About The North Point Gallery

After 30 years in San Francisco, the gallery moved to Berkeley in 2015. We continue to offer fine nineteenth-century and early twentieth-century American and European paintings with an emphasis on the art of early California.


Alfred C. Harrison, Jr., President: After ten years as a private collector and researcher, Alfred Harrison assumed ownership of the gallery in 1985. He is a lecturer and author of many articles (view list of publications) on early California paintings as well as monographs on William Keith, L.P. Latimer, and Thaddeus and Ludmilla Welch. In 2006, he wrote an essay and catalogue entries for California Impressions: Landscapes from the Wendy Willrich Collection published by the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco. He is currently at work on a history of nineteenth-century California painting and a monograph on John Ross Key. Alfred Harrison was the guest curator for “The Golden Age of Yosemite Painting, 1859-1930, A Centennial Tribute,” at the Transamerica Pyramid Lobby, San Francisco, CA. in 1991 and “Before the Bridge: 19th Century Paintings of the Golden Gate,” Transamerica Pyramid Lobby, San Francisco, CA in 2000. He also curated the San Francisco venue of the Gilbert Munger retrospective at The North Point Gallery in 2004 and the Bolinas Museum’s “Pastoral California: The Art of Thaddeus and Ludmilla Welch” in 2007.

Jessie Dunn-Gilbert, Director:
Jessie has worked for the North Point Gallery since 1986. She grew up in a theater family in New York and was a member of Robert Wilson’s first theater company based in New York City and traveled with the company to Europe and Iran. She moved with her family to the Napa Valley when she was 10 years old and worked for many years with the Napa Valley Theater Company as actor, director, tech, and office manager. She received  honors in Art History from the University of California, Santa Cruz and apprenticed with Philippe Bonnafont, a dealer of architectural drawings in San Francisco before coming to work for Alfred Harrison at North Point Gallery. She now divides her time between North Point Gallery and Holton Studio Frame-Makers and Gallery, which is just two blocks from North Point.