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Faces of Jazz Art Exhibition

Friday, December 05, 2014 - Sunday, December 28, 2014

Jazz is the purest American art form. It is creative, subjective and complex. As with all art, what one gleans from it is in direct proportion to what one brings to it. If the listener attempts to unravel a minute particle of jazz’s complexity, rewards abound and revisits filled with pleasures. Ahmad Alaadeen, a jazz musician and teacher, summed it up: “Jazz does not belong to one race or one culture, but is a gift that America has given to the world.”

Feature Artist

Rudy Browne

Rudy hold a B.A. and an M.F.A. degree in art from UC Davis. Among noted artists with whom he has studied are: Wayne Thiebaud, William Wiley, Robert Arneson, Roland Petersen and Roy DeForest.

He lives in Meadow Vista with his wife Judith Ann, Caroline, their dog, Demi the cat, Pebbles and Chantilly the llamas. They have two grown children, Ariana and Aaron plus one beautiful grandson, Jasper.

Chitlin Circuit Art Exhibition

Saturday, January 10, 2015 - Saturday, January 31, 2015

The Brickhouse Gallery brings Visual Fine Artist Milton ‘510’ Bowens to display one of his latest bodies work in an exhibition titled “The Chitlin’ Circuit” January 10, 2015 – January 31, 2015

2004 Ebony magazine used the term "urban theater circuit" describing recent work like that of playwright and actor Tyler Perry, "adding a new chapter to the history under the new title of “urban theater circuit” yet it’s still the same ole "Chitlin' Circuit" model regardless of the renaming.

“The Chitlin’ Circuit” paintings will focus on the interplay between past and present, time, place and perseverance, along with the music, comedy and poetry programming that accompanies the exhibition. The exhibition examines the legacy and importance of maintaining self-esteem for African Americans, through the use of talent, while understanding the importance of controlling the cultural narratives of our own stories and experiences.

The exhibition will also include a group of new up and coming visual artist mentored by Milton Bowens affectionately called The New Power Generation (NPG) to give them an opportunity to not only exhibit their works but to also learn the business side of visual arts. Currently NPG consist of Allahiya Shabazz, Tashelle Miller, Jasmine Andrade and Aliyah Sidque. Each of whom bringing individual perspectives of the Chitlin’ Circuit through their art work.

During the time of the exhibition there will be several events taking place which will showcase the various types of artistry performed during this era, which will be Poetry, singing, comedy, movies and tap dance. The events will be hosted by Angela Mayes & Kareem Daniels. There will also be an artist talk with the NPG, with Milton Bowens as the moderator, a Panel discussion and an art talk with Milton Bowens to close out the exhibition.

Feature Artist

Milton Bowens

Born and raised in Oakland, California, Milton is the fifth boy of ten children. He began his formal art training at the Renaissance Art School in Oakland, CA during his Junior and Senior High School years. On completion of high school, Milton was awarded a scholarship to attend the California College of Arts and Crafts; after one-year of studies, Milton enlisted in the United States Armed Forces and became an Illustrator. He received his Associates Degree in Commercial Art under the Army’s College Education Assistance Program (ACE). Milton continued his education in the Arts, attending both Austin Peay State University, TN and Fayetteville State University, NC while serving his tour of duty in the military. During this time, Miltons’ work was collected by two of the military’s most prestigious museums; The John F. Kennedy Special Warfare Museum, Fort Bragg, North Carolina, and The Don F. Pratt Memorial Museum, Fort Campbell, Kentucky.

After serving his tour of duty, Milton returned to the Bay Area and continued his education under the mentorship of fine artist, David Bradford, head of the Art department as well as an instructor at Laney College, Oakland, California. Inspired by great artists such as, Jean Michel Basquiat, Robert Rauschenberg, Romare Bearden, Jacob Lawrence and Andy Warhol, Milton changed his focus from illustration to fine art, and has become not only a great artist in his own right but a very powerful public speaker and community activist. In the fight to keep ART a vital part of public education and a tool to help rebuild self-esteem in all youth Milton, has diligently and tirelessly created exhibitions that try to bring about a level of civility to a community in need of inspiration.

Although Milton has accomplished much in his brief art career, he still considers himself to be ever expanding in the quest for knowledge, technique and understanding of art and how it plays a role in the preservation of the African American culture.

