The Orion

Taking an art class in the midst of a pandemic

A illustration showing the frustrations and difficulties of doing an art class from home

Melissa Joseph, Editor

September 4, 2020

I stood in Home Depot, staring at the different dimensions of plexiglass, wondering what my professor was imagining when she told us we needed a surface for rolling ink.  This was my first time printmaking and I was going into the class blind and alone. I tried to imagine the classroom I cau...

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’...

Chico State student artists reveal their hard work

Artist Geoffrey Bark had some of his work at the gallery, including

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

Photo by Dayanna Negrete

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

Sapphire (left) and Scarlett (right) are two of Centerfolds' dancers are smiling and posing in front of a pool table. Photo credit: Brian Luong

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

Mother and daughter mourning their loved ones. Photo credit: Melissa Joseph

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 board members showed their support and offered supplies, aid, and information about upcoming events. Photo credit: Melissa Herrera

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

Cassandra Arechiga singing one of her original songs and showing off her amazing vocals. Photo credit: Danielle Kessler

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

Rowell Family Empowerment (RFE) tabled at the event. They offered pamphlets, merchandise, support, training, and lots of information for locals. Photo credit: Mary Vogel

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...

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