Sacramento Arts & Business Council Art Awards Nominees Announced

The Sacramento Arts & Business Council has announced the finalists for the annual Art Awards Gala!

Check out the amazing list of community members and come celebrate at the awards ceremony on January 17th, 2018! If your business is interested in being an event sponsor, please contact Grigio’s principal and Arts & Business Council Board Member Jennifer Jackson.


Business + Arts Philanthropy Award –                                                                           

  • Five Star Bank – Mike Rizzo, CFO
  • The McKinley Village Partnership – comprised of The New Home Company & Riverview Capital Investments
  • Sacramento Municipal Utility District, SMUD

Outstanding Service Award                                                                                                                      

  • Laurie E. Nelson – President of the Sacramento Arts Alliance – home of the Sacramento Philharmonic and Opera
  • James Wheatley – Stories on Stage
  • Verge Center for the ARTS – Liv Moe, Executive Director

Leadership in the Arts Award –

  • Shaun Burner – Artist, co-founder of M5 Arts, co-owner of 1810 Gallery
  • Dennis Mangers – Community Leader, Founder “Dennis Mangers Fund for Young Performing Artists”
  • Maya Wallace – Sacramento Metropolitan Arts Commission Member

Emerging Artist                                                                                                                        

  • Delgreta E. Brown
  • Lindsey M. Dillon
  • Natalie McKeever

Emerging Arts Leader –

  • Mima Begovic – Gallerist, Artspace 1616
  • Veronica Delgado – Public Affairs/Communications, Sac State
  • Andru Defeye – Poet, Sol Collective

Arts Educator of the Year Award –

  • Kathleen S. Lynch – Poet/Essayist/Artist
  • Deidre Trudeau – Arts Educator
  • Suzanne Adan & Michael Stevens –  Artists and Art Professors, Sacramento City College

“Oh Yes! I Remember That” Award –

  • Behind the Barre” – Capital Dance Project
  • PorchFest – Musical Community Event
  • Wide Open Walls – Mural Festival

Visual Artist of the Year –                                                                                                       

  • John Yoyogi Fortes – Artist
  • Marc Foster – Artist
  • Julia Couzens – Artist

Performing Artist of the Year

  • Capital Dance Project – Independent Collective of Professional Dancers
  • JAMBALAYA – Musical and Performance Collective
  • Sequoia – Performance Art Dance Group

Arts Journalism Award –                                                                        

  • Comstock’s Magazine – Winnie Comstock
  • Jamila Khan – Visit Sacramento/Sac365
  • Sacramento Magazine – Joe Chiodo, Publisher

Muriel Johnson Award for Arts Advocacy

Ron Cunningham & Carinne Binda Artistic Directors, Sacramento Ballet


Arts & Business Council of Sacramento

Grigio is pleased to announce that principal consultant Jennifer Jackson has been elected to the Arts & Business Council of Sacramento‘s Board of Directors! This organization includes the prestigious Blue Line Arts gallery in Roseville (image below).

The Arts & Business Council is a national non-profit with chapters in cities across the country. The Sacramento chapter has been serving the region since 1983. Sacramento is rich with artistic and cultural assets that make a significant economic impact each year. The Arts and Business Council of Sacramento works to ensure the arts remain vibrant by connecting the business and arts communities through a variety of programs.

Blue Line Arts, located at 405 Vernon Street in historic Downtown Roseville, showcases the works of regional and national artists, and offers flexible exhibition space suitable for small musical performances, lectures, parties, and demonstrations.

ArtStreet opens in Sacramento!

What: ArtStreet, a temporary art exhibit in Sacramento

When: February 3rd – 25th, 2017. 3-9 pm on weekdays & 11-9 pm on weekends.

Where: 300 1st Avenue, Sacramento CA 95818

This past weekend marked the opening of a 65,000 square foot temporary art exhibit in Sacramento featuring over 100 artists, local and from afar. Grigio’s principal, Jennifer Jackson, is part of the M5Arts team – a small non-profit that organizes an annual arts event that is free and open to the public.

