There are many things
I’ve thought to be:
A squirrel, a duck,
a graceful tree.
But gazing down
On Anacapa’s teal blue,
I know at last…
A lioness of the sea.
Barbara L. Steinberg
July 16, 2006
Channel Islands National Park
There are many things
I’ve thought to be:
A squirrel, a duck,
a graceful tree.
But gazing down
On Anacapa’s teal blue,
I know at last…
A lioness of the sea.
Barbara L. Steinberg
July 16, 2006
Channel Islands National Park
In our hurried world, close your eyes, breathe, and meditate your cares away. Walls lined with iridescent pink Himalayan salt bricks are relaxing and restorative. Halotherapy (halo is Greek for salt) or salt therapy, lightly disperses a breathable salt mist good for many health issues including respiratory, skin, sleep and stress. Considered a trend in 2013, dry salt therapy was identified as a full-fledged industry in 2018. At Heavenly Salt Therapy, you’ll drift off on a pink cloud. Mined from deep within the Himalayan Mountains, the salt is millions of years old. Protected from modern day pollution, it is the purest on Earth. Infrared Sauna is also available.
Heavenly Salt Therapy has new owners and hours of operation.
3325 Folsom Boulevard, Sacramento, CA
Monday, Tuesday, Thursday & Friday - 10am to 7pm.
Saturday 9am to 5pm
Sunday 9am to Noon
Wednesday - Closed
As symbols of love, hope and passion, roses are said to have miraculous healing powers and legendary for soothing both heart and soul. "Rose is a rose is a rose," American writer Gertrude Stein so dismissively said, but clearly she had never toured the rose gardens of Sonoma County. This is the time of year to see Sonoma's flowery bounty at its best. This pastoral landscape is filled with rose-inspired escapades of varying colors, fragrances, and form.
In any gardener’s realm, the stunning and grand Fairmont Sonoma Mission Inn & Spa is a long-stemmed beauty. Like delicate rose petals, pink walls wrap themselves around manicured gardens and steamy hot springs pools. The comforting embrace of a romantic suite includes a two-person Jacuzzi tub and luxurious 4-poster king-sized bed. At the inn’s Willow Stream Spa, partake of the “bathing ritual” and the source waters of Boyes Hot Springs. Then enjoy a couples’ Wine, Roses & Romance Package. This opulent pleasure includes sparkling wine and chocolate covered strawberries, daily breakfast in bed (for two), rose petal turndown, and sparkling wine tasting for two at Gloria Ferrer.
Santa Rosa residents honored their patron, Saint Rose, when naming this rose-rich community. Roses are revered each May at the Luther Burbank Rose Parade & Festival. Celebrated for more than 120 years, the festival paid homage to the rose long before the distinguished horticulturalist settled in the region. Known for his work with fruits and vegetables, Luther Burbank’s early work included hybridizing a number of roses which also played a part in his future research. Spectacular in spring, Burbank’s handiwork is beautifully displayed at the Luther Burbank Home & Gardens. Docent-led tours, April through October, include his greenhouse and Greek Revival home.
In gardening vernacular, Hotel La Rose in downtown Santa Rosa is truly Old World. Built in 1907, its timeless granite architecture belies its warm and gracious interior. Historic rooms are named for illustrious founders of Santa Rosa’s Historic Railroad Square, where the hotel resides. The newer Carriage House surrounds a rose-draped courtyard and provides modern-day amenities. As a final compliment to this flourish of flowers, Hotel La Rose’s delightful Romance Rose Package – Sonoma County champagne, chocolates and a dozen red roses– sets the mood for love and romance.
At the Tudor Rose English Tea Room, enjoy the regal charms of high tea surrounded by hundreds to teacups and teapots. High Tea menus honor British royalty and celebrities, everyone from Prince George and Queen Victoria to Harry Potter and Mary Poppins. A variety of delicious repasts include assorted tea sandwiches, scones with house cream, sausage rolls, crumpets with lemon curd, and an endless pot of tea. An homage to Margaret Thatcher, the “Maggie” is pure vegan. Select from more than a dozen teas, including the wonderfully aromatic Tudor Rose.
