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Expect slides, stories, movement and the unexpected tonight as Nevada County-based artist Menlo MacFarlane is featured at an ArtTalk sponsored by and at Julie Baker Fine Art Gallery.

Focusing on his decades in the performance and visual art worlds, MacFarlane will discuss the metamorphosis of his various styles, symbolism and personal hieroglyphics, and how his work relates to what he calls “story art.”



The Grass Valley artist will also read short literary works that inspired his paintings, such as “Alfred Hitchcock Goes to Church” (which was part of a show displayed across the country during the 1990s), “My Wife the Amphibian,” “Jason the Fish” and “The Foul Mouthed Boy” (about his own father-son relationship).




A storyteller by nature, MacFarlane likes his paintings to reveal mythical figures engaged in a visual drama of collage, abstraction and representation.

Since his late teens, MacFarlane has worked successfully in several media.

At 17, he moved from his native Canada to New York City and became a professional dancer for Nicolais & Louis Dance Theater Lab, Merce Cunningham, and the Harlem Dance Theatre. He toured as a dancer around the world for 18 years before deciding to concentrate on the visual arts.

MacFarlane is also a published writer, a musician who has performed locally with The Black Valley group of poets and storytellers, and a painter at his third-floor art studio at St. Joseph’s Cultural Center in Grass Valley.

His paper and canvas art works are displayed in galleries and museums throughout the United States, Canada, Russia and Europe.

MacFarlane is also co-owner of The Truffle Shop in Nevada City and can be seen at community events making his Nevada City Iced Cappuccino specialities.

MacFarlane’s most recent paintings are included in the current exhibition at Julie Baker Fine Art, “baker’s dozen,” which will be on display through Feb. 16.

Know and Go

WHAT: ArtTalk by Menlo MacFarlane

WHEN: Tonight from 6 to 7:30 p.m.

WHERE: Julie Baker Fine Art, 120 N. Auburn St., Suite A, Grass Valley

ADMISSION: $5

INFORMATION: 273-0910 to reserve your seat.


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