Out There Artist Profile:
Bud Snow

Santa Rosa is proud to showcase our city’s incredible collection of artists by commissioning original pieces for the Out There In The Middle of Everything campaign. If you like what you see, you can purchase prints, or perhaps a t-shirt at the SR Store by clicking here.

Bud SnowBud Snow has produced murals up and down the west coast from her native Vancouver Canada to Los Angeles, including several for the Sonoma County Museum. Her line work has influences from North American indigenous artworks of the Pacific Northwest as well as modern painters like Keith Haring and BLU. See more of Bud’s amazing work at doyouknowbudsnow.net.

You can also venture a guess at the true meaning of the Santa Rosa insider terms in her featured piece by clicking here.

Or learn more about the Santa Rosa mural scene here.

You can also follow Bud Snow on twitter: @bud_snow_murals and on Instagram: @bud_snow

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Out There Artist Profile:
Todd Barricklow

Santa Rosa is proud to showcase our city’s incredible collection of artists by commissioning original pieces for the Out There In The Middle of Everything campaign. If you like what you see, you can purchase prints, or perhaps a t-shirt at the SR Store by clicking here.

barricklowTodd Barricklow originally hails from Southern California and moved up to Sonoma County to attend Sonoma State University. He comes from a creative family of marionette makers and crafters. Barricklow’s main focus is in ceramics, but he is strongly influenced by printmakers like Posada and Durer. This is manifested in his sgraffito* treatment of clay, which he treats much like a woodblock. His work is in the permanent collection of the Crocker Art Museum in Sacramento, and regularly shows around the country. Todd lives in downtown Santa Rosa and is well known for his giant bicycle and pedaled-powered contraptions that can be seen around town. Check out more of his work at toddbarricklow.com

barricklow2*Sgraffitto simply means to “scratch through.” It is a method of decoration used in ceramics that dates back to the Greeks with their urns. These boxes are hand built out of a white clay body, then coated in a black clay body, and then carved like a wood block while still moist. When the black clay is coated in clear glaze it goes to jet-black, causing this graphic look.

 


A creative force of nature

Arts advocate is a creative force of nature

BY DAN TAYLOR — THE PRESS DEMOCRAT

Spring Maxfield feels most at home in her own backyard, with its garden, beehives, chickens and several art studio buildings, hidden in the Roseland neighborhood of Santa Rosa.

But her sphere of influence extends far beyond her modest two-bedroom house and her family — her husband of 20 years, popular local artist Todd Barricklow, and their two young daughters.

In 2008, Maxfield co-founded the immensely popular annual Great Handcar Regatta, which ran for four years in Santa Rosa's Railroad Square, drawing as many 15,000 people to see fanciful, artistic, mechanical creations race on the rails there.

"She was instrumental in what the regatta was, and what it became," promoter Ty Jones of Santa Rosa, the event's co-founder, said of Maxfield.

Blending the fashions, mechanics and science fiction of the 19th century in the now-trendy mix known as "steampunk," the event inspired its patrons to join in the fun, swarming the streets in period costumes.

Despite Maxfield's penchant for flamboyant headgear, she was happiest working almost invisibly behind the scenes, even as the regatta itself became a giddy circus. Among artists, eccentric clothes served as camouflage.

"I love wild hats," she said. "They fit anywhere."

Since then, Maxfield, who describes herself as an arts advocate rather than an artist, has continued to promote the artwork of others, with several big new projects in the works and a series of smaller ones to her credit.

Her husband, a ceramic artist, became known at the Handcar Regatta for his outlandish, oversized bicycle creations. Maxfield estimates there are 50 bikes on their property, including a couple out front near the street.

 

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Epicenter for Art

Smack dab in the middle of Sonoma County's wine country, Santa Rosa is quickly becoming the hub of an eclectic and thriving arts scene. For years artists have been simmering just under the public radar. Seemingly only emerging once or twice a year for orchestrated studio tours or your typical “easels-on-grass” art fairs. While most of the public attentions went to the vineyards or nearby beaches, the veil has been lifted and now hundreds of visual artists, dozens of performing arts organizations, and a diverse collection of galleries and other venues that display the wide-range of talent this city is proud to celebrate, can be found throughout the community. From large-scale installations at galleries and hidden warehouses to vibrant street art and spontaneous happenings, Santa Rosa is the epicenter for Art (that’s right, capital A, folks) with something for every artist, collector, educator or even dilettante to enjoy.