With more than 425 wineries and 60,000 acres of Sonoma County vineyards, the notion of wine and roses goes far beyond any fantasy. Warm days of spring and summer are ideal for sipping a luscious pink drink of Sonoma County rosé. There are dozens of options, but what could be more fitting than Flowers Vineyard & Winery’s Rosé of Pinot Noir. With aromas of rose petals and subtle hints of strawberry and grapefruit, it’s elegant and distinct. Look for their new Healdsburg tasting room and visitor center in 2019.
See, Savor, and Smell Sonoma Roses
Luther Burbank Rose Parade & Festival – Santa Rosa
A time-honored tradition, the old-fashioned festival has boasted more than 3,500 participants in the parade and more than 20,000 spectators. Among the parade are local school marching bands, floats, equestrian teams, and units honoring local veterans. Don’t miss the Rose Bloom Competition, which may include as many as 300 entries.
Garden Valley Ranch – Petaluma
Indulge your senses! This historic ranch cuts 5,000 long-stemmed roses daily from more than 300 varieties May-October. Guided tours of the vintage garden where more than 100 hydrangeas and 35 varieties of magnolias, rose-draped pergolas, towering bay tree hedges, and California’s biggest Monterey Cypress astound amateur and professional gardeners alike. Spend the night in the beautifully-restored caretaker’s Victorian cottage on the garden grounds.
Korbel Champagne Cellars Rose Garden Tours – Guerneville
Accessible only by guided tours mid-April to mid-October, the gardens surrounding the splendid old Korbel farmhouse were redesigned several years ago by a master horticulturalist. With more than 100 varieties of antique roses – tree, climbers, Damascus, pillar – this tour is a real dazzler. A 130-year-old Lamarque rose was a housewarming gift from Luther Burbank to the Korbel family. Once you’re done ogling the garden, check-out the Korbel Champagne Cellars Tour which includes the world’s largest bottle of champagne…120 liters. Enjoy the tasting room and a little lunch on the patio at Korbel Deli & Market. Under the redwoods and with views of the vineyards – breathe deep.
Russian River Rose Company – Healdsburg
Jan and Michael Tolmasoff have made roses a way of life. With rose cuttings from a feral plant in Mendocino, old homesteads, rose aficionados and others purchased throughout the years their collection now numbers more than 650 varieties from shed-eating ramblers to tiny micro-miniatures from ancient and species roses and developed exclusive cultivars registered by the American Rose Society. Guided and self-guided tours of more than 20 display gardens and vineyards include, of course, a Wine & Rose Garden. Enjoy a fragrant demonstration of their historic Bulgarian perfume-making methods.
If my Subaru can't get me there,
that's a good reason not to go!
There is so much more to discover along Stockton Boulevard. My journey continues with new friends and stories. The community is growing and evolving. I'm excited to be there as it unfolds.
Along the Boulevard: New Beginnings
Life along Stockton Boulevard is changing. Neighborhoods and business communities are getting a fresh start and making steady advances all the way from Little Saigon to the UC Davis Medical Center campus. Present-day and future improvements are changing the way we live, grow and play. Revitalization is here.
Still very much in the planning stages and many years away, Aggie Square is fueling a Renaissance along Stockton Boulevard. On the campus of UC Davis Health in Sacramento’s Oak Park neighborhood, the site identified as the future location of Aggie Square is near 2nd Avenue and Stockton Boulevard. A partnership between UC Davis, the City of Sacramento and the business community, Aggie Square will be a live, learn, work, and play innovation eco-system to help UC Davis take its research from the lab to the marketplace. It will help educate and employ students and grow economic development for the community.
