Grass Valley art studio shifts focus to local, solo artists |

Grass Valley art studio shifts focus to local, solo artists

Painter Susan Lobb Porter will be featured starting Friday at the Artists' Studio of the Foothills.
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Who: Painter Susan Lobb Porter

What: Artists’ Exhibition & Reception, Live Music, Food & Wine

Where: Artists’ Studio in the Foothills, 940 Idaho Maryland Road, Grass Valley

When: 5-8 p.m. Friday, April 12 (Art Talk at 7 p.m.)

Contact: Amanda Paoletti, 530-210-3162 /


The Artists’ Studio in the Foothills has shifted its gallery show model toward solo and two- and three person-exhibitions.

The studio invites the public to an evening celebrating it’s second solo artist exhibition of the year, featuring new paintings by Susan Lobb Porter, from 5-8 p.m. on Friday.

The reception will begin with food, wine and a live musical performance by classical pianist Gregory S. Young.

At 7 p.m., guests will be invited to join the artist for a sit-down discussion in the center’s main gallery to share in a conversation about her process and evolution as an artist.

“Sometimes you have to take a leap of faith and do what your heart tells you to do,” Porter stated in a release. “After 20 years of teaching at the Neighborhood Center of the Arts I knew it was time to stop playing it safe. At the end of 2018 I quit my job to focus on developing my career as a painter. I wasn’t sure how it was going to work but I knew it was the right thing to do and the right time to do it.”

After being offered a solo show, Porter knew she faced a big commitment.

“I spent the next three months in the studio for many hours each day,” Porter stated in the release. “It didn’t matter if it was cold and I had no heat. It didn’t matter if I was under the weather and felt yucky. Or if I walked 20 miles barefoot in the snow to Ben Franklin for a tube of paint (okay, that’s an exaggeration but not by much)! There were no excuses.

“Just do the work! I was there because this is what I chose to do and every day the conviction within me grew.”

The Studio

When it first opened in 2008 it was the only gallery dedicated solely to local artists in the Grass Valley, Nevada City area. Last year the art center and gallery celebrated its 10th year with a reputation for hosting thematic shows for as many as 25-80 artists.

As new gallery venues have opened and/or changed hands and shifted focus from featuring artists from around the country to featuring local artists, the studio came to realize the need by local artists for a solo exhibition space.

Over the past three years Artists’ Studio in the Foothills has featured solo exhibitions by Betsy Lombard, Linda Galusha, Jill Mahanna, Sean Duggan, Grace Pieper, Paul Honatke and Douglass Truth, and two and three person exhibitions by artists, Abby Herring, Dallas Cruickshank & Taylor Wordell, Heather deViveiros, Sarah CV Hendrickson & Jennifer Rain, Lin Schiffner, Joan Dyer & Sandra Poteet.

This year’s line up of solo and two person exhibitions begins with Friday’s exhibition, followed by a two person exhibit of works by Richard Downs & Carmen Lang and a series of visiting artist residencies and pop up gallery exhibitions, for which the featured artist names are scheduled to be announced early this summer.

The studio plans continue to offer a thematic group shows one to two times per year. This spring it announced a call to artists for entires for its 2019, end of summer group show entitled, “MASKED” an exhibit featuring masks as low relief wall forms in all media. The studio will also continue to produce it’s annual signature holiday gallery show feature, The Smallworks in the Foothills Holiday Show and it’s Holiday Open House event featuring pop up exhibitions featuring potters, jewelers and makers of all kinds.

Susan Lobb Porter’s solo exhibition of new paintings includes what can be described as abstract color field paintings in cold wax and oil, acrylic and mixed media.

The Artists’ Studio in the Foothills is located at 940 Idaho Maryland Road, in Grass Valley. For more information go to or call 530-274-7000.

Source: Artists’ Studio in the Foothills

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