Sacramento Art History Consortium

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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.

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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: 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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Sacramento Art History Consortium’s Featured Artist: Natana Rose

by Bree Garcia

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NR: Natana Rose did not realize she was an artist until the lovely age of twenty-eight. Her mother knew the truth twenty-five years prior, thanks to Natana’s flood of ambitious two-year-old scribbles. It took Natana finishing a Masters degree in studio art at California State University, Sacramento before she embraced art as a career. Currently, Natana lives and works in Sacramento. If she is not in her studio you can find her making delicious coffee at Naked Coffee Roasters or Tupelo Coffee House. She loves running with her boyfriend, thrifting, good music, and authentic conversations.

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

NR: Natana Rose likes to explore. She prefers paint, pens and paper, and is fascinated with three-dimensional layering. Currently Natana is creating a body of work using cardboard, thread, wood and sometimes cloth. She begins by crafting a wooden box, which she then lines with cardboard that has been painted white. Into that space she combines architectural cardboard shapes that contain paint and thread. The finished product is an abstract window full of activity and dimension for the viewer to enjoy.

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

NR: The world is experiencing major shifts and stresses due to decisions made by modern societies, particularly those of the United States. As an artist, Natana believes she has a unique way to present select issues to the public eye and generate discussion. She has big dreams of artistically voicing her concern over actions made by U.S. citizens in relation to food and economy. Natana believes her responsibility to both a local and global community is to accurately present the world in which she lives. Finding truth through new information and experience is a high priority to Natana. Her goal as an artist is to express those truths in a way that is new and engaging.

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

 NR: To all emerging artists Natana gives this advice: No matter how busy and stressful your life becomes, always make time for your art, even if it is thirty minutes a day. Make a studio space for your art, even if it is the corner of your bedroom. Art needs a home in which to be born and live. If you are pursuing a career in the arts develop a skill for networking, always put your best foot forward, and explore all of your options. Artists who are willing to put time and effort into their career have a wealth of opportunity in the world. Thanks to internet, websites and online networking artists can now expand their horizons far past their hometown roots.

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

 NR: Three of Natana’s favorite Sacramento grown artists are Meech Miyagi, Tom Monteith and Mikko Lautamo. Each of these artists expand their fields in startling and captivating ways. As a sculptor, Meech takes simple items–tree branches, wire and paper—and creates enchanting, meaningful figures. Tom, as a painter, takes the viewer’s eye on a fantastic journey of abstract push and pull. Mikko, using digital media, explores rich philosophical material in a brilliant array of color and movement. Each of these artists visually discuss their experience of the world.

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

 NR: The greatest art resource Natana has enjoyed happens to be online search engines or websites devoted to sharing artists adventures. Thanks to PBS, Art Century 21 is a fantastic series devoted to giving a glimpse into the lives of current day artists. This series has often inspired and encouraged Natana to continue her own journey. Natana knows no other better resource for art history than Sacramento State’s art history professor Elaine O’Brian.

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

 NR: There are amazing artists in Sacramento. If you love art, buy it, that is the best way to show an artist he or she has your support. Art is like wine or beer, you have to spend time with it to develop a taste for its variety and language. Be bold and talk to the artist, you might discover a friend. If an artist’s work confuses you, ask questions. You might fall in love with it after discovering why the artist made it look a certain way. Lastly, thank you for taking time to read this blog and learn a little more about the artists featured here.

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Where can your work be viewed, or found online?

www.natanarose.com

www.facebook.com/natanarose

Contact info:

natanarose@gmail.com

Cell: 530.575.0829

Showing at Red Dot Gallery in December 2013.

http://www.reddotgalleryonj.com

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: Avery King

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?

AK: I work mostly in acrylic on canvas. I usually stretch my own canvas, and I develop most of my ideas in sketches before I apply them to the canvas. Once I have a good idea of where I want to go with it, I lay down the basics with charcoal then work with paint to finish it up.

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

AK: Locally I believe I should strive to find an original voice rather than chase the styles and trends of larger cities. I feel like Sacramento is sometimes challenged by our status as a smaller city, living in the shadow of the Bay Area, for instance. Yet the things that set us apart should be a part of what comes through in our art. There is a sense of community, for one, that I encounter which exists among widely disparate artists — people who don’t know each other personally and pursue different aims — who recognize and respect one another’s drive.

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

Ak: Don’t expect to get rich, and don’t accept working for free. You can make a good living, but it’s not easy. If art is what you want to do with your life, pursue it as your first priority, but don’t be ashamed of having a day job. We all got bills to pay.

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

AK: A lot of my favorites have bugged out recently, but many remain: Jared Konopitski, because he’s so true to his spirit and that spirit is so kind it glows, plus his art is totally unique and always makes me smile. Melissa Pagluica because she has a style that is subtle and engaging plus she pushes ahead with projects in a way that’s admirable. Ryan Cicak because he’s kept Pompsicle alive and bridges the art and dramatic communities in a way which benefits everyone involved. The art complex, 21 Ten, houses so many talented people that I feel humbled to share a space with them. It really is a concentration of awesomeness. And there are many others; Pompsicle, for instance, draws a great pool of talented people and creates a little community to itself. That’s just one I’m familiar with but I see that there are lots of these little communities around town and a huge amount of talent here.

