Thursday, September 30, 2010

Leslie Toms Workshops in October

Hi Everyone,

There are two very cool events coming up. The first one is Saturday, October 2nd from 2 to 5.
This is billed as the "Jesuit Art Event" to benefit Jesuit High School. It will be held at the Mahony Art Loft at 14th and R Streets from 2pm to 5pm. The event is free and there will be refreshments as well as art by many of Sacramento's most prominent artists. There will be art in the loft, in the halls as well as on the roof top patio. Parking is very easy on the streets surrounding but bring some quarters if you want to park at a metered space. Don't miss this one! This is one of those fabulous word-of-mouth events in a very cool building.
I'll be there with some of my work and hope to see you.

The second event is a workshop I am teaching at the Patris' S-12 Gallery located at 12th & S Streets. This is sure to be one of the most fun classes you will ever take . . the Cigar Box Painting Class. Each class concentrates on a different stage of creating these special treasures. You will be able to create as many as you like! Starts Friday, October 15 and continues on October 22 and 29 from 10 to noon. Following the class on November 13th we will have a Cigar Box Art Show and reception. Oil paints or acrylics are recommended for this workshop. Class fee is $95 which includes a cigar box that you choose from my private stash. A list of supplies will be provided
upon registration. For more information go to This class is filling quickly and limited to 15.

Enjoy. Leslie Toms

Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Artist Lecture Tonight- Maija Peeples-Bright @ ARC 7PM

Artist Lecture: Maija Peeples-Bright

Today, Wednesday, Sep 29 7:00p
at American River College, Sacramento, CA

Room 547 (Music Building), at the corner of College Oak & Myrtle Ave.

Born in German occupied Latvia in 1942, Maija Peeples-Bright's parents, Herberts and Biruta Gegeris, were forced to flee the country with their infant daughter. Through the assistance of relief agencies they were able to find a sponsor in Orangevale, California. In 1951 the family moved to Sacramento, and when Maija began attending college at the University of California, Davis, in the 1960's, she was a math major. A requirement for graduation was that she complete an art class, and it was that first class, taught by William T. Wiley, that prompted her to change her declared major to art. She earned a Master's Degree in 1965, and the home that she shared with her husband, a professor at the San Francisco Art Institute, became known as "The Rainbow House". Painted inside and out with every color created by Dutch Boy brand house paint, visitors included UCD notables such as Wiley, Robert Arneson, Clayton Bailey, Roy de Forest, Wayne Thiebaud, and Peter VandenBerge, in addition to those from the Art Institute included Joan Brown, Jay DeFeo, and Manuel Neri. Many of the artists either became known as California Funk artists, or associated with the Bay Area Figurative style. Funny phrases, silly creatures, and word puns continue to inspire Maija Peeples-Bright's drawings, paintings, sculptures and prints which are held in high regard in collections throughout California, Nevada, New York, and Canada.

To view works by Maija, please click here to visit the SD Gallery site.

Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Tarmo Pasto 1 Day Art Event this Saturday (SD Gallery Art Annex)

Join us this Saturday in our SD Gallery Annex
for a special 1 day Art Event!

Tarmo Pasto

Browse, buy, and enjoy brunch!
Looking forward to seeing you!
Peruse and purchase as you please!

Solomon Dubnick Gallery Art Annex
720 Rhodin Lane
Sacramento, CA 95811
(In the alley behind Pamela Skinner
Gwenna Howard Gallery located at 723 S St)

Friday, September 10, 2010

Start your 2nd Saturday early with SD Gallery in our Annex!

Join Solomon Dubnick Gallery in our SD Gallery Annex for an early start to your 2nd Saturday!

We have a very special 1 DAY EVENT!


September 11, 2010, Noon-5PM

Browse, buy, and enjoy brunch!
Looking forward to seeing you!
Peruse and purchase as you please!

Solomon Dubnick Gallery Art Annex
720 Rhodin Lane

Sacramento, CA 95811
(In the alley behind Pamela Skinner
Gwenna Howard Gallery located at 723 S St)

Thursday, September 2, 2010

Helen Post- Our condolences to the Post Family

The owners and staff of Solomon Dubnick Gallery sincerely share their condolences with the Post family and the art community on the passing of the dearly beloved Helen Wills Post. Not only a wonderful artist, but a beautiful human being whose work and soul has touched and been loved by so many. We will miss her, although always cherish her great spirit, passion, work and dedication to her craft. We were so fortunate to hold an angel in our hands.

With much love and respect,

Everyone at Solomon Dubnick Gallery

Wednesday, September 1, 2010

Wayne Jiang Workshop- Oct 9-11th

Wayne Jiang is offering a workshop that is not to be missed.

Space is limited to 20 students, so reserve your spot today!

Friends and Art Lovers,

I will be teaching an acrylic workshop over the Columbus Day weekend October 9, 10, & 11 (Saturday, Sunday, Monday) at Sanchez Art Center in Pacifica. The workshop, Paint Like the Old Dutch Masters with Acrylic, will focus on my unique glazing and layering acrylic technique, which resembles oil paintings of old Dutch master painters.

The workshop is open to all levels. Maximum class enrollment is 20. Register today!

Here is more information on the workshop:

Workshop Objectives

Learn to paint like an old Dutch master

• How to glaze and layer using Wayne’s acrylic techniques
• How to harmonize color using a limited palette
• How to take the best photo reference for painting
• How to use software like Photoshop to help you paint with more confidence
Transitioning to acrylic from watercolor or oil

• Understanding the advantages of acrylic while avoiding its shortcomings
• Combining drawing, collage, photos, and found materials with acrylic
• Approaching acrylic painting from realism to plein air to abstract

Learn best practices in acrylic

• How to prepare a variety of surfaces for acrylic painting
• How to paint on paper, panel, recycled objects, and canvas
• Practical tips for painting with acrylics

Workshop Activities

Demonstrations, Glazing, and Layering

Mixed media collage
Gesso and sanding
• Mixing colors
• Tour of acrylic paintings in a variety of styles

Painting sessions

The painting sessions will provide hands-on time to learn and apply Wayne’s unique glazing and layering techniques as well as exploring various acrylic styles. Students will have the choice of painting from live subjects or from photographs.

Students will be provided with written step-by-step instructions and a list of practical tips.

For more information on the workshop:

Download the workshop brochure and registration form at:

For more information about the Sanchez Art Center including directions:

Hope to see you at the workshop!