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1902 Pacific Ave, Stockton, CA 95204 | (209) 466-6604

Gallery Hours

Thursday - Saturday, 11 am to 6 pm (Starting October 28th)

Artist of the Month



Shirley Malone
Artist Reception: April 13th | 4-7:00pm

"Long-time Stockton resident Shirley Malone was born and raised in Nebraska and earned a BFA from the University of Nebraska. She lived in New Mexico, New Jersey, and Connecticut before settling in California in 1969.

Earthscapes/Urbanscapes showcases Malone's two favorite subjects: stark natural landscapes and empty cityscapes. The landscapes are sweeping views of scraggly shrubs and arid, undulating earth. An occasional dusty path or road appears. These are humble scenes—no majestic forests or glistening lakes. In Malone's hands, seemingly unremarkable land forms achieve a subtle beauty and rhythm.

The lonely urbanscapes capture the ordered terrain of modern civilization, echoing the approach of painter Charles Sheeler. Devoid of people, these buildings, rooms, porches— even a toll booth—are architectural vestiges of mankind. Like the photographs of fellow Nebraskan Wright Morris, Malone's paintings of deserted structures are quiet but also eerily disquieting in their absence of human life but strong suggestion of human presence.

Malone worked in many media, including watercolor, gouache, pastel, oil, and acrylic. She exhibited her prize-winning work at the Museum of New Mexico, the Montclair Art Museum (NJ), Wesleyan University, the Joslyn Art Museum (NE), and the Haggin Museum (CA), among other venues.

Malone passed away in 2005.”