Carmichael-based Sacramento Fine Arts to present the best of the best local artwork with Magnum Opus XXVI

A national juried art exhibit showing original art, sculpture, photography, painting aptly called “Magnum Opus XXVI” and is Sacramento Fine Arts Center’s annual open show, judged this year by the highly popular and much acclaimed ceramics professor at American River College, Linda Gelfman. Linda has enjoyed a 35-year romance with clay and her ceramic mural classes have colorfully decorated campus walls. Linda’s figurative sculptures combine heads, faces, and body parts in often humorous and incongruous ways which create profound psychological and spiritual insights. Her most recent work incorporates fabric and yarn into these ongoing dramatic pictures. Linda is a founding member of Sacramento’s E Street Gallery and Studios.

Dream Juggler by Traci Owens
Dream Juggler by Traci Owens

Linda and Magnum Opus XXVI show chair Carol Brewer, owner of Blue Moon Gallery, spoke with the Arden-Carmichael News about the incredible art at this year’s show and about judging various pieces.
“This is the 26th year and we decided to make it a national juried show,” explained Carol. “It has to do with the entire members of Sac Fine Arts Center. It’s the center’s show. In the center, there are different clubs (Northern California Arts, Watercolor Artists of Sacramento Horizons, Fine Arts Photography Club, Fiber Arts). All the clubs have shows that are juried, but this is the center as a whole annual show, and this year it’s a national open juried show. Open means send us any medium. It doesn’t have to have a theme, doesn’t have to be a certain medium. It’s open to all artists that work in all mediums.”
Unbound by Rick Weis
Unbound by Rick Weis

Carol said by opening up the show to artists around the country, the center has been able to bring more recognition to the Sacramento Fine Arts Center. “We’ve been around for 36 years and have a new president Larry Klink who wanted to bring acknowledgment to the center and expand it nationally and have it recognized as a prestigious club in Sacramento,” she said.
From as far as Rhode Island submissions have made their way to Carmichael also from places like Ohio, Michigan, North Carolina, Nevada and Washington state with several accepted from San Francisco. “We have a lot of California artists from Paradise, Oakland, Fremont. The range is all over – Carmichael, Roseville, Placerville,” Carol said. Predominantly, the center received entries through its website facilitating the submissions from out of state.
Floor to Ceiling by Paula Ferris
Floor to Ceiling by Paula Ferris

With about 300 entries, 98 were chosen for the show and judging happens this Sunday, about a week before the show begins, on Aug. 4. The show ends on Aug. 29. With an artist behind each piece, Linda explained that being the Magnum Opus show, each artist truly put their best foot forward. So, regarding the judging, she said, “It’s easy to say I want this, but it’s hard to say ‘no.’ (The judging is) done anonymously. I just go with the kind of artwork that moves me. Does it have good content? Composition? Is it good to look at? Scary to look at?” Linda said she enjoys artwork that doesn’t give her “too much. I like when it is mysterious, asks a question, when I am drawn into a piece. If it is figurative, abstract, if it has good composition, and if it does all that well.”
Far from a newcomer to judging art work, Linda has judged art at the country fair a few times and as a faculty member at ARC, she sometimes judges shows and she has given out sculpture awards at the Blue Moon Gallery before. “I’ve done (judging before). It’s fun. It’s lots of fun,” she said.

If you go:
What:
Sacramento Fine Arts Center’s Magnum Opus XXVI
When: Show dates are Aug. 4-29 with a reception on Saturday, Aug. from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. There will be awards, refreshments, and live piano music by Larry. Gallery hours are 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Tuesdays, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., Wednesdays through Saturday.
Where: Located at 5330B Gibbons Drive, Carmichael
About: Sacramento Fine Arts Center is a 501 (c) 3 non-profit. For more information, visit www.sacfinearts.org or call 971-3713.

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Sacramento watercolorists ‘Go with the Flow 2010’

 

More than 200 Sacramento-region watercolorists are expected to enter their paintings in “Go with the Flow 2010,” a juried watercolor open exhibition that begins Sept. 7 at the Sacramento Fine Arts Center in Carmichael. The exhibition is presented by the Watercolor Artists of Sacramento Horizons (WASH) and is one of the organization’s two major annual exhibitions.