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

AK: The Crocker, obviously, has amazing stuff, and the local galleries are always full of surprises. Being a lifelong dork, I’m also a fan of comics and the art that goes along with them, so I can’t pass up a good comic shop and I love to hit up the artist alley at the local Sac-Con when I can make it. A lot of cafes around town have high quality art on display as well, and I’m particularly impressed with what Temple Coffee has achieved (I may be biased since I showed there once). I think any place with wall space should consider recruiting some local artists to adorn their walls.

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

AK: It really is very wide open here, and that is a great thing. There is no need for an artist or an art admirer to feel intimidated about checking out the art scene. One of the best comments I hear from people visiting the studio is that they never thought they would enjoy art until someone dragged them along. Sacramento is big enough to be rewarding yet still small enough to be inclusive.

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

AK: I’m in studio 11 at 2110 K Street, online at averykingart.com and on facebook at facebook.com/AveryKingArt. I also have work at Antiquite Maison Privee, which is a gem of a venue: very intimate and host to many great music events. If you haven’t discovered it, make your way to a show there; you won’t be disappointed

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: Patrick Drayus

by Bree Garcia

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PD:  I’ve been painting for nearly twenty years now, primarily because it is one of the few things that cheer me up, as I tend to be either depressed or riddled with some sort of anxiety the rest of the time. While I work in a variety of styles/mediums, I think my two main categories would be: Political/Angry/Sarcastic and NOT Political/Angry/Sarcastic.

I prefer the latter, as well as the state of mind accompanying it. I feel that feeding the good thoughts is a much more beneficial sort of thing for myself and humanity in general than feeding the bad thoughts….

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SAHC: Can you give us a brief description of your creative process?

PD:  I believe a great portion of my creative process is dietary. Generally I wake up, make coffee, have a few cups, a few cigarettes. I do a little writing to clear my head, maybe jot down the previous night’s dreams; turn on some music, check the Facebook account. Rarely do I have any idea in my head when I start painting, except for the political stuff. Generally I like to empty it of any thought whatsoever other than, perhaps, the acknowledgement to myself that I’ve just heard a great new song on the radio, or find myself feeling a sudden appreciation for an old one, however fleeting or temporary such a thing might be. It is likely that I spent the previous night going to sleep to either a radio news station, the late night show “Coast to Coast,” or whatever happens to be on the RT channel, after attempting to read a book for awhile. Maybe something by Philip K. Dick, or Hermann Hesse; the last book I opened was “Alice in Wonderland.”

In any case, it is now time to forget whatever I’ve absorbed since last painting. It inevitably leaks out though. Or in, rather; aspects of this dream, that news item…. Still, once I start working it’s more a journey than anything. Where I am going is not so important as the fact I am moving, intuitively, in the right direction. Generally at some point I reach a fork in the road, or a “Hmm point.” Usually the Hmm Point is a good time to start drinking. I enjoy ales, pilsner, the occasional rum and coke. Often this is accompanied by some sort of lunch, usually leftovers from the previous night’s dinner; preferably something with organic ingredients and quality meats.  I work on a piece until the Hmm Point doesn’t go away, or until I’m finished, whichever comes first. I do not allow myself to sit and stare at a given piece for more than two days. Generally when this happens I take it down, put it to the side and start a new one. Perhaps I will come back to it later, perhaps not. Sometimes I finish five pieces in a day, sometimes one every two weeks….

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

PD:  I think the only responsibility of an artist anywhere is to continue to evolve creatively, spiritually and intellectually, and to do one’s best to heed the Golden Rule….

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

PD:  Take care of your health. Eat right, exercise….

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

PD:  I like Cherylin Naughton’s work a lot. She channels a very healing sort of energy both psychically and politically into amazing work that seems to be a kind of language all it’s own.

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

PD:  Pretty much museums and the public library; that and artist Jim Mansfield.

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

 PD: I think the arts are more important now than ever. People need to feed what moves them, what they enjoy, in a tangible manner which seems to require an increasing amount of effort, what with all the craziness going on in the world and what have you…

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

www.drayus.com

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: Lala Ortiz

by Bree Garcia

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LO:  I was born and raised in San Francisco, California. I feel fortunate to have grown up in an environment surrounded by so many interesting people and places. The early exposure to so many limitless possibilities is part of what has given me the open outlook on life and all that it has to offer. Pure magic!

As a child I loved nothing more than to run off into a quiet corner by myself and make things. I used to hide in the closet after bed time to read and secretly work on my projects, usually toys, dolls, and puppets. Anything with moving parts were and still are, fascinating favorites!

