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50 artists display their talents at Sunday’s Sierra Festival of the Arts

What a way to spend a Sunday, strolling downtown Grass Valley amongst artists displaying their fine art and fine crafts and being entertained by performers. In a tradition that has lasted two dozen years, the annual Sierra Festival of the Arts returns, bringing with it more than 50 local and regional artists.

Among the exhibitors returning this year is Sacramento photographer Gary Hart, who will be showing his new images of Yosemite and the Sierra Nevada. Award-winning stone turner Jack Richardson, David Lee with his hand-hewn wood bowls, and Liz Collins and her oil pastels are among the many local artists who will show off their talents at the festival.

Booths fill Mill Street between West Main and Neal streets Sunday in this day-long (10 a.m. to 5 p.m.) activity, and there is plenty of choice among the food/beverage vendors. Organizers have requested “no dogs.”

Festival producer Carol Herschleb says that one of her pleasures is seeing how artists mature and change over the years, often leaving one style behind in favor of a new direction. “Jeweler Mimi Musgrave, for example, is now creating pieces in stoneware with silver settings for a new, fresh look to her necklaces, bracelets and pins,” says Herschleb. “Nevada Union senior Jeanenne Richert will be showing her ceramics publicly for the first time, then she’s off in the fall to UC Berkeley to continue her art education.”

Go online at http://www.downtowngrassvalley.com and click on the downtown events link for more information.

Entertainment schedule

11 a.m. McKaig Wilson Band (Maggie McKaig and Luke Wilson)

Noon Bedouin Dancers

12:45 p.m. “Hurricane” Sam Rudin on blues piano

1:45 p.m. Bedouin Dancers return

2:30 p.m. McKaig Wilson Band returns

3:45 p.m. “Hurricane” Sam Rudin on blues piano plays final set of the day

Jennifer Cull works in stone

Penn Valley sculptor Jennifer Cull works with hammers, chisels, and files – all hand tools such as Michelangelo used – on steatite and chlorite, stones she gathers from Oregon. She turns them into stone vases that are works of art. Her biggest stone sculpture is “Daphne” (on the cover), which weighs in at 85 pounds, stands close to 2 feet tall and is one of her most expensive pieces ($5,000; her lowest come in around $40).

Cull, who shows in up to 25 fine art festivals a year throughout the West, praises the Sierra Festival of the Arts, in which she has participated for about seven years. “It’s important to me,” she says, “as a way to keep in contact with local patrons. It’s gotten to be a truly professional show.”

See her work on the Web at http://www.jennifercull-


– The Union staff

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