August 15 - September 25, 2020
Reception: Saturday, August 15, 5-7 pm
This is an invitational show featuring some of the great masters of the genre.
The California Visionary Art Movement was born in San Francisco in the late 60’s and early 70’s inspired by the psychedelic era, spiritual awakening, transformative synergy, and a search for deeper inner meanings of life.
Utopia, shamanic mysticism, the moon landing, new age ideals, East meet West philosophies, and fantastic realism were concepts for artists to discover and draw upon. Sacred geometry, world building, the beauty of nature and the human body, were important themes.
Music advanced technology with the arrival of synthesizers played an important role in this movement as both inspiration, and by creating meditative spaces to work by. Visionary art became album covers.
With visionary art, the artists became shamans, magicians, and alchemists transmuting inner visions into sacred art, or at least they attempted to make inner truths and the transcendental into manifest forms such as paintings and drawings.
Some of the artists associated with this movement painted scenes of earthly beauty, a return to Eden, sanctuaries for the soul, imagined cosmic landscapes before the age of planetary discovery. Others artists painted surreal and hallucinatory compositions, and sometimes satirical commentaries on modern life.
June 5-26, 2020
Reception: Friday, June 5, 5-7 pm
This annual community exhibit of 12x12” artworks is a celebration of tiny experiments in color, shape and materials by artists of all ages. Grab a small work while it’s hot!
Open Call for Art
$20 Entry includes an optional 12”x12” canvas
Drop Off: May 30-31, 2020
16th Annual Junior High + High School Art Exhibition Selected by their Art Teachers
Exhibition: April 10-24, 2020
Reception: Friday, April 17, 5-7 pm
Vote for People’s Choice! Cash prizes awarded at 5:45 pm
14th Annual Junior High & High School Exhibition of artwork selected and prepared by their art teachers.
An exhibition of exceptional junior high and high school student artwork selected by their art teachers. Fresh twists on traditional assignments as well as explorations in digital media offer visitors a rare chance to see visual literacy and expression in fine art and digital art curriculum in Chico schools.
Come see creative minds at work. For months, students across Chico develop their paintings, drawings, illustrations, photography, ceramics, mixed media and sculptures. Then, art instructor's top choices are framed and prepared for exhibition. This show offers very young artists the opportunity to exhibit in an art gallery and art patrons first chance to collect charming an affordable objects.
Over 150 works of art will be exhibited by Pleasant Valley, Chico and Fair View High, Inspire School for the Arts, Marsh, Bidwell and Chico Junior High and Blue Oak Junior High.
Students, teachers, parents and friends gather at the opening reception to enjoy artwork, cast their votes for People’s Choice Award and celebrate the Juror's selections for cash prizes.
This exhibition and cash prizes are sponsored by Graham Hutton of Made in Chico.
March 7 - 27, 2020
Reception: Saturday, March 7, 2-4 pm
Ana Nelson and Phil Dynan have been passing paintings back and forth for more than 15 years of collaborative projects. The name of the exhibit, Furlandia refers to a mythical land inhabited only by animals. They are characters based in large part on the animals at Ana & Phil’s Accidental Animal Rescue Center, a place where the two artists have taken in over 430 animals in the last 8 years.
February 8- March 1, 2020
This commemorative exhibition honors our Chico icon, featuring works on loan by Sal Casa’s collectors, an installation of his studio wall, and a weekend sale of works from Casa’s estate Feb 8-9, 10am-4pm.
Saturday, February 8, 5:00 pm
Please join us at the reception to share stories and memories of Sal. For questions contact gallery director, Cameron Kelly at firstname.lastname@example.org
Hard cover, 48 page book of full color images, a biography written by daughter, Kate Casa and family pictures of Sal Casa available for $40 at the Chico Art Center Gift Shop.
"UNBELIEVABLE" t-shirts available for $20 in the Gift Shop.
WORKS FOR SILENT AUCTION
Silent auction starts Saturday, Feb 8, 10am (open through the reception, until 8pm) - Ending Sunday, Feb 8, 4pm
Preview images below.