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CYOP #8 - Working in Public + Breaking Down Huge Projects with Artists Sofia Lacin + Hennessy Christophel

Please meet Sofia Lacin and Hennessy Christophel, everyone! These two incredibly talented gals have been hard at work making the Sacramento region a more beautiful place to live through public art. They're muralists and installation artists whose work can be seen on everything—from a four million gallon water tank in Davis, CA to smaller works inside some of Sacramento's hot spots. During the interview, we covered a lot of ground and chatted about why they love creating public art, the importance of collaborating with people whose skills complement your own and more...



The Muir Project: An Interview for Submerge Magazine

So you've all heard of The Muir Project, right? No? Well, let me introduce you!

Basically, a group of five friends (who just happen to be incredibly talented artists) decided to tackle the John Muir Trail (JMT) in the summer of 2011. They researched and prepared with the goals of 1.) completing the hike and 2.) capturing as much of their beautiful surroundings as possible so they could share it with others.

This is the result of that epic journey: 

The team members behind Mile, Mile & A Half are now touring the country and will be making a stop in Sacramento on June 15. I recently had the chance to interview a few of them for Submerge Magazine.


If you're in Sacramento, you should be able to find a print copy at just about any news stand in downtown or midtown. If you'd like to scope out the interview digitally, you can do so here.

Ticket sales for the first few premiers and screenings have gone very well and the team is anticipating a pretty great turnout for the Sacramento event. In other words: if you haven't snagged your tickets, get on it


Anyone out there hiked the JMT? I've never taken a true backpacking trip before (day hiker, here), but this film has me juuuust about ready to give it a shot. If you have any stories, feel free to share them in the comment section below! 

Hope to see a few of your smiling faces at the screening this weekend!

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In the Gallery: It's a Banner Day

You GUYS. My artwork is hanging in a gallery nearly 3000 miles away and I have the lovely Patti Murphy to thank for it!


You see, Patti and her sister Kat invited artists from all over the world to participate in their "It's A Banner Day" show this month at Hygienic Art Galleries in New London, CT. The sisters wanted to add a collaborative element to their curated show exploring color and symbols. Here's a little snippet from the website:

The Banner Collaboration hopes to engage theartistic side of artists and designers and will also connect them on this website. Each banner is created by a different artist and will carry the theme of "It’s A Banner Day" sharing artful messages of hope, good news, happiness and success. 100% of banner proceeds will be donated to Hygienic Art Galleries.

So if you happen to be in New London this month, be sure to stop by Hygienic Art Galleries through June 29 to check out the show! You can also see more of the super fun banners online at the official "It's A Banner Day" website.

I hope you're having a banner day, friends!

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Follow Friday: Launch2012

The Sacramento region is full of creativity. Those of you who live here already know that and it's probably safe to bet that you tell people often. Am I right?We're proud of our creative tendencies here in the capital city and we celebrate them every chance we get. However, it is my humble opinion that we truly haven't seen anything. Yet.

Enter: LAUNCH2012


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LAUNCH started back in 2009 as a way to showcase all of Sacramento's creative talents in one place. I attended the event last year for the first time and it was incredible.

This year, they've stepped it up. Big time. The festival will span six days (six days!) at eight different venues around Sacramento's central city and will be the biggest art, design, fashion, music and architecture mash-up this city has ever seen.

There is no way I'm going to do this collection of awesomeness justice by simply writing about it, so your best bet is to first visit the LAUNCH2012 website.

Then do yourself a favor and check out the Facebook and Twitter pages set up for the event. Then for the love of all things sacred, go BACK to the website and buy tickets! Do it! You'll kick yourself in the shins if you miss this.

Okay, it's really tough to kick yourself in the shins. I'll do it. Don't make me.

Oh alright, I'm a lover not a fighter.

But seriously...why are you still here. Go get your tickets!


See you all there! Happy Friday, friends!



Who Loves Art? I Do!

It's true. I love appreciating it, having it in my home and just being around it. The Sacramento region is full of talented people and I truly enjoy being a part of a community that supports the arts.