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The Sacramento Bee Online, Sacramento, CA

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    Lions and tigers and bears – oh my! The animals are overrunning the Gallery at 48 Natoma in Folsom through Nov. 1.

    Oil painting by Judy Arrigotti

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    Roger Vail continues to be one of the most exciting photographers working today.

    2:19pm 7-11-12 Alameda

    11:32pm 6-21-09 Las Vegas

    4:56pm 1-7-09 Santa Cruz

    5:09pm 11-15-08 Watsonville

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    If you show a kindergarten student an ornate wooden mask from Africa, you're bound to get some interesting thoughts on what it was used for.

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    Northern California has been rich in husband-and-wife artist pairings.

    Clayton Bailey's often whimsical sculptures are well-known for repurposing discarded objects, as with "Regal Eagle."

    Betty Bailey often draws other artists - in this case, the late Jack Levine and Roy De Forest in mixed company.

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    Northern California has been rich in husband-and-wife artist pairings.

    Clayton Bailey's often whimsical sculptures are well-known for repurposing discarded objects, as with "Regal Eagle."

    Betty Bailey often draws other artists - in this case, the late Jack Levine and Roy De Forest in mixed company.

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    Larry Welden, a prominent Sacramento artist and teacher who painted Northern California landscapes in ethereal watercolors, died Oct. 25 after a recent series of strokes, his family said. He was 90.

    Larry Welden

    "Beach Pattern" by Larry Welden

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    Norman Rockwell thought of himself as a reporter on the events and the character of American life. A household name, he has been called "the people's painter" and "the Dickens of the paintbrush."

    "Girl at Mirror" 1954

    "Checkers" 1929

    "Stay at Homes" 1927

    "No Swimming" 1921

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    Three Sacramento-area artists, including former Bee features designer Susan Ballenger, will debut a collection of "yummy delights" (their description) for an art exhibition titled "Just Desserts" at the Gallery at 48 Natoma in Folsom.

    "Case of Cakes" by Susan Ballenger

    "Disappearing Chocolates" by Susan Ballenger

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    "The Art of Noises" is a unique show that traces the development of electronic instruments. The exhibition features more than two dozen vintage and contemporary synthesizers and one-of-a-kind instruments.

    "Art of Noise"
    Center for Contemporary Art, 1519 19th St.

    "Birds and Bees"
    Adamson Gallery, 1021 R St. Suite 15

    "The Color of Light"
    Elliott Fouts Gallery, 1831 P St.

    20 large color photographs by Reno artist Dean Burton at Viewpoint Gallery, 2015 J St., Suite 101.

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    The viewers of the "American Chronicles: The Art of Norman Rockwell" exhibit at the Crocker Art Museum on Saturday were as multigenerational as the characters in the 50 paintings and 323 Saturday Evening Post covers on display.

    Fantasia Stensland of east Sacramento photographs Dick Cowan of Gold River at a display mimicking one of Norman Rockwell's famous paintings on Saturday at the Crocker Art Museum. A display of Rockwell's art runs through Feb. 3

    Rodney Mitchell of Sacramento, his son, Nathan, 6, and daughter Eden, 3, view Norman Rockwell works at the Crocker on Saturday.

    Virginia Brown of Livermore attends the Norman Rockwell exhibit on Saturday in Sacramento.

    Rockwell's "No Swimming" is displayed at the exhibit that opened Saturday at the Crocker Art Museum.

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    David Wetzl and Kim Squaglia make an ideal pairing in their joint exhibit at Jay Jay. Wetzl's hyperactive compositions with references to cubism, surrealism, pop art, animation and technical drawing fit nicely with Squaglia's less-congested but equally compelling mixtures of pop and abstraction.

    Kim Squaglia's "Tropez" is a complex image of overlapping petals in cool tones.

    S.C.I.P. Moves Downward into the Po Mod Zone to View and Save the Distraught and Economic World by David Wetzl

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    A gilt copper cup made out of a real human skull is one of the rare and arcane objects included in "Celestial Realms: The Art of Nepal" at the Crocker Art Museum.

    The gilt copper alloy plaque is from 17th century Nepal.

    This Nepalese Chandra mandala dates from 1599.

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    A surreal insectlike creature, which won the Best of Show award in this year's Crocker-Kingsley juried competition, rises up menacingly at the entry to the exhibition.

    Patrick Donovan's "Craigslist #1," left, won first place in this year's Crocker-Kingsley Art Competition. A sculpture by Adon Valenziano won best of show.

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    When the Sacramento International Airport's new billion-dollar terminal opened in late 2011, its cultural pièce de résistance was the 56-foot-long aluminum red hare that appears to leap into the building from the outside.

    The giant red hare, "Leap" by Lawrence Argent, in the airport's Terminal B is a distinctive piece of public art - and a rare sight in Sacramento.

    For inspiration, the city could turn to the Claes Oldenburg sculpture "Cupid's Span," near San Francisco's Ferry Building. Funding for public art has been built into city law since 1977 with a mandate that developers allocate 2 percent of a project's cost to public art.

    Rob Turner

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    Highlights among Sacramento Second Saturday gallery offerings.

    Adamson Gallery
    "Barks for Art" is the title of the 13th cat and dog art show benefiting the Placer SPCA. It's up at the Adamson Gallery

    Elliott Fouts Gallery
    Jeff Nebeker's ceramic dessert is among the tempting small originals in the holiday show at Elliott Fouts Gallery

    Axis Gallery
    "Side By Side" is the title of a show by 14 area artists, among them Karen Bearson (art above), Ron Peetz, Shirley Hazlett, Phil Amrhein and Janice Nakashima, at Axis Gallery,

    Sacramento Temporary Contemporary
    Works by Khalil Chishtee (art above) and Meech Miyagi come together in "Paper and Plastic" at the Sacramento Temporary Contemporary

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    The building that is home to Woodland's daily newspaper is being sold, and plans call for turning much of the historic downtown space into a center for the arts.

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    Judith Lowry's vibrant paintings tell the story of her California Indian roots. Ranging from images based on her family history to oral legends inspired by her Pit River, Maidu and Washoe heritage, they represent her reflections on Native California.

    Judith Lowry's "Beautiful Dreamers" depicts the artist's father, right, and other revelers in 1945.

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    They have gathered in a modest room on a brisk Thursday night to assemble a makeshift stage, run lines and finalize light cues. Their mood is light but purposeful as "curtain time" nears.

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    The saga of Ruby Bridges, a brave 6-year-old who became the first African American student to integrate Louisiana schools in 1960, came to life Friday at the Crocker Art Museum's Family Kwanzaa Concert.

    The Crocker Art Museum's Norman Rockwell exhibit shows how the artist's work developed, taking on a more serious tone in the 1960s. The Saturday Evening Post only wanted traditional views, so he moved to Look.

    Norman Rockwell's painting "The Problem We All Live With," on display at the Crocker through Feb. 3, inspired Deborah Pittman's multimedia piece.

    A Ruby Bridges puppet is controlled by, left to right, Slater Penney, Spencer Tregilgas and Will Klundt as dancers Nicole Manker, Andrea Porras and Hanna Yanni perform in Deborah Pittman's "Big Dreams, Small Shoulders" at the Crocker Art Museum on Friday.

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    Thieves made off with an unusual haul earlier this month in east Sacramento: five unfinished sculptures created by a prominent local artist.

    Police are on the lookout for five unfinished sculptures by Sacramento artist Camille VandenBerge. The works were stolen Dec. 10 from a storage shed next to her east Sacramento studio.

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