Current art now at Capsity

Located in Land Park, at 2572 21st St., Capsity’s fourth installation features the work of Sacramento artists who provide re-imagined anthropological discoveries using repurposed consumer waste, recycled materials, and locally found objects.

Upcycling in the most creative way, these artists challenge us to reconsider traditional approaches to artistic creation from the procurement of raw materials to the selection of surface mediums and framing materials.

Featured artists include: Nathan Cordero, Kristen Hoard, Ning Hou, Rachel Cate, Andy Littlefield, Elaine Luong, James Mullen, and Jill Allyn Stafford. Proceeds from the sales of Jill’s “What the Sea Didn’t Take” are going to ongoing relief efforts in Tohoku, Japan, the location of the 2011 earthquake and tsunami.

In Jill’s words: Using the most out of what I can find in my environment has been important to me. Newspapers, old magazines, old books, envelopes, stamps, gift wrap, used tissue pa per from presents, even bits of pa per I find on the street – everything that I can use gets thrown into my work.

My collage pieces featured in the 916 re:Mixed show include newspaper, Japanese newsprint, paper from old art magazines, tissue paper, acrylics and ink.

“What the Sea Didn’t Take” was created in response to the horrific tsunami in 2011. I used newspaper as the base, and in pieces of gifted origami paper, as well as pieces out of old art magazines. The flowers were hand drawn with a Sharpie, directly on top of Japanese newsprint that had been covered with red tissue paper. The rising sun was created the same way.

The Capsity gallery hours are from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., Monday through Friday. The exhibition is up now through June. Capsity is located at 2572 21st St. For more information, call 426-6008.

Rachel Cate, Rock Me, Mixed media on recycled materials, 9 ½ inches by 13 inches.

Rachel Cate, Rock Me, Mixed media on recycled materials, 9 ½ inches by 13 inches.

Nathan Cordero, untitled, Wood, mixed media, 18 inches by 25 inches

Nathan Cordero, untitled, Wood, mixed media, 18 inches by 25 inches

Kristen Hoard, Manifestion, Mixed media on recycled materials, 20 inches by 20 inches

Kristen Hoard, Manifestion, Mixed media on recycled materials, 20 inches by 20 inches

Ning Hou, detail from Sturgeons, recycle aluminum wire

Ning Hou, detail from Sturgeons, recycle aluminum wire

Andy Littlefield, Downtown Railyard, Multimedia monoprint on recycled wood, 36 inches by 28 inches

Andy Littlefield, Downtown Railyard, Multimedia monoprint on recycled wood, 36 inches by 28 inches

Elaine Luong, Silver Wealth, Newspaper, Japanese newsprint, paper from art magazines, tissue paper, acrylics, and ink, 6 inches by 8 inches

Elaine Luong, Silver Wealth, Newspaper, Japanese newsprint, paper from art magazines, tissue paper, acrylics, and ink, 6 inches by 8 inches

James Mullen, Abstract Assemblage No. 94, Mixed Media, 8 inches by 8 inches

James Mullen, Abstract Assemblage No. 94, Mixed Media, 8 inches by 8 inches

Artist Markos Egure Presents: The WKI Sacramento Mural Gallery Tour

Markos Egure is a local Sacramento artist. You’ve probably seen his colorful murals while taking your kids to St. Roberts School, swimming laps at the YMCA, or enjoying a kids party in King Arthur’s Castle at Fairytale Town.

The murals are Sacramento visual landmarks.

Markos and Wes Kos Images have created over 175 murals and creative paintings throughout the Sacramento area. It’s basically one-man show but sometimes he gets a little collaborative help from his friends. His art is scattered all over town. He’s worked with the Sacramento Kings on several mural projects. He’s also had a couple of showbiz moments on DIY’s Yard Crashers creating murals for home owner’s backyard makeovers. But his heart is in his murals with messages.

Markos is taking his mural show on the road with a limo-guided Sacramento Mural Gallery Tour. He’ll discuss the murals and the messages behind them. Markos agreed to take me on an abbreviated version of his WKI Sacramento Mural Tour.

