The following Land Park area studios will be open on the weekend of Sept. 13-14 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Three highlights in the vicinity include happenings at the Broadway Augmented Headquarters, the Delta Workshop and at Verge Center for the Arts.
On Saturday at 2 p.m. at the Broadway Augmented Headquarters, 2421 17th St., Mario Sotelo, a new media artist and the Lead Modeler for the Broadway Augmented exhibition, will talk about the entire project from early experiments to final execution. He will discuss how he collaborated with the artists to translate their designs into 3D models prepared for the Augmented Reality environment.
There will be a free letterpress demonstration on Sunday, Sept. 14 from 2 to 4 p.m. at Delta Workshop, 2598 21st St. Visitors are invited to watch artists make letter-pressed greeting cards on an antique Golding Pearl floor-model platen press. You can also learn more about this form of printmaking that is currently having a major resurgence. Visitors will get to take a few cards home with them, free of charge.
On both days from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., there will be monoprint demonstrations at Myrtle Press, located inside Verge Center for the Arts (625 S St.) Visitors can tour Sacramento’s only printmaking facility open to the public outside of an academic institution. See examples of different types of prints and see the presses in action. Try your hand at making a monoprint and printing it on the press.
In addition, the Land Park News thanks the following artists for submitting information about their works, which we encourage you, dear reader, to go out and see.
Vann Nguyen will be working out of EN EM Art Space, 1714 Broadway. Vann is the co-owner of the gallery and it is also a working studio for him. The new gallery had its debut show on Aug. 9. The second opening will be on Sept 13 to coincide with Open Studios. In addition to his work, visitors will also be able to view the work of San Francisco based artist, Stephanie Rohlfs. Vann’s current work is interested in exploring the world that Francis Bacon referred to as the “space between sensation and rationality.” The work depicts imaginary constructions and occupations of architecture and landscape. Vann is currently working on a series in which he uses photographs that he’s taken of banal landscape scenes, which are then printed on cotton jacquard fabric. Vann then uses acrylic paint, spray paint, graphite powder and other media on top of the fabric. “The series explores my fascination with humanity’s tumultuous relationship to nature,” he said.
Lisa Culjis will be working out of her detached garage in the backyard of her South Land Park home, located at 1404 Claremont Way. “Collage and assemblage (3-dimensional collage) are the mediums I work in most often. I use old anonymous photographs, found ephemera, paper scraps, small objects (driftwood, bones, buttons, feathers, game pieces), scraps and fragments of discarded things – rusty, dusty, broken, nostalgic little things. I delight in collecting/gathering items from yard sales and flea markets and sometimes right off the sidewalk or curb. The found treasures wait patiently in my cluttered little studio until the moment and inspiration arrives to give them a new life – to cut, arrange, paint, glue or nail them together to create a 2 or 3-dimensional narrative.” One of her pieces, “Double Joy,” is mixed media (collage and paint on 12×16 wood panel.) She uses an old Chinese calligraphy practice paper for the background. She explains, “The image of the woman holding the birds and the image of the woman standing at sea are both from blown up copies of pictures on the back of a deck of playing cards. I added stenciled on paint for the flowers and radiating lines. I love the juxtaposition of the delight expressed by the main figure and the contemplative mood of the figure on the dress.”
At the home garage of Elaine Bowers, 2613 14th St. near Tower Theatre
Elaine Bowers, a watercolor artist, will be showing her work along with Bob Thompson (mixed media, including printmaking, ceramics, photography), metal garden artist Mark Harman and jewelry maker Mary Bartels. The four will be at Elaine’s home garage 2613 14th St. near Tower Theatre.
Elaine paints photorealistic watercolor aerial views of the Sacramento area farmlands and waterways, which are inspired when she flies in a plane. “I love the unique agriculture here especially the rice fields and river area. The environment is so beautiful and its vulnerability is more obvious when seen from above.” Elaine was recently honored to be awarded the Bronze Medal of Honor, one of the top awards in the prestigious American Watercolor Society International Exhibition. She is also designated as a “Signature Status” member of the National Watercolor Society (NWS).
One of Elaine’s pieces, “Delta Sunrise,” is from a flight she took in a 1940s Piper Cub while flying over the Sacramento River in Clarksburg. “We flew very low, and I felt like we could touch the trees. It was very inspiring. I love flying almost as much as I love painting the views. This painting was difficult to create because I paint to the edge of the paper and don’t stretch my paper as in traditional techniques. I like to save the deckle edge. This creates challenges when the paper is wet as the paper can’t be handled easily, so it is difficult to manipulate the large washes. This scene is near the Sugar Mill in Clarksburg.”
Jewelry and metal artist Mary Bartels works in natural stones, sterling silver, copper, brass and gold. She develops inspiration for her designs from the natural stones with which she works, such as her piece, the “Larimar Ring” which is made with a Larimar cabochon from the Dominican Republic. She will be showing her work at the home of Bob Thompson and Elaine Bowers at 2623 14th St.
At Panama Pottery – 4421 24th St.
Twenty-seven studios occupy the historic Panama Pottery factory at 4421 24th St. This factory, which used to produce ceramics such as vessels, urns, lamp bases etc. is now 101 years old, and still has the original huge bee-hive brick kilns that were used during operation. There is also a retail yard that hosts events and sells one-of-a-kind items.
Panama artist Leslie Thompson likes to make art in clay, transforming it into big, richly colored and textured pots – pots informed by 10 years living in the Middle East. “I also create plates, which tend to follow inner promptings and urges and give me a space to express narrative ideas about the world,” she said. Her piece, “Storage Jar,” is a large, 13-inch by 9-inch hand-built pot, which was fired multiple times in Panama’s electric kiln. The plate (18-inch diameter) uses slip trailing to describe a crazy performance piece using chairs and a narrator in red boots.
Marsha Schindler is a sculptor, but for many years she did large murals and paintings. Marsha also teaches art and design at the Art Institute of California, as well as private clay classes at Panama. For several years, Marsha has been exploring tree women sculptures from 1 foot high to 7 feet high. However within the last month, she has begun a completely new series on ships/boats and the journey. “They began as an exploration of dreams I was having about traveling and water. They seem to always include a female swimmer and have already started to transform. I love this series!”
Randy Won is particularly inspired by nature and industrial forms, both separately and through the intersections of them. Most of his recent works explore a concern for the environment through symbolic imagery. One of his pieces, “Balancing Act” currently is being shown at the Verge during the CAST tour. It represents the surreal merging of technology and science. The work is a part of a series that reflects current issues from greed to resource depletion.
Alonso Sanchez uses precise cut clay and broken edges purposely included to appear as an artifact from a past civilization. The artifact shares the word “Industrial” and is interpreted by a clay surface and expressed as beauty in the human form, flowers and fish. One of his pieces titled, “Red Flower Sketch”, (37 inches by 38 inches in ceramic) can be seen at the Verge Center of Arts during the preview exhibition on Sept. 11 from 6 to 9 p.m. (and also during the remainder of the CAST tour).
Miguel Paz graduated from UC Davis with a BA in Art Studio. He studied with the late Robert Arneson and Manuel Neri, both well established artists and teaching professors at the time. He also received a masters of art degree in art from Teachers College, Columbia University in NYC.
At his studio in Panama Pottery, Miguel invites you to come and see a new body of work in the form of large, wheel thrown “tree” pots (Nelson Mandela and Maya Angelou). Other work on display relates to the making of ancestral musical instruments: ocarinas and udu drums ready for everyone to enjoy!