Visual Arts Corps
Visual Arts Corps is working on captivating images, mural works, and a coloring book, keeping up awareness about Covid-19 and its effects on our communities.
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Shaun Burner, Mentor
Shaun Burner is a multidisciplinary artist based in Sacramento, California. In the last 20 years, he has traveled the world creating countless murals, sculptures, and installations. In 2006, he joined Trust Your Struggle (TYS), a collective of visual artists, educators, and cultural workers dedicated to social justice and community activism through art. Through TYS, he has created empowering murals in collaboration with communities across the country and overseas. He is co-owner of 1810 Gallery, an artist-run platform that exists to bridge the gap between underrepresented artists and supporters. He is also co-founder of M5 Arts, through which he conceptualized, produced, and curated both Art Hotel and Art Street 916. Both projects were temporary activations, transforming spaces into fully immersive art experiences. Both exhibitions were free and accessible to the public, involving over 200 artists, and acutely focused on engaging the community. In 2018 he was awarded for his Leadership in the Arts by Blue Line Arts. His love for art doesn’t stop there, he is also a skilled woodworker, wild musician, and a captivating storyteller.
Lopan 4000 is a professional muralist, who specializes in character paintings, based in spray paint and acrylic. Born and raised in Sacramento, CA, his art style combines influence from his Japanese heritage, as well as American street art to create imagery that is sharp, with a feeling of vibrant movement. His body of work includes numerous murals in California and Nevada, countless canvas paintings, destruction derby cars, and motorcycles, as well as event posters for such musical talents as Bassnectar, Pretty Lights, RJD2, and many more. He has been a featured artist in Sacramento’s annual Wide Open Walls event, as well as Art Street, the California State Fair, Aftershock, and has been written about in local news publications in Sacramento, Woodland, and Reno. Known for his keen attention to the smallest of details and his advanced understanding of blending, balancing, and popping out colors, he is widely regarded as a color theory and spray paint expert within the art community.
Esther Hall is a Filipino American multidisciplinary artist with a focus on fiber and textile art and has been based in the Sacramento, CA area since 2011. Her work interlocks her Filipino background and Southern heritage through native Filipino weaving techniques and the use of traditional American craft such as embroidery, quilting, and crocheting. She is constantly using her practice to not only illustrate her background, but to also speak about topics within the sociopolitical climate which include human rights, climate change, and mental health. She has been showing her work within the Sacramento community since 2011, but more consistently beginning in 2016. In 2018 she received the Hacker Lab Pathways Scholarship to incorporate welding into her practice. The same year, she did work for Planned Parenthood’s Capitol Day in Sacramento, and again, the following year, 2019, in San Francisco for Planned Parenthood’s: The Art of Caring with U.S. Senator, now presidential running mate, Kamala Harris. In 2019, she also participated in the Facebook Artist in Residency program in Fremont, CA. She have shown work throughout Northern California and Washington and she is annually published in the Filipino American Artist Directory.
Franceska Gámez, Mentor
Franceska is a visual artist, born in Manila and raised in the Bay Area. Both of these cultures have nurtured her identity and inform her artistic practice today. You can find her creating large-scale public murals, fully immersive installations, or detailed sculptures. Her work is characterized by an elegant blend of abstract and representational forms in which she tells stories, illuminating emotions that envelope them. Her practice in the arts has led to dynamic bouts in installation, carpentry, writing, curation, art conservation, and project management. Her mural work can be seen throughout California, the East Coast, Europe and Southeast Asia. She is co-founder of 1810 Gallery and member of M5 Arts. Both organizations exist to advocate on behalf of working artists. She is a member of Trust Your Struggle, a collective of visual artists, educators, and cultural workers dedicated to social justice and community activism through art. She has worked with clients including the Sacramento Region Community Foundation, California Faculty Association, Greenpeace DC, The California Auto Museum, Asian American Women Artists Association, San Francisco Arts Commission, Covered California, Planned Parenthood, The California Rice Commission, and Google Cloud. If she isn’t creating art, you can find her in Sacramento, seeking and building opportunities for other artists to share theirs.
Nate Flamm paints dark and whimsical recreations of classic stories and characters. He achieves a comic book aesthetic with bold shapes, and a vibrant pop of color. Nate’s work features cinematic moments of heroic struggles and triumphs. He enjoys plein-air painting alongside fellow artists, and is passionate about teaching and mentoring students. When he isn’t planning his next illustration, you can find him listening to podcasts with an order of sushi.
Taylor Pannell, a native of Sacramento and a multifaceted artist driven by love and supporting the community. She creates fine art, murals and instructs children and adult art classes.
Taylor also owns an Art Gallery Studio named, Taylor’d Mind Studios (The Studio).
Jared Konopitski is an artist living and working in Sacramento, California. Jared works in many mediums, however, primarily with acrylic paintings.His work has been exhibited at galleries, festivals, and museums across the US and Internationally including;The Smithsonian, Washington D.C.,The Crocker Art Museum, Sacramento, CA, The Mutter Museum, Philadelphia, PA. His work has also been featured iin Juxtapoz.com, PBS Art Showcase,The New Yorker, Color Ink Book, and many more! Jared has also curated numerous gallery shows and corporate art seminars. He has worked clients such as Universal Studios, Showtime, Art O Mat, Turning Art. And in his spare time he enjoys facilitating art workshops, with focus on early art education.
Ramona Garcia is a painter & paper-mache artist whose work is inspired by her cultural upbringing and Mexican healing traditions, particularly folk art & paper mache doll-making from her native community of Guanajuato, Mexico. Her current practice focuses on the craft of creating such dolls with the purpose of facilitating workshops as a form of art therapy.
She graduated from the Art Department at the University of California, Berkeley in 2012 and currently resides in Sacramento, California where she shares her passion for this art at cultural community centers and Universities across the country. Her mission is to honor these folkloric traditions by raising awareness about artisan work, cultural revitalization and bridging together traditional art-making with practices of art therapy