New exhibit goes ‘Into the Forest’ |

New exhibit goes ‘Into the Forest’


Who: Heather deViveiros, Sarah CV Hendrickson and Jennifer Rain Crosby.

What: Artist Reception for Into the Forest - tree themed paintings and mixed media works

When: 4 to 6 p.m. Friday, Jan. 9, exhibit continues at Lucchesi Tasting Room through Sunday

Where: Lucchesi Vineyards Tasting Room 128 Mill St. Grass Valley

INFO: Amanda Paoletti, 530-274-7000 or Linda Clough, 530-274-2164

This Friday, ASiF Gallery at Lucchesi Winery will host an artist reception from 4 to 6 p.m. Friday for Into the Forest, an exhibition of paintings and mixed media artworks by Heather deViveiros, Sarah CV Hendrickson and Jennifer Rain Crosby.

Forests offer endless inspiration for visual artists — the trees, the cast of stars — tremendous in form, they symbolize beauty, strength and fortitude. The moss, mulch and duff of its stage, its countless inhabitants are just a few of the magical subjects that make a forest speak in captivating verse, without a single word, according to the Artist Studio in the Foothills.

Heather deViveiros is a self taught painter and muralist. She describes her bold, un-selfconscious works as “inner landscapes,” expressing the rawness of color, texture, line and form of her “inner world.”

“I’m not interested in realism, but rather the process of pulling the material within — out of myself. I feel successful with a finished piece when I see the tone and essence of what I felt when I painted it. I am forever attracted to the themes of nature…..trees, flowers, clouds and skies, vistas and landscapes. Trees and forest seem to be a metaphor for the journey of living and the navigation of my own heart,” deViveiros said.

Hendrickson is a mixed media artist with beginnings in sculpture and painting. Her works are aglow with soft colorful light whose delicate canopies drape and define her subjects of trees, branches, acorns and birds, according to her bio.

“I love color, and looking at trees everyday to see the subtle changes that happen. Color speaks of emotion and mood, and is often the heartbeat of a painting. I grew up observing and listening, and finding quiet spots to do so,” Hendrickson said. “A tree, to me is a symbol of a lifetime. Starting as a seed, a tree takes root, and through many seasons, adapting to all the elements thrown at it, it grows… through drought, rain, sun, insects, children, solitude, crowding, fire, birds… stands a beautiful unique tree.”

Rain-Crosby is a painter, writer and illustrator. She paints in a variety of styles, from mythic fantasy to plein aire — in oils, acrylics and water color. Recent collaborations with co-show artist, deViveiros, include a series of mural paintings in private homes of local residents.

“Why do I paint trees? – I have always loved to look at them. Trees are full of patterns… branches, sky, leaves, duff, bark. I love the colors of the forest, the moods of light and shadow. For the past couple of years I have painted tree “portaits,” Rain-Crosby said. “Trees aren’t always just trees to me… they are old friends. I recently had a dream about this show at Lucchesi… I was talking to a stranger about why I love to paint trees. They listened thoughtfully and then replied, that in another language the word for forest is the same as the word for heart. Perhaps the painting of trees is an exploration of my own heart.”

Surprising as it is, the theme for this show and its naming took place the morning the three artists arrived to hang it, when it was discovered that each and every painting was indeed — tree themed.

“This trio of artists has quite a long history of sharing creative space, and working collaboratively so we all knew the chemistry would be there, but for it to come together so perfectly, with every piece sharing a common theme was an extra special surprise,” said Amanda Paoletti, owner director of ASiF Studios.

Into the Forest is a traveling show. It will be on display at Lucchesi Winery now through Sunday. It will then move to ASiF Gallery located at 940 Idaho Maryland Road, in Grass Valley, where it will exhibit through the end of February.

For information on this exhibit and the artists contact Amanda Paoletti at or follow ASiF’s Facebook page. For info about the tasting room gallery and its hours please contact Linda Clough at 530-274-2164. The Lucchesi Tasting Room is located at 128 Mill St. in Grass Valley.

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