Jennifer Jackson with Mayor Darrell Steinberg at ArtStreet

This year’s exhibit is ArtStreet. The artist open call accepted entries that addressed the theme of the street and how one interacts with it. A well-curated maze resembling city streets holds individual exhibit spaces featuring paintings, sculpture, photography, new media, sound installation, murals, light installation, interactive works, and more.

In the central ‘city square’ is a 500+ square foot hanging installation by Jason Silva and Ginger Thompson of Dreyfuss & Blackford Architects. Along the square, local historian William Burg built a replica of a 1940s Sacramento jazz club that’s filled with stories about the city’s rich history. A stage in the square is home to a range of performances each day, from classical piano to New Orleans brass band to dance projects to punk rock shows. It’s truly a feast for the senses and there is something for everyone here.

Want to learn more? Hear Jennifer on Insight with Beth Ruyak on Capital Public Radio with local artist William Ishmael here, and see press from The Sacramento Bee, The Sacramento Business Journal, and especially this piece by Sacramento Magazine.

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Grigio joins the Sacramento IIDA Chapter

This month, our team has joined the Sacramento City Center chapter of the International Interior Design Association (IIDA)! By partnering with interior designers and other design professionals, we excel at providing artwork for our end clients. We look forward to learning more from this group and sharing our industry experience with members.




Public Art at the Golden 1 Center

Last month, Sacramento experienced the opening of the new Kings arena and event center that promises to rejuvenate the Downtown area. The Golden 1 Center features two exterior public art pieces: one by world-renowned contemporary artist Jeff Koons, whose pieces fetch multi-million dollar price tags, and one by Sacramento’s own edgy contemporary sculptor Gale Hart.

The Koons piece, titled “Coloring Book,” is nearly 20 feet tall and made from impeccably polished and colored stainless steel. The surface reflects everything around it, like a colored mirror. It plays a sort of optical illusion on the viewer in this space – at first glance, it almost appears to be transparent, as if made from a thick glass or acrylic material. This piece is the fifth edition of the series with a price tag of $8M.

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Hart’s installation includes a number of pieces, all created from metal, strewn across the public space around the arena. The theme is the deconstruction of sport and competition, so the viewer sees pieces of darts here and there, raising questions about the human desire to play games. When asked by The Sacramento Bee about the high budget for Koons while her commission was allotted a few hundred thousand dollars, she aptly responded that “[i]f Sacramento wants to play with the big boys, they have to invite the big boys in… There’s not an artist in this town that’s in a place in their career where they deserve $8 million.”

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With this new art, Sacramento not only has acquired a world-class piece of modern art to grace our new public space, but also has supported a local artist’s lifelong work and placed her in the most prominent location our city could offer. These additions will spark imaginations and conversations for years to come in our community. Props to the Sacramento Metropolitan Arts Commission.

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Sacramento Mural Festival #SMF2016

When: August 20 – 27th, 2016Screen+Shot+2016-03-21+at+4.56.06+PM

Where: 12 locations throughout Downtown and Midtown Sacramento, plus intermittent public events and a closing party, ArtJam, on August 27th, benefiting arts in education

Who: Partnership between Friends of SMAC and Le Basse Projects

Twelve artists will descend upon various walls throughout the city of Sacramento starting on Saturday, August 20th for a week-long mural festival. Organizers selected a mix of international, national, and local artists. Grigio is playing a role with our client Kaiser Permanente, who will host a mural by Kristin Farr on their 501 J Street building.

Mural festivals are exciting and vibrant cultural events that happen in several cities around the world. This will be Sacramento’s first inaugural event. Here’s a map of the locations and who’s painting. Stop by, say hi, and see the work in progress.

