SR Artbook

Part local artist showcase, part sketchbook, part writing journal, great gift and stellar stocking stuffer, SketchSR is a way cool way to celebrate and support the wide range of amazing visual artists here in Santa Rosa.

Featured SRrtists:

Bud Snow • Catherine Sieck • Mica Shea Jennings • Ruth Alison Donovan • Todd Barricklow • Ryan Taylor • Wil Smith

Artists Profiles

We’ll be featuring each artist on this page over the next few weeks, so check back regularly.

Artist: Bud Snow

Bud Snow is a Mural Painter, Public Artist, and Photographer. As a young person, traveling with a small circus, performing with fire, on stilts, and inside puppets gave her…”a freedom of expression that got into my bones.” She likes to work outside.

Artist: Catherine Sieck

“The pieces in this journal are cut from paper with an exacto blade, and are from Summer 2017, a time of cactus blooms, harvest, heat, and birdsong.”

Catherine Sieck

Catherine is an artist, storyteller, farmer and ceramicist born and raised in Sonoma County. She lives out in the Laguna de Santa Rosa, farms for Community Soil Foundation in Larkfield, and has a studio at 33arts in Roseland. Her work in the studio, often intricate narrative paper cut-outs, is fueled by her work in gardens watching the life/death/life cycle unfold. Her work seeks to be an antidote to death-phobia, a celebration of the richness to be found when death is honored and woven back in with life.

Artist: Todd Barricklow

“These images are a continued exploration of the iconic representation of objects around us, appreciation for the tools that our minds can design and our hands can hold as well as my enduring fascination with the automobile.”

Todd Barricklow 

Todd grew up in a house where things were built and repaired with the materials of puppet making, school teaching, and a depression-era necessity for frugality. String and sticks eventually lead to metal and clay which is what he works in today. His work ranges from ceramic sculpture and metalwork to commercial design and fabrication. He lives in the Roseland area of Santa Rosa.

Artist: Mica Shea Jennings

Title: Goats Tarot

Mica Jennings

Mica is a painter, illustrator, designer, and 30-year resident of Santa Rosa. “Goats Tarot” is an invitation to accept the inherent wisdom, symbolism, and relentless strangeness offered to us by nature.

Artist: Ryan Taylor

Quote: Until the world improves, live in your own. 

Ryan Taylor

Plastic front door clings strategically placed over holes in drywall. Graves of pets adorned with crosses made by children.Foundations of sheds built at night warping come daybreak. Playsets built with the best intentions overgrown and forgotten. Mamosa trees grow through gravel. Lawnmowers with flat tires, a permanent circle in the front yard from a dog on a chain.A mother stands in front of a dryer.A mom asleep snoring softly in a recliner.The first gallon of paint is open and rolled over 80s wallpaper.The ashes of a never met uncle are found in the trunk of a jeep sitting on cinder blocks. Snow shovels are the most accessible tool in the tool shed.Paintings are nailed into wood panels that belong to dead friends. Birthday cake candles are never blown out by one person. The deli up the street gives out pizza coupons now. Used to be a movie rental spot with a shakeable claw machine. Bologna and soda is a guarantee in a house with history. A home.

Artist: William Smith

“Characters and archetypes have always been front and center in my work. These characters are inspired by the folly of human behavior. In addition, I have been exploring the “still image” in motion. These are a tribute to my cartoon influences and love for animation and the graphic image in general.”

William Smith

William’s emphasis on printmaking stems from his time as a printer and technician at Aurobora Press in San Francisco throughout the late 90’s and early 2000’s. His current work has been shown across the United States and South America. Currently residing in Santa Rosa, CA, William teaches part-time at Santa Rosa Junior College.

Artist: Ruth Alison Donovan
Title: “Intention and Reflection”
Medium: Pen and Ink series

“This body of work is a continuation of my illustrations that represent a free flowing process and whimsical imagery. I create them as an expression of my world within, and they tell stories of my own human experience, both in the physical and ethereal realm.”

Ruth Alison Donovan
As the owner and co-founder of The Beluga and Bee Studio, formerly known as Studio 24/10, Ruth is an illustrator, painter, curator and logo designer residing in Santa Rosa’s West End Neighborhood Of Santa Rosa. Her space has hosted group shows for many of Santa Rosa’s young and aspiring artists since 2008.

An Artist's Celebration of Life, In Six Stories

In September, 2018, artist Bud Snow began work on her largest mural yet. A tribute to a cherished friend, the piece spans six stories on the back of the Roxy Theater, at First and Santa Rosa Ave. This is an artist’s story, in her words, about a piece that she hopes will bring joy to the people of our city for years to come.

– In loving memory of Laura Nicole Kelly

The Dripping Signature

In an unassuming side street of downtown Santa Rosa you walk by the indian restaurant and local newspaper building to a door between blacked out windows with white lettering. 4,000 square feet of warehouse with multiple levels and disciplines invites you into a land created for just one night. It’s a gallery but the art is not hung on the walls. It is the walls. Spray painted, wheat pasted portraiture, abstract, political murals from a group that has nothing to sell and alias identities to leave behind. The door frames, floors, stairs, and trash cans have all been given hand tags that fill in what space was left between mural art. Signatures drip, eyes pop out, figures can be deciphered to show the origin stories behind each style and we’ve been invited to a club that never meets but often works together under the cover of darkness.

If we were anywhere else this would be entirely illegal. Yet this has nothing to do with hate, crime or gangs. It is a celebration of an artform that is growing in acceptance, but rarely outside of the larger metropolitan area. Yet our local Riley Art Street and Village Art Supply carry niche spray paint brands with varieties of caps for calibration and pressure control. I am told that people came from across the state to see some of these pieces. Other attendees can be heard commenting “I didn’t know you could get that fine of detail”.

A well known local artist who has been working in this medium for 25 years sees them akin to sand mandalas, with beauty in their temporary nature. The curator likes to use the word “ephemeral” for the style and feeling. Each of the 40+ artists is a professional, they sell their art in other standard fine art and contemporary galleries with white walls, solo shows and rotating collections but with this event, they share a part of their creativity that rarely gives an invitation. We cannot take any of this home, we cannot claim it and add it to our collections. This is a glimpse into a scene that holds secrecy and trust paramount, anything else gets martyrdom. Some choose to add their efforts in the midst of the show. An artist gives out paint pens then fades back to watch their piece covered up and added to by the signatures of patrons.

I learn that there are hard rules. No churches, schools or houses. There is an ego threat, to be known can bring infamy that leads to being caught but a growing fanbase get excited by bolder efforts, although they will certainly get removed or painted over. Seeing an audience with a diversity of ages gives the anonymous creators of this exhibit hope that mainstream views are changing and the aspects of their work can be seen as multi-layered as any classic style. The initial reaction of destructive resistance can make way for an appreciation of color and imagery added to the grey and beige decor of a small city overflowing with creatives.

Santa Rosa is lucky enough to have small groups of determined people that clean out warehouses, put in time after work, coordinate friends and neighbors and open their spaces to show the outside what they’ve been working on. Pop-up events and festivals can be found throughout each season because our weather never really deters them. Something is stirring in our creative sector as more small galleries open their doors, businesses invite in local talent and curators weave together showcases. Events like these are all over the area, and throughout the year you just have to follow the right artist, catch the right conversation or walk down the right side street to share in the creation.

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