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The Sacramento Bee Online, Sacramento, CA

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    Beneath the elevated light-rail tracks that run across busy Florin Road, Alicia Villasenor cleans the gang-related graffiti that is highly visible to motorists, pedestrians and Luther Burbank High School students. She’s among eight teens hired by the City of Sacramento for its yearlong graffiti abatement program.


    Matthew Harvey, 14, paints over graffiti under the light-rail tracks on Florin Road, Saturday June 28, 2014. The city of Sacramento graffiti abatement program, now entering its 25th year, hires high school students to eradicate graffiti and other forms of vandalism citywide.

    Alicia Villasenor, 18 gathers more paint as Matthew Harvey, 14, and Chynna Levash, 16, paint over graffiti under the light-rail tracks on Florin Road, Saturday June 28, 2014. The city of Sacramento graffiti abatement program, now entering its 25th year, hires high school students to eradicate graffiti and other forms of vandalism citywide.

    Chynna Levash, 16, paints over graffiti under the light-rail tracks on Florin Road, Saturday June 28, 2014. The city of Sacramento graffiti abatement program, now entering its 25th year, hires high school students to eradicate graffiti and other forms of vandalism citywide.

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    The Crocker Art Museum is the only venue on the West Coast to host this vibrant show of 100 works by 43 artists is a revelation.


    Frederick Brown’s “John Henry” (1979) is part of “African American Art” at the Crocker.

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    Three and a half months after Hassan Alawsi was shot to death in a Home Depot parking lot off Florin Road, his dream of sharing his art with the world came true at the state Capitol on Wednesday.


    Winty Singh of the Sikh Coalition takes a photograph of artwork by Hassan Alawsi in the office of Assemblyman Richard Pan, D-Sacramento, at the Capitol on Wednesday. Pan and members of the Sacramento art community hosted a reception to unveil the artwork of Alawsi, who was gunned down in March in the parking lot of a Home Depot off Florin Road. Alawsi was a refugee from Iraq who had studied art history at the University of Baghdad.

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    The popular pizzeria is hosting an art exhibit featuring six unique soccer balls created by local artists.


    “Hot Sox“ by Sid Wellman

    “Dogs in Space” from artist Gary Dinnen.

    Eric Dahlin’s soccer rabbit

    “Ups, Downs, Scores” by Donnie Wellman

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  • 07/10/14--18:13: Art: Best of Second Saturday
  • Sacramento art critic Victoria Dalkey recommends five exhibits to see.


    “Bound By Love,” Martha Rodriguez, acrylic on canvas 24" x 30" 2013

    Shimo Gallery

    Garry Knox Bennett, “Krusty” lamp

    Micah Crandall-Bear, “Sunset Tide,” acrylic & modified oil on canvas. Image courtesy of Elliott Fouts Gallery

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    Bridgett Rangel-Rexford and Lauren Rangel stepped into La Raza Galeria Posada on Saturday afternoon with their hair braided and pinned up, lips painted red and handmade costumes in tow. The sisters were preparing to compete in the first Frida Kahlo look-alike contest in Sacramento.


    Frida Kahlo look-alikes Bridgett Rangel-Rexford, left, and Lauren Rangel won the contest at La Raza Galeria Posada in Sacramento on Saturday, July 12, 2014. The contest accompanied the gallery’s art exhibition, Bound By Love: Homenaje a Frida Kahlo.

    Sisters Amanda Jimenez, 19, left, and Monica Jimenez, 17, admire the artwork at La Raza Galeria Posada in Sacramento.

    Natalia Deeb-Sossa of Sacramento photographs the Frida Kahlo look-alike contest Saturday at La Raza Galeria Posada.

    Frida Kahlo look-alikes compete at La Raza Galeria Posada in Sacramento on Saturday. The contest accompanied the gallery’s comeback in a new location and its current exhibition, “Bound by Love: Homenaje a Frida Kahlo.”

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    Linda Stein wants people to armor themselves in her art.


    In this July 10, 2014 photo, artist-activist Linda Stein, left, helps Felicia Kobylanski don a heroic "bulleyproof" vest at Stein's gallery and studio space in New York. Stein creates wearable artwork designed to protect and empower the wearer. The project grew out of Stein's sense of vulnerability in the wake of the Sept. 11 terror attacks, which occurred just blocks from her gallery and living space.

    In this July 10, 2014 photo, Felicia Kobylanski strikes a pose after donning one of Linda Stein's sculptural avatars, a wearable piece of art with a Wonder Woman theme designed to give the wearer a sense of empowerment.

    In this July 10, 2014 photo, artist-activist Linda Stein poses with one of her sculptures, constructed with an embedded hubcap, at her studio and gallery space in New York. Stein's wearable artwork is designed to empower and protect the wearer as well as break through gender stereotypes.

    In this July 10, 2014 photo, artist-activist Linda Stein speaks to a group of women visiting her studio in New York while wearing a "bulleyproof" vest she created using Wonder Woman imagery designed to empower and protect the wearer. Stein's wearable artwork and sculptural avatars grew out of her own sense of vulnerability after the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks that occurred within blocks of her studio and living space.

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    This year’s conservative show is genteel, not challenging.


