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Sandra Hernandez

Original Medium: Oil Paint
Website: http://vergeart.com/artist/sandy-hernandez/profile
Location of box art: 15th & N Streets


Sandra Hernandez’s work is focused on the nostalgia of childhood toys. Some toys are time capsules of the cultural context, others are simply memorable because they are tied to a child’s unique interests. Children create and project their sense of self onto the toys that they play with. So in many ways, the toys become a part of who that child is. Hernandez’s paintings remind us of the world we explored as children and our ability for boundless imagination.

Sandy Hernandez | Verge Center for the Arts
625 S Street, Sacramento, CA 95811 30+ artist studios 2 galleries 1 classroom

Gioia Fonda

Original Medium: Mixed Media
Website: http://vergeart.com/artist/gioia-fonda/profile
Location of box art: 9th & O Streets


Gioia Fonda is an interdisciplinary artist working primarily in two-dimensional media (painting, drawing, sewing and photography) with occasional forays in sculpture, performance and new media. Her subject matter is wide ranging from working in a colorful non-objective manner to directly addressing the fallout of the Great Recession. A resident member of Verge Center for the Arts, she is a dedicated member of the Sacramento art community contributing as artist, curator, jurist and collaborating artist. She has a bi-coastal art education receiving her BFA at the California College of the Arts in Oakland and her MFA at the School of Visual Arts in New York. She is a tenured professor of art at Sacramento City College.

Artist Statement

I’m a declarer of holidays, a transmitter of trivia, a cultural argonaut and a faux anthropologist. I am simultaneously both neophyte and virtuoso of many skills. I’m a hypothetical historian, a connoisseur of tedium and a collector of the world’s flotsam. It’s by virtue of these proclivities that I create. I wanted my electrical box to evoke a sense of color and playfulness that may be in short supply during the average workday downtown. Many of the elements of this composition were created with repurposed materials familiar to all. It is my hope that a person that walks by this piece often will notice new things with subsequent viewings.

Mark Emerson

Original Medium: Painting
Website: www.markemerson.info
Location of box art: 15th & S Streets

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Mark Emerson is a fine artist with a concentration in painting.  He received an Associate of Arts degree from Sacramento City College, California in 1974. He also at the California College of Arts & Crafts (now the California College of the Arts) in 1975 with a concentration in painting and film. Emerson received a BA from California State University, Sacramento in 1979, and an MFA from the University of California, Davis in 1984. To date his work has been featured in 24 solo exhibitions and numerous group exhibitions.

Emerson has taught art since 1986.  He is currently a Lecturer Emeritus at California State University, Sacramento art department.

Emerson’s work is found in many private, corporate and public collections, including in California: the Crocker Art Museum, Sacramento; the Berkeley Art Museum/Pacific Film Archive, Berkeley; the University of California Davis Medical Center, Sacramento and Roseville; California State University Art Department, Sacramento; the University of California Art Department, Davis; Sacramento City College Art Department Permanent Collection, Sacramento; Kaiser Hospitals of California; and in Ohio, the Progressive Insurance Art Collection, Cleveland. Emerson lives and works in Sacramento, California.

Roma Devanbu

Original Medium: Paper Cut-outs
Website: www.romadevanbu.com
Location of box art: 16th & S Streets

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Roma Devanbu was born in Boston, Massachusetts and spent her childhood in Montclair, New Jersey, making things and climbing trees.

Her undergraduate art education at Carnegie-Mellon University had its roots deep in the western traditions of Europe and America; figure study, renaissance perspective, Greek ideals of proportion, and 19th and 20th century movements and masters. Hungry for other perspectives, Devanbu traveled and studied art and Asian art history for a year in the graduate program at the University of Baroda in India.

Devanbu was a tenured art professor at Bergen Community College in Paramus, New Jersey before moving to California in 1997. She has taught Drawing, 2-D Design, and Color Theory at the Art Institute of California in Sacramento. She keeps a studio at her home in Davis as well as at the Verge Center for the Arts in Sacramento.

Dante Declarador

Original Medium: Graphic Design
Website: http://declaredesign.com
Location of box art: 15th & K Streets

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Born and raised in San Francisco, Dante lived throughout the Bay Area and has made Sacramento his home since 2005. His studio is located in Midtown Sacramento where he runs his independent freelance business “Declare Design” specializing in branding and marketing communications. Dante’s background in graphic design heavily influences the content and look of his artwork which is done with spraypaint and hand cut stencils for the images. His paintings are a mashup of graffiti, street art, and graphic design.

Artist Statement

Creating art and design is how I declare my passion to the world. When painting, I use bright and vivid colors, building up juxtaposition of shape and dimension with the goal of conveying raw emotion. Images are layered over abstract elements to create dynamic compositions that explore balance, form and contrast.

The pursuit of the “perfect” piece has led me on a life long journey, defined by 3 dots at the end of my signature, which means – “to be continued”.   The quest to achieve greatness continues after each piece, knowing that perfection is an impossible feat, I continue to strive to create a collection of works that will leave a legacy for generations to come.


Julia Couzens

“Scrap Wrap”
Original Medium: Paint, ink, and paper
Website: http://juliacouzens.com
Location of box art: 12th & Q Streets


Julia Couzens maintains a deeply inquisitive visual practice, working in sculpture, drawing, and textile constructions. Born and raised in Auburn, California, she now lives and works at Quinta Luz, her home on Merritt Island outside the Sacramento River delta community of Clarksburg.

Working abstractly, in scales both large and small, Couzens delves into a rich bag of tricks: cutting, wrapping, pasting, tying, scavenging, stitching, slicing, sorting, bundling, and collaging to create eccentric objects possessing intense linear energy, textural physicality, and exuberant color.

Known as an “artist’s artist”, Couzens has been recognized with a Louis Comfort Tiffany Fellowship for her innovative work in sculpture. Her work is widely shown and is represented in the Achenbach Foundation for Graphic Art, M.H. deYoung Museum, Crocker Art Museum, Berkeley Art Museum/Pacific Film Archive, Butler Institute of American Art, Equitable Life, New York, Weatherspoon Art Museum, University of North Carolina, and Yale University. She is also a poet, and writes about contemporary art for squarecylinder, Northern California’s leading on-line arts publication.

Artist Statement

In thinking about a design to wrap a utility box I envisioned electricity as a form of conversational energy and the box as a magnet, or punctuation point, along the Sacramento grid. “Scrap Wrap” represents coalescing particles from the life of the street — scraps of vagrant papers snatched by a breeze, twiggy bits dropped from trees, wind-skipping straws, the boogie-woogie street patois pulled into the orbit of our downtown Capitol City energy.