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'Altered' looks at changing planet

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In an image not easy to forget, a coyote is captured howling at not the moon but a street light.

Amy Stein's "Howl" photograph is part of "The Altered Landscape" exhibit at the Nevada Museum of Art.

A 2007 Durst Lambda print captures Maslen and Mehra, American buffalo on Roosevelt Island.

Two artists with impressive résumés show works

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Oliver Jackson and Peter Wayne Lewis have a few things in common. Both are abstractionists and both do works that come from a process that is intuitive, meditative and improvisational.

Oliver Jackson's "Painting (12.17.03)" is water-based pigments on a gessoed canvas.

Peter Wayne Lewis' "Beijing Booster #602" is acrylic on linen.

Baroque paintings from Florence at the Crocker

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Italian art seems to be everywhere this fall. "Masters of Venice," which opened in October at the de Young Museum in San Francisco, offers a rare look at Italian painters from Venice in the 16th century.

Crocker Art Museum Alessandro Gherardini's "The Annunciation to the Immaculate Virgin" is part of the "Florence and the Baroque" exhibit at the Crocker Art Museum. Giovanni Battista Piranesia's "Carceri d'invenzione: Plate XI: The Arch With a Shell Ornament" is an etching on laid paper on loan from the Georgia Museum of Art. Pietro Antonio Novelli's "Bust of a Male Saint," below, is brown ink on paper and is part of "The Art of Disegno" exhibit.Crocker Art Museum

Alessandro Gherardini's "The Annunciation to the Immaculate Virgin" is part of the "Florence and the Baroque" exhibit at the Crocker Art Musuem.

Crocker Art Museum Alessandro Gherardini's "The Annunciation to the Immaculate Virgin" is part of the "Florence and the Baroque" exhibit at the Crocker Art Museum. Giovanni Battista Piranesia's "Carceri d'invenzione: Plate XI: The Arch With a Shell Ornament" is an etching on laid paper on loan from the Georgia Museum of Art. Pietro Antonio Novelli's "Bust of a Male Saint," below, is brown ink on paper and is part of "The Art of Disegno" exhibit.Crocker Art Museum

Crocker Art Museum Cesare Dandini's "Allegory of Musical Fame" is a bold image of a female holding a viol and a trumpet.

Second Saturday – stop in here

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Here are our picks for Second Saturday art gallery showings.

Alex Bult Gallery Bud Gordon's urban landscapes are in the tradition of the Bay Area Figurative painters and Central Valley scene painters.



Shirley Hazlett

Size isn't the only topic in this 'Big Show'

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On the face of it, "The Big Show" at Axis Gallery seems an incongruous title. But the "big" of the title refers to more than size.

"Forest Window," a monoprint by Dixie Laws, is among the bold works in "The Big Show."

"Duette" by Shirley Hazlett adds texture to "The Big Show."

"Containment II" by Cherilyn Naughton suggests cellular forms.

"Sidewalks" by Sandra Beard adds texture to "The Big Show."

Obituary: Kenneth Potter, world renowned water colorist

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Kenneth Potter, an internationally renowned artist in Fair Oaks who was a leading exponent of the California Style of watercolor painting, died Tuesday of lung cancer, his family said. He was 85.

Dedicated watercolorist Kenneth Potter's work took in much of the world but still came close to home, as here with his "City Hotel, Columbia."

Kenneth Potter

Crocker Art Museum to feature three retrospectives in 2012

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An early California plein-air painter, a groundbreaking feminist artist and a hometown boy who has become an international artist will be the subjects of three retrospective exhibitions at the Crocker Art Museum in 2012.

Edgar Payne's "Sunset, Canyon de Chelly" from 1916 will be part of the Payne retrospective show at the Crocker, opening Feb. 11.

The Judy Chicago exhibit opening March 3 will include "Imprisoned Tree," from 1996.

Mel Ramos' "The Phantom Lady" is from 1963. It will be included in "Mel Ramos: 50 Years of Superheroes, Nudes, and Other Pop Delights," opening June 2.

Time (already) to start filling in your 2012 entertainment calendar

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Something there is that doesn't love an unmarked wall calendar, as Robert Frost might have said. Maybe it's those geometric rows of blank squares, fallow as winter fields, bereft of plans and absent of activities, longing to be filled lest we fret living out our days in idle tedium.

“Michael Jackson ‘The Immortal’ World Tour by Cirque du Soleil” comes to the Power Balance Pavilion on Jan. 10.

“Mel Ramos: 50 Years of Superheroes, Nudes and Other Pop Delights” runs June 2 through Oct. 3 at the Crocker Art Museum.

Gold Rush Days happens Labor Day weekend, Aug. 31-Sept. 3 in Old Sacramento.

Oliver Stone comes to the Mondavi Center for the Performing Arts on Feb. 3.

