Art gallery veteran Cynthia Lou is spotlighting regional artists at her new space, Sparrow Gallery, at 2418 K St. in Sacramento.
“When I worked at Elliott Fouts (Gallery), I...liked having a personal relationship with artists, and that’s why I want to focus on local artists,” Lou said. “The artist can come to me or I can go to the artists, so I can see what they do and talk to them and get an idea of how they approach the art or understand their process.”
Lou signed the lease on her gallery in late June, but because of her connections in the art world, she was able to open for Second Saturday in July with a show by sculptor Richard Ratcliff. A former lobbyist, Ratcliff’s best-known local work might well be the 5-foot-tall fox and goose near Fox & Goose Public House, 1001 R St., in Sacramento. His pieces at Sparrow would fit cozily on a coffee table.
Last week, Lou was getting ready to put up gourd art by Jenn Norpchen. Norpchen’s sleepy-eyed birds, bumblebees and slugs burst with personality and are almost unrecognizable as gourds. Lou hopes such pieces will entice the broad public, who might otherwise be intimidated by the “gallery” name to come in and learn about art. Sparrow’s current inventory offers works priced as low as $30 and as high as $3,000.
Lou, who has a bachelor’s degree in fine art from Sacramento State, told me she used her own savings to launch what is her dream business.