"Spider Monkey" photograph by Lewis Kemper

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Walking ‘On the Wild Side’ at 48 Natoma in Folsom

By From page B2 | September 05, 2012

The great thing about the Community Center in Folsom is there is so much to do there. The campus includes the Gallery at 48 Natoma (located at 48 Natoma St.), the Folsom City Hall/Community Center complex, the Georgia Murray Library and the Folsom City Zoo. Not to mention the cute train that runs through Folsom City Lions Park.

Speaking of lions, two special exhibits open this Friday, Sept. 7, at the Gallery. The first new exhibit, entitled “On the Wild Side,” features the artwork of three artists: oil paintings and gourd sculptures by El Dorado Hills resident artist Judy Arrigotti, photography by Lewis Kemper and watercolors by Monica Turner.

These artists traveled the world to portray the animals in their natural habitats. From swinging spider monkeys of the Central American rain forests to growling Alaskan grizzlies and lounging African lions, this thrilling display will take you to the wilderness without the need of a safari guide.

Judy Arrigotti’s artwork in oils on canvas expresses the movement of animals. On gourds, her portrayal of these noble beasts has a native, organic feel. Beauty in three dimensions.

Photographer Lewis Kemper is an established nature and wildlife photographer. His travels take him all over North America and the world. In many parklands, seeking unique images, he captures the world through the lens of his digital camera, but in reality … it is very much an artist’s view of the world.

Monica Turner is a self-taught watercolor artist and a graduate of UC Davis. Turner’s experience from travels from North America to Africa and her passion for capturing poignant moments combine to create images of subtle beauty and simplicity.

This exhibit runs through Nov. 1.

Remember how I mentioned the nearby zoo? Well, the animals didn’t want to be left out. In the adjacent Community Gallery at 48 Natoma, the display will showcase artwork by the Folsom Zoo’s resident animal artists. Non-toxic paints were given to the animals for their creations. According to my sources, the animals really seemed to enjoy expressing their “inner beast” — swiping their paws and rolling around in pleasure on the canvasses.

The animal artwork will be offered for sale. Here is your opportunity to own a unique abstract art masterpiece by a true, native and very local artist. Art will be available by resident mountain lion, tiger, bear, raccoon and monkey artists. All proceeds from the animal art will benefit the zoo. The animal art exhibit runs through Oct. 31.

The public is invited to celebrate both exhibits at the free opening reception on Friday, Sept. 7, from 6 to 8 p.m. with refreshments, wine and live music. Admission is free.

Regular gallery hours are Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. with additional hours Thursday nights from 6 to 8 p.m. The gallery is free and open to the public.

Free tours can be arranged by appointment. In fact, this would be an excellent experience for families and home school groups. See the gallery in the morning, bring a picnic lunch to enjoy in Lions City Park and then spend the afternoon at the Folsom City Zoo. For more information contact Cindy Abraham at (916) 355-7285 or e-mail [email protected].

Don’t be fooled by the size of this little gallery. The Gallery at 48 Natoma showcases quality artwork that is consistently high … and, yet, there is nothing “stuffy” about it. It is a place where you can go to experience life from many perspectives, including a walk “On the Wild Side.”

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Susan Laird


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