Out of Order 2 - Mural Exhibit

May 20th, 2017 5-11pm – 575 Ross St. Downtown Santa Rosa

Four years ago the former Santa Rosa Printing warehouse became an art gallery for one night only. This free exhibition with work by more than 40 artists hailing from Sonoma County to the United Kingdom was brought to life by Santa Rosa arts advocate, photographer and curator Roman D'Argenzio. All the artist donated their time, paint and creativity to the project.

With a habit of bringing pop-up art events since 2008, D’Agenzio had a three year run with a monthly art show and dance party on Third Street called Kaleidoscope. D'Argenzio now runs The Corner Store Collective a contemporary art gallery in Downtown Santa Rosa that has been presenting solo shows at their gallery from 2013 to present.

This Saturday D’Argenzio is at it again with Out Of Order 2 . After 5 months of planning and preparation a 4,000 sq foot warehouse will experience a mural exhibit takeover with “more artists, more color, new murals and more walls”. Over 45 artists from all over the Bay Area have created an art show of gigantic proportions. Look for aerosol art, fine art, wheat paste, mixed multi-media sculpture and interactive installations. This free event is open to all ages with donations greatly accepted at the entrance.

Featuring artwork by:

Aebol, Aiden Kringen, Ash Rose, Bely, Berds, Berg, Broke, Bud Snow, C4, Cels, Celowe, Csaw, Erlina, Othman, Fils, Fugeezee, Gary Paintin, Gats, Ghost Owl, Hepos, Hero, Ian Harper, Impres, Isly, Jpee, Jake, Lizzy & Rory, Lois Goff, Luke, Match, Matthew Barnes, Morgan, Mike, Naan, Nail, Quake, Ras Terms, Repo, Reside, Roar, Ricky Watts, Sadis, Saif  Azzuz, Scratch n Sniff, Sean Nicholls, Spoze, Steve Wilkos, Upfuk, Ucme, Vader66, YumYum, Zeam, and One38.

D’Argenzio has this to say about the show, “I am very excited about the cohesiveness of the overall interior and exterior. I think the outside wall (by California’s “The Lords Crew”) is something cool and vibrant that Santa Rosa desperately needed. Its great to see the actual artists of the arts community come and dedicate their time and energy on something truly for the communities viewing pleasure...one of the beautiful things to me about these particular forms of art is that unlike most art the artists choose to remain anonymous. This helps the viewer focus solely on the art itself and nothing else.”


The Ultimate Art & Wine Pairing

 At Eric Kent Wines one will find artistry both inside and outside the bottle.

Over ten years ago, husband and wife team Kent Humphrey and Colleen Teitgen set out on a two-part mission to create premium wine, and to also offer exposure to emerging artists. What resulted is the incomparable smash-up of fine art and fine wine that is Eric Kent Wines.

Screen Shot 2016-02-11 at 12.06.02 PMAs curator and producer of labels for Eric Kent Wines, Colleen Teitgen’s goal is to “feature exceptional art on our labels and share each artist's story with you.” The art she features includes a broad range of mediums; from illustrations, painting, and sculpture, to collage, photography, and even poetry.

Screen Shot 2016-02-11 at 12.03.08 PMThe elegant packaging is just the beginning. The wines at Eric Kent are world class. Winemaker Kent Humphrey humbly credits the vineyard owners and managers with achieving the quality his wines express. He lets the uniqueness in the fruit he sources guide the winemaking. The result is the best show of appreciation a winemaker can offer the “unsung heroes” that provide him with premium raw materials: hand-crafted small lots of unparalleled quality and distinction. While the focus at Eric Kent Wines is primarily Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, and Syrah, they recognize that every separate lot will take on a personality of its own. “We approach each wine as an individual wine, offering its own unique expression.”

Screen Shot 2016-02-11 at 12.00.45 PMThe respect they have for their growers extends to their fans as well. One third of the wine they produce is sold through their allocation list, which Kent says was designed to be the “anti-list.” While other small fine wine producers tout exclusivity, Eric Kent Wines wants everyone to share in what they have to offer. When you sign up for their list online, you customize it so that you can sample as little or as much as their limited supply will allow.

Screen Shot 2016-02-11 at 12.02.13 PMBut, like many of our great local Santa Rosa producers, the supply of Eric Kent Wines is limited. They’re currently producing about 4000 cases annually; a mix of varieties and styles as eclectic as the art that adorns their labels. While they have no permanent set up to host tastings, they’re happy to offer tastings and tours by appointment at their Santa Rosa facility.

Screen Shot 2016-02-11 at 12.04.58 PMFor more information, or to set up an appointment to sample their wines, visit them online at www.erickentwines.com or call (415)244-9453.


Draw Freely and Leave An Exquisite Corpse

With so much creative talent here in Santa Rosa, it should come as no surprise during your evening stroll to stumble upon a gaggle of friends and strangers having fun with...well, art.

This was the case recently when Sprenger’s Tap Room (446 B Street) welcomed a large group of locals to their outdoor beer garden patio. Adults and kids sat around tables covered with paper, pens, markers, crayons and cut-up pictures to play Exquisite Corpse, a collaborative game originally played with poetry dating back to the Parisian Surrealist Movement, but in modern times is often found being played with drawing.

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The concept is simple: fold a piece of paper into thirds, draw either a head at the top, a torso in the middle, or legs on the bottom. Pass your paper to someone else, where they will NOT PEEK at what else has been drawn, and will fill in one of the blank spots...so on and so forth. The result is a mish-mash of artistic styles creating one finished piece, coming from seasoned artists, whimsical creatives, eccentric doodlers, and painfully-untalented random people who appear to be lost, such as myself. (Side note: I apologize to anyone who got a cloud, egg, or box as a torso in their overall drawing.)

