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The Sacramento Bee Online, Sacramento, CA

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    Unlike the ubiquitous cellphone snappers of today, individuals who wished to photograph the development of the transcontinental railroad in the 1860s — and actually had the equipment to do to — were extremely rare.


    “Double Exposure: Photography and the Transcontinental Railroad” will highlight work of Alfred A. Hart and Andrew J. Russell.

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    Sacramento art critic Victoria Dalkey recommends five must-see exhibits for Second Saturday on Sept. 13.


    Artist: Pat Mahony Title: Summer Cloud Medium:Oil on canvas 18" x 24" for Victoria Dalkey Sakata Gallery

    Artist's Name: Todd H. Head Title: Flowers Medium: Mixed media Gallery Name: Center for Contemporary Art, Sacramento for Victoria Dalkey

    Silver Song by Tamara Natalie Madden 30x24 inches Mixed media on gallery wrapped canvas AMB Evolve the Gallery www.evolvethegallery.com Gallery Hours: 2nd Saturday 1pm-6pm and by appointment for Victoria Dalkey

    Picasso Woman with Hat, 1962 Linocut 34 1/ 4 x 26 1/ 4 in. Alex Bult Gallery "What Collectors Collect"

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    There will be much to savor in shows at the Crocker Art Museum and the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco.

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    A joint show at Jay Jay of the work of Suzanne Adan and Michael Stevens starts out with a bang.


    One of Michael Stevens’ thought-provoking works, “Mouthpiece Pine,” is on view at Jay Jay. Stevens and his wife, artist Suzanne Adan, are showing together.

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    Some some will find this exhibit of 58 works offensive while others will marvel at it.


    “The Keys to the Coop” is a 1997 linocut on paper by Kara Walker, part of the Crocker Art Museum exhibit.

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  • 10/10/13--21:43: Best of Second Saturday
  • Sacramento art critic Victoria Dalkey recommends five exhibits to see on the Second Saturday art walk on Oct. 12, 2013.


    Jack Ogden “Staged” at b sakata garo.

    “Adam and Eve” by Arthur Sordillo, 1977.

    “ End of Summer” by Mark Bowles at Sacramento Temporary Contemporary.

    “Big Pine #2” by Jay Welden, at Alex Bult Gallery, Sacramento.

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    Editor’s note: Sacramento-resident Jose Montoya – poet, painter, community organizer, educator, Chicano-rights advocate and agent provocateur – died Sept. 25 at the age of 81, leaving a formidable legacy of art and activism. The Bee’s obituary called him “one of the most influential and inspirational figures in California Latino history.” Here, his son, noted filmmaker and playwright Richard Montoya, remembers his father’s life, both public and private.


    Jose Montoya, one of the original members of the Royal Chicano Air Force, in August 2001 retouches the mural he and several other artists painted in 1977 at Southside Park.

    “El Viejo,” oil on canvas, by Jose Montoya

    Jose Montoya, poet, artist, Chicano activist and retired CSUS professor, sits on the porch of his midtown Sacramento home. Photo September 12, 2001.

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    A curator said that a malfunctioning fire sprinkler caused damage to paintings at a midtown art complex.


    David Winfield looks over the damaged frame from one of his wife's oil paintings that was damaged by water at the Sacramento Art Complex on Tuesday. A sprinkler on the second story of the gallery malfunctioned and water trickled down between the walls and down stairs to small studios in the art complex, damaging several pieces of art. Gallery 2110 and the Sacramento Art Complex share the building at 2110 K St.

    This water color painting was damaged by water at Gallery 2110 Tuesday when a sprinkler on the second story of the gallery malfunctioned and water trickled down between the walls and down stairs to small studios in the art complex, damaging several pieces of art. Gallery 2110 and the Sacramento Art Complex share the building at 2110 K St.

    Tom Wirtz, left, removes artwork from the wall in the studio of artist Marbo Banard, right, after flooding at the Sacramento Art Complex on Tuesday. A sprinkler on the second story of the gallery malfunctioned and water trickled down between the walls and down stairs to small studios in the art complex damaging several pieces of art. Gallery 2110 and the Sacramento Art Complex share the building at 2110 K St.

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    Tough, gritty, uncompromising. These words come to mind in looking at Jack Ogden’s recent paintings.


    Jack Ogden’s “Step by Step” (oil on canvas) portrays the artist in a studio, with the tools of his trade and works in progress.

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    Yulia Pinkusevich excavated a pile of broken wood, discarded windows, squashed toys and other urban flotsam at the public dump one fall afternoon until she uncovered a plastic board dotted with holes.


