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Second Saturday and grand opening of Nicholas Wray Studio

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Second Saturday at KBar

Second Saturday on May 12 saw an increase in the number of people attending art galleries, vendor bazaars, restaurants and various other events in Sacramento.

Warmer weather brought more people outdoors to experience art, music and community.

Second Saturday at Gallery 2110

One event in particular used the whole day to celebrate the addition of 2,000 square feet of studio space to the Nicholas Wray Photography Studio.

Wray is a Sacramento photographer who took the opportunity to thank family and friends for their Kickstarter contributions that helped with the expansion project.

Second Saturday Grand Opening at the Nicholas Wray Photography Studios/Sacramento Space

An already existing 1,500 square foot studio was also converted to an artist and small business work space called Sacramento Space. The studio is located at 1011 10th Street.

Contributors and guests were treated to a pop-up coffee shop by Broadacre Coffee and a barbecue lunch.

Kickstarter contributors were also treated to a cocktail preview of the studio and later in the evening doors were open to family and friends.

Second Saturday at the Nicholas Wray Photography Studios/Sacramento Space – graffiti wall with some contributor names

That was only the beginning as Gypsy Mobile Boutique was brought to the front of the studio on 10 Street between J and K Streets.

Once inside Visao Media provided music for guests as Alex R. Trujillo brought his creative sounds and visual projections to the studio.

Alex R. Trujillo

Several guests contributed to Wray’s Kickstarter project and the grand opening was a way to thank them.

Kickstarter is considered to be the world’s largest funding platform for creative projects. Every Kickstarter project is independently crafted, put to all-or-nothing funding and is supported by friends, fans, and the public in return for rewards.

Complete control and responsibility is given to creators over their own projects. They spend valuable time building their project pages, creating their own videos and brainstorming to complete their endeavor.

Every project creator sets their project’s funding goal and deadline. If the project succeeds in reaching its funding goal all backers’ credit cards are charged when time expires. If the project falls short no one is charged.

Nicholas Wray Studios

Wray, in remarkable speed was able to reach his original goal of $2,000 worth of pledges. With 44 backers pledging $4,000 Wray was able to completely raise the funding goal on March 21 with pledges of $1 or more.

Wray’s talents and popularity have grown within the past year and the new studio will allow him to work on larger projects and exhibit his creative talent. The studio will also serve as a showcase for other artists who share the studio and will provide a hub for other Sacramento’s artists.

Grand Opening celebration at Nicholas Wray Studios

I chatted with Wray for a few minutes before live entertainment resumed and was able to ask him a few questions about the new studio.

Tell me a little about what this event is about and what’s being celebrated.

My name is Nicholas Wray I’m doing a grand opening for the studio expansion that was just completed and was funded by Kickstarter.

Who’s playing tonight?

I have a couple of bands and a DJ lined up. Cave Women and Goldener will perform as well as DJ and visual artist Alex Trujillo.

How long has the studio been open?

I opened the first studio in December and I’ve converted that to a shared workspace called Sacramento Space and the new studio officially opened today.

Who else shares the studio?

I share the space with other creative individuals; John Horton, Jason Bove and Craig McKinnon.

Other plans to expand?

At this point I could care less if I see another screwdriver or drywall or anything for a long time. My next construction project? No plans in the future at this point.

Any other plans for future Second Saturdays?

We would like to host again as a collective. Sacramento Space would like to host Second Saturday events regularly if possible.

Are you planning on having other artists join Sacramento Space?

I have room for one more person. Sacramento Space can house five people including myself and I’ve got one open spot right now.

Does Sacramento Space have their own website or Facebook page?

Yes. I currently a Facebook page for the Space as well as a website. 

Sacramento Space

By using Kickstarter to fund the project Wray gave back to his contributors by hosting a grand opening for the Sacramento Space studio. Backers were able to see firsthand what their investment accomplished.

A completed time-lapse video was shown on one of the walls showing the entire project. Family, friends and other guests were able to get a behind the scenes view.

Later during the evening Cave Women took the stage to perform their brand of folk, pop and jazz music. I was fortunate to have seen them perform at last year’s Sacramento World Music & Dance Festival.

Cave Women

At the studio the five member group played and showed their diversity by moving from one instrument to another. That was one of things that captivated my attention when I saw them perform at the World Music & Dance Festival.

Their music was very enchanting and at least one of their songs sounded very Parisian to me. It brought back memories of sitting at a café at des Champs-Élysées in Paris and watching life pass by. The arrangement had an accordion and beautiful melody accompanying it.

Cave Women

Cave Women also has a Kickstarter project of their own. Visit their Kickstarter project page to learn more about this wonderful band and their venture.

Goldener was the closing act for the event. The Sacramento based band gave a grand performance to cap off a fun filled evening.


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