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Exhibitions, Notes from the Board, Calls for Art, Classes, Community Announcements and Thanks

May 3-31, 2019

Kyle Campbell | Oni Dakini | Gini Holmes | Ryan Ramos
Juror's Statement
Uncovering a Resistance looks at art as resistance or as artists having critical conversations with their community. Some of these concepts can be an internal perspective or outwardly facing. Art has the power to bring abstract and not so abstract thoughts to the table for reasoning. Can objects or works of art drive a perceptual shift within our communities? How can we have conversations with civility, without words, and lean on the skills of making? These works of art were chosen because they have a voice with no sound and they ask to be heard and learned from. ~ Jacob Meders

This exhibition is generously sponsored by Ann & Tony Slocum

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Small Works

$20 Entry Fee |  Drop Off: June 1-2 

12" x 12" canvas comes with entry! All skill levels welcome. This is a great way to experiment with new materials and ideas. Give it a try! Why not?!   Find out more!

National Juried Exhibition

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This exhibition draws from exemplary artwork of all media from across the United States.

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Open Studios Art Tour (OSAT) 2019 is in our 30th year! 

Online Registration is Available on CAC website May 1 – June 30, Midnight. (Same price as last year. Late Fee after June 15th)

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The Orland Art Center is featuring Marilynn Jennings, Gary Baugh and Paula Busch (CAC Members) in the exhibition, "Witty and Wild and Whimsical". Please see ART IN MAY for more info.
Mobile art studio that aligns displaced artists from the Campfire with positive community oriented projects for the betterment of physical, emotional, and mental health. Partnering with schools, companies, and community members!
Jessie Mercer will be creating a detachable mural on the main wall at the new Phoenix Boys & Girls Club. 
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Greetings Community,

May 3, Friday was the reception for the Discovery Series Uncovering a Resistance, juried by Jacob Meders, a member of the Mechoopda tribe and art facility at Arizona State University. This exhibition is a unique exhibit. When I first entered the gallery, it seemed very sparse, with only 4 artists represented, it forced me to interact directly with the art. I was able to take my time and focus as I looked at each piece and read the artist’s statements about their thoughts, emotions, and artistic process. This exhibit explores different political views, personal experiences of self-awareness, self-identity, sexuality and foundations of home and family. A lot of energy and time went into each piece, the challenge is to respect the art process.  Not all art is meant to be pretty or the kind to go over a couch.  Sometimes it reinforces our world view, sometimes it makes us think about things in a different way, which may not be comfortable. I particularly liked the Gates by Kyle Campbell, as a white picket fence represents home and family, and a gate is welcoming and allows or invites entrance.  But these gates deceive the eye as they are not made of wood as they are meant to look.  I challenge you to come see for yourself.

April has passed in a whirlwind of activity, with wild weather, and lots of plans in the making. Creative Fusion Reception, April 5th, with art by local Jr. High and High School students was well attended. It is wonderful to see families, and friends praise these young artists. There were 19 cash prizes handed out by juror for the exhibit, Jennifer Spangler, Arts Enrichment Coordinator with Butte County Office of Education. 

Champions of the Arts Celebration honored 6 local art heroes April 18th at MONCA. Hosted by the Chico Arts and Culture Foundation Certificates of Recognition were awarded to Cameron Kelly for the Renew, Rebuild, Reimagine Exhibit, and Jessie Mercer for the Art on Wheels program, as well as Amber Palmer, Christine Mac Shane, Marc Edson, and Rebecca McIntire Senoglu, and a special recognition for Jenise Coon, Choral and Musical Theatre Director at Chico High School.

A special thanks to Jon Freeman-Wood for the contribution of his handmade bread to some of our receptions.

An apology to Lorraine Slattery and Steve Johnson for misspelling their names in last month’s newsletter - again thanks for your help with reception food and music.

Thanks for all of your support, time, energy and donations. 

Lisa Freeman-Wood, CAC President


Zentangle Basics Class

Saturday, May 25, 12-3pm  Fee $11 (includes all materials)

Instructors:  Jodi Ballenger, Kim Kohler, Deborah Williams, Certified Zentangle Teachers

Zentangle is an easy-to-learn, relaxing and fun way to create beautiful images by drawing structured patterns.  The Zentangle practice has multiple benefits including calming an anxious mind, creating a self-soothing experience and cultivating moment-to-moment awareness in a similar way as mindful meditation.  No artistic ability required!!

Jodi Ballenger, Certified Zentangle Teacher
(916) 214-2046,                                     GET MORE INFO

Nicolai Larsen giclee prints for under $100! Come visit the Gift Shop to find handmade gifts like makeup bags, totes, jewelry, garden art and more!

1078 Gallery
Mariam Pakbaz: Something Not Yet Made
May 9 – June 2 
Reception: Saturday May 11, 6-8pm
1710 Park Ave., Chico >Info

Jacki Headley University Art Gallery

64th Annual Juried Student Exhibition
April 30 – May 17
Reception: Thursday, May 2, 6 pm
Arts & Humanities Bldg, CSUC >Info

Janet Turner Print Museum
24th Juried Student Print Exhibition & 17th Ink/clay
April 29 – May 18
400 W. 1st. St. >Info

Museum of Northern California Art
Tend & Circus Acrobats
April 4 - May 26
900 Esplanade, Chico. >Info

Orland Art Center
Witty and Wild and Whimsical

April 5- May 25
732 Fourth St., Orland >Info

Shasta Arts Council
ART 300: Shasta College Art Faculty and Paraprofessionals and Emerging Artists
Old City Hall
1313 Market Street, Redding >Info

North Valley Art League
NVAL 2019 Regional Juried Photography Show
April 30 – June 1
Reception: Friday, May 3, 5-7pm
48 Quartz Hill Rd, Redding >Info

Siskiyou Arts Museum
Dunsmuir Elementary School Art Show
May 11 – June 1
Reception: May 11, 5-7 p.m.
5824 Dunsmuir Ave, Dunsmuir >Info

The Crocker
Big Ideas
April 28 - August 25
216 O Street, Sacramento >Info

Oakland Museum of California

Pushing West: The Photography of Andrew J. Russell
May 4 – Sept 1
1000 Oak Street, Oakland >Info
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