At the Sacramento Press, we feel this is an exciting time to be a part of the central city. There are a lot of creatives, both young and old, putting their mark on Sacramento. To better keep an eye on things, and to promote Sacramento’s working creative class, we are excited to announce our partnership with the Exhibit S art galley in the Downtown Plaza. Practically speaking, that means either I or Editor Jared Goyette will be working from the space for a portion of our week. Stop by Wednesday through Friday from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. – though you’ll often see us there later in the day too. Say hi, and make sure to leave yourself enough time to enjoy the artwork.
This partnership made sense for Sac Press because just as we are a not simply a place to read the news, but to engage with it, Exhibit S is more than only a space to display art. The team at the gallery is working to create a meeting point for creatives, thinkers, local businesses and culture warriors to convene – this means a steady flow of new work, educational workshops and monthly events.
Resident artists include Tapigami creator Danny Scheible, who co-manages the exhibit with business partner Tre Borden, fine artist Maren Conrad (creator of the now well-known Politically Vulnerable collection), digital artist and painter Matt Brown, videographer/photographer Teddy L (aka “The Believist”) and painter, printmaker and performance artist Erika Lipkes (aka Lady Beaver).
In addition to the resident artists, there is Gallery 359 – a constantly evolving space in the back of Exhibit S – that houses rotating collections and has already showcased the work of over 20 local artists since the opening on June 27. Also, the artist-in-residence program facilitates collaboration by inviting artists into the space on a short-term basis for cooperative projects.
The retail shop features all original work from local creatives. Sunday is Drop-in Art Day, when mall patrons can come learn about the artistic process and make their own art. Each month Exhibit S hosts their Kulture Kegger – which offers free beer from River City Brewing to anyone interested in hanging out and helping to shape Sacramento’s cultural landscape.
(video by Teddy L, The Believist) (Video contains adult language)
“We want to assemble and showcase Sacramento’s creative talent, and brand downtown as a place for cutting-edge art experiences,” said Borden. “At the same time, we want to offer opportunities to learn about and engage with the artistic process, and a venue for artists, creative talent and local businesses to engage and collaborate.”
At the Sacramento Press we can’t shut up about the importance of community involvement and civic engagement. It’s why citizen journalism is such an important part of what we do – we want to encourage local residents to find their voices and share their stories. With that in mind, Tapigami’s concept spoke to us – making art from everyday materials, coaching those interested in the process and incorporating resident work into the living, breathing art installation that is Tape City. At Sac Press we don’t want you to simply read our publication, we want you to be part of the process of producing it. You can look at Tape City – you can also help to build it.
Those core concepts of collaboration, accessibility and education extend past Tapigami and reflect the values of Exhibit S. We feel they reflect our values at the Sac Press as well.
You can catch the crew during gallery hours, Wednesday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. and Sundays from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. They’ll also be at Blackbird for Midtown Cocktail Week on August 24. Openings are monthly, typically the final Thursday of each month, and the next Kulture Kegger will be August 22.
We all have a lot of ideas for how our two organizations will be working together to engage the community in conversations that revolve around art, culture and the vibrancy of our central city. Stay tuned.
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