ART IN THE KEY OF LIFE Art Exhibition

Thursday, February 05, 2015 - Saturday, February 28, 2015

Feature Artist

Keith Mikell

“Vibrant”, “Full of passion and energy” are all phrases used to describe the exciting work of abstract/figurative painter Keith Mikell. Born and raised an only child in the heart of Los Angeles, Keith’s introduction and fascination with art began as a child of eight. His next-door neighbor would sit at the kitchen table drawing sports figures out of magazines; Keith would watch and emulate the neighbor’s work on his own paper. From this humble beginning would come marvelous detailed illustrations of his own. Keith would go on to study fine art at San Diego State University and Otis Parsons College of Art and Design in Los Angeles. His art is a reflection of life and its emotions that can be felt and can be felt and shared by us all. Keith has a distinctively individual style; a style that is easily recognized as his own. This individuality coupled with his charismatic personality and popularity within the community has given him the opportunity to conduct lectures and seminars on art at local jr. high and high schools in the Los Angeles area as well as sales and notoriety of original art pieces from coast to coast. After numerous group exhibitions and many creative endeavors Keith had his first one man show (“Addiction and Vices”) in the Helen Wurderman Gallery in Los Angeles. An extremely successful show that had the largest turnout to that date of any other solo exhibition at that gallery. As an abstract / figurative artist, his art is a reflection of life love, sex, depression, anger, fear and humor. Keith has been influenced by the works of Picasso, Bearden, Schiele, Basquiat and Baselitz. his paintings are immediately striking with heavy colors and strong powerfully structured images with allegorical depictions of culture, human needs and desires. His work has garnered invitations from the Montserrat Gallery and the Agora Gallery, both of New York. Plus two solo exhibitions in Long Beach, CA. and an ongoing relationship with the renowned Lucy Florence Gallery of Los Angeles, CA where he is currently the artist in residence. Keith also has a successful work affiliation with the Los Angeles County Museum of Arts rental and sales gallery, which has sold several of Keith’s original works. Keith’s work has also been showcased on the former NBC television series “Seaquest”. The Disney television pilot “30″, the Warner Bros. television show “Roswell”, CBS’s “Judging Amy”, ABC’s “I’m With Her”, UPN’s sitcom “All of us” and the WB’s “All About the Anderson’s”. Keith’s exhibitions are always fun and energetic experiences that are always eagerly anticipated and well received.

Connections Exhibition Art Exhibition

Saturday, March 07, 2015 - Saturday, March 28, 2015

Feature Artist

Daphne Burgess

Daphne Burgess is an African American artist living and working in the Sacramento region. Her work has been shown in galleries and exhibitions including the Valley Artists Sculpture Exhibition, Sojourner Truth Art Museum, 1001 Del Paso Works, SMUD Gallery, Sacramento State University, Brickhouse Gallery, Crocker Art Museum, the African American Museum and Library in Oakland and the African American Historical and Cultural Museum in Fresno.

As a scenic artist for various theatre and production companies she has also held positions as stage manager, light and sound technician, properties manager, and costume designer for 16 years. She has contributed to productions for theatre companies including Runaway Stage Productions and the B Street Theatre.

Daphne also enjoys the role of teacher and mentor. She has been an art instructor for the past 15 years, holding Artist in Residence positions through Matrix Arts, Coral After School Programs, and the Sacramento Unified School District. She currently works at the Crocker Art Museum as well as various non-profit organizations like the Roberts Family Development Center and Sojourner Truth Art Museum, increasing access to art in diverse communities. Daphne has been lead artist for several grant funded programs through the Sacramento Metropolitan Arts Commission including Young Enterprising Artists, Neighborhood Arts Program, Arts in Education Outreach, Artscapes, and the Community Arts Program. She was also accepted into the Artist Residency Institute in 2007. She has taught theatre arts programs at Fairy Tale Town and currently teaches community art programs for Sacramento Public Libraries.

As a visual artist, her early paintings and sculptures showed a more traditional style and reflective nature, focusing on images of the African American family. Her work evolved to show a bolder use of color and a more whimsical style while dealing with social and personal topics. Bright colors and stylized forms characterize her paintings about ethnicity, music, love, culture and family. In 2012 she opened her own art studio, Brown Sugar, showcasing her painting, sculpture and jewelry. For this show, CONNECTIONS, she has incorporated fused glass, wire and wood pieces to focus on her memories of family, the South, and objects that are directly linked to her childhood. The piece, Three Sisters, depicts cotton and yo-yo’s, connected, but still showing the division as it relates to relationships. The Family Quilt, a nine block “quilt” of fused glass, wire fence and wood depicts colorful memories amongst the materials she recalls from visits to her family’s home, and natural barriers, a contrast to the warmth of the quilts that are a part of her heritage. This show reflects her connections to the people and places of her past and how those relationships continue to influence her present.

