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Erica Tanov ‘Nature Studies’: Exquisite Clothing & Group Art Show

11th December 2019 @ 10:00 am - 1:00 pm

Opening Reception Unveils Exclusive ERICA TANOV Artist Collaboration, Nature Studies: An Exquisite Clothing Collection and a Group Art Show

Featuring Three San Francisco Bay Area Artists


Meet the Artists and Designer

An opening reception to launch an exclusive artist collaboration between Berkeley clothing and lifestyle designer ERICA TANOV and San Francisco Bay Area artists JESSICA ABBOTT WILLIAMS, DHARMA STRASSER MACCOLL, and EMILY PAYNE. The collaboration has resulted in rare nature-inspired textile prints on silk, created from original artworks, which are the inspirations for Erica Tanov's new Nature Studies clothing collection. A group show of original botanical-themed artworks of mixed media by the artists will also be on display, and for sale, at the opening reception, and will travel to Erica Tanov boutiques.


Jessica will be exhibiting her original artwork, ‘Ink Floral’, featured in the Erica Tanov clothing collection: a single floral motif expressed in a walnut ink drawing. Other original botanical-inspired walnut ink drawings and iridescent watercolor paintings, some on wood, will be exhibited and available for sale. Some ceramic vessels by the artist will also be shown with the paintings.


Dharma will be showing gouache on paper, (as well as mixed media work on paper at the Berkeley store). MacColl’s recent works on paper start with painted marks in gouache and culminate in multi-layered surfaces to which she has added other materials such as porcelain, clay, thread, felt, leather and even feathers. The physical properties of the materials are a primary focus in some works, while in others, it is the capacity for communicating motion through an accumulation of lines or marks. MacColl strikes a thoughtful balance between the abstract and the referential as objects from real life morph into gestural patterns and tactile compositions.

EMILY PAYNE: Emily will be showing botanical-themed works including “Pine 2," graphite on book boards, 12 x 12 inches, as featured in the textiles of the Erica Tanov Nature Studies clothing collection. As a painter and sculptor, the Berkeley artist draws inspiration from natural forms such as seeds, tree branches and feats of nature like bird nests and spider webs. The repeated forms she paints and sculpts are often serene and elemental in feel and explore themes of dimensionality, motion and dynamics in space.


THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 21, from 5PM to 7:30PM, Larkspur

WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 11, from 6PM to 9PM, Berkeley

SATURDAY, JANUARY 11, from 6PM to 9PM, Los Angeles


Marin Country Mart

Larkspur, CA 94939

1827 Fourth Street

Berkeley, CA 94710

The Row DTLA

1318 East 7th Street #120

(Enter at 777 S. Alameda Street)

Los Angeles, CA 90021

Refreshments served

Free Admission


About the Artists:

Dharma Strasser MacColl explores a variety of mediums to create sculptural works on paper. Taking inspiration from both micro and macro forms in nature, her most recent work investigates adaptations in northern California plant life. Strasser MacColl grew up in Portland, Oregon. She studied painting and drawing in Italy and went on to receive her MFA from Cranbrook Academy of Art in ceramic sculpture. She has taught at Mills College, California College of the Arts and City College of San Francisco. Learn more about Dharma Strasser MacColl here.

Emily Payne grew up in Mill Valley, California and Amherst, Massachusetts. She received her B.A. from Oberlin College in Ohio and her M.F.A. in Book Arts and Printmaking from San Francisco State University. Her work can be seen at the Seager Gray Gallery in Mill Valley, the SFMOMA Artist Gallery in San Francisco, the Kala Art Institute in Berkeley. Learn more about Emily Payne here.

Jessica Abbott Williams is an artist and the owner of Brushstrokes, a community art space located in Berkeley, Calif. Jessica is a graduate of the Ceramics Department of the California College of the Art. She has exhibited her paintings at St. Supery Winery in Napa, at Stem Gallery and the Box Factory in San Francisco. Her handmade ceramics are available for sale at the SF Museum of Modern Art Museum Store, the Palo Alto Museum Store and the Gardener in Berkeley.

“I am in love with the world, the way the light falls in this moment and the fragile architecture of plants. I have mystical appreciation for the beautiful abstraction found in the natural world.” Learn more about Jessica Abbott Williams here.

About Erica Tanov: Berkeley clothing and lifestyle designer Erica Tanov launched her eponymous clothing collection in 1990. Her earliest pieces, seamed slips and chemises, reflected a dedication to the finest fabrics, meticulous construction, and subtle details.

Erica Tanov boutiques are located in Berkeley, Larkspur, and Los Angeles. Her collection of clothing, and now her lifestyle and home décor designs, epitomize a relaxed, lived-in luxury. Erica Tanov boutiques feature the designer’s own collections, alongside a carefully curated selection of other brands of clothing, home decor, jewelry and apothecary.

Her work has been featured in Vogue, Architectural Digest, Wall Street Journal, Elle Decoration UK, and “Undecorate”, and “The New Bohemians” among other publications. Erica Tanov is also the author of “Design by Nature”, (2018, Ten Speed Press). www.ericatanov.com

Phone: 415-499-3392

1827 Fourth Street
Berkeley, CA


11th December 2019
10:00 am - 1:00 pm


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