Come in from the cold in Folsom this season

By November 15, 2010

WINTER LANDSCAPE by artist Mary Russell. The Gallery at 48 Natoma's latest exhibit, "In from the Cold," features Russell's plein aire landscapes and sculptures by artist Andy Byrne.

WINTER LANDSCAPE by artist Mary Russell. The Gallery at 48 Natoma's latest exhibit, "In from the Cold," features Russell's plein aire landscapes and sculptures by artist Andy Byrne.

Leave it to neighboring Folsom to continue to come up with interesting things to do and see. The place is simply wild with activity.

‘In from the Cold’

This month’s offering at the Gallery at 48 Natoma is “In from the Cold,” a showcase of pastels by artist Mary H. Russell and steel works by sculptor Andy Byrne that opens this Friday, Nov. 19.

This exhibit features snowy scenes and leafless, wintery trees. In fact, gallery visitors will walk through a “forest” of large, leafless trees to peer at the snowy landscapes portraying regional Sierra vistas.

Pastel is a medium where the artist works with pure pigment. The colors can be vibrant, bright and — in the right hands — extremely realistic.

Russell is a plein aire artist, which means she creates her paintings on location. Some artists suffer for their art. It’s easy to wonder if Russell had hand warmers as she created these lovely works.

Russell sees the world differently, however. She doesn’t mention the cold at all when discussing her process.

“The pastel medium allowed me to layer the colors in such a way as to explain the wonderful reflective and transparent qualities of snow,” she said. “After focusing on it so intently, I rarely thought of it in terms of words and more in terms of temperature, texture and color, which was rarely white. I found how it related to everything else to be a thrilling interaction.”

‘Folsom Focus’ winners

During this same time in the Community Gallery at 48 Natoma, the annual Folsom Focus Photography Contest will be on display. Over 200 photographs will be shown in this annual competition sponsored by the Folsom Patrons of the Arts.

Six categories of photography (with three age groups in each) including black and white, Folsom Bridges, Folsom Faces, Fun in Folsom, Folsom Old and New and Folsom Outdoors will bring to life the local views of Folsom. This event has grown in the past three years. There are some 130 entries.

New this year is the People’s Choice award, given to the entrant that is chosen by the reception attendees to have the best photo. So be sure to come to the reception to cast your vote.

Reception details

A reception for “In from the Cold” and the winning entries from the annual Folsom Focus Photography Contest will be held this Friday, Nov. 19, from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. The artists’ reception and the exhibit are free and open to the public. Winners in the photo competition will be announced at the reception, at 7:15 p.m. There will be musical entertainment and refreshments served.

“In from the Cold” runs through Jan. 6. The photography exhibit will run through Jan. 13.

The Gallery at 48 Natoma is located at 48 Natoma Street in Folsom. Gallery hours are Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., with additional hours on some weeknights and Saturdays. Contact the gallery for holiday, evening and weekend hours. Special group and free school tours can be arranged by appointment. To request additional gallery information or to schedule a tour, contact Cindy Abraham, gallery coordinator, at (916) 351-3506 or [email protected]

Outdoor Ice Rink open

Folsom is once again hosting it’s wonderful Historic Sutter Street Ice Skating Rink this year. No need to drive to Roseville or Sacramento — just ignore the street dust of the revitalization efforts in Old Town as you and the family enjoy an old-fashioned outdoor ice skating experience. There is even hot chocolate available for purchase, and Sutter Street merchants are open for business. I hear a caramel apple from Snook’s calling my name …

The ice rink opened on Nov. 5 and, weather permitting, will be open through Jan. 17. Rink hours are daily, 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. (Thanksgiving day, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., closed Christmas day). Cost for a two-hour session is $8.50 for adults, $5.50 for kids age 12 and under and 62 and older. Skate rental is $2.

Thanksgiving is next week. But in Folsom, it’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas, too.

Send your event for consideration in Susan’s column to [email protected]

Susan Laird


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