Margaret Keelan, Freya Prowe, Anna Vaughan, Crystal Morey, Michael McConnell, Danielle Schlunegger, Kerri Lee Johnson

The September Show

September 3 — September 30

Artist Reception: Saturday September 12, 5-7pm

Featuring Bay Area Artists: Margaret Keelan, Freya Prowe, Anna Vaughan, Crystal Morey, Michael McConnell, Danielle Schlunegger, 

Come join us for The September Show at Abrams Claghorn gallery, nestled in the heart of Solano Ave in the quaint city of Albany.

When a story is told with an image, or a sculpture, the viewers' imaginations become part of the work of art. The September show's seven artists, through the use of human or animal imagery, will fill the gallery with work that should thrill your imagination.

Each work questions the viewers;

What are the stories we tell one another and ourselves?

Does story telling make us human? 

Or do we tell stories because we are human?

Come explore the gallery and find the answers you are looking for.


Always Something New in the Gallery Store

April 15 — December 25

In addition to our monthly art shows, we have a selection of jewelry, fine art, and functional and decorative craft items here at the Abrams Claghorn Gallery. This work is available year round. The artists are always making new work, so the selection changes often.

Come in soon to check it out!


"The September Show"

 September 1 - 30

 Artist Reception Sat. September 12th, 5-7pm


 Artist Talk Sat. September 26th, 6-9pm


Featuring Bay Area Artists:

Margaret Keelan, Freya Prowe, Anna Vaughan, Crystal Morey, 

Michael McConnell, Danielle Schlunegger


Humans are storytelling animals. 

In this show, each extraordinary artist explores the concept of storytelling through narrative art. 


Their work, derived from their own life story, is tied together by the same questions:

• What are the stories we tell to our inner selves, compared to what we tell the world?

• How do we shape stories, and how do they shape society?

• What does it mean to be a storytelling animal?

• Why do we crave stories? 


Dannielle Schlungger's artwork is strongly influenced by 18th century "Cabinets of Curiosity", containing unknown specimens. As the founder and curator of artifacts by the amateur naturalist, Marcus Kelli, she both repairs and recreates extinct animals based on his field notes and journals.

An intimate and lasting relationship with nature is the foundation for Anna Vaughan's artistic work. Drawing on an awareness between the organic and man-made world, her figurative clay sculptures stand as witness to the interplay between the spirit and society. 
Raised in a bicultural family in the United States, artist Freya Prowe's work draws upon childhood memories of traditional, Germanic fairy tales passed down through the generations. The resulting images reflect a world that is, in turn, lyrical and dark, seductive and deformed, playful and violent; lending the viewer a honed sensitivity toward emotional tensions lurking beneath social interactions.

Age and melancholy take shape in Margaret Keelan's latest small ceramic sculptures. Glazed and fired to appear as softened wood, the pieces recall the iconic "Santos" figures of colonized Mexico and Central America. But more than an echo of faith and devotion past, the work speaks to contemporary concerns about the future, our roles as cultural purveyors, and ultimately pays bittersweet regard to the passage of time.

Pondering an upbringing and childhood spent in rural Michigan, Michael McConnell's visual narratives examine loneliness, responsibility, and choice through his developed and wizened eye. Children and animals appear vulnerable and innocent, if only by constraint. His works offer room for stories to unfold in the mysterious space between memory and nostalgia, and focuses on the tension between youth and maturity.

Raised in a small town in the Sierra Nevada foothills, Crystal Morey grew-up alongside flora and fauna blooming outside her door. Her ceramic sculptures display more than an understanding of plant and animal life cycles, but a lifelong confluence with an organic world that is both beautiful and deeply troubled by human industry. Contemplative and mournful, Morey's creations are a distilled sigh for hope in this coming age.
      New additions this month by:
      Georgia Gibbs
       Tali Grinshpan
             Bruno Kark
      Jane Roberts
      Lynne Meade
      Syd Dunton
       Anne Stryke


     New items this month by:
As a goal, the gallery establishes and maintains a deep connection with the entirety of the surrounding community. To embrace a group of people that are typically overlooked by major galleries the gallery is excited to give the artists, and the subject matter, a platform for open expression, questioning, and education.