sonoma County artisans. The intention of the Barlow is as a “makers marketplace” where the public can witness the production of some of their favorite products, with a behind the scenes look at how those products are made, and most importantly, who is making them. Styled in industrial-chic, this is a dog-friendly campus with an organic edible landscaping — a nod to the rich agricultural history of the area around The Barlow. The Gallery 300 artists are proud to among the artists, food crafters, brewers, and wine makers creating a rich community where people can enjoy art, wine and time together.
6780 McKinley St #130
Sebastopol, CA 95472
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