    “Myrtle and Joe,” by Ed Chaney of Citrus Heights, was awarded the juror’s prize for paintings at this year’s State Fair art show.

    “Emily ‘Tumbleweed’ ” by Annie Murphy-Robinson took the Best of Show award at the fair.

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    Curators Brady Charles Blakeley and A. Michelle Blakeley have put together an important and groundbreaking show of artists who deserve to be better known.


    “The Garden” (1955) by Earl Miller is part of the Evolve exhibit.

    Evolve the Gallery for Victoria Dalkey Trusty On a Mule (circa 1935) by Hale Woodruff (linoleum cut on cream wove paper, 19Óx15Ó). Courtesy Dr. Dianne Whitfield-Locke and Dr. Carnell Locke

    “Through the Field at Sleep Hollow” is by Richard Mayhew, one of 13 artists featured in Evolve the Gallery’s exhibit.

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    Twenty years before he touched Howie Mandel’s scalp on national television – mysteriously taking away the talent-show judge’s ability to read – Leeman Parker fell in love with magic at the California State Fair at a booth that taught card-and-coin tricks. Born and raised in Wilton, Parker performed his first illusions for a talent show at Dillard Elementary School soon after.


    Leeman Parker, left, and David Blatter appear on “America’s Got Talent” Tuesday at 9 p.m. on Channel 3.

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    A group of artists in Rancho Cordova is trying to put the city on the map in the art world and spread kindness to strangers by creating hundreds and perhaps thousands of unique pieces of artwork and then abandoning them for someone else to find.


    Florence Skiadas of Rancho Cordova displays a couple of her floral water color paintings on Thursday. She planned to give the pieces away at the cancer center at Kaiser Permanente.

    Victoria Smith of Rancho Cordova does a “drop” at the children’s museum. Smith, a local art teacher, spearheaded the abandoned art project to try and put Rancho Cordova on the map in the art world.

    Emma Colwell, 2, and her 5-year-old brother, Will, play with ceramic hearts made by their grandmother, Robyn Slakey, for the Abandoned Art project. The siblings later got to hide some of the hearts around their neighborhood.

    Emma Colwell, 2, and Will Colwell, 5, play with ceramic hearts made by their grandmother, Robyn Slakey, for the abandoned art project. The siblings got to hide some of the hearts that morning in their neighborhood.

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    Sacramento’s planned downtown sports and entertainment arena may also be one of the city’s most notable art galleries.



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    Sacramento art critic Victoria Dalkey recommends five exhibits to see on the Second Saturday art walk.


    “View of The I Street Bridge” by Ray Franklin at Gallery 21Ten

    Tony Berlant, “Untitled” at Alex Bult Gallery

    “Fort Bragg Cypress” by Kurt Edward Fishback at Archival Gallery

    At Axis Gallery, Madelyn Covey’s "Sherlocks"

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    This year’s show at the new site of the Axis Gallery includes 58 pieces.


    “Sherlocks,” a watercolor on wallpaper by Madelyn Covey of Emeryville, is part of the 9th Axis National Juried Exhibition.

    “Bleach Bottle” by Ryan Fontaine is one of the compelling works in the Axis show.

    “Vent and Dining Room Floor” by Brett Eberhardt

    “Gateless Gate, Part 9” by Michael Miner

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    Artist Melissa Uroff’s newest piece is not on a canvas or in a frame – it’s on a utility box on the corner of 16th and J Streets in midtown Sacramento.


    Artist Sam Seller’s design is a photo collage of architectural details from Sacramento’s midtown.

    A pedestrian dances next to Jim Piskoti’s colorful design in front of Firestone Public House.

    Artist Melissa Uroff’s design mixes photographs of friends with splashes of paint.

    A prankster drew a small mustache on Jim Piskoti’s design for the utility box at the corner of 16th and L streets.

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    Tre Borden, Sofia Lacin and Hennessy Christophel are nearly two-thirds of the way toward funding their $150,000 Bright Underbelly project, a mural project that will put a 70,000-square-foot image on the underbelly of the W-X freeway.

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    Tre Borden, Sofia Lacin and Hennessy Christophel are nearly two-thirds of the way toward funding their $150,000 Bright Underbelly project, a mural project that will put a 70,000-square-foot image on the underbelly of the W-X freeway.


    Sofia Lacin and Hennessy Christophel created this computer image spruce up the drab underside of the W-X freeway.

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    The Alex Bult Gallery departs from its schedule of one-person shows with an exhibit of sculptures from three collections.


    “Falstaff’ by Robert Mallary, from the Wayne Thiebaud Foundation collection, is on exhibit at the Alex Bult Gallery.

    “Untitled” by Mark Di Suvero, circa 2003, is from the collection of the Wayne Thiebaud Foundation. It is part of the sculpture exhibit at the Alex Bult Gallery through Sept. 6.

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    Celebrated Brazilian designer Sergio Rodrigues, whose "Mole" armchair is among the most iconic pieces of Brazilian mid-century design, has died. He was 86 years old.

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    Several exciting exhibitions loom on the horizon this fall at regional art museums.


    “El Tamalito del Hoyo,” an oil painting from 1959 by Roberto Chavez, is among the works in a coming exhibit at the Crocker.



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