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!
"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.
Circles, squares, lines, primary colors; who would have thought these rudimentary symbols could become so fascinating? The two artists in the next interesting exhibit at the Gallery at 48 Natoma in Folsom will focus on these basic elements in a very surprising way with unusal art techniques. Metal and LED lighted sculptures by Kristen Hoard and encaustic paintings and monotypes by Barbara Nilsson will be displayed in the exhibit, “Circles of Light,” from September 11 to October 29, 2015.
A portion of the typical gallery installation will be transformed into a 20’ covered space to allow for the display of Kristen Hoard’s lighted sculptures. These intriguing pieces are individually lit with LED lights that change colors and cast fascinating light patterns onto the reflected surfaces of the walls, ceiling and floor. Using various recycled metals, a plasma cutter and welding designs, Hoard molds her pieces into beautiful works of art. Through grinding techniques, colored dyes and patinas, and powder coated finishes she brings a new and beautiful life to a discarded piece of recycled metal. Inspired by her trips to Burning Man, Hoard started exploring sculptures that incorporate fire, flames and LED lighting. “As I work toward organic, abstract shapes, I feel a Zen-like sense of calm and tranquility,” says Hoard about her art. “Later, as I add bright and vibrant dyes to the metal, where patinas react unexpectedly and I never know exactly what will happen next, I reach what I call a state of "metalphoria"… a sense of heightened pleasure induced by the act of playing with metal.”
Working in Sacramento for over twelve years, Hoard regularly participates in fine art festivals throughout Northern California. She has also completed several large corporate sculpture pieces and public artwork that can be seen around the Bay Area and Sacramento. Kristen recently finished a large lotus flower fire pit for Siegfried and Roy's home in Las Vegas. This past year she has been taking ceramics and enamel classes and incorporating these new mediums into her sculptures.
Barbara Nilsson refers to circles, squares, lines, texture and color as her basic tools. To her, lines represent the first and simplest element in art; straight lines are like rays of light, moving in all directions. The circle represents ultimate cosmic order and is found in every aspect of our experience. The square represents material space with gateways at the four quarters of the earth. The square depicts four cardinal directions in physical space and time while the circle focuses upon its timeless center. “It is through these symbols that I strive to convey the textures of life: our earth, our emotions (metaphorical and literal), new consciousness, activity, stillness, energy, our inter-connectedness and also our individual selves,” says Nilsson.
Primarily a printmaker that also painted in oils and acrylics, Nilsson added encaustic to her repertoire in 2002. Encaustic is from the Greek word enkaustikos which means “to heat or burn in.” Heat is used throughout the process, from melting the beeswax and varnish to fusing the layers of wax. The medium is melted and applied with a brush in many thin layers as this gives the works a multi-dimensional and translucent effect. Several of her newest pieces will also incorporate electrically lit backgrounds. Nilsson’s art has been exhibited extensively both nationally and internationally and are included in the Library of Congress and the National Museum of Women in the Arts, in Washington, D.C. She has been featured in numerous publications such as the California Society of Printmakers, One Hundred Years 1913-2013. Nilsson has been the recipient of numerous grants, awards and honors.
In the Community Gallery:
September 1 - October 29, 2015
Student art display from YL Greater Sacramento Capernaum - Special Needs Youth art classes held at the 48 Natoma Art Center.
In the Community Gallery at 48 Natoma, the students from Capernaum Young Life – Special Needs Youth art program will be shown. These teen students have meet in a series of art workshops held at the Art Center at 48 Natoma over the past year to create a variety of art projects including clay, acrylic paintings, mixed media and tiles. Their art will be available for purchase as a fundraiser for the organization.
November 13, 2015 - January 7, 2016
Folsom Arts Association Membership Show
Over 60 pieces in a variety of subjects and media including painting, pastels, photography, jewelry, sculpture, and wood.
Upcoming in the Community Gallery:
FOLSOM FOCUS PHOTOGRAPHY CONTEST 2015
Photos on display at The Gallery at 48 Natoma
November 13, 2015 through January 7, 2016
Opening reception at The Gallery at 48 Natoma in Folsom
Friday, November 13, 2015 from 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Capture life in Folsom through photography using the five contest categories
Winning Photographs from FFPC 2014
- Artistic Lens in Black and White
- Creative Imaging with Special Effects
- Folsom Events
- Folsom Scenes
- Reflections in Water
Entrees will be accepted in two age groups for each theme:
- 15 years of age and under
- 16 years of age and older
Click here for the FFPC 2015 Rules and Guidelines
Check here for FFPC 2015 Entry Form
Entries accepted October 1 - 27, 2015
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) 351-350
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; email@example.com.