Anyone can organize an Exquisite Corpse event, whether it’s around your kitchen table with friends, or on a larger scale with community members. The event I participated in was organized by local champion of the arts Spring Maxfield who, through Facebook and word-of-mouth, managed to throw together familiar faces as well as many who had never before met...including a few people right off the street who saw what was going on and were welcomed to join in the fun.

IMG_2019 Sponsored in part by Riley Street Art Supply (103 Maxwell Court), the paper, art supplies, beers and burgers needed to fuel this casual evening event covered several of the large tables along Sprenger’s B Street patio, and invited questions and conversation between fellow tablemates, and strangers walking by alike.

In short, it was a perfect Santa Rosa evening.

What are your favorite group games to play? Tell us in the comments, and be on the lookout for more group events like these around town!


Shop Arty

With the season of gift-giving (and therefore buying) in full swing, we would be remiss if we didn’t give you some shopping ideas. And who better to point your hard-earned dollars toward than our local artists at the annual Shop Party?

On Sunday, December 18th, Santa Rosa’s annual Shop Party once again gathers together some incredible artists and makers in one spot to make your shopping easier.

Shop Party started in 2010 when friends Meredith Jayne Lenci and Olivia Browning saw the need for an outlet for creative types to sell their work to the community. “Buying a gift from one of these vendors literally puts food on some of our neighbors’ tables,” said Lenci. “That feels like a small victory to me.”

Here are just a few dynamic examples of the massive amounts of handcrafted talent to be found:

Jo Collins, owner of Mojo Soaps, likes to live a bit on the edge, and her badass soaps show it. “I almost always make my soap barefoot (safety be damned) in my kitchen with punk rock on louder than my neighbors would like – I give them soap to forgive me,” said Collins. “What I love about cold-process soap making is that it’s a combination of chemistry and art, and it’s just a little bit dangerous (lye can burn!). Precise measurement is important, just like in baking, but experimentation is fun and some of my favorite soaps have been “accidents”.”

For over 10 years Jo, who is also a personal trainer and bartender here in Santa Rosa, has been mastering the art of soap making using organic vegetable and essential oils, as well as natural colorants. Specializing in beer and coffee soaps – which means basically I’m done with my holiday shopping because she’s rocking all of the perfect things all at the same time – Mojo also makes beard oils, beard balms, solid lotion bars, lip scrubs, lip balm and whatever other body products intrigue her at the moment. “I used to buy handmade soap wherever I could find it and then begged until I found someone willing to teach me how to do it myself,” she said. “I began gifting my soaps to friends, family and clients, and gradually began selling it.”

Karen Silberg of Karen Silberg Ceramics, spins out some gorgeous pottery in her home studio. “The first time I touched clay was almost 4 years ago during a time when I really needed my heart to be filled. I poured myself into it, making friends and creating timeless functional pieces.”

Since that time, Karen has taken her passion out into the world using Periscope, a live video streaming website and app which allows her thousands of followers to watch her work on the wheel in real time, as well as interact and ask questions. After being gifted a ‘Karen’ mug several years ago and buying another recently, I can say with hot-drink confidence that she 100 percent makes the perfect mug. You should pick up a few for grandma, for dad, for me…I mean, whoever comes to mind. No pressure.

Gina Glomb of Talking Tree Designs is a self-taught metalsmith and jeweler who has worked with feathers, beads, recycled brass, leather, and more over the past several years, focusing now more on silver, gold and gemstones. Having slowly built her own metal studio piece by piece using any profits she made from selling her unique jewelry, Gina is thrilled and grateful for all of the trials and errors that have come along with making art.

“Many late nights and early mornings trying to balance being a mother/wife/artist has not been easy, but it has been worth it,” said Glomb. “Sure, there are callouses, cuts, burns and blisters. There are stones that crack at the last possible moment and ruin your whole project. But I am fully aware of the magic in this life every time I can create with my hands what I see in my mind. It is even more incredible when my vision is accepted by others!”

Finally, we mustn’t forget the florals. Venn Floral specializes in natural, expressive, garden-inspired creations using environmentally responsible floral design. Committed to sourcing the finest quality sustainable materials with which to manifest their gorgeous works of art, Sonoma County natives Heather Frye and Camille Rowan-White work closely with local farmers and gardeners. While their work is most often found at events and weddings, they do sometimes participate in pop-up sales and workshops as well. For these they branch out (see what I did there?) to create original works inspired by their obsession for plants, and informed by their art practices.

“You might say we have an insatiable curiosity for the natural world,” Frye said, “and are always looking to incorporate that in our work…naturally. Ha!” (The ‘ha’ was hers and, given my love of ‘ha’s’, I felt it was only proper to include it). Driftwood, dried flowers and mossy branches are some of the favorite materials being used this time of year.

At Shop Party, expect to find barnwood boxes – hand-built by the ladies – to use as centerpieces, mantles, welcome displays, or anything else you find yourself in need of a barnwood box for. Also air plants, wreaths and other long-lasting decorative botanical creations.

“Many of our designs are meant to span the seasons, and can be used as decoration throughout the year – no expiration date!”

This year’s Shop Party is supporting Food Not Bombs, a vital organization that makes free hot meals and serves them in downtown Santa Rosa, to anyone in need, every Sunday evening. So, stop by to shop, to snack, to compliment your local artist, and to feel good about every second of it.

Shop Party – December 18th, 11am – 3pm at the Saturday Afternoon Club, 430 10th Street, Santa Rosa, 95401

Food Not Bombs – Sundays 5 – 7 Prince Gateway Park