Amanda Lopez Tanya Melendez Adornment

Sacramento native and photographer Amanda Lopez has teamed up with Los Angeles stylist and jewelry designer Tanya Melendez on a powerful new exhibit called Adornment. The exhibit pairs Lopez’s love of portraiture, Melendez’s eye for jewelry and design, and the duo’s shared love of cultural celebration and empowerment. Adornment received rave reviews from LA Weekly and Remezcla after its recent opening in Los Angeles, and now the beautiful series of portraits will make its way to Sacramento’s Sol Collective for an opening reception on July 15, 2017. “Women of color are underrepresented in all facets of life, business and art,” Lopez explains in a press release submitted to Submerge. “We felt that it was important to create a space that honors women of color and reminds them of their power, divinity and beauty.” Adornment will be on display at Sol Collective, located at 2574 21st St., from July 15–August 7. The opening reception on July 15 is free, open to the public and will take place from 6–10 p.m. Learn more at or

**This write-up first appeared in print on page 12 of issue #243 (July 3 – 17, 2017)**