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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. Many people lo...

A Night at The Museum of Northern Art

A Night at The Museum of Northern Art

Melissa Herrera

April 10, 2019

The Museum of Northern Art had a fun night this past Saturday filled with circus-themed festivities. Many locals came to the event dressed in extravagant clothing that elevated the rest of the night. There was a Chikoko art exhibition, belly dancing, an open bar, and a Tarot card reader to enjoy. Mel...

Poetry reading shines light on refugee experiences

Poetry reading shines light on refugee experiences

Rayanne Painter

March 11, 2019

Every seat and plus some was filled in Zingg Recital Hall on Thursday evening for this month’s poetry reading. The event, Writer's Voice, is a literary arts reading series hosted by Chico State’s Department of English.Mai Der Vang, the showcased literary mastermind, is the author of a book...

Student artists connect with campus through still portraits

Student artists connect with campus through still portraits

Olyvia Simpson

February 27, 2019

I had the eyes of the entire class on me. No small movements could be made during the 15-minute time period. As I sat emotionless, the only sound was the diligent scratching of over a dozen pencils. Every feature on my face was judged. This is the experience one goes through as a model for a live po...

‘Renew, Rebuild, Reimagine’ brings campfire survivors together through art

‘Renew, Rebuild, Reimagine’ brings campfire survivors together through art

Alex Coba

February 10, 2019

“Art saves lives,” said local artist Jessie Mercer about the feeling of community at the opening reception for Chico Art Center's new exhibition, "Renew, Rebuild, Reimagine." The art shown in the exhibition is a response to the Camp Fire. "The gallery is designed to give the community a safe place...

“Broken Open” gallery highlights Chico artists

“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...

‘Air Play’ takes Chico’s breath away

‘Air Play’ takes Chico’s breath away

Rayanne Painter

February 2, 2019

A fresh breath of air, quite literally, took to the stage at Laxson Auditorium.Clown couple, Seth Bloom and Christina Gelsone, invited audience members into their make-believe alternate reality designed specifically for laughter and imagination in their stunning show, “Air Play”. Acting as...

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