“I’m extremely excited to open my own gallery,” Zener says. “I’ve always dreamed of having my own gallery and space and I’m really excited to be able to showcase some fantastic artists here in Mill Valley.”
Zener, who has been in the art industry since 1997 as a gallery owner, dealer, curator and manager and co-founder Zener Art Group, met Schon when she started working with the Red Bull Canvas Cooler Project, curating emerging artists. The pair had a great two-plus-year run with their gallery and with their “beyond the walls” approach. When Schon decided she wanted to focus less on the retail side of the business, Zener decided to re-open in the coveted space where she still held a lease.
Zener is hosting a kick-off event as part of the Mill Valley Arts Commission’s First Tuesday Artwalk (5:30-7:30pm) on Oct. 3, showcasing the work of Ukrainian artist Valentin Popov, “a postmodernist par excellence, combining classical and modernist traditions in a style distinctly his own, at once poetic, technically dazzling, and wryly ironic.”
Popov, who’s shown at the Modernism Gallery in San Francisco at the De Saisset Museum at University of Santa Clara, will be signing copies of his latest book. Zener says she’s continuing to build her roster of artists. She’ll be hosting a group show later in October and another solo show in November.
In a serendipitous twist, Julie Zener Gallery is also hosting a “special exhibition” for the fall season from Nadine Curtis’ popular 7 on Locust boutique laden with unique home decor, art, rock 'n roll photography, clothing and jewelry. Curtis relocated to 23 Sunnyside for the special exhibition.
“It’s an incredibly exciting time at the gallery,” Zener says.
The 411: Julie Zener Gallery is hosting a reception as part of the Mill Valley Arts Commission’s First Tuesday Artwalk (5:30-7:30pm) on Oct. 3, showcasing the work of Ukrainian artist Valentin Popov. MORE INFO. Here's a sample of Valentin Popov's work: