Arts & Theater

Critic’s choice: Best art picks for August’s Second Saturday

Marcia Stuermer’s “Litmus Dendrographa”
Marcia Stuermer’s “Litmus Dendrographa” Axis Gallery

Axis Gallery

Marcia Steumer’s “Litmus Dendrographia” is one of the intriguing works up in the Axis Gallery 11th National Exhibition, judged this year by New York art writer and independent curator Gregory Volk, who writes regularly for Art in America. The show is up at Axis Gallery, 625 S St.

b. sakata garo

Moving from New York, where he was influenced by the Abstract Expressionist movement in 1960s and ’70s, to the San Francisco Bay Area in 1980, Tom Schulz was inspired by the West Coast landscape to use more color and brighter hues in paintings that reflect both the rugged Western terrain and the powerful New York cityscape. His solo show is up at b. sakata garo, 923 20th St. (916) 447-4276.

Verge Center for the Arts

“Bangles” – UC Davis MFA alumna Lisa Rybovich Craille’s show of large, suspended sculptures made of denim, pleather and synthetic hair – alludes to an archetypal 1960s “girl gang” aesthetic. Her works are on view with works by fellow UCD alumnus Richard Haley at Verge Center for the Arts, 625 S St. (916) 448-2985.

Archival Gallery

A new series of bold figurative paintings done by Sacramento native Jeff Musser during his recent return from China evoke the artist’s transition from the comforts of home to the adventure of living in a country so different from our own. They are featured in a group show at Archival Gallery, 3223 Folsom Blvd. (916) 923-6204.


John Titus Krempl builds up layers of oil paint and embeds them with metal, paper, fabric and found objects in “Tribal,” one of the texturally rich works in “The Human Facade” at Arthouse on R, 1021 R St. (916) 212-4988.