Events and Shows

BNSA at The Crocker Art Museum in Sacramento
(Big Names, Small Art)
Thursday, May 19, 2016

Doors Open 5 PM
Silent Auction 1 closes at 6:30 PM
Silent Auction 2 closes at 7:00 PM 
Silent Auction 3 closes at 7:30 PM 
Silent Auction 4 closes at 8:00 PM 

A not-to-be-missed art party for collectors and other aficionados, BNSA features small art, 12 x 12 inches or less, made by some big name artists. The best part: All bidding starts at just $25! Enjoy lively bidding during the night's four auctions, with a festive atmosphere, music, a no-host bar, and bites.

$10 for Museum members, $20 for nonmembers, FREE for Art Auction Patrons.






Chico Art Center

Abstracted Florals

September 18 – 25, 2015


Big Names, Small Art 


At the Crocker Art Museum

May 21, 2015
5 - 9 PM 
A not-to-be-missed event for art aficionados and emerging collectors, this lively auction and party features small art by big-name artists. Each work measures 12 x 12 inches or less, and bidding starts at the small price of $25. Small bites and libations will be available for purchase. 

Last Time for Tahoe
12" x 12"
Oil on Canvas




Florals and Flowers 2014

Chico Art Center


Ruth Hall

at Ellis Art

September 2014

122 Broadway St
Chico, CA





 Members' Show

405 Vernon Street, Roseville, CA 95678

Open Thursday, July 17, 2014 through Saturday,

 August 16, 2014

 Saturday, July 19, 2014, 6-9pm: 
3rd Saturday Art Walk and Reception. Awards will be
be announced during this reception.


Morris Graves Museum of Art

 7" x 5"
Left Holding The Bag

The Art Splurge opens to the public on June 29, 2014 at 6 p.m. with refreshments and food, of course. Here’s the trick...the artwork will be hung anonymously and patrons won’t know whose work they’ll be picking. Value and name recognition is leveled in this sale while fun and suspense is increased. 30 first-pick tickets will be sold at $50 each prior to the Splurge on a first-come, first-serve basis. After the 30 first-pick ticket holders have chosen their pieces to buy, the artwork is available to all for just $150 ($100 for current HAC Members--another great reason to become a member today!). 
Avenue 9 Paint Out
Cory's Country Inn
May 24, 2014


THURSDAY, MAY 22, 2014 5:30 – 9 PM
Free to Museum members and Patron ticket holders 
$15 Nonmembers
Reserve tickets at
Join us for the art party of the year featuring “Small Art” by “Big Name” artists. Bidding on all BNSA items start at just $25. Music, a no-host bar, gourmet food, and docent-led tours of the Art Auction galleries round out the evening.
Members are encouraged to reserve free tickets at the Museum admission desk or online at Tickets will also be available at the door the night of the event.

Stand Alone by Ruth Hall

The Lottery for the Arts is a fund raising event that provides art collectors with an opportunity to acquire original works of fine art, while supporting a non-profit organization and community of artists.

EVERYBODY WINS during this exciting evening event. Every ticket holder will take home an original piece of quality art (valued at $250 or more) produced and donated by artists from the Northern California region and beyond while supporting community arts programs.
Meet the Artists and Preview the Art Wednesday April 9th. 6:30PM.

2 Admissions + 4 drink tickets + 1 Lottery Ticket = $175 ($195 at Door)
Admission Only (no lottery ticket) = $100
Blue Line Arts • 405 Vernon St, Roseville, CA 95678 • (916) 783-4117


Auction November 23, 2013

Center for Contemporary Art, Sacramento is a nonprofit organization dedicated to the advancement and appreciation of new and experimental art by international, national and regional artists. We accomplish our goal of promoting the appreciation of contemporary art in the Greater Sacramento Region through exhibitions, lectures, Art Camp! and the ever increasingly popular Capital Artists' Studio Tour. 

In order to support a full schedule of exhibitions, lectures, trips and other activities for next year, CCAS needs your support at the 2013 Benefit Art Auction. Our annual auction is our most important fund raising event and critical to our operation. 

