The 888 show: A collaboration of eight local artists |

The 888 show: A collaboration of eight local artists

One of 64 pieces of 8-inch by 8-inch art, done by one of eight artists, for exhibit during the month of August as part of the 888 collaboration show by local artists. The show is currently on display at Szabo Vineyards tasting room in Nevada City.
Submitted by Ed Hensley |

Eight artists challenged themselves to create a show that embodies the diversity of art in our community: eight individual artists in one cohesive presentation. The result is the “888” show which opened July 24 at Szabo Winery Tasting Room, 316 Broad St. in downtown Nevada City. Eight artists working in eight different media present eight works, each of which is 8 inches by 8 inches.

It’s no coincidence that the 888 show will continue through the entire month of, August, the eighth month. The show concludes Sept. 6.

Each of the participating artists work in a different medium: Eileen Blodgett, monotypes, Deborah Bridges, encaustic mixed media, Yvonne Dockter, metal and more, Ed Hensley, photography, Laura Morton, etching collage, Rene Sprattling, ceramics, Peggy Wright, mixed media relief sculpture, Kathy Wronski, oil painting

The concept of this show, which assembles 64 small format examples of local art, was developed by two of the artists, Wright and Sprattling, as they walked at Hirschman’s Pond last year. Both women had enjoyed and learned from participating in other collaborative shows, so they decided to invite six diverse local artists to join them in this art venture.

“We thought the viewing public would enjoy seeing the ‘studies’ of 8 artists in 8 different media,” says Peggy Wright, artist and co-owner of Treats in Nevada City.

“Seeing the work which has been created just for this show has been so exciting. This is the best kind of artistic collaboration, one that pushes each of us beyond our comfort zone to create something unique. We all grow in the process,” adds Eileen Blodgett.

An artists’ reception will be from 4 to 6 p.m. Aug. 17 at Szabo and the work will be on display during the August and September Friday Art Walks in Nevada City. Szabo Tasting Room is open to the public Thursday – Sunday afternoons until closing time in the evening.

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