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American River College Pride Center presents the 2020 Lavender Art Show

Ryan Sunzeri’s artwork hangs in the Pride Center at American River College after winning last year’s Lavender Art Show. The Lavender Art Show highlights art from ARC’s LGBTQ+ students and faculty and will be held on Feb. 24-26 in the Student Center. (Photo by Oden Taylor)

Oden Taylor

February 19, 2020

The Lavender Art Show, put on by the American River College Pride Center, will take place in the Student Center Feb. 24-26. A reception is scheduled for the last day from 12-2 p.m. to announce the winners as well as allow for students to come and speak with the artists about their pieces. The Lave...

Kaneko features work from ARC professors

Craig Smith speaks about his artwork at the reception for the fall faculty art show at the James Kaneko Art Gallery American River College on Sept. 4, 2019. (Photo by Colin Bartley)

Colin Bartley

September 17, 2019

The James Kaneko Art Gallery hosted its annual fall faculty exhibit reception on Sept. 4, showcasing a variety of unique pieces from American River College art professors. Pieces by fine arts professor Laura Parker and art history professor Craig Smith were on display; art professor Valerie Constanti...

Bay area artist used ancient symbolism in “Piece$” show

Laney College art professor Fan Lee Warren speaks about her art show, “Piece$” which features her highly symbolic work in the James Kaneko Gallery at American River College on Feb. 28, 2019. (Photo by Ashley Hayes-Stone)

Hannah Yates

March 14, 2019

Old and mismatching picture frames adorned the walls of the gallery; inside are paintings of different subjects on distressed paper. The subjects of these paintings are mostly children, incorporated with repeating symbols related to time. A crowd of art professors and students crowded into the Kaneko G...

Self-taught painter leaves her mark on Sacramento

Artist Aliyah Sidqe stood above a crowd of onlookers as she spent two hours painting live during American River College’s Black Heritage Celebration on Feb. 22.  (Photo by Jennah Booth)

Jennah Booth

March 14, 2018

Armed with a paintbrush and clad in paint-splattered denim with a rainbow scarf holding back her natural hair, Aliyah Sidqe stands a full three feet above a crowd of onlookers in the Student Center. Around her, American River College’s Black Heritage Celebration drew crowds of students and faculty ...

Kaneko hosts exhibit that celebrates the power of femininity

Jennah Booth

January 24, 2018

Saturated in its modern femininity, mythological inspiration and academic backbone, the vibrant artwork of two Chicana activists has found a temporary home at American River College. The Kaneko Gallery opened its newest exhibit, “In the Spirit of Itzpapalotl, Venceremos,” Tuesday, Jan. 16. It f...

Professor holds final show before retirement at ARC

American River College Professor Craig Schindler examines his piece

Luis Gael

November 16, 2017

Over the course of Craig Schindler’s 50-year career as an artist his work has grown and adapted with him. From capturing the political and cultural revolutions of the 1960s as a young man with his political cartoons to photographing his father’s final fight with cancer, Schindler has created a powerf...

Spirit in Stone

Artwork being showcased in the Kaneko gallery. (Photo by T.J. Martinez)

Joel Whited and Joel Whited

March 30, 2017

The Kaneko Art Gallery will present  the third of its four shows this spring semester through April 14. This show’s theme “Spirit in Stone” includes local Sacramento artists Jack Alvarez, Craig Martinez, and Jesus Barela. “‘Spirit in Stone’s’ purpose is to present a Native Americ...

“Art can be beautiful and calm but also rebellious and daring.”

Diana Ormanzhi's artwork hanging in the shadow box.  Photo by T.J. Martinez

T.J. Martinez

March 21, 2017

When a gaze is cast upon Diana Ormanzhi’s art, what can be seen looking back is work of realistic imagery, surrealism, sometimes a mixture of the two styles and controlled linework along with precise brush strokes. Ormanzhi, who is currently working towards an associates degree in art, plans on...

“Art can be beautiful and calm but also rebellious and daring.”

Diana Ormanzhi's artwork hanging in the shadow box.  Photo by T.J. Martinez

T.J. Martinez

March 7, 2017

When one casts a gaze cast upon Diana Ormanzhi’s artwork, what looks back back is a work of realistic imagery, surrealism, a juxtaposition of the two and controlled linework along with precise brush strokes.  When it comes to artistic styles, Ormanzhi says she doesn’t just have one trick up...

Bay area artist hopes to establish himself at Kaneko Gallery

Unity Lewis planning out his artwork in the Kaneko Gallery

Luis Gael

September 20, 2016

Over the course of the next week, artist Unity Lewis will be hosting an exhibition and live art show at American River College’s James Kaneko Gallery, which will take viewers through the history of African-American art and its artists. Lewis has set up shop in the Kaneko Gallery and has begun pa...

ARC painter shares her inspiration for new portfolio and opinion on feminist issues

Rachel Marthaler paints her new artwork she is working on for her sister at her house in Orangevale Ca on April 24.
(By Allante Morris)

Shiavon Chatman

April 28, 2016

An American River College student and artist, Rachel Marthaler started painting at the age of four when her father let her “be a wild child and have free range, painting with whatever (she) could get (her) hands on.” At the age of 14 she began branching out and taught herself to use oil paints...

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