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48 Natoma Street, Folsom, CA 95630
(916) 355-7285

Regular Hours: Monday-Friday 9 a.m.-5 p.m.,
Tuesday and Wednesday evenings 6-8 p.m.
Call for other evening and weekend hours

Special Weekend Hours: February 8 and 9, 2014

In coordination with the Folsom Quilt and Fiber Guild’s Annual Show at the Folsom Community Center, the Gallery at 48 Natoma will be open on Saturday February 8, from 10-5 and Sunday, February 9, from 10-4.   The current exhibit, “Abstracts in Fiber and Paint”  features quilts by Joan Dyer and paintings by Joe Strickland,  Additionally, the community gallery display features over 50 quilts and fiber pieces by members of Quartz fiber group and members of the Folsom Quilt and Fiber Guild.  Admission is free and open to the public and original art will be offered for sale. 

Admission is free

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Folsom Arts Achievement Award

- Call for 2014 Nominations -

The City of Folsom is currently receiving nominations for Arts Achievement Recognition Awards.  Folsom has a thriving arts and cultural community with dozens of music, dance, theater, performing and visual artists and groups. If you would like to see a deserving individual or group that has made a difference in Folsom’s art scene and get some much earned recognition, nominate them for this award!

The Arts Achievement Award can be given to:
1)      An individual or non-profit organization clearly related to visual, performing, arts education, or historic arts.
2)      A business or business-friendly organization that makes substantial contributions to stabilize an arts organization or promotes the arts within Folsom or provides arts services to the community.

Nominations for the awards should be accompanied with a detailed and specific statement about why the nominees are worthy of the award and the recommended type of recognition.  Nominations should be sent to Folsom Parks and Recreation Department, Cindy Abraham cabraham@folsom.ca.us by August 18, 2014. 

About the Gallery:

Thank you for voting the Gallery at 48 Natoma the #1 Favorite Art Gallery in the 2012 Style Magazine Awards!

“This gallery is featuring artists of great caliber, and is building a reputation for itself in Northern California."
- Susan Laird, Village Life Newspaper
"This show rivals recent showings of California art at the Crocker Art Museum in Sacramento, and future exhibits promise to be of additional cultural significance. Folsom’s little free, community art gallery is absolutely worth taking the time to visit." 
-   Village Life Newspaper


The City of Folsom Community and Cultural Services Division opened the Gallery at 48 Natoma in June of 2007. As part of a dual purpose building combined with a Senior Lounge, the Gallery at 48 Natoma and the Art Center comprise the entire front half of the facility. An interesting line-up of art exhibits showcases a wide variety of art by regional and national artists, area museum collections as well as national traveling exhibitions. Whether you “know what you like” or are interested in seeing something completely different; from the conservative to the cutting edge – there will be something here for everyone. 

Exciting art experiences for ALL AGES
•            Each exhibit is approximately five - seven weeks long
•            Opening receptions are usually the first Friday of each exhibit
•            Most art is available for sale
•            The gallery is free and open to the public
•            Hours are Monday – Friday 9:00am-5:00pm, Saturday and evening hours flexible
       times are available. Please call for current hours (916) 355-7285
•          Special tours and art workshops for schools and groups by arrangement
•          Volunteer, student internships, senior projects and docent opportunities are available 
       for those that want to get more involved in the arts

Be part of the arts!
The Gallery at 48 Natoma brings dynamic, professional local, regional and national art experiences to the Folsom community.  Many individual and corporate sponsorship opportunities are available. More sponsorship information is available at the bottom of this web site. Please call the gallery coordinator, Cindy Abraham, (916) 351-3506, if you would like to find out how you can help support this worthwhile community asset.


Coffee Breaks with the Gallery Director!
If you haven’t been able to come out in the evenings for the opening receptions,
but still want to find out more about the current exhibit without staying after hours,
we are starting a new program that might be great for you.


The last Thursday of every month, 10:00am
                     At the Gallery at 48 Natoma

We will provide the coffee and you can stop by for a quick 15 minute visit at the gallery with
the Gallery Director Cindy Abraham to enjoy the latest exhibit and have a brief guided tour of the show. 
This is a great time to ask all those arty questions you’ve been too afraid to ask or to just simply enjoy the art!

Current Exhibit:

"Hawaiian Summer" 
July 11 to August 28, 2014
Eileen Downs collages, Leslie Ruth watercolors, Wade Koniakowsky paintings and surfboards.
Opening Luau Reception, Friday, July 11, 2014 from 6:00-8:00pm with refreshments and live Hawaiian music and dance performance.


Tropical breezes and soothing waves, the scent of plumeria and suntan oil, shaved ice and sun-baked sand will come to mind in the next exhibit at the Gallery at 48 Natoma in Folsom.  In this seasonally appropriate exhibit, “Hawaiian Summer” will showcase the artistic talents of artists Wade Koniakowsky with paintings and surfboards, watercolors by Leslie Ruth and collages by Eileen Downes. The exhibit opens July 11 and continues through August 28, 2014.

