The Orion

Featured Artist: William Bays explores the depths of art and mental health

William Bays poses with his artwork.

Melissa Joseph, Staff Writer

April 1, 2020

Among the chaos and traffic in today’s world, artist William Bays finds a way to channel his anxieties into emotionally evoking works of art.  During the art department’s open studios on campus, Bays displayed an array of works in preparation for his fall art show. The pieces explored Bay’...

Featured Artist: BFA student Ryan Ramos

Ryan standing next to his favorite piece

Rayanne Painter and Hana Beaty

November 5, 2019

The BS-O Gallery at Chico State is a space for art students to celebrate, showcase and most importantly, share their stories through their artwork created by the end of their fine arts education. This week's featured artist, BFA student Ryan Ramos, strikes a deep chord within the LGBTQ+ community an...

Featured Artist: ‘Your Mom’s Favorite’ new Downtown Chico tattoo shop

Her focus and creative mind brought along the anticipation of a finished art piece. Photo credit: Hana Beaty

Rayanne Painter

September 11, 2019

For the past 20 years, the corner of W. First Street by Celestino’s and Chico State has been a tattoo shop. The shop has been swapped from owner to owner over the years, but over the summer, tattoo artists Noe “Weezy” Alvarado and Morgann Villalobos have rebranded the space into th...

Featured Artist: Jessie Mercer brings Camp Fire community together through art

One of Jessie's favorite art piece is the apron her father used to wear, which has been recreated, and now hanging in her living room. Photo credit: Melissa Herrera

Rayanne Painter

April 24, 2019

When the Camp Fire began on a fateful November morning, the small communities of the Paradise Ridge were ripped apart. Families who had lived in the path of the blaze had lost their homes, businesses and towns. Hundreds of children were displaced to the remaining schools in the county. 85 people lost...

Queer Prom offers music, dancing and inclusivity

Guests dancing on the dance floor during GSEC's Second Annual Queer Prom Photo credit: Angel Ortega

Angel Ortega

April 22, 2019

The second annual Queer Prom, organized and promoted by Chico State’s Gender and Sexuality Equity Coalition (GSEC), was hosted on Saturday at the Bell Memorial Union. Queer Prom was held as part of Gender and Sexuality Week, in which GSEC puts on many inclusive events for the LGBTQ community and their...

Playlist: Angel Ortega’s ten picks

KIDS SEE GHOSTS (Kid Cudi and Kanye West) performing at Camp Flog Gnaw Carnival in November 2018.
Camp Flog Gnaw Instagram Photo

Angel Ortega

April 13, 2019

For my playlist, I decided to choose songs that have been in my constant rotation for years and have some significance in my life, one way or another.KANYE WEST – "REAL FRIENDS" Kanye West is one of my favorite artists of all time. The man has proven time and time again that he is not only one of th...

Featured Artist: 5 Mile Myth brings good vibes and sick music to Chico

Jayna Feldman and Kailo Castilla playing their instruments Photo credit: Christian Solis

Alex Coba

April 10, 2019

One of the things that makes a band great is group chemistry. Without it, a band can fall into obscurity or even fail to get off the ground in the first place. Luckily, 5 Mile Myth has enough chemistry to spare, as is apparent from just one conversation with the band. They are one of the most genuine gr...

“The River Bride” brings magic and heartache to Chico State

Helena anguishes over her unrequited love for her sister's fiance in

Rayanne Painter

April 7, 2019

There’s no fairy godmother to save the day, or happily ever after while riding off into the sunset. This isn’t a typical Walt Disney fairytale.Chico State School of the Arts’ Department of Music and Theatre presented “The River Bride” on Thursday, its opening night. Describe...

Playlist: 11 songs from talented LGBTQ+ musicians

Kehlani is an open bisexual artist. (Photo by Emma McIntyre/Getty Images for Refinery29)

Rayanne Painter

April 2, 2019

As a queer woman, I often relate more to music made by queer artists.I jam out to many songs made by folks outside of the LGBTQ+ community as well, but these songs and artists hold a special place in my heart. No matter what you identify as, I invite you to listen to these songs along with me and su...

Nor Cal Roller Girls skate into a hopeful season

Jess Jarocki or “Tripsy McStumble” races against the Sacramento Flood Water jammer as they both hurry to pass one another to earn more points during the match. Michaella King or “Rebel Rose” is the pivot and dictates the pace of the jam match. She gets ready to slam into the Flood Water opponent so Jarocki can pull ahead. Photo credit: Olyvia Simpson

Rayanne Painter

March 26, 2019

Nor Cal Roller Derby Girls raced off into their 2019 season opener on Saturday night at Chico’s Cal Skate.The team faced off against Sacramento’s Floodwaters, both teams head-to-head until halftime, where Nor Cal took the lead 89-48. Nor Cal’s winning streak continued as the girls pus...

Featured Artist: Jacob Meders showcases the art of printmaking

Jacob Meders giving an explanation to the crowd during his printmaking workshop. Photo credit: Melissa Herrera

Alex Coba and Melissa Herrera

February 12, 2019

Jacob Meders, a member of the Mechoopda Indian Tribe of Chico Rancheria, visited Chico State as a guest curator of a three-day talk and workshop session. Meders is currently exhibiting "Mǝǝmento: Before" at the Turner Print Museum and his new work, “Aksum Belle: Afterwards" at the Ja...

“Broken Open” gallery highlights Chico artists

Rayanne Painter

February 5, 2019

"Broken Open," an art exhibition focusing on sound, words and objects, is open at 1078 Gallery on Park Ave. in Chico. Featuring Chico artists, the gallery collaborates between three different art forms. Clay plates and oval dishes portraying colorful scenes, often of political discourse, hang on the wal...

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