48 Natoma Street, Folsom, CA 95630
(916) 355-7285Regular Hours: Monday-Friday 9 a.m.-5 p.m.,
Tuesday and Wednesday evenings 6-8 p.m.
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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!
"On the Right Track"
July 10 to August 27, 2015
Opening Reception, Friday, July 10, 2015 from 6:00-8:00pm
A special exhibit of railroad art and displays with oil paintings by Patrick Karnahan and Gary Symington and scale model displays by Scott Robertson
"Oiling the 28," oil by Gary Symington "Dodge City," oil by Patrick Karnahan
Scale Model by Scott Robertson
All aboard for the next exhibit at the Gallery at 48 Natoma! The railroad has long been an important part of Folsom’s history since the Gold Rush days. Now artwork that commemorates those historic connections will be displayed in the exhibit, “On the Right Track,” from July 10 through August 27, 2015. Three premier railroad artists work will be featured, including impressionist oil paintings by Gary Symington, grand traditional oils on canvas by Patrick Karnahan and incredible scale model displays created by Scott Robertson.
Patrick Karnahan has been oil painting since he was eight years old. In addition to painting wildlands, Karnahan has been capturing the history of the American railroads on canvas for more than 20 years. He has completed a calendar on American railroads, and his artwork has been featured on numerous book and magazine covers. He also promotes art education for children in local schools. “It’s satisfying,” he says. “Usually, I’ll sell my paintings and won’t see them again. What I’m doing becomes part of the community.” For 15 years, he worked for the USDA Forest Service as a seasonal firefighter and later as a graphic artist and public affairs specialist. He remains under contract to prepare paintings for Forest Service posters and publications. His paintings, based on years of personal experience on the fire lines, are full of highly accurate detail. They also reflect his emotional commitment to wildland firefighting and to conserving our public wildland treasures.
Gary Symington has been a full-time illustrator and graphic designer for over 40 years, but his real passion has always been painting in oils on canvas. After painting primarily landscapes for many years, his most recent work reflects his interest in trains, with particular attention paid to the quality of the surface textures and discolorations of metal on the engines. His illustration clients have included L.L. Bean, Windows magazine and McDonalds. His commercial work has been shown with the Society of Illustrators and in the Strathmore Paper Graphics Gallery. Gary received a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Painting from Syracuse University, and studied at Sir John Cass School of Art in London, England.
Scott Robertson is an acclaimed railroad model maker and has been creating railroad scenes over a culmination of many years. His ongoing project called the ND&AC (Never Done & Always Changing) Model Railroad is On30 scale with construction that started in 2004 and is still evolving. The fictitious town of Hanging Rock is a combination of two modules (30”x48” each) depicting a mountain town somewhere in the Sierra Mountains. “My model railroad does not represent any specific prototype, and it takes its scenery from many different geographic settings in the western United States. The era is sometime in the mid-20th century in places that are being logged over and mined out.” Most of the structures are scratch built. Scenery is mostly natural materials collected in the Sierra Nevada Mountains, including real rock - not plaster castings. His models are truly an inspiration of both art and engineering combined.
In the Community Gallery:
June 30 - August 20, 2015
Annual Student Art Show
Featuring art from the adult art classes taught at the Art Center at 48 Natoma.
"Circles of Light"
September 11 to Ocotber 29, 2015
Opening Reception, Friday, September 11, 2015 from 6:00-8:00pm
A colorful exhibit of metal and LED lighted sculptures by Kristen Hoard and encaustic paintings and monotypes by Barbara Nilsson.
Upcoming in the Community Gallery:
September 1 - October 29, 2015
Student art display from Capernaum Young Life Special Needs Youth art classes held at the Center at 48 Natoma.
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.
- The Dyer Family Foundation
- 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.