In Sacramento, coffeehouse galleries offer art with strudel Essay

With this month’s usual cool or rainy weather, you might want toduck into one of Sacramento’s cafe-galleries to sip a hot, freshlybrewed cappuccino while sitting next to a sunny landscape–or a show ofvalentine art–a combination sure to stimulate conversation. The cafes listed all serve a variety of coffees and teas, pastriesand other desserts; some serve entrees as well. But you don’t haveto be a customer to enjoy the gallery display. The paintings, photographs, or sculptures by regional artists areusually changed once a month, with most pieces offered for sale. (On ourlast visit, prices started at $50, ranging all the way up to anoccasional $2,000.) Telephone for business hours and any pending artists’receptions. All numbers are area code 916.

American River Roasters, 3673 J Street; 455-7462. Collages by S.R.Jones until February 15, then still lifes and diptychs by Daniel Conant. Cafe Croissant, Ninth and K streets, Downtown Mall; 442-8888.Ceramic and papier-mache works by Mimi Fogg Wilson. deVille’s Desserts, 2416 16th Street; 443-0656.

Do-it-yourself valentine graffiti. Earhart’s Cafe, 1905 16th Street; 442-2481. Valentine artshow by 23 artists. Formerly Fiasco, 1802 L Street; 442-9463. Recent works inwatercolor by Anthony Montanino. Metro Bar & Grill, 1225 K Street; 447-3837. Photographicimages with watercolor application, by Jeff Shell.

Paragary’s Bar and Oven, 1401 28th Street; 457-5737. PennyHarding’s photographs of Venice, Italy. Weatherstone Coffee & Tea Co., 812 21st Street; 448-5552. Callfor details.

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