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Artist: Lynching display on campus was art meant to bring awareness to social justice and racial inequality

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It is always fascinating to see how a work of art becomes polemical, and why it causes so much reaction in the public. What is more

The Campus Culture

By: Robert Linggi

If you checked your Sac Link email over the weekend then you saw the campus-wide letter from Sacramento State President Alexander Gonzalez announcing a full investigation into an art project where two white male students with rope nooses around their necks were “suspended” in harnesses, as if they were being lynched from a tree, as part of an art display in front of Brighton Hall on Dec. 4.

The display only lasted a short time, but caused puzzled social media posts and apparently offend some people, according to Gonzalez.

“…it appears that the individuals involved did not intend for the display to incite violence, though it offended members of our community,” Gonzalez wrote. “The University did not approve the display, and I want to assure everyone that I am working to address the multiple issues raised by this incident.”

However the display’s artist, Sac State senior Christina Edwards, responded to…

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SAHC Perspectives on Art: FILM by Raphael Delgado

by Bree Garcia

The Sacramento Art History Consortium created this video interview segment about Raphael Delgado’s exhibition Film.  We believe that the show was engaging and created an interesting art experience, which achieved to transform the viewer’s role from passive observer to an active participant of art.  Film speaks to Delgado’s creative process and how he chose to challenge the conventional methods by which art is displayed and perceptually received.  As a result, his methodologies created a new way of engaging art in the Sacramento region.

Sacramento Art History Consortium’s Featured Artist: Dinah Atarah Yisrael

by Bree Garcia

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DY: Growing up, I was taught that in order to become a great artist I had to go to college, take out a million dollar student loan, and somehow with all those loan payments (plus interest) make a living and pursue an art career. I realize now that you don’t have to go to school to become a great artist, all you have to do is be dedicated to work.

Take Vincent Van Gough, though his paintings were not famous in his lifetime he painted EVER SINGLE DAY.. Within that time frame he created almost 900 paintings and learned lessons from every single one. Even, Jean Michel Basquiat who was homeless (living in Central Park), at one point did nothing but pursue artistic talents. I aspire to be a living example of dedication & will to not only artists but my family, and the world.

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SAHC: Can you give us a brief description of your creative process? What is your preferred medium and style?

DY: When I begin a piece I look through the mass library of pictures I have collected from the internet, books, or magazines. From there I will put on some type of instrumental music and begin several rough drafts before I begin the final piece. I learned this last year after being mentored by Chris Daubert from Sacramento City Collge. It was gruesome at first, but once I understood the reasoning; behind it was a valuable lesson. I primarily prefer to draw black & white with micron or radiograph pens with a hint of color, but I use oil paints as well.

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SAHC: As a Sacramento artist what responsibilities do you believe that you have to the local and the global community?

DY: I feel the need to visually communicate for those who don’t have a voice. Since the dawn of language which started out as pictures on a wall; we have used various forms of art to tell stories. After all, a picture is a thousand words.

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SAHC: What advice do you have for emerging artists, or those pursuing a career in the arts?

DY: My advice is to:
1. Practice – This will help you build your skill no matter the medium. Work on specific topics such as line, shape, space, etc. Use online resources like Google, Stumbleupon.com, or art books to aid in your research. I personally favor books they are easily adjustable to use when painting and that delightful book smell!

2. Ask for Feedback – Primarily from someone in the arts like a teacher, student, or an artist (who works with your medium). It’s good to see your art from another perspective or a fresh pair of eyes. This way you can get advice on how to improve your work.

3. Advertise Your Work – We are in the internet age where there are millions of websites that you can advertise your work for free. Use sites like Facebook, Deviant Art, Art Finder, or events like The Sketchbook Project to get your out there. You could even send out a mass email to galleries with pictures of your work attached.

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SAHC: Who are some of your favorite Sacramento Artists, and why?

DY: I would have to say Milton 510 Bowens, because he channels a lot from another of my favorite artist Jean Michel Basquiat. The difference is that his work is more composed, fresh, and everything flows together. Not only that, I love the use of primary colors in his work! I don’t particularly enjoy primary colors, but somehow he pulls them off.   Then he throws black & white to the mix without throwing the rest of the color palette off, Amazing! His techniques are flawless and his messages are inspiring and thought provoking…a wonderful combination for an artist!

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SAHC: Where are some of your favorite Art/ Art History resources found?

DY: My favorite sites for inspiration would have to be butdoesitfloat.com, kehindewiley.com, and of course stumbleupon.com in the drawing / art sections.

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SAHC: Is there anything else about the arts here in Sacramento that you would like share with our reader?

