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Shared Visions - artistic collaboration across generations

Shared Visions

Artist Collaborations Across Generations

August 4-25

Reception: August 11, 5:00-7:00pm

Featuring collaborations between adult artists and children, extending beyond the formal display of visual art to offer an educational and hands-on experience.

Free Family Art Day

Saturday, August 12, 10:00am-2:00pm

Mini workshops, craft tables, snacks—leave inspired to collaborate more often at home!

Shared Visions is a group art show featuring collaborations between adult artists and children. This show’s theme and purpose is to extend beyond the formal display of visual art and offer an educational and hands-on experience to our community. Information is displayed and distributed about the artistic developmental stages of children as well as a hands-on “Active Space” sculpture installation encouraging visitors, both adults and children, to share in the collaborative process.

Background and Relevance

This concept was visited in July, 2016 with a small exhibit by Erin Lizardo and her son, Solomon at Great Northern Coffee. The show’s warm reception inspired the idea to extend an invitation to more artist/child collaborations in the community.

Also, now more than ever, children are engaging more with digital media devices than with traditional art forms. Parents and guardians of children are at a loss on how to deal with the growing issue of screen time. A goal of this show would be to inspire the parents and guardians in our community to have more awareness about the artistic capacities within children that are largely untapped. Children are consuming more media than being creative themselves. A community discussion would be scheduled to dig into this subject and take a proactive and positive stance on the issue.

Didactics and Engagement

  • Featuring 7 Artists
  • Projection of interviews/spotlight artists
  • “Active Space” hands-on sculpture installation
  • Resources and educational materials about child artistic development, reducing media exposure, tapping into the creative capacities within children, etc.
  • Community Discussion: Kids Unplugged
  • Family Art Workshop
  • Visiting Artist Talk/Lecture

Curated by Erin Lizardo

Chico ER Article

Please see Upgraded Living, August Issue, page 74 for article by Leila Rodriguez

Shared Visions is generously sponsored by: Jackie McClain & Erin Wells
Beta Chapter of Omega Nu

Upcoming Exhibits

Exhibition Opportunities:
Look for prospectus and entry forms below in the list of exhibits.

Small Works 2017

Small Works

September 8-29

Reception: September 8, 5:00-7:00pm
Drop Off: Sept 2-3; Pick Up: Sept 30-Oct 1

Open Call for 2D and 3D Artwork
*Community Challenge*
Entry Fee $20, 12”x12” canvas included

Entry Form

Click on thumbnails for larger images

Open Studios Preview Show

Open Studio Preview Exhibition

October 6-29

Reception: October 20, 5:00-7:00pm
Drop Off: Sept 30-Oct 1; Pick Up: Oct 29

Gallery exhibit of works by participating Open Studio Art Tour artists

Please download our Artist Invite Letter and two 2017 OSAT forms below:
Artist Invite | Gallery Form | OSAT Application

Sponsored by Heithecker Financial

Open Studio Art Tour

Saturday & Sunday, October 21-22
Saturday & Sunday, October 28 - 29
10:00am - 5:00pm


Chico Art Center's 2016 Open Studios Art Tour mags. Each mag is a high quality softcover, 130 pages, with beautiful images from each artist showcased (and these eight artists have their own covers with same interior art by each artist). Price is $32.40 + shipping, and all proceeds go directly to the Chico Art Center as a fundraiser. Please support our Art Center if you can. Having this magazine on your coffee table will also promote all of the artists included. :-) | PURCHASE ONLINE

Guide books available at CAC Front Desk.
OSAT Facebook Page

Sponsored by Heithecker Financial

Dia de los Muertos

Dia de los Muertos

November 3-24

Reception & Chili Cook Off: November 3, 5:00-7:00pm
Drop Off: Oct 28-29; Pick Up: Nov. 25-26

Honor ancestors and loved ones at this lively exhibit of altars, artwork, poetry and music. Offer flowers, photos, little sculptures or sweets on the community altar. “Ofrendas” are built this time of year to entice those who have passed to the other side back for a visit. Make papel picados at our activity table. All are welcome to contribute to the richness of our multicultural society.

Honra a los ancestros y seres queridos en esta animada exhibición de altares, obras de arte, poesía y música. Ofrece flores, fotos, pequeñas esculturas o dulces para el altar comunitario. Puedes hacer papel picado en nuestra mesa actividades o tenga su cara pintada en la recepción. Todos son bienvenidos a contribuir a la riqueza de nuestra sociedad multicultural.

This is an open call for entries. All artists are welcome to submit artwork relating to the theme of celebrating life and recognizing the value of those that positively shape our lives.

A Chili cook-off and tastings will accompany the reception.

Gift Show

Gift Show

December 1-28

Reception: December 1, 5:00-7:00pm
Set up: Nov 27-30; Take Down: Dec. 29-30

Make your gift budget go farther by staying close to home! Shop at Chico Art Center! Artists set up shop to sell one of a kind, handcrafted goods; pottery, jewelry, paintings, prints, cards, accessories and more. From functional dishes to forms of fantasy, your community art gallery will have the perfect thing for that special someone.

Call to Artists

Artists, want to “set up shop” for the holidays? The Chico Art Center rents the gallery in sections; wall space, approx. 48 inches wide from floor to ceiling, and floor space of 4 feet square space to exhibit your works for sale during the holiday season. Artists control how your works are displayed. Rent a space in the gallery for $125 - $225. Register early for a $25 discount. Ask about our discount for multiple spaces.

Many thanks to our sponsors for their generous support!

First Impression Sign Co.Sherwin-Williams Heithecker FinancialInterWest Insurance Services, LLC
Knight's PaintButte Community College Made In Chico Mooney FarmsThe Art House
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