The tour got kicked off at The YMCA. Markos painted a 1,000-square-foot mural last year called the Underwater Y Project.

The Underwater Y Project is a beautiful creation of the sea and the creatures that live there. The meaning of the mural is based on the treasure chest. Markos told me, “Remember Pulp Fiction when we never knew what was in the chest but it was so valuable that they had to obtain it? In this mural, the same concept remains.”

The Underwater Y is a hidden jewel. You can only view it if you’re inside the swimming pool area.

“I like the project, like painter Bob Ross, it kind of happened. I didn’t come in thinking I’m gonna try and push this message or that message,” Markos said. He came in with a general idea and improvised the rest of the project.

“My murals have to be impactive,” Markos said as he drove his pickup truck to the next mural destination. He could do any picture, but he prefers what he calls, hi-impact messaging “to counteract all the hi impact messaging the youth get by watching television and seeing commercials,” Markos told me.

When he does a mural at a school he wants to tell a story.

“Try to find your passion in your schoolwork so you’ll find passion in your livelihood.” That’s when we arrived at St. Robert’s School in Hollywood Park.

The series of murals are a family alumni project. St. Robert’s is where his son got his educational and spiritual foundation.

There are four murals with lots of religious imagery.

He calls the project, “St. Robert Life.” The centerpiece is based on a poem by Hodding Carter: “There are two things we should give our children: one is roots and the other is wings.”

While Markos described the four murals there were the sounds of the children playing on the playground, Taking Root.

Then we were off to West Lemon Hill, a tough neighborhood in South Sacramento, to view Markos’s mural project at Pacific Elementary School.

The mural is based on character education. It’s titled the “Pacific Pumas” and it’s a multicultural mural. It represents the students on campus – why we are teaching our kids to be trustworthy, caring, honest, responsible. “All of the things we should be teaching our children at home that they’re not getting,” Markos said.

He added with a grin, “What I like about the characters in the mural – they all rock the old school Adidas Pumas.”

Then we were off to Will C Wood Intermediate School. One of Aguirre’s favorite murals is called “Choices.” Because of its size and its message, it’s another mural with hi-impact messaging.

“You have choices to make. You can become an athlete, learn dentistry, law, science, be a world traveler, or become an artist like me. But guess what? You gotta make choices. Because if you don’t choose, life is gonna choose for you, and we might not like what life chooses for us.” Markos warned.

The message of the Choices mural was very powerful. It’s basically asking, What do you want from life? It’s up to you to choose. And if you don’t choose, you may be doing custodial work your whole life.

Then we were off to Carmichael to see the “Rio Music Project” for the tail-end of the abbreviated mural tour. We visited Rio Americano High School where Markos created the “Passion, Creativity, Swing” mural on the front of the music building. According to the band program instructor Josh Murray, Markos “transformed what was once a drab, brown cinder block exterior into a magnificent showpiece, providing our school and music program with a major source of pride.”

As we drove into the Rio parking lot, you could see the mural from afar. Markos said, “This mural shows that when you get on campus this program matters and it’s a tribute to their musical education.”

Passion Creativity and Swing. Beethoven, The Beatles, Louis Armstrong, Billie Holiday, and Duke Ellington represent that in the mural.

Up next was the Carmichael Castle Project at Laser Tag of Carmichael. There’s the Festive Castle, which is in the birthday party rooms. The lobby castle where the arcade is located, and the Arena castle where the kids play their games.

Dragons and knights are the central theme of this medieval mural project. It’s an ongoing project that has Markos Egure written all over it.

The mini-tour wrapped up with the Encina Project which is based on a couple quotes, such as: “Education turns mirrors into windows.”

The mural will begin with students looking into mirrors showing a reflection through symbols of what they see. Traveling through a window turning into the campus life of Encina Preparatory High School.
The Encina mural is currently in production. The second quote is “grit is preceded by believing in a dream.” And that’s something Markos wholeheartedly believes in. He ended the tour by telling me, “No matter what. I’ve been persevering. I haven’t become rich. But I’ve been moving forward. And it’s taken a lot of grit to get there. It’s taken a lot of grit to do these huge murals.”