DY: Despite the talk of Sacramento’s dwindling art scene, there are many art events and spaces that you can go to either broadcast your work or get inspired. For instance, Fox & Goose holds a monthly event called Drink & Draw, where artists get together mingle, and well drink and draw. I met a few of my closest art friends there when I was just starting out. I know that the Sacramento Art History Consortium has done their share by providing the public with news about art in their blog.  The growing art scene on Broadway with Evolve the Gallery, 40 Acres Gallery, and The Brickhouse Gallery have become some great things for artists and art lovers in the community.

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SAHC: Where can your work be viewed, or found online?

DY: My work can be found on either, http://www.ducksdrawing.com or http://www.facebook.com/drawingducks

Sacramento Art History Consortium’s Featured Artist: TJ Lev

by Bree Garcia

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TJL: Sacramento native, I began painting only 7 years ago after an uncontrollable urge to paint!  Mostly self-taught, I have been fortunate to have shown my work in many local galleries including: VOX Sacramento, Kennedy Gallery, Marco Fuoco Gallery, Tangent, Coffee Garden, Body Tribe, and I’ve participated in several local festivals.  I am very visual; I have loved photography since my teen years, I had a small photography business in the 90’s called “Take a Picture it Will Last Longer”.  I play a little with polymer clay, Day of the Dead skulls and other doodles; I’ve sewn for years, making dolls, clothes, costumes and whatnot.  I’m a mom, wife, retired State employee, and a wanna-be musician.  I live in downtown Sacramento with my bass playing husband Joe, in our 1920’s high-water bungalow.  My children, Nick and Lindsey, and my hubby, are my heart.

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 SAHC: Can you give us a brief description of your creative process? What is your preferred medium and style? 

TJL: I typically use acrylics; my art is whimsical, very colorful, bold and fun.  I am heavily folk art inspired.  I love the magic of the natural world, the ocean, the moon, and the clash of a city landscape.  Painting musicians comes from my love of watching my hubby make music.  Vibrant fat ladies come from life experience, and a belief that curves are beautiful!  I’m often inspired by something small, an object, a shadow, a reflection, spiced up with a lively imagination and wacky sense of humor.  Painting is my relaxation; time slows at the easel… stresses of the day just wash away.  

My process is simple; I just push paint around until I see what I envisioned.  That is why I like acrylic paint, it is very forgiving.  If you don’t like the result you can paint it all white and start over.  Although, I haven’t done that very often!

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SAHC: As a Sacramento artist what responsibilities do you believe that you have to the local and the global community? 

 TJL: back to the community is important to me.  Where and when possible I donate art to help raise funds for different community causes.  I believe encouraging others through all types of art is important, visual and performing arts.  I believe everyone is capable of creativity, as children our joy to create is very strong and that should be supported and encouraged.  I believe everyone can find happiness and joy through artistic expression! 

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SAHC: What advice do you have for emerging artists, or those pursuing a career in the arts?

 TJL: Follow your heart.  Don’t be afraid of making mistakes in your art.  Fear of what the end result will be can stifle the creative process.  It’s ok!  You don’t have to love everything you create, and you won’t!  I’ve found, even if I don’t love it, someone else just might.  Just create, let go and let it flow, and have fun!

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SAHC: Who are some of your favorite Sacramento Artists, and why? 

 TJL: That is hard.  There are so many wonderful Sacramento Artists.  The Sacramento artists that inspire me include: Gregory Kondos with his bold use of color and beautiful landscapes. Wayne Thiebaud’s bright paintings of ordinary objects, Anthony Montanino’s use of color for shadows and light.  Laurelin Gilmore’s beautiful work; her people/creatures are simply amazing, and too many others to list!

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SAHC: Where are some of your favorite Art/ Art History resources found? 

 TJL: I’m online a lot.  If I want to know about a particular subject, I usually Google it, that is a start.  I have found many art resources through Facebook.  Of course, getting out to local museums is always a lesson in art.  The Crocker, and in San Francisco, the de Young or SFMOMA are wonderful resources.  And The Sacramento Art History Consortium!

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SAHC: Is there anything else about the arts here in Sacramento that you would like share with our reader?

 TJL: Sacramento is one of the richest regions for art of all kinds.  Get out.  Go explore.  Include art in your life, you will not be disappointed.

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  SAHC: Where can your work be viewed, or found online? 

 TJL: In my studio which is currently inside VOX Sacramento, at 1818 11th Street, on 11th between R and S. 

 For the month of October I am happy to be participating in an Albie Aware Breast Cancer Foundation fund raising event at Little Relics Boutique and Gallery at 908 21st Street, Sacramento.  See my wine barrel painted with fat ladies stomping grapes, and several other paintings, at Amador 360, winery collective and wine tasting room, 18590 Highway 49 in Plymouth CA

 

My website www.ophelias-flowers.com   Follow me on Facebook for up to date information and to view new works www.facebook.com/rosebrushstudio.  I also have an online gallery, on www.gallerish.com you can find me under the featured artists.  Be well… and create!  Tj.

