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Art from Adezliza's Candy Store at museum

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Adeliza McHugh intended to sell candy when she bought the little house at 605 Sutter Street in 1961. Soon her interest in art overcame her interest in candy and The Candy Store Gallery became a legend in the history of contemporary American art. Representing a loosely knit group of teachers and students from the University of California at Davis and Sacramento State University, Adeliza became one of the first dealers in the country to sell the wild and funky art that became the hallmark of the gallery. Though she had no formal art education, her eye for authenticity was honed while living in San Francisco with her husband, writer and poet Vincent McHugh. While living in the city, she prowled the museums and galleries and came to believe the best art provoked powerful reactions. This conviction was strongly conveyed to visitors to her gallery. The gallery soon became a destination for art lovers from all over the world. When famed actor and art collector Vincent Price visited the gallery in 1970, he wrote a column entitled "Way out art found way out of the way." The gallery was listed in European guidebooks four tourists, one of which stated there were three "must-sees" in California: Yosemite, Mt. Shasta and the Candy Store Gallery in Folsom. The Crocker Art Museum staged a major exhibition of candy store artists in 1981, entitled "Welcome to the Candy Store," which drew the largest number of visitors of any show up until that time. Many of the artists featured at The Candy Store Gallery went on to enjoy national fame and yet they continued to show their work at her gallery until it closed in 1991. In 2003, her estate was asked to deposit her papers with the Archives of American Art in the Smithsonian Institute for the Adeliza McHugh research collection. The exhibition will be a retrospective of work purchased from her gallery and will also feature highlights from McHugh's extraordinary life. The exhibit will open Saturday, April 2 and run through Sunday, May 15 at the Folsom History Museum. On April 3 at 1 p.m., an artist's roundtable will be presented. John Natsoulas will serve as moderator. Candy Store artists Roy DeForest, Maija Peeples-Bright and Peter Vandenberge will participate. A reception will follow from 2 to 5 p.m. The events are free and open to the public. The museum, located at 823 Sutter Street in historic Folsom, is open Wednesdays through Sundays from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Admission is $2 for adults and $1 for teens. For more information, call 985-2707.