If you’re interested in the Sacramento Mural Gallery Tour or checking out Markos Egure’s creative work he’s at He can also be reached at 916-955-6986 or by email at His next Mural Gallery Tour will be on Saturday, April 12.

C.K. McClatchy High School presents: ‘Little Shop of Horrors’

Tylen Einweck and Evelyn White star in C. K. McClatchy's production of “Little Shop of Horrors”, which begins on Monday, March 31 at 4 p.m.

Tylen Einweck and Evelyn White star in C. K. McClatchy's production of “Little Shop of Horrors”, which begins on Monday, March 31 at 4 p.m.

Directed and produced by Patrick Stratton, C.K. McClatchy High School presents, “Little Shop of Horrors”, which debuts on Monday, March 31 at 4 p.m. and ends on with a 7 p.m. show on Friday, April 11.

With 24 actors and an additional 23 technical staff and musicians, the show is double cast, which main character Seymour being played by Tom Block and Tylen Einweck. Audrey is played by Isa Flores-Jones and Evelyn White.

“Little Shop of Horrors” is a musical comedy by composer Alan Menken and writer Howard Ashman about a nerdy florist shop worker who raises a vicious, raunchy plant that feeds on human blood. Produced through special arrangement with Music Theatre International in New York, CKM’s production gets its technical direction and set design by Tyler Allin, its orchestral and vocal direction by Chris Congdon and its choreography by Chauenté Singleton.

The lead actors provided the Land Park News with biographies and insights into their personal enjoyments working on this production of “Little Shop of Horrors.”

Tom Block has previously appeared in CKM productions of “As You Like It”, and “Macbeth”, both directed by Will Block. He has been in numerous productions at the Sacramento Theatre Company, both as part of their Young Professionals Conservatory and on the main stage.

“One great thing about working on ‘Little Shop’ is the fact that the character of Seymour is such a sweet guy, the not-so-smart underplayed hero type who has to find himself throughout the course of the story. Another appealing thing about this show is that it is a Faustian story. Audrey II is the Mephistopheles to Seymour’s Faust. Seymour is slowly corrupted by the promise of love and power. It is a fascinating study in the fatal flaw of man. That said, the best part of this experience has been working with such an excellent cast and crew.”

Isa Flores-Jones’s past CKM productions include: “Guys and Dolls”, in which she played Arvida Abernathy; and “The Music Man” in which she played Mrs. Paroo and Marian. Also this year, Flores-Jones appeared as Beth in STC’s “Little Women”. Previously, she was in Music Circus’s productions of “Les Miserables” as Young Cosette, and was part of the Children’s Chorus in “Evita”.

Flores-Jones said that for her, the best part of the rehearsal process for “Little Shop of Horrors” has been working the music. “(It’s) wicked, funny and wonderful. Everyone comes together when they sing, and I love feeling, the energy, the excitement which ‘Little Shop’ creates.”

“Little Shop” is Tylen Einweck’s third production with CKM. He has been featured in other productions around Sacramento, such as “After Juliet” and “Julius Caesar”.

“’Little Shop of Horrors’ has been an amazing experience for me. As a freshman, I did not expect to get a lead role, and when I was told I was cast as Seymour, I was ecstatic. I get to work with a group of wonderful people and everyday I learn a way to improve my acting,” Einweck said.

Evelyn White performed in “The Music Man” last year and is excited to be cast in her second musical at CKM. She has always had a passion for the arts and hopes to pursue theater and poetry in the future.
“I have really enjoyed working with the script and cast of this production because this show brings out characters and personalities that one does not often find in musical theater. The energy that this musical brings out of its actors, and the freedom to explore that the script provides, makes for a dynamic experience,” White said.

Director Patrick Stratton described her satisfaction with the end result of the production, as follows: “Every cast personalizes the show and takes it to make it their own. There’s nothing I have to change.”

If you go:
What: CKM’s production of “Little Shop of Horrors”
Where: C.K. McClatchy High School, 3066 Freeport Blvd.
When: April 2, 4, 5, 9, 10, 11, at 7 p.m.; March 31 and April 7 at 4 p.m.
Cost: $10 general admission; $5 for students and seniors age 65 and older; $2 on Mondays and Wednesdays

Faces and Places: Northern California Art By Fire held a “Seconds Sale”

Local resident’s early love of art led to long career

Editor’s Note: This is part one in a series about local people connected to the early days of television.