The Art of Nicholas M. Taylor Exhibition Art Exhibition

Saturday, April 04, 2015 - Thursday, April 30, 2015

My art is constructed from energy developed in ones soul and released onto the canvas. My art is organic and moves while stationary. I make the canvas for my art and mix the colors. The strokes are expressions of my movement and the dimension is an expression of my personality. Layers stacked on layers to represent people stacked on people with thoughts stacked on thoughts. I make my art to express my emotions. To release them in a healthy way that brings together something beautiful for everyone to see. My art signifies who I am, what I have been through, and the times humans live in at this day and age. What is unique about my art is the style behind it. The feelings it provokes in the viewer and the idea that it is one of a kind. Last, my art means everything to me. Fine art changed my life. It is a representation of my enter soul and a expression of my unconscious thoughts brought to life through the movement of my body encapsulated in time and space on a piece of canvas.

Feature Artist

Nick Taylors

I started making art at the age of eight with my father. My father saw the need to create art within me and reinforced that need by providing me with an environment to develop in. I started out with comic book art and would make comics of my own. This continued until I hit 14. It was at this age I found graffiti and my art changed from something purely creative; to something competitive; and I painted on buildings, trains, and underground structures. At the age of 28 a friend asked me if I had ever painted on canvas. Upon answering no he handed me canvas and told me to go at it. I had just got out of art history because I am working on a Masters in psychology; and could remember learning about painters in the abstract area. Some of these painters include Jackson Pollock, Willem De Kooning, and Franz Kline. With knowledge I had received I painted a few abstract paintings that sold within that week. After a year of painting on canvas I started to have shows and making a name for oneself as a live artist. One is very active in the art community and plans to make art until unable to do so.

Johnathan Froste: I'll "Rock" Your World, Outdoor Garden Exhibition Art Exhibition

Saturday, April 11, 2015 - Thursday, April 30, 2015

Feature Artist

Johnathan Froste

I am a young artist looking to expand my vision for my artwork, while also trying to help other artists accomplish their goals. I'm a full-time student at Woodland High School, who has taken up the skill of welding. Through learning this skill I also found the beautiful side of it.

I also find beauty in rocks found all over Yolo County. By putting the components of rock and metal together, I have created art. out of this art, I have created scorpions, butterflies, centipedes, birds and anything that could be thought of , could be interpreted through the natural pairing of rocks and metal.

Jennifer O’Neill Pickering-She: Images of the Goddess Art Exhibition

Saturday, May 09, 2015 - Saturday, May 30, 2015

This is a show I have been looking forward to. I have had an interest in the Goddess for many years. Women artists who are an inspiration are Suzanne Valadon, Paula Modesohn-Becker, Georgia O’Keefe, Faith Ringgold, Judy Chicago, Miriam Shapiro and Mary Beth Edelson. When I was an under graduate at the University of New York at Buffalo, my art teacher required us to attend a feminist performance by Mary Beth Edelson. Later, I attended the artist’s Art Exhibition at the Albright-Knox Art Gallery. One piece invited the participant to enter a “womb.” I would later learn that this same artist founded the magazine called Heresies, in which my poem, Sock Relations, was published in the same edition as Sharon Olds and Ntosake Shange.

The writings of Marija Gimbutas and her studies on the Goddess Culture have also been an inspiration in my art. Other inspirations were my mother, Bernice Wellman, and grandmother, Bessie Freeman Lewis. They both made dolls, stuffed animals, crocheted, and sewed clothes and items for the home. Grandma Bessie also made mobiles before they became popular of bones and driftwood she’d find while camping in the Sierras. They were my first art teachers, though neither trained formally in fine arts. The little Goddesses in this show are my grown-up dolls created to nurture the spirit of the child in the woman.

River Goddess, a water color in the round incorporates flora and fauna from our local riparian habitat such as quail, poppies and wild rose. The circular format of many of the water colors in this show evolved from another series called Mandala Art.

Totem, another water color, combines and juxtaposes Goddess images from many cultures including, Crete, Old Europe, and Mexico. The combination of pairs probably has something to do with the fact that I was born a twin. This watercolor employs glazing: application of one color to create another.

Talking Stick celebrates many Goddesses from ancient to modern and consists of paper, acrylic paint, homemade wheat paste-glue and wood.

Woman with Sunflowers is a print created from a collage of my original art work including “Judith,” a water color in this show. Also, rounding out the exhibit are several charcoal sketches created from female models while attending local figure drawing studios.

Raven or Crow Goddess narrates an experience I had when visiting my grandmother Bessie’s home place, called Ravendale. I was looking for a symbol to paint on a red rock I’d collected from the area. I was considering a steer, Cedar branch, a mustang or elk when a friendly raven sat down next to me and began a conversation. The symbol was found.

