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).
Larger Than Life
Thursday, March 8 through Saturday, April 28, 2018
Opening Reception: Thursday, March 8th from 5 to 8pm; live music
Gallery hours: Wed – Saturday 11 to 4 and by appointment
JAYJAY is pleased to present Monumental – larger than life, a group exhibition.
Monumental is an exhibit of large scale work that celebrates JAYJAY’s stable of modern and contemporary artists, including some artists new to JAYJAY. Many of these scholars frequently work in very large formats, but have limited opportunity to exhibit these efforts. Monumental aims to eliminate these boundaries and explore more specifically the experience of viewing large art, two and three dimensionally.
When confronted with works that are larger than the viewer there is a unique experience that is created. Observation is at the forefront; however in this setting the entire body becomes engaged. The viewer navigates the space and coexists with works that become their environment. There is a reconciliation that occurs between the work and the observer as they are able to enter into something that has a presence that captivates, and absorbs their entirety.
Exhibiting Artists: Roger Berry, Trent Burkett, Mark Emerson, Stephen Giannetti, Anne Gregory, Ian Harvey, Robin Hill, Kevin Keul, Michaele Le Compte, Peter Wayne Lewis, Jeff Mayry, Joan Moment, Robert Ortbal, Rick Siggins, Koo Kyung Sook, Mike Stevens and Mary Warner.
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5524 B Elvas Ave.
Sacramento, CA 95819
Gallery Hours by appointment