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Hey There! Just wanted to let you know about this really unique new event at the Blue Line Gallery.  It’s an exhibit and fundraising event called Lottery for the Arts!

The way it works is the organization asked artists to donate some art pieces which will be exhibited Sept 1-11 at the Blue Line Gallery. And they are selling lottery tickets (which are not cheap, but well worth the cost) for the Lottery “party”. On the evening of Sept 11, there will be a private event for ticket holders and their guests — they will enjoy food & wine while they wait for their names to be drawn.  Once their name is drawn, they will choose their piece of art. Every ticket holder will go home with an original art piece art valued between $175-$1200! So it’s a lottery where everyone is a winner!

Should be a great event! For more information and to see the artwork donated so far or to purchase your ticket, click here.

I will have 2 pieces in the exhibit. They are both intaglio pieces, created using etching or engraving and aquatint on a copper plate and hand printed on an etching press. If you buy a ticket, you may win one of these (they will be matted and framed, I’ll post photos soon):

“Jungle of Hair”, engraving and aquatint, 12″ x12″

“The Grand Oak”, etching and aquatint, 13.5″ x 12″

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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.

squagliaKim’s work can be seen at Jay Jay Gallery, Sacramento:

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!