The 2023 Art Auction Awards Jurors

Barry Sakata portrait

Contemporary      Barry Sakata

Barry Sakata has exhibited contemporary art at b. sakata garo since October 1998 in Midtown Sacramento. While obtaining a master’s in education from the University of Southern California, Sakata developed his love of art visiting art museums and galleries in Los Angeles. Sakata returned to Sacramento in 1984 to help with the family farm but continued to develop his passion for and knowledge of art. From the gallery’s beginning, Sakata invited local luminaries such as Fred Dalkey and Jack Ogden, as well as Robert Brady and William T. Wiley, among others to exhibit. Sakata has since broadened his reach to include artists from the Bay Area, Southern California, and the East Coast as well.

Linda Gelfman portrait

Sculpture      Linda Gelfman

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Born in Chicago, Linda Gelfman received her BFA from the University of Illinois and moved to Sacramento in 1989 to get her MFA from California State University, Sacramento. She has been the head of the Ceramic Department at American River College since 2003 and is a founding member of E Street Gallery and Studios. Linda has had a love affair with clay for over 45 years, and about 15 years ago, she started cheating on clay to experiment in fiber art. She uses up-cycled clothes from the thrift store and her closet to create her whimsical but socially relevant sculptures and installations. Her favorite place to be in the world is her studio. The fiber and clay have come to an understanding finally and comfortably share her attentions.

Philippe Gandiol portrait

Landscape      Philippe Gandiol

Philippe Gandiol was born in Paris and spent his early years in Normandy and the Loire Valley. Even at a young age, he developed a strong taste for artistic expression in visual art, music, and drama. He pursued his passion for visual art while attending college in Tours, then Paris. Philippe moved to California in his 20s, pursuing an independent program of art study in city colleges and artist studios in San Francisco and later in Sacramento and Davis. Philippe has also taken workshops and classes with a variety of contemporary painters. Other strong influences have been Paul Cézanne, Joaquin Sorolla, Emile Gruppe, and Edgar Payne. In the late 1990s, he first experimented with plein air painting, which had a profound impact. The great potential of this spontaneous and challenging process helped him greatly in his search for his own expression and led to numerous awards.

Gordon Lazzarone portrait

Photography      Gordon Lazzarone

Gordon has been a commercial and advertising photographer in the Sacramento and Northern California region since the early 80s. He also has been an adjunct professor of photography at Sacramento City College since 2012. Working in collaboration with other creatives and clients has been the driving force in Gordon’s career. He enjoys shooting personal photos, what catches his eye at a particular time or when the light is just right. Photography has been his passion, whether doing his own or viewing and experiencing what other photographers have produced.

Maureen Hood portrait

Figurative      Maureen Hood  

A native Californian, Hood received a bachelor’s in art studio from the University of California, Davis, studying with Robert Arneson and William T. Wiley. She continued her studies, earning a master’s degree in art with a mixed media focus at California State University, Sacramento, tutored by William Allan and Jack Ogden. Technically inspired by the works of Romare Bearden and Robert Rauschenberg, she draws emotional strength from her own experience and her relationship with the natural environment. Hood’s work has been exhibited throughout California and is owned by private and corporate collectors nationwide.

Karen Burns Portraits

Still Life      Karen Burns

Karen is a representational painter living and working in Granite Bay and Truckee, California. In her still life work, she enjoys showcasing vintage pieces often with a different perspective, capturing the patina of these everyday items. Karen’s works have been in numerous local and national exhibitions.