Skip the box of chocolate this year and give your sweetie something handmade for Valentine’s Day. Art makes the perfect gift and can be a reasonable alternative to dinner out and boxes of candy that will only last a few days.
Choose a gift that your loved one will cherish for years to come, and make part of their collection! In this segment, the Art Lady will feature local galleries and businesses who have affordable and beautiful art pieces that are ready to go home with you.
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The Art Lady discusses 11 large light-up Santas and one snow man in the display.
The largest Santa is an artist-made Santa (with real eyeglasses) that stood in front of a Hardware store in Rancho Cordova (owned by the father of the late Eric Dahlin). The artist gifted it to the gallery from his father’s estate.
Vintage blow mold Santas (so named because the factories heated plastic then it was blown into a mold and then painted) are becoming rare and hard to find. Most of these factories have long closed (though reproductions from overseas are showing up) and storing and maintaining them is challenging (extreme cold cracks the plastic). This makes them pricey in antique stores.
The first two I puchased are “the twins” – the small identical Santas I bought while I was in high school. They were found at a yard sale and I put them in my bedroom window in Arkansas in 1978.
The most recent addition is the snowman and matching Santa which until last year lived at my friend Patty Langdon’s mother’s home. Many of these have come from loving homes and the children of the original owners enjoy seeing them once a year.
The largest Blown plastic Santa was from a house in the bay area next to my father-in-law’s home. It was in a side yard in February so my father-in-law wandered over and the neighbors gave it to him (about 10 years ago). Each year I send a box of candy to the address with a card from “Plastic Santa”.
After such a trying year I think this holiday season will reflect more family and less office, more home made and less store bought and certainly more hand crafted and less mass produced gifts under many Christmas trees this year!
Art has always been a tricky thing to purchase as a gift (unless of course your friend or loved one happens to collect a certain artist) – it’s such a personal choice and sometimes comes with big price tag. The good news is that many galleries have what I call “Small Treasures” exhibitions that feature small, lower priced works and art objects by favorite artists. Many galleries also feature artistic and functional items this time of year – bowls, lovely glassware and Christmas themed works.
Some of the Galleries participating in gift themed exhibitions this year are The Elk Grove Fine Arts Center, The Atrium in Old Sacramento (including the Sebridge’s gallery that features blown glass) and my gallery, the Archival Gallery.
Other places to pick up one of a kind gifts are at the Artist’s Collaborative in Old Sacramento (featuring fabric and wood pieces year round) and the Crocker Art Museum Gift Shop (though the Museum is currently closed the online store is open) and the Blue Line Arts Gallery in Roseville.
The galleries are all practicing safe shopping – masks and social distancing are required, and many Museum stores and artists have websites and are happy to ship. Be sure to visit their websites or call to make sure hours have not changed due to COVID-19 precautions. Online gallery stores are a great and safe place to explore as well.
This is the year to support your local artists and find a one of a kind, special gift that will celebrate the true art of gift giving!
The Art Lady will interview artist Debra Kreck-Harnish who specializes in mixed-media assemblage from found objects, and full-size tutus built from mannequins and handmade papers. Debra’s SPICE GIRLS series was created during January 2020 as part of a 31 Days art challenge – creating a new piece of work each day of the month for exhibition.
These works were presented at Archival Gallery in July 2020.
The Art Lady is one of the original founders of Chalk It Up! – an annual festival that celebrates youth art through grants and sidewalk chalk art masterpieces. This year’s annual Chalk It Up! festival is on Labor Day Weekend, September 5-7, 2020. This is the 30th anniversary of the event and visitors will see sidewalks, parking lots, driveways, and more. You can sponsor a chalk square at your business or residence.
This year’s festival is called “Chalk It Up! Around the Town!” and volunteer chalk artists will be painting locations all throughout the Sacramento region.
Here are some of the exciting art happenings going on this month.
Coming soon to the Axis Gallery, the 15th National Juried Exhibition (juried by Marcela Pardo Ariza). Show runs August 8 – 29, 2020 and features over 25 contributing artists.
ARTHOUSE on R Gallery and Studios is accepting applications for their Artist Studio for Rent. Click Here for information on the submission process.
This month I was honored to be the judge for the Elk Grove Fine Arts Center’s “Figurative Expressions” show which opens August 1 and runs through August 28. Click here to view the virtual tour.
There’s a lot going on at Verge Center for the Arts including Online Classes, Kids Summer Camps, plus free art activities you can download for young people to enjoy.
Learn about Sacramento’s Creative Edge Initiative – a program to gather priorities, expectations, and needs regarding the arts, culture, and creative economy in our region.
As many of you know, I’m a huge fan of Frida Kahlo. Her work is truly inspiring and groundbreaking, and I just found a virtual gallery tour you can take to see some of her work.
This summer, and showing through November 15, the Crocker Art Museum has received an installation of Al Farrow’s “The White House” – a sculpture made from guns, gun parts, shell casings, and steel measuring 69 x 77 x 36.
