On Thursday I attended the 11th Annual Sac Open Studios Launch Party at Verge Center for the Arts. The Launch Party featured a bar ($3 beer and wine), food trucks, music and art (of course).
The Launch Party showcased art by the artists who will be exhibiting and participating in Sac Open Studios.
Sac Open Studios involves more than 150 artists in Sacramento County over a two-day weekend. The free self-guided tour event is a unique opportunity to see artists in their workplace.
Weekend 1 (September 10-11) is devoted to studios open west of Business 80/Highway 99 (Downtown, Midtown, Land Park, North Sacramento and Del Paso). Weekend 2 (September 17-18) is devoted to studios open east of business 80/ Highway 99 East Sacramento, Oak Park, Tahoe Park, Citrus Heights, Carmichael, Fair Oaks, Rancho Cordova and Galt).
Both weekends have live demonstrations. To view a guide or maps go to Verge Center for the Arts – Sac Open Studios 2016. Or you can pick up the Sac Open Studios guide (see picture) at your local supermarket, bookstore, etc.
You will definitely want to plot out where you want to go and what you want to see in advance. Art forms include ceramics, glass, metal, mixed media, painting, sculpture, textiles, watercolor and wood, among others.
Inside Sacramento: The Most Interesting Neighborhood Places in America’s Farm-to-Fork Capital
The Sac Open Studios Launch Party was also the launch of Inside Sacramento: The Most Interesting Neighborhood Places in America’s Farm-to-Fork Capital. This new book published by Cecily Hastings features 101 places with associated photography and written information.
Not only was this the first opportunity to purchase the book, but also to have it signed by Cecily – which I did. As an added bonus, $5 of every purchase made at the event was donated to the Verge Center for the Arts.
Arriving home after the event, I had the opportunity to look the book over, and I can recommend it to you. Photographers Aniko Kiezel and Rachel Valley did a great job.
As I long-time resident of Sacramento I was very interested to know if the book would reveal any “new” places with which I was unfamiliar. The answer is essentially no – but the book is nicely done. It would certainly make a very nice gift for someone who has recently moved to Sacramento.
The book can be purchased at retail for $34.95 at multiple local businesses. Additional information is available on the Inside Sacramento book webpage.
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