    Surveying a landscape of debris, Yulia Pinkusevich and Stephanie Syjuco seek inspiration. As one artist reflected, “There is no trash. There are just brand-new things and no place for them anymore."

    Yulia Pinkusevich carts away material she found at Recology, San Francisco’s recycling dump . She is one of two artists selected to take part in the Artist in Residence program. The program, founded in 1990 to educate people about recycling and conservation, plans 10 to 15 art shows a year.

    As an Artist in Residence, Yulia Pinkusevich gets a stipend, dump access and work space, above.

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    Many of the mountain paintings slated for his upcoming show in San Francisco will overcome you.


    “Green Hill Farms” by Wayne Thiebaud features a large blunt mountain looming over the farms.

    “Blue Ridge Mountain” is part of Wayne Thiebaud’s “Memory Mountains” show at the Paul Thiebaud Gallery, San Francisco.

    Wayne Thiebaud’s “Cliff Ridge,” a 2010 oil on canvas, captures both the majesty and the ominous strength of the form. It is part of the coming Thiebaud show at the Paul Thiebaud Gallery in San Francisco.

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    The 42nd annual Arts and Antiques Show and Sale is being held at the Scottish Rite Masonic Center, 6151 H St. The event, organized by the Art Service Group, is a benefit for the Crocker Art Museum. A total of 45 regional and national dealers participate in the show, which typically raises $20,000 to $25,000 for the museum.


    Doreen Sinclair of Vintage Fashion Boutique in Sacramento wears a 1920’s cloche hat while trying to sell items at the Art and Antiques Show and Sale to benefit the Crocker Art Museum on Sunday, October 27, 2013 in Sacramento, Calif.

    Vicky Jungers of Souk Topia holds a Roman chariot hub cap as she chats with Ed Kawahara of Sacramento at the Art and Antiques Show and Sale to benefit the Crocker Art Museum on Sunday, October 27, 2013 in Sacramento, Calif. This was her first time having a display at the event.

    Elias Bustamante of Atwater, Calif., looks over American Brilliant cut glass at the Art and Antiques Show and Sale to benefit the Crocker Art Museum on Sunday, October 27, 2013 in Sacramento, Calif. Bustamante says he has pieces that go back to 1880 at his Buste’s Antiques display.

    A stream of people attended and had lunch at the Art and Antiques Show and Sale to benefit the Crocker Art Museum on Sunday, October 27, 2013 in Sacramento, Calif.

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    The term “a bigger exhibition” is an understatement for the largest show in the history of San Francisco’s de Young Museum.


    David Hockney’s “Self Portrait with Red Braces” is part of the de Young show.

    “Bigger Trees Near Warter, Winter 2008” is part of the David Hockney exhibit at the de Young.

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  • 11/08/13--18:40: Best of Second Saturday
  • Sacramento art critic Victoria Dalkey recommends five exhibits to see on the Second Saturday art walk





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    Works by Jeff Myers on display at Alex Bult; Ron Peetz at Axis


    “Catalina” by Jeff Myer

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    Two of Sacramento’s top abstractionists share exhibition space this holiday season.


    “Night Waves” is an acrylic on canvas by Joan Moment.

    “Motzart” by Roger Berry

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    “Sky is Falling,” a show of recent large-scale paintings by Julie Heffernan on view at the Crocker Art Museum, takes us into the realm of pop surrealism.


    Julie Heffernan’s 2008 work “Self-Portrait as Broken Home” is part of her exhibit “Sky Is Falling,” showing through Jan. 26 at the Crocker Art Museum.

    Heffernan’s “Self-Portrait as Waterers” includes a seemingly unrelated vignette of men shooting pistols in the background of the landscape.

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    Linda Tiefenthaler used to spend much of her day on her sofa, reading and avoiding the financial, physical and mental hardships facing her.




    With art hanging on the wall made from palm froms and resembling a blue elephant head, Linda Tiefenthaler holds a basket she wove from pine needles in a weaving class at the Women's Wisdom Art, a low-cost community art program for women overcoming homelessness, violence, illness or abuse. They are asking Book of Dreams readers for a printer to make greeting cards from their artwork as well as art supplies.

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  • 12/12/13--19:21: Best of Second Saturday
  • Sacramento art critic Victoria Dalkey recommends five exhibits to see on the Second Saturday art walk






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    The City Council made a $5 million investment in Sacramento’s cultural institutions on Tuesday night by approving a plan to convert a closed adult school into an office and rehearsal campus for the city’s premier performing arts groups.



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