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Visual art aficionados in Grass Valley and Nevada City will wish they had more hours in the day both Friday and Saturday.

From receptions to events to openings, Nevada County1s art scene this weekend will keep art viewers happily on the move.

Friday marks a milestone for Julie Baker Fine Art, a downtown Grass Valley gallery celebrating its one-year anniversary with the opening of its second annual “Baker’s Dozen” exhibit and a free public party.



The exhibit features 13 works by 13 artists from Northern California and the East Coast.

Eleven of these artists will attend Friday’s party, which includes dance performances by the Glass Bead Players, music by DJ Enterprises and refreshments from 6 to 9 p.m.




The exhibit’s artists are Jim Miller, Nevada City; Jack Alvarez, Sacramento; Mari Andrews, Oakland; Michelle Stitz, Santa Cruz; Victoria Wagner, Occidental; Melissa Wood, Davis; Jennifer Johnson, Auburn; Lisa Lightman, Dennis McLeod, Reed Danziger and Tim Rose, San Francisco; Sylvia Hommert, New York; and Maggie Michael, Washington, D.C.

This year’s show includes sculpture, works on paper, and paintings, and features a “Source Room” in which each artist has supplied a self-portrait, a studio photo and a statement.

“The intention of this room is to humanize the works selected in the show and to give viewers a sense of the artist1s environment and purpose,” said gallery owner Julie Baker.

The “Baker’s Dozen” exhibit will be up through Jan. 25 at 120 N. Auburn St., Suite 100.

Gallery hours are 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., Tuesdays to Saturdays, and by appointment.

Call 273-0910 for more information.

Art lovers won’t have to travel far from Julie Baker Fine Art to feast on more art Friday. In fact, they’ll only have to take a few steps to next door’s WindHorse Rugs, where Virginia Ray’s healing wall sculptures and prayer flags exhibit opens that night with a reception from 5 to 8 p.m.

The Bay Area’s Ray will also be at the site from 1 to 4 p.m. Saturday, demonstrating how to complete a prayer flag out of handmade and dyed papers, natural found objects and prayer charms.

The exhibit runs through Dec. 28.

Call 273-9463 for more information.

Works of 59 artists will be in the Neighborhood Center of the Arts’ 2002 Holiday Art Show and Sale from noon to 5 p.m., Friday through Sunday.

Ceramics, fiber arts, paintings, jewelry, woodworking and photography will be featured.

The Neighborhood Center of the Arts, an adult day program for Nevada County residents with developmental disabilities, just welcomed its 60th client this past Tuesday.

“The clients take great pride in their work and knowing the art will end up in the homes of people who will appreciate it,” said Ellen Persa, Neighborhood Center of the Arts’ executive director.

Sixty percent of the price of each item sold goes to the artist. The remaining 40 percent helps cover costs of materials.

The center is at 200 Litton Drive, Suite 212, Grass Valley.

Call 272-7287 for more information.

The “Missing: Last Seen at the World Trade Center” exhibit opens at Nevada City’s Imaginarium this Saturday.

After traveling around the world for about two years, the exhibit by photographer Bronston Jones will be permanently displayed in the Smithsonian Institute. The Nevada City showing, which is the only Northern California-Nevada area stop, was arranged through the Nevada County Superintendent of Schools office.

The exhibit includes 175 flyers featuring missing victims of Sept. 11, 2001. New York City1s walls, lampposts, subway stops and phone booths were covered with these dramatic flyers offering a personal glimpse into lives destroyed by the East Coast terror attacks.

Exhibit viewing hours are noon to 5 p.m., Wednesdays through Sundays. It will be up through Dec. 22. Admission is $3 for adults and $1 for children under 18.

The Imaginarium is at the corner of Ridge and Zion streets.

Call 478-6400 or 478-6415 for more information.

A Fine Art Auction to benefit both the Nevada County Arts Council and the Museum of Ancient and Modern Art will be Saturday at the Grass Valley Veterans Memorial Building.

Starting at 4 p.m., dessert will be served and jazz will be provided by the Bill Douglass Ensemble. More than 200 paintings, sculpture, ceramics and fiber art by area artists will be auctioned at 7 