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A cut aboveLocal artist invited to Facebook’s Artist in Residency

Nevada County artist Tahiti Pehrson was invited to be an Artist in Residency at Facebook's Menlo Park headquarters, beginning Wednesday. His intricate paper cut designs will be installed at the facility as part of the social networking company's permanent collection.
Submitted by Tahiti Pehrson |

Tahiti Pehrson’s Facebook post last week was definitely worthy of sharing. The Nevada City-based artist proclaimed his excitement to begin an Artist in Residency with the social networking giant. Starting Wednesday, Pehrson will spend two weeks at Facebook’s Menlo Park headquarters installing his largest work to date.

The Facebook Artist in Residency program was founded to showcase emerging artists. The artists are paid to spend a month living near the campus and creating work on site at Facebook. Those pieces then become part of a permanent Facebook collection, Pehrson explained.

Due to the intricate nature of his work — Pehrson uses small cuts in paper to create beautiful, highly detailed designs — Pehrson has already begun work on his pieces and will spend two weeks installing them at the facility.

His artwork will fill a two-story alcove with a glass ceiling.

“I’m doing as much as I can enhancing the space with three-dimensional forms that will filter light coming down from above and sort of layer the light and shadow that coming through,” Pehrson said.

Pehrson grew up in Nevada County and attended the San Francisco Art Institute. He remained in the Bay Area until about eight years ago when he moved back to Nevada County to raise his family, he said. But the Bay Area remains his hub for art, where he has established a reputation. He was invited to participate in the Artist in Residency by Facebook’s curator, who was familiar with Pehrson’s work.

While his completed work will remain private — available for viewing by Facebook employees and visitors — Pehrson says he hopes the program will be a boost to his career.

“I know they’ve invested in really great artists over time. I’m pretty honored to be in the pantheon of other great artists of the Bay Area, California and everywhere,” he said.

Learn more about Pehrson’s work at http://www.tahitipehrson.com/.

Features Editor Brett Bentley can be reached at bbentley@theunion.com or by calling 530-477-4219.

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