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 hoursAdmission 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!
"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. Gail Sims has pieces accepted into national shows in Albuquerque and at the Maryland Federation of Art. 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.
March 20 - May 7, 2015
Drawings and Paintings by Mariam Pakbaz and ceramic sculptures by
Opening Reception, Friday, March 20, 2015 from 6:00-8:00pm
with refreshments and live music
Lorelei, by Mariam Pakbaz, Woman and Magpie, by Jeanette Morrow,
mixed media, 36" x 26.5" ceramic, 27" x 16" x 22"
We'll Always Have IKEA, by Mariam Pakbaz, Bunny, by Jeanette Morrow,
mixed media, 36" x 35.5" ceramic, 27" tall
A curious collection of wild animals: dashing horses, stealthy wolves, leaping rabbits, peaceful birds, and more are all included in the diverse and unusual group of images portrayed in the next exhibit at the Gallery at 48 Natoma in Folsom. In the show, “Menagerie,” Mariam Pakbaz will exhibit her hauntingly beautiful mixed media drawing/paintings with wonderful ceramic figurative sculptures by Jeanette Morrow. Both artists play with the interaction of animals and the human figure to symbolically convey their thoughts.
The artwork by Mariam Pakbaz are reflections of what she refers to as the “unvisual unwindings” of the inner-workings of her mind. The young artist, recently out of graduate school, skillfully applies mixed media (acrylic, ink, watercolor, watercolor pencil and graphite) on large plywood panels capturing elusive images of beautifully rendered people and animals in almost dreamlike scenes. The finished pieces often show fluid transparent layers of sketching and overlapping figures that she refers to as flashes of imagery representing the changing nature of thoughts. “They are immaterial thoughts that are the unfocused puzzle pieces that make up a portion of my identity. A physical representation is produced from an autobiographical moment,” said Pakbaz about her work.
Jeanette Morrow was originally intrigued with the mask form while studying Eskimo ceremonial masks in an art history class two decades ago. “There is something otherworldly and spiritual about masks that are used in ritual ceremonies. For me, mask making is a way of exploring the human connection with nature and the spiritual world,” Morrow said. She then began to sculpt the human figure, primarily women, and feature the birds and animals encountered on her private walks with her dog; such as crows, yellow-billed magpies, owls, roadrunners, rabbits and coyotes as well as flora, such as oak tree branches, desert plants, and gingko leaves. Her current work includes elevating her figures on geometrically embellished sculpted pedestals. “Sculpting has opened a door for me to explore the natural world and to feel a deeper connection with a larger reality.”
Even though these two artists have never shown their work together before, their harmonious colors and similar subjects portrayed in different media and dimensions seem destined to make a wonderful exhibit that is sure to be a favorite with gallery visitors.
Upcoming Community Gallery:
March 10 - May 1, 2015
Vista Del Lago High School - Art Class Exhibition
A great display of students art from Folsom’s Vista Del Lago High School will feature work from the advanced painting classes taught by teacher Gayle Martin.
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; email@example.com.