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Self-portrait special exhibit at Art Works Gallery

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Summer is in full swing at the Art Works Gallery. After the quarterly rotation in July, Art Works Gallery artists have recreated the gallery and brought in new work and displays. Come by and have a look at the latest work, including summary expressions of the region and community.

Art Works Gallery will be having its annual fall sale beginning in September, and this time it will be 15 percent off for the whole month. From Aug. 5 to Sept. 16, Art Works Gallery will have a special exhibit in which 19 artists will showcase self-portraits in all types of media. Some samples and inspirations follow:

"Monte and me" painting by Cheryl Wilson

"Although the girl takes up more of the canvas, it is the dog who is the real star of the picture. It is a picture of Monte and me standing in a field during obedience class when he was young. By now I would say that Monte has me very well trained indeed."

"I'm a Pretty Good Idea Self-portrait" mosaic by Susan Crocenzi

"Everything in this piece represents the emergence of ideas. Some are incubating. Some are fast moving and quite purposeful, as if they've been summoned. Some are decaying, falling back into the subterranean recycler. Some are bubbling up into a conscious state, and some are headed even farther than that."

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"Two-sided Portrait" painting by Katie Wolff

"As a portrait artist I wanted to do a nice portrait to encourage patrons to commission me to do themselves or a loved on, but I still wanted a different 'twist' to it. I created a two-sided portrait that hangs in my open wall between my living room and a walkway. Now I finally have a portrait of the little guy too!"

"The Inner Life of an Artist" painting by Kathryn Wronski

"The ocean and dogs are very important in my life. Both give me a sense of calm. To work on a painting that was for me, not a commission, made me go to this place in my mind where the only sounds are the ocean and a few seagulls with gentle nudges from Babs. A good day."

"Last Day in Barcelona" photograph by Gail Lipson

"We were wandering around Barcelona on the last day of our European trip when we came across this building whose facade looked like shards of a mirror. We waved to ourselves, said farewell to Barcelona."

Come see the 36 member/artists displaying their work in the Art Works Gallery, which exhibits a high-quality collection of artwork in jewelry, furniture, paintings, photography, ceramics, fiber arts, woodwork, mixed media and sculpture.

The Art Works Gallery is open daily and located at 113 Mill St. in Grass Valley. For more information about Art Works Gallery, go to http:// artworksgalleryco-op.com.

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