Britta Swanson

Original Medium: Watercolor
Location of box art: 11th & L Streets

Britta Swanson was born and raised in Sacramento. She attended UC Santa Barbara where she received a Bachelor’s Degree in Studio Art. Her favorite medium explored in college was bookmaking; she hand-made the paper, printed monotype prints on it using a Vandercook press, and then fastened pages together using a variety of binding techniques. Since graduating from college, she primarily works in water color.

Artist Statement

This piece is dedicated to the artist’s grandmother, Doris Saunders, who passed away January 1, 2018

From a young age, I was mesmerized by my Grandfather’s orchids. He raised thousands of them. Every time I visited my grandparents in Ventura growing up, my grandfather would send me home with orchids. To this day, I raise many orchids, among other plants, and enjoy the challenge they present. I find that getting an orchid to bloom and re-bloom is very rewarding. My final work in college was a book I made about my orchids… I have even been known to name them. I truly feel connected to plants and therefore enjoy painting them. There are incalculable species of orchids, each completely different from the next. Although they do not produce fragrance, their compositions and colors are more than enough.

 

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Karen Ulep

Original Medium: Found Objects, Woodworking, Photography & Digital Media
“Homegrown” (above)
Location of box art: 16th & N Streets

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Originally from Atkins, Iowa, Karen Ulep is an artist based in Sacramento, California.  She works at CADA as the Creative Services & Marketing Manager providing writing, graphic design, web design and mixed media art for the organization and for its special events.

Artist Statement

I wanted to create something that represented Sacramento in a really eclectic, whimsical way. The end goal for me was to have pedestrians smile as they walk by and maybe stop to inspect the images a little closer.

I began with collecting specific items that one would associate with Sacramento (Kings tickets, a train to represent Sacramento’s history, and camellias – Sacramento’s official flower).  In looking at EVIVA, I thought it would be interesting to contrast the modern building with something that looked more organic, like a tree.  So I built a display box that would look like a tree or flower box from a distance.  I wanted it to have “windows” of transparency to fool the eye when pedestrians got closer (each side looks as though you can reach inside to grab an object from the opposite panel).

The wagon wheels were added for another reference to Sacramento’s past of horse drawn covered wagons during the gold rush era and for use in transporting agriculture. As for the people, I was thinking friendly CADA faces would be fun to incorporate as we are the official stewards of the Capitol Park Neighborhood, but I wanted them to look like objects for a surreal effect.

The statements burned into the box are just positive affirmations (“Never look back,” “Be True, BeYOUtiful,”and  INSPIRE”), which I also printed in braille using transparent tape.  CADA has several residents who are visually impaired and the Society For The Blind often sends students out into our area to practice their skills; I wanted my artwork to be inclusive.

The images of the eye, bumble bee, leaf, the letter N, and horseshoe when read correctly encourages the viewer, “I believe in you.”  After all, who doesn’t need encouragement these days?

Finally, the face on the top of the box will only be visible to visitors and residents of EVIVA, giving them a secret to share with those who aren’t lucky enough to live there.  I dare you not to smile when you see my friend’s face – it still makes me laugh today and I’ve been looking at this image for months!

Original Medium: Digital Media
“Balance”
Location of box art: 10th & L Streets

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Kerri Warner

Location of box art: 15th & J Streets (above)
Original Medium: Watercolor and colored pencil (figures) and the background is digital painting

Location of box art: 4th & Capitol Ave (below, click image to enlarge)
Original Medium: Mixed Media Collage

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Website:  Kerriwarner.com
Work available through: Studio 333
333 Caladonia Street, Sausalito, CA
Location of box art: 4th & Capitol Ave
Original Medium: Mixed Media Collage

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Kerri Warner is a mixed media artist based in Sacramento, California. Kerri’s work blends conventional and unconventional materials, paints, colored pencil, book pages, inks, paper and found objects, into two and three dimensional works. Various techniques, painting, cutting, gluing, sanding and assembling found objects create her layered textures on wood panels and sculptural forms. Through each step that leads to the finished surface, Kerri brings out the relationship between differing objects, colors and textures; with each mistake being an irreplaceable component of her process. Figurative forms, letters and numbers are often incorporated into her work as a graphic element or to convey a thought or theme. She is inspired by found objects, fragments of antique treasures, and everyday manufactured materials that were never intended to be art. Kerri’s work is available at Studio 333 in Sausalito, California and through her website.

