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Folsom Parks and Recreation – July 2014

Jul 01, 2014 04:49PM ● By Style

Yellow Hibiscus by Eileen Downes

The Gallery at 48 Natoma is bringing the sights, sounds and tastes of the islands to Folsom with the opening night of Hawaiian Summer. All ages are invited to attend the reception from 6-8 p.m. on July 11 and wear their favorite Hawaiian shirt and luau attire. Musician Joe Lapuz will play Hawaiian music and Polynesian dancers from instructor Natasha Forsberg’s classes will perform. Light refreshments and wine will also be served.
The exhibit includes Polynesian collage wood and fiberglass surfboards—which incorporate gold leaf, block printing and painting—by Wade Koniakowsky, a resident of Southern California’s coast whose art is inspired by the sea. “My art is a reflection of this great force that has shaped my life,” he says.
Tropical flowers and scenery are portrayed through intricate collages of torn magazine pages, candy wrappers, heirloom photos and handwritten letters in the works of Eileen Downes. She adds a small amount of oil pastel to each piece to increase the textural appeal and leaves the rough collage edges visible to add to the layering of each artwork.
Leslie Ruth captures the beauty of the islands in her watercolor paintings, which express her love of detail, color and life in scenes of surf shops, shave ice stands, old-time “woodie” cars and more.
In the Community Gallery, the Annual Student Art Show will be on display, with students’ works from a variety of classes taught at the 48 Natoma Art Center, including ceramics, Chinese brush painting, watercolors, photography and more.
For those who want to add some fun to their Friday nights, don’t miss jamming out to Dennis Johnson & the Mississippi Ramblers on July 11, Have Mercy Band on July 18, or McKenna Faith on July 25. The free Concerts in the Park go from 6:30-8:30 p.m. at Folsom City Lions Park, just a short walk from the Gallery at 48 Natoma. Concertgoers are encouraged to bring picnics, blankets and chairs.
Lesley Miller
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