Innocence meets the macabre in photo exhibit

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A young boy sits in front of a dark opening into a decaying structure. He is wearing the mask of an old man and holding a doll in one arm.

"Ambrose Bierce #3" (1962) represents Ralph Meatyard's photography style.

Second Saturday highlights

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Alex Bult Gallery Old farm equipment, city grids and agricultural landscapes morph into each other in Jeff Myers' new paintings at Alex Bult Gallery, 1114 21st St., Suite B. (916) 476-5540.

Old farm equipment, city grids and agricultural landscapes morph into each other in Jeff Myers' new paintings at Alex Bult Gallery, 1114 21st St., Suite B. (916) 476-5540.



Art picks: Jeff Myers' boldly colored farm machine scenes at Alex Bult Gallery

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A huge farm machine rises up over tiny field workers in Jeff Myers' "Field Boss," a dynamic large-scale painting at the Alex Bult Gallery.

Jeff Myers captures both the complexity and simplicity of agricultural machinery in paintings like "Silver Thresher."

"Tractor Lines" also captures the complexity and simplicity of agricultural machinery.

City's junk becomes a cautionary artistic vision

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You would expect an exhibition at a college gallery to be educational. Gioia Fonda's show at the James Kaneko Gallery on the American River College campus is that in spades.

Gioia Fonda's drawings begin as photos of street debris.

Victoria Dalkey: Science lies beneath the art of Christopher Taggart

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Christopher Taggart started his college studies in physics and switched to art when he went to graduate school

In "Kudu," geometric forms coalesce into an image.

The seemingly organic form of "Ta Ta" is built upon a series of attached triangles.

26 Sacramento museums free for the day Saturday

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Free pass to the museums? Capital! For just one day, you're invited to ogle many of the region's priciest possessions and priceless artifacts, and it won't cost you a penny.

Nonprofit behind Lincoln's Feats of Clay competition calls it quits

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Citing a lack of financial contributions, Lincoln Arts, the nonprofit behind the nationally known Feats of Clay sculpting competition, abruptly announced Friday that it was ending operations.

Workers at Gladding, McBean pass beehive kilns being used for storage at the terra cotta plant. This year's Feats of Clay sculpting competition was canceled when Lincoln Arts closed down Friday.

Exhibit at California Museum tells story of nuns in America

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Religious sisters have long been iconic figures, sometimes foreboding (think: Catholic school), invariably benevolent and long shrouded in mystery to the outside world.

Benedictine Sisters await completion of a hospital in Bemidji, Minn., in 1900. They made health care affordable to lumberjacks.

A nun teaches nurses; health care has been a major part of Catholic nuns' service. "Women & Spirit: Catholic Sisters In America" reveals the history of American women who helped shape the nation's social and cultural landscape.

Catholic nuns in the United States have filled many societal needs over the years, including fighting for what at the time may have been unpopular causes for many Americans.

Catholic nuns in the United States have filled many societal needs over the years, including fighting for what at the time may have been unpopular causes for many Americans.

Victoria Dalkey: Five art picks for Second Saturday

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Southern California painter Gene Cooper offers a series of portraits of famous artists, among them John Singer Sargent, at Alex Bult Gallery.

Alex Bult Gallery

Bill Chambers' serene and precise landscape paintings are up with narrative works by Kenney Mencher at Elliott Fouts Gallery.

b. sakata garo

Viewpoint Gallery

Crocker opens new exhibit of Edgar Payne's work

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Edgar Payne, one of the most accomplished California landscape painters in the early 20th century, seems to have been destined to become an artist.

Edgar Payne, The Rendezvous (Santa Cruz Island, CA), 1915.

Edgar Payne, Sunset, Canyon de Chelly, 1916.

Edgar Payne, Untitled [Eucalyptus Landscape, California], n.d.

Edgar Payne, Hills of Altadena, 1917-1919.

NEA chief to visit Yolo's Art & Ag Project

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Bringing together artists and farmers in Yolo County is not the first thing that comes to mind when you think of the National Endowment for the Arts.

Chairman Rocco Landesman will be in Woodland today to visit the YoloArts Art & Ag Project, which is getting a funding boost from the NEA's ArtPlace program.

Victoria Dalkey: At Bult Gallery, Cooper exhibit is artistic game of Jeopardy

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Looking at Gene Cooper's paintings at Alex Bult Gallery is a little like playing TV's "Jeopardy." The category is Art and Artists. and the clues are visual.

Artist Jasper Johns is a subject of works in the Gene Cooper collection at Alex Bult Gallery.

Artist Giorgio Morandi is a subject of works in the Gene Cooper collection at Alex Bult Gallery.

"Traveling Lucia," left, is part of a series by Mary Hull Webster at b. sakata garo.