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New "Contagious Color" mural set to brighten road to Sacramento

09/19/14

New "Contagious Color" mural set to brighten road to Sacramento

Come November, the once-neglected 12th Street passageway into the central city will become an appealing, lively corridor thanks to Contagious Color, a new public-art initiative approved this past week by the Sacramento City Council. The project is helmed by L/C Mural & Design, the Sacramento-based team of artists Sofia Lacin and Hennessy Christophel, whose work includes other public projects—like a 14,000-square-foot water tank in east Davis and the planned Bright Underbelly mural at the Sacramento Central Farmers’ Market—that are geared towards adding beauty to industrial structures. “[12th Street] is such a gateway, and this really formalizes that fact,” Lacin says. “We really want to uplift that whole tunnel and that whole area.”...

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Pop-up rooftop park returns to midtown this weekend

09/19/14

Pop-up rooftop park returns to midtown this weekend

This weekend, join the Rooftop Alliance as it transforms the roof of a midtown parking garage into UPark 2014, a pop-up urban park offering two days of yoga, dance, art, movies, beer, a mobile produce stand and other offerings. The park will occupy the top floor of the garage at 20th and L streets, previously the site of a bike-in outdoor movie screening this summer. Inspired by parks and gardens on rooftops in cities such as Vancouver and Chicago, the Rooftop Alliance started the UPark event last year in the hopes of making permanent parks and gardens on the rooftops of restaurants, businesses and residential complexes in Sacramento more common and accessible. “As we’re becoming compact in big cities, people are becoming more aware of making the most of our...

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Sacramento-area artisans have eyes on Martha Stewart American Made prize

09/16/14

Sacramento-area artisans have eyes on Martha Stewart American Made prize

It’s maker break time for a handful of Sacramento-area artisans. The Martha Stewart American Made contest has thrust more than 900 independent producers in the design, crafts, food and style realms into a competition to be recognized as one of the country’s foremost “makers”—the affectionate shorthand describing the new wave of do-it-yourself product creators. Among the 900, four finalists from the Sacramento region are in the hunt for one of 10 winners’ slots. They include the Courtland-based furniture and home-products designer blankblank, the Sacramento-based sustainable seafood distributor Siren Fish Co., Granite Bay’s foodie fundraising startup Ternero Olive Oil and the Yuba City-headquartered gardening supplement Shake and Grow....

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Second Saturday: 125 artists open their studios, plus 3 new gallery shows to see

09/11/14

Second Saturday: 125 artists open their studios, plus 3 new gallery shows to see

This month, art lovers will have the opportunity to enjoy works not just on gallery walls for Second Saturday, but inside the studios of more than 125 artists during the Sac Open Studios Tour. Artists based in and around downtown and midtown Sacramento will open up their work spaces to the public on Sept. 13 and 14, while next weekend (Sept. 20 and 21) will feature those in suburban areas such as Arden-Arcade, Tahoe Park, Carmichael and Fair Oaks. The event is presented this year for the first time by Verge Center for the Arts, which merged this year with the program’s founders at Center for Contemporary Art Sacramento. (The CCAS launched the tours in 2006.) “When somebody goes into a gallery or museum, and they see the finished product hanging on the wall,...

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