Winter Wander: Melissa Arendt, Sarah Golden, Yelena Martynovskaya

Color Blocks

Sarah Golden, “Color Blocks” 2019, 40×40 in, mixed media on canvas

Beatnik Studios is pleased to announce, Winter Wander, a group exhibition featuring the work of Sacramento artists Melissa Arendt, Sarah Golden and Yelena Martynovskaya. Winter Wander opens Friday, December 6, 2019 and will remain on display through February 7, 2020. There will be an artist reception on First Friday, December 6th, 6pm – 9pm and a closing party on First Friday, February 7, 6pm – 9pm. 

 Continuing with the gallery’s seasonal programming, Winter Wander seeks to connect viewers with the somber and contemplative nature of a winter landscape where the cold climate slows everything down and opens one up for stillness and contemplation. The work in this show has a cool and tranquil palette with bursts of rich color and texture. Winter Wander invites the viewer to get lost in open plains of paint and find stillness through their abstractions.

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Melissa Arendt combines disparate visual elements to create something wholly new. The artist’s Cluster and Specimen series of works assemble a variety of elements including flora, fauna, abstracted patterns and appropriated imagery from culture and media that nods to Robert Rauschenberg ‘s “combines” work of the 1950’s. These fragmented records of life reflect the joy, beauty and even absurdity of the world we occupy. Arendt studied graphic design at the Academy of Art University in San Francisco and has been written about in Art Business,, Sacramento Magazine and SFAQ.  She is the cover story of Submerge Magazine’s December issue. 

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Sarah Golden’s love of a simple and clean aesthetic and Scandinavian design are brought to life in her abstract paintings. The freedom and intuitive workflow of abstract painting drives her serene and contemplative canvases that bring together cool and warm tones in an effortless manner. Golden’s multidisciplinary practice includes abstract and botanical painting on canvas, block printing and fabric design. For Winter Wander, the artist has created small and large scale paintings on canvas. Golden is self taught and has been featured in Uppercase Magazine, Little U, Designlovefest, Design*Sponge, Decor8, Nylon Magazine, Frankie Magazine.

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Yelena Martynovskaya’s abstract paintings combine vast plains of isolated tranquility with tiny splashes of bright colors and charming details. Most often using acrylic and acrylic polymer on wood, the artist’s compositions juxtapose large and small color fields that are dominated by a cool palette and interrupted by bright pops of color that delight the eye. Martynovskaya received her BA and MA in Studio Art from California State University, Sacramento and has exhibited at Gallery 1075, WAL Public Market Gallery and Beatnik Studios.

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Bryan Valenzuela

Bryan Valenzuela is the man of the hour; and not just because of his amazing show “Form Lore” at Beatnik Studios.

Bryan was also one of the artist awarded the job of creating public artwork at the new Golden 1 Center in downtown Sacramento. If that wasn’t enough, he is also the front man of the band “Exquisite Corps”

I had a few chances to visit Bryan’s studios leading up to the opening of his show. Enjoy the photos, and make sure to visit Beatnik Studios to see his new body of work.

Beatnik is open
Tuesday 10am – 5pm
Wed & Thurs 11:30am – 5pm
and by appointment

“Form Lore” has a public reception on 1st Friday, November 4th from 6pm – 9pm

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