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Gallery @48 Natoma E - 700000

Contact: Cindy Abraham, Gallery Director
Folsom Parks & Recreation Department,
Community and Cultural Services, (916) 461-6601
“Feast for the Eyes” new exhibit at Gallery at 48 Natoma
Linda Heath Clark, scratchboard, and Craig Stephens, oil paintings
May 11 to June 28, 2018
Opening Reception - Friday, May 11, 2018, 6:00-8:00pm
In the adjacent Community Gallery at 48 Natoma, The El Dorado Hills Arts Association will be on display from May 3 to June 21, 2018. Open Studio weekend June 9, 10, 10am-5pm.

Hours are Monday through Friday from 9am-5pm, with additional hours Tuesday and Wednesday nights from 6-8pm, and monthly Second Saturday hours, 9:00am-1:00pm.
Springtime is the season for the ripening of fruit, bushels of zucchini from the backyard garden and trips to the farmer’s market. Artists have been capturing the season’s bounty for centuries in realistic representations in still life studies. In the next exhibit at the Gallery at 48 Natoma, two prolific artists will display their images of fruits and vegetables. “Feast for the Eyes,” will highlight incredible scratchboard paintings by Linda Heath Clark and lovely oil paintings by Craig Stephens.

A selection of vintage fruit crate label original lithographs from the collection of Thomas Pat Jacobsen will also be on display.

The exhibit opens on Friday, May 11 and continues through June 28, 2018.

Linda Heath Clark is an accomplished scratchboard artist living in the foothills of El Dorado County. After obtaining a Bachelor’s Degree in Art with a minor in Biology, Clark’s interest in wildlife and science led to positions illustrating museum exhibits and ultimately to working sixteen years as a scientific illustrator. Her work as an illustrator included detailed animal portraits and insect and plant illustrations printed in environmental and agricultural publications, scientific journals, and Smithsonian Magazine. Her work has been shown in the Smithsonian Institution, the Oakland Museum of California, and galleries in Carmel, Sacramento, and El Dorado County. She has lectured and led workshops on scratchboard and the principles of scientific illustration at the Smithsonian Natural History Museum, the University of California at Santa Cruz, and the Oakland Museum of California.

Her passion for scratchboard over 35 years has culminated in her current work with nontraditional
subjects and uncommon coloring techniques on both black and white scratchboard. In 2016, the International Society of Scratchboard Artists (ISSA) awarded her Master Scratchboard Artist (MSA) status. Although scratchboard is traditionally a black and white medium, for her full color process she starts with a white clay board that has not been painted black. “Any color you see, I painted on with high flow acrylics. The initial layer of color is laid down in simple shapes and looks almost like a paint-by-number,” says Clark. She then uses various tools (X-Acto knives, scalpels, tattoo needles, steel wool, fiberglass brushes, etc.) to scratch through the acrylic paint to the white clay surface below and then I then applies thinned washes of acrylic to color the scratches. The final effect is achieved by alternating washes of thinned acrylic with scratching. Scratching creates highlights and adds detail and texture; washes of acrylic add color, contour and shadows.

Craig Stephens was born in Sacramento, California in 1963. He grew up in the foothill town of Weimar. He attended American River College and later transferred to UC Davis where he received his B.A. in art studio in 1993. During his undergraduate years, he had the privilege of taking classes from Gary Pruner, Roy DeForest, David Hollowell and Wayne Thiebaud. In 1996, Mr. Stephens began teaching high school art classes at Chana High School in Auburn, California. Now in his 22nd year, he continues to teach high school art in Placer County.

“One of the most fascinating moments for me when viewing a painting is the instant when the abstract brushstrokes and blobs of pigment coalesce to become the thing that they were designed to depict. It is truly magical when the eye and brain take over and the combination of autonomous brush marks all come together to produce the illusion of mass and volume and light. My subjects are humble objects found at grocery stores and farmer’s markets. I look for easily recognizable, iconic subjects that resonate with my life experience. I most often choose a point of view that I feel most clearly depicts the essence of my subjects,” says Stephens about his artwork.

In the adjacent Community Gallery at 48 Natoma, the El Dorado Hills Arts Association will showcase their annual 2018 Spring Art Studio Tour Preview with over 50 artists from 20 studios that are participating in this year’s event. This is a great way to see a preview of all of the artists in the Art Tour, get a free studio map, and plan your route for the tour.
The Art Center and Gallery at 48 Natoma will be open for the tour weekend on Saturday, June 9 and Sunday, June 10, from 10:00am to 5:00pm; free admission and all ages are welcome. For more information about the Studio Tour go to:

The public is invited to celebrate both exhibits at the free opening reception on Friday, May 11, 2018 from 6:00 to 8:00pm, with refreshments, wine and live guitar music by Daniel Roest.

The Gallery at 48 Natoma is managed by the Folsom Parks and Recreation Department and showcases art by regional and national professional artists, area museum collections and traveling exhibitions; offering high quality original art exhibits to the community that otherwise may not be experienced in this area. More information is available at folsom.ca.us, the Gallery at 48 Natoma.

The gallery is free and open to the public and art is available for purchase. Hours are Monday through Friday from 9am-5pm, with additional hours Tuesday and Wednesday evenings from 6-8pm and Second Saturdays of each month from 9am-1pm. Free tours can be arranged by appointment. For more information contact Gallery Director Cindy Abraham, (916) 461-6601, or cabraham@folsom.ca.us.

  Activity Description Dates Times Meet Days Locations Ages Price        
Feast for the Eyes
05/11/2018 -06/28/2018
6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Su, M, Tu, W, Th, F, Sa
Senior / Arts Center

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