I often feel that our universe is out of kilter because the male and female energy and all the degrees in between are out of balance. We must remember we are born of a mother in a balanced dance of both male and female energy.

Contact me:jenniferartist@att.net

Feature Artist

Jennifer O’Neill Pickering

EXHIBITS: (CSU Sacramento), S.U.N.Y. Buffalo, the California History Museum, Fe Gallery, Crocker Art Museum, Red Dot Gallery, The Robert Else, Adamson Gallery Sacramento Fine Arts Center. Other venues are Captol Public Radio, KVIE Public Television, Channel 10 News:
Her art work is featured in the following literary journals and or publications: Blue Moon Literary & Art Journal, Moon Mist Valley, 13th Moon, Poetsexpresso, News&Review, Sacramento Bee, and online at The Sacramento Poetry Center, Earth Now, other publications. Her photography and graphic designs have been used for the State of California Assembly, the California State Senate Chaplain, and the California State Capitol Museum websites..
Two of her pieces of art are included in a traveling exhibit, PTSD Nation that is being exhibited across the United States curated by Diana Bilovsky.

She has won awards of Merit and Excellence at the California Works Exhibit at the California State Fair. Her poetry is part of the site-specific sculpture Open Circle designed by Les Birleson in Sacramento. Her art was selected for the poster for "Creating Freedom: The Art and Poetry of Domestic Violence Survivors" at the the California Museum.

ART PROCESS: Jennifer works from life and intuitively after deciding on a theme and then explores it where it takes her. The use of patterns, stencils is an integral part of her art process. I. Mediums she employs include: water color, collage, mixed media, pastel and digital collage paintings using images from my original work. The goddess is a frequent central figure in her art that employs layers of images, materials, and color to construct the piece.

STUDY OF ART & WRITING: She studied art and poetry at S.U.N.Y. Buffalo and then received an MA in Studio Art at C.S.U. Sacramento. Professors included Joan Moment, Oliver Jackson, and William Allen. She studied poetry in CA with Julia Connor, Jeff Knoor, Allen Deloach (N.Y.)

OTHER HATS: She has taught Art history at Cosumnes River College, public schools, libraries and shelters. She organizes and curates the Sable and Quill art show and reading and is editor of The Sable Quill book. She is currently working Galen Garwood and the IStreet Press to publish Blooming In Winter a collection of her poetry from 1978-present and anticipates a book launch in November Jenniferartitst@att.net

Unsung Heroes Living History Project Presents: We Also Served: African Americans in the Military Art Exhibition

Wednesday, July 01, 2015 - Friday, July 31, 2015

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WE ALSO SERVED: AFRICAN-AMERICANS IN THE MILITARY
JULY 1-31, 2015
BRICKHOUSE GALLERY – SACRAMENTO, CALIFORNIA

Individual - $50
Name listed in program acknowledgements

Family - $100
Name listed in program acknowledgements, Certificate of appreciation

Small Business - $200
Name listed in program acknowledgements, Certificate of appreciation, Business card ad in event program

Mid-Size Business - $500
Name listed in program acknowledgements, Certificate of appreciation, Business card ad in event program, List of attendees contact information

Silver Sponsor - $5000
Company name and logo on all materials related to events, and prominent location on Unsung Heroes Living History Project web site and event media releases, Listing in monthly Community Leader newsletter sent to over 1,600 individuals representing companies, families and community leaders, Recognition in Unsung Heroes Living History Project Annual Report, Recognition in local media advertising 

Gold Sponsorship - $10000
Benefits of Silver Sponsorship, Plus...
Company logo on approximately 1,000 We Also Served T-shirts, Present an award at the Black History Month Veterans Appreciation Event
Invitation to the Exceptional People Doing Exceptional Work for Veterans Reception
for select community leaders, Prominent space on We Also Served banners

Milton 510 Presents "Ten Cents away from a Nickel" A satirical fine art exhibition Art Exhibition

Saturday, August 08, 2015 - Sunday, August 30, 2015

Inspired by the hit 70s sitcom Good Times and
comedians Richard Pryor, Paul Moony, Eddie Murphy, Dave Chapelle and DL Hugely

Milton 510 Latest Collection Humorously Examines growing up Black and Poor in America

Feature Artist

Milton Bowens

Born and raised in Oakland, California, Milton is the fifth boy of ten children. He began his formal art training at the Renaissance Art School in Oakland, CA during his Junior and Senior High School years. On completion of high school, Milton was awarded a scholarship to attend the California College of Arts and Crafts; after one-year of studies, Milton enlisted in the United States Armed Forces and became an Illustrator. He received his Associates Degree in Commercial Art under the Army’s College Education Assistance Program (ACE). Milton continued his education in the Arts, attending both Austin Peay State University, TN and Fayetteville State University, NC while serving his tour of duty in the military. During this time, Miltons’ work was collected by two of the military’s most prestigious museums; The John F. Kennedy Special Warfare Museum, Fort Bragg, North Carolina, and The Don F. Pratt Memorial Museum, Fort Campbell, Kentucky.

