If you haven’t stopped by the retail space and gallery known as Public Land in the Curtis Park neighborhood of Sacramento yet, you really owe it to yourself to do so. They’ve got a well-curated selection of unusual cacti, succulents, tropical house plants and plenty of stylish pots to house ‘em in. To celebrate their one year anniversary, Public Land owners Austin McManus and Mel Eligon hand selected a group of 19 diverse artists from our region and beyond for a group exhibit in the store’s gallery space, called Climate Therapy, that keeps in line with their vision of facilitating a space that “celebrates and also encourages positive engagement with the natural world.” The exhibit includes pieces from artists like Nevada City-based Tahiti Pehrson, who creates intricate geometric sculptures; as well as Maxwell McMaster, originally from Sacramento but currently living and working in Los Angeles, who creates colorful Cali-inspired pieces that are abstract and minimal and oh-so-joyous to look at; plus Devin Troy Strother, who also lives and works in Los Angeles, known for his intricate alternative narratives in a variety of mediums including mixed-media, sculpture, neon and installation. Public Land is located at 2598 21st St. They’re open Tuesday through Saturday from 11 a.m.–6 p.m. and on Sundays from 11 a.m.–4 p.m. Hit up Publiclandstore.com or find them on Instagram (@publiclandstore) for more.
**This write-up first appeared in print on page 11 of issue #296 (July 17 – 31, 2019)**