Northern Minnesota native Dale Laitinen will serve as juror for this year’s “Go with the Flow 2010” art show that begins Sept. 7 at the Sacramento Fine Arts Center. Laitinen has lived, moved, and traveled across the American West, experiences that figure prominently in his work. The signature of a Laitinen painting is the use of a long view with the natural forms of the topography presented foremost. His works emphasize the interaction between the natural landscape and manmade structures like roads, dams, canals, and powerhouses. Pictured is Laitinen’s “Afternoon at Ridge Lake.” / Photo courtesy

Northern Minnesota native Dale Laitinen will serve as juror for this year’s “Go with the Flow 2010” art show that begins Sept. 7 at the Sacramento Fine Arts Center. Laitinen has lived, moved, and traveled across the American West, experiences that figure prominently in his work. The signature of a Laitinen painting is the use of a long view with the natural forms of the topography presented foremost. His works emphasize the interaction between the natural landscape and manmade structures like roads, dams, canals, and powerhouses. Pictured is Laitinen’s “Afternoon at Ridge Lake.” / Photo courtesy

Watercolorist Dale Laitinen will serve as juror for this year’s exhibition. A signature member of the National Watercolor Society and Watercolor West, Laitinen is a graduate of Modesto Junior College and San Jose State University who earned a bachelor’s degree in art with a painting concentration. He is a past juror for national and regional exhibitions including Watercolor West, the Kentucky Watercolor Society, the Utah Watercolor Society, the Watercolor Society of Oregon, Red River Watermedia Show, Magnum Opus, and many others.

This year’s exhibition will be the fourth under the direction of show chairwoman Patty Waggoner, who said she expects to spend at least a week at the Sacramento Fine Arts Center getting everything set up for the show.

“I’ve learned you need to send the signup sheets out many times and to start contacting sponsors early,” she said.

One of the most challenging parts of setting up is the not-nearly-as-ominous-as-it-sounds “hanging day,” when volunteers hang works of art entered in the exhibition on the arts center’s walls. Overseeing previous exhibitions has given Waggoner a keen eye for the finer details of hanging paintings.

“There’s an art to hanging,” she said. “You learn to know what looks good together, and to try to not put (works by) the same artist on the same wall.”

Waggoner said her favorite part of being associated with the exhibition is seeing artists gain confidence from entering.

“We encourage any artist who wants to enter to do so,” she said. “Even if you don’t think you’re ready yet, you might surprise yourself and get a work in the show. For an artist to have family and friends view their work in a show, that’s the end-all and be-all for an artist.”

WASH’s history dates to 1978, when watercolorists Jan Miskulin and Nancy Haley first discussed the need for a watercolor society. After Miskulin’s watercolor class enthusiastically endorsed the idea, the group was formed and began meeting – electing Miskulin as its first president. In 1987, WASH was invited to become a member of the Sacramento Fine Arts Center by Marjorie Long, a past president of WASH.

Miskulin recalled the goals of the early members of WASH.

“We were just a bunch of artists who wanted to get our work out in the community,” she said. “We really didn’t have a home; we had to get space from about a half-dozen public venues.” These accommodating venues included Fidelity Savings, Home Savings, the John E. Moss building, and Crocker Bank.

Over the years, Miskulin has seen WASH and its members endure various ups and downs. The society’s membership, which peaked at around 200 members, has declined of late. One thing that has remained constant has been Miskulin’s zeal for art and its creation.

“It’s my passion, and I can’t ever remember not doing it,” she said by telephone from her studio. “At the moment, I’m sitting here in my studio, surrounded by paintings, trying to decide which one to enter” into this year’s exhibition.

“Go with the Flow 2010” runs from Sept. 7 to Oct. 2 at the Sacramento Fine Arts Center, 5330-B Gibbons Dr. in Carmichael. Gallery hours are Tuesdays from 11 a.m. until 7 p.m. and Wednesdays through Sundays from 11 a.m. until 3 p.m. For more information, visit www.sacfinearts.org.