From 6 to 9 p.m. Friday, Artists’ Studio in the Foothills Gallery @ Clavey Winery will host the next of its collaborative art summer series, featuring the creative works of poets and singer-songwriters Bill Gainer, Iven Lourie, Kathryn Smith and Chris Olander and watercolor and oil painter Francene Holland.
Holland’s paintings have been on exhibit at Clavey since the beginning of June. Her pastel works have brought her acclaim and awards in several Northern California competitions. Holland likes to tell people that she grew up “eating clay on her mother’s studio floor” to express her long exposure to the artistic world. Holland paints from photographs and enjoys plein-aire painting expeditions with fellow artists in the community. Also this weekend, Holland will be give a painting demonstration at Clavey from 2 to 6 p.m. Sunday, during the closing reception of her show.
On the bill for Friday’s live entertainment is Bill Gainer, winner of the San Francisco Beat Museum’s poetry contest and the Sacramento News and Review’s Flash Fiction Contest. He currently edits for the Penn Award winning R.L. Crow Publications, is a founding and current board member of the Nevada County Poetry Series and hosts Poetry with Legs in Sacramento.
Kathryn Smith is an improvisational artist, poet and musician. She grew up in north Texas and transplanted to the Sierra Nevada foothills in her 30s. She has written lifelong but took a hiatus for a journey as a family physician in Texas and later in California. Smith has performed locally and regionally at poetry readings, music open-mics, as an improvisational artist, at women’s ceremonies and festivals.
Joining Gainer and Smith Friday will be Iven Lourie, who worked as Poetry Editor at Chicago Review in the 1960s, and he has pursued editing, writing and performance art since. He participated in demonstrations and readings against the Vietnam War during the ’60s and ’70s. After completing his master of fine arts at the University of Arizona (1978), where he studied with poets Richard Shelton, Peter Wild and Steve Orlen, he moved to Northern California, where he works as editor for Gateways Books and Artemis Books; teaches composition and literature at Sierra Community College; and leads the Café Writers critique group.
Chris Olander is a poet who’s work arises from land based ethics rooted in observation and reflection. He explores human horrors and beautiful glories of mystical revelations and all that is possible in being here now. What we make of it is what we get. Chris has been writing since 1984. He has worked as a poet/teacher with California Poets in Schools. He was the founding director of Poet’s Playhouse of Nevada City in 1988-99 and the Nevada County Poetry Series of Grass Valley from 2000-2012. Olander has just completed four CD’s of poetry: “December Birds,” “Sierra Streams,” “Animal Tales,” “Sex Loves Lies” to complement his previous CD, “Mass Man’s Epiphanies.”
Clavey Winery & Tasting Room is a small boutique vineyard and winery located in the Sierra foothills of California. Owned and operated by Marc Orman and his two sons Joshua and For information on upcoming ASiF ShowCAES @ Clavey Winery events, please contact Amanda Paoletti at email@example.com
Clavey Winery is located at 232 Commercial St. in Nevada City.