OJAI VALLEY NEWS:
galerie102′s inaugural exhibit, “We are One, We are Many,” will feature paintings by Devin Oatway and sculpture by Jon Rajkovich. The exhibit will be on view through Dec. 29.
Gallery visitors will have an opportunity to speak with Oatway and Rajkovich. During the conversation series, the artists will talk about their creative process, what inspires and motivates them. This event is Sunday from 2 to 4 p.m. at galerie102, 102 E. Matilija St. Seating is limited, so arrive early.

Devin Oatway painting

“Armistice,” by Devin Oatway, oil pastel pencil

Oatway was born in Santa Barbara in 1978. He graduated from Stanford University in 2002 with a bachelor’s degree in English literature. In 2003, he was diagnosed with schizophrenia and retreated into a world of delusion and detective novels. He began to paint in 2005.

Squiggly lines gave way to patchworks of color and finally figurative drawing-like paintings. He helped found two co-ops, Shady Lane Studios in Austin, Texas, and Firehouse Art Collective in Berkeley, where he had his first solo show in 2010. Today he lives and paints in Ojai, and tries to live like a monk.

Rajkovich sculpture

“Organ,” by Jon Rajkovich, plywood and iron pigment

Rajkovich, originally from Detroit, received his MFA from Winthrop University. His sculptures incorporate wood, wire, paint, and found objects into free-flowing forms that take on a whimsical life of their own. His work has been exhibited across the country and written about in Art in America, the Chicago Sun Times and the Los Angeles Times. He is featured in the best-selling California art book, “Milk and Honey.”

Gallery hours are Thursdays through Saturdays from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. or by appointment at 640-0151. Visit galerie102.com for more information.