Exhibitions

Creative Arts League of Sacramento Exhibition Summary

“By Hand” Extraordinary Fine Craft Exhibition
2018
International Fine Craft Competition and Exhibition is a biennial fine craft competition which depicts a range of materials and techniques employed by craft artists today. Traditionally, “fine craft” is defined as objects that are handmade from ceramics, wood, metal, glass and fiber. Today, craft artists are expanding on this tradition to incorporate technological advances, new materials, and even old materials used in new ways. This competition will highlights the skill of the maker as well as offer conceptual elements that push boundaries.

“Exhuberant Earth” Ceramics by Ruth Rippon
2017
On October 29, 2017, the Crocker Art Museum will open a wide-ranging exhibition of ceramics by Ruth Rippon, as the Museum honors the vanguard ceramist and teacher who has been integral in shaping the Northern California ceramics tradition. Featuring 90 pieces from the 1950s through the 1990s, Exuberant Earth: Ceramics by Ruth Rippon collectively demonstrates the breadth of the 90-year-old artist’s prolific and influential career.

“By Hand” Extraordinary Fine Craft Exhibition
2016
CALS, in collaboration with Blue Line Arts in Roseville, California present a national juried exhibit of 69 fine craft artworks that push beyond the materials and process with originality and a strong, well executed presence. They were created by 48 innovative artists from 15 states. The work was selected by juror, Elisabeth R. Agro, the Nancy M. McNeil Associate Curator of American Modern and Contemporary Craft and Decorative Arts, Philadelphia Museum of Art.

“By Hand” Extraordinary Fine Craft in California
2013
CALS in collaboration with the Pence Gallery in Davis, California presents a juried exhibit of fine craft by artists and craftspeople residing in California as selected by Julie M. Muniz, Associate Curator, Design and Decorative Arts, Oakland Museum of California

“Clayton Bailey’s World of Wonders”
2011
CALS underwrites the catalog that accompanied the exhibit of more 180 sculptures, vessels, and related ephemera created by the artist over a fifty-year span.

Swidler Collection “The Vase and Beyond”
2010
CALS was instrumental in bringing this exhibit to the Crocker Art Museum and underwriting the accompanying catalog for the opening of the newly expanded museum

“Birdie Boyles Retrospective”
November 2008
CALS sponsored a retrospective of the work of Birdie Boyles (1916-2008), who was an early member of CALS and an influential member of the Sacramento arts community throughout her lifetime.

Creative Arts League Annual Show & Sale
September 10 – 12, 2004

“The Art of California Gold” Adjunct Exhibition
January 23 – April 17, 2003
This exhibition featured studio goldsmiths from California and was organized by Crocker Curator Scott Shields. Additional items on exhibit were Gold Rush era objects from the 1850’s.

Creative Arts League Annual Show and Sale
October 17 – 19, 2003

“Beyond the Mines – the Art of Gold” Invitational
January 23 – April 27 2003
Exhibition of National Studio Goldsmiths organized by SNAG (the Society of Northern American Goldsmiths) members Bruce Metcalf and Donald Freidlich

California Crafts XVII “Material Witness – Masters from California Crafts” 40th Anniversary Invitational
August 29, 1999 – January 2, 2000
20 Artists with 93 works (previously in at least one of CALS exhibitions)

“Clearly Art – Pilchuk’s Glass Legacy”
November 13 – January 3, 1992
Curator: Lloyd Herman Gift to Crocker Foundation to establish an endowment for a Gallery of Contemporary Craft

California Crafts XVI “Hugh A. Arnold Collection”
February 25 – April 2, 1989
Curators: Ruth Rippon, Anne McHenry
114 Works

California Crafts XV “Fred Uhl Ball Retrospective”
March 14 – April 26, 1987
59 Works

California Crafts XIV “Living Treasures”
January 19 – April 14, 1985
19 Artists with 176 Works

California Crafts XIII Open
March 12 – April 17, 1983
Juror: Lloyd Herman
126 Artists with 139 entries

California Crafts XII “Viola Frey” Invitational
March 21 – April 1981
Exhibition traveled to Oakland July 21 – September 13, 1981
88 works

California Crafts XI “Toys, Games and Other Playthings” Open
March 24 – April 22, 1979
Juror: Sona Z. Meilach
119 Artists with 146 works

California Crafts X Open
March 12 – April 10, 1977
Juror: Paul Smith
119 Artists with 159 Entries

California Crafts VIII Invitational
March 10 – April 15, 1973
67 Artists with 116 Works
California Crafts VIX Open
February 18 – March 16, 1975
Jurors: Laura Andreson, Fred Uhl Ball, Neda Al-Hilali
146 Artists with 124 Entries

California Crafts VII Ruth Rippon Retrospective
March 6 – April 11, 1971
273 works

California Crafts VI “Pacific Dimensions” Open (California, Alaska, Hawaii, Oregon, Washington)
March 17 – April 23
Jurors: Martin Lipofsky, June Schwarcz, Bernard Kester

California Crafts V Open
March 17 – April 23, 1967
Juror: Eudora Moore
104 Artists with 104 entries

California Crafts IV Invitational
March 1920 – April 25 1965
59 Artists with 358 works

California Crafts III “Third Statewide Craft Show”
March 13 – April 28, 1963
Jurors: Jean Ray Laury, Charles McKee, Joseph Echerik, Victor Reis
94 Artists with 142 entries

California Crafts II “Second Statewide Craft Show”
March 18 – April 23, 1961
Jurors: Jean Buckley, Kay Sekimachi, Peter Volkos
78 Artists with 120 entries

California Crafts I “First Statewide Craft Show”
March 31 – April 30, 1959
Jurors: Antonio Prieto, Don Herberholz, Doris Heineman, Dora Hunter
109 artists with 207 Entries

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