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El Dorado Hills draws up fun with art

Artists set to showcase during Second Saturday
By: Margaret Snider, Folsom Lake Entertainer
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The 2011 season for Second Saturday of El Dorado Hills will soon have the last art walk of the season. The last Second Saturday Art Walk is from noon to 6 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 8 in Marketplace at Town Center, El Dorado Hills. Onyx Pike, president of 5 Star Distributions, and Violet Giovanni, vice president, took the lead in beginning this event in July. Pike and Giovanni started the Second Saturday Art Walk in July for the first time with Town Center businesses and artists. “The main focus is the businesses and providing an opportunity for local artists to expose their talents as well as providing the atmosphere for families,” Pike said. Vendor booths will alternate with artists’ presentations, and Shades of Pink Floyd band will entertain with live music. Sacramento’s DJ Rigatony will feature music of the 1970s and 1980s from 3 to 6 p.m. The El Dorado Hills Library will also attend providing free art and craft activities for kids. “We’re thrilled to participate,” said Carolyn Brooks, the library’s branch manager. Food vendors will tempt the taste and artists will lead the show. Mary Donnelly, owner of Our House Gallery of El Dorado Hills, volunteered to serve as a liaison between the artists and the event and Lorraine King of the gallery contacted artists, kept lists and helped monitor the art. Donnelly discovered local artist James Lane as a result of the Second Saturday event in July and his work will be featured at the gallery. Lane grew up in Livingston in Merced County and travels the world in his job as an instructional engineer doing corporate training. He now lives in Citrus Heights. “I’ve been painting and drawing all my life, but (in 2002) my father died and my son was born around the same time,” Lane said. “That put a shock in me and I think a good shock in the sense that I was wondering what should I be doing really with my life and with the talents that I have.” Lane said he paints in oils, except when he travels. Then he uses watercolor as a more “practical medium.” “What I’m trying to say with my art work is that there are very interesting places out there in the world,” Lane said. “I’m trying to be there and capture what’s happening and hopefully that will inspire people to look up those places and travel to those places.” Somerset resident Judith Perry is also showing her work at Second Saturday. She has been painting all her adult life, but religiously over the past six years. “There should be some great art work available (at Second Saturday),” Perry said. “I know that, myself, I’ve reduced my prices significantly because of the economy, so there should be some really good bargains out there.” Perry’s painting “Rio Chama – O’Keefe Country” has been accepted into the KVIE art auction for public television. Donnelly said that art is an appreciation, understanding and a “oneness” with life. “Appreciating art is one of the biggest things that anybody can do,” she said. “It takes up no space and needs no dusting.” The Grace Foundation of Northern California will be the featured nonprofit organization at the event. The foundation began around 2002 with equine rescue and now is involved with the rescue of many other animals. Sherri Britton, with Grace Foundation, said that Second Saturday will help promote their cause and get information out to the community. A percentage of the proceeds of sales at the event will go to help the animals. For more on the foundation, visit thegracefoundationofnorcal.org. In 2012, Second Saturday Art Walks are expected to continue from May through October. “Basically, we wanted to find a way of giving back to the community,” said Giovanni. For more information on the art walk, visit sec ondsaturdayofedh.com.