After serving his tour of duty, Milton returned to the Bay Area and continued his education under the mentorship of fine artist, David Bradford, head of the Art department as well as an instructor at Laney College, Oakland, California. Inspired by great artists such as, Jean Michel Basquiat, Robert Rauschenberg, Romare Bearden, Jacob Lawrence and Andy Warhol, Milton changed his focus from illustration to fine art, and has become not only a great artist in his own right but a very powerful public speaker and community activist. In the fight to keep ART a vital part of public education and a tool to help rebuild self-esteem in all youth Milton, has diligently and tirelessly created exhibitions that try to bring about a level of civility to a community in need of inspiration.

Although Milton has accomplished much in his brief art career, he still considers himself to be ever expanding in the quest for knowledge, technique and understanding of art and how it plays a role in the preservation of the African American culture.

Art Exhibition: Antony Galvan: REALITIES DISTORTED Art Exhibition

Thursday, September 03, 2015 - Friday, September 25, 2015

Artist Statement:

My patterns of thought had become chaotic and my reality distorted. Over the years negative lifestyle choices I had made indelibly transformed my perceptions. Governed by denial, fear, low self-esteem, jealousy, and ignorance fueled by my addictions, I had crippled my mind, body, and soul. Now, my eternal memory is scarred with obscure visions and haunting images of my rebellious past. However; one positive trait that I kept relatively consistent with was as my creativity, which also evolved into my saving grace. I was blessed with the percious ability to evision, design and produce items of an artistic nature.

As a tool of motivation, my compulsive behaviors were purposly fused with my emerging skills of creating visual manifestations. This compounded solution of both my weaknesess and strengths was developed and christened as,"Realities Distorted." For this solo artshow I alone created a series of works, but this momentous endeavour was truly a joint effort. A village of my family, friends, college professors, medical professionals, and an art gallery curator/mentor, unknowingly became my focal inspirations. Through this eighteen month artistic and therapeutic process I accumulated tools, material tools such as canvas, oil paints, and brushes I used for painting my artwork. My common sense tools became my ammunition and armor. This set of decision making tools include: goal setting, prioritizing, forming safe boundries, and self contentment. American River College and its incredible fine art program and faculty, gave me much needed educational and dicplinary tools. I majored in Applied Fine Arts, where I learned the basics of painting in oils and acrylics and drawing with ink, charcoal, and pastels.

With my newfound talent for painting, I chose oil paints as my main type of applicable media. My subject matter contains distorted images of people in their various states of addiction. Through my art I tried to address issues, like; homelessness, illegal involvement, and acts of violence. Most of my paintings and drawings are full of strange compositional structure, often hard to decipher. Growing up in the nineteen seventies on a diet of comic books, cartoons, and black light posters my art reflects a more colorfully animated world. Attempting to utilize some of the classic art therories I had recently studied, I chose to subdued my overuse of color. As the dismal fogs cleared in my head, I chose some pleasent and positive events as my subject matter. In these images my main focus was to convey a message of hope that I achieved through my artistic, spiritual, and mental growth. Only through clarity and contentment a more normal way of life can evolve from the self-imposed chains of negativity and addiction.

My ability of producing artistic illusions, both physically and mentally sustained me through my most treacherous times.


Art Exhibition: Marsha Schindler, Bathers, Boats & Goats Art Exhibition

Saturday, October 10, 2015 - Saturday, October 31, 2015

First came the boats. They were based on dreams of traveling and various journeys. The female swimmer showed up early in her bright orange swimsuit, bathing cap always transforming. Some boats contain the water, the salty fluid playground from where the ideas unfold. Some boats are unstable, swaying, sinking. My connection to the world of water had found a place to be expressed.

Goats came next, origin unknown. The juxtaposition is the challenge in this pairing. There are goats with swim caps, a ship of fools where the goat’s mischievous nature plays. They bring levity to the subject and become the jester in this journey.

Sometimes titles come first; Waiting to be Saved, Ship of Fools, Dream Boat, Crows Nest, What Ever Floats Your Boat. Sometimes ideas come from the act of making the boat; and the piece evolves during the sculpting. My process is fluid and I try to remain available and open to the ideas and as they develop and transform.

