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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

“What Came First?” new exhibit at Gallery at 48 Natoma
Loretta Armstrong oil paintings, Karen Hunziker mixed media drawings, and
Teresa Mihalko Harbert pysanky painted eggs
March 16 to May 3, 2018
Opening Reception - Friday, March 16, 2018, 6:00-8:00pm
In the adjacent Community Gallery at 48 Natoma, FolPho Photographers will be on display from March 9 to April 26, 2018.

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.
If you have ever been to Folsom City Lyons Park and the Folsom Zoo Sanctuary, you are probably very familiar with lots of roosters and chickens roaming loose in the park. They have become a beloved mascot of the area. What better than to elevate them to an art form? This spring the Gallery at 48 Natoma addresses the old adage, “What came first, the chicken or the egg?”

In this whimsical art show, three acclaimed artists will exhibit versions of this subject in a variety of media. Loretta Armstrong will show a series of imaginative chicken and rooster oil paintings, Karen Hunziker will display mixed media drawings and paintings of chickens and Ukrainian eggs, and artist Teresa Mihalko Harbert will exhibit beautiful Pysanky painted eggs.

This show is coordinated with the opening of the new Barnyard Experience at the Folsom Zoo Sanctuary that is just down the sidewalk from the gallery at the Folsom Civic Center. This new program will provide a forever home to rescued farm animals and a public education center to teach responsible behavior toward all animals.

The exhibit opens on Friday, March 16 and continues through May 3, 2018.

Loretta Armstrong is creator of a unique style she calls “Whimsical Toons.” She has used many different styles and painted a variety of subjects over the years. One of these is her painted chickens, which are very popular with collectors in the U.S. and Europe. Loose, colorful and fun, her oil paintings are free and happy. These images feature twisted and turned lines with lots of color and texture. Her “inner child” shines through in this fun style, which has drawn an enthusiastic following.

Karen Hunziker is a prolific artist well known for her very detailed mixed media consisting of ink, pastel and watercolor pens. Originally, from New York, Karen studied art in southern California and now resides in El Dorado County, where her work is quite popular. A lot of Karen's work is influenced by her love of Russian and Ukrainian culture. Her vast amounts of subjects range from local Placerville and Sierra scenes to the nonsense and humor of ornate chickens hatching from Ukrainian eggs. "An artist has to do what an artist has to do," she jokes.

When Teresa Mihalko Harbert was a young teenager, she visited her father’s mother in New York, she had emigrated from Ukraine in the early 1900’s and spoke very little English. “I can still picture her as she tried to teach all her grandchildren how to decorate eggs with wax and dyes and a funny little tool using melted beeswax in a tiny brass funnel called a kistka,” remembers the artist. Later as a college student, she experimented in other art forms such as quilting and cross-stitch and again became interested in the technique of fabulously decorating eggs called Pysanky. In 1995, she debuted as an egg artist and teacher in the local Sacramento area. The eggs in this exhibit range in style from very traditional Ukrainian designs to Indian-inspired mehndi motifs, to intricate quilt patterns to purely whimsical and modern creations.

Teresa will also be teaching a number of Pysanky egg workshops at the 48 Natoma Art Center on April 17 and 24, 2018. Additional class descriptions and registration information can be found here:

In the adjacent Community Gallery at 48 Natoma, local artists from the FolPho Photographers will be on display from March 9 to April 26, 2018. The photographers will continue the fun theme of barnyards, farms and chickens in their imagery.

The public is invited to celebrate both exhibits at the free opening reception on Friday, March 16 from 6:00 to 8:00, with refreshments, wine and live jazz saxophone music by Jerry Fairlie.

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) 355-7285, or cabraham@folsom.ca.us.

  Activity Description Dates Times Meet Days Locations Ages Price        
What Came First?
03/16/2018 -05/03/2018
6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Su, M, Tu, W, Th, F, Sa
Senior / Arts Center

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