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Sacramento State News - California State University, Sacramento

September 28, 2006

Series paints picture of creative process, fine art

Elaine O'Brien Elaine O’Brien

Sacramento State continues its tradition of art appreciation and education with Art After Noon, an innovative program that explores the world of fine art through a series of lectures, demonstrations, collection tours and studio visits.

The Fall 2006 Art After Noon program kicks off with lectures featuring Sacramento State art professors. Professor Elaine O’Brien will launch the series with a set of lectures focusing on the role friendships play in artistic creativity and how they have inspired the works of famous artists.

The pendulum swings from artists to art houses with seminars presented by Professor Catherine Turrill that take participants on a virtual tour through four of the most renowned museums in the world. The focus of the series will be on the buildings and principal works of art they hold, with an emphasis on sculpture and painting.

Participants can also get a first-hand look at artists in their studios in the Collector’s Series through tours of three sculptors’ personal studios. Local artists Robert Brady, Mike Riegel and Annabeth Rosen will open up their studios and give participants a chance to see their creative environment as well as their current work.

The final lecture of the series, “Flower Art Connection,” features renowned floral designer Alisa de Jong-Stout. De Jong-Stout will contrast traditional and contemporary design techniques and tell how she creates her designs by relating them to current sculpture.

The series ends with a tour to the di Rosa Preserve in Napa. The gallery houses the di Rosa art collection, which consists primarily of art created in the San Francisco Bay Area during the late 20th century.

Phil Hitchcock, director of Sacramento State’s School of the Arts and Library Gallery says, “We wanted to bring the arts in the community in an involved and interactive process in which an audience would be able to go to studios and see different artists’ energy and enthusiasm.”

Art After Noon is co-presented by the Sacramento State Library and Spare Time, Inc. in conjunction with the Library Gallery and Friends of the Library.

Space for each event is limited, and early registration is encouraged. For more information, contact Sally Hitchcock, series director, at (916) 278-5954. For media assistance, contact the Sacramento State Public Affairs office at (916) 278-6156.

Fall 2006 Art After Noon Series Schedule

Creative Friendships

Sacramento State Art Professor Elaine O’Brien will present three lectures on how mutually enriching friendships have helped shape the history of modern art. Lectures held from 2 to 4 p.m. in the University Library Gallery. Reception to follow each lecture. $60 for all three lectures. (916) 278-5954.

Oct. 4, “Paul Gaugin and Vincent van Gogh: Between Symbolism and Expressionism”

Oct. 18, “Pablo Picasso and Georges Braque and the Invention of Cubism”

Nov. 1, “Significant Others: Love, Marriage and Art”

Great Museums and Their Masterpieces
Sacramento State Art Professor Catherine Turrill will deliver four lectures and take guests on a virtual tour through famous museums. Lectures held from 2 to 4 p.m. in the University Library Gallery. Reception to follow each lecture. $80 for all four lectures. (916) 278-5954.

Oct. 5, The Uffizi Gallery in Florence

Oct. 12, The Louvre Museum in Paris

Nov. 2, The Prado in Madrid

Nov. 9, The Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam

The Collector’s Series
Three artists will be featured in a series that takes members on a tour to the artists’ personal studios and study the distinct style of each artist. $100 for all three events. Call (916) 278-5954.

Oct. 10, 11 a.m., Sculptor Robert Brady’s personal studio and the Trax Gallery in Berkeley.

Oct. 24, 1 p.m., Sculptor Mike Riegel’s Red Barn Studio in Loomis.

Nov. 7, 1 p.m., Ceramic sculptor Annabeth Rosen, Davis.

Flower-Art Connection
Oct. 26, 2 to 4 p.m. in the University Library Gallery, famed designer and horticulturist Alisa de Jong-Stout will provide a lecture and demonstration. Participants will receive a floral memory at the end of class. $60, call (916) 278-5954.

di Rosa Preserve tour
Nov. 15, 12:15 p.m., Napa. Transportation, morning refreshments and lunch included. $75. (916) 278-5954.


California State University, Sacramento • Public Affairs
6000 J Street • Sacramento, CA 95819-6026 • (916) 278-6156 •


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California State University, Sacramento • Public Affairs
6000 J Street • Sacramento, CA 95819-6026 • (916) 278-6156 •