The Studio Door's annual invitational featuring 4 local artists: Sherry Krulle-Beaton, Patrick Brown, Jackson Thilenius and Nancy Plank

Two artists take over the gallery for the first two weeks of January and then they are followed by two different artists during the last two weeks of the month.

Sherry Krulle-Beaton and Jackson Thilenius
Exhibition Dates: January 6 – 15
Reception: Saturday January 7 • 6 – 8 PM

Nancy Plank and Patrick Brown
Exhibition Dates: January 20 – 29
Reception: Saturday January 21 • 6 – 8 PM

4•UP art show opens after the new year at The Studio Door at 3750 30th Street (North Park, San Diego). The show appears in two distinct exhibitions that run back to back for two weeks each. First, Sherry Krulle-Beaton and Jackson Thilenius will be featured from January 6 - 15 with a reception on Saturday, January 7 from 6 - 8 PM. Then, Nancy Plank and Patrick Brown are featured on January 20 - 29 with a reception scheduled for Saturday, January 21 from 6 - 8 PM. The exhibits are open to the public for free during gallery hours and the artwork is for sale.

Most often The Studio Door’s visual arts exhibitions explore a wide variety of views on a specific subject matter or themes. Yet at its core, the art gallery and studios builds its foundation on the adjacent possibilities of diverse creative expression. The gallery’s exhibitions are known to showcase emerging artists alongside of established professionals; locally created art that is seen alongside of national and international art; and sellable works that speak as strongly as conceptional work within the gallery. The juxtaposition is never more apparent than within the January exhibition entitled 4•UP.

“Last year, the 4•UP exhibit explored established, traditional artists along of emerging artists using contemporary techniques to convey their creative messages,” said gallery owner and artist Patric Stillman. “This year, we are exploring how artists approach both the inner and outer environments. I think these the combination of these artists offer an exceptional mastery in thought and vision.”

The participating artists of 4•UP are:


As a creative extension of her degree in Environmental Design, Sherry Krulle Beaton’s abstract paintings reflect the beauty of the natural world. She finds inspiration in San Diego’s backcountry of rolling hills, grasslands, mountains and desert. Her Jamul home, designed by San Diego artist James Hubbell, contains an impressive art studio that further encourages her to define the essence of the natural world. Krulle-Beaton is well established in San Diego’s art community.


Following where ever his creative muse takes him, Jackson Thilenius has no fear to explore diverse subject matter in his body of work that embraces local counterculture portraits to animal rights. Figurative narratives, not always easy to view, is at the heart of his art. Their visual stories provide a subversive edge, which one assumes balances his other meticulous profession as an Architect. After receiving a degree in Atlanta, Jackson has settled in San Diego and his work has been exhibited extensively throughout Southern California.


Realist oil painter, Nancy Plank shares her sublime visions on canvas that imply a spiritual connection to the floral world, most often her passion for the Rose. Whether she is working in her Little Italy studio or volunteering in the rose garden at Balboa Park, Plank is drawn into this delicate world. She has an uncanny ability to reveal a visual truth within her still lives that immediately connect the viewer with what she sees, feels and experiences. Nancy Plank has exhibited extensively in San Diego.


Oil paintings of visceral emotions and complex rawness expose the inner world of artist Patrick Brown. In doing so, they also reflect the confusion and reality of living in a time where our culture finds itself uncertain of the future and fear is exposed as hate crimes see a resurgence. Brown’s artwork has a universal appeal that has allowed it to be seen on several ABC Television Network programs, in B.B. Kings Blues Clubs, and at The Escondido Arts Partnership Municipal Gallery. He currently resides in Escondido.