Second Saturday Roundup for Dec. 13

Courtesy of Axis Gallery
Chuck Seerey’s large-scale abstract painting "Open Maze #3" will be featured in Axis Gallery's new group show. Reception is this Saturday from 6 to 9 p.m.

Get to the art of the matter this weekend. Here are four great gallery exhibits to check out during Second Saturday.

Axis Gallery
Through Jan. 26

This eighth annual exhibit features all new works created by members of the Sacramento art cooperative Axis Gallery, providing a preview of what the 13 artists will be presenting in their upcoming solo shows. The nearly 30 pieces in the show represent a diverse array of mediums, ranging from photography to sculpture to mixed-media collage to oil on canvas, such as Chuck Seerey’s large-scale abstract painting Open Maze #3, a vibrant piece that incorporates his interest in textual symbols in its grid-like depiction of an Islamic maze made up of calligraphic symbols. A reception with the artists will take place this Saturday from 6 to 9 p.m. 1517 19th St. 443-9900.

Gallery 2110
Through Dec. 28

Two artists are featured in the main exhibit space of Gallery 2110 this month: Santa Fe-based artist Hollie Ambrose, who is presenting recent mixed-media sculptures inspired by the desert terrain of her New Mexico home, and Sacramento painter Skip Lee, who is displaying a lineup of his expressive, colorful works that are influenced by abstract expressionism and incorporate various approaches such as the drip painting technique. An opening reception will take place this Saturday from 6 to 9 p.m. 2110 K St. 476-5500. 

Temporary Contemporary
Through Dec. 22

About 40 artists participate in “Make Your Own Kind of Music,” a contemporary group show inspired by music, singers, lyrics and musicians. The works on display include everything from mixed-media sculptures of guitars to a black-and-white piece resembling sheet music to a graphic, abstract paintings instruments. On Saturday, the artists will be on hand during a reception from 6 to 9 p.m. 1616 Del Paso Blvd. 921-1224.

Viewpoint Gallery
Through Jan. 4

“Twelve: Natural Magic,” Viewpoint Gallery’s fifth annual juried winter show, explores the properties of light through a series of more than 80 photographs, such as Phiilip Pogledich’s black-and-white mountain scene, Melissa Leady’s photo of light creeping up a spiral staircase, and Lewis Kemper’s close-up of a backlit sunflower. The show was curated by Auburn-based photographer Keith Sutter, whose work has been featured in the likes of National Geographic, Architectural Digest and Sunset. A reception will take place this Saturday from 5:30 to 9 p.m. 2015 J St. 441-2341.