IF NOT NOW, THEN WHEN?
July 2 - August 8
The Discovery Series is designed to encourage northern California artists in the exploration of their respective media and conceptual development by exhibiting juried bodies of work.
This year's call for art requested artwork and social engagement activities that demonstrate awareness of social justice issues and inspire conversation. The title of the exhibition refers to the words of civil rights activist and US Representative John Lewis, featured in one of Marisa Segovia's prints. Juried by photographer and Chico Art Center Board Member, Carolyn Arredondo.
This exhibition is generously sponsored by Betty Lusina
Watch the recorded Artist Talk from Sunday, July 18
Joining us for the artist reception is Pedal Press, a mobile community based art project that supports social justice community work.
Pedal Press will be live printing, so bring a T-shirt, make a $10 donation and take home a custom design! Proceeds go to Traditional Ecological Knowledge and Safe Space Chico.
Artists in the Gallery on the Weekends!
Marisa Segovia is live screen-printing onto t-shirts, paper, etc. and invites the public to print onto whatever surface you bring in.
Victoria Davila is making Owls for Justice at her work table in the gallery.
Kim Preston loves sharing her experience with prehistoric archaeological sites like "Newspaper Rock" and invites you to draw petroglyphs on the gallery wall.
Lucky Preston is passionate about petroglyph symbolism and advocacy for indigenous peoples human rights issues.
Art is a free flow of who we are. Like so many artists, I love to create. But unlike so many artists, I suffer from a hand disability. In the last few years, my hands have developed a tremor. This could have been a breaking point for me, but I wouldn’t allow it to be. Instead, my mark making is evolving from steady brushwork to more free form splatters, using tools like chopsticks, squeeze bottles and squeegees to create my artwork. I learned to face adversity as an opportunity for creative problem-solving! I won't ever give up, and neither should you.
Tim Havens was born in the California surf town of Santa Cruz. Havens was introduced to art by his grandmother. It wasn't until the last decade that he decided, as an Army Veteran, to give painting a chance. His love for creating grew with each new painting he did. Then the unexpected happened.
In 2020, he started to have hand tremors, it was these tremors that caused his art style to shift. Not letting his hands stop him, he found a new love for drip and splatter paintings. A year later, he was given his first shot at displaying his art at the Redding Art Center. With each new step, he has grown more passionate and driven to make art his main focus.
These three recent artworks that I have created are through printmaking techniques. They address various social justice issues such as racial injustice, gun violence, hunger & food security, climate justice, and much more. The first print depicts a glock 22, the most common gun used by law enforcement and wildflowers that represent strength. The second print depicts an old and worn faucet spewing out the most common contaminants in our drinking water. The third print depicts a fist with multiple skin tones, closed in solidarity and with empowerment.
Marisa Segovia was born and raised in Modesto, CA. She is currently residing in Chico, CA. A Mexican, Portuguese, German and Cherokee artist, whose work focuses on immediate surroundings, specifically objects and surfaces. Segovia tends to create primarily through printmaking and glassblowing techniques. She spends time recreating objects and surfaces which become worn and marked, acting as evidence of time passing by. Her work elevates the unnoticed and brings attention to the beauty and history of such immediate surroundings.
Newspaper Rock Historic Monument is located in San Juan County, Utah and is a treasured artifact featuring a rock panel carved with one of the largest known collections of petroglyphs. 200 square foot rock of the blackish manganese-iron patinated sandstone reveal layers upon layers of petroglyphs. The first carvings were made around 2,000 years ago, and although a few are as recent as the early 20th century, left by the first modern day explorers of this region, the main groups have been assigned to the Anasazi (AD 1 to 1300), Fremont (AD 700 to 1300) and Navajo (AD 1500 onwards). The actual meanings of the images are not widely known, but through oral tradition, have been associated with stories of tribal history, climate change, astronomy, animal migrations, plant species and space visitors, hence the name, “Newspaper Rock”. Rock art was created by painting, etching, or pecking. Various plant, earth and animal substances resulted in a variety of colored pigments that were pecked into boulders and cliff walls world-wide, and to the peril of lost history when such "newspaper rocks" are damaged by vandalism.
This interactive display invites the visitor to draw on the canvas and tell a story through symbols and designs. We recognize the cultural and creative value of these artifacts. Our ceramic pieces; totem, rattles and bowls depict petroglyph images of actual rock art found worldwide. Rock art is found throughout the world in deserts, forests and caves. Vandals have defaced and ruined a great many of these delicate images, by scratching, gouging, chiseling or painting over them. The totem sits on a lazy susan and can be rotated by hand. The rattles can be handled and shaken and the bowls are for display.
Kim Preston is lifelong artist practicing a wide variety of disciplines; painting, life drawing, fiber arts, Native American regalia, dichroic glass and jewelry-making. Ms. Preston has worked for 17 years as an Archaeological Site Monitor for California State Parks, the Bureau of Land Management and the US Forest Service, protecting prehistoric archaeological features on public lands.
Lucky Preston is an enrolled member of the Pit River tribe of northern California. He holds a BS in Native American Art from UC Davis and an MA in 3D Art from CSU Chico. Mr. Preston is a practicing artist and instructor in jewelry-making, Native American regalia, and multi-media sculpture.
As a high school art teacher, I found enormous satisfaction watching and guiding the creative process of my students. Now, in retirement from Chico High School, I am enjoying allowing my own love of artistic creation to develop. After years of having to segregate art media, due to curriculum restrictions, I have developed a way to combine my love of sculpture, photography, and stained glass. I use new print technology to create a three-dimensional art form that tells a story in a dynamic and emotional way. The resulting artistic freedom, while combining media, has been incredibly satisfying, albeit a struggle to perfect. My artwork is deeply influenced by growing up in rural upstate New York, being raised by my lesbian Mom, her partner, and my grandfather.
Christian Victoria Davila
Christian Victoria Davila is a Mexican-American artist born and raised in Stockton, California. Davila grew up surrounded by art. Her family goes to Mexico every summer to visit family and learn skills like painting, papier mache, candle making, metal work, and beading. When she started community college at Stockton (2010) she joined a local gallery and developed her first bird out of clay, covered with paper as a way to stand out. Inspired by piñatas and taxidermy, her love of her craft developed more as she moved to Chico (2014) to earn a BS in Computer Animation and Game Development. Learning 3D modeling and 3D printing helped her create lighter and more detailed birds faster. After graduating (2017) she stayed in Chico to be a part time faculty in Butte College’s Makerspace. She has exhibited in a few small shows and freelance work at the Idea Fab Labs, Chico State and the Anthropology Museum. Her work usually revolves around admiring birds and this is her first time using them to express her interest in topics that she is passionate about.