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Sarah Mattson, an art professor at American River College, working on her figure drawing on March 1, 2024. (Photo by Chris Johnson)

ARC art department invites artists to sharpen their artistic swords at Figure Friday

Chris Johnson, Staff Writer March 28, 2024

Physical art is an important outlet for a lot of people, and artists are quick to take advantage of any opportunity they can find to improve their abilities. To walk into a room and see a dozen people...

Diana Ormanzhi’s surreal paintings on display at the James Kaneko Gallery at American River College through February 8 (Photo by Will Forseth)

Illusion of Sanctuary Art Gallery Premiers at James Kaneko Gallery

William Forseth, Staff Writer February 7, 2024

Nestled in one of the most unassuming corners of American River College’s main campus, behind the theater in what seems like a back alley suite covered in beige stucco, one can find the James Kaneko...

Sufjan Stevens broaches many momentous themes with his new album “Javelin.” (Photo courtesy of Asthmatic Kitty Records)

Sufjan Stevens’ latest album is a tremendous one for the emotionally distraught

Shy Bell, A&C Editor November 21, 2023

I’m cold, it’s really early in the morning (what most would call late at night). My heart hurts, for many reasons and I am trying to keep a level head. Let me write this: Sufjan Stevens released...

Linda Gelfman, an art professor at American River College, poses with one of her sculptures at her recent exhibition. (Photo courtesy of Linda Gelfman)

ARC art professor provides much-needed uplifting atmosphere for students

Shy Bell, A&C Editor November 16, 2023

Students of all ages are faced with many hardships. Constant battles against the plagues of life, one’s inherited mores and social programming. In the American education system, many students are...

American River College students are set to put a new twist onto the controversial play “Spring Awakening” from the 19th Century. (Photo courtesy of Carson Morris)

ARC’s theater department makes its mark on the fall semester with production of “Spring Awakening”

Shy Bell, A&C Editor October 9, 2023

“Spring Awakening,” a production based on a play by Frank Wedekind which takes place in 1891 Germany, is the first show by American River College’s theater department this fall and runs through Oct....

Art Lapierre sits at his piano after the ensembles rehearsal May 3. (Photo by Shy Bell)

ARC’s vocal jazz ensemble’s upcoming performance is the last for semester

Shy Bell, Staff Writer May 11, 2023

American River College’s vocal jazz ensemble will perform its last show of the semester on May 10 at ARC’s theater. Not only is this the last show this semester, but it is also the last official show...

Despite adversity, women are breaking through in the film industry. Actress Soirse Ronan and director Greta Gerwig in Lady Bird. (Photo Courtesy of IAC Films)

Five women directors you should know

Shy Bell, Staff Writer April 6, 2023

The 2023 Academy Awards, one of the most prestigious award ceremonies in film, took place last month. Though this year was not a huge one for women at the Oscars, there were some notable wins—especially...

Betty Nelsen talked to students about her work during her artist’s reception at the Kaneko Gallery on Feb. 21. (Photo by Shy Bell)

ARC’s Kaneko Gallery hosts exhibition with artist Betty Nelsen

Shy Bell, Staff Writer March 4, 2023

In a semi-packed room at American River College’s Raef Hall, the audience watched as Betty Nelsen explained her process and experience with her “Reflections” series. Nelsen held a lecture and reception...

Art Professor Craig Smith speaks at the Kaneko Gallery about the Symbols of Objects exhibition opening reception on August 30, 2018. The art department at American River College will have their first live showing of the Kaneko Gallery, twenty months after the campus was closed due to the COVID-19 pandemic, in the spring semester of 2022. (File Photo)

Kaneko Gallery plans to host first in-person exhibit in spring 2022

Samuel Berg, Staff Writer November 28, 2021

The American River College art department will host its first in-person showing of the Kaneko Gallery since March 2020. According to Patricia Wood, Kaneko Gallery art director, the gallery plans to...

 DJ Remme a DJ who works a lot of Los Rios Community College District events shown here working American River College’s New Student Orientation on Aug.11 2018 (Photo courtesy of DJ Remme)

DJ Remme brings excellent music, flash and flair

Cynsere Kelly, Sports Editor November 13, 2021

Music is a form of art that gets people to attend events, and for music to be played, there has to be a conductor, and in today’s world, those people are sometimes known as DJs. DJs bring energy,...

“Donda’s” cover art is a black screen for which Kanye West has yet to explain the meaning. (Photo courtesy of Def Jam Records)

Review: “Donda” is a rap album with a spin on the foundation of gospel music

Cynsere Kelly, Sports Editor September 10, 2021

Kanye West is one of the most well-known artists in the world and is also considered to be one of the best producers to ever step foot in the rap game.  West has produced for people such as Jay-Z,...

“Self Portrait” (1982) by Shadieh Mirmobiny is one of 79 pieces digitally on display in the James Kaneko Gallery solo exhibit, at American River College in Spring 2021. (Photo Courtesy of Patricia Wood)

James Kaneko Gallery hosts Shadieh Mirmobiny solo exhibit

Gwen Mahler, Staff Writer April 23, 2021

The James Kaneko Gallery’s newest digital art exhibit, “Shadieh Mirmobiny: a Retrospective,” allows viewers a glimpse into the depth of an artist’s work through the process of Mirmobiny’s development....

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