While meeting with this publication last week to share details about an art show that he would be taking part in with two other artists, Carmichael area resident Bob Miller explained that his involvement in art extends beyond the strokes of brushes on canvas.
Bob, 83, noted that his background in art even included working for television stations during the 1950s.
In speaking about his longtime interest in art, Bob said, “My first memory was drawing cartoons from coloring books, doing pictures of Disney characters and so on. I was always one of the best (at drawing) in class.”
Long before becoming a television pioneer, Bob was raised in the town of Hughson, about 10 miles east of Modesto by his parents, Pierce and Mae Miller, who he mentioned were much older than himself.
“My father was born in 1886 and my mother was born in 1896,” Bob said. “My mother, I think, was in her late 30s when I was born and my father was in his 40s. They were both Pennsylvania Dutch, German, and as a matter of fact, the first language for both my mother and father was German.”
Bob, who was the fourth of five children in his family, said that his father grew up as an orphan, came West when he was in his 20s and for a short time homesteaded in Arizona.

Carmichael area resident Bob Miller has enjoyed a long career as an artist. Photo by Lance Armstrong

Carmichael area resident Bob Miller has enjoyed a long career as an artist. Photo by Lance Armstrong

In about 1912, Pierce moved to the Vermont-Slauson district of Los Angeles and opened a dairy and delivered milk.
Bob described the events that led to his parents’ marriage and the early part of their life together, as he said, “My father had apparently worked as a farmhand for my mother’s father and he had remembered my mother and went back to Pennsylvania and asked permission to marry her from her father. My mother just barely knew him, and they were married and he brought her to California. Instead of going back to Los Angeles, they settled in (Hughson).”
Despite dropping out of school when he was about 10 years old, Pierce proved to be very successful working in a variety of jobs during his life. His jobs in Hughson included working in a livery stable and operating a notable peach farm of about 40 acres.
The Millers eventually moved to the town of Empire – about five miles east of Modesto – where Bob attended Empire Grammar School (the predecessor to today’s Empire Elementary School) through the eighth grade.
In 1944, Bob began attending Modesto High School, where he was active in the art club, was student body president in 1947 and graduated a year later.
During that time, Bob, who was influenced by two art teachers, Ida Gross and Jean Ariey, was the sports cartoonist for the school newspaper.
In commenting about that experience, Bob said, “(Working as a sports cartoonist as a career) was sort of what I wanted to do. Well, that sort of thing sort of fell by the wayside.”
In 1948, Bob began attending San Jose State College (today’s San Jose State University), where he majored in commercial art, minored in history and was editor of the school’s magazine, Lyke.
During his sophomore year at San Jose State, Bob married his high school sweetheart, Anita Richardson.
While still attending that institution, Bob obtained part-time work as a sign painter.
And with his college days finally behind him, Bob was hired to work full time as a silkscreener for a Sunnyvale, Calif. firm called R and A Signs.
His employment with that company lasted about three months, at which time Bob moved to Sacramento with his family, which then included his wife and two children.
With that move, Anita was able to live closer to her parents, Raymond and Ardis Richardson, who then resided in Carmichael, near the intersection of Fair Oaks Boulevard and Marconi Avenue.
Bob’s first employment in the capital city was at The Dosch Co. at 200 V St., where he worked on silkscreen jobs and other projects.
In describing his uninviting working environment at that company, Bob said, “My silkscreen shop was an old chicken coop and it had tar paper on the roof. During the summer, it was like 120 (degrees) and during the winter, it was like 50 (degrees). There was no air conditioning, no heating, no anything like that. So, I cut stencils and old man (F. Elwood) Dosch would give me like five X-Acto blades a week and a wet stone to sharpen (the blades). It was just ridiculous.”
Although Bob is many years removed from that job, he spoke about various irritations of that workplace as if they occurred the previous day.
Among those irritations were his daily interactions with the business’s guard dogs, which were tied to a post about 10 feet from where he worked.
“One of my major jobs was there were dogs, Dobermans, that (Dosch) used at night and turned loose in the yard as guard dogs,” Bob said. “The dogs were chained to a post and it was my job to clean up their (droppings) and to feed them. Well, they hated me. All day, they would sit there and growl at me while I was cutting my stencils.”
Bob was undoubtedly thrilled to finally change jobs about a year later.
In recalling the moment that led to his new employment, Bob said, “I was home one night (in 1954) and we flipped on the television and Channel 36 in Stockton had just gone on the air. It was KTVU, and I looked at their artwork. Their artwork was absolutely miserable, so I threw my portfolio in my Studebaker and I drove down to Stockton. I was interviewed by a guy named Dave Hume, and Dick Block. Dave ultimately became the news director at Channel 3 (in Sacramento). In any event, I was interviewed by them. They really liked my portfolio, but it also meant that I was to be a floor man on television shows. Everything was live in those days. Dave said, ‘You know, I really like his (art) work, but I think he’s too short to reach the mic booms.’ And here I am, I’m going to be a floor man, I had to reach the mic booms. So, we went down in the studio, and I got down on my tippy toes and I managed to operate the mic boom and he said, ‘Okay, that’s okay.’ So, they hired me.”