Wade Koniakowsky’s painted boards are some of the most sought after in the art world. The most popular style is the “Polynesian Collage” which incorporates mixed media of gold leaf, block print and painting in figurative, scenic and abstract. Each fiberglass board is finished with a rich, deep-gloss finish. Wade's wooden Alaia boards incorporate the same components, without the glossed fiberglass finish - having a more organic feel.  "The ocean is my inspiration. My art is a reflection of this great force that has shaped my life." Wade Koniakowsky has spent his entire life involved with the ocean and art. He is thought by many to be on the
cutting edge of the new-school of marine art.  He lives and works on the Southern California Coast and his work is shown internationally.

Eileen Downes’ collage artwork is composed of many layers, bits of torn magazine papers as her "palette of paint" working the image by adding and subtracting tonal values of this paper until she creates the desired effect.  Words, phrases, and imagery from the materials that make up the collage become visible upon close observation of the work adding to the meaning of the piece.  “I am continually amazed by specific words that appear almost magically between the torn edges as if they are themselves part of the creator of the artwork.”  Downes often uses unusual collage materials such as band-aids, gum and candy wrappers, heirloom family photos, and sentimental letters from which to create layered images.  She adds a small amount of oil pastel to each piece to increase the textural appeal, and leaves the rough collage edges visible to add to the layered effect.  She has an extensive résumé with her work represented regionally, throughout the US as well as many international exhibits.

Leslie Ruth continues a family tradition established by h er grandmother and mother. Although trained as a commercial artist as well as in the fine arts, Leslie’s warmth and sensitivity have led her back to the watercolor medium again and again. Her work has been accepted in many juried shows, winning her awards, including the 1995 Excellence in Realism Award at the Hawaii Watercolor Society 33rd Annual Open Exhibition.  

Leslie captures the beauty of the islands in her watercolor scenes. She gives us her view of the common surf shop or a bunch of coconuts, and magically transforms them into a nostalgic memory. Her latest paintings express her love of detail, color and life.  Her work is represented in galleries in Hawaii and the mainland. 

Community Gallery:
July 1 to August 21, 2014
"Annual Student Art Ahow"
Featured selection of adult art classes from the Art Center at 48 Natoma including watercolor, Chinese brush painting, ceramics, oil painting and more.

Upcoming Exhibit:  

"Bird's Eye View: Two Artists Work in Aerial Perspectives" 
September 5 to October 30, 2014
Elaine Bowers watercolors, Linda Gass stitched

Opening Reception, Friday, September 5, 2014 from 6:00-8:00pm with refreshments and live  music.


During this historical time of drought, Californians are connected to the water in our region now more than ever before.  The Sacramento Delta and San Francisco Bay Area have a unique landscape with rice fields, pastures, orchards, vineyards, farmlands and wetlands juxtaposed to urban centers that emphasize the vulnerability of water issues in California.  As seen from above our local waterways become a rich patchwork of colors and textures, a collage of velvety greens, rich earth tones and bright blues.  The next exhibit at the Gallery at 48 Natoma in Folsom, “Bird’s Eye View,” will show two artist’s work from aerial perspectives with stitched paintings by Linda Gass and watercolors by Elaine Bowers. The exhibit opens September 5 and continues through October 30, 2014.

For artist Elaine Bowers, the inspiration for her "Earthscapes," series came from flying in and out of the Sacramento California International Airport.  The aerial view provides a perspective very different from the ground.  Her aerial landscape paintings in watercolor featuring the Sacramento Delta and surrounding farmlands take on an abstract pattern, while simultaneously reflecting her photorealistic style.  From the air one can sense the environment's delicate beauty and vulnerability.  “Flying in a 1940 Piper Cub allowed me to photograph the incredible aerial views below.  Painting these scenes gives me the opportunity to share my observations in hopes the land and earth may be preserved.”  Bowers has won many awards including the AWS Bronze Medal of Honor in the 146th American Watercolor Society Annual International Exhibition in 2013 and is a "Signature Status" member of the National Watercolor Society (NWS), has had her work in numerous publications and shown her acclaimed work internationally. 

Linda Gass is inspired by the connections between humans, water and the land that sustains them. By blending painting with textile techniques she creates multi-layered aerial landscapes and maps showing the human marks that affect our water resources. “The aesthetic of beauty is important to my work; it helps make the seriousness of the subject matter more approachable. I work in textiles because of the allure and luster of silk and the way I can sculpt the material through stitching to convey terrain.”  The works in this exhibit address water issues in California, including the destruction and restoration of wetlands around San Francisco Bay, the impact of land use on water quality in San Francisco Bay, the effects of diverting too much water from our rivers and streams on native species, and the consequences of the 2013 Rim Fire in the Tuolumne River watershed.  Gass exhibits her work internationally in galleries and museums, most recently at the Oakland Museum and at the US Embassy in Moscow and her work is widely published in books, magazines, journals and television.

Community Gallery:
August 25 to October 30, 2014
"Paintings from the Zoo"
Paintings created by the zoo animals from the Folsom Zoo Sanctuary

Proceeds from art sales benefit the Folsom Zoo Sanctuary programs.

