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February 6, 2024

Retiring ARC professor showcases prints at Kondos Gallery

1- 21-16 New works by Mick Sheldon in the Kondos Gallery. Chris Williams, Staff Photographer. | Chriswexpress@gmail.com
1- 21-16 New works by Mick Sheldon in the Kondos Gallery. Chris Williams, Staff Photographer. | [email protected]

American River College professor Mick Sheldon celebrated his retirement on Jan. 21 with an art exhibit at City College.

The exhibition, “Back to the Prints,” was held in the Kondos Gallery and featured 21 hand-colored linoleum block prints.

Sheldon was inspired by all things art and says it came from reading books about art and watching movies about art.

“I go to about 100 art exhibitions per year, and I started carving linoleum blocks in August,” Sheldon says. “There’s 21 pieces here and eight more at home.”

Though Sheldon had only been full time since 2004, he’s been teaching art since 1988. He is admired by many students who traveled from all over Sacramento to say one last goodbye to both him and his artwork.

Trent Woolley was one of Sheldon’s last art students in “Gallery,” a class where students learn what it is like to work in an actual art gallery. Says Woolley, “He’s very eccentric, a bit kooky and borderline insane, but it’s good if you channel your insanity through art and that’s what he does!”

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1- 21-16 Bruce Gosset, left, chatting with Mick Sheldon, right, the artist whose work is currently being displayed. Chris Williams, Staff Photographer. | Chriswexpress@gmail.com
1- 21-16 Bruce Gosset, left, chatting with Mick Sheldon, right, the artist whose work is currently being displayed. Chris Williams, Staff Photographer. | [email protected]

Sheldon’s creative artwork also worked as a mind trick he likes to call “The Big Bang Theory.” Each painting was hung in the gallery with such lighting to show of the colors and details of the work. The most eye-catching piece was placed in the entrance to invite a person to keep looking around, then again at the exit, so visitors can remember how beautiful the exhibit was before they leave.

“I love his color choices, being an artist I really appreciate how they look so vibrant,” says ARC student Frankie Vanity. “I took one class of his and then he retired. We miss him.”

The open reception offered snacks and postcards with artwork titled, “The Battle of the Big Green Clampers.” Though Sheldon says his favorite piece of art is “The Pinocchio Puppet Prize Knocks Over the Delicious Peppermint Shake” because it was the only one his daughter found interesting.

Another one of Sheldon’s students Jennifer Elena, is a current student at all four Los Rios Colleges and had hopes of graduating one day and running a gallery, She also enrolled in Sheldon’s gallery class and learned it was not the choice for her and put her goals toward teaching art.

Says Elena, “He was one of the most encouraging art teachers I’ve ever had. He makes you better, he taught us how to run a gallery and having it was one of the best resources I’ve ever had. I totally value and respect his opinion.”

The art exhibit honoring Mick Sheldon’s retirement will be open to the public until Feb. 8, in the Kondos Gallery Mondays and Wednesdays from noon to 5 p.m., Tuesdays and Thursdays from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., and Fridays from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

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