48 Natoma Street, Folsom, CA 95630
Regular Hours: Monday-Friday 9 a.m.-5 p.m.,
Tuesday and Wednesday evenings 6-8 p.m.
Call for other evening and weekend hoursHOLIDAY HOURS
The Gallery will have shortened hours, closing at 2:00 pm on the following days:
12/26, 12/29, 12/30, 1/2
The Gallery will be closed on the following days:
11/27, 11/28, 12/24, 12/25, 12/31, 1/1
Admission is free
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About the Gallery:
“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, and Tuesday and Wednesday evenings 6:00pm-8:00pm. 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!
"The Art of Ballet"
November 14, 2014 to January 8, 2015
Keith Sutter, photography and Kirk Miller, oil paintings
Opening Reception, Friday, November 14, 2014 from 6:00-8:00pm with refreshments and live music.
With the holidays come many traditions. One of the most popular are the meriad special performances that bring ballet dancers to the stage this time of year. Often attending a classic holiday ballet is the highlight of many family’s season. Ballet in all its forms from on the stage to behind the curtain to expansive outdoor landscapes will become the focus in the next exhibit at the Gallery at 48 Natoma in Folsom, “The Art of Ballet,” will showcase two artist’s work with photography by Keith Sutter and oil paintings by Kirk Miller. The exhibit opens November 14, 2014 and continues through January 8, 2015.
Twinkling tutus, stage props and ballet pointe shoes will add to the overall art installation with a selection of stage props and costumes on loan from the Sacramento Ballet Company.
For over two decades Keith Sutter has evolved as a professional photographer and has received some of photography’s highest honors. In the first half of his career he traveled around the globe photographing the land and its people for organizations like the National Geographic Society, the Royal Geographical Society, The North Face, Patagonia, and Outside Magazine. In more recent years Sutter has shifted to shooting commercial photography for clients like Intel, UC Davis Health, The Sacramento Ballet, Costco, and the University of Santa Clara. The mixed experience he has gained while shooting editorial photography and commercial photography has given him a rich skill set that makes him a compelling visual story teller. In his personal work project featuring ballet dancers in magnificent outdoor settings, Sutter creates a series of images that captivate and inspire people of all ages and backgrounds.
Sutter said of his work, “Coupling aspects of life, like the exquisite form, artistry and strength of a ballerina - with the magnitude of our earth’s enthralling expanses and awe inspiring landscapes, gives voice to my inner feelings. The magnificence of our reality is what I seek, what inspires me and what I hope to share in my art.”
This series of ballerina paintings by Kirk Miller represents his fascination with painting people. The challenge in painting dancers is not only being able to capture their action, rhythm and their beautiful movement, but also incorporating color and texture. Miller said, “My goal is for the viewer of these images to feel the dancer’s strength, passion and love of their commitment to dance.” Over the years Miller has illustrated many magazines, books, videos, cover art, posters, and murals and has had his work syndicated in newspapers across the United States. Miller’s paintings have appeared in many regional and national magazines such as American Artist Magazine and Art & Antique and are in private, governmental and corporate collections in the United States and as far as Korea and Australia. He has lectured at major art schools and Universities and has conducted workshops and demonstrations throughout the United States and Canada.
November 14, 2014 to January 8, 2015
"8th Annual Folsom Focus Photography Contest"
Over 75 photographs in several categories - the largest art contest in Folsom!
The Folsom Focus Photography contest sponsored by the Folsom Arts Association will be on display from November 14, 2014 to January 8, 2015. This year’s categories include Creative Imaging with Special Effects, Artistic Lens in Black and White, Folsom Events, Folsom Scenes, and Reflections in Water in adult and youth age groups. Prizes will be announced at the opening reception including: Best of Show $50.00, 1st Place $25.00, 2nd Place Ribbon, 3rd Place Ribbon and People’s Choice $25.00.
Mark your calendars for the next great exhibit.
"ARTful Women: Six Voices in Cloth"
January 23 - March 12, 2015
Contemporary fabric artists: Pam Berry, Joan Dyer, Ann Sanderson, Gail Sims, Sandra Poteet, Lin Schiffner
Opening Reception, Friday, January 23, 2015 from 6:00-8:00pm with refreshments and live music by Daniel Roest and Francesca Anderson.
It's not just a scrap of fabric. Artists that work in contemporary textiles frequently go so much farther than typical of other art forms. Where drawing and painting are often the finished product in other media, that is just where a fiber artist begins. Using original designs the artists are frequently manipulating the material, dyeing, printing, painting, cutting, stitching, embroidering, embellishing, and then sewing pieces together into intricate patterns. Often only to cut it all apart again and re-stitch it several more times. When color, texture and design come together in this way, one can only admire the artistry involved.
In the next exhibit at the Gallery at 48 Natoma in Folsom, “ARTful Women: Six Voices in Cloth,” features the contemporary fiber art work by Pam Berry, Joan Dyer, Ann Sanderson, Lin Schiffner, Gail Sims, and Sandra Poteet. The exhibit opens January 23 and continues March 12, 2015.
The ARTful Women are artists whose primary medium is fabric. Their goal is to increase awareness about fabric as a legitimate fine art form and to push themselves to expand their creative limits using this dynamic medium. “It is our hope that viewers of our exhibitions will take a moment to grasp the great power found in such a common and familiar material as cloth.”
The pieces created by ARTful Women represent several emerging genres within the rapidly evolving world of stitched fabric as fine art. Each artist brings strengths to the group: fabric dyeing, painting, printing with precise detail, the creation of rich textural effects. They employ a wide spectrum of methods including complex value manipulation and a myriad of color techniques.
As a group they have been showing their work together for nearly four years. They came together with a common goal to search out opportunities and to share their work in venues that focus on visual arts across a wide spectrum of media and aim to engage an audience who may have had little experience with fabric/stitching as an art form. Each artist started with a background in both traditional and non-traditional quilt design and methods. They continue the hard work to educate themselves about their art in order to accomplish the group goals they set and to nourish their individual artistic growth. Together, they have had numerous exhibits regionally throughout Northern California.
Individually the artists are nationally recognized, award-receiving fiber artists with their work shown in exhibits all over the United States. Sandra Poteet will show her work in Ohio later this year, and Lin Schiffner will show in Arizona. Several members of the group have gone on to receive international attention having their work included in exhibits in Europe. Joan Dyer stitched fiber pieces will also be shown in the “International Quilt Festival” fiber exhibits in Ohio, Illinois, France and Italy this year. Ann Sanderson will have pieces shown in the National Quilt Museum in Kentucky as well as receiving honors in an exhibit in England.
January 13- March 5, 2015
Brighton Elementary Private School - 2nd-5th grade art classes
The children will display interpretations of various cloth and appliqué motifs done as works on paper.
Click on current or past year's dates for a detailed view of previous exhibition schedules. Also check out current and upcomming year's schedules of exciting exhibits.
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.
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 http://webtrac.folsom.ca.us For class information or class registration, please call (916)355-7285.
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; firstname.lastname@example.org.