Smart & Final Extra! – 5100 Stockton Boulevard
“When identifying where to open new stores, we look at several factors including community need,” says Rich Tovatt, Smart & Final Regional Vice President. “We were especially drawn to this Stockton Boulevard location given the fact we have operated a store in this community since 1988, but at approximately 15,000 square feet, we had outgrown the space. We have also heard from this community that the area is currently underserved for household and business customers, so we are very excited to open and serve this community better than ever before.”
Smart & Final Extra! opened in December 2018 and is approximately 32,000 square feet. With expanded frozen, deli and meat selections, a full fresh produce section with organic options, and grocery and household products offered in a broad range of sizes, Smart & Final’s Extra! format stores provide an additional 6,000 club size items as compared to traditional Smart & Final stores. The store also features:
“Smart & Final is also uniquely connected to the communities it serves. The Smart & Final Charitable Foundation helps support the organizations in our communities that make a difference through grants, and is also instrumental in helping those in need following natural disasters.”
Express Graphic – 4905 Stockton Boulevard
Vacant and rundown for many years, this retail corner has a new owner and purpose. The post office-approved store provides shipping cost comparisons for GSO, DHL, FedEx and USPS. “You’ll get the best rate based on destination, weight and time frame for delivery,” says owner Chinh Nguyen.
This is a one-stop shop for printing, copying, fax, scanning, signage and shipping. Printing costs are competitive and can include same-day delivery. The website provides customizable options to help small businesses design 12-month marketing campaigns. Relocating from Fruitridge Shopping Center in late 2018, Chinh completely renovated the storefront which includes one of the Boulevard’s “emerging murals”.
Biru Water Store – 5880 Stockton Boulevard
Founded in Surabaya, Indonesia in 2002, Biru (Indonesian for blue) opened their first American store on Stockton Boulevard in 2018 completely renovating a three-unit strip mall. Dispensing both alkaline and reverse osmosis waters, the store is state-of-the-art.
“This location has high-visibility,” said project manager, Amy Wongso. “Good traffic and nearby Asian and Latino communities–our target market—made this a good investment.”
With more than 300 stores, Biru has grown to be the leading refill water company in Indonesia and has received multiple awards such as WORLDCOB’s “The Bizz 2017” Business Award and Asia Pacific Entrepreneurship Award 2013. “We focus on what we do best, Water is the business!”
Cajun Madness – 6035 Stockton Boulevard - Opening Soon
At this California meets Louisiana restaurant, guests will enjoy fresh seafood in a family-friendly atmosphere. Crawfish, lobster rolls, Dungeness crab and, yes, hush puppies! Wait until you see the mural-bejeweled entry, dining room and VIP room-- Sacramento and New Orleans icons and glow-in-the-dark sea creatures. Come for the food. Stay for the art.
SOCO Studio/SoundOff Collab - 3711 Stockton Boulevard
In 2016, Maria Cantrell started a pop-up called SoundOff Collaborations. “I wanted a physical location, but couldn’t find the right place. I started exploring Stockton Boulevard and found this site – a good spot for an independent music, art and co-working space.”
SOCO Studio has two components: recording and visuals comprised of photography and videography. There are currently two recording work stations. In spring 2019, an engineered recording area where you can do full recording, mixing and mastering will be available. SOCO Studio is Sacramento’s only woman-owned recording studio.
The Greens on Stockton Boulevard – 4331 Stockton Boulevard - Opening Soon
“A hip and retro-style hotel, we’re not doing anything crazy,” says new owner Dhruv Shah. “We’re thinking futuristically – all the way to 2021. A modern look that will last.”
The 44-unit boutique-style hotel will focus on what most travelers need and want: clean rooms, comfortable beds, in-room refrigerators, WiFi and modern touches throughout. There will be a coffee bar in the lobby 24/7 and an on-sight manager. Reservations must be made online and payment is by credit card only. The Greens on Stockton Boulevard will not have food service.
Johnson’s Greenbriar Motel reincarnated, the u-shaped motor lodge was built in the early 1950s along the historic Highway 99 corridor near what were considered some of the finest wine vineyards in Northern California. The 240-acre property was owned by Peter Roemer, a native of Germany who came to California in 1881.
