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Twofold show of Art upcoming at Nevada City’s First Friday Artwalk

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WHAT: “Into the Woods” show at LeeAnn Brook Fine Art

“Botanika” show at Nevada City Winery

WHEN: Aug. 1 – 31, 2017

WHERE: Opening Reception: Aug. 4, 5-8 p.m.

LeeAnn Brook Fine Art, 300 Spring St., Nevada City

Opening Reception: Aug. 4, 5-7 p.m.

Nevada City Winery, 321 Spring St., Nevada City

INFO: LeeAnn Brook, 530-265-6817

Two shows with work by Nevada City artist LeeAnn Brook will open across the street from each other on Nevada City’s final First Friday Artwalk on Aug. 4.

Nevada City Winery located at 321 Spring Street, will host Brook’s show “Botanika”, from 5 to 7 p.m., with live music by John Girton. LeeAnn Brook Fine Art gallery will open with “Into the Woods”, from 5 to 8 p.m., live music by Induction.

The gallery is located at 300 Spring St. in Nevada City. Both shows will run through Aug. 31.



‘Botanika’ at Nevada City Winery

Exhibiting for the 12th year in a row at Nevada City Winery, Brook’s show “Botanika” will feature an array of her paintings that are inspired by gardens in the wild. Incorporating collage, acrylic and mixed media, the contemporary paintings are filled with depth in Brook’s interpretive manner that explores line, texture and a unique use of color.




Brook’s inspiration for painting gardens in the wild started twelve years ago after hiking in the Sierra. She was inspired by the meandering red willows by the streambeds in the Martis Valley area of Truckee, and started a series from her memory of that area.

“Instead of painting from photographs, I use my memory as a source of inspiration, recalling the nuances of light, color shifts and textural patterns in nature. The richness of wild botanical forms are a constant delight to me, bringing never-ending inspiration to the canvas,” said Brook.

The show will feature large and small format mixed media paintings, her award-winning book “Points of Inspiration: An Artist’s Journey with Painting and Photography”, limited edition giclee reproductions of her paintings and greeting cards.

‘Into the Woods’ at gallery

“Into the Woods” will feature contemporary carved paintings by San Francisco artist Bob Armstrong and mixed media paintings by LeeAnn Brook. The show at LeeAnn Brook Fine Art gallery will feature art inspired by natural forms found in forests and woodlands from both artists.

San Francisco native Bob Armstrong’s carved paintings focus on the beauty of design and rich textures found in nature. While nature’s patterns and geometry provide the structure for these paintings, color is the lure for this artist. Armstrong’s fresh, contemporary interpretations position the stark beauty of grasses, thistles and various plant forms next to richly colored panels, with the final composition resembling windows into nature. By using wood panels as a substrate, he carves out plant forms that investigate nature’s structures, complementing each panel with highly focused color harmonies ranging from subtle grays to vivid, saturated color. His work is influenced by Japanese art and by the California Arts and Crafts movement, with their shared insistence on grace and compositional beauty.

“The poetic impulse is crucial, and the poet Pablo Neruda offers a telling insight: ‘Blossom and water and wheat kernel share one precious consistency: the sumptuous appeal of the tactile.’ It is this common but endlessly varied tactility that inspires me in my artwork,” Armstrong said.

ABOUT THE ARTIST

Brook’s large format contemporary mixed media paintings will show a range of work that focuses on trees and forests, utilizing her unique mix of hand-altered collage materials, acrylic and other media. Highly textured surfaces draw the eye into loosely defined landscapes that play with color, form and mood. Brook is a five-time award recipient from the California State Fair, and a four-time winner at the Wild & Scenic Film Festival.

LeeAnn Brook Fine Art also features Brook’s working studio inside the gallery, as well as the work of additional artists including ceramics, printmaking, wood vessels, hand blown glass, handmade furniture, custom lamps, and Japanese antiques.

The gallery is open Wednesdays through Sundays, noon to 5 p.m. Visit http://www.leeannbrookfineart.com/gallery for information.


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