Art in the Balance: Tai Chi in the Gallery

Posted on March 19

While at first glance the work of artist Sam Francis may seem chaotic and messy, a closer look reveals the balance and exquisite harmony of the colors, movement and shapes on the canvas. Both wild and delicate, bold and yet refined, his paintings contain all the complexity and conflict present in the concepts of tai chi, a Chinese martial art. Tai chi emphasizes the importance of finding a balance between opposing forces—yin and yang, hard and soft, masculine and feminine—to harness strength and improve health. Through this martial arts practice, Francis found inspiration.

To celebrate the display of Francis' work, the Crocker Art Museum is hosting a special tai chi night on March 20. To bring about a deeper understanding of Francis' work, the museum is offering a tai chi class hosted by local yoga and tai chi instructor Tara Stiles (not to be confused with the world-renowned Strala yoga instructor of the same name). Join Stiles in an introduction to this lesser-known martial art before taking a contemplative stroll through the Francis exhibit. For more information, see here.

What: Art in the Balance: Tai Chi in the Gallery
When: Thursday, March 20, 6:00-7:30 p.m.
Where: Crocker Art Museum, 216 O St., Sacramento
Cost: Members free, nonmembers free with admission

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Make-A-Wish Foundation's 27th annual Wine and Food Fest

Make-A-Wish Foundation's 27th annual Wine and Food Fest

Images from the Make-A-Wish Foundation's 27th annual Wine and Food Fest Saturday, April 25, 2015 at the Sacramento Convention Center. Guests were treated to food and drink from nearly 100 local eateries and bars. Other vendors auctioned off wares and services ranging from hand-woven free trade baskets to modern art work and vintage photographs. Proceeds from the event went to the charity’s mission of arranging experiences for children with life-threatening medical conditions.

Published: Wednesday, April 29, 2015

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