Grounded – 3816 Stockton Boulevard
HT’s Spot BBQ specializing in chicken and waffles once lived at this location. Purchased and renovated by Grounded partners, Micah Baginski and Sam Allen, the now sunlit HT’s was split into spacious 800- and 3,000- square-foot commercial storefronts. Fadem Up Barbershop (3824 Stockton Boulevard) will relocate to the smaller space in 2019. The search is on for another tenant to occupy the larger unit. Stay tuned!
Rest of the Story:
When I began writing about Woodland, I did what I always do: adopted the town and its people and became an "omni-local"— all local—according to my friend Sarah. I made the place my own - as if I had always lived there. In return, my new Woodland family of friends adopted me. Home is where the heart is and mine is often in Woodland.
Last year I was asked to write about Woodland's Dinner on Main. Sadly, another commitment kept me from attending. So I was honored when, in 2018, I was invited to break bread and share the feast with nearly 600 friends. I'm a hometown girl at heart. Woodland's small town charm is easy to love. My visits often include the back roads from Sacramento to Woodland's Main Street. Away from heavy interstate traffic, skirting the Sacramento River, paralleling the Fremont Trestle and Yolo Bypass and cruising ever so quietly into town—is how I arrived on September 16th.
Festivities were still unfolding. Despite all the hard work and more to come, everyone was smiling and laughing. Beneath the setting autumn sun and starry white lights, Woodland Dinner on Main gathered alfresco. It was magical. Pictures tell the story.
Sonoma County is nestled between the marsh-lined shores of San Francisco Bay, the tree-covered mountains of Mendocino, and the rugged cliffs of the Pacific Ocean. Settled by a mix of European immigrants, Spanish missionaries, and Mexican soldiers, it serves as a colorful introduction to California's early history.
Once known for its apples, prunes, and rangelands, Sonoma County now is noted for its grapes. The Northern California wine industry was founded here more than a century ago, and, since then, more than 60,000 acres have been planted in the vineyards from the valleys along the Russian River to the hills of the Carneros region.
Sonoma County's soil and climate work well for cultivating some of the best grape varietals in the world. The larger wineries are open daily, year-round, and offer tours and wine sampling in spacious tasting rooms. Some of the smaller wineries require advance notice, but are eager to acquaint visitors with their facilities and vintages.
The town of Sonoma, the birthplace of the county, is located an hour's drive from San Francisco, on Highway 12. Its plaza, laid out by the Mexican General Mariano Vallejo in 1835, is surrounded by the largest collection of Mexican-era adobes north of Monterey, including the Mission San Francisco de Solano, built in 1823. These structures sit side by side with western-style false-front buildings and Italian basalt structures that today house the Toscano Hotel, the Blue Wing Inn, and Sonoma Barracks. Together with the mission, they form Sonoma State Historic Park.
On the west side of town, is Lachryma Montis, the charming, Carpenter Gothic-style house where General Vallejo spent the last 35 years of his life. North Sonoma and about one-mile west of the town of Glen Ellen is the Jack London State Historic Park, established in 1959 to preserve the estate of the world-famous author.
Santa Rosa, the county seat and largest city in Sonoma County, is a convenient spot to establish headquarters for touring neighboring towns, wineries, and other points of interest. It provides a diverse range of accommodations and an extensive choice of restaurants.
The world-renowned horticulturist Luther Burbank selected Sonoma County as the ideal place to conduct his extensive plant-breeding experiments. In Santa Rosa, visitors may tour his greenhouse and modified Greek Revival home, with its original furnishings and memorabilia at the Luther Burbank Home & Gardens.
Also in Santa Rosa, Historic Railroad Square is an ever expanding complex of antique stores, gift shops, restaurants, exquisitely refurbished Hotel La Rose, and the Santa Rosa Welcome Center housed in the beautifully restored 1904 train depot.
