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

Vases of a deceased mother from Paradise.

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...

Open Studios walk lets visitors explore the artistic process

Janet Lombardi Blixt works with oil, acrylic, and pastel in her pieces. Photo credit: Dominique Wood

Alex Coba

October 23, 2018

The Chico Art Center's annual Open Art Studios event is a staple. Normally you would be separated from the artist and see the work after it's been put up in a showroom. However, this event invites visitors to go to an artist's studio and see their artistic process firsthand. It's like getting a behind...

Chico Art Center hosts artist showcase for patrons

Jovian Mcmeans Piece showcased at the Patron's Exclusive Preview Reception. Photo credit: Caitlyn Young

Alex Coba

October 7, 2018

The Chico Art Center showcased local artists in a brand new event, a patron's exclusive preview and reception. This event was a prelude to the annual Open Studios Art Tour.This preview was the center's major fundraiser. Participants paid $25 to attend and receive the tour guide booklet and complete ...

Open Studios Art Tour showcases Chico artists

Caitlyn Young

November 1, 2017

For the past two weekends, the Chico Art Center hosted an Open Studios Art Tour where artists would bring their best pieces to display at the gallery. Then, they would go back to work in their studios or give tours to show how they create their work. Purchasing a map at Chico Art Center or Chico Paper...

Art gallery hosts art from women across the globe


Roberto Fonseca

May 3, 2016

"Contemporary Woman" is an annual event in which women over the age of 18 are invited to participate and potentially display their art at the Chico Art Center. The event is open to participants worldwide. "It's great to have diversity at our art exhibits," said Dan Fregin, the docent coordinator at the Chico Art Center. "This...

Creative Fusion Art Gallery hosts high school artists

The Creative Fusion Art Gallery has been displaying student art for 12 years. Photo credit: Roberto Fonseca

Roberto Fonseca

April 1, 2016

Art from students from all over the city of Chico are being displayed at the Chico Art Center at the annual Creative Fusion Art Gallery.Creative Fusion is an annual event in which students at the junior and senior high school level can participate and create art that could potentially be displayed at thi...

Abstract painter gives insight on art

Steven Dunn smiles as he remembers when his love for painting started. Photo credit: Aurora Evans

Tom Sundgren

March 3, 2016

Paintings with unique and unorthodox forms with vibrant colors can be viewed when looking at Steven Dunn's work in a new gallery at the Chico Art Center titled "Discovery Series" until March 4. "I probably always have been an artist," he said. "I grew up in Manhattan Beach. When I was in the seventh...

Chico Art Center wants more student involvement

Chico Art Center member and volunteer Erin Wells smiles as she talks about the art center. Photo credit: Megan Moran

January 26, 2016

The Chico Art Center, located on Orange Street, provides a place for local artists to showcase their pieces. As Erin Wells thought back on her 12 years as a volunteer at the Chico Art Center, she smiled."You don't have to know a lot about art to be here, that's the thing," Wells said.The Chico Art Center runs m...

Give the gift of art this holiday season

Photo credit: Chico Art Center

December 3, 2015

Starting on Dec. 8, the Chico Art Center will host a special winter art exhibit where local artists display their work for sale. Artists choose what will be shown, including: sculptures, paintings, pottery, crafts and jewelry. The gallery runs all the way through Jan. 8 with a reception on Dec. 11 at 5 p.m.T...

Day of the Dead art gallery comes to Chico Art Center

Airbrush artist Victor Porter is happy to be a part of Chico Art Center's Day of the Dead gallery. Photo credit: Grant Casey

Tom Sundgren

November 8, 2015

Around 45 artists have entered and displayed their work at the Chico Art Center for Day of the Dead. The gallery will host a reception from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. on Nov. 13 in which a cash prize will be given to the artist who receives the most votes from viewers' ballots. Artist Victor Porter de...

Chico gallery shows off its artisans

Amanda Rhine

January 20, 2015

Artists from all over Butte County get a chance to show off their favorite pieces for the next few weeks. The Chico Art Center's annual "Member Showcase" opened Friday with a warm reception from both artists and art lovers. An acoustic guitar player sang folk songs while dozens of attendees drank ...

Local activist, artist creates for survival

Marie Hubbard, a local artist, poses with artwork from her collection of 3D collages at 100th Monkey Cafe & Books. Proceeds will benefit 100th Monkey's movement toward a nonprofit, pay-what-you-can community cafe. Photo credit: Kristen Moran

Kristen Moran

August 26, 2014

Marie Hubbard, a local artist, remembers drawing faces when she was 3 years old, sketching on the walls whenever she ran out of paper. Now, at 76, it is through art that Hubbard has helped others, by donating proceeds from her pieces and being actively involved in many nonprofit organizations. ...

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