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Mix It Up in Midtown This Saturday

Ready to mix it up in Midtown?!

A center for culture, creativity and vibrancy, Midtown Sacramento is an exciting 2nd Saturday Art Walk destination where local art galleries and other participating businesses collaborate to host a popular evening open house each month.  And, on September 12, the Midtown Business Association will offer a special (ticketed) Mixer that is open to the public and will include stops at a few galleries.

Midtown guests will enjoy viewing art exhibits, meeting local artists, sampling food and wine, listening to live music and more.  A sampling of the free offerings presented by galleries in Midtown on September 12 include the following:

  • Art of Toys (1126 18th Street) presents a special exhibit titled “Puppets” that features talented artists including Dan Crowley, T. Oliver Kopian, Daunine Vining, Terri Rehg and more.  Special for 2nd Saturday, Artie Annette will be returning with a fun and free art project for all ages in front of Art of Toys from 5:30 p.m. to dark.
  • B. Sakata Garo (920 20th Street) presents a special art reception focused on the new exhibition Rick Siggins: Color that features abstract paintings created over a decade of work by the talented artist who spent 20 years immersed in the New York art scene before moving to Sacramento.
  • Kennedy Gallery (1931 L Street) features the 2015 “Artful Animals” exhibit that showcases the works of local Sacramento artists with a variety of animals represented from classic friends to whimsical representations.
  • Red Dot Gallery (2231 J Street, Suite 101) offers “Collage: Sessions and Studio Selections” that  showcases a select group of participants from Collage Session workshops (conducted by artist/curator Robert-Jean Ray) as well as a handpicked group of artists who utilize the basic principles of collage to realize their creative visions.
  • Sparrow Gallery (2418 K Street) presents a special reception “From the Artist’s Studio” as part of the 10th Anniversary of Open Studio and will feature works by a variety of talented artists.
  • Union Hall Gallery (2126 K Street) presents a compelling show titled “Invisible No More” with powerful images of migrant workers by photographer David Bacon. In addition, guests will be treated to a wood sculpture demonstration by Adam Bradley who is said to “move with the grace of flowing water.”

Additionally, the Midtown Business Association is proud to present a Mixer from 5:30 to 7 p.m. for those interested in joining a few special guests from the Urban Land Institute who are conducting a Study Mission on the Midtown district.  The group will check-in at the THIS Midtown summer concert series at 5:30 p.m. then make special stops at three Midtown galleries. Tickets to the Mixer are $10 per person (or free for MBA members) and available online at brownpapertickets.com.

Midtown Sacramento is both walkable and bike-friendly with parking available in nearby garages located at 1801 L Street or the East End Garage on 17th Street between L & Capitol plus various lots throughout Midtown.

Supported by the Midtown Business Association, most Midtown Sacramento 2nd Saturday Art Walk activities are available from 6 to 9 p.m. (although times may vary by gallery).  For more information about Midtown art galleries, how to get around, special events and the Midtown Business Association, please visit exploremidtown.org.

With art, music and munchies, 2nd Saturday in September is a perfect time for a stroll through Midtown Sacramento.

Photo courtesy of B. Sakata Garo

About the author

Traci Rockefeller Cusack

Traci Rockefeller Cusack has 25+ years of media and public relations experience.  Her work experience includes News10 (ABC) as Promotion Manager from 1989-1998 (where she developed and launched “Coats for Kids’ Sake,” a winter coat drive that lasted 20+ years plus coordinated Oprah Winfrey’s first ever visit to Sacramento) and Fleishman-Hillard as Vice President from 1998-2005 (where she led the wildly successful statewide “California Grown” program and also produced the five-minute video that played on the Jumbotron on Opening Day at Pac Bell Park). In 2007, she launched T-Rock Communications and currently handles a wide range of marketing activities for a number of top-notch organizations.

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