Art has the ability to transport me completely away from reality. Away from my regular, everyday life of alarm clocks, deadlines, and dirty dishes! Once I go off into my studio, “my quiet little corner,” all of the world just melts away. It is just peaceful and everything is right in my own little world! I still prefer to work in the middle of the night. The dark side of midnight is when my creative juices begin to flow, self doubt and anxiety fade away. Without this escape I would just go nuts! Anyway, this creative outlet is what makes my day feel productive and that my life is worth living. It is the difference for me between earning a living and making a life. I know this sounds extreme but, this is my reality. Without it I would quickly perish.

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

My preferred medium is polymer. I love it for the diversity and the possibilities that it offers. There is no other medium that I know of that can mimic so many other materials. I use polymer to sculpt my figures and masks, make beads, vessels, and illustrations.

My process and style can change depending on the project at hand but, most projects include at least some polymer and the process begins with conditioning my clay and mixing colors. I am very drawn to color and texture so my beads, jewelry, vessels and other non-figurative work tends to be very driven by the seasons and the colors and textures in my surroundings. Flowers, leaves, flora and fauna are naturally a reoccurring theme since I spend so much time in my gardens and at the local lakes, rivers and marshlands.

With my figurative work my process is completely intuitive. I condition the clay, build a wire armature, and begin to sculpt with no preconceived notion of “who” or “what” the sculpture will grow up to be. My characters have three main styles Dia de los Muertos/Day of the Dead, indigenous/tribal (mostly of make believe tribes that I imagine to be The Human Tribe that we are all a part of. Many of the elements in this series are inspired by National Geographic and being surrounded by people of diverse cultures my whole life.)

Also, I do have a strong pull into the realm of fantasy and faerie. The Mystical Beings speak to me as I work (no I don’t hear voices! I’m not that crazy yet!). They tell me who they are and what they are. They tell me what they need to be able to cross over into our realm. As I work they give me their stories, sometimes with great urgency and other times with trepidation. It all depends on how they feel about coming into our world.

Here is a really long blog post of my work in progress I took step out photos and added a narrative of one of my garden gnomes and how he came to be, start to finish.

http://redwoodcoastcreativearts.typepad.com/redwood_coast_creative_ar/2013/01/the-making-of-a-royal-garden-gnome.html

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

LO: Mainly, to keep creating and continue putting it out there. Also, as an artist with a focus on the fantasy realm, which is highly misunderstood, and also polymer, a medium that is equally misunderstood, it is my responsibility and my duty to educate the viewers and the community on both of these subjects. Both my preferred medium, polymer, and my chosen subjects, fantasy figures, are regularly disregarded as art. Both are actually somewhat controversial in the art community. “The mediums that I use are too basic, dolls are not art they are toys, and polymer is not a durable art medium it’s a children’s product, like Playdoh.” These are some of the comments that I have heard.

Art is not art because of what it is made of or the subject matter but because of the heart spirit and passion behind it.” I am more thrilled at seeing honest art, created from simple, basic materials that are transformed than by fancy mediums and glossy finishes that are highly promoted and sold as high priced, fine art. Furthermore, what could be more basic than a wood frame covered in cotton fabric and paint? Simple materials can make great art! What makes a doll a toy? What makes a sculpture a doll? At what point can a doll be considered art? And who gets to be the judge of that? Also, there are many brands and grades of polymer. Some are marketed as children’s craft products. Just the same as paints come in several grades from children’s craft products to artist grade, polymer also comes in made different formulas, brands and grades. I only use the highest quality artist grade formulas in my work.

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

LO: Get into the studio or wherever it is that you create and make art! Make good art, make bad art, make happy art, sad art, angry art, art with a message, art with a voice and a dream. Do not allow the creativity sucking leaches to drain you of your precious inspiration! Do not listen to “the voices of reason” that tell you to take some other path. The right path for them may not be right for you. Create the work that only you can create. Continue to hone your skills and sharpen your techniques. Feed your passion! Hang tough!

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

LO: This is a tough one. I am really isolated and don’t know that many other artists. If I have to choose favorites and they have to be local, I can give two names.

Kanika Marshall, a potter and a sculptor who works in glorious, bold colors, and creates vessels and sculptures that are inspired by her African ancestry and her own creative spiritual force. Her work is both whimsical and other worldly. Her process like mine is intuitive. She takes a hunk of clay and allows the work to evolve as her hands manipulate.

http://www.kanikamarshall.com/

Another favorite is Shane Grammar, themed environments, stage sets, murals, and illustrations. The enormous scale of his work thrills me! The variety of techniques and materials that he works in are fascinating! He is also a very personable guy and that makes his work so much more impressive. The themed environments are like real size fantasies to me. What I like best about Disneyland and other amusement parks are the themed rides. I love the fantasy environments! I love being transported immediately into another realm. It’s exciting to me! I let the magic take me away!

http://sgstudios.org/ http://www.flickr.com/photos/sgstudiosinc/8699639614/

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

LO: I scour the internet for information costume design, cultural lifestyles, and folklore are some of my most common searches. I also enjoy traveling and experiencing different foods and cultures first hand. Restaurants can even offer rich cultural experiences and resources. I believe that having a variety of life experiences and cultural experiences adds a great deal of depth to my work.

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

LO:  I am still trying to work my way in and find my way around the Sacramento Art Scene.

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

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

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