Wednesday, October 8, 2008

Emerging Artists at Asylum

Artists from San Rafeal to Rocklin will exhibit work when the Emerging Artists show opens at Asylum Gallery inside HQ: Headquarters for the Arts, 1719 25th St., Sacramento (behind the gray fence at 25th & R Sts.) during October’s 2nd Saturday reception October 11th from 6 to 9 pm. The show continues to November 9th and another 2nd Saturday reception is planned for November 8th from 6 to 9 pm. Regular gallery hours (except for 2nd Saturday) will be 1 to 5 pm on Saturdays and Sundays or by appointment.

  • The artists include Marianne Bland who just moved to Sacramento from San Francisco, Margaret Lord of San Rafael, Matthew Pappas of Rocklin, Gioia Fonda of Sacramento, Olivia Coelho of Sacramento, Ashley Smith of Roseville and David Johnson of Placerville.

Born in 1982 in the San Francisco Bay Area, Bland has been painting murals with Murals Ink since 1998. She attended the California College of Arts and Crafts and also studied at L’ecole Superieure des Beaux-Arts in Marseille, France. She has exhibited at City Art Gallery in San Francisco. Marianne is also a published poet, has illustrated children’s books, makes jewelry and enjoys metalworking. She currently works out of her studio in Sacramento, where she lives with her husband and puppy.

  • Olivia Coelho grew up with her artist mother and father in the hills by Folsom Lake. She received her BFA from UC-Santa Cruz. Coelho currently lives in Midtown Sacramento with her husband and a dog and cat. She is one of the owners of Bows & Arrows, vintage. She enjoys swimming in the river and riding her bicycle at night.

Gioia Fonda teaches art at Sacramento City College and is the 1993 creator of Pink Week while attending the California College of Arts and Crafts. Upon declaring she was going to wear pink clothes all week and have a "pink week", her good friend Eric Wood (now husband and Official Pink Week Chief Consultant), printed a few posters advertising the event on campus. What began as a personal expression quickly became a group piece as other people asked if they could participate too.

  • David Johnson – grew up in the rural Sierra foothills. As the only child of a painter and a weaver, he was raised with exposure to the world of the arts and an understanding of the significance of creative expression. His photography and drawings have been displayed in a number of school exhibitions and award shows over the span of his undergraduate career. He is currently a senior at Sacramento State University where he is pursuing his bachelor’s degree in art with a minor in photography.

Margaret Lord is a San Rafael artist who specializes in Polaroid transfers, a soon to be dying art.

  • Liv Moe is originally from Fargo, North Dakota and now is an artist and writer who currently lives and works in Sacramento. With a focus on the domestic or mundane, her work seeks to discover alchemic relationships through the re-contextualization of materials such as vacuum cleaners, bric-a-brack, furniture and hair. Her recent explorations have included documentary film, sculpture in a variety of media, digital photography, and kinetics.

Matthew Pappas was born in Yuba City and now lives in Rocklin. He holds a B.F.A from Chico and a MFA from the University of Washington. He has taught studio art at the University of Washington, Highline Community College, and most recently at the Cosumnes River and Folsom Lake College campuses. Pappas plans to write a book based upon a collection of notebooks containing graduate seminars, studio critiques, and personal experiences during his days as a graduate student and shortly thereafter.

  • Ashley Smith has been selling both commissioned and non-commissioned work for the past 10 years. She holds a BA in Studio Arts from UC-Santa Barbara where she was invited to participate in the prestigious Undergraduate Art Show in 2004 and 2005. In the past three years, Smith has lived in Placer County where she is known mostly for her intimate graphite portraits, but she is currently working on a series of mid-size atmospheric oil paintings.