Press Release - "Calico Sunset"

Sam Spano - "Painter and Model"
Oil and wax on Canvas. 48 x 36 Inches. 2018.

Calico Sunset
Ben Quinn - Brett Amory - Caleb Hahne
Emma Webster - Erik Bender - Kenichi Hoshine
Maja Ruznic - Paige Valentine - Sam Spano

Opening Reception: Saturday July 14th, 12pm
1523 b Webster St. Oakland, CA 94612

Part 2 Gallery is proud to present Calico Sunset, a group exhibition opening July 14th at 12pm in Downtown Oakland. Calico Sunset will feature to works of local artists Ben Quinn, Brett Amory, Erik Bender, Paige Valentine and Sam Spano, alongside Caleb Hahne, Emma Webster, Kenichi Hoshine, and Maja Ruznic.

Calico Sunset derives its name from the blended spectrum of Bay Area sunsets. From dark to bright, the Sun’s rays interact with gasses in the ozone that, by the time they reach the surface, have taken on vibrant hues. In this show, these 9 artists’ work reinterpret light, and therefore color to represent an array of introspective narratives and concepts. Although varying in subject matter and technique, these artists are bound together by looseness, color blending, and emotional articulation. Each artist uses painting as reflection and exploration, revealing important truths and dismantling antiquated ones.

The gallery is located at 1523 b Webster St. and is just blocks away from both 12th & 19th st Bart Stations. Opening receptions at pt.2: are always free, kid friendly and open to the public. To receive a preview of the exhibition please contact



Ben Quinn - "Heart 1"
Watercolor and UV Varnish on Canvas. 60 x 60 Inches. 2018.


Ben Quinn is an artist living and working in Oakland, CA. He received a BFA from Columbus College of Art and Design and MFA from California College of the Arts in 2014. Recent solo exhibitions include Fused Space in San Francisco, Littman Gallery at Portland State University, and Massman Gallery in Oakland with group shows at Spaceheater in Brooklyn and Guerrero Gallery in San Francisco. Quinn’s work deals mostly with post-psychedelic reflection and sensitivities to the supernatural through painting, sometimes accompanied by image and sound.


Brett Amory - "To See Is To Be Free"
Oil, oil stick, acrylic, laytex, spraypaint, tape, thumb tacks, digital print on wood, mylar and paper. 60 x 96 inches. 2018.

Brett Amory is an artist based in Oakland, CA. He has exhibited his work in solo shows at Jonathan Levine Projects, (Jersey City, NJ) Thinkspace Projects, (Los Angeles, CA) Lazarides, (Newcastle, UK) Luggage Store Gallery, (San Francisco, CA) Fort Wayne Museum, (Fort Wayne, IN) Singular Gallery, (Pula, Croatia) among others. His work has been featured in Juxtapoz, Hi-Fructose, New American Paintings, SF Weekly, East Bay Express, and other publications.



Caleb Hahne - "A Day Like This"
Acrylic, pastel on canvas. 18 x 28 Inches. 2018.


Caleb Hahne graduated from Rocky Mountain College of Art and Design in 2014 and currently lives and works in Colorado. He was the artist in residence at ShowPen, Denver from September 2013 to August 2014. His art has been included in multiple solo and group exhibitions in Denver, New York, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Portland, Montreal, Berlin, and the United Kingdom and most recently at MCA Denver, as well as the New Museum, NY in collaboration with Adidas. Hahne has been featured in New American Paintings, Juxtapoz, Hi- Fructose, and Denver Westword named Hahne one of the 100 Colorado Creatives of 2014 and one of the Top 10 Artists to watch in 2015. He is also listed as one of the top 10 contemporary artists under 40 by Wide Walls.



Emma Webster - "Study that doesn’t quite have five deer, six mushrooms, four owls, and a mouse"
Oil on panel. 40 x 30 Inches. 2018.


Emma Webster is a California-based painter with an MFA in Painting from Yale (2018) and BA in Art Practice from Stanford (2011). She was awarded the Dumfries Royal Drawing School Residency at Yale and the Raina Giese Award in Creative Painting at Stanford. In addition to studying in one-on-one mentorships with faculty at both universities, she studied abstract and figurative painting at the Slade School of Fine Art in London, the Academy of Art University in San Francisco, and l’École d’Art Plastique in Paris. Webster has been awarded residencies at Ox-Bow in Saugatuck, Michigan and Vermont Studio Center in Johnson, Vermont.

Her work has been exhibited at Thomas Erben (New York, NY), Diane Rosenstein (Los Angeles, CA), Hashimoto Gallery (San Francisco, CA), Pro Arts (Oakland, CA), Woskob Gallery (Penn State, PA), and the Oceanside Museum of Art (Oceanside, CA). Her painting is featured in the collection of Iris & B. Gerald Cantor Center for Visual Arts.



Erik Bender - "Untitled"
Acrylic, Oil and Spray Paint on Canvas. 76 x 56 Inches. 2018.


Erik Bender is an Oakland based artist who has received a BA from the University of California Berkeley in Art Practice, and has exhibited work at 3rd Street Village Gallery (San Francisco, CA), SOLA Gallery (Los Angeles, CA), NIAD Art Center (Richmond, CA) and Luggage Store Gallery (San Francisco, CA).



Kenichi Hoshine - "The Playwright"
Acrylic on Wood Panel. 36 x 36 Inches. 2018.


Kenichi Hoshine is a Tokyo, Japan-born artist who is currently based in Brooklyn, NY. He received his BFA from the School of Visual Arts in New York, NY. His work has been featured in New American Paintings, and he has exhibited work in Harpy Gallery and others.



Maja Ruznic - "She Lay Dormant No More"
Oil on Canvas. 24 x 20 Inches. 2018.


Maja Ruznic is a California-based artist who received her BA from University of California, Berkeley, and later received her MFA from the California College of Arts. Her work has been exhibited at Duplex100m2, (Sarajevo, Bosnia & Herzegovina) Carmen Wiedenhoeft Gallery, (Denver, CO) Conduit Gallery, (Dallas, TX) Galeri G-Art, (Istanbul, Turkey), MASS Gallery, (Austin, TX) Galerie Ernst Hilger, (Vienna, Austria) Jack Fischer Gallery, (San Francisco, CA) Charlie James Gallery, the Torrance Art Museum, Shulamit Nazarian Gallery and ACME in Los Angeles. Ruznic’s work has been written about in ArtMaze Magazine, Juxtapoz, San Francisco Bay Guardian, Studio Visit Magazine, and twice in New American Paintings, including the cover, as selected by curator Anne Ellegood.



Paige Valentine - "May 10th"
Ceramic Sculpture. 8 x 8 x 3 Inches. 2018.


Paige Valentine is based in Oakland who received her BFA in Painting from the San Francisco Art Institute in 2018. Her work has been featured in Juxtapoz Magazine and she has shown at Guerrero Gallery (San Francisco, CA.)



Sam Spano (b. 1987 in Swampscott, MA) is a visual artist based in Oakland, California. He received his BFA from the New England School of Art and Design at Suffolk University (2009) and his MFA from the San Francisco Art Institute (2015). He primarily makes oil paintings and work on paper exploring narrative representation, color and emotion.