Get to Know October Featured Artist Pamela Touhy-Novinsky

OctoberFA_ProfilePamela Tuohy-Novinksy isn’t an artist, or so she claims. But crafting bewitching, beautiful one-of-a-kind pieces is truly an art form. With each ring and necklace, the ethical designer challenges what jewelry should look like with the help of her husband. Learn how the reluctant artist weaves sustainability and crafts(wo)manship in each delicate masterpiece she creates.

Read up on how she’s redefining value here.

Practically perfect in every way

Mary Poppins (played by Kelly McCormick) makes her grand arrival. Photo by Charr Crail.

In Music CircusMary Poppins, the title character is just as you remember her: a little bit sweet, a little bit sassy, and practically perfect in every way. This production of the classic Disney musical is perfect for theatergoers young and old and will ignite a certain whimsy that only Mary Poppins can.

Though this production is certainly reminiscent of the 1964 movie starring Julie Andrews and Dick Van Dyke, it shines in its own light. With new staging and musical numbers alongside favorites like “Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious,” “Let’s Go Fly a Kite,” and “Feed the Birds,” Mary Poppins will be a delight regardless of whether you’ve seen the classic film.

Played by amazing young talents Noa Solorio and Ben Ainley-Zoll, Jane and Michael Banks are being raised by an increasing number of nannies, all of which have failed to fit the bill. The two decide to write an advertisement with their requirements for a new nanny, and within seconds, Mary Poppins arrives. While it seems she brings mischief wherever she goes, Mary Poppins is the only one who can bring the Banks family together in a meaningful way.

(L to R) Noa Solorio (Jane Banks), Kelly McCormick (Mary Poppins) and Ben Ainley-Zoll (Michael Banks) in Mary Poppins, produced by Music Circus at the Wells Fargo Pavilion July 8 - 13, 2014. Photos by Charr Crail

(L to R) Noa Solorio (Jane Banks), Kelly McCormick (Mary Poppins) and Ben Ainley-Zoll (Michael Banks). Photo by Charr Crail

Just as Mary Poppins transforms an ordinary park into a magical wonderland, so does she transform those around her. With her tricks and treats, Mary teaches the Banks family perspective and empathy. My favorite Mary Poppins lesson, however, is: “anything can happen if you let it.”

There is no doubt that if Marry Poppins can improve the Banks family, she can also help to transform your thinking too.

Mary Poppins will have you clapping as characters fly, dance, and tap in merriment. If you need to escape the Sacramento summer heat, I suggest a spoonful of sugar and a visit to the Wells Fargo Pavilion to see Mary Poppins!

Mary Poppins will play at Music Circus through July 13 with very limited ticket availability. Tickets range from $35- $80 and are available by phone at (916) 557-1999, online at, or in person at the Wells Fargo Pavilion box office. For more information, visit the musical’s event page here.

***This review was written by contributor, Allison Baker.

July 2014 Featured Artist Cynthia Linville

??????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????This month interviewed writer, professor and poet Cynthia Linville. A music aficionado with a theater background, the Sacramento native has appeared in many publications and several poetry anthologies. Active in the River City’s local poetry and arts scene, Cynthia keeps busy hosting readings and reading with the group Poetica Erotica.

Read on to find out what inspires the prolific poet here.

Photo by Robert R. Sanders.

Pretty Trashy: Art of the Dumpster

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Foreground: Brenda Louie’s “Rivers United Series.” Background: Mark Emerson’s “Trash Talk.” (Photo by Jamila B. Khan)

It’s known that one person’s trash is another person’s treasure, but this summer’s Art of the Dumpster exhibit takes this idea to another level.

Commissioned by Power Inn Alliance and curated by the Sacramento Metropolitan Arts Commission, this collaborative project showcases the talents of 10 local emerging artists on a very unusual canvas – massive 22 foot long dumpsters. Participating artists include Brenda Louie; Nathan Cordero; Waylon Homer; John Berger; Gioia Fonda; Jim Piskoti; Mark Emerson; Joy Bertinuson; Robert Ortbal; and Susan Silvester.

During last night’s preview party, we got the chance to see these larger-than-life pop-art masterpieces in the flesh. Bold, colorful and abstract, the dumpsters encourage viewers to think critically about the notions of public space, the natural world, and even celebrity culture (Yes, even Miley Cyrus makes an appearance in the exhibit.) To say we were impressed would be an understatement.

Photos don’t do these beauties justice. See these artistic feats — and local food trucks — this 2nd Saturday, June 14 from 5pm-8pm. (Other 2nd Saturday celebrations are slated for July 12 and August 9 as well.) Easily accessible by car, bike and light rail, the public can also view the exhibit, located on 3101 Power Inn Road, sunup to sundown everyday June 14 through August 30.

For more information about the exhibit, visit the Art of the Dumpster exhibit page on

Get to Know June 2014 Featured Artist Julie Okahara

June FA 2014 Profile ImageColorful. Fun(ny). Fantastic. These are just some of the words that describe the work of our June Featured Artist, Julie Okahara. Since 2005, the Japanese native has added a bit of whimsy the Sacramento region with her bold illustrations and paintings. Click here to learn about her journey as a graphic artist — and why you shouldn’t point at her.

Sac365 Staff Event Pick of the Week: Worldwide Instameet 9 Sacramento

InstameetI’m an Instagram fanatic. Capturing — and artfully filtering — a perfect candid moment on my cellphone is a rush for me. And through the social network, I’ve been to different countries, lived vicariously through other users, and even discovered new hotspots and hidden gems right here in Sacramento. That’s why I’m excited to see my hometown through a whole new lens come this weekend.

On Saturday (May 17), Visit Sacramento, IGersSac, and the Downtown Sacramento Partnership will be co-hosting an Instameet in Old Sacramento in honor of Instagram’s Worldwide Instameet 9. At this event, avid 916 smartphone photographers like myself will get to meet IRL (in real life) and explore the Sacramento Riverfront with guest blogger, The Lipstick Giraffe.

Along with historic views, a bit of whimsy will be thrown in for good measure. Guests will bring balloons to snap and filter alongside Gold Rush landmarks. (Only time will tell if the balloon count will reach Up! level proportions…)

If you can’t attend the event, you can still be inspired. Photos taken during the Instameet can be seen through the hashtags #WWIM9sac; #WWIM9; #visitsacramento; #igerssac; #downtownsac; and #oldsac.

For more information about the Worldwide Instameet 9 Sacramento, click here. (Note: There is a registration cap of 100.)

***This blog post was written by‘s Content  & Social Media Coordinator, Jamila Khan.

Get to Know May 2014 Featured Artist Patris

May FA Profile ImageThis month, spoke with the busy and bubbly Patris. The mononymous full-time artist somehow finds the time to manage and teach at her own studio, Patris Studio and Art Gallery;work to the improve her adopted community of Oak Park; and make stunning plein air landscapes and portraits sketches. What motivates her to accomplish so much in such little time? Click here to find out.