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Sacramento Art History Consortium’s Featured Artist: Abigail Van Cannon

by Bree Garcia

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 My works evoke memories though storytelling, which helps suspend the viewer in a different time or place. My current series focuses on traditions, ideals, and activities sprouting from the 1950s. These timeless compositions show the beauty in family, childhood, and generations, often evoking a nostalgic feeling and reflection of the past.

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SAHC: Can you give us a brief description of your creative process? What is your preferred medium and style?

AVC: Authenticity plays an important role when researching and gathering my reference materials. I photograph models so every detail (from costumes to props) is true to the era. Location is equally observed: I visit events that celebrate the 50s, such as the 2012 Rock and Rod Festival in Monterey California. It is easy to capture the spirit of the decade enjoying classic cars, the music, its modern influence and of course, the vintage apparel. I paint in oil to recreate these scenes. It allows me to subtly capture the variety of colors in the skin tones, along with the textures in 50s clothing.

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SAHC: As a Sacramento artist what responsibilities do you believe that you have to the local and the global community?

AVC: It’s important that my work brings beauty, provokes thought and encourages reflection of the past.  As a local artist I strive to provide high quality encouraging work to my viewers, constantly trying to reach a wider audience. I strive to keep the integrity of my work and style – never becoming stagnate in my performance. I also think it’s important to use my work to give back to the community through different charitable events.

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SAHC: What advice do you have for emerging artists or those pursuing a career in the arts?

AVC: Building your career in the arts takes time, keep perfecting your craft and creating quality work. Look for places to get your work out to the general public. Be persistent!

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SAHC: Who are some of your favorite Sacramento Artists, and why?

AVC: Patris Miller, a local Plein Air painter, is proficient, paints beautifully and runs a fantastic studio space in Oak Park. Laurie Hopkins creates an array of floral and landscapes with a vibrant color palette. She has a unique approach using collage, oil sticks, and tissue paper.

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SAHC: Where are some of your favorite Art/ Art History resources found?

AVC: I’ve worked with the Sacramento Art Deco Society during a show and they have a great organization promoting the Art Deco time period.

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SAHC: Is there anything else about the arts here in Sacramento that you would like share with our reader?

AVC: I am excited to witness and be a part of a vibrant and growing art scene. There are many places to view art and art history, take art classes, and be part of an art community.

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SAHC: Where can your work be viewed, or found online?

AVC: Viewers can schedule a studio visit at Sacramento Art Complex Studio #14 or look online at www.vancannonart.com. I also teach a weekly painting class at Patris Studios, Sacramento.

If you are interested in being one of SAHC’s featured artists, email us at: info@sacramentoarthistory.org

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Sacramento Art History Consortium’s Featured Artist: Sandy Fong Whetstone

by Bree Garcia

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 SFW:   As a wife, mother of two teenage boys, and an English and a Second Language teacher, it is often hard to find time for art.  Although I knew from an early age that I wanted to have art in my life, it wasn’t until 2005 that I began to devote much time to it.  Now that I have a ceramics studio at Panama Pottery and a painting and crafts studio at home, I find it easier to pursue my passion.  Having the studio at Panama Pottery has opened opportunities for me to give ceramics and mosaic workshops.  I have also developed, directed and taught a summer art program for children at Bergamo Montessori school, and volunteered at my sons’ schools teaching ceramics, hand-crafts, and tile mosaic.

Although ceramics is my primary medium, I have worked with bronze, steel, acrylic, silver, fiber, batik and remnants of house remodels.  I have shown at Fe Gallery, SMUD Gallery, Solomon-Dubnick Gallery, The Contemporary Temporary Gallery, Union Hall Gallery, The Blue Line Gallery, and the E Street Gallery in Sacramento, as well as in Davis and the Bay Area.  I currently volunteer in the Sacramento City College ceramics lab, learning from Mark Boguski and Mimi Fogg.

I draw inspiration from everything around me, which can lead to a tendency to hoard – “I can make something with that.”  Everything is an art project, but my primary influences are from nature, and my work tends to be humorous or whimsical.  I believe that there is enough in the world that is disturbing and provoking.  I want to create something that makes me smile or laugh.  Art is both my therapy and my passion.

My other interests include traveling, crafting, fitness, and home improvement.  I have lived in Thailand and China and have traveled in Europe, Mexico, and South East Asia, but have always returned to my home in Sacramento.

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SAHC: Can you give us a brief description of your creative process? What is your preferred medium and style?

