Gina Rossi's art comes to life in a flurry of sparks and cauldrons of heat. A self-taught artist and certified metal-inert-gas (MIG) welder, her work incorporates fused glass, paintings, and organic metal figures, and has been featured in the Sacramento Press, as well as KCRA Channel 3 news. When she was young, Rossi's forays into art and imagination provided stable solace from her tumultuous and oft-troubled childhood, and her passion eventually flowered into a full-time endeavor. Through her growth as an artist, she adopted a trash-into-treasure approach, working with recycled metal and glass, and earning notoriety for getting Oscar the Grouch evicted to craft a piece from his former home. Her regular welding and fused-glass-art classes share her talents with eager students, as do her efforts with community art projects, which empower young, disabled, and elderly people to make their creative mark in the world.
During college, Mari Arreola spent time getting in touch with her Latin roots while travelling throughout the U.S., Guadalajara, Mexico, and Paris, France. Everywhere she went she encountered more Latin culture, until she was thoroughly immersed in its arts and traditions. When she became manager of La Raza Galeria Bookstore, she took that opportunity to bring those kinds of arts to an international stage. Out of this endeavor, Spanglish Arte was born. Acting as the creative director, Mari manages the shop and gallery, hoping to create a hub for local artists—everyone from painters to T-shirt makers.
In addition, Mari hosts classes that help students understand and participate in Latin arts. These classes include tutorials on how to make tamales and how to apply makeup for Day of the Dead celebrations—the one day a year when the dead are allowed to be beautiful.
“I enjoy having the opportunity to enlighten the community about the joys and wonders of art,” says Helen Jones, speaking of the eclectic gallery she curates. Here, one might find a handmade bronze frog sculpture sitting beside a post-impressionistic-style Californian landscape. The broad aesthetic range of original paintings, giclée prints, and sculptures she has assembled inspires not only the art aficionado but the everyman as well. Humor, for instance, is the hallmark of her Donald Roller Wilson prints, and the original oil paintings of Luigi Stefano Cannelli are rife with Renaissance-era allegory such as birds and really important babies. Helen's gallery also features services that help works of art survive, including custom framing, giclée printing, and photo restoration.
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It's oftentimes the most passionate individuals who make the best teachers—people who care deeply about their craft and can't wait to share it with anyone who might be curious. Rene Steinke fits that bill. Since the age of 17, he's been studying and refining the centuries-old art of glassblowing, all culminating inside Sacramento Art Glass, a space where he can teach, work, and coordinate art shows. Suited for all experience levels, classes span up to six hours in the shop, during which students will make one or two original pieces, get hands-on experience, and learn the basics of glass blowing before bringinng home their own unique artwork.