Artist ‘Gets Away’ to Nevada City to paint in Nevada City |

Artist ‘Gets Away’ to Nevada City to paint in Nevada City

“Rough and Ready Ditch, Nevada City”, 30” x 22” Sumi Ink and Acryllic on non woven paper by Amy Mills.
Submitted photo to Prospector |

When gallery owner/artist LeeAnn Brook and Amy Mills met in Brook’s gallery last month, they immediately struck up a conversation about their affinity for art.

When Mills shared with Brook, that she had rented a small cabin down the street from the gallery to paint, Brook was fascinated. As it turned out, the house was down the street from where Brook lived, and Brook knew the exact area of forest where Mills was painting.

Brook invited her to come back to the gallery in a month to share what she had done. When Mills brought in her work, Brook was immediately struck by the beauty of what she had created and the serendipity of the meeting. About to open a show at the gallery this Friday, called “Into the Woods”, Brook invited the Bay Area artist to show a few of her paintings in a group show, as they fit perfectly with the theme of the show.

Mills had rented the little cabin for the summer for the sole purpose of getting back to nature. To prepare for her adventure, Mills made 100 sheets of “ground papers” with which she could spend her time painting the natural scenery of Nevada City. She wanted to restrict herself to painting in black and white, focusing the summer on understanding the play of light through the trees.

“This dapple of light is something that has always intrigued me and my passion has always been working with brush and ink and block printing. It was my intention to just make paintings and not worry about the outcome, yet hoping that some of this would eventually become block printed material for the wallpaper factory I run out of Oakland,” said Mills.

Little did she know that the outcome would result in the showing her fine art work in a Nevada City gallery.

Amy Mills is an artist from the Bay Area who has been spending the summer painting in Nevada City. She studied art at the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Art in Philadelphia & State University of New York at Purchase. Concentrating in drawing and block printing, Amy’s BFA studies resulted in a series of landscape block prints she made under the tutelage of Antonio Frasconi.

From there, Amy went to work in NYC for a high end home goods supplier making hand painted wall coverings to the trade. After working the trade for over ten years, she set out on her own and started her own company Paper Mils which makes hand block printed wallpapers for architects and interior designers around the world.

The opening reception for the show is Friday from 5-8 p.m. at LeeAnn Brook Fine Art gallery and studio, 300 Spring Street in downtown Nevada City. Open Wednesdays through Sundays, noon to 5 p.m., more information about the gallery can be seen by visiting

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