South of Santa Rosa lies Petaluma, where scenes from American Graffiti, Peggy Sue Got Married. Mumford and Cheaper by the Dozen (just to name a few) were filmed. Take a self-guided walking tou of the 1800s Iron From buildings and Victorian homes, survivors of the 1906 earthquake. On the outskirts of town is California's largest adobe structure, located in the the Petaluma Adobe State Historic Park, where General Vallejo built his rancho headquarters in 1834.
To the north of Santa Rosa, the city of Healdsburg named for the '49er who founded it, is a top wine-growing region. The Healdsburg Museum contains local history exhibits and artifacts dating back to 1850. including memorabilia from the town's Native American, pioneer, and agricultural past.
Located off Highway 101, north of Healdsburg and Geyserville, is Cloverdale. The Cloverdale Historical Society Museum houses memorabilia, a general store, and a Victorian parlor in a restored 1880 home. Camping and boating are available at nearby Lake Sonoma.
Sonoma County Farm Trails give visitors the opportunity to purchase directly from the county's farms. In the fall, roadside stands carry pumpkins and apples, especially Sonoma's famed juicy, tart Gravensteins. In May and June, strawberries, raspberries, and blueberries; mid-summer, field ripened tomatoes and corn are followed by Rome Beauty apples and in November and December, cut-your-own Christmas trees.
The Russian River watershed covers much of Sonoma County as well as portions of Mendocino County to the north and east, and extends south from Cloverdale through rolling hills and fertile valleys. The river passes through redwood and Douglas fir forests and such colorful resort towns as Monte Rio, Guerneville, Duncan Mills, and Forestville, on it's way to the oceanside village of Jenner by Sea.
Two miles north of Guerneville is the 732-acre Armstrong Redwood State Park, which features horseback riding, biking, and hiking trails into Burbank Circle and other major groves.
Located at the end of Highway 12, at the ocean's edges, is Bodega Bay, a working fishing village since it was settled by Spanish explorers in 1775. Ocean-going boats are available for deep-sea-fishing expeditions, and waterfront restaurants serve fresh local seafood. North of Jenner is Fort Ross, a reconstructed fortress established by Russian seal hunters in 1812. Now a state historic park, it features a visitor center that houses interpretive exhibits of tools, arms, and other historic artifacts.
Rating: Star! Star! Star! Star! Star!
Another fiver on the review list. Located in Downtown Davis, California, the Aggie Inn, an Ascend Collection Member, provides all the right stuff. Location, location, location? Absolutely. Walking distance to all the best including the iconic Davis Farmers Market (which also includes Picnic in the Park), dining, shopping, museums, art and the UC Davis campus. Park your car and walk, bike or bus your way around town. What's the rest of the right stuff? Well, complimentary bikes for hotel guests to help with that getting around. Rooms are amazingly quiet. Comfy beds with wonderful linens and, yes, the bath towels more than exceeded my expectations. Ear plugs - although the room was amazingly quiet. And reminders to "Save our planet" by saving water. A wonderful selection of bath amenities including a hair dryer. Keurig coffee maker, microwave and mini-fridge. Free breakfast. Free WiFi. If that's not enough, also love the fact it's less than a 1/2-mile to the Amtrak station. Bay Area and Sacramento folks this is the perfect "staycation", remember those? Just one minor quibble, if there must be one, is the desktop plug. In my room, the plug was underneath the desk. That could easily be relocated to desk level or provide another lamp with plugin. Would I stay here again? In a heartbeat!
245 First Street, Davis, CA, 95616
Phone: (530) 756-0352
Vinyl is back and it’s big. In 2016, vinyl sales hit 25-year high thanks, in part, to Record Store Day and the retail shops selling records. The deaths of music icons – David Bowie, Prince, Sharon Jones, Glenn Frey and others – had fans and collectors investing in keepsakes. Even with the advent of cassettes, CDs, DVDs and iPods, diehard audiophiles held tight to cherished collections of 78s, 45s and 33s. Cruising the racks, admiring the artwork, unwrapping the plastic and letting it spin—records provide a nostalgic journey for every generation. Sacramento boasts a superb selection of record stores. Used or new releases, a new generation of listeners is vinyl’s lifeblood.
