If last year the Butte County arts scene was still a little cautious about gathering in public, this fall it appears as though the pandemic jitters are all gone. Looking at the calendar ahead, it feels like all the local artists are being showcased in the cooler months ahead.
There are at lease 10 events happening before winter that will highlight the works of multiple local artists at once while bringing the community together to celebrate—and buy—art: the county-wide Open Studios Art Tour; the Witch’s Market at 1078 Gallery; Chikoko’s Gravity experimental fashion show and the collective’s Bizarre Bazaar arts/crafts faire; Stonewall Alliance’s Coming Out for Art show at the Museum of Northern California Art (MONCA); the Art & Wine Walk in downtown Chico; the BFA Open Studios event at Chico State; the Small Works and Community Altar open-entry shows at Chico Art Center; and After Service, a veterans’ group show also at MONCA. That’s not counting the many pre-holiday faires and markets that will undoubtedly be announced in the weeks ahead.
For this special fall arts issue, the CN&R has previewed a few of the bigger events, as well as displayed samples of the works of artists participating in this year’s Open Studios Art Tour.
We encourage everyone to get out and support as many artists as possible this season. By attending these events, you bring energy that helps keep this wonderful scene alive.
On tour with Chico Art Center’s annual artist showcase—Open Studios Art Tour
Season of the Witches:
Local makers bring herbal magick, farm-fresh goods, handmade garments, tarot and more to 1078 Gallery
The pull to create:
With two fall events, Chikoko arts/fashion collective shares spotlight with the community
Spooky, sexy, spectacular
Three shows to scratch the Halloween itch