Optical Journeys: Joyce Nojima and Kayla Cloonan at En Em Art Space
art / artist / sacramento

Optical Journeys: Joyce Nojima and Kayla Cloonan at En Em Art Space

From October 3 – October 31, 2015, a two-part exhibition of paintings, drawings, and a sculptural installation, Joyce Nojima: The Space in Between and Kayla Cloonan: Deceptive Clarity, is on view at En Em Art Space. Despite distinct differences in media, color, and composition, both artists create intuitive, non-representational imagery that exposes subconscious aspects of … Continue reading

Being an Art Weirdo with Jared Konopitski
art / artist

Being an Art Weirdo with Jared Konopitski

We caught up with Jared Konopitski, a local Sacramento artist, to ask about the inspiration for his art and career. Konopitski’s recent artwork has been inspired by multiple things, including: vibrant colors, strange tales, and things that live under rocks. He tends to work with a wide variety of medias like watercolor and ink, but his favorites are Play Doh … Continue reading

A Man Under Construction: The Work and Community Outreach of Jim Shepherd
art / artist / culture / Local Love / sacramento / Words.

A Man Under Construction: The Work and Community Outreach of Jim Shepherd

There comes a time for all artists, no matter the medium, when they find themselves struggling with what they are trying to convey or express. Sacramento artist Jim Shepherd was no exception. The struggle is not a failure for Shepherd, but a challenge to overcome in order to keep doing what he loves: painting. His … Continue reading

The Common Threads of Alejandro Naranjo, Mark Fox, and Joseph Mele
art / artist / sacramento / Things to do / Things to do Around Town.

The Common Threads of Alejandro Naranjo, Mark Fox, and Joseph Mele

The Common Threads series, run by the Red Dot Gallery, showcases three artists whose work shares threads of similar themes. The series starts its third installment next month with a trio of artists with “the unique ability to project a critical view of humanity’s social fabric”, according to the Gallery. The artists featured in this installment are Colombia-based … Continue reading

An Artistic Collaboration with the Dead: Breathing New Life into Vintage Portraits
art / artist / sacramento

An Artistic Collaboration with the Dead: Breathing New Life into Vintage Portraits

For the months of February and March, the quaint cottage-like coffee shop, Insight, features Logan Fessler’s “No Past, No Future” solo exhibit. Antique portraits collaged with vibrant paint and mounted on found wood compliment the white cobblestone walls of this downtown coffee shop. While the 24 pieces on display range in complex composition and size, … Continue reading

Santa Who? Crocker Museum Celebrates Off-beat Holiday
culture / Out and About / sacramento / Things to do Around Town. / Words.

Santa Who? Crocker Museum Celebrates Off-beat Holiday

Some folks celebrate Christmas. Others have Hanukkah, or Kwanzaa. But for the rest of us, there is Festivus. For those unfortunate souls who were not raised on Seinfeld, Festivus is a holiday invented by George Costanza’s father, Frank, that focuses on more secular elements of the holiday season. It is held in opposition to the … Continue reading

“My Own Art Therapy Project”: Laura Hohlwein and the Illustrious Quadruple Threat
art / artist / sacramento

“My Own Art Therapy Project”: Laura Hohlwein and the Illustrious Quadruple Threat

The Arctic Circle has always been a place of dreams for Westerners: Ancient Greeks searched out a source of tin, Dark Age Vikings explored with faith for colonization, and more modern Europeans have believed for centuries they might find life-affirming resources (The Fountain of Youth!) and creatures (unicorns!) among the frozen wastelands.  In the world … Continue reading