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March 7, 2013
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Old enough to know I don’t know it all

My mom is visiting this week from the Midwest. I can’t think of a better time to acknowledge something she’s waited at least a decade to hear.

I am old enough to realize I don’t know everything.

Day to day, my lack of expertise isn’t so bad. But when I make a mistake in, say, Prospector, with 17,300 copies circulated in the paper and on the streets, an error can stand out. And it did. Last week I incorrectly identified the artist who created the Sistine Chapel. A stupid mistake, considering my year of art history classes in college (which to be fair, were at 8 a.m. my freshman year, a tough time for anyone … but I digress).

Michelangelo is the one who created that beautiful work of art. I apologize for the error. There are at least two of us here at The Union hanging our heads in shame for missing that.

One area I can confidently say I know about is the amazing local landscape of our area. From Bridgeport to Grouse Ridge to the Bear River — I have covered most of this region on foot or on bike and continue to marvel in its beauty.

Artist LeeAnn Brook captures the essence of these landscapes in her latest show, now up at Indian Springs Tasting Room in Nevada City. The exhibit, called “Outside In,” runs during the month of March. The works explore landscape through color and movement, said the Nevada City contemporary artist.

The rustling of grasses, glimmering of branches and stillness of a riverbed are all an integral part of the essence of her paintings, Brook added.

See them for yourself at a reception from 5 to 7 p.m. Friday at Indian Spring Tasting Room, 303 Broad St. in Nevada City. More on Brook’s art can be found at http://leeannbrookfineart.com.

In addition to Brook’s reception, there is a host of new art shows throughout Grass Valley and Nevada City, including ASiF Gallery @ Grass Valley Wine Company instructor show, artist Margie Miller at Smith Vineyards Tasting Room in Grass Valley, Bob Libutti at South Pine Café in Nevada City, Terrie Rockwell at South Pine Café Grass Valley, Betsy Lomard at Clavey Vineyards Tasting Room and Kerstin Ronsiek at Szabo Vineyards and Tasting Room. I know I missed someone, but that’s all the more reason to read Prospector and the Spotlight section in the Weekender edition of The Union for details about all these shows.

Or get out and see them first hand.

I’ll be taking as many in as possible with mom.

Features Editor Brett Bentley can be contacted at bbentley@theunion.com.


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