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Friday January 28, 2005

Artwork by Blevins selected for Crocker-Kingsley show

Photography by Jennifer Jacobsen
The reception in the Grand Ballroom of the
Crocker Museum's 74th Kingsley Exhibition.

Sally Blevins of Woodland is one of 67 artists whose contemporary works are included in the Crocker-Kingsley: Northern California Biennial exhibition.

This competitive exhibit attracted 900 California artists who submitted more than 2,000 works which were displayed at the Crocker Art Museum in Sacramento.

The juror, internationally acclaimed artist Mel Ramos, selected works which he felt were the "most fresh and original"

The exhibit represent a diversity of media - painting, sculpture, photography and craft. Blevins' work, an oil painting titled "Spring Storm," is a plein air landscape of a native oak near County Road 27.

Blevins' "Spring Storm" was shown at the R.H. Phillips Winery and also at a plein air exhibition in the Napa Valley.

"I am thrilled to have a painting accepted at the 74th Biennial Crocker-Kingsley Exhibition," said Blevins.

Blevins said she is "trying to enter prestigious, well-respected museum shows, and this is certainly one of the best recognized shows in California. This puts me right on target with my goals for my work in the art world."

Blevins, who has had her artwork shown in many places throughout the world, is now putting her emphasis on California.

"I want now to have California know my work," she said.

Blevins currently is working on a series of plein air paintings (work done outdoors on the scene), particularly of the Sacramento Valley, Yolo County, Capay and other areas "before it is gone."

Pointing to the diminishing landscape, she recalled a time when "we could easily see the foothills and coast range on the west, and in the east the Sierra with snow-capped peaks."

"I think this will be a great year to see that view easily for one of the last times and I intend to paint just that - facing north with west foothills, mountains, eastern Sierras and all flat farmland in between. I can't wait to do that girlhood vision."

Blevins, a Woodland native, is the third generation of her family to be born and reared in Yolo County. She graduated from San Jose State University with a bachelor's degree in 1961 and spent almost 35 years living in Burlingame on the San Francisco Peninsula. Married for 23 of those years, Blevins remained on the Peninsula to work and educate her children. She has three grown children and three grandchildren.

For 25 years in the Bay Area, Blevins was a Realtor. She continues in that field today, both in the Bay Area and in Woodland.

Five years ago, she acquired the family home in Woodland after her parents died. She converted the carriage house into a large art studio where she now has the "space and time to create."

"It is wonderful to return to your roots after so many years. There's no place like home," she said.

Blevins did spend part of the past five years in Europe, primarily in Italy studying the art.

Blevins said she has drawn for as long as she can remember. She first formally studied art as a 12-year-old, and was encouraged to follow her artistic dreams.

Blevins did a series of not-yet-exhibited watercolor paintings of the Sacramento Ballet, showing the dedication and discipline exhibited by the hardworking dancers preparing a production.

"Plein air paintings," she said, "with the stunning natural beauty of California evoke an emotion of a different sort."

Blevins' work has been viewed in many galleries and museums including Napa Valley Museum's Plein Air Exhibition, San Francisco Women Artist Gallery, Oahu, Hawaii Gallery, California Breast Cancer Symposium, San Francisco Open Studio, Woodland's Stroll Through History, and her work is in private collections in the United States, Europe and Canada. Blevins' Web site is

Visitors to the Crocker Art Museum at 216 O St. in Sacramento between Jan. 29 and Feb. 25 will have the opportunity to vote for the work they feel is most deserving of the People's Choice Award. The winner will be posted on the Crocker's Web site on February 28.

Both established and emerging artists are featured in this competitive exhibit. Past exhibitors have included many of the premier names in American and California art, including Robert Arneson, Kathryn Uhl Ball, Elmer Bischoff, Fred Dalkey, David Gilhooly, Ralph Goings, Gregory Kondos, Roland Petersen, Mel Ramos, Ruth Rippon, Fritz Scholder and Wayne Thiebaud.

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