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This story takes us to two homes, one in Land Park and another in East Sacramento. Each home has integrated decorative and fine artwork into the environment to create a unique and exciting outdoor living space.
The last couple of years a nation wide trend has started – no longer do people have “backyards” they have “outdoor rooms.” Because of this popular view of expanding our living areas to include outside areas, collectors are expanding their collections to include outdoor artwork as well.
When considering adding art to your outdoor areas the first thing to consider is work made in mediums that can withstand direct sun and rain. Ceramics are very popular as most are kiln fired to ensure a nice light water-resistant coating. When putting ceramic outdoors keep in mind that they can be damaged in a winter freeze and should be covered or brought in during the winter. No ceramics or glass should be left outdoors if you live in an area with snow.
Many artists also work in metals and glass. Uncoated metals will develop a patina – a changing of color or texture that is considered normal. You may have heard the term verdigris, which describes the blue/green patina that forms on copper or brass over time.
Choosing work is also a matter of placement. Keep in mind the particulars of your home. Do you have dogs? Do children play in the area? Is there a pool? Make sure the artwork is secure and safe and easy to enjoy as well as tend to (mowing etc). Art made out of cement is readily available, and though heavy to install it can be a great addition to your landscape and can stay out year round.
Many galleries are now exhibiting outdoor art and some of the smaller plant nurseries carry pieces by local artisans as well. A focal piece (such as a mosaic fountain) can really change the feel of a large space.
Make your outdoor area a family project with a mixture of artwork, stepping stones, planters, bird baths, murals on fences, and water features. The backyard isn’t just for the barbecue anymore!
Here are some of the exciting art happenings going on this month.
The team at Axis Gallery invites artists to submit work to their 15th National Juried Exhibition, featuring juror Marcela Pardo Ariza. The exhibition is open to artists in all media. Click through to learn more about the submission process – deadline is June 1.
An interesting read on the history of the Federal Art Project and the challenges that artists of today are now facing to have their work seen and funded.
The team over at Verge Center for the Arts has put together some online art classes to keep you busy during shelter-in-place. You can access virtual Verge Education courses in your own home through Zoom. Click through to see a list of upcoming classes and registration information!
The City of Sacramento is looking for artists to design vinyl wraps for EV charger stations in midtown Sacramento. If you are interested in the requirements and process for this invitation, please click through to visit the website and submit your entry!
This week The Art Lady is joined by Patty French and Heath Buckmaster to provide some quick and easy tips to make your chalk art more vibrant and last longer. All you need is a spray bottle of water, a paintbrush, and sidewalk chalk or pastel chalk (you can find both of these online or in retail stores).
Parents are having fun with chalk, not just for art but for outdoor games with kids! WATCH: Outdoor Chutes and Ladders by Dad Absurdum.
Here are some of the exciting art happenings going on this month.
The Watercolor Artists of Sacramento Horizons present a juried show April 7 through May 17, presented virtually in this video.
If you’ve ever wanted to see inside the home of local sculptor Tony Natsoulas, now’s your chance. His mid-century modern home was featured in a September 2019 article from Apartment Therapy. Enjoy today’s virtual art tour of Tony Natsoulas’ home.
Here’s a resource that visual artists may find useful. This is a national resource that is providing grant opportunities to artists who are impacted by the quarantine. www.artistrelief.org/crisis
When you think architecture, you think Frank Lloyd Wright. His designs were true works of art that integrated into their natural surroundings. Here’s a great virtual tour you can take right now. Click through for The Spaces.
Watch me on Good Day Sacramento – Wednesday, April 8, 2020
UnOpen Studios – A video project to showcase galleries and artists in their studios making art during quarantine. Watch artist-created videos and learn how to submit your own at unopenstudios.com. Follow UnOpen Studios on social media as well.
Virtual Arts – For families who are home during the COVID-19 Shelter-in-Place there are many Virtual Art opportunities to explore. Here are some of The Art Lady’s recommendations.
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March 25, 2020
Marketing Director, UnOpen Studios
Sacramento, CA: The Art Lady and UnOpen Studios announce their inaugural Call For Artists, an ongoing entry process for visual artists and galleries located in the Sacramento – Stockton – Modesto markets (including artists located in Yolo and Placer Counties).
Artists and Galleries who wish to participate in UnOpen Studios should follow the guidelines posted on unopenstudios.com. There is NO entry fee to participate.
UnOpen Studios is a project co-founded by The Art Lady and Motif Green to support Sacramento-region visual artists and galleries who are continuing to make and show art during the COVID-19 quarantine.
This project is intended to give the visual arts community a creative outlet for stress relief during uncertain times, and offer the general public an opportunity to explore local artists and their craft.
Viewers will be encouraged to comment and rate videos, learn more about the artists by visiting websites if available, and by purchasing artwork if interested.
The Art Lady is D. Oldham Neath. Neath is a co-founder of Second Saturday and has been part of the Sacramento arts community for over 36 years. She managed the Solomon Dubnick Gallery for seven years, and served as president of the Center for Contemporary Art for three years.