 SFW: I find inspiration all around me. The trick is to remember all the things that I want to make when I get in the studio.  I take pictures and make sketches and post some of my favorite things on my cabinet in my studio to help me remember what to make when I get in the studio.  It is easy to forget if I do not write down my ideas.  My preferred medium is clay.  I love the feel of it, the malleability, and the fact that I can make a 3-D object, but I also love acrylic painting, printmaking, mixed media and fiber arts.   I really haven’t encountered an art medium that I have not liked or wanted to try. 

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SAHC: As a Sacramento artist what responsibilities do you believe that you have to the local and the global community?

SFW: As an artist, I believe that I have a responsibility to stay true to my visions, my inspirations.  I also believe that I need to share my art with others.  I have volunteered at my sons’ schools for years, teaching handwork, ceramics and mosaics.  I also taught an art camp at a local Montessori school where we created a tile mosaic of student art for permanent display outside of the school.  I wanted the students to see their art on display every day they went to school.   They could see their individual work, and also how it contributed to the whole, which was greater than the sum of its parts.  So my work as an artist is not only to create my individual pieces, but to add to the community of art through teaching, displaying and yes, selling.  I want my art disseminated, not just piled up in my studio.  

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SAHC: What advice do you have for emerging artists, or those pursuing a career in the arts?

 SFW: If you want it, make the time.  If it is your passion, pursue it.  Take classes, visit museums, galleries, surround yourself with inspiration, talk to other artists, make connections.  Spend the time.

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SAHC:  Who are some of your favorite Sacramento Artists, and why? 

SFW: Gary Dinnen:  His work is so fun!  It just always makes me smile.  I can never look at any of his work without smiling. 

 Michaele LeCompte:  Luscious layers, textures, colors, and vibrations.  Just sends tingles up my spine.  Great teacher.  Inspiring. 

 Paula Wenzel-Bellacerra:  Great expression and charm.  Makes me giddy.

 Emily Wilson:  Fine printmaker and teacher.  Inspiring.

 Randall Won:  Great sense of style.  Well-crafted, thoughtful, creative work.

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 SAHC: Where are some of your favorite Art/ Art History resources found? 

SFW: The Crocker, The DeYoung

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 SAHC:  Is there anything else about the arts here in Sacramento that you would like share with our reader?

 SFW: Support the arts!!  If you love it, buy it!  Or make it!  Visit the galleries and museums.  Take a class.  We have some truly talented artist in the region who are willing to share their knowledge.  Take the leap. 

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SAHC: Where can your work be viewed, or found online?

 SFW:  I currently have some work at the Adamson Gallery in the Art Building on R Street.  I have an etsy shop, but am really bad about maintaining it.  I participate in art fairs a few times a year and participate in open studios occasionally held at Panama Pottery where I have my studio.  Private viewings can be arranged by appointment.  Email me at sandywhetstone68@gmail.com

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Sacramento Art History Consortium’s Featured Artist: Andy Cunningham

by Bree Garcia

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SAHC: Can you give us a brief description of your creative process? What is your preferred medium and style?

AC:  My creative process is a mix of experimentation and scientific study. My preferred mediums are painting and drawing, and a bit of sculptural elements. The style is carefully careless and loosely planned, structured casual.

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SAHC:  As a Sacramento artist what responsibilities do you believe that you have to the local and the global community?

AC:  On a local level I have been teaching drawing for about 8 years to middle school and high school students at the Sacramento Country Day School. On a Global level, I brought an international show to Sacramento in 2011 which consisted of 25 artists from all around the USA, Australia, Germany, and France. I hope to do it again someday if the timing is right.

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SAHC:  What advice do you have for emerging artists, or those pursuing a career in the arts?

AC:  Never stop making art. Art is a language; if you don’t speak it regularly you will lose your voice. Study history and look at others work. Sacramento has a way of making art an insular activity, reach out.

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SAHC:  Who are some of your favorite Sacramento Artists, and why?

AC:  Salvatore Victor. I met Sal outside a bagel shop in midtown while sketching. We instantly became friends with a shared passion for working hard and sticking to our guns. Jack Alvarez, Craig Martinez, and John Fortes, pretty much for the same reason…continuous hard work and focused vision.

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SAHC:  Where are some of your favorite Art/ Art History resources found?

AC:  The one and only Richard L Press, 1831F St. Go once with a name in your head and you’ll be pleasantly surprised.

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SAHC:  Is there anything else about the arts here in Sacramento that you would like share with our reader?

AC:  No, not really… keep your head down and keep working, look and look again.

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SAHC:  Where can your work be viewed, or found online?

AC:  I’ll be showing about 20 pieces in Grenoble France this October,and participating in a show in Groningen, Netherlands this November. I’ve recently started a tumblr. I’ll be adding work to it and hopefully documenting older work along the way.

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