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Local legends immortalized by Charr Crail’s art

"The Legacy Project" is a new ambitious collection of digital art by local photojournalist Charr Crail that honors leaders in the Sacramento community. Charr transforms her photography into colorful digital art, which she presented August 22 at the Vanguard across from the State Capitol. SacTV.com showcases her art this week along with exclusive video interviews with her and Tower Records founder Russ Solomon, who is one of 14 people artistically digitized in the first wave of this project. 

Charr is now a freelance photographer and digital artist. Her background includes working as a community photographer for the Sacramento Bee and taking many shots at concerts and on the local scene. Her work has appeared in high profile publications such as the Wall Street Journal, the New York Times and the National Enquirer. Her husband is local musician Chris Goslow, who appeared with her at the unveiling of the Legacy Project. 

The other portraits of honorees in the project, as seen in the SacTV video series on Charr’s digital art, include:

Governor Jerry Brown

Former state First Lady and author Maria Shriver

Painter and Sacramento City College art gallery founder Gregory Kondos

Sacramento Philharmonic Orchestra Conductor and Music Director Michael Morgan

1992 Olympic swim champion Summer Sanders

Sacramento Poet Laureate Jeff Knorr

National and local television and radio personality Tom Sullivan

Nightclub owner Bob Simpson

Sacramento Monarchs sports marketer Andrea Lepore

SAMMIE winner and vocal coach Larisa Bryski

Tesla founder Brian Wheat

Former state Assembly Speaker and San Francisco Mayor Willie Brown

Jason Kinney, one of the state’s most powerful political strategists

She selected these local figures based on their local legacies of making memorable contributions to the local community. Charr wants to expand on this project in the future. "Her work is very unique," Russ Solomon said in a SacTV interview. Russ is a photographer and artist himself. "The finished product makes you want to look at it. 

"When I realized what I could do with photoshop," Charr reveals, "what I used to do by making black and white prints, colorizing them, cutting them up, putting them back together again – and I used to show that work in galleries – I was enthralled. I was thrilled and so I took it on big time. I was one of the first people I know that started working in that realm." She works on a Mac computer in her home. The amount of time she spends on each picture varies from a short time to six months, depending on what it needs artistically. 

Her work represents where the 21st century is headed, which is toward artistic expression and creativity, even in business. There is a growing demand for her kind of work as businesses scramble to present themselves visually in their marketing, on websites and in social media. Digital art is gaining popularity and credibility even among traditional photographers and artists. Charr Crail is building a craft that points to a bright colorful future for herself while inspiring other Sacramento artists. 

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