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Kondos Gallery hosts Don Meyer’s, Gerald Walburg’s art thru 10-28

In the piece "Mother's Milk" Don Meyers recycles items to create his art; a process known as assemblage. Tony Wallin|[email protected]

Don Meyer, a regional sculptor, brings a whole new meaning to “Recycle, Reduce, Reuse.” Because he has done just that by employing items the majority of people would not think could be used in such a fashion. One item, for example, is his mother’s old dentures.

In the piece, “Mother’s Milk,” Meyer used a milk carafe, a small board and a chess piece to create his work of art. The chest piece lays on what would resemble a bosom, and acts as the nipple. And of course, there are the dentures.

“It had the artist’s mother’s actual false teeth,” says Heather Crocker, an art history major who works at the Kondos Art Gallery. “He used all these items to create something more.”

This is known as assemblage, according to Crocker.

The gallery, which is tucked away in the Fine Arts Building at City College, is presenting Don Meyer’s work, along with well-known local artist Gerald Walburg from Oct. 5 – Oct. 28.

According to Crocker, Walburg’s piece “Indo Arch” was the first commissioned piece of public art by the Sacramento Metropolitan Arts Commission. It currently resides between the Downtown Plaza and Old Sacramento, right in front of the walkway that links the two places. His prototype for this piece of art is displayed in the gallery.

Meyer, who attended City College from 1967 to 1969 and was an art instructor at City College in 1973 and 1974, has shown his work throughout California and Nevada and also in the homes of numerous private collectors.

Walburg, who also taught at City College from 1966 to 1968, represented the United States at the EXPO ’70 Museum in Osaka, Japan, and his work is currently shown in private, public and corporate collections.

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“It’s usually good right in the beginning, everyone’s eager to see the new show,” Griffin says. “It’s a sculpture show so that’s nice. It’s two different mediums and two different people so that’s pretty interesting.”

The next exhibition, named “Birdhouses,” fills the gallery with birdhouses from local and California artists.

“There is every interpretation of birdhouses that you could think of, and they’re all different types of mediums,” Crocker says.

According to Crocker, the gallery puts in three to four semesters. The biggest way to support the gallery is to visit it and sign the guest book so they can measure how many people are interested in art on campus.

For Griffin, the tried and true word-of-mouth method is the best way to get the word out there.

“A lot of people you ask if they’ve been to the gallery and they respond, ‘Oh, there’s no gallery on campus.’ If people like it, they should tell others to come. The more people to come and see it, the better it is for us,” Griffin says.

For more information on the Kondos Gallery, please visit

or stop by during gallery hours which are Monday through Friday noon – 4 p.m.

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