A walk on the virtual side
Art is limitless, but canvasses can be quite restricting—that is, unless your medium is virtual reality. Confusing? Check out Broadway Augmented. This virtual art exhibit superimposes digital imagery over various buildings, restaurants and other landmarks that are located along Broadway between Ninth and 21st streets. Smartphone and tablet users can download the free Augmented Reality app and then aim their device at one of the designated sites to view an artist’s creative interpretation. Tours will be available through October 31, and equipped smartphones will be available on loan at no cost with tour registration. Free. www.broadwayaugmented.net. R.R.
The past's present
Dia de los Muertos
Celebrating Dia de los Muertos is a beautiful opportunity to honor loved ones who have passed. Though traditionally observed in Mexican communities, the two-day tradition now makes its presence felt throughout the city, largely due to the efforts of artists from La Raza Galeria Posada and Sol Collective.
Old Sacramento’s Souls of the City program will host classes on traditional Dia de los Muertos crafts taught by Sol Collective artists. The free workshops are held every Saturday in October, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Stanford Gallery (111 I Street). Topics include sugar skulls and altar building.
Souls of the City concludes with a vibrant Dia de los Muertos festival in Old Sacramento on November 1 from 6-10 p.m. The event includes Aztec dancers, face painting and an altar-lighting ceremony. Admission is free.
On Saturday, November 1, and Sunday, November 2, La Raza Galeria Posada will host the annual El Panteon de Sacramento at the intersection of 20th and J Streets in Midtown. Visitors are free to walk through a colorful outdoor display of altars, some of them large enough to step inside. For more information, visit http://oldsacramento.com/special-events/haunted-happenings and www.lrgp.org. B.C.
Arte Mexicano: Legacy of the Masters
The Mexican Revolution, which started in 1910, brought change, especially in the visual arts. A new exhibit at the Crocker Art Museum, Arte Mexicano: Legacy of the Masters, collects the distinctly Mexican works of 20 influential post-revolution artists. Be it the political murals of Diego Rivera and Alejandro Santiago; the abstract images of Rufino Tamayo; the dreamy works of Remedios Varo (whose “Invocacion” is pictured right); or the surreal works of Leonora Carrington, whose art explored gender and intellectual concerns; this exhibition showcases more than 30 paintings from artists whose works still resonate today. The exhibit opens October 12 and runs through February 1, 2015. $5-$10. Crocker Art Museum, 216 O Street; www.crockerartmuseum.org. T.D.
Senseless and sensibility
When Jared Tharp and Waylon Horner’s works hit the walls of the University Union Gallery at Sacramento State, it’s sure to be a dizzyingly graphic treat. Both artists are inspired by cartoons, comics and graffiti, evident in the energy produced by the swirling movement and bold colors on display in Logical Deformations, a joint exhibit that opens October 27. Tharp, whose work focuses on bodiless legs—limbs he says that symbolize mobility and progress—had his work featured in Juxtapoz Art and is influenced by the likes of Lucian Freud, Robert Crumb and Philip Guston. Horner, who recently participated in Art of the Dumpster, an exhibit curated by the Power Inn Alliance in association with the Sacramento Metropolitan Arts Commission, recently shifted his focus to oils, a move he says was influenced by artist-illustrator Charlie Immer. Meet Tharp and Horner (whose untitled work is pictured on the opposite page) on October 30, from 6 to 8 p.m during an artists’ reception. The exhibit is on display through November 20. Sacramento State University Union, 6000 J Street, second floor; http://theuniversityunion.com. T.D.
The mural of the story
California Mural Conference and Workshop
Davis’ best-kept secret is, perhaps, that it’s home to the nation’s first transmedia art walk, an exhibition that allows viewers to interact with more than 40 pieces of public art. The walk is included as part of the California Mural Conference and Workshop, which takes place October 11-12 at the John Natsoulas Center for the Arts. The conference will feature presentations by Natsoulas, Malaquias Montoya and John Pugh, plus a workshop with Pugh, who recently completed a three-panel trompe l’oeil mural on the Elkhorn water tower in Natomas. Natsoulas will speak on Northern California’s long history of mural making, and Montoya, whose murals are located in numerous schools throughout Solano and Yolo counties, will discuss the group concept. Single day registration is available. $125-$275. 521 First Street in Davis; www.natsoulas.com. T.D.
Watch. Learn. Create.
Find other like-minded art addicts at the Verge Center for the Arts’ Artoholics event on October 16 at 6 p.m. At this gathering, the art-obsessed will watch an instructional art film from the ’70s and then create brilliant works of art inspired by the screening. Artists and instructors will be present, too. All the while, enjoy a lively, social atmosphere that’s fueled by adult beverages (though you must bring your own)—and results in a masterpiece to take home. $40-$45. 625 S Street, (916) 448-2985, www.vergeart.com. J.B.
Two, if by sea and air
Bird's Eye View
Two northern California artists give a glimpse of the life-giving waters of the Sacramento Delta and San Francisco Bay Area from a different angle—looking down from above. Bird’s Eye View will feature works from Elaine Bowers and Linda Gass. Bowers’ watercolors, inspired by aerial photos of Sacramento farmlands and rice fields taken from her travels flying in and out Sacramento International Airport, exhibit a combination of her telltale photorealistic style and abstract patterns, while Gass’ stitched paintings, created by weaving her textile techniques and painting, explore humanity’s relationship with water. The exhibit is on display through October 30 at The Gallery at 48 Natoma. 48 Natoma Street in Folsom, (916) 355-7285, www.facebook.com/TheGalleryat48Natoma. J.R.