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Chico State student artists reveal their hard work

Chico State student artists reveal their hard work

Danielle Kessler, Staff Writer

March 22, 2020

Photos By Danielle Kessler The Department of Art and Art History held an open studio on Wednesday, March 11, to showcase BFA art students’ work and create a space for artists and friends to view each other's work. Student art pieces included a variety of styles, from digital printmaking to traditional sculpting. Marlee Braxton (@Swagmastermarls on Instagram) was among the student artists featured at the gallery. With a collection based on her experience as a bartender, she explored some of the themes of bar culture and conv...

Apollo transforms into a collective space for local artists

Apollo transforms into a collective space for local artists

Kati Morris, Staff Writer

March 12, 2020

On Saturday night the Apollo School of Music turned into a buzzing art gallery, showcasing the work of various local artists. The event, which was hosted in collaboration with NorCal Musicians Collective, was a night of bold designs, live music and collective spirit.  Among the works displayed wer...

Chico State student uses art to express identity and culture

Chico State student uses art to express identity and culture

Elijah Ewing, Staff Writer

March 11, 2020

Elizabeth Lo sits down to continue working on her painting. She knows it's late, but it's at this time that she feels like she can really start to be creative. The Wi-Fi is shut off, and her classical music is now playing. Lo is now in the creative mindset she needs to create something not only beau...

Featured Artist: Scarlett and Sapphire take center stage

Featured Artist: Scarlett and Sapphire take center stage

Ricardo Tovar

November 13, 2019

Centerfolds is a strip club that is a 20-minute drive from downtown Chico. From 7:30 p.m. until 2 a.m., give or take, you can watch athletic, beautiful women dance and socialize with members of the audience.One dancer, Scarlett, is a 22-year-old former Chico State social science major. After two year...

‘Open Studios’ invites community inside workshops of artists

Alex Coba

November 10, 2019

Local artists showed off their studio spaces during Chico Art Center’s annual "Open Art Studios" event in which the community was able to get a peek of where the magic happens, like a behind-the-scenes tour.“You not only would see the end of the work, but you’re also seeing the whole...

Birds of Paradise offer peace to still-reeling Chico

Birds of Paradise offer peace to still-reeling Chico

Melissa Joseph

November 5, 2019

Artists and members of Butte County gathered Saturday night to remember loved ones lost in the Camp Fire.Lively music played throughout the walls of the Chico Art Center as the Trinity Accordion Group performed in the center of the gallery. A reception for Dia de los Muertos commenced, showcasing an altar ...

The Painting of Butte Environmental Council’s New Interactive Mural

The Painting of Butte Environmental Council’s New Interactive Mural

Carolyn Allen and Melissa Herrera

October 13, 2019

A non-profit organization called the Butte Environmental Council had an interactive mural painting on Saturday at their Chico office. The event featured live music, food from Gnarly Deli and Kombucha of the Chico Natural Foods Cooperative. The mural was done by Chico-based illustrator and muralist Wyatt Her...

“Soul Corner” lets students share their stories

“Soul Corner” lets students share their stories

Danielle Kessler

October 1, 2019

The Associated Students hosted an open mic event in the BMU called “Soul Corner” on Wednesday night. Encouraging all forms of spoken word, the event created a safe space for students and artists to share their individual experiences through art.Hosted by Brandon Leake, a competitive spoken wo...

Fair brought opportunities to support the disabled community

Fair brought opportunities to support the disabled community

Melissa Joseph

September 16, 2019

The Abilities and Possibilities Fair, organized by The Arc, came to the Thursday Night Market in the downtown plaza. The fair was an opportunity for disabled individuals to share their perspectives and educate the community on how they are more than just a disability.The Arc is dedicated to not only edu...

Theatre company performs original play ‘at the end of Normal’

Emily Neria

September 7, 2019

A theatre company and performance space, known as the Butcher Shop, put on a free production of an original play called “The Director’s Cut” on September 1.The play was about a young, idealistic director named Julia DeFranco who is fired by a cruel producer before he releases her first...

‘The Future is Now’ gives young LGBTQ artists a platform

‘The Future is Now’ gives young LGBTQ artists a platform

Melissa Joseph

August 27, 2019

1078 Gallery partnered with Pedal Press, a Chico-based printing press company, to host an art show focused on giving LGBTQ youths the opportunity to showcase their talent on Sunday. The art exhibit was created by the Stonewall Youth Group, an organization geared towards giving LGBTQ youth a safe spac...

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

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

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...

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