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MacKenzieFest 2016

MacKenzieFest 2016

Join me this Saturday for a mini art and music festival at my friend, Michelle MacKenzie’s home! We will be open for business from 11 a.m. til 5 p.m. at 4601 Robertson Ave, Sacramento CA 95821.

Why MacKenzieFest? Well, as the saying goes, “Necessity is the Mother of Invention.” Over the course of the last 25 years Michelle has created a lot of art. Much of her art, both paintings and sculptures, has sold to happy buyers all over the world. Yay! Yet despite these sales, Michelle found that she had accumulated a house full of watercolors, acrylic abstracts, landscapes, and of course ceramic sculpture.

Add to this the news that Michelle and her husband, Lance, are required to move out of their rented home June 30, because the owner has decided to sell it. You get the picture? It’s not pretty.

MacKenzieFest is the result of brainstorming by Michelle and I over Mexican food one afternoon. (Almost everything we do together is over Mexican food, but that’s beside the point…) An open house and open studio event would appeal to not just Michelle’s followers, but to mine and our invited guest artists. Jeweler and metal artist, Stacey Lamothe, was chosen for her popular animal related items, and Jeremiah Jacobs and his amazing band, Heartbreak Time Machine, were chosen because they are getting closer to releasing a CD. Also, they are both really cool and fun. The result is a mini art festival in a casual relaxed home setting, we hope you will be our guest for the First Annual MacKenzieFest! Lance will put a burger on the barbie for you!

Black Beauty Shelter Horse by Michelle MacKenzie

Michelle MacKenzie uses ceramic animal sculpture to express the themes of relationships, love, compassion, home, shelter and family. Horses, birds, wolves, hearts, and little houses are hand formed, glazed in rich colors, and embellished with copper wire, nails, twigs and wood. Creating smaller gift items as well as larger sculptures, Michelle’s art is found in several fine art galleries in Northern California, Arizona, and Kentucky. Her art graces homes, gardens, and businesses in the U.S., Canada, Italy, Australia, Thailand, and England.


Carrot necklaces by Stacey Lamothe

Happiness is the reason Stacey Lamothe creates fabulous art and jewelry, “because through valuing and serving each customer with a little package of joy, giving smiles, laughter and inspiration, I cultivate my own happy heart.” She loves dogs, nature, love and laughter, and commits to bring that love and laughter to each customer; to enliven and enrich her collectors’ lives. People often respond to her artworks with broad smiles and warm words. If you have ever cherished a pet like family, have been unfazed to find cat hair in your butter dish, or lovingly tolerate dog farts as a part of your daily life, you are sure to love Stacey’s artwork, too!


The Heartbreak Time Machine on the cover of Submerge Magazine

The Heartbreak Time Machine is a Sacramento-based pop/rock act singing songs old and new. Their recent CD “THE512EP” was on Dimple’s Top Seller rack for six weeks, a record for a new band. Artist Judith Monroe’s work graces the EP’s cover. Their latest single “Talk To You” remains one of the most requested on 98Rock, and the band will be featured at Shannapallooza, First Festival, and opens the final night of Sacramento’s seminal “Concerts In The Park” series. The band will be fundraising to complete its album “The Great Big Book”, who’s title single was released in 2014. Band members will be at the event to say hello.