Bryan Valenzuela

Original Medium: Mixed Media – Ink, Acrylic, Digital Media on Paper
Website: www.bryanvalenzuela.com
“Meta Mirror I” (above)
Location of box art: 8th & O Streets

“Meta Mirror II” (below, click image to enlarge)
Location of box art: 7th & Capitol Ave

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Northern California artist Bryan Valenzuela lives and works in Sacramento. For over a decade he’s been aiming to perfect a unique drawing technique involving the atomization of the figure by carving out shape and light with handwritten text.  Though virtually unnoticeable from afar, once the viewer steps closer to each work they are engulfed in a barrage of words intermingled with other mixed media elements such as needle and thread, acrylic paint, and collage. When not working in the studio, he’s composing and recording music, performing and touring with the band Exquisite Corps.  http://exquisitecorps.bandcamp.com

Artist Statement

Building images with the written word is my primary visual focus. Paragraphs, sentences, phrases, and fragments are all the DNA of my work. Similar to the concept of DNA, the language acts as both form and content. As form, the text delineates figures and subjects layer upon layer as shading. Words varying in size from the miniscule and unreadable, to large and bold are used in a manner similar to crosshatching with pen and ink. As content, the language provides a sense of the inherent information and associations, metaphors and meanings embedded in everyday existence. The words come from a spectrum of sources ranging from original excerpts from journals, poems, songs, and automatic writings to quotes from popular culture, literature, science, and sacred texts.  They are utilized as a meditation on the image itself in both literal and figurative ways.

Foremost in each piece is a draughtsman-like attention to rendering in detail. A fascination with exactitude and precision which demands a constant process of image collection, and lengthy research into subject matter. The images are gathered from multiple venues. Self generated photographs, archive photos, old anatomical drawings, even star charts and architecture become the raw material with which to compose preliminary sketches in Photoshop. They are later translated onto large scale canvasses in mixed media. On a general level, the subject matter explores connections between perceived opposites. The work aims to weave disparate elements into a whole. An idea alluded to in the use of sown scraps of canvas as a foundation. On a specific level, it seeks to combine concepts from the scientific and the spiritual, the mythic and the mundane. It searches for symbols that meld together interests in the natural world, psychology, religion, and astronomy to name a few. All of them becoming, piece by piece, the building blocks of each image.

Melissa Uroff

Original Medium: Mixed Media
Website: www.MelissaUroff.com
Location of box art: 16th & J Streets (above)

Original Medium: Mixed Media
Location of box art: 6th & Capitol Ave (below, click image to enlarge)

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Melissa has been an artist all of her life. From the first smell of the darkroom at the age of 14 she was hooked of photography. Residing in Sacramento, CA she dabbles in photography’s historical processes along with many experimental processes. She will always use film, however she has embraced the digital world as well. She also paints, collages, assemblages, draws, plays accordion, rides a moped and loves her two big crazy dogs. Melissa is the founder of the Sacramento based celebration of the arts magazine TUBE. (www.TUBEmag.com). She also curates art and music shows locally.

Susan Silvester

“Encounters”
Original Medium: Mixed Media (drawings & digital painting)
Website: www.susansilvester.com
Location of box art: 10th & O Streets

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Originally from the New York city area, Susan Silvester lived in Dallas, before moving to Sacramento, California.  Her artistic background is vast.  As a fabricator, she created art pieces for Robert Rauschenberg, Tom Wesselman, and Marisol.  Silvester sculpted clay animation models for Pee Wee’s Playhouse, designed computer graphics for the animated TV movie “Santa and the Snowmen,”  and she created one of the sets for the retired Back to the Future ride at Universal Studios Hollywood. Silvester created models for TV commercials such as, The Pillsbury Dough Boy, Twizzlers, Teddy Grahams, Acura, and she sculpted prototype toys for Warner Brothers and Disney.  She was also  a digital designer on one of the first PC computer games, “Rise of the Triad.”

Silvester has also been an adjunct professor teaching fundamentals of design, color theory and observational drawing at a local college. She maintains a studio at the Verge Center for the Arts and is focused on creating new original works.

Artist Statement

Inspired by fairy tales, natural science, Sci-Fi, art history, and the decorative arts, my work  brings together layered elements which are psychological rather than literal stories.  Keeping these concepts in mind, I created a design referencing my personal fantasy world filled with the local animals and my costumed figures that contrasts with the urban terrain.

Brenda Louie

“Rivers United Series 2014-001”
Original Medium: Oil on canvass
Website: http://brendalouie.wordpress.com
Location of box art: 7th & N Streets

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Brenda Louie was born in China. She received her BA degree in Economics and MA degree in Studio Art from California State University in Sacramento (CSUS) and Master of Fine Arts (M.F.A.) degree from Stanford University in 1993.

Brenda currently teaches studio art in the art department at CSUS; Brenda has been a visiting artist in several institutions including Northern Illinois University in 2012.

