The following Arden-Carmichael area studios will be open on the weekend of Sept. 20-21 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. The Arden-Carmichael News thanks the following artists for submitting information about their works, which we encourage you, dear reader, to go out and see.
Amy Green is using the front portion of her Fair Oaks home (5120 Oak Point Way) to host guests and display her artwork. Amy uses a five-step process to create watercolor and ink paintings that speak to the intersection between nature, science, and spirit. “My paintings are surrealist fantasies, visually challenging yet friendly, odd, accessible and appealing. One painting that exemplifies my love of nature, science and spirit is called Biologista. It depicts an energy exchange between two large scientific figures connected to nature. An octopus has just laid her eggs all over the tree and is resting comfortably with a fishy snack. The watercolor painting is created through a five-step process using graphite, watercolor pencils and ink, and measures 15 inches by 18 inches.
Sheila Mun Jacobs is opening her home studio at, 4365 Morpheus Lane. Her style is varied and so is her medium. “I love to expand and explore in my art making,” she said. Her piece, “Lolipop”, measures 32 inches by 22 inches and is made of papier- mache.
Rhonda Egan will be working out of her Arden Park home studio, 1216 El Toro Way. Rhonda’s passion is to paint plein air (painting outside) landscapes. “There is nothing like capturing the mood of a day, whether it is cloudy, sunny, windy, or threatening rain. I am an oil painter, who paints primarily with a palette knife rather than brushes. I love the easy clean up and the fresh, unmuddied look I get,” Rhonda says. She plans to demo around 2 p.m. both days. She will be demonstrating a landscape using a palette knife and emphasizing the difference of color and value of light shapes versus shadow. One of the paintings that will be at the studio tour is “Patchwork of Vines”, which recently won third place in the Northern California Arts Membership Show. It is a vineyard in autumn with golden vines criss-crossing and encircling dark trees. She has painted this vineyard several times with the vines surrounding the trees.
Michelle Andres will be opening her Carmichael home studio for the tour, 6546 Landis Ave. Carmichael. It’s down a private lane off the main road. “I’m a pretty joyful painter. My work is usually colorful, sometimes whimsical and is intended to make the viewer happy or remind them of a story or life event,” she said of her style. One of her pieces at the show is a large abstract, which was inspired by a Ralph Waldo Emerson poem title “Earth Song.” Parts of the poem are collaged within the piece which is in subtle earth tones with a large red mark. Could it be a scar? Her website is www.michelleandresstudio.com
Rachel Lyman will be showing her photography in the yard of her Carmichael home at 3531 Voelke Court, Carmichael. Rachel has been an avid photographer for over 40 years. In recent years, she started painting in acrylic, using some of her photographic images as her subject matter. “Both avenues of creative expression are fulfilling and bring me much joy to share with others,” she said. One of her pieces, “Inside Spenddrift,” is a photographic image she took as Spenddrift was being filled with cold air during the inflation process. The image captures a portion of the rainbow of colored panels of a hot air balloon, looking inside from the top down to the throat where the basket is connected.
Bethanie Humphreys is a published poet who integrates poetry and other writings into mixed media visual art. Her work for the tour has been chosen to be highlighted by curator Rachel Teagle. See more at facebook.com/BethanieHumphreysmixedmediaarts She is located at 7220 Sunwood Way, Citrus Heights, a residence, and her studio is an add-on to the backyard. She will have an encaustics demo and a participatory art project.
Dolores Rodriguez will be showing her art at the Blue Moon Gallery, 2353 Albatross Way. Dolores is an abstract artist who uses acrylic paint and gel medium on canvas to create original paintings. One of her paintings, “Sunshine Above Field”, is painted with bright, metallic colors on a gallery wrap-around canvas, which measures 14 inches by 11 inches and is one inch deep.
Carla Bratt will be working out of the new Adamson Gallery located at 2600 Fair Oaks Blvd., Suite 105. She will be also hosting other very well known Sacramento artists: Gary Dinnen, Judy “JJ” Jacobs and Lauri Luck. This charming, upscale gallery is filled with delightful and thought provoking art from all over the U.S., in a beautiful setting of light and welcoming energy. Colleen Adamson owner/director, has put together a true art lover’s gallery. Carla creates fine art gourds, through wood burning, carving and hand painting. Her emphasis is on culturally iconic symbolism, nature and storytelling, using color and bold graphic images. Carla prefers to work on very large gourds, which gives her the added challenge of maintaining balance, fluid line work and well placed design layouts.
Carla’s large, Mayan influenced fine art gourd bowl, “Sacrifices – A Tolecate”, will be on display during the tour at the Adamson Gallery. It is a striking and mindful piece (17 inches by 19 inches), bathed in blood reds, with carved cut outs, wood burned Mayan symbols, gold leaf applications and designed to tell the story of the Mayan belief in the power of their gods. The commitment to human sacrifice as a gift to the gods who would in turn insure the continued well being of the Mayan civilization, was the cornerstone of their belief system. At once fascinating and terrifying, the Mayans were a people of great intelligence, power and symbolic story telling. Intriguing at every level.
Judy “JJ” Jacobs will be showing at The Adamson Gallery located at 2600 Fair Oaks Blvd. off Fair Oaks and Munroe. There is additional parking behind the building – and lots of other beautiful art from various fine artists represented by The Adamson Gallery. JJ Jacobs is a multi-media artist specializing in tantalizing abstract paintings, fused glass art and mixed-media work. She loves color and is not afraid to use lots of it in her work! JJ will be showing “A Saving Grace,” a 48-inch by 48-inch painting on a hand-stretched 2.5-inch canvas. Materials include charcoal, graphite, gesso and acrylics.
At Confusion Glass, Dianne Van de Carr’s home and studio, 3904 Dell Road, Carmichael
Dianne Van de Carr will be showing work at her home studio along with Linda Miller located at 3904 Dell Road, Carmichael (off of Fair Oaks Boulevard between Hollister and San Juan avenues. Dianne said she has been working with fused glass since 1985 and is still “surprised and amazed” when she opens the kiln after a firing. She uses a combination of art and science to make beautiful art pieces and it is “so exciting!” Dianne has been making 3-dimensional jellyfish for a number of years and experimenting with different colors. “In my world, jellyfish don’t have to be traditional colors!” Her website is www.confusionglass.com
Linda R. Miller will be located at the home and studio of Dianne Van de Carr of Confusion Glass, 3904 Dell Road, Carmichael. A painter, Linda specializes in animal portraits and especially loves to show the human connection to our pets. Her work is highly detailed with vibrant colors with a bit of whimsy thrown in, occasionally. She will have hand painted necklaces, small boxes, miniature paintings on easels, and sample animal portraits including a painting of a woman’s arms lovingly wrapped around her sweet terrier mix.