Rancho Cordova Artists Represented at KVIE Art Auction

Rancho Cordova, CA  |  By Margaret Snider
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Artist Victoria Smith teaches classes in painting and drawing at her home studio in Rancho Cordova. This year she, as well as three of her students, contributed paintings that were accepted by the KVIE Art Auction. Photo by Margaret Snider

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Rancho Cordova, CA (MPG) - Working artist and art teacher Victoria Smith of Rancho Cordova has had her work accepted in the KVIE public television annual art auction not only this year, but for the previous four or five years as well.  Nevertheless, this year is special because three of her students have also had work accepted. 

Christina Lemar, Charla McKenna, and Caroline Bowker are the students that made it into the auction.  “They were people who when I met them were not painting at all,” Smith said.  “Now, not only are they painting, but if you’ve been at the auction you’re considered a professional . . . KVIE is this wonderful opportunity to say, ‘I’ve arrived.’”

Smith produced a work specifically for the art auction, titled Contemplation in Jade.  “I always try to make something for them that I really like and I like to send them something large because it’s going to be on television,” Smith said.  “To be truthful, it’s in my best interest, too, to send something that’s really good, even though I’m just giving it away, I’m donating it.  If I send the best work I’ve got, it gets shown on television and people talk about it.  It’s best to send your very best thing.”

Until recently, Rancho Cordova was not even on the map for art.  “Rancho right now in particular is this secret, really lovely place,” Smith said.  “We’ve done so much to improve it and suddenly we have our own arts culture.”  Cordova Community Council has helped foster local arts with events such as the quarterly art shows at City Hall and by promoting artist programs throughout the community. 

The KVIE art auction is one of KVIE’s major fundraisers.  According to curator D Neath, the event made about $150,000 for KVIE programming in 2016.  This year Neath chose around 260 artworks from almost 800 entries submitted online.  Six jurists determine the prize winner in each category after the artists bring in the actual pieces.  Categories this year are: Contemporary Classics, Figurative, Landscapes, Still Life, Photography, and Sculpture.

The three-day art auction will be aired live from 7-10 p.m. Friday, October 6; and 12 p.m.-10 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, October 7 and 8.  “The whole collection is online,” said D Neath, curator of the auction.  “And if anybody wants to see something in person and they can’t go to the gala, they can call the station and arrange to come in and see it.”

The gala is on Monday, October 2.  It is sold out, Neath said, with a waiting list.  All the artists, of course, are invited.  “I’ve heard it’s the best art event of the whole year,” said artist Lemar.  “I love to network with other artists and to grow in the art community so I’m very excited, looking forward to it this year.”

For more information about the KVIE Art Auction, please go to www.kvie.org/events/art-auction.  All proceeds go 100% to KVIE programming.

Artist Victoria Smith teaches classes in painting and drawing at her home studio in Rancho Cordova.  This year she, as well as three of her students, contributed paintings that were accepted by the KVIE Art Auction. Photo by Margaret Snider