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Hit the Road
Placer Artist Studios Tour is November 12-14th from 10AM-5PM. This regional self-guided tour gives you a unique chance to visit artists at work in their studios. Pick up a guide and view the preview show in the gallery.
with the artists!
Saturday, October 30th
at Blue Line Arts
About the Exhibitions
Our three featured solo shows this month are all juried prize winners from the 2021 Lottery for the Arts exhibition, fundraiser, and auction. Artists donating work to the juried exhibition are eligible to Winners were chosen by Sacramento gallerist and art consultant Pamela Skinner.
Artists interested in participating in Lottery 2022 can view the prospectus on our Calls to Artists page.
Anthony Maki Gill
FROM THE CAVES
& THE STARS
Is featured in the Westpark Workshop Gallery. Includes multimedia content with ambient sound.
Anthony Maki Gill is an art maker, arts advocate, educator, and community builder who maintains a donation-based studio in Auburn.
He began his career in education facilitating art experiences for foster, homeless and incarcerated youth. His introduction to clay as an art & craft discipline came in Lana Wilson’s beginning ceramics class at Mesa College in 1987. Upon returning home to Auburn, Anthony met Larry ‘Luis’ Ortiz, who taught him how to throw pots, and provided a studio space and materials to fail, learn and teach. Anthony’s other important influences / teachers include: Rudy Autio, Pamela Johnson, Pete Voulkos, Rebecca Gregg, Stephen DeStaebler, Dotty Brown, Rodney Mott, Kim Brown, Mario Ferrante, Toby Covich, Susan Butler Mappa, Ken Roberts, Jack Ford, Clay Jensen, Paul Soldner and John Michael Keating.
Some of Anthony’s meaningful community collaborations include: the creation of a 10,000 square foot art center for the community, the city-wide art walk, the Tule Lake tea-bowl project, the Art of Real Food cookbook. Anthony has spent the last couple of decades providing teaching and technical support for the Art/Design and Gallery programs at Sierra Community College.
Anthony’s ceramic work includes both traditional and experimental ways with clay. He is interested in both low and high tech uses of the material. He uses clay as a performance media to create short films and animations as well as paintings, sculpture and functional forms.
Exhibition Historical Context
The deeper we look into the universe, earth’s caves and ancient cultures, the farther back in time we go. Both Scientists and mathematicians explain there is no aspect of time we truly understand. Some physicist have discovered that computer code exists in the equations that describe the cosmos. They have done the math, and confirmed that the universe is tuned to 120 decimal places. These scientists theorize our reality and existence may be some grand simulation.
Anthropologists continue to study and discover ancient human sites around the world, that consistently challenges what we understand, and think we know, about our evolutionary past.
The study of these 10-100,000+ year old cave paintings and ocher mines (iron-based pigment thought to be 'paint factories') in Africa, the Yucatan, and Europe, and cities, dwellings, and temples constructed throughout the Americas reveal additional clues about our collective human existence.
The coded communication found at these sites: human-made marks, patterns, figures, astronomical maps, create an ever expanding puzzle for our post-modern/post-truth societies to piece together.
The work within this exhibition intends to connect, as Genevieve von Petzinger said, “to that point deep in our collective history when someone first came up with the idea of making a graphic mark and forever changed the way we communicate. "
The work also seeks to, in the words of M.C. Richards, “perpetuate the living experience of contact with natural elements--something primal, immediate, personal, material; a dialogue between our dreams and the forces of nature.”
Inspired by our earliest ancestral history, and our millennial-old human need for expression, I combine primordial elements: ocher, water, silica, carbon, fire, and photons into pottery, performances, paintings, films, and sculpture. The resultant Art of Facts become interpretations of the fabric of my internal and our external universes. I view this expression as making consciousness visible, while questioning whether or not reality and creation are emergent from the same source.
-Anthony Maki Gill
Manipulation, Movement & Multiples is on display in the Feature Foyer gallery, featuring metal sculpture from local artist Jennifer Johnson.
Jennifer Johnson is an Auburn, Ca. artist who creates exciting and distinctive sculptures created from found and discarded steel. The sculptures form a powerful and, at times, controversial, expression of personal experience and social stereotypes. Currently showing in California and Washington, she is an award winning international artist who focuses her work on the human form and horses. Her sculptures range in size from 6 inches to 15 feet.
Jennifer has been published in Perspectives, Sunset Magazine, Southwest Art, Sacramento Magazine. She has also created many public art pieces, and her work has been used in feature films.
Jennifer is constantly searching for unique pieces of steel. An obvious sign of found treasure made of steel is rust. "This is an exciting way to clean up the environment and create something new from pieces of history," she explains. Her favorite found materials were historically significant at the turn of the century, when miners, horse drawn carriages, and hand made agricultural farming implements were prevalent.
Characters in Abstract, currently on display in the Broad Education Gallery, features selections from the Big Eye Collection.
Dave Manousos is a fine artist living in Northern California Gold Country. Known for his bold brushwork and colorful interpretations of everyday life represented in the faces of his characters, Dave's style could best be described as modern with a pop twist.
The bright color scheme defines the pop aspect of his artwork; however, the expressions of his subjects often take the piece out of the tropey pop space and move it into a subversive and serious space.
Most of his character paintings have dual personalities competing in a single space. When viewing one of his paintings, take your hand and cover one side of the piece then do the same on the other side. You will see two different emotions or expressions existing cohesively in the same space.
Over the past 35 years Dave has experimented with many techniques of painting and illustrating. He has written and illustrated children’s books, worked in graphic design and continued to paint.
His current Big Eye Collection is a compilation of character paintings that combine both illustration and painting techniques. As he applies layer after layer of color and texture, he see shapes and faces emerge from the canvas. He embraces the dominant figure and brings it to life.