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Gallery @48 Natoma E - 700000

Contact: Cindy Abraham, Gallery Director
Folsom Parks & Recreation Department,
Community and Cultural Services, (916) 355-7285

“Kid in the Candy Store” new exhibit at Gallery at 48 Natoma
September 8 – November 2, 2017
Opening Reception - Friday, September 8, 2017, 6:00-8:00pm

Hours are Monday through Friday from 9am-5pm,
with additional hours Tuesday and Wednesday nights from 6-8pm
and now new Second Saturday hours, beginning June 10, 9:00am-1:00pm.

In the 1960's a small gallery on Sutter Street in Folsom called "The Candy Store," showcased artists that later became forerunners of the famous Funk Art ceramics movement including Peter VandenBerge, David Gilhooly, Robert Arneson, Clayton Bailey, Maya Peebles and others. As a little girl, Camille VandenBerge often accompanied her famous father to the gallery and later became an acclaimed artist on her own. This spectacular exhibit will highlight Camille's new sculptures and will include selected pieces from some of these legendary artists.
As a special feature to accompany this exhibit, the gallery arranged for Peter VandenBerge, professor emeritus from UC Davis and Sacramento State University, to teach a special two-week ceramic workshop to the students in the Advanced Ceramics classes at Vista Del Lago High School in Folsom. The work created in this unique class is on display in the adjacent Community Gallery.
The exhibit will open on September 8, from 6-8pm, for a free artist’s reception with refreshments, wine and live flute and harp music by Francesca Anderson and Jaquelyn Venter. The exhibit will continue through November 2, 2017.

Camille VandenBerg has fond memories of going with her father to the Candy Store Gallery as a child. “At about the age of eight, I remember waking up on the Candy Store floor in the corner of the gallery, during an art opening. I was curled like a dog, looking up through cigarette smoke at a crowd of loud adults. Wine glasses in hands, sunglasses on heads, bell bottom jeans on legs,” remembers the artist. She was very excited to bring her second generation of art back to Folsom.

Her work is largely inspired by her experiences in the Dutch woods as well as her interest in northern European folklore. Charged with intuitive complexity and emotional depth VandenBerg’s new work celebrates the human spirit, while balancing the ponderous solidity of monumental sculpture against delicacy and lightness. Her sculptures of tall, elongated female figures are densely textured and stained with lovely pastel colors. The stylized expressions on her figures are dreamy and serene; their waif-like faces juxtaposed to their tall, stretched thin torsos. Many of the sculptures include small animals, flowers and vegetables. In her female figures, she attempts to transfigure the vitality of nature that she associates with the fertile powers of women.

Camille VandenBerge holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree from UC Davis and undergraduate studies in dramatic arts and psychology from UCLA. Her work has been widely exhibited and commissioned throughout California, the United States, Japan and Italy. Most notably her work can be seen locally at the Crocker Museum in Sacramento, and several of her public art pieces are at the Sacramento International Airport and the Sacramento Embassy Suites Hotel just before the entrance to the Tower Bridge.

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.

The gallery is free and open to the public and art is available for purchase. Hours are Monday through Friday from 9-5, with additional hours Tuesday and Wednesday evenings from 6-8pm and Second Saturdays of each month form 9-1. Free tours can be arranged by appointment. For more information contact Cindy Abraham, (916) 355-7285, or cabraham@folsom.ca.us.

  Activity Description Dates Times Meet Days Locations Ages Price        
Kid in the Candy Store
09/08/2017 -11/02/2017
6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Su, M, Tu, W, Th, F, Sa
Senior / Arts Center

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