SMUD exhibition features watercolor paintings by 8 local artists

AWASH: an exhibit of watercolor paintings by eight Sacramento area artists is now open at the SMUD Art Gallery, 6301 S St.The exhibition offers different approaches to watercolor painting by emerging and established Sacramento area artists:

Artistic Edge Gallery Features Local Artist Shannon Raney

A Game of Cat and Mouse

A Game of Cat and Mouse

A new year with new beginnings at the Artistic Edge Custom Framing & Gallery. The locally owned and family operated business completes their expansion and continues a new year of supporting local artists and their artwork. Starting in January, Artistic Edge Gallery is introducing featured artist Shannon Raney during at their Second Saturday Art Reception, January 11th, 2014 from 4 to 7 p.m.

About the featured artist

A Quiet Little Mouse

A Quiet Little Mouse

Artist Shannon Raney is a mother, wife, artist and teacher by heart. A Minnesota native, Shannon remembers a home that helped encourage and influence her artwork. Today, as a mother of two Shannon Raney continues the legacy of mentorship with her own children and as a teacher, designs art projects that encourage confidence and artistic success for her students.

Fun and simplicity are important to the artist. Shannon Raney weaves these concepts into each art piece, creating a composition of strong colors and whimsical landscapes of new textures and vibrations.

In the “Game of Cat and Mouse”, this classical story offers a fixed theme of play and solitude guiding the viewer into landscapes of mixed media textures.

Shannon Raney looks towards her future in art with a smile. She is calm and she is peaceful, creating in her backyard studio sanctuary with heartfelt plans to expand and grow both personally and in her ability to influence the artistic generations to come.

Join Artistic Edge Gallery for their Second Saturday Art Reception for the unique opportunity to meet Shannon Raney and the added benefit of our featured photographer Don Tackett.


To learn more about the Artistic Edge Gallery, Second Saturday Art Reception, call Kathy Caitano at 482-2787 or email Artistic Edge is located at 1880 Fulton Ave., Sacramento.

With Conviction: Art and Letters from Beyond Prison Walls

Prison art, letters of the prison industrial complex and zines of political content will fill the space of Exhibit S Gallery with content from 25 years of correspondence between Anthony Rayson from the South Chicago ABC Zine Distro and incarcerated people.

Zines have been published with minimum editing, since most of the pieces are written and compiled by the prisoners themselves, according to a YouTube video by Tahoe Park videographer Martin Conlisk who first met Rayson when the activist was on a cable access show back in 1996. More recently Conlisk was in Chicago and got Rayson on camera again. “I was just a lark walking around the door,” Conlisk said. “The artwork inside Rayson’s home was just the stuff he had laying around.” But there was a lot of it. Stacks of artwork and zines in progress fill the house.

