Artist reception Sunday honors LaVonne Amaral |

Artist reception Sunday honors LaVonne Amaral

Works by LaVonne Amaral are now on exhibit at the Center for the Arts in Grass Valley. There will be an artist reception from 2 to 4 p.m. Sunday.
Submitted image by LaVonne Amaral |

The Amaral family have had an enduring impact on Nevada County. Artist, teacher, author and philanthropist LaVonne Amaral will continue giving through an exhibition at the Center for the Arts with all proceeds set to benefit the Center’s Youth Education programs. The exhibit will include artwork by Amaral herself, along with selected works from the families private collection.

The show, which opened Monday, runs through Sept. 7. There will be an artist reception from 2 to 4 p.m. Sunday.

“It’s a thrill to present this show of LaVonne’s work. A talented painter, the works are beautiful, accessible and affordable. LaVonne has been a strong supporter of our youth programs for several years now and we are delighted that she chose the Center to display and sell her own works along with paintings from her personal collection to further benefit our youth programs,” said Center Executive Director Julie Baker. “LaVonne and her family have made significant contributions to numerous nonprofit organizations over the years. We hope everyone who has benefited from their generosity will stop in and celebrate her life and works at the opening on Sunday, August 24.”

Among Nevada County’s early developers, the Amaral’s dealings helped transform Grass Valley and Nevada City from sleepy, backwater towns in the ‘60s to the booming communities they are today.

LeVonne Amaral began creating art in fifth grade in Minnesota. Her passion for art grew through high school where she said she was allowed to use oil and watercolor to create answers to questions and tests. Amaral went on to attend the College of Arts and Crafts in Oakland in the 1940s until the beginning of World War II.

She married Frank Amaral and moved to Camptonville in 1944 and Nevada City in 1950 where she raised a family and continued to paint.

She completed the “Famous Artists” course by mail receiving a certificate to teach art in 1969.

“I created and taught basic art classes in oil and watercolor for several years in my home. Along the way, I painted landscapes, flowers, still life, buildings, portraits and animals in a variety of mediums,” Amaral said.

She completed her memoir, “It’s a Wonderful Life” in 2013.

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