Remembering Howard Wayne KernWayne Kern

Howard Wayne Kern lost his courageous battle with Leukemia on March 9, 2010. One of Sacramento’s most respected and talented artists, Wayne made art his career for over twenty years.

Wayne “Bent and Twisted” his way into hundreds of homes and offices, the Crocker Art Gallery, the California State Fair (2002 & 2003) and numerous shops and galleries throughout Sacramento and Northern California. He was also featured in the Sacramento Bee on three different occasions.

Wayne loved that he never owned an alarm clock and therefore always lived life on his terms.


He is survived by his mother and step father Louise and Norman Boudreau; sister and husband Sheri and Pat Swink; brother and wife Greg and Mary Kern; brother and wife Chad and Gina Kern; and two nephews Dustin and Gibson Kern. He is also survived by Buddy his dog and cherished friend. Wayne Kern Studio


Pictured is Wayne inside his Boxwood St. studio, where he and Buddy often worked late. The ceilings and walls in the studio were covered with Wayne’s creations and he and Buddy were always there to greet and talk with patrons on their way to the Bolt.


As Wayne made his valiant fight against leukemia, many in the arts community supported him with benefits and hosted sales of his work. This benefit sale at the former Phoenix Art Gallery showed Wayne’s talents and gave a glimpse into the many whimsical styles of his “bent & twisted” wire creations.Wayne Kern Art

A memorial will be held in his honor at The Bolt located at 2560 Boxwood Dr. on Saturday, March 27, 2010 from 2-5 p.m.

All are encouraged to come and share their stories about Wayne. The event will include a silent auction of about 25 of his art pieces. The Bolt will be providing a barbeque. Attendees are asked to bring a side dish of their choice. The memorial will also include a beer bust with proceeds from all going to Wayne’s family. Biker boots, jeans and leather are encouraged.


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