Monday, October 25, 2010

Open house in Fair Oaks on Saturday October 30, 2010

MatrixArts, ACAI Studios and Gallery and Norcal Actors Workshop invite you to sample a little taste of what our three organizations have to offer on Saturday, October 30th, from 10 am to 4 m .

The day features a closing reception for papier mache artist Deborah Smith, painter Michael Smith and ceramic sculptors Aiyanna Pearson, Rosalie Roth and Lisa Johnson.  Deborah’s masks will be on sale just in time for Halloween.

Doesn’t cost a thing for you to come by and enjoy the art show, meet the artists and take a look at this exciting new art center, but we’ll also have an array of great hands-on art for you to try for a $10 per person donation.

Make clay masks, try your hand at paper-making, paint your own face, create one-of-a-kind watercolor or collage greeting cards, and even play make-believe with our great collection of costumes.

We’re located at 7425 Winding Way, Fair Oaks, California (near the corner of San Juan and Winding Way), in what looks like a converted house.

Bring friends and family and make a day of it.  The space is open most days of the week for classes, workshops, open studio, artist studios, art exhibits and art, writing and theater programs.

For more information contact Joy Gee or Maryellen Burns at or 916-45-4988 

Sunday, August 22, 2010

Leftovers -- Artist Reception and Members Meeting

Join us Saturday August 28, from noon to 4 pm, for a closing reception for Leftovers, the MatrixArts members show at the Pop-Up Gallery@R25, 1719 25th Street.

Enjoy papier mache masks and animals by Deborah Smith, paintings by Michael Smith and Genelle Chaconas and prints by Stephanie Skalisky and others. 

At 3:00 we'll hold a members and informational meeting about the exciting new direction MatrixArts is taking.  We'll be hosting new workshops, a resource library and gallery space at ACAI (Allied Ceramic Arts Institute) in Fair Oaks plus classes, talks, forums, displays, and performances @R25, Sacramento public libraries, Fairytale Town,  SOCA Home Tour, and other venues around town.

Contact: or 916-768-6077 for more details.

Friday, August 6, 2010

Leftovers -- MatrixArts White Elephant Sale Saturday August 7 and 8th from 9 am to 3 pm
August 21 9 am to 2 pm
August 22 9 am to 4 pm
Fabulous art, art supplies, art for wearing, antiques, books, collectibles, collage materials, screen printing supplies, ceramic glazes, bisque ware, photographs, frames, estate jewelry, handmade jewelry, sculptures, Asian art, artifacts, photography, fabric – and everything else that has been lying around our studios and houses for years, will be for sale at Leftovers on Saturday and Sunday August 7th and 8th. Sale will be held from 9 am to 3 pm, inside and out of the heat.
Proceeds will benefit MatrixArts KidsLit and other free programs in libraries.  Event will be held at our space in Midtown, 1719 25th Street, between Q and R Street, behind the new fence.  Call 916-768-6077 for more information or

Wednesday, June 9, 2010

Discover. Learn. Create. Connect. Share. Events at MatrixArts

June 10th, from 7 to 9 pm, Maryellen Burns will present Funding Your Dream -the first in a series of workshops for individuals and organizations on how to find money, materials and other support for creative work. Whatever field you’re in – writing, music, theater, dance, television, radio, film or new media – you’ll learn techniques for planning a successful project, identifying potential funders and investors, developing wining proposals, budgets, and marketing plans plus how to shamelessly promote yourself and your ideas. Ms. Burns has raised more than 15 million dollars for museums, libraries, universities, school districts, theaters, literary & art festivals, documentaries, and individuals. $15/10 MA members.

June 11, 18, 25 11:00 to 3:00 pm Unfinished Business Joy Gee, Maryellen Burns -- bring whatever creative work you haven’t finished --a painting, drawing, altered book, assemblage, memoir, article, book, poem or play and we’ll work with you to get it done. $15/$10 MatrixArts members.

June 17, 24, 4:00 to 6:00 pm.
Emerging Artists and Writers
Designed to give one-on-one guidance to writers and artists just starting out or facing creative block. For teens and adults $15/$10 MatrixArts members

Programs held at MatrixArts@R25, 1719 25th Street, @R25, Crossroads for Arts and Culture between Q and R Street.

Locke Lost
The Lesson of the Italians -- a new play in primary colors -- by Robert Locke
June 8 through 13, 2010 T-F Sunday 2 pm Friday Saturday 8 pm California Stage
2509 25th Street Entrance on 25th Street $10, students $5 916-451-5822 Theater Party with MatrixArts Sunday June 13th at 2 pm

There is only one actor, Bob Locke, who plays both Bob the Playwright, and Bob the Character. Don’t go expecting more. Bob is also the Director and the Costume Designer. Program designed, by guess who, Bob Locke.

First hearing Ruth Draper’s The Italian Lesson on a pirated cassette recording, Bob was immediately overwhelmed by her artistry. But, it wasn’t until this year that he found a way to incorporate Ruth Draper’s piece into a piece of is own.

First performed before a small group of MatrixArts writers, Bob thought this would be his one and only performance. But response was so overwhelmingly supportive, he decided to re-write the piece, and through the generous auspices of the California Stage, is able to offer it this June.
Ruth Draper was the undisputed queen of the one-woman theater in the 20th century. Throughout her nearly forty years as a professional performer, from her official debut in 1920 until the night she died in 1956, Draper filled theaters all over the world with her unique ability to transform herself into a vast array of characters. From New York society matrons and New England crones to British schoolgirls and Continental divas, the portraits she created were as authentic as they were mesmerizing.

The show lasts about an hour and 15 minutes. The audience is invited to remain, after an intermission of ten minutes, to share with Bob a few letters written to Ruth Draper by Lauro de Bossis, an Italian poet and aviator, also selections written by Ruth Draper about Lauro.
“ It is a fabulous romance, folks”, Bob tells us, “and the heart wrenches for these two”.
During this second segment audience members are invited to discuss the writing process of Locke Lost -- Lessons of the Italians.

Bob Locke is a local playwright, actor and author -- AKA Clayton Bess.He has written and produced the acclaimed plays Dolly, Murder and Edna Redrum, Premiere, On Daddy’s Birthday, Howling Twain, and Love, Bob. As Clayton Bess, he has written books for young adults and children, including; Tracks, Story for a Black Night, Suddenly the Cat, and the Truth About the Moon.
Later this year Bob will also participate in our Emerging Writers and Artists Program and KidsLit, talking about how to break into the world of children’s literature and playwrighting.

Friday, February 12, 2010

February and March Classes at MatrixArts

Collected Works -- MatrixArts Members Show

Second Saturday Reception 
February 13 4 pm to 9pm
Matrix Arts, 1719 25th Street 
featuring the work of member artists plus work from their private collections inluding jewelry, photography, fine art, lithos, ceramics.

The Pop-Up Gallery @R 25 is a new midtown space that pops-up on an irregular basis to  showcase the work of regional artists, writers and actors.  Hosted by MatrixArts, Sacramento Poetry Center, On Stage and other partners in the @R25 arts and cultural center at 1719 25th Street Sacramento, CA  95816. 
Collected Works runs from February 13 - February 27th and features work by MatrixArts members and student artists from local community colleges. Artworks include: Daphne Burgess, Amy Eckert, Joseph Finkleman, Picasso, Jane Winsberg, John Berger, Donna Billick, Darrell Forney and much more. 
For more information about art shows, readings, workshops, classes, theater productions, talks, forums, writers competitions and other art showcases contact:
Maryelllen Burns, Education Director
916-454-4988, 916-768-6077