Found objects comprise ‘Spirit and Form’

Blue Line Gallery exhibit features work of two Sacramento-based artists
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The current exhibit at the Blue Line Gallery will send the viewer on an abstract journey with Sacramento artists William Ishmael and Meech Miyagi.

“Sprit and Form is a timeless tale of abstract paintings and sculptural forms,” said Roseville Arts CEO Julie Hirota, in a press release. “Ishmael uses weathered and decomposed found objects creating beauty in imperfection, accepting the natural cycle of growth and decay. The paintings explore the use of corroded metal, burned roof tops, weathered and peeling paint, eroded hillsides.”

Miyagi, she said, explores pursuance and process in his artwork, using natural resources to create sculptural forms.

“Miyagi’s use of branches and tissue combined, evoke delicate, yet impressive forms of the human body,” Hirota said.

Both artists draw inspiration from practicing meditation. Ishmael says he uses that time to “contemplate the spiritual and energetic world beyond the materiality of objects.”

Ishmael served as the managing principal at Nolte Associates for 28 years and is president of the Sacramento Tree Foundation. In college, he studied engineering and urban planning.

Miyagi returned to school after more than 20 years of peripheral participation in art and recently received his master’s of fine arts from Sacramento State University. He lives in Sacramento and has an artist’s retreat in Sierra foothills.

~ Staff report


Blue Line Gallery presents Spirit and Form
11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Tuesdays through Saturdays until Oct. 1, and 3rd Saturday Art Walk public reception from 7-9 p.m. today
Where: Blue Line Gallery, 405 Vernon St. Suite 100 in Roseville
Cost: Free. Artwork for sale and portion of proceeds benefits Roseville Arts
Info: Call (916) 783-4117 or visit For information on William Ishmael, visit