What’s Up at the Crocker

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the candy store at the crocker art museum
Image is from the Crocker Art Museum. website, related to “The Candy Store” exhibit. It’s an oil-on-canvas work called “Beast Map” by Maija Peeples-Bright.

Let’s check in with what is showing at Sacramento’s most prominent art museum, and one of the American West’s best: Crocker Art Museum.

“The Candy Store: Funk, Nut, and Other Art With a Kick” opens Wednesday, Feb. 2 and continues through May 1. The exhibit is based on Adeliza McHugh’s launching of the Candy Store Gallery in Folsom some six decades ago.

“There were just two rooms for the ceramics, paintings and other art she displayed, though these small spaces featured makers who would become nationally and even internationally significant,” the Crocker says in promoting the new show. Featured artists include Robert Arneson, Clayton Bailey, Roy De Forest, David Gilhooly, Irving Marcus, Gladys Nilsson, Jim Nutt, Jack Ogden, Sandra Shannonhouse, Peter VandenBerge and Maija Peeples-Bright (née Zack).

Continuing at the Crocker:

  • “Hands and Earth: Contemporary Japanese Ceramics,” through April 24. “This exhibition offers a rare opportunity to see significant examples of avant-garde approaches to clay. Showcasing a range of shapes, glazes, and surface treatments, these ceramics blend ingenuity with a deep respect for tradition.”
  • “Stephen De Staebler: Masks And Monumental Figures,” through April 3. “De Staebler (1933–2011) was an internationally celebrated sculptor and a pivotal figure in the Bay Area Figurative and California clay movements. Over the course of a career that spanned five decades, the artist created powerful, deeply symbolic sculptures in clay and bronze that merged ancient and modern vocabularies while capturing the physical and spiritual struggles inherent to the human condition.”

Admission to the Crocker (216 O St.) is $15 general, with discounts for students and seniors. Learn more at the museum’s website.