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Nature Stories collage exhibit opens at Center for the Arts

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"Water Stories" by Nevada City artist LeeAnn Brook is now on display at the Center for the Arts.

A new show of collage paintings by Nevada City fine artist LeeAnn Brook is on display at the Center for the Arts in Grass Valley. Nature Stories represents the underlying stories that elements from nature can tell us. Brook will be available to discuss her work at the Wild and Scenic Film Festival's Art Walk from 3 to 5 p.m., Jan. 11, in Grass Valley at the Center for the Arts.

When standing back from the paintings, a full landscape is apparent. When taking a closer look, one will notice the landscape is comprised of pieces of paper and paint that create the whole. Randomly placed papers are used for color and texture when put into a collage on the painting, yet in the end, according to Brook, they become part of the story.

The collage materials used in her paintings are entirely from reused papers. Some are from antique books, newspapers and calendars, and some are from magazine scrap that has been hand-altered using a natural-based solvent. An accompanying statement next to each painting guides the viewer to find hidden images in each.

On exhibition for the first time will be a new 57-inch by 67-inch collage painting called "Water Stories," which was inspired by reflections in a mountain pond with images that appear above and below the surface. Resembling an abstract stained glass design of rich blues and turquoise, the layers of collage material are as textural as they are colorful.

As one of the featured artists on display during the Wild and Scenic Film Festival, Brook will also be showing a new 36-inch by 36-inch collage painting specifically created for this year's theme of empowerment.

With the collage elements created entirely from reused materials, the painting tells a story of earth's transition. Subtle images in the collage material depict stories from early civilizations, through climate change and erosion, ultimately culminating in a quest for nurturing and empowerment as symbolized by a mother bird feeding her baby, according to Brook.

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Brook is a two-time award recipient of the California State Fair. Her two studios in Nevada City are open by appointment. She also is a public speaker in the arts, a marketing workshop presenter and a producer of monthly painting workshops. More of her work can be seen at http:// or by contacting her at 530-265-6817.

The show will run through Jan. 18. The Center for the Arts is open from noon to 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday at 314 W. Main St., Grass Valley.

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