Sacramento photographer Donald Satterlee will make an impression on the guests of the Fairmont San Francisco, even though hell never meet them. One of his photographs of the Golden Gate Bridge will hang in 283 rooms now under renovation there.
In Satterlees image, taken from north of the nearly 2-mile span, the fog lends an otherworldly quality to the boulders, seabirds and the Golden Gate. He won the contract after his Bay Area agent suggested he compete for the business.
They called me a year in advance, Satterlee said, and they said, Do you have any black-and-white photos of the Golden Gate Bridge or of San Francisco? And, I sent a bunch of things. She called like four months later and said, Oh, youre in the finalists, and I thought, Oh, thats great cause there are so many photographers in San Francisco that have great work. It ended up that they chose mine.
Satterlee became fascinated with the interplay of light and fog while taking early morning pictures at Sacramentos William Land Park in 2008. Since then, hes chased pea soup in a number of other quintessential Sacramento spaces Capitol Park, the I Street Bridge and the Tower Bridge, for instance. Many can be seen in his so-called fogscapes gallery at www.satterleephotographs.com or in person at Sekulas Fine Art and Antiques, 855 57th St., #B, in Sacramento.
The bulk of Satterlees income actually comes from commercial photography, his bread-and-butter for 40 years. He didnt begin working on fine art photography until 2008, but hes already had shows at Elliott Fouts Gallery and at Viewpoint Photographic Art Center. His works have been acquired and displayed locally by UC Davis Medical Center and Kaiser.
Just one word
Gold Rivers All Plastic can encase anything, whether its a polar bear, a meteorite or even Star Trek uniforms, but the bulk of its work comes from designing and fabricating the sales displays that hold everything from beads to beef jerky to home accessories.
Will Smith, who owns the company with his wife, Cheryl Smith, fell in love with plastic more than 30 years ago when his business was creating bottled oceans.
It was a container that looked like there was an ocean moving around, Smith said, so in order to make it, I either had to have someone make the containers for me or I had to learn how to make them, so I decided to learn how to make them.
Although the allure of plastic was lost on Dustin Hoffmans character in The Graduate, Smith found it totally addictive once he started working with it.
Its such a creative material, he said. You can do anything with it. I made the bottled oceans for quite a few years and sold that business and started doing custom work for J.C. Penneys and Nordstrom and Macys for their displays, and from there, the company grew.
Smiths longtime customers will recall that his business used to be called Amazing Plastic and was based in Fair Oaks. After his business slowed in the 1980s, he closed the storefront, took up making fine-art kaleidoscopes and did some custom work on the side. He reopened his storefront at 2271 Sunrise Blvd. about 18 months ago with a new name, and hes been busy with orders from a range of clients: lipstick manufacturers, warehouse stores, makers of gems and motor oil additives.
All Plastic has produced everything from a single custom container to mass orders for 50,000. Boat owners come to him to fix windshields or build doors. Retail customers find their way to the store to get materials for building fiberglass kayaks or custom auto parts. Hes already got plans for his final plastic project an acrylic box for his ashes.
Heres the pitch
Finalists in the Sacramento Brandathon will have two minutes to define the region during a March 27 pitchfest at Memorial Auditorium, and you can hear their proposed slogans and see their visuals by registering at sacbrandathon.com to attend the event.
We have five finalists that have emerged forward from the process, said Christine Ault, a project manager with nonprofit consultant Valley Vision. ... Theyll have two minutes of stage time, and they can use it in whatever fashion they want ... to convey their concept and persuade the audience they have the winning idea.
Sacramento Brandathon isnt a Valley Vision project. Rather, it was an attempt by Ault, Christi Black-Davis of Edelman and Gordon Fowler of 3fold Communications to stir up a grass-roots conversation about creating a shared regional image that can work whether you live in Davis, Elk Grove, Placerville, Roseville, Sacramento or elsewhere in the region.
Although there are finalists in the competition, the Brandathon rulemakers have left the door open for spoilers. Weve also invited wild-card entries, Ault said, and I dont know yet how many possible wild-card entries we will get.
All competitors will be videotaped, and after the pitchfest, their tapes will be sent to judges outside the region. Judges will narrow the field to three, and then those three pitches will go online at the Brandathon website and elsewhere to allow public voting. So far, the five slogans in the mix are: Always in Season (version 1), Always in Season (version 2), The Good Life Grows Here, In Season and Here We Grow.
Call The Bees Cathie Anderson, (916) 321-1193. Follow her on Twitter @CathieA_SacBee.