Two artists featured at Blue Wing Gallery Nov 3rd 2017

First Friday night opens new exhibits Nov  3rd  2017  6-9pm


Susan Sarback, a native of New York City, was surrounded by art from an early age.  Wandering through museums and galleries since childhood, she developed an appreciation and respect for great art.  She began her formal study and eventually received a Bachelors and Master’s degree in Fine Art.  After years of studying both abstract and representational art, she was still searching for a deeper understanding about light and color.  She discovered Henry Hensche, an American Impressionist painter in the lineage of William Merrit Chase, and Claude Monet.  An in-depth study with this master painter helped her uncover the deeper secrets about light and color that she was searching for. 

Sarback’s paintings are about a quality of light that captures the moment. Her subjects are mostly landscapes and focus on color, rhythm, harmony and atmosphere. She responds to subtle qualities and makes them apparent through suggestion rather than description revealing the essence of a time or place.

International Artist Magazine named her one of the Master Painters of the world.  Her paintings have been shown in galleries in New York City, San Francisco, Napa Valley, Sacramento, Seattle, and Santa Fe.  Her works are also held in private collections throughout the world, including Mercy San Juan Medical Center, Sacramento, CA, the Medical Center of the University of California at Davis and the Kaiser Permanente Medical Group in Sacramento. 

Susan Sarback is the author of Capturing Radiant Light and Color in Oils and Soft Pastels, (North Light Books, 2007).   She is the founder of The School of Light & Color in Fair Oaks, CA.  Since 1986, she has lectured about color at over 100 art schools, museums, universities, and art associations.  She has taught painting workshops and classes throughout the U.S. and Europe.  Articles by or about her have appeared in The Artists Magazine, American Artist Magazine, The Los Angeles Times, Sacramento Bee, Sacramento Magazine, and other publications. In April, 2002 PBS aired a feature segment about Susan Sarback and her paintings detailing her background, teaching techniques, and her School of Light and Color.



Being a recent transport from Southern CA (just two years ago) I am still enthralled with my new surroundings – the American River, our quaint little village of Fair Oaks with its free-range roosters and the easy access to beautiful rural places like Woodland and the Capay Valley.  Because of my childhood years spent in a rural San Fernando Valley, which no longer exists, I am drawn to the charm of the farm landscape and the older communities that still remain in this area.  This exhibit is a combination of landscapes I’ve painted – some en plein air and others in my studio – and more illustrative genre work that attempts to capture the essence of “home”.

More about Karen, 

Karen is a native Californian, born to parents who were both artistically talented and, therefore, was encouraged from an early age to follow her passion. With a B.A. degree in Art, she worked in the commercial realm as a freelance graphic designer and illustrator garnering contracts with Disney, MGM, the San Diego Zoo, Six Flags Magic Mountain and several restaurants and private business in the greater Los Angeles area. With the acquisition of a secondary teaching credential she taught high school art classes for the Los Angeles Unified School District. Upon retirement from education, Karen established La Galeria Gitana, the first art gallery in the City of San Fernando. Leaving the gallery after 9 years when her husband retired allowed her the opportunity to accompany him in relocation to northern California where she is enjoying more time in the studio with her various creative endeavors. And since her paintings have always been inspired by her surroundings, retirement has presented a new outlet — plein air painting in her new environs of oaks and the American River. Over the years she has studied privately with artists such as Aaron Westerberg, Joyce Pike, Jeanne Down and Susan Sarback. 



The show will be running from Nov 3rd to Nov 24th 2017.  

Blue Wing Gallery is located at 405 Main St. For more information or questions, call (530) 666-9498 or email