My Sacramento - Cactus Pete & his 78 RPM Record Roundup
Put another spin on the vinyl world every Tuesday night at the Hideaway Bar & Grill. Record lovers come for more than dive bar aesthetics. Local artist and audiophile Cactus Pete (Stegall) has been spinning 78s and selling his signature cactus cut-outs for years.
In Pete's own words: KRAK Radio use to sponsor concerts at Sacramento Memorial Auditorium. The last vestiges of the country shows, it was a long list of Nashville musicians. I only started collecting 78s in 2010 – they took me back to those days and the roots of two genres I’d been listening to, country and jazz. I started playing 78s at The Hideaway and The Golden Bear and friends started coming out. Now I’m a fixture and have quite a following even with some younger fans. I’m the only one who’s doing this. Local record store owners hook me up with records and I regularly go crate digging at thrift shops. I actually believe the 78s (shellac records vs. vinyl) have better sound than LPs – the speed has a lot to do with the sound quality. I’m representing the original frontier when they started recording. I’m glad “vinyl” is back, it’s a revolution! People are responding to our heritage and all the great music.
Where to Spin
Brooks Novelty Antiques & Records
1107 Firehouse Alley, Sacramento
Sacramento’s record store old-timer. With more than 100,000 vinyl albums, audiophiles from around the world seek out Brooks Novelty and Records tucked away on Firehouse Alley. There’s also a cool collection of pinball and slot machines, neon signs, and old toys.
Delta Breeze Records
1715 10th Street, Sacramento
Christened in West Sacramento circa 2014 by record hawkers Rick Daprato and Ben Johnson, their Midtown digs opened late 2017. Collection includes the usual suspects – jazz, blues, rock – plus a sentimental selection of children’s 45s. Used turntables sold and repaired.
2500 16th Street, Sacramento
Sacramento’s largest independent music, movie, and video game store. The newest of Dimple’s seven stores pays homage to the once iconic Tower Records location. Remastered and period labels feature rock, pop, soul and blues. A one-stop shop, checkout their retro-style record players and turntables, huge selection of tchotchkes and new or used books.
2475 Fruitridge Road, Sacramento
Here to help records find good homes, Phono sells underground heavy metal, foreign punk and the weird and obscure. Sizeable $3 Budget Section has great titles. Lots of DIY CDs, cassettes and vinyl from local musicians. Pop-culture magazines, pin ball, foosball and free root beer.
Kicksville Vinyl & Vintage
1104 R Street, Sacramento
At the WAL Public Market, get kicks and kitsch at Kicksville. Vintage accoutrement from classic hi-fis and tune totes to posters and 45 picture sleeves. Thousands of labels include rock ‘n’ roll, jazz, punk, R&B, hip-hop and more. Curated collection of 45s across all genres is Sacramento’s largest.
MediumRare Records & Collectibles
1104 R Street, Sacramento
The museum-style boutique features high-quality vintage vinyl and rare rock artifacts. Peruse exhibits and displays of iconic bands such as The Beatles, Beach Boys and Elvis Presley. Obscure recordings by local Sacramento artists and cool portable record players.
11th Annual Record Store Day – April 21, 2018
In 2007, Dilyn Radakovitz, owner of Sacramento-based Dimple Records, helped craft this yearly celebration. Nationwide, 700 record stores sell special vinyl and CD releases and various promotional products made exclusively for the day. There are Record Store Day participating stores on every continent except Antarctica.
Originally published in Visit Sacramento guide. Read the digital version online!
Elliot Fouts Gallery
1831 P Street
November 4-30, 2017
Second Saturday Opening November 11, 2017
"I began painting farming artifacts and machine culture while, ironically, living and working as an artist in Brooklyn, New York. From time to time I would visit Sacramento, and I began to paint outdoors in the delta where I became increasingly aware of agricultural machines. They seemed like sculptural sentinels dotting the landscape, like a David Smith sculpture. One day in the delta, I started to paint the form of the tractor itself. The tractors manifested a powerful intimacy that suggested many secrets, especially the older tractors richly draped in rust and chipped paint. I felt they displayed a kind of insistent consciousness at work that resonated with me.
