Get to Know October Featured Artist Gayle Rappaport-Weiland

Oct2015_ProfileIn honor of #ARToberSac — or Arts and Humanities Month — chatted with one of Northern California’s most prolific (and possibly busiest) artists. Though originally a Brooklyn baby, the painter/entrepreneur/teacher/juror known as Gayle Rappaport-Weiland has made quite the name for herself here in the Golden State: her expressive fine art graces homes, businesses and local galleries up and down the coast; her courses at Sierra College fill up fast; and her presence in the Sacramento art world continues to grow through her online channel, Art Revealed Show. Despite her never-ending list of projects, she has no plans for stopping…and we thank her for that!

Get to know our more-than-accomplished Featured Artist here.

Get to Know September Featured Artist Thomas Ramey

Sept2015ProfilePicYou might recognize our September Featured Artist from his epic dreadlocks or from your television set. Thomas Ramey, the sought-after sculpture/metalworking artist and occasional reality television design star, works to create high-quality furniture and architectural projects, many of which can be found in upscale homes and galleries across the country. Despite his many successes, Ramey’s ego is nothing like his larger-than-life artwork. The artist is as down-to-earth as it gets – and perhaps, a little too humble.

This month, it’s time to get personal with the guy who loves to spark up a lathe (metal cutting machine), rock out on bass, and pound vanilla milkshakes here.

Get to Know August Featured Artist Melissa Uroff

AugustFA_Uroff_ProfileThis August, we connect with photographer/muralist/media-maker Melissa Uroff. The truly original (and multi-hyphenate) artist works tirelessly to share the artist experience through her “dark yet colorful” pieces and through online storytelling with her online magazine TUBE. When she is not creating, you can find her frequenting art and music shows, playing her accordion, hanging with her dogs, and traveling where she pleases.

Read on and learn more about the surprisingly bubbly “grunge photographer” here.

Be A Total Knockout at the Sacramento Hair and Fashion Battle

12 teams. 2 prizes. 1 very haute night.

Mark your calendars for this Saturday, July 18, for one of the most fashionable events of the year! A Berry Special Event’s Sacramento Hair and Fashion Battle and Expo continues its legacy of showing off Sacramento’s most avant garde creations at the Sacramento Scottish Rite Center. Part expo, part runway show, the Battle brings together Sacramento’s top salons, designers, and stylists for a healthy dose of friendly (and fierce) competition. After using up hundreds of cans of hairspray and reams of fabric, two local creatives will earn top honors as the “Best Fashion Designer” and “Best Salon and Make-Up Artists,” all in the name of raising money for the after-school program, Designing for a Difference.

Complementing the model showcase will be an interactive vendor expo, allowing guests to shop ‘till they drop and learn more about the ins-and-outs of the fashion industry. Hosting this night of glitz and glam is Project Runway Season 11 contestant Daniel Esquivel.

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Ready to bring out your inner fashionista/o? Dress to impress and make your way to the Sacramento Scottish Rite Center Saturday night from 6:30pm-10pm. To learn more about this fashionable fete, visit the Battle’s event page. Note: An exclusive VIP cocktail reception will be held at 5pm.

This blog post was written by’s Content and Social Media Coordinator, Jamila B. Khan.

Get to Know June Featured Artist Andy Cunningham

AndyCunningHam_SelfieAndy Cunningham’s bold, geometric abstract pieces are a sight to be seen. Exploring and celebrating the basic principles of art — color, form, line, and space — his catalog of drawings and paintings are one part expressive, two parts mysterious. Like his work, the Big Apple native’s life is just as rich. When he’s not cooped up in the studio, Andy is helping others create, working as a middle and high school art teacher and helping veterans cope with PTSD at Mather Veterans Hospital.

Learn more about’s June featured artist here.

Get to Know April Featured Artist Demetris “BAMR” Washington

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Photo by Roy Brandys.

Vibrant. Bold. Impressive. These adjectives are merely understatements to describe the works of muralist, painter, and creative being Demetris “BAMR” Washington. Weaving together his faith, love for his family and community, and the “messy thoughts in his head”, Demetris creates layered and detailed works that can barely be contained on their surfaces — be they canvas or 10 story buildings. It’s no wonder that his talents are sought after by the Sacramento Kings, The California Endowment, Downtown Sacramento Partnership and others. Yet despite his growing success, the artist stays humble, always learning from his imperfect self.

This month we connect with the down-to-earth man with larger-than-life masterpieces. Learn more about his story here.

Get to Know March Featured Artist Louise Thompson Schiele

LouiseSchieleProfile ShotAfter many years in corporate America, fabric artist Louise Thompson Schiele threw out her suit and made fiber art her full-time passion. A baby boomer and native of California, Louise cuts, stains, and manipulates cotton, muslin and more to create representational and abstract designs that draw from personal experiences and photographs from times of yore.

Read on to learn more about her captivating stitchery here.