Studio Visit Stefan Janoski

We are thrilled to be working on a show with the one and only Stefan Janoski this Fall. Stefan is one of those gracefully creative beings who seems to float effortlessly between a tough concrete world of hard realities, and a light and airy world of magic and wonder. Stefan loves stop motion films and is obsessively intrigued by the puppets and artfully crafted monsters found in films such as Coraline, Kubo and The Box Trolls. This love of hand crafted characters charges his work with a lifelike glow. His artwork is steeped with thoughtful reflections of the silliness of the world. His paintings and sculptures are often subtly hilarious in their simple sarcasms. Beatnik is thrilled to show a new collection of paintings and sculpture by Stefan Janoski this fall. Take a look at the images from our trip to his home studio and come see the show this November!

“Nightmares of Normality” opens November 3rd with a reception from 6pm – 9pm
The show will be on display at Beatnik from Nov.3 – Nov.22

Check out the event page for details


Studio Visit in Chicago with Morgan Sims

Chicago, through the eyes of Wes Davis.

I have been trying to get Morgan Sims to do a show at Beatnik for many years. Finally, the stars aligned, and I convinced him to fill his van with artwork and make the trek from Chicago to Sacramento. Morgan will be showing work with Oakland artist Seren Moran this fall at Beatnik. “Shapeshifters” opens on First Friday, September 1st and shows until September 21st.

Earlier this summer, I made my way to Chicago to visit Morgan’s studio, and see what the life of an artist in the windy city is all about.
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Human Voices: The Female Voice

In Solitude, 2017 (Franceska Gamez) 10 x 11.5 x 4 mixed media

Beatnik Studios Celebrates the Female Voice
This summer, Beatnik Studios celebrates five female artists. Barbetta Lockart, Susan Tonkin Riegel, Franceska Gamez, Alicia Palenyy and Apollonia Cervantes bring a range of experience and artistic disciplines, yet each has chosen to communicate her response to the human condition through visual interpretation.
Barbetta Lockart is a contemporary artist from Sacramento whose 2D and 3D work often include fiber of some type. Thematically, her work addresses social and political issues although not exclusively. Her work is informed by her surroundings, travels, current events, personal interests and day-to-day reality.
Susan Tonkin Riegel loves the language and mystery of symbols, archetypes, numbers, letters, fragmented words and simple marks.  Her work is greatly influenced by children’s art, outsider art, her dream life and the experience of living in diverse locations worldwide.
Franceska Gamez and Alicia Palenyy are both emerging artists based in Sacramento. Born in Manila and raised in the Bay Area, Gamez makes beautiful mixed media sculptures and murals. Ukranian-born Palenyy is an aspiring architect with a background in graphic design and her delicate pen and ink drawings on wood reflect this. Both are contributing artists at M5ARTS, an organization committed to envisioning and creating culturally significant multi-faceted and multidimensional art experiences.
At four years old, Apollonia Cervantes is the youngest of our female voices. Her vivid acrylic paintings express light and wonder. In her words, “I love to paint because I am an artist.” 
Human Voices: The Female Voice continues through July 20, 2017 with a second artist reception on Friday, July 7, from 6 – 9 pm. Beatnik Studios is located at 723 S Street in Sacramento’s historic industrial district. The gallery is open 11:30 to 5:00 pm Tuesday through Thursday and by appointment. (916) 400-4281.

Artist Franceska Gamez in her studio (above) and with her unfinished mixed media piece “Divine Carelessness” (below.)

The impish Alicia Palenyy in her studio . One of her delicate pen and ink drawings appears below.

Untitled 2, 2017 (Alicia Palenyy) 12 x 12, Ballpoint and felt tip archival ink on wood

Simple Threads, 2006 (Barbetta Lockart) 34 x 37 Fiber: Yarn, thread, beads, silk

Barbetta Lockart in her studio surrounded by her gorgeous textile art.

Pick Six, 2013 (Susan Tonkin Riegel) 15 x 18 in Encaustic (above).  The artist in her Gothenburg, Sweden studio.

Cake Sprinkles, 2015 (Apollonia Cervantes) 16 x 20 in Acrylic

Four year old Apollonia working on a new acrylic painting in her studio.

UC Davis 1st year MFA show returns to Beatnik

Art is a universal language that has the ability to communicate with people in all different walks of life. Working with academic artists is always a good reminder that creative expression has this unique and powerful transcendent quality. There is an immeasurable value to experiencing artwork which can bring deep meaning and new ideas to the human psyche. This is a value worthy of deep thought and community support. After all, our community is only as beautiful as our ideas allow it to be.

The graduate students from the UC Davis Masters of Fine Arts program are getting ready to open “Field Notes” this Friday, May 5th at Beatnik. Come by the opening reception and join dive into the creative exploration of these fantastic explorers.
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Shaun Burner Solo Show

12 Years ago I moved to Sacramento to finish my Bachelor’s degree at Sac State. At the time I was trying to wrap my head around how to make a living with a camera in my hand. I had no idea that my path would lead me so close the heart of Sacramento’s creative community. But as I look back to my first impressions of our city, there were certainly clues.

About 10 years ago, shortly after I moved to mid-town, I purchased my first piece of original artwork. My aimless wanderings on a random 2nd Saturday brought me into a little record boutique on K street. The shop was featuring a pop-up show of Shaun Burner’s work. I was stunned and inspired by this man, his work and his attitude; the whole experience made me so thrilled to be in Sacramento. I walked away with a t-shirt and a screen print, and thus began my original art collection.

The world has a funny way of bringing things full circle, and all I can say is that you certainly get back the energy you put in. Today, I own a piece of Sacramento’s most amazing art space, Beatnik Studios, and I am overjoyed to be hosting a solo show of Shaun Burner’s work in April. I can’t say enough about Shaun’s importance to Sacramento’s art community. Shaun is not only one talented mofo, he is also the big chief shaman over at the M5arts group, the group who brought you ArtHotel and ArtStreet; which, by the way, have certainly been the largest and most inspiring art events to happen in Sacramento during my time here. Mr. Burner is also one of the owners and soothsayer for the amazing 1810 gallery over in the R street district.

“Forms in Flux” by Shaun Burner opens April 7th at Beatnik Studios, and hangs until April 27th. This is a short show so make sure and get out for this one! And, yes, I will be wearing the Burner shirt I purchased from the man 10 years ago.
– Wes Davis

The opening reception is 6pm – 9pm.

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Marc Foster & Micah Crandall-Bear Team Up For “Repose”

Marc Foster and Micah Crandall-Bear have teamed up to create something special at Beatnik. This sculpture and collection of work is a must see.

Gallery is open Tues. 10am – 5pm, Wed. and Thurs. 12pm – 5 pm
Most other days are available for visits by appointment.
Art Receptions are on the First Friday of every month.
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