Behind the smog
You drive by 625 Vernon Street in Old Roseville, and you shrug. It’s just Tailpipes Smog Test Center; no art here. But wait—there’s a Trojan horse guarding the empty lot next door. He’s really beckoning to the building’s back door, which, on the weekends, flings open to reveal the C R Gallery. Once the oil spots on the floor have been swabbed away, the gritty, industrial, high-ceilinged space offers perfect walls to hang art. This weekend, when Roseville art venues jump with Third Saturday receptions, the C R Gallery celebrates its first anniversary. The current exhibit spotlights the work of Mark Doutherd, a talented artist with no address who paints in somebody else’s garage. See his larger-than-life, spangly acrylic of Jimi Hendrix; or “Mother Save Us,” a pencil drawing of his American Indian great-great-grandmother, with 100 trails etched into her wizened face. Doutherd’s work shines in this gallery until March 19. For information, call (916) 718-9486.