The State of the Pit

Beatnik has opened up the doors to a new installation space in the gallery.  “The Pit” Will feature new art installations every two months, on a staggered schedule with the gallery.  Here’s a look at the first in a series of regularly scheduled installations:

“Divine Division/Conceited Connection”

and experimental installation by Kevin Zee and John Malinowski

showing in the pit July 1st – August 19th

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May 2016 in the gallery

Stephanie Fry Rallanka Studio Visit

Stephanie Fry Rallanka is one of the featured artists in “Six from City” continuing through April 22, at Beatnik Studios. It was a joy to catch up with her and see how she goes about creating her compelling images. Here’s what she has to say about her paintings:

“My work expresses how the all-wrong can be the all-right: a taste of redemption, struggle and beauty found in disaster.  Mistakes are my media.  How can the ugly be beautiful?  Stitching the canvas evokes healing and creative energy all at once.  Scriptural imagery and text reference a place of mystical ecstasy where the ‘lamb once slain’ triumphs: a symbol of how innocence and weakness, rather than perfect strength, may triumph.  The effect is redemptive and alluring, drawing from deeply interior yet universal experiences.”

You can see her work along with the rest of the show this week: Tues, 10 am – 5 pm. Wed. 11:30 am – 5 pm and Fri. 11:30 am – 5 pm. Please note that the gallery is closed this Thursday, April 21st for a special event.

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Jill Estroff Studio Visit

We caught up with “Six from City” artist Jill Estroff recently at her light-filled studio and here’s what she had to say about her work:

“Photographs often inform my paintings—but they’re just a starting point. I work to capture the essence of things or the feeling of a place, rather than an accurate rendering. Using a vivid palette, I try to reflect the light and color we experience in Northern California.

While working at the Crocker Art Museum in the 1990’s, I enrolled in drawing, painting and art history classes at Sacramento City College taught by Chris Daubert and Fred Dalkey. More recently, I was inspired anew while working at Alex Bult Gallery and returned to painting by taking classes with artists Leslie Toms and Abigail VanCannon.

I find endless images to explore, often looking skyward and to the road. Each day I am inspired by both the ordinary and the exquisite.”

“Six from City” continues through Friday, April 22nd.

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Six from City

We decided to swing by Sac City College and pay a visit to the “Six from City” crew as they prepare for their opening at Beatnik.

Beatnik Studios salutes spring with “Six from City.” The exhibition brings together paintings by six members of a long-standing critique group established by Chris Daubert at Sacramento City College. The artists featured above include Jill Estroff, Ed Forrest, Christine Nicholson, Laura Carpenter, Chris Markel and Stephanie Fry Rallanka. Varying widely in style from expressionist landscape to geometric abstraction, these paintings are unified by expressive intensity and a concentration on surface and gesture. This group of painters, while working independently in their studios, achieved a new-found maturity as a collective, and that shared experience can be seen and felt in this exhibition.

“Six from City” Will be on display from March 22nd – April 22nd with an opening reception on First Friday, April 1st from 6 – 9pm

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