Nevada City artist Lisa Deniz showcases ‘Marking the moment’ collection |

Nevada City artist Lisa Deniz showcases ‘Marking the moment’ collection

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Nevada City artist Lisa Deniz, will be showcasing her collection titled, “Marking The Moment”, at Lucchesi Tasting Room, Grass Valley through the end of October.

This collection benchmarks her time and experience having returned home to her Nevada City roots to care for her 98-year-old grandmother.

“These artworks give me opportunity to mark the moment of time in which they were created … a recent journey, a shift, an inner awareness, precious time with my Gg … these are the seeds of inspiration that lead to the creation of these works. Life goes by so fast, and tracking time has never been my strong suit. I have come to rely on my creations as a benchmark to bring me reference to time and experiences,” Deniz said in a news release.

Primarily self taught, Deniz is a full-time artist whose mediums include paintings, fused glass, metal sculpture, encaustics, mixed media and jewelry. Her work is a compilation of light, color, and texture that reflects spiritual awakenings and her connection with nature. With special emphasis on commissioned works from collectors and interior designers, Deniz infuses her intentional designs with nature, energy and spirit that promotes well being.

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Deniz is the child of Roger and Suellen Brattin, grandchild to Ruth and Clyde Renfrow (land surveyor and forester of Nevada County). She and her husband Myles Deniz, both Nevada Union High 1987 graduates, returned home to be closer to their family.

Deniz, a college graduate from UC Davis with a degree in zoology, was a high school science teacher for over six years at Rocklin High. After developing an inland curriculum in marine biology, she found her focus shifting from science to her once sidelined passion for art.

Letting go of the security of a tenured position, she trusted her calling and for the last 20 years has devoted all of her energies to her artistry.

Creating original designs from her Nevada City studios, Deniz also has commissioned work adorning residential and commercial spaces, including public buildings and APP project in the Sacramento region. Deniz is also a yoga teacher at The Yoga Dive of Nevada City where her practice continues to ground and inspire her artistic creations.

Deniz’s new “Hawaiian Floral” encaustic series will be featured and translated into infused metal and greeting cards. In addition to her metal and fused glass sculptures, this showcasing includes clay sculpture and her woven Boho and Leather feather jewelry line.

Lucchesi will be hosting an artist reception on Friday, Oct. 11, from 5-8 p.m., in addition to hosting Deniz’ studio location #12 on this year’s Open Studio Tour Nevada County West the weekends of Oct. 12-13, and Oct. 19-20, from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Visit the Lucchesi Tasting room at 128 Mill St., Grass Valley, for an opportunity to meet the artist and enjoy the “Marking The Moment” collection.

For more information and a viewing of Deniz’s works, visit or contact Lisa Deniz at or 916-801-8971.

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