CONGRATS are in order for several local Black artists recognized in Sacramento.
Amazing sculpture artist and more Kanika Marshall was one of 26 artists who entered the Solar Panel art exhibit sponsored by SMUD. A few months ago, artists were offered the chance to pick up free discarded solar panels from SMUD. The artists could use the panels as the material and the basis of an art project of their choice and enter their works in an exhibit  at the SMUD customer service building. Kanika won a first place prize of $300 for her entry “Energy Meridians”.

The exhibit runs until July 31st at the SMUD Customer Service Center, 6301 S Street. Sacramento CA. If you have a chance, stop by and view Kanika’s work and the other participating artists. Also, wish her a belated happy birthday. The win and her birthday were on the same day.

Quilt and textile artist Jan Hollins who entered her beautiful quilt “Miss Ida” in the California State Fair. The judging was this past Wednesday and notifications went out today and she was accepted. A lot of you can remember “Miss Ida” as part of the Sisters Quilting Collective Quilt Show in February.

Hollins’ creation of two dolls “Michael and Verlene” were also accepted in the California State Fair. This was one of ten things on Hollins’ list of goals that  she wanted to accomplish this year.  The State Fair runs from July 11th through the 27th and the award ceremony for fiber artists and crafters is Saturday, July 12th.

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