This exhibit is a sampling of the ‘process’ whereby I draw or sculpt the subject, loosely and with gesture to get a ‘feel’ for the form. From this foundation I begin to stylize the form and work with expressing my ideas.

Art Exhibition: Art Exhibition: BAMR, Visual Revel Art Exhibition

Friday, December 04, 2015 - Sunday, December 27, 2015

Art Exhibition: Bill Carr, Jr., Black & White in Full Color Art Exhibition

Saturday, January 16, 2016 - Saturday, February 13, 2016

It is often difficult to connect “the real world” with art. Neo-modernism in this country has traditionally been misunderstood, yet I know that in order to learn things deeply--- realism and abstract art are powerful visional genres. In this vain, my Neo-Mod paintings can be gain tools of learning.

I am pursuing my passions and interests with my painting design. The real life images are surrounded by abstractions creating the full black and white, color exposition of each piece.

Art Exhibition: Sacred Places / Sacred Spaces Art Exhibition

Thursday, March 03, 2016 - Sunday, March 27, 2016

Art Exhibition: Honoring the Civil Rights Movement Heroines Art Exhibition

Friday, April 01, 2016 - Saturday, April 30, 2016

Many African American women made major contributions to the Civil rights movement and these story quilts created in the African American traditional quilting design and construction techniques, structured in the shape of a swing coat illustrating their stories.

African American Quilting includes a wide range of individual styles, traditional quilting design and construction techniques that represent the historical and cultural events of the quilt maker’s life. These characteristics include vivid color palettes, strong contrasting color combinations, asymmetrical and strip piecing, uneven and large quilting stitches, the use of hidden protective charm symbols, large design elements, appliqued figurative images and interpretations of Anglo-American traditional patterns. The same characteristics are found in West and Central African textile traditions where most of the slave trade was centered. Even though Africans were forced into slavery and their culture beliefs suppressed, their textile traditions survived in African American Quilting traditions.

This series consist of 12 story quilts created in the African American traditional quilting design and construction techniques, structured in the shape of a swing coat illustrating African American women’s contribution to the Civil Rights Movement. Each coat will represent one unsung heroine. Icons like Ella Josephine Baker, who mentored young civil rights leaders.

Feature Artist

Patricia A. Montgomery, MFA

African American quilting is often characterized by vivid color palettes, strong contrasting color combinations, asymmetrical and strip piecing, uneven and large quilting stitches, the use of hidden protective charm symbols, large design elements, appliquéd images, and interpretations of traditional Anglo-American patterns. A marriage of American quilting traditions and West and Central African textile traditions, African American quilting styles, designs, and techniques are used to record and share events of cultural, historical, and familial importance to the quilter.

Patricia A. Montgomery has been quilting for over four decades; she taught herself to quilt after learning how to sew in a high school home economics class. Since 2001, she has been a member of the African American Quilting Guild of Oakland. Patricia's quilts have been exhibited both within the United States and internationally.

Patricia was a master artist in ACTA's Apprenticeship Program in 2011, with apprentice Helen Anderson. The apprenticeship built upon Helen’s mastery of practical skills to encourage her creative acumen as she created six story quilts of her own design.

Brides; Beyond Gender Art Exhibition

Saturday, May 14, 2016 - Thursday, June 30, 2016

Alister Photography and Daniel Laukat Couture present to you a gallery show exploring themes of gender identity in 2016 through photography and bridal fashion design.

Feature Artist

Alister Oliver

A walk around Alister Oliver’s gallery evokes lots of double-takes—a first look at a beautiful, richly colored image, followed by a second, longer gaze as one focuses in on something in the image that just doesn’t fit quite right. That, in a nutshell, is Alister’s style. “I like to pull people’s hair back,” he says.

He credits his rebellious style to his ultra-conservative upbringing.

Most of his images tell a story, or leave the viewer to wonder: What’s up with the clown? Why is that leather-clad woman sitting alone in an empty, decaying room? Plans for future shoots include same-sex brides and grooms in body-painted attire, a drag queen fashion show and little people…

Alister shoots both film and digital, but has an ongoing love affair with film, using only light on surfaces to create his effects. His series of 30” x 40 “ big prints, “A Gift To The God of Speed,” uses heavily made-up, somewhat hard-looking models, sporting eye-popping red lips and nails, draped seductively over classic cars.

He’s a life-long car nut, thanks to his father’s 41-year career as a Jaguar engineer, yet his car prints aren’t the familiar commercial images; rather, he shoots close-ups of small angles and parts, the end result abstract yet naggingly familiar.