Neath has also been active in the region’s non-profit arts community as the Art Curator for KVIE Public Television from 2009-2019, and by supporting fundraising and awareness for the Artists in Crisis Fund since 1986, and is a co-founder of UnOpen Studios.
Neath is the owner and gallery director of Archival Gallery. As The Art Lady she is a guest curator and art judge for exhibitions across the region, and is a regular contributor to Good Day Sacramento covering visual arts news stories.
March 12, 2020
The Art Lady, D. Oldham Neath
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Sacramento, CA: The monthly arts celebration, Second Saturday, is cancelled in Sacramento for March 14, 2020 due to health and safety concerns related to the COVID-19 (coronavirus disease).
“Art has traditionally been a hands-off experience, and while local galleries and museums have shut down their receptions and public events, many will remain open for visiting during normal business hours. This means while you are off work, or children are out of school, you have the opportunity to view art at a distance from crowds and enjoy a family cultural experience.” – The Art Lady, D. Oldham Neath
This is the first time in nearly thirty years that galleries have closed for Second Saturday.
This is an evolving story. Please refer to our more comprehensive list of closures and reschedules here: https://artladysacramento.com/art-updates-during-covid-19/
Creating is one of the things that makes us human. It is part mental exercise and sometimes part emotional therapy. Making art encourages us to be creative in life, and this experience should be shared by everyone at any age. Making art is also a great way to learn more about the artistic process and helps a non-artist gain appreciation for the professional. – The Art Lady
I participate in a weekly ceramics class. My first intention was to learn about the ceramic process, watch artists create work, and understand the chemical reactions that take place to make glazes. Many classes later I happily make lumpy birds (although everyone refers to them as ducks) in a variety of sizes and colors… I’ve yet to perfect firing them without the heads falling off.
The more important thing is that now I spend an hour or so every week with my hands immersed in clay and another half-hour watching the raku process with continued amazement. I emerge from my “clay time” happier and more content with life.
Sacramento is a playground of places to learn and experience creating art, and I am not talking about the paint by numbers drink and draw parties where everyone goes home with the same painting of a sunset. I’m talking about structured classes that are focused on developing a burgeoning love (and talent) for the visual arts.
There are clay classes available through Alpha Fired Arts in Carmichael for adults and students after-school, and local watercolorist David Lobenberg runs a fine watercolor workshop and gives private lessons as well. Downtown at the Patris Studio and Art Gallery you will find a variety of figure drawing, watercolor, oil, and acrylic classes.
My friends over at Verge Center for the Arts have a diverse schedule of classes including silkscreen and print making, as well as a “Kids Camp” – a full week of art in the spring. With the lack of art in our schools, signing your child or teen up for an art class is a great way to encourage creativity and introduce them to like minded friends.
So, this month why not try some of what I call art therapy – take a class, learn something new, or just make some lumpy birds!
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Verge Center for the Arts, 625 S Street, Sacramento, CA
Exhibition: June 12–August 16, 2020 * updated dates
Opening Reception: Friday, June 12
Free Sewing Circle and Basic Embroidery Lesson
Date: January 30, 2020 – 5:30pm – 8:30pm
Event Location: Verge Center for the Arts
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This week the Art Lady explores art gifts for the holidays and a preview of Second Saturday in Sacramento.
The Art Lady on Good Day Weekend:
Lambda Center: artistic winter hats in support of LGBT Homeless Youth fundraiser
Elliot Fouts Gallery: delightfully delicious ceramics by Jeff Nebeker
Cynthis Hipkiss Ceramic Bowls: available at Archival Gallery in a variety of styles
Lego Lamps and Kits by David Tracy: available online or locally at Archival Gallery
“Celebrating PBS KVIE’s decades of creating an accessible venue to bring art into the homes of Northern Californians, the 38th annual KVIE Art Auction will showcase more than 260 works of art by emerging, well-known and world-renown Northern California artists. KVIE’s art curator D Neath announced that [artists] have been recognized with awards after submitting their art to the annual juried competition.”
“It either speaks to you or it doesn’t,” says Neath, who has been involved in the Sacramento art scene for decades, first as a protégée of the late Michael Himovitz — a celebrated gallery owner and one of the founders of Second Saturday — and now as the proprietor of Archival Gallery and the curator of the annual televised KVIE Art Auction.
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“Meanwhile, D Neath, KVIE’s art curator and owner of Archival Gallery in East Sac, is co-jurying the entries with Sacramento artist Gary Dinnen…”
“The KVIE Art Auction has grown significantly in the past three years with increased visibility through social media and the growth of our on-site KVIE Gallery,” KVIE’s art curator, D. Neath said in a press statement. “Our commitment to celebrating local art has brought in more artists and allows us the choice of the best of the best. This year’s collection reflects the continued growth of this area’s talented art community.”
“This year’s Art Auction features more first-time participating artists—an exciting mix of masters and new talent—making it the largest auction in our history with 275 original pieces,” said KVIE’s art curator, D Neath. “With an exciting line up of art experts, viewers have an opportunity to collect art and enjoy learning about the best Northern California artists and their galleries.”