  • Michelle Blade of Los Angeles: Chase Bank at 1300 21st St.
  • Jake Castro of Sacramento: Crest Theatre at 1013 K St.
  • Kristin Farr of Richmond: Kaiser Permanente garage at 6th and J streets
  • David Fiveash of Sacramento: Light rail station at 1025 R St.
  • Dog and Pony Creative of Los Angeles: Chinatown Alley behind 1236 C St.
  • Nate Frizzell of Los Angeles: Faces Nightclub at 2000 K St.
  • Kelly Graval (known as RISK) of Los Angeles: Crepeville at 1730 L St.
  • Diogo Machado (known as Add Fuel) from Portugal: Warehouse Artist Lofts at 1108 R St.
  • Drew Merritt of Los Angeles: Sacramento Native American Health Center at 2020 J St.
  • Irubiel Moreno of Sacramento: Mogavero Architects at 2012 K St.
  • Alicia Palenyy of Sacramento: E. Claire Raley Studios for the Performing Arts at 2420 N St.
  • Andrew Schoultz of San Francisco: The Elliott Building at 1530 J St.

Additional information via The Sacramento Bee and Comstock’s Magazine.

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First Friday Art Walk: Where to Go

When: Every First Friday from 6 to 9 pmff-logo
Where: R Street Corridor, Downtown Sacramento

A burgeoning arts and commercial strip of Downtown Sacramento is the R Street Corridor. Think of it as the art and design district. It spans roughly from 8th Street through 15th Street and on R and S Streets. While Second Saturday is certainly the more established, publicized art walk in Sacramento, the First Friday tradition is growing and is geared towards attracting more serious art appreciators.

From west to east, here’s my guide to the hottest spots:

Beatnik Studios, 723 S Street

A huge beautiful historic brick building that houses some of the most progressive art exhibits and installations in Sacramento. Owned and operated by the passionate and visionary Wes Davis (who is an exceptional photographer in his own right), this place is a must-see stop on any gallery tour of Sacramento. The space also doubles as an event venue.

Tip: Stop by acclaimed local roasters Insight Coffee on the corner of S and 9th on the way to your next stop, odds are you will catch an art exhibit here too.

ARTHOUSE on R, 1021 R Street, Second Floor (building adjacent to Fox and Goose)

Wander upstairs and enter an expansive row of over 16 artist studios plus a common exhibit space that changes artists monthly. Several established local artists such as Michele Andres, Dianne Poinski, Merle Axelrad, and Shirley Hazlett are among the many studio residents, whose work varies from photography, fabric, metal, painting, and more.

Tip: Next door is Fox and Goose, a traditional English pub and Sacramento landmark since 1975, offering a nice selection of specialty British ales along with a full bar and restaurant.

WAL Public Market, 1104 R Street

Curator Trisha Rhomberg turns the public hall of this indoor marketplace into a gallery experience, featuring a variety of work on different themes each month. What makes this place special is that it provides a great platform for emerging artists to show their work next to more established artists, hence pieces are available at a range of prices for easy art collecting.

Tip: A quick and cheap bite at health food innovators Fish Face Poke Bar or Metro Kitchen + Drinkery will hold you over through the next few stops.

Warehouse Artist Lofts, 1108 R Street

Consider this place the heartbeat of the Sacramento art scene. Open in 2015, it is home to over 100 artists. Every First Friday, residents have the opportunity to open up their live/work lofts to visitors to show and sell their work in a one-on-one environment. Come see how these hard working artists create their art.

Tip: While you’re inside, hit #7 on the elevator to get to the building’s rooftop garden – one of the best views of the Sacramento sunset in the city!

1810 Gallery, 1810 12th Street

It’s definitely worth seeking out this small but well-curated gallery. Local muralist and art scene activist Shaun Burner operates 1810, which is only open a few times a month. Shows often sell out so making time to visit on First Friday is a great way to get first dibs on high quality pieces that trend towards more modern, edgy tastes.

Tip: Grab an excellent craft cocktail next door at artist hangout Bottle and Barlow.

Raphael Delgado Art Studio, 1200 S Street

Prominent contemporary abstract painter Raphael always hosts a fun and inviting First Friday at his studio. His work ranges from large canvas paintings to small oils on wood panel to woodblock prints to inventive mixed media pieces.

Tip: From here, grab a late dinner at a range of excellent options within walking distance, including The Shady Lady, Hook and Ladder, Shoki Ramen House, or Magpie.

See you out there!

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