Jane Deering shares the pivotal experiences that led her to establish a contemporary art gallery.

-- a short film on Tanner's prodigious career, produced and directed by Wayne McCall.


Born in 1935 in Indianapolis, Joan Tanner has lived in Southern California since the mid-1960s. She received a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Wisconsin at Madison in 1957 and began her career as a painter. She has been consistently exhibiting her paintings, drawings, photographs, sculpture and site-specific installations since 1968.


Tanner maintains a vigorous studio practice somewhat akin to a laboratory and is inspired by spatial contradictions, archetypal geometric forms and raw materials.


Her work is held in numerous private and corporate collections and in the following public collections: The Getty Center for the History of Art and the Humanities, Special Collections; Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts; Harvard University, Houghton Library, Department of Printing and Graphics, Cambridge, Massachusetts; New York Public Library, Spencer Collection, New York City, NY; Speed Art Museum, Louisville, Kentucky; and Santa Barbara Museum of Art, Santa Barbara, California. Over the years, Tanner has been a visiting lecturer at the University of California--Santa Barbara, Ohio University in Athens, Illinois State University at Normal, and most recently she was an artist-in-residence at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro.

Vanessa Michalak, a lover of the great outdoors, envisioned Gloucester’s Historic Dogtown as the perfect place to settle her easel and paint plein-air style. A generous tree provided support; sticks and stones became small shelves for materials. During the spring and summer of 2019, the artist trekked a mile into the woods carrying her supplies. These daily walks became part of her painting process as she moved along paths in search of inspirational spots. By summer’s end, she had produced dozens of paintings. Feeling the need to share her work and experience with others, the idea of the Dogtown Art Show, a Walk in the Woods was born. It took place on the 26th of October 2019. Michalak exhibited her plein-air paintings along the trails in Dogtown and invited the public to view her canvases while walking the paths.

Artist Amy Robson spent a week in bed with COVID-19. In and out of fever, she dreamt this film -- Annisquam Fever Dream -- related to her recent work and up-coming solo exhibition at Jane Deering Gallery, Gloucester MA.