We are very pleased announce that work will be featured at the Elliott Fouts Gallery, one of the preeminent art venues in the Sacramento area, during November culminating in the auction the night of November 23. Additionally, David Sobon, who has become a standard at the Benefit Art Auction, will once again be our auctioneer. 

We will be offering a “cash-and-carry” option during November's Second Saturday if a patron wants to purchase a silent auction work, they may purchase the work and take it home during the event.

Art About Town
Chico Art Center
November 8th, 2013 5-8 p.m.
Oil Pastel Demonstration
A chance to win...

Art in Action
Paradise Art Center
Show up October 19, 20, 26, 27,  2013
Open 10am until 4pm

A Link to the latest....

Musing on Life
September 2013
Paradise Library


En Pointe
Chapelle de L'Artiste
Concours de la Chapelle 2013
August 24, 2013

THURSDAY, MAY 23, 6 – 9 PM
Bid on Small Art (12 x 12 inches or less) by Big Name regional artists at this festive silent auction party. Bids start at the small price of $25, so everyone can begin or add to their art collection. With music and artist demonstrations, it’s a good time for a great cause.

Oil Pastel on Panel

10" x 10"

by Jim Lawrence

Ruth Hall
I was taking photos of a pond in Paradise when all of the sudden I started hearing something that sounded kind of like squirrels scrambling up a tree. A crisper sound though. I turned around and saw Ruth vigorously attacking her canvas with a very large oil pastel. Her face is fairly calm but you can hardly follow her hands. Never have I seen an artist put that much energy into a painting. You may have seen some of her series of shoe paintings at the Paradise Library last month. You can see more of Ruth's art at

Ruth's Statement:
The last several years my work focus has been with oil paint and oil pastel. My inspiration for painting comes from travel, but it's more than travel. It's doing life a little different than usual, take a different path, stop at a different place, and look another way. I take digital photographs to help remind me of my emotional response to a place and time. I paint to capture a feeling of that place and time, not just a representation of a place.

I have always been drawn by the subject matter of plein air painting, originally the Canadian Group of Seven, and also the light and color of the Impressionists. For myself, once I'm outside there is so much to explore I prefer walking, not painting. So, most of the time, outside I have my camera and come home to paint.


If The Shoe Fits…Buy It!

