Art exhibits aplenty opening this week |

Art exhibits aplenty opening this week

Four art exhibits open this week in Grass Valley and Nevada City. Two are group shows, one for a nonprofit organization and the other benefiting Nevada Union High School. Several genres are represented in the exhibits.

Through Feb. 27, the Neighborhood Center of the Arts will highlight paintings, drawings, jewelry and ceramics by clients Winnie O’Haver, Liz Meek and Barbie Wilkins.

Founded 20 years ago, the Neighborhood Center of the Arts operates an art and community program for developmentally disabled adults in Grass Valley.

“Each of the three featured artists have a strong following in our community,” said Ellen Persa, the center’s executive director. “Their work is remarkable – colorful, fun and a true glimpse into their creative souls.”

In addition to works by these artists, art from many of the other 58 center clients will be shown and available for purchase. Artists receive 60 percent of sales from each piece sold.

The art exhibit/show opens Friday and runs Mondays through Fridays from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The Neighborhood Center of the Arts is at 200 Litton Drive, Suite 212.

Call 272-7287 or visit its Web site at http://www.neighborhoodcenterofthe for more information.

Eli Rush’s color cibachrome prints of the Sierra landscape will be displayed all month at the Center for the Arts in Grass Valley.

His approximately 20 images are of the North Yuba, the Eastern Sierra, Death Valley and local images of the South Yuba and Rock Creek. Prints are made from medium and large format transparencies. All but three prints are new.

Rush has been a wilderness photographer since 1982 when he bought a camera to record activity during his first trip to the Canadian Yukon. Since then, he has led wilderness expeditions to uninhabited locations, including the remote areas of the Bolivian rain forest and the Yukon.

An opening reception for Rush’s exhibit will be Sunday from 2 to 5 p.m. Viewing hours are Mondays to Fridays from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. and other hours during events.

The center is at 314 W. Main St., Grass Valley. Call 274-8384 for any questions.

The Fine Arts Department of Nevada Union High School will have a three-day art show at the Miners Foundry Cultural Center in Nevada City, culminating with “An Evening for the Arts” benefit dinner on Feb. 12.

Starting Tuesday, an art exhibit, featuring the works of students, alumni and professionals, will be set up. The exhibition is open daily from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. All works are for sale in a silent auction.

Feb. 12th’s benefit dinner includes flamenco music and dance with GoPaul Slavonic and Drea Pacot. Tickets range from $30 to $150. Dinner begins at 6 p.m. and entertainment follows two hours later.

Proceeds will go toward instructional materials and supplies for the award-winning high school’s Fine Arts Department.

Call photography teacher David Arnold at 273-4431, extension 262, for more information.

Next door, oil painter Wendy Detweiler will have her first month-long exhibit Tuesday at the Nevada City Winery’s wine-tasting room.

At least 23 of her oil paintings depicting local and California scenes are in the exhibit.

The winery is at 321 Spring St., Nevada City. Hours are 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday through Saturday, and noon-5 p.m. Sunday. Call 265-9463 for more information.

All of Detweiler’s works can also be seen online at

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