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E Street Gallery holds ARC student art show

'My Flea Has Dogs' is a sculpture featured at the E Street Gallery for the American River College Student Invitational Exhibition. The art show will be open until Oct. 31. (Photo by Joseph Daniels)

Joseph Daniels

October 15, 2015

A painting of the Earth blowing up, an art piece that is made out of oak galls and a sculpture of a flea infested with dogs were all art works featured at the American River College student show at E Street Gallery. The gallery sent out a letter to artists who were on a mailing list of current and ...

Figure Friday open to students and professionals

Attendee Larissa Miller poses with her painting. Miller participated in an event called Figure Friday that takes place every week. (Photo by Joseph Daniels)

Michael Pacheco

October 15, 2015

Professional artists may find that it is expensive to hire a model to pose nude, but American River College provides an event on campus that provides students a more affordable option. Figure Friday was developed by ARC art professor Sarah Mattson, who wanted to provide a venue for both profession...

Abortions and Puerto Rican background influenced poet

Poet Sandra Garcia Rivera recites her writing during a college hour Tuesday. Garcia talked about how her life decisions influenced her work. (Photo by Lena DoBynes)

Joseph Daniels

September 25, 2015

A previous version of this story mistakenly reported the speaker's name to be Sharon Garcia Rivera. In fact, it is Sandra Garcia Rivera.  A poet visited the American River College campus Tuesday to discuss her life story and how her cultural background and her abortions have had a huge impact on ...

Kaneko Gallery holds regional sculpture competition

Joseph Daniels

September 22, 2015

The James Kaneko Gallery is currently hosting a regional art competition between Sacramento sculptors to decide which sculpture will be built and placed in front of the Student Services building on the American River College campus. Fifteen sculptures are part of the competition and a panel will de...

Chalk It Up draws large crowd

John Steensland, a former American River College student, adds finishing touches to his  chalk-drawing for Chalk It Up. He said he liked the way the texture of his art looked on the pavement. (Photo by Cheyenne Drury)

Cheyenne Drury

September 9, 2015

Chalk It Up held its 25th annual art festival on Labor Day weekend that gave artists the opportunity to create chalk-art on the sidewalks of downtown Sacramento. The organization is a non-profit that donates all of its proceeds toward local youth art programs. Each square cost $150 to rent, while...

Kaneko Gallery remembers former ARC professor

An art piece by James Albertson titled

Joseph Daniels

September 3, 2015

When he first discovered late American River College professor Jim Albertson’s paintings, art professor Mick Sheldon said that his initial reaction was that he hated them. However, he said he grew to love them after they stuck in his mind for years. Albertson died from natural causes in July. He...

Former ARC professor paints a different scene of Del Paso

Gerry Otis Simpson, also known as GOS

Emily Thompson

September 1, 2015

Despite his recent success, painter Gerry Otis Simpson, better known by his art-world moniker, GOS”, only ever picked up a paintbrush for the first time as a way to decorate his walls cheaply. “I just have fun,” Simpson said. “I started painting because I couldn’t afford to buy art that I really...

Published writer teaches the ins and outs of travel writing at SummerWords

Suzanne Roberts, a published writer, leads a workshop on travel writing at SummerWords.

Joseph Daniels and Joseph Daniels

July 8, 2015

Suzanne Roberts said that one way for travel writers to get into writing about a location is to look at their hobbies during her workshop at SummerWords. “When you think about the things that you already love, or you already know how to do really well, they become your niche,” said Roberts. Travel...

Internationally renowned poet concludes SummerWords event

Carolyn Forche recites her poetry at SummerWords on May 30. Forche is an internationally renowned, award winning poet.

John Ferrannini and John Ferrannini

June 25, 2015

Internationally renowned award winning poet Carolyn Forche was the keynote speaker on the last night of the SummerWords creative writing festival at American River College last month. Forche’s poetry touched on many topics, from childhood memories of her grandmother, an immigrant from Czechoslovakia,...

Number two New York Times Bestselling author speaks at ARC

Joseph Daniels and Joseph Daniels

June 1, 2015

Update August 24, 2015, 3:12 p.m.: An earlier version of this story falsely reported that Edan Lepucki's publisher was the Hatchet Book Group. In fact, the correct spelling is Hachette. By all rights her first book should have been a financial failure after Amazon.com refused to sell her book on the...

ARC adjunct and novelist shares insight into young adult fiction

ARC adjunct and novelist shares insight into young adult fiction

Kameron Schmid and Kameron Schmid

May 30, 2015

For American River College adjunct professor and writer Erika Mailman, choosing to write her first young adult novel, “Haunted,” was mainly motivated by the story she was struck with one night after having a nightmare. But her motivation for writing it under the penname Lynn Carthage was her “slutty...

SummerWords opens with poetry and pastries

SummerWords opens with poetry and pastries

John Ferrannini and John Ferrannini

May 29, 2015

Dozens of American River College faculty and creative writing students spent Thursday night speaking with published authors and enjoying pastries on the opening night of SummerWords. SummerWords is a creative writing festival hosted by American River College, co-chaired by English professors Christian...

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