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Marylou Falstreau hosts artists open studio in Grass Valley

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WHO: Marylou Falstreau

WHAT: Artists Open Studio, music by Honolulu Blue

WHEN: Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

WHERE: Marylou Falstreaus studio, 138 East Main Street in Grass Valley

Marylou Falstreau admits being an artist isn’t the easiest job — but she loves it just the same.

Her job is not easy in the same way bakers, machinists, dentists or parents don’t have it easy. Whenever a certain outcome is expected, there are many ways to go, and a positive reception is not guaranteed.

Inspiration has always been there, she acknowledges, giving direction and informing the creative process. Paying attention is what she has learned to do, most importantly.

Her “Women and the Hourglass” series, of cards, prints and other gift items was initially inspired by alcoholism. Family members who suffered from this addiction were unknowingly leading her to this particular creative outcome. They have been her best teachers.

It was not Marylou’s original intention, but her work has become a tool to help and support others. Women who have intimate knowledge with the subjects of domestic violence, cancer, sexual assault, mental health issues and various types of addictions find her work affirming and guideposts to healing. There are now 71 images in the series, some serious, some not. Smiles are good medicine, too.

Fast forward to January of this year, when it became clear a series for men was in the works. It was not visible yet, but the signs were leading to what is now called the “Hourglass Bridge To Men” series. The men in Marylou’s life have been teachers, too, although they would chafe at the notion. An observer, she has been aware they have similar needs and feelings but use fewer words to express them. As is typical, she is putting words in their mouths. It’s historical or hysterical, depending on how you look at it.

Her studio at 138 East Main Street in Grass Valley will be open on Dec. 7 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., just in time for Holiday gift giving. Both series will be available, her limited-edition prints and original mixed media paintings, offered at special pricing.

To entice you even more, “Honolulu Blue” will be performing their cool, Hawaiian- Reggae vibe music from 10 a.m. to noon.

Inspiration continues to show up in heart expanding ways for Marylou. Her first grandbaby was born in November and her life partner was diagnosed with cancer two months before.

Creating will always be the way she meets life and makes meaning of it. It is what gives purpose, and a way to serve. It is the only thing that makes sense, from her perspective.

So, here we go. If you were not impressed by any of the above, keep in mind, Marylou will be offering refreshments.

She hopes to see you there.


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