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Over the weekend I visited a few galleries in Sacramento and found some really great art.  I want to mention 2 artists in particular: Patricia Gillespie and Kim Squaglia.  Both artists create amazing & detail oriented art that utilizes layered materials – however in most other respects are very different.

Patricia’s work is currently exhibited at the Verge Gallery, Sacramento:

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Her work reminds me of pop art but she presents it in a very fresh and unique way. I love the way she juxtaposes the soft quilted textiles with hard wood and and intense colors to create her work. She  balances the detail of the quilting with simple stylized figures in a very beautiful way. Each piece contains a clever word or phrase (also wood cut-outs) that adds social commentary in a whimsical way.  If you get a chance – her work is definitely worth a peek! For more about Patricia Gillespie click here.

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I’m not generally a huge fan of abstract art unless it’s something really innovative and unique. Kim’s oil and resin creations are both and absolutely beautiful! Unfortunately photographs don’t do her work justice – you must see it in person and up close to truly appreciate it.  Her work contains numerous layers, which give it a lot of dimension and interest.  She is also a wizard with color and creates the most beautiful color combinations using her daintly, yet expressive strokes.  Her creations (some quite large) contain an incredible amount of detail — I can only imagine the time they must take to create.

The process she uses is fascinating as well.  Though I did not get a chance to talk to her, it seems she paints a layer in oil then covers in with a layer of resin, and so on for at least 20 layers.  If you have the opportunity to see her work in person, I highly recommend it. For more about Kim Squaglia and her art, click here.

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I hope you enjoy these talented artists’ work!

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Hello! The opening of the Storybook exhibit at 20th Street Art Gallery was tonight.  There will be another 2nd Saturday reception in December and the show ends December 20.

The exhibit looks great and I enjoyed the opening.  There are 50 artists in the show.  Each artist was given one sentence of Debra Keller’s short story titled “The Gift” and were asked to create 3 different representations of it. The gallery is showing the 3 paintings by each artist and selling books containing the story and one artwork by each artist. The book is nicely done and I think they did a good job selecting the pieces for the book.  I am very excited; this is the first time my work was published in a book! 🙂 The opening was really fun because many of the artists and the author were there to sign the books and chat.

My three paintings (the middle one made it in the book):

“I glided across the top of the fence careful not to stab my slippers.”

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