Past Exhibits:
Click on past year's dates for a detailed view of previous exhibition schedules.

2007 Gallery Exhibitions             2008 Gallery Exhibitions       2009 Gallery Exhibitions             

Painting by Jennifer Maria Harris         "Tom Sawyer" by Norman Rockwell      Covered Bridges from the Smithsonian

 2010 Gallery Exhibitions   
2011 Gallery Exhibitions      2012 Gallery Exhibitions
Sculpture by Peter Langenbach  Landscape by Gregory Kondos       "From Hare to Eternity" exhibit of Warner  
                                                  Exclusive artist's retrospective         Brothers cartoons and animation   

2013 Gallery Exhibitions
Sculpture by Yoshio Taylor

What's next at the Gallery? 
Gallery exhibits are planned about one year in advance. Upcoming exhibits include photography, paintings, sculpture, textiles, videos and more! Past exhibits have included nationally acclaimed professional artists’ subjects from animals to automobiles, international paintings and photography from Antarctica to Africa, as well as top California art organizations and nationally touring museum collections such as from the Norman Rockwell Museum in Massachusetts and the  Smithsonian Institution in Washington D.C. Free opening night receptions have refreshments, wine and live music.
 Click here to view the entire upcoming 2014 exhibit schedule. 

Free Gallery Tours:

The gallery offers free school and group tours for all ages; from pre-school to scout troops to college classes to senior clubs.  Docents lead groups and discuss the current exhibitions, art techniques and styles. Tours are approximately one hour long and allow time for individual viewing and questions.  in addition, special hands-on art workshops can be arranged to emphasize the art techniques shown in the gallery. A small fee is arranged to cover the costs of materials for these unique workshops. Please call the gallery director, Cindy Abraham at (916) 351-3506 for more information and to arrange a creative tour just for your group!

Want to exhibit your art?
Professional regional and national artists are featured in the Main Gallery, bringing art to Folsom that otherwise might not be able to be experienced locally. Local, emerging artists and students also have opportunities to exhibit their work in the Community Exhibition Gallery within the art center. Most exhibits are scheduled a year in advance. To request gallery guidelines and an application to exhibit, please contact the gallery director at (916) 351-3506.

Click here to download brochures describing our exhibition programs for children, local, regional, amateur and professional artists.
Gallery Exhibition Description Brochure


Artists interested in having their work considered to exhibit at the Gallery at 48 Natoma must send in an application with requested information. Most fine art mediums are considered including painting, photography, sculpture, fiber, ceramics, mixed media and others. 

Click here to download a brochure with complete exhibition application information.
Gallery Exhibit Application

Art at Folsom City Hall:
Also while at the gallery, don’t miss the current display next door in Folsom City Hall, 50 Natoma Street, by the Folsom Arts Association. 


Their rotating art exhibit features great work for sale by local artists.  Photography, oil and acrylic paintings, pastels and sculpture from this display can be purchased at the Gallery at 48 Natoma front desk.

Gallery Gift Shop: 
The gallery gift shop offers unique gift items starting at only $10.


A large selection of unique pieces including regional artists work in handmade jewelry, blown glass, wood pens, book markers, ceramics, cards and more!

Art Classes and Workshops:
All art events, art classes and programs at the Art Center at 48 Natoma are available to ALL ages and skill levels. From beginning to advanced artists wonderfully exciting classes are offered in a variety of subjects including a range of children' and adult art classes.

Classes include, ceramics, pottery, sculpting, cartooning, oil, acrylic and watercolor painting, Chinese brush painting, printmaking, portrait drawing, photography, and digital art, as well as children's theater and adult dance lessons in ballroom, country line and Bollywood styles. Classes change from session to session and
offer the latest in artistic trends and interests.


Youth, teen, adult & senior programs are offered at the Art Center and can be found in our Folsom Recreation Activity Guide. To see all of our current classes, descriptions and fees go to
www.folsom.ca.us Departments, Parks and Recreation, Activity Guide.

To directly register for any of our art classes online go to

For class information or class registration, please call (916)355-7285.

Gallery Sponsors:
Gallery sponsors receive many recognition benefits. Thank you to our current list of generous sponsors. If you are interested in supporting this worthwhile community asset, please contact Cindy at (916) 351-3506.

    - Target Community Grant
    - The Dyer Family Foundation
Folsom Patrons of the Arts
    - Folsom Arts Association
    - Take pART in the ARTs (Folsom Utility Bill Donations)

Take Part in the Arts!
You can help grow art opportunities in the community by making a donation through your Folsom utility bill. with tight budgets everywhere, a little help from you can go a long way to ensuring we keep great arts programs in Folsom! Simply round up your bill or add a $1 next to "Take pART" on your payment coupon. Donated funds support a variety of programs including: Community Arts programs, Community Arts Organizations and Educational Arts Programs! for more information, contact Gallery Director, Cindy Abraham at (916) 351-3506; cabraham@folsom.ca.us.