The shoe series by 
Ruth Hall

Paradise Library February 2013


Members of Chico Art Center put on a show


CHICO — If you have never been to the Chico Art Center, this month is the perfect opportunity to take a look at what many of Chico's great local artists have to offer all at once. The Chico Art Center is holding its annual Member's Exhibition for the year 2013 from Jan. 12 through Feb. 8.
Ben Saturen, professional artist/educator and one of the CAC's members, compares his experiences at the Chico Art Center's exhibitions with other venues from his extensive curriculum vitae, "I find that the quality of art displayed at most of Chico Art Center's shows in general, indicates a high level of skill and creativity and is equal to many art shows typically found in larger metropolitan competitions."
Saturen himself plans to include a piece in this particular show. He is dedicated to portraying his theme which appears to be the importance of nature; his works have been displayed at several museums of natural history as well as zoos, parks, and conservation centers.
Saturen's paintings and drawings show obvious skill of technique with his realistic interpretations. As a very refreshing change from many contemporary artists, his pieces show beauty and elegance, which everyone will have a chance to appreciate.
Leslie Mahon-Russo, a lifelong art-lover, also plans to include a piece in this year's show. Many of Mahon-Russo's pieces are large-scale, acrylic, abstract paintings, though she has also of late been drawing from the human figure. She appreciates the "freedom
and movement that [abstract painting] allows," but has also found life-drawing to be "compelling." As art-lovers know, art has always gone back and forth between the classical notion of realistic and figurative worth to that which challenges the classical ideas.
Mahon-Russo describes the importance of the Chico Art Center's shows, "I especially appreciate the Chico Art Center, as it truly is a local, very accessible, public forum for art classes, exhibits, events, and gatherings with an emphasis on community building. The Members' Show is so inclusive, covers a range of talent and mediums, and is a fun celebration of the making and viewing that art can provide."
Painter and former art teacher Ruth Hall will be entering her painting entitled 59 mph, oil on canvas, 22" x 28". Her style is expressionistic, an attempt to capture not just a place, but "a place and time." She describes her intentions behind the piece, 59 mph:
"Driving through Butte County rice fields in search of inspiration for the Snow Goose Festival, I found a corn field or what was left of one after harvest. It reminded me of the Midwest and all of the corn fields. I enjoy the view from a moving car, as a never ending movie. I try to capture that feeling."
One can see from Hall's pieces and her mark-making that being out in nature is a very important part of her process as well as her life.
Local artist and Chico State University professor, Cris Guenter attests that "The CAC Members' Exhibit is always a delightful and eclectic mix of two and three dimensional work from many talented people in Butte County. Color, culture, and character are all aspects that will be found in the exhibit."
Guenter will be submitting a small-scale intaglio print to this year's exhibition. She said she has been "&experimenting with the use of PETG plastic for the printing plate and [she is] using the soy-based Akua inks."
One can see that even from just this small sampling of artists whose pieces will be on display, there is sure to be quite an array of artwork.
A reception will be held 7-9 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 12. The Chico Art Center is located at 450 Orange St., Suite 6 in what was originally Chico's first railroad depot. The center is open 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. everyday. For information about upcoming exhibitions, visit or call 895-8726.

Chico Art Center Gift Shop
December 6, 2012

Oil Pastel on Panel Framed
10" x 10"


It's that time of year, Center for Contemporary Art Sacramento 2012 annual benefit art auction. The live auction is November 17, 2012 at the Elliott Fouts Gallery in Sacramento.

The Center realizes not everyone can attend this fun event so this year the art auction is also online.



Studio #5

Ruth Hall   Jim Lawrence   erin Wells

794 Skylark Drive, Chico
off W Sacramento Ave
one mile west of Nord Ave (Hwy 32)


 Art in the Barn

Concours de la Chapelle

Saturday Aug 25, 2012


Chico Museum

I Heart Chico 
Sep 7, 2012 - Jan 27, 2013
Opening Reception Sep 7, 2012

141 Salem Street | Chico, CA


Place Land Trust at The Blue Line Gallery

Miners Ravine Preserve
Oil Pastel on Panel
24" x 36"

Placer Land Trust the natural wonders of our protected landscapes.

The Blue Line Gallery

August 28th - October 2nd 2012

405 Vernon Street, Roseville

Join Placer Land Trust and Roseville Arts for an

Opening Reception September 15th 


Chico Icons 2012: Endangered
Aug 3 - Sep 1, 2012
Reception Aug 3, 2012    5-8 pm
Big Chico Creek
Oil Pastel on Panel
10" x 10"
Avenue 9 Gallery | 180 E. 9th Avenue | Chico | CA | 95926


Friday June 29, 2012 5-8 p.m. Opening Reception with live music by the Chico Strings
Avenue 9 Gallery | 180 E. 9th Avenue | Chico | CA | 95926


The Crocker Art Museum Auction

Big Names, Small Art

May 24, 2012


Center for Contemporary Art Sacramento
Auction November 19, 2011
Find us at 128 K Street, Old Town Sacramento

Central Valley
Oil Pastel on Panel
10" x 10"

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Napa Town and Country Fair 
August 10 - 14, 2011 

Professional Third Place
 Putah Creek
Oil Pastel on Panel
24" x 24"

Showin on the River
July 13, 2011 - September 12, 2011

Go With the Flow
Oil Pastel on Panel (Framed) 
24" x 24"

Riverfront Art Gallery
132 Petaluma Boulevard North, Petaluma, California
(707) 775-4ART (775-4278)

Petaluma Arts Center
Arts d'Light June 4, 2011