Jones and Jolley are both “obsessive collectors,” and their ability to modulate their enthusiasm to suit the needs of their clients has enabled them to build a reputation for integrity, taste, and vision.
One measure of their vision is the company they keep. JAYJAY’s small stable of artists includes many of the region’s most respected names, about 20 in all, representing painting, sculpture, and photography. And while these artists are all quite different from each other, they do have two things in common: they are all mature artists with extensive exhibition records and they have regional or national reputations.
Another measure of JAYJAY’s vision is the role that Jones and Jolley have played in the community as tastemakers. As recently as 10 years ago, local galleries remained committed to the styles that first put Sacramento on the national art map in the 1960’s: Bay Area figuration and landscape, funk and clay sculpture. JAYJAY launched in 2000, introduced an eclectic group of artists whose ideas were fresh and new to the region. The gallery exhibits international styles ranging from the high modernism of artists like Mark Emerson and Roger Berry to the decidedly postmodernist sensibilities of innovators like David Wetzl, Dean DeCocker, and Joan Moment. These artists – most of whom are abstractionists – appeal not only to longstanding individual and corporate buyers, but also to a burgeoning group of newcomers whose tastes (and collections) are shaped by the experience of living in other metropolitan regions.
Jones and Jolley have long had their finger on the city’s aesthetic pulse. They became partners in 1999 and opened JAYJAY the following year in a small storefront on Franklin Boulevard. Three years later, in 2002, they expanded to a 2,000 square-foot space in a newly renovated commercial building in East Sacramento. Jones trained as a painter at CSUS under Steve Kaltenbach and Carlos Villa, and got her start in the art business in 1984 at the Jennifer Pauls Gallery. When its artist/owner, Maria Alquilar, saw her own career take off, she sold the business to Jones and co-partner, Dean Moniz, who ran it until 1994. Jones left the business in 1990, and then worked as a corporate art consultant (to Hewlett-Packard, Sprint, Kaiser Permanente, and NCG Porter Novelli) and served as president of the board of director of the Center for Contemporary Art.
Jolley studied Philosophy and Drama at Mills College in Oakland, CA and completed her BA degree in Humanities with an emphasis in Art History at CSU, Sacramento. She was owner and director of the alternative gallery Big Art (1992-2000) and joined Beth Jones as an associate in January of 2000. Her eight years of gallery management included consulting to numerous private collectors and in this regard, has lectured at the Crocker Art Museum on acquiring and maintaining a contemporary art collection. Also, Jolley served on the Board of Directors for the Center for Contemporary Art (1995-2000) and the Board of Directors for Uptown Arts (1996-1998).
Featured piece: The Secret We Keep, by SR Jones
Two long and narrow bands of rectangular forms run parallel down the center of the composition. Their movement is indefinite as they frame a small structure, and the body of a woman. Abstracted, and unknown, they act as the perfect impetus to transport the viewer into S.R Jones mixed media collage, The Secret We Keep.
A figure waits patiently in the entrance of the structure. Half of her body is defined by a medical drawing that visually describes the human vascular system. She is painted with soft warm hues that are delicate, personal, and vulnerable. The palms of her hands are open and facing the viewer. This is the most beautiful and disarming moment in the piece as it expresses a gestural truthfulness that is felt.
The outer edges of the work are symmetrically defined by floral kaleidoscopes that become vascular beds, which feed the viewer a breath of oxygen, and pumps blood to the center of the work. Foliage and vines climb up the face of building, and saturated yellow billows upward into the sky. The yellow appears to be flowers that rise out of the boundaries of a collaged window. These flowers are a testament to the spiritual truth that one thing can become many things, as they unfold into a reflective light that is successively passed from the sky, to cascade down the figures body where it finds its most evident moment over the figures heart.
For a closer look at The Secret We Keep, as well as other works by Jones, visit JAYJAY, Wednesday – Friday 11-4.
5524 B Elvas Ave.
Sacramento, CA 95819
Gallery Hours 11am-4pm or by appointment