It’s been said that books aren’t necessarily wanted in prison; they can be bulky and easily stolen, so zines are preferred because they can be hidden inside prisoners’ pockets.

Along with the writings, Rayson and his partner, Mike Plosky, get incredible prisoner artwork that they help distribute. “Some are either one or the other and we encourage collaboration,” Rayson said. They ask the inmates who might be interested in helping with the collaboration, “Well, do you write? Are you an artist?”

Rayson has several samples of brilliant pieces by Kevin Rashid Johnson, an African-American socio-political photographer who produces conceptual post-black art. According to, a website created in his honor, Johnson was a drug dealer who was arrested in 1990 and received a lengthy prison sentence. He has been incarcerated ever since – for the past 18 years in conditions of solitary confinement.

“A lot of them are into the (Black) Panthers as you might assume,” Rayson said. “A lot of tattooers might work for us.”

Using random supplies like napkins, envelopes, to create art, the pieces have included tributes to the great leaders of Africa, Latina art. There are punk oriented pieces and there are some that are more classic, harkening back to the slave days. Malcolm X is always a favorite. One piece was created by a White Muslim in Indiana who drew images showing the discrimination he faces from being White and Muslim.

“We make prints in color, so prisoners can have this stuff, Rayson explained. “They can line their walls with it and put their favorite political leaders up and the coolest graphics up there along with the literature they spread around, which is very cool – the way they kite things. They unravel towels and the string – they just tie it just like a long clothes line and hang it from different floors even. Across halls – they get these zines and artwork to as many inmates as possible no matter how restrictive they are. So it’s a helluva project and we’re going to just keep doing this stuff. It takes a lot of time money and effort. It’s very labor intensive, but it’s extremely rewarding.”
“We are expanding their horizons of thought,” Plosky said in the interview. “They’re doing the same for us,” Rayson said. He added: “We’re working on a zine From Gangsta to Guerrilla. I am sure, as always, the authorities are loving what we are doing.”

The show will be held at Exhibit S Gallery in Downtown Plaza, located at 5th and L streets. The reception will be held on Second Saturday (Jan. 11), starting at 6 p.m., followed by a lecture at 8 p.m. by Rayson, who will be one highlight, along with the artwork, graphics and zine literature from the inside of the prison industrial complex from across the nation. Featured artists include: Todd ‘Hyung Rae’ Tarcelli, Rasheed Johnson, Brain Scam, Joey Torres, RJ Hall, Jr. The show will be up until Jan. 26.

The art show is a fundraiser for Rayson and his efforts Conlisk said when he first thought of doing an art show, he thought about having the art hung at local coffee shops, but from those he spoke with none wanted to hang the art. Asked whether he expects the show get a good response, Conlisk said: “Honestly it’s hard to say. You’re dealing with a segment of the population where they listen and nod. But we have made connections with the New Black Panther Party, (a black political organization founded in Dallas in 1989). Will they bring people? I don’t know.”
ABC Distro stands for Anarchist Black Cross, which, according to the website was started in Tsarist, Russia to organize aid for political prisoners captured by the police, and to organize self-defense against political raids by the Cossack Army. During the Russian civil war, they changed the name to the Black Cross in order to avoid confusion with the Red Cross who were organizing relief in the country.

Spanglish Arte now inside Sol Collective

Inside the Sol Collective art gallery and center for culture and activism, is Spanglish Arte, a retail space which features “local artists with a global following.” Spanglish relocated from its space in midtown on J Street and has been inside Sol Collective for about three months now, explained Mari Arreola, the creative director. With the slogan local arte for the masses, Arreola said the mass production of prints she has for sale works toward that mission of being able to provide all income levels with quality local art. She said she has enjoyed the new space inside of Sol Collective as it has a good vibe with student interns who are interested in art and culture. Sol Collective is located at 2574 21st St.

Current art at Capsity

Here are a few pieces on display at Capsity from local artists. Founded in 2008, Capsity is an owner-occupied professional workplace located on at 2572 21st St., just south of Sacramento’s Broadway corridor. It includes a community art gallery. General hours are Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Capsity is located at 2572 21st St.

Photos by Monica Stark