As I continued to branch out, I painted more advanced machines such as droids and half-human/half-machine composites. I realized there was a type of lineage occurring, as if the tractor was the grandfather to artificial intelligence. I perceived a type of dance between the organic and inorganic; a sense of a collective consciousness at work.
What Is New In This Body Of Work
Raised in a family of professional photographers, I have always thought about different ways of integrating photography with oil paint through image transfers and collage. The collage elements in my work are all specific and mostly consist of photographic imagery taken from the “Body Environment Series.” In this series I use aerial imagery of urban and agricultural patterns taken from a helicopter and project them onto the human body, using up to five different projectors at once. Then, creating a type of digital collage, I create random compositions.
All kinds of disruptions of form occur, from blurring to pixelation and inverting. For me, these digital compositions are like an organism mat that is half organic and half artificial. There is a repetitive nature of figures and forms that celebrate motion, much like Italian Futurism. This motion echoes the great accelerations in our present time, such as technology, connectivity and environmental change.
Other influences are Gerhard Richter's experiments in blurred or scraped patterns, the re-introduction of magic realism elements by artist Peter Doig and the miniaturized but large-scaled installations of Geoffrey Farmer.
In the “Geneticists” we see a woman who is immersed in the possibilities of the genetic frontier. This includes the future possibilities of the convergence of organic and mechanical integration (with both the positive and negative effects) as well as the unforeseen trajectories of self-evolving systems or the imagined singularity phenomena.
In “Lone Scout” (an image after Remington) we see a person, or perhaps an artificial intelligence, on horseback peering into a web of financial networks. This image is about connectivity, trailblazing and risk-taking. Time also threads through the image as there are elements of past, present and future recombining.
In “Guarding the Old Growth” a Nimitz Class aircraft carrier acts to conserve a primeval redwood forest.
In the painting “Levitation” a person is standing bare in front of an antiquated grader that has a self-emanating glow washing and staining the nude in turquoise.
In “Parisian Graffiti Tractor”, a painting I started last year while in Paris working on separate photography installation project, we see a giant crusted machine. An under-layer made of image transfers from photographs I shot in the working class commune of Saint Denis depicts urban fragments such as graffiti walls.
I always start my work with a concept. Then I work from memory with a series of drawings, re-imagining or completely inventing a new machine, meshing it with environment/time elements. Although some of this work presents archaic machines, conceptually it relies on the increasing intimacy in our 'present moment' between people and technology. Some of the machines may not be 'current,' but the intimacy is increasingly of this moment."
My Sacramento – Saara Burga
Born and raised in the Amazon, Saara Burga breathes Brazilian culture. Her nonprofit center raises money by offering classes in samba, bossa nova and belly dancing, drumming, Portuguese, and capoeira sport (Afro-Brazilian martial art and dance form). Her focus is to build community and help underprivileged kids find purpose through Brazilian arts.
"I fell in love with Sacramento; it was so easy to live here. The weather, trees, rivers and creeks reminded me of the Amazon. I wanted to create a home away from home, one way was through dance, but not just Brazilian – something for everyone. I strongly believe if we learn more about cultures, we will respect each other so much more. Sacramento has a little bit of everything. Through dance you step out of your shell. When I saw there was opportunity to do something more, I envisioned the Brazilian Center for Cultural Exchange. The studio is open every day. Daily classes include Afro-Brazilian drums, samba, bossa nova and belly dancing. Every Thursday night we have a rehearsal and party; a mistrua (Portugese for mixture) Brazil and we encourage everyone to dance."
Brazilian Center for Cultural Exchange
2400 N Street, Suite 180
Sacramento; (916) 387-7344
Originally published in Sacramento Visitors Guide Fall 2017