Monthly Archives: January 2017

Black & White Show 2017

Image may contain: 1 person, textHaving it’s origin with Blue Moon Gallery, curator Carol Brewer has brought the yearly tradition of hosting a Black & White show with her to the Allied Ceramic Arts Institute (ACAI). With only black, white and grey tones able to be used, participating artists are challenged to create mesmerizing and striking pieces of work in mediums of their own choosing. This year, the show is being made up of the collective works of 30+ artists. From photography and painting to ceramics and sculpture, the creative works of art  are a delightful look into how two colors can have such a dramatic and captivating impact on the senses.

List of collective artists being featured for the annual Black & White show hosted by the ACAI Gallery:

A J Tudury, Alex S, Angela Yi Tripp, Anne Bradley,  Anthony Forster, Carol Brewer, Charles Shramek, Chris Max Thompson, Christine Capelle, Dana Bilello-Barrow, David Peterson, David Wilkerson, Dawn Star Wood, Dawna Johnson, Dita Lewis-Panter, Donine Wellman, Dorothy Champion, Gary Miller, John Brewer, Kitty Gerwig, Larry Klink, Linda Nunes, Marie Dixon, Mary Kercher, Mathew Glaisyer, Maureen Gilli, Natalie Thiele, Randy Won, Rebecca Jaggers, Rene Bershears, Robert Dovorak, Taylor Gutermute, Sid Wellman, Sue Anne Foster

Are you interested in seeing the show for yourself and are located in the Greater Sacramento Area? Well you’re in luck!

Artist Reception – Saturday, January 21, 2017 from 6pm-8pm

Show Continues – January 25th – February 11th 2017

Gallery Hours: Wed thru Fri. noon-4p,
Saturday 11am – 3pm or by appointment

ACAI Gallery & Studios
7425 Winding Way Fair Oaks, CA 95628
(916) 966-2453

Dawn Star Wood

Photo by S. J. Garrett

Today we have an interview with Dawn Star Wood, an artist in the Elk Grove/Sacramento area.

Me: So, when did you first start drawing and painting?

Dawn: Mm that is a bit of a tough one. If we’re going with when I first became interested in it, I would have to say when I was about 3 years of age when my family was stationed in Germany. While visiting one of the castles, an elderly woman who was one of the care takers of the location volunteered to watch over me while my parents were on a tour of the historical site. While in that short period of time under her care, she taught me how to draw and color. After that, I was hooked and wanted to know all I could. Professionally, I started my career a few months after graduating college in 2005.

Me: Did you always feel you were going to be an artist?

Dawn: I believe so. My earliest memories in school were teachers asking the various students what they wanted to be when they grew up. Of course there was the standard teacher/fire fighter/doctor/business owner type of responses but I was the only one who would say “I want to be an artist”. This would usually be followed by the typical “That’s nice but that’s not a job” or similar statements of “starving artist in an attic/basement” sort of things. Even in college, I was told that a person changes their major at least 5 times but I was determined to be an artist.

Me: Who were your biggest supporters in becoming an artist?

Dawn: I would say my parents were the biggest supporters of it, quickly followed by a handful of close friends.

Me: What are your standard mediums?

Dawn: My main medium is watercolors but over the years I have also started doing work in mixed media, ink, and color pencil.

Me: Why did you choose watercolor?

Dawn: To be honest, the original reason was because after college I was completely broke. At the time I wanted to experiment and discover my own style instead of what I was taught, didn’t have any money but had left over supplies from my classes. Slowly experimenting, I learned what worked for me and what didn’t.

Me: Do you have a favorite piece, or pieces?


Sultan’s Prize
Garden’s Bounty
Fate’s Red Line
Deep Old One
Live to Ride

Me: What’s it like running your own business?

Dawn: Challenging. Not only are you constantly producing pieces but with work commissioned by customers, you need to constantly make sure you and they are on the same page. There’s also the consideration of doing your own advertising, bookkeeping, keeping up on supplies, and keeping an eye on events. You’re basically doing the work of 5 or 7 different people as a single person. However, even with the constant highs and lows over the years, it’s a rewarding and ongoing learning experience.