Louie is a painter as well as an art installation artist. Her works consistently demonstrate uniqueness in fusing both western and eastern aesthetics and thoughts.

Her large format paintings and art installations have been exhibited nationally and internationally including Crocker Art Museum, Nelson Art Gallery in UC Davis, Zhejiang Museum in Hangzhou, P.R. China. Her art has been collected by private sectors as well as public institutions such as Wickland Oil Corporation in California, Farhat Art Museum in Beirut, Lebanon and Ningbo University in Ningbo, China as well as CSU, Sacramento.

A retrospective exhibition of work of Brenda Louie will be held at the CSUS Library Annex Gallery in Fall 2015. A catalogue of Louie’s works will be published in Summer 2014 with essays contributed by six international scholars.  She is invited to present her solo show at the Kenneth B Gallery in Florence , Oregon in August 2014. Louie’s new work is included in an invitational show, Bloom, at the Pence Gallery, Davis, California in March 2014.

Artist Statement

“The Rivers United Series 2014-002”, was created in response to the Sacramento State University’s One Word One World Initiative 2012 campus-wide event to the scientific and poetic interpretation of the word “water”. Furthermore, this work was inspired and intensified by the artists concerns of the safety in drinking water while I was working with international artists in Beijing in the summer of 2012.

I intentionally use blue palette in concert with methodological naturalistic painting techniques of flowers and contemporary painting attitude to create a visual experience that is to draw attention for collaborative efforts to promote and preserve safe water and clean air for all to enjoy. The positive visual presentation of this work symbolizes the optimism and the mutual desire that lead to the ultimate triumph of global efforts.

William Ishmael

“With Age comes Wisdom” (working title)
Original Medium: rusted steel plates
Website:  www.iamishmael.com
Location of box art: 16th & Capitol Ave

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William Ishmael has been a painter for the last 25 years, beginning with watercolor landscapes and progressing to large abstracts utilizing latex paint, sand, organic materials, and the natural elements of the weather to achieve the weathered, multilayered effects on many of his canvases.  His primary focus has been on commissioned work and he has an outstanding list of clients and is widely praised for the way in which his paintings enhance his client’s homes and offices.

William’s accomplishments include being named Sacramento Art and Business Council’s “Artist of the Year” for 2011 and, in 2014,  having his 9 foot by 12 foot work “Wholeness and Fragmentation” accepted by SMAC for permanent installation in the Sacramento County Administration Building.

Artist Statement

My art is typically abstract and spontaneous, occasionally bright and colorful and often reflecting effects of oxidation and corrosion.   The intention is to develop a multi-layered, rich texture reflected even in an image of the work, which hopefully induces the viewer to ponder.  To achieve this effect I often paint in the outdoors, or simulate the outdoors, to reflect the conditions of the time the painting was being done — whether that is wind, rain, fog, or searing summer heat.  They are done incorporating latex paint, American River sand, iron filings, acid, clay, water, and/or rust.

Erik Hosino

“Japanese Catfish” (above)
Original Medium: Pen & Ink/Digital
Website: erikhosino.com
Location of box art: 3rd & Capitol

“Thief” (below, click to enlarge)
Original Medium: Pen & Ink/Digital
Website: erikhosino.com
Location of box art: 16th & Q

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Erik Hosino was born in Spokane, Washington in 1980. After a number of career-related moves, Erik’s family relocated when he was an infant to Sacramento-a place that would become “home”. Erik began creating art at a young age and never stopped. Over the years he has been recognized for different art awards, including a Sacramento Gold Addy  and a Regional (West Coast) Silver Addy. In his spare time, he paints for local shows and partakes in local events including Sacramento’s annual “Chalk It Up” festival.

Artist Statement

Art is my life.

When I was a small child, my mother would often come home from her job at DMV with reams of computer paper—the perforated kind with holes running down the sides. At a very young age, I made it my life’s sole mission to unremittingly fill every square inch of that paper with crayon and marker. Born unto those pages were countless superheoes, comics and theme park master plans.

Not a lot has changed over the years. I am now, by day, a graphic designer. It’s the perfect fit for me because I love creating as much as I love problem-solving. In the evenings, I moonlight a bit as an illustrator. The designer in me informs the illustrator and vice-versa. I work in several mediums including ink, watercolor, acrylic and digital. Because I approach illustration with the same pragmatism I do design, my medium is often dictated by the subject matter, tone and canvas.

As a new dad, I look forward to the challenges of parenting as well as the many ways that fatherhood will undoubtedly sculpt me as an artist and as a person.

Sandra Hernandez

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

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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