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Then and Now: Raphael Delgado

THEN. Ten years ago, Raphael Delgado was fresh out of art school. It was a period in his budding career when his artwork reflected a “somewhat academic” aesthetic.“I was making things that were perceived to be...
Gioia Fonda

Then and Now: Gioia Fonda

THEN. An avid bicyclist, Gioia Fonda recalls pedaling through the streets of her neighborhood while dodging mountains of garbage that belonged to the victims of foreclosure, eviction or house flippers. She saw them as harbingers of the housing crisis of...
Sonya Fe painting

Then and Now: Sonya Fe

THEN. When Sonya Fe was a little girl, her father would take her into downtown Los Angeles on the bus. There, she remembered admiring lovely paintings depicting Mexican women on the outside of department stores. She was an artist...
Paint can, 2019, by Gale Hart

Then and Now: Gale Hart

THEN. The allure and nostalgia of the circus wasn’t on Gale Hart’s mind when she curated “Circus Show and Other Atrocities” at Verge Gallery 15 years ago. Instead, she focused on the darker side...
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Then and Now: Franceska Gamez

THEN. In 2015, Franceska Gamez, along with her fiancé, Shaun Burner, and the Trust Your Struggle Collective, roamed the streets of Barcelona looking for free walls to throw fresh murals onto. Free walls are...
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Then and Now: Sacramento Artists

SACRAMENTO’S ARTISTS ALL USE ART FOR A PURPOSE. Whether it’s to make a statement, to connect with people or to get lost in a distraction bathed in color, they create because it’s what they were born...
DJ Larry Rodriguez

Creating in a Pandemic: DJ Larry Rodriguez

When his weekly Sunday-night dance parties at The Press Club stopped during the pandemic, DJ Larry Rodriguez decided to bring the funk to people’s houses by live-streaming his Flower Bomb Dance Party on Facebook.“I...
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Creating in a Pandemic: Tim Engle

He wrapped up a photo shoot with Amazon Robotics on a Tuesday. By Friday, commercial photographer Tim Engle says, clients began to cancel sessions one by one due to the coronavirus. At that moment,...
Dancer Stefan Calka

Creating in a Pandemic: Stefan Calka

Dancer Stefan Calka was working with choreographer Jennifer Archibald on a new piece for the Sacramento Ballet when all of a sudden the music stopped.“There was a piece that we just finished making. It...
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Creating in a Pandemic: Isela Perez

Want to move like one of Beyoncé’s backup dancers? Isela Perez, the owner and co-founder of Sac Dance Lab, teaches just that, as well as jazz, hip-hop and ballet. Perez temporarily closed her studio...