Running an arts organization is difficult in the best of times. It’s all the more trying during a global pandemic.
But Donald Kendrick is unfazed. As the founder and music director of the Sacramento Choral Society & Orchestra, he’s helped the organization survive and thrive for the past 25 years—and he’s not stopping anytime soon.
“We founded this organization to provide world-class choral orchestral music for the greater Sacramento community,” Kendrick says. “We take our job very seriously—to inspire people, lift them up, touch them in ways that nothing else can. It’s a huge responsibility and we don’t take that for granted.”
It’s easy to smile at Cara Gregor’s artwork. The Curtis Park resident uses bright happy colors to create grin-inducing images of reimagined rainbows, energetic abstracts and bold florals, plus unique jewelry in equally vibrant tones.
As the artist herself says, “Art is fun. That’s why we do it.”
Louis Comfort Tiffany had to wait. So did employees who sell tickets and help make the Crocker Art Museum a fun and memorable experience.
After months of uncertainty, the Sacramento region’s premier art institution is staffed up and back in business. The museum is eager to present an unprecedented collection of Tiffany’s glass, ceramics, metalwork and jewelry, alongside the famed Crocker collection of California and European art.
Ann Marie Campbell couldn’t get Marilyn Monroe’s mouth right.
It was the early 1990s and Virgin Megastore had come to Sacramento to compete with Tower Records. Already a well-known local muralist, Campbell was commissioned by Richard Branson to paint murals at his Virgin Megastores in 25 cities across the country.
Acclaimed painter Jerald Silva fits many descriptions. Here’s one he doesn’t fit: watercolorist.
“It’s not insulting. I just work so differently from persons who describe themselves that way, I don’t wish to be misunderstood,” Silva says. “Mine is a different genre using the same materials.”
Silva’s style was developed by accident. As a young artist, he was using a friend’s studio while the friend was abroad. He ran out of canvas. With necessity serving as the mother of invention, Silva noticed a roll of butcher paper. He decided to paint on that—until he discovered it was too porous for watercolor.