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The Sacramento Bee Online, Sacramento, CA

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    Visitors to downtown Davis will be seeing double – or maybe even quintuple – as they walk the streets Saturday, but it won't have anything to do with the Wicky Wacky Woos served at Bar Bernardo.

    Beth Winfield plans to finish her painting of Tucos restaurant in Davis on Saturday during the Great California Paint Out.

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    For the last year, Michael Bishop, who is known for public art works at Sacramento's Central Library and Alhambra water tower, has been living and working in Istanbul as a Fulbright Fellow.

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    Dolores Dietler is putting her collection of works by renowned artists Robert Arneson, Roy De Forest, David Gilhooly, Maija Peeples and others up for auction at Sacramento's Jay Jay Gallery.

    Dolores Dietler, at the Jay Jay Gallery in Sacramento on Tuesday, hopes her artwork goes to someone who will appreciate it. She used grocery money years ago to buy art.

    Art collector Dolores Dietler, above, took 40 years to accumulate her art collection, which is now on display at Jay Jay Gallery in Sacramento, where it will be auctioned off Thursday evening. Among the works for sale are a cat sculpture by Joe Mariscal and a mask by Yoshio Taylor.

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  • 09/18/11--13:51: Pieces from a puzzling world
  • Michael Bishop's exhibition "Istanbul and California" is, as the title suggests, really two shows.

    Michael Bishop cast "Incommensurable Floating Exchange" from bronze, aluminum and iron. Industrial techniques and matte finishes tie many of his works into a cohesive whole.

    "Floating Beam" is lined with an array of cast-bronze containers. The chair is attached to the beam by a single leg.

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    An exhibit said to offer new insights into the Holocaust will be on display beginning today at California State University, Sacramento.

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    For a guy who has spent most of this decade working on and off a project, you'd think Stephen Sposito might be tired of it by now. He insists he's not.

    Merritt David Janes plays Lord Farquaad in the Portland production of "Shrek: The Musical." Joan Marcus

    The fairy tale creatures sing "Let Your Freak Flag Fly" in "Shrek."

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    In the 1980s, ceramic sculptor Joe Mariscal taught at Deuel Vocational Institution in Tracy, where he developed relationships with inmates that formed the basis of a powerful body of work.

    Joe Mariscal sculpted "The 3 M's" in 1984 while teaching at Deuel Vocational Institution near Tracy.

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  • 10/02/11--00:00: Woven in tradition
  • The rich diversity and stunning beauty of North American Indian baskets is celebrated in "The Spirit of the Basket," a show of 85 intricately woven utilitarian and decorative containers in the Library Gallery at California State University, Sacramento.

    A small Pomo basket is decorated with abalone and sea beads.

    This covered basket dates from the late 1800s or early 1900s.

    The CSUS basket exhibit includes containers from six regions of the United States. A storage basket, above, is from the Salish, Thompson River culture.

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  • 10/07/11--00:00: Five must-see exhibitions
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    Five must see exhibitions

    Five must see exhibitions

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    The Nevada Museum of Art touted its rare U.S. exhibition of Raphael's "Lady With the Veil" with the slogan: "Reno's Got the Girl."

    "La Bella: Woman in a Blue Dress" by the Italian painter Titian is on display at the Nevada Museum of Art.

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    La Raza Galeria Posada, one of the Sacramento's oldest Latino arts nonprofits, will likely lay off its staff and close doors if it does not raise $50,000 by the end of the year.

    Tere Romo, a former curator at the La Raza Galeria Posada, says it provides exposure that Latino artists would not otherwise receive.

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    Clayton Bailey is a mischievous satirist with counterculture sources such as Mad magazine, Zap Comix and items found in the back of funny books, such as whoopee cushions and hot pepper gum.

    Clayton Bailey stands amid some of the pieces that make up his exhibition at the Crocker.

    "Warrior" (2002) shows Bailey's facility with metal and found objects.

    "Snake Oil Bottle Still With Jug" (1990) displays Bailey's skill as a ceramist and his sense of humor.

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    Public servants will step into the role of servers this Sunday at Ella Dining Room & Bar as Sacramento City Council members and county supervisors try a fresh approach to raising funds for the arts.

    Councilman Darrell Fong

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    One of the most beloved figures in Sacramento art, ceramist Ruth Rippon, is being celebrated with a show of works by former students at Alpha Fired Arts.

    Biblical words wrap around this ceramic work by Ruth Rippon, which is in the show by many of her former students.

    Biblical words wrap around this ceramic work by Ruth Rippon, which is in the show by many of her former students.

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    With his long white beard and somber expression, Camille Pissarro (1830-1903) looks like a biblical patriarch.

    Camille Pissarro often painted his family. In this 1899 oil painting, he shows his daughter Jeanne (called Cocotte) reading.

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    "Sensual" and "opulent" are words that come to mind when describing the 50 magnificent paintings in "Masters of Venice" at the de Young Museum in San Francisco.

    Andrea Mantegna's "Saint Sebastian," 1457-1459.

    "Judith With the Head of Holofernes" by Paolo Caliari, known as Veronese, circa 1580.

    Students of art history will recognize the names of artists in the "Masters of Venice" show: Giorgione

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    The brand-new Alex Bult Gallery has its grand opening Saturday with a show of works by prominent Northern California artist, Mike Henderson, who teaches at the University of California, Davis.

    Archival Gallery The interaction between animals and humans is the subject of "Jealousy," one of a number of new paintings by Robin Leddy Giustina at Archival Gallery, 3223 Folsom Blvd.

    Nationally known artist Oliver Jackson, who taught for many years at California State University, Sacramento, brings his strong abstract paintings and works on paper to b. sakata garo, 923 20th St.

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  • 11/13/11--00:00: 3 pioneering Chicanos
  • This month Beatnik Studios presents its largest show ever, a three-person exhibit by prominent Chicano artists who first appeared on the Sacramento scene during the late 1950s and early 1960s.

    "Corazón Espinado" by Esteban Villa, one of the founders of the Royal Chicano Air Force.

    "Hiding Illegals" by Benny Barrios.

    "Necalli" (Battle) by Ed Rivera.

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    Edward Rivera, a noted Sacramento painter and leader in the Chicano art movement who was a police officer for almost 30 years, died Oct. 31 of liver disease, his family said. He was 68.

    Edward Rivera is shown with his mural on Lassen Hall at CSUS in 1998 before doing some touch-up work. The mural was mistakenly torn down in 1976; he re-created it and it was rededicated in 1978.

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    Alex Bult was a difficult child, his mother, Maria, confides.

    Alex Bult sits in his new midtown gallery surrounded by canvases by featured artist Mike Henderson. Manny Cristosomo mcristosomo@

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