We thought it would be a fun blog series to showcase musuems around the world. For those of you that love art as we do, this little journey will take you through museums that you may have been to or ones that you would still like to visit. If nothing else, perhaps, these little mini-tours will inspire you to create that materpiece!

Lets start the journey locally. Our first stop is The Center of Contemporary Art , Sacramento. This musuem is located at 1519 19th Street in downtown Sacramento. The Center for Contemporary Art, Sacramento, founded in 1989, is a member-supported, nonprofit organization dedicated to the advancement and appreciation of new and experimental art by international, national and regional artists.

Artists who have exhibited at CCAS include Christopher Brown, Camille Utterbach, Hans Hofmann, Willem de Kooning, Mildred Howard, Steve Kaltenbach, Vic Muniz, William Wiley, Troy Dalton, Jack Ogden, Darrin Marin, James Albertson, Brenda Louie, Joan Moment, Tony Natsoulas, Craig N. Smith, Quintin Gonzalez, Gerald Walburg, and John Yoyogi Fortes.
CCAS functions as more than a contemporary art center, hosting special events, such as the Annual Benefit Art Auction, CAST (Capitol Artists Studio Tour), monthly lectures and workshops for art students. In addition to the longtime support of the public, artistic community and corporate sponsors, CCAS has a strong and dedicated board of directors.

CCAS is the frequent focus of newspaper and magazine articles published in Artweek magazine, Midtown Monthly, The Sacramento Bee, Sacramento Magazine, and the Sacramento News and Review. A review of artist Christopher Brown’s exhibition at CCAS appeared in the November 2005 issue of Artweek magazine.

CCAS is committed to serving the Sacramento community for the long term. CCAS was founded in downtown Sacramento on 15th Street in 1989, and subsequently relocated to Del Paso Boulevard. With great assistance from the building’s owner, Steven Moore of Rex Moore Electrical Contractors & Engineers, CCAS opened at its current location in midtown Sacramento on August 6, 2005.

Currently on display is “SIGNS” being displayed from February 22nd though March 20th, 2011.Signs features the work of Aptos, California-based artist Enid Baxter Blader. The exhibition will include her paintings and her short film, THE ORD, which documents the de-commissioned Fort Ord Army Base.

A pile of bloody birds lying on the ground, a crooked rainbow formed over a burnt landscape and cows making their way through a flood are other subjects found in Blader’s paintings. There is no rationale for optimism and no proof that things will get better. Yet, there is a hopeful surging forward, a “cutting against the grain” in the face of uncertainty. Sense of place is central in much of Blader’s work, as is an emphasis on the connection of opposites.

A filmmaker, musician and painter, Blader’s work has been exhibited internationally and nationally including at the Smithsonian, Sundance, and as part of the Getty Museum’s retrospective of California Video, 1960-present. Blader is the chair of Teledramatic Arts at CSU Monterey Bay.

Stay tuned to the next blog as we visit Sacramento’s Crocker Art Museum!