In another series he uses slide film but processes it as standard film, yielding brilliant reds, yellows and oranges with a psychedelic edge. In another, he shoots at very slow film speed, the model’s minute movements creating an artistic blur. His latest experiment is printing photographs on metal.

Alister has been making photographs since childhood, but it’s only since January 2009 that he has made photography his career. He is 100 percent self-taught.

“Some things would have happened differently if I had studied photography,” he says. “On the other hand, having not been schooled, I didn’t learn the rules. I would never have tried a lot of things because someone would have said, ‘You’re not supposed to do it that way; you’re not getting an A.’ I like what pops out because I broke the rules.”

Alister teaches a class in black and white photography and processes his own black and white film in a darkroom provided to him by a local photo shop. “The reason I like
film is, it absolutely teaches you to get it right the first time.” He recounts a painful lesson learned from an errant Starbucks coffee cup visible in an otherwise perfect image.

Even though the ease of digital photography is popular with the upcoming generation, he says, film, particularly black and white film, will endure as an art medium.

Before launching his photography business in January 2009, Alister made his living selling power tools and did a few art shows on the weekends. After an 8-month stint of unemployment, he decided to turn his photography into a business. He expected to get most of his business from weddings and shot scores of “practice” weddings in preparation. But he’s been surprised to find that the bulk of his business has been from customers desiring portraits with an artistic flair or unusual twist. “I love it when a customer comes in and says, ‘I need a piece of art that’s me, that is who I am, on my wall,’” he says. One such customer was a 53-year-old mother, who upon her last child’s leaving home promptly shaved her head, bought the wildest pair of glasses she could find and came in to have a series of portraits made. “She’s my inspiration,” Alister says.

Daniel Laukat

Daniel Laukat is an up-and-coming art-activist turned fashion-designer based out of Sacramento California. He studied and worked in fine arts for many years before delving into fashion design. He has sold art in Lake Tahoe and Sacramento with a focus on activism, raising $1,000 for the Heifer Foundation. With those art sales he provided a struggling African community with a goat to help provide for their families and friends. He turned his passion for design into eco-activism by starting an online vintage store, where he began to create and sell original up-cycled fashion designs as art-to-wear.

After getting his degree in fashion design, Daniel began creating one-of-a-kind bridal gowns from recycled materials turning the past into the future. Each garment he creates is hand-crafted from heirloom laces and rare fabrics. His design aesthetic is whimsical and the garments appear to be lost in time, with elements of classical design redefined by modern clean lines.

The Gabriel M. Sanford Project: The Creative Hands Series Art Exhibition

Friday, July 01, 2016 - Saturday, July 30, 2016

BLOOD / TEARS / MILK / HONEY Art Exhibition

Friday, August 05, 2016 - Saturday, August 27, 2016

Working with acrylic, watercolor paints with mixed media techniques, artist Brandon Harrison infuses these elements in to his paintings to create thought provoking works that address the human condition and the sociopolitical climate.

While using collaged graphic imagery accompanied by figurative and representational illustrations, Harrison examines human relationships, the evolution of these relationships, and the final impassioned result. Harrison professes an obsession with world and local events, politics, social justice, art and literary expression. Through painting and writing, Harrison influences come from contemporary painters, current and past politics, poetry, music lyrics and fictional/non-fictional stories addressing subjects that correlate to his worldview.

In “Blood/Tears/Milk/Honey”, Harrison explores a myriad of feelings expressed through stark and ethereal imagery in order to convey the depth to which people express their deepest love, pain and fears. Harrison’s striking imagery is accompanied with literary quotes and references from prolific writers and thinkers such as, Rumi, Lucille Clifton, Nikki Giovanni and Gil Scott Heron.

The Faces of Jazz & Other Works Art Exhibition

Friday, September 02, 2016 - Thursday, September 29, 2016

Sac Panthers 48 Art Exhibition

Tuesday, October 04, 2016 - Sunday, October 09, 2016

Celebrating the 48th Anniversary of the Sacramento Branch

African + American (A Forced Marriage) Art Exhibition

Wednesday, February 01, 2017 - Sunday, February 26, 2017

Feature Artist

Milton Bowens

Born and raised in Oakland, California, Milton is the fifth boy of ten children. He began his formal art training at the Renaissance Art School in Oakland, CA during his Junior and Senior High School years. On completion of high school, Milton was awarded a scholarship to attend the California College of Arts and Crafts; after one-year of studies, Milton enlisted in the United States Armed Forces and became an Illustrator. He received his Associates Degree in Commercial Art under the Army’s College Education Assistance Program (ACE). Milton continued his education in the Arts, attending both Austin Peay State University, TN and Fayetteville State University, NC while serving his tour of duty in the military. During this time, Miltons’ work was collected by two of the military’s most prestigious museums; The John F. Kennedy Special Warfare Museum, Fort Bragg, North Carolina, and The Don F. Pratt Memorial Museum, Fort Campbell, Kentucky.

After serving his tour of duty, Milton returned to the Bay Area and continued his education under the mentorship of fine artist, David Bradford, head of the Art department as well as an instructor at Laney College, Oakland, California. Inspired by great artists such as, Jean Michel Basquiat, Robert Rauschenberg, Romare Bearden, Jacob Lawrence and Andy Warhol, Milton changed his focus from illustration to fine art, and has become not only a great artist in his own right but a very powerful public speaker and community activist. In the fight to keep ART a vital part of public education and a tool to help rebuild self-esteem in all youth Milton, has diligently and tirelessly created exhibitions that try to bring about a level of civility to a community in need of inspiration.

Although Milton has accomplished much in his brief art career, he still considers himself to be ever expanding in the quest for knowledge, technique and understanding of art and how it plays a role in the preservation of the African American culture.

June Artist "Keith Mikell" Art Exhibition

Friday, June 02, 2017 - Friday, June 30, 2017

Feature Artist

Keith Mikell

“Vibrant”, “Full of passion and energy” are all phrases used to describe the exciting work of abstract/figurative painter Keith Mikell. Born and raised an only child in the heart of Los Angeles, Keith’s introduction and fascination with art began as a child of eight. His next-door neighbor would sit at the kitchen table drawing sports figures out of magazines; Keith would watch and emulate the neighbor’s work on his own paper. From this humble beginning would come marvelous detailed illustrations of his own. Keith would go on to study fine art at San Diego State University and Otis Parsons College of Art and Design in Los Angeles. His art is a reflection of life and its emotions that can be felt and can be felt and shared by us all. Keith has a distinctively individual style; a style that is easily recognized as his own. This individuality coupled with his charismatic personality and popularity within the community has given him the opportunity to conduct lectures and seminars on art at local jr. high and high schools in the Los Angeles area as well as sales and notoriety of original art pieces from coast to coast. After numerous group exhibitions and many creative endeavors Keith had his first one man show (“Addiction and Vices”) in the Helen Wurderman Gallery in Los Angeles. An extremely successful show that had the largest turnout to that date of any other solo exhibition at that gallery. As an abstract / figurative artist, his art is a reflection of life love, sex, depression, anger, fear and humor. Keith has been influenced by the works of Picasso, Bearden, Schiele, Basquiat and Baselitz. his paintings are immediately striking with heavy colors and strong powerfully structured images with allegorical depictions of culture, human needs and desires. His work has garnered invitations from the Montserrat Gallery and the Agora Gallery, both of New York. Plus two solo exhibitions in Long Beach, CA. and an ongoing relationship with the renowned Lucy Florence Gallery of Los Angeles, CA where he is currently the artist in residence. Keith also has a successful work affiliation with the Los Angeles County Museum of Arts rental and sales gallery, which has sold several of Keith’s original works. Keith’s work has also been showcased on the former NBC television series “Seaquest”. The Disney television pilot “30″, the Warner Bros. television show “Roswell”, CBS’s “Judging Amy”, ABC’s “I’m With Her”, UPN’s sitcom “All of us” and the WB’s “All About the Anderson’s”. Keith’s exhibitions are always fun and energetic experiences that are always eagerly anticipated and well received.

A Stroll Through Imagination Exhibit Art Exhibition

Friday, July 07, 2017 - Saturday, July 29, 2017

AFRICAN AMERICAN HISTORY LEGACY (AAHL)™ JURIED EXHIBITION Art Exhibition

Tuesday, August 01, 2017 - Thursday, August 31, 2017

A JURIED EXHIBITION

Art Exhibition: September Artist "Norma Roos", My World In Abstract Art Exhibition

Friday, September 01, 2017 - Friday, September 29, 2017

1st Annual Brickhouse Invitational Exhibition Art Exhibition

Saturday, September 30, 2017 - Saturday, May 05, 2018

In the spirit of seeking artists who inspire and support us on the road to creativity, The Brickhouse Gallery, Barbara Hoffman and Deborah Pittman invite you to participate in the:

1st Annual Brickhouse Invitational Exhibition
May 2018

We all have stories to tell. Words and images have the power to sway thinking, ennoble emotions, change minds, and affect behavior. In short- Art heals. And in the words of the famous song

“What the world needs now is more of your art”

Where Mules Wear Diamonds: Packers of the Sierra Nevada by Kent Reeves Art Exhibition

Friday, November 03, 2017 - Wednesday, November 29, 2017