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Art show a throwback to former standouts

A wood-block by Beverly Hackett.
Courtesy of Paul Matson | Courtesy of Paul Matson

Nevada City has long been home to a significant, robust artistic community. This month, extensive offerings of six of the town’s late, great artists’ works will be shown and sold at the Alpha Building on Broad Street.

An opening reception is scheduled for 5:30 p.m. Wednesday to see the featured works by Robert Gilberg, George Mathis, Charles Woods and David Osborn and Beverly and Richard Hackett.

Robert Gilberg studied at the Oakland Art Center. Following service in the Army during World War II, he settled in Nevada City, where he lived until 1970. His work includes landscapes of the Sierra (some of which are enormous), abstractions and hundreds of pencil drawings.



George Mathis, the “pictorial historian of the Mother Lode,” moved here in 1948. His realistic drawings of hundreds of landscapes and buildings depict our Western history. He and his wife, Jean, built a highly successful lithography business, which included his “Alpha Hardware Calendars.” They also lived in Coloma, another history-rich Mother Lode community.

Charles Woods and David Osborn moved here in 1957. They were artists, preservationists and community leaders. Together, they produced a vast array of posters and cards with brilliant, vibrant mid-century designs and colors. They also worked to save the Nevada Theatre and were co-founders of the American Victorian Museum (now Miners Foundry) and KVMR Community Radio.




Beverly Hackett worked well in many mediums but ultimately settled into her fine wood-block prints, each distinctly unique. Subjects tended to favor flora and fauna, both wild and domestic. This collection is quite large and will feature those prints, plus some original drawings.

Her husband, Richard (Dick), was a colorful character, to say the least. One specialty was oil painting, using the paint to create a deep, physical texture on his work.

Some pieces used canvas and others whatever material was handy. He also prolifically produced hundreds of drawings, often of nude subjects.

“We are thrilled to bring together this vast array of art from several of our fine hometown artists. It has great breadth and depth and is another nice reflection of the community in which we live and work. People will deeply enjoy this once-in-a-lifetime show and sale. We’re dubbing it an ‘Art Extravaganza at the Alpha Building,’” said Paul Matson, show co-producer.

After Wednesday’s reception, the Art Extravaganza will continue from noon to 7 p.m. July 25 through 27.

The Alpha Building is located at 210 Broad St., Nevada City.

For a preview of work by Osborn, Woods and Beverly Hackett, check out http://etsy.com.


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