Artist/Muralist

      

 

 

Education

2003     O.S.C. - computer school -Desktop Publishing
1980- 86 Various Workshops and classes by bay area artists
1977-79    American River College -Teachers Assistant/Gary Pruner
1974-77  CSUS
1972-75 American River College -Teachers Assistant/John Kaneko
1971-74   American River College

Special Licenses

2003 Desktop Publisher
1989  Class B1 General Contractors - Ca. State License#54118

Experience

1971 to the Present Sacramento and Bay Area artist working with acrylics, Watercolor, Pastels, Wood, Mixed Media, Theater Design
1992 to the Present   Art Instructor k-12 and adults for various arts organizations
    
     Helen is a native of Sacramento, attended school locally and during the ’80’s she held various professional positions at theaters throughout San Francisco. Her job titles ranged from Set designer, Graphic designer, Costume Designer, Artistic Advisor, Technical Director, and Producer. She worked closely with internationally renowned writers and Directors and her theater stage design work toured the 1984 Singapore and Hong Kong Theater Festivals.
     This experience transformed her personal artwork.  It gave her a whole new perspective on what the public understands and needs in their daily lives. As an artist she feels obligated to educate and energize the viewer.   Simplicity and a new view of the commonplace can be uplifting in the average person’s life.
     By 1988 Helen received her general contractors License to enabler her to do her artwork with no limitations. She is qualified by the State of California to manage building projects as well as construction and art
installations. Helen has wide knowledge of various materials and applications. She could design with the knowledge of structural foundations and began to collaborate with her husband and other artists in 1982.

Recent Commissions

2007 Black Expo, Sacramento – Banners
2006 Black Expo, Sacramento - Banner
2005        Yuba Middle School, Yuba City – Stage Painter
Black Expo, Sacramento - Banner
2004     M.A.D.D. - Memorial Tower for Walk-a-thon
Steveland (the Musical), Sacramento -Stage Designer/builder
Cal. Parks and Rec. - Cal. Extraordinary Women’s Ex. - Collages    
Black Expo, Sacramento - Banner
2003  Sealed with a Kiss, S. Lake Tahoe - Wood and Copper Signage/continuation of work (3carved wooden doors) going back to 1999.
Black Expo, Sacramento - Banner
Helen has been doing commissions since 1982. Her  list includes private portraits, as well as murals, painted Elks for Elk Grove, and theater stage designs.                                    

One Person Shows

2006 SMUD Gallery, Sacramento
El Camino Art Gallery, Sacramento
2005 Golden Valley – Urban Landscapes, Sacramento                        
2000 Art Foundry Gallery, Sacramento                       
1999  Studio 1150, Sacramento

Group Shows (resent)

2007 20th Street Gallery – 50/50 show
Art Foundry Gallery – Treasures show
2006 20th Street Gallery- 3rd Annual River Show 
KVIE –(annual art auction)
Abstract Landscape show – 20th St. Gallery|
Umbrella show – Carmichael – Sac Fine Arts Center Art
Foundry Gallery – Treasures show
2005 20th Street Gallery – River Show
KVIE – annual art action
20th Street Gallery - Summer Landscapes
Art Foundry Gallery - Treasures show
2004 20th Street Gallery
KVIE Auction - Honorable Mention
New Art Works Gallery - Annual Competition /2nd place
KR Gallery
 
2003    Art Foundry Gallery -Treasures Show
Exploding Head Gallery - Post Card Show
Gallery Horse Cow
20th St Gallery - The River Show
 
2002 El Camino Art Gallery -Landscape show
Exploding Head Gallery -
Sacramento Summers
Gallery Horse Cow -Phobia Show Elks on Parade
 
Helen has been entering group shows since 1971. A list can be provided.

Art Education and Outreach

2006 Current Women’s Wisdom Program Director
Crocker – summer art program
Horizons Inst. Sys. –O.L.Guadelupe T St. site – Art Specialist –k-12
Very Special Arts /Sutter Middle school – Art Instructor 7-8 
Garfield School – Artist in Schools Grant – Mural Director
CP Huntington School – Artist in schools Grant – Mural Director

2005 Crocker – Children’s art workshop, Meadowview Com. Center
H. Strauch School – Private grant - Mural Director
2004   Garfield School - Artist in Schools Grant - Mural Director
Thomas Jefferson School - Art specialist (SMAC)/Instructor K-6
2003    Garfield School -Artist in Schools Grant (SMAC)- Ceramic Mural
Thomas Jefferson School - Art specialist (SMAC)/instructor K-6
2001 Thomas Jefferson School - Art specialist (SMAC)/instructor K-6
Garfield School – Private funding - Mural Director
2000  Theater Arts Program 2000-Youth Wellness Village
Garfield School -Artist in Schools Grant (SMAC) - Painted Mural
1999   T.A.P. Camp - Art Instructor / Mural group
Cal Expo – Children’s Mural project –Mural Director
Adult Education – Helen is a regular instructor for the Women’s Wisdom teaching 4 classes weekly to Women healing thru art. Since November of 2006 she has assumed the roll of Program Director along with her teaching duties. Helen teaches art classes out of her studio for teens and adults as well.

Since 1996 Helen’s students have won top awards at the Ca. State Fair including 4 Golden Bear Awards (2000-04) and One Imagination Award in 2004.

Volunteer Work

Art Docent –Art Docent for the San Juan School Dist since 1992.
Kingsley Art   Board Member - formerly on the board of the Kingsley Art club
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Helen donates - yearly to KVIE Art Auction, Mercy Education Art Auction, and various other auctions upon request.
She also gives of her artistic time to various organizations.

References upon request