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Fun in the Dog Days of Summer: Artist Salon, Sit-Things, Mary Younakof, and LA BAMBA 2!

This August and September, come beat the heat at Verge! Our calendar is packed with, yes, cool events.


In addition to a host of exciting collaborations with UC Davis and CSU Sacramento, Verge is happy to announce its next gallery show: an installation of Mary Younakof's 343 Dresses: the Chromatic Convergence Project. Details below.

Artists' Salon


Artist Salon + Sac Open Studios Guide Release

 Wednesday, August 6, 6-9pm

The first Wednesday in August will launch a new program in partnership with the Shrem Museum of Art to host a monthly ARTIST ONLY salon at Verge. This first salon coincides with the release of the Sac Open Studios Guide and will be co-hosted by Rachel Teagle, Founding Director of the Shrem Museum of Art and Liv Moe, Executive Director of Verge Center for the Arts. This should make for a lively night of discussion, networking, and fun! We'll have two grills going for a potluck-style BBQ so bring something to grill or a side to share. We'll provide drinks, cups, coolers,  plates, napkins, and some additional snacks. 
Note! This will be a monthly event that will take place the first Wednesday of every month (so mark your calendars). This event is in partnership with the Shrem Museum of Art and the Davis Art Salon's crowdsourced exhibition program.

Sit Things 

Sit-Things


August 9-24
Reception: Saturday, August 9, 6-9pm

 Sit-Things is a collection of objects designed around contemporary ideas of repose. from a folding play-seat to a multi-tasking lean aid, each of these devices  considers a range of social and enviromental factors that affect the most mundane of activities: sitting.
(Sit Things is supported by the Department of Design at UC Davis.)



La Bamba 2 

CSUS Senior Film Screening, Curated by Rob Fatal + LA BAMBA 2!!

Thursday, August 21
Student Films, 7pm / La Bamba 2, 9pm
FREE to members, $5 non-members

La Bamba 2: Hell Is a Drag, is a camp/sci-fi/horror parody sequel to the 1987 film La Bamba (the biopic of Chicano rock 'n' roll star Ritchie Valens). The film is set in 2059, 100 years after the death of the original Ritchie Valens in the original La Bamba, and centers on the journey of wannabe celebrity Rob Fatal, who is at the end of his rope in his quest for fame. On Day of the Dead 2059, Fatal is pulled into the underworld by Donna, Ritchie's girfriend in life. As Fatal travels through the underworld, he meets a host of demons, sirens, and dead celebrities, and begins to question the nature of celebrity, religion, identity, and his own desires.

 

Mary Younakof 343 Dresses

343 Dresses: the Chromatic Convergence Project

September 11-October 26
Opening Reception, Thursday, September, 11, 6-9pm

Mark your calendars for Verge's next exhibition, 343 Dresses: the Chromatic Convergence Project, opening September 11! 343 Dresses is a five year project by Los Angeles artist Mary Younakof as part of a residency the artist has undertaken through the Pacific Design Center. The project incorporates 343 colors that Younakof devised as part of a color spectrum ROYGBIV (red, orange, yellow, green, blue, indigo, violet). After completing and documenting all 343 dresses Younakof has produced a series of inventive, clever, and vibrant projects, exploring our landscape through color. The exhibition will iinclude an installation of all 343 dresses, photography, and video. There will also be a dressmaking workshop taught by Younakof in October, enabling the public to create their own piece of the project.

The opening reception will coincide with the launch of the Sac Open Studios group exhibition in our classroom exhibition space, making for a packed night of art, community, and fun! 

Verge Studio Art Camp Rocked!

Thank you to everyone who made the Verge Studio Art Camp a success! It was a fun filled two weeks of art making. Just a few of the amazing projects that kids worked on were making a cardboard totem pole, creating clay representations of their favorite foods, directing a claymation film, and collaborating on a tape installation. Under the guidance of Verge artists, students grew their confidence as artists in their own right. Parents at the end of each week’s open house were thrilled to see all of the truly remarkable art that kids produced. Everyone brought their artistic vision to life and had a great time in the process!

The program, classroom infrastructure, and materials were made possible by the Sacramento Region Community Foundation’s generous grant. Students were outfitted with materials by University Art, who also provided expert advice on materials and techniques. 

Additional thanks go to social service organizations throughout Sacramento whose partnership and support made it possible to provide scholarships to over half of the participants. Thank you to Staging A Miracle, United Christian Centers of Sacramento, The Wellspring Women’s Center, and Our Lady of Guadalupe Church.

See photos from the 2014 Studio Art Camp here... https://www.dropbox.com/sh/b6cgdn38vbc77vd/AAD57qVcVS7Uw6M75pw1oaqna

Please join us again next year for the Verge Studio Art Camp!

Comming Soon...Verge's fall educational programming lineup. Keep checking our website for the full class schedule for kids and adults!

GRAND OPENING CELEBRATION!

After four years of hard work Verge is ready to party!!!

Now that Verge has FINALLY reopened we want to share our success with the public! Join us for Verge's Grand Opening Celebration on Saturday, July 12th at 7pm. The night will feature DJs, food trucks, and a live performance by "Champagne" curator Yarrow Slaps. 


WHAT: Verge's Grand Opening Celebration 
WHEN: Saturday, July 12th, 7pm 
WHERE: 625 S Street (corner of S and 7th)
ADMISSION: $7 admission or FREE TO MEMBERS

THE LINEUP

DJ Gourmet and MC Ham of HECKRAP
Century got Bars
Go Gettas feat. Yarrow Slaps! 

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"CHAMPAGNE" Opening Exhibition

"Champagne" now showing through August 24th, 2014.
Gallery Hours: Wednesday - Saturday: 11am - 6pm, Sunday: 12pm - 5pm

Verge Center for the Arts is pleased to present our first exhibition in our newly remodeled space, "Champagne," curated by San Francisco visual and performing artist, Yarrow Slaps.

A nod to both the celebratory nature of Verge's long anticipated re-opening, as well as the exuberant nature of many of the works in the show, "Champagne" will include artists both emerging and established from a variety of backgrounds. Many of the artists featured in "Champagne produce works that are solidly grounded in a street art aesthetic, interweaving pop culture references with both fine art and low brow sensibilities. From Clorophilla's vividly ambiguous photographs, to Dustin Fosnot's clever micro installations, and Spencer Keeton Cunningham's minimalist murals, each artist in the show exhibits a distinctly different approach to their work. This exhibition will draw artists both global and national to the region, including those who hail from as nearby as San Francisco and as far away as Italy. The exhibition is not only a coming out party for Verge and the sixteen artists featured, but also a celebration of youth culture and ideas.

"Champagne" features:
Brett Amory
Clorophilla
Spencer Keeton Cunningham
Angela Dalinger
Don't Fret
Harley Lafarrah Eaves
Dustin Fosnot
Michelle Guintu
Justin Hager
Chad Hasegawa
Sean Newport
Luke Pelletier
Delfina Piretti
Rye Purvis
Yarrow Slaps
Alfred Vidaurri
Shawn Whisenant 

"Champagne" will open from June 5th to August 24th. Hours of Operation beginning June 6th:
Wednesday - Saturday, 11am - 6pm
Sunday, 12pm - 5pm