Featuring: Tom Gehrig, Carol Aust, Catherine Moore and Emily Maddigan.

Artist reception: August 2, 2018

6 PM – 8 PM


This August we feature the work of Bay Area artist, Tom Gehrig in an exhibit paying tribute to Surreal art. In times when truth is stranger than fiction and news feels surreal, we look to art for understanding and perspective.

“The mind loves the unknown, it loves images that are unknown since the mind itself is unknown – Rene Magritte

Gehrig’s works are juxtaposed with mixed media that surround the periphery of the canvas; words, mathematical equations, maps, celestial charts, string, objects and sometimes the title of the piece itself. The surreal, dreamlike landscape draws the viewer into the emotional content of the narrative while the mixed media breaks that illusion by presenting us with the different world of science and reason.

Other featured artists include, Catherine Moore. Catherine Moore was born in San Leandro, California, but spent her formative, and awkward, teenage years amidst the neon lights and desert landscape of Reno, Nevada. In between frequenting underground alternative dance clubs, and running with the other “freaks”, she often turned to drawing to feel a sense of connection to the world around her.

In 1998, she returned to the Bay Area to pursue her fine arts degree and graduated from the Academy of Art University, San Francisco in 2004 with a BFA in Traditional Illustration. She worked for several years as a freelance illustrator and graphic artist for local companies, organizations and small businesses. Looking for additional avenues to share her creativity, she started exhibiting her work in 2011.

Catherine’s paintings call the viewer to that marriage of classical and haunting beauty, resembling in subtlety and natural colorings the feeling of another time, when illustration was part information, part poetry. Her subject’s expressions and poses evoke a stunned silence as well as a dark humor and warmth that evoke a deep emotional response. Her illustrative compositions embrace a kind of quality where one can fully grasp the extent of details and attention put into each piece – every inch deserving of contemplation.

She has exhibited in galleries across the U.S. and in Germany, Portugal, and Australia. Her work is collected internationally. She currently lives in San Leandro with her husband, son, and a dog named Elvis.

Oakland artist Carol Aust – Her figurative paintings are emotionally-charged narrative fragments infused with mysterious tension and secrecy. She often places her figures in precarious environments where anything could happen.

With sculpture by Southern California artist Emily Maddigan.

Emily Maddigan was born in Metro Detroit Michigan. Maddigan studied at Michigan State University which included several study abroad programs in Mexico and various countries in Africa. She completed a Masters of Fine Arts degree at California State University Long Beach in 2005. Maddigan has shown her work in many states including California, Oregon, Michigan, Massachusetts and New York. She has completed a residency at the Armory Center for the Arts. Emily Maddigan has taught at numerous community colleges and was awarded tenure at Bakersfield College in 2013 and College of the Desert in 2018.

Artist Reception August 2, 6PM-8PM Talk and tour the work with the artists at 6PM Exhibit will run through Sept. 1st, 2018

Tom Gehrig, Surreal Exhibit, Perlmutter

Tom Gehrig, Reconnoitering Deception Pass, oil, 48″ x 60″, 2018

Moore, Illumination, Perlmutte

Catherine Moore, Illumination, oil 12″x12″

Emily Maddigan, mixed media sculpture.


Carol Aust, Aloft, 22″x 10″