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mates has been buddies since high school.) “He’s one of the smartest people I know,” says Exquisite Corps drummer and harmony singer Robby Dean. “The way he’s able to produce art and music so effortlessly is truly unique. He’s a handful sometimes, and like any true artist, he can be egocentric. But it’s that quality that makes him great. We have been in a band together since we were 15. I remember when he couldn’t even draw, and now he’s a masterful painter.” Just like his music, Valenzuela’s visual art continually evolves. He considers his paintings less “heavy” than before, possibly, he says, because he’s let go of youthful angst and has figured some big stuff out in life. “Maybe I just feel happier,” he says. “I just feel I’m where I’m supposed to be and doing what I’m supposed to do.” To see Bryan Valenzuela’s work, go to bryanvalenzuela.com n

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Sales | Service | Install | 32 yrs experience | Lic #764789 SCIENCE FROM page 54 From the labels, I noticed a number of items in the museum were donated by Dr. LaPerriere himself. For LaPerriere, a retired dermatologist, the museum unites his two passions, medicine and history. “I hated history in school,” he said. “It wasn’t taught in a very interesting manner, with memorizing dates and all.” Medical history stoked his interest, and he’s chaired the Medical Society’s historical committee for 40 years. A visit to Sacramento City Cemetery at 10th and Broadway 28 years ago drew him to the County Historical Society. The cemetery was in a state of neglect, and that bothered LaPerriere. “I knew what people went through to get here,” he said. To honor them, LaPerriere got involved in the effort to restore the cemetery. The Medical Society had “a lot of stuff sitting in boxes,” LaPerriere said. To share it with the public, in 1990 he put together a major exhibition for the Sacramento History Museum, called Out of the Doctor’s Bag. The exhibit was a success, and it formed the basis for the current

medical museum, which opened when the Medical Society closed its library and space became available. (The museum still has a large number of historic medical texts. LaPerriere’s favorites are the old journals with advertisements. Who knew there were TB sanatoriums all around California, advertising for clients?) Today, the museum is still growing, and LaPerriere is still digging through boxes. He’s been invited to sift through old medical stuff in people’s attics and garages and occasionally finds treasures. The museum is free and open to the public. School groups, from fourth grade on up, are especially welcome. Grants are available to pay for transportation. The museum hosts a lecture series on topics of interest to the general public, such as California plagues and battlefield medicine. For more information or a virtual tour, go to ssvms.org. Amy Rogers is a novelist, scientist, and educator. To invite her to speak at your book club or public event, contact her at : Amy@AmyRogers.com n

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