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September 14, 2000

Art Pick of the Week

Like father; like son
By Jackson Griffith, Sacramento News & Review

Stephen Kaltenbach, "Intrepid Dreamer," ceramic

Those of you to believe that brillance has a genetic component should check out Generations II, a show that opened last week at b. sakata garo , 923 20th St., in Midtown Sacramento. It's the second time gallery owner Barry Sakata has enlisted are artists--here, Jim Albertson, Clayton Bailey, Robert Brady, Roy DeForest, Melinda Johnson, Steven Kaltenbach, Jack Odgen, Jimi Suzuki, Wayne Thiebaud, Garner Tullis and Gerald Walberg--to come up with one piece to exhibit and get progeny (kids, grandkids, other relatives) to contribute. The show runs through October 18. An artists' reception will be held 7-9 p.m. Oct. 14. The garo(Japanese for gallery) is open noon-6 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday.


By Victoria Dalkey
Bee Art Correspondent
(Published September 24, 2000)

"Generations II" is a charming show of works by prominent artists and their relatives. I wouldn't say the families of artists are more talented than others, but they are clearly more willing to dive art-making a try.

Some of the most delightful works in the show are by young children. Nicholas Bult offers the kind of wonderfully odd self-portrait only a child can do, and Will Brady give us dragons and castles, cats and dogs, soldiers and goodness knows what else in a lively and imaginative drawing done on butcher paper. Alex Bult presents a watercolor of Monet's garden, and Jamie Morgan Johnson offers a surprisingly sophisticated image of wraithlike figures and kissing fish on an aquamarine background.

Some of the older kids aren't bad either. Jimbei Suzuki gives us a strange robotic mannequin with a Lucite head filled with watch faces. Joel Walburg, who studied fasion design, offers an elegantly simple two-piece outfit made of cotton, denim, silk, satin and organza. Jason Odgen presents a sensitive and painterly self-portrait, and Brennan Odgen shows a well-done comic illustration of sprots fans.

There are also strong works in the show by Matt Bult, Bob Brady, Melinda Johnson, Jimi Suzuki, Gerald Walburg, Jack Ogden and other well-known artists. part two of "Generations II," which opens Oct. 24, will include works by Gordon Cook Robert Bechtle, Mel Ramos, Nathan Oliveria, Jerald Silvs and William Wiley, among others, alongside pieces by their significant others.
Generations II

At b. sakata garo, 923 20th St. Noon to 6 p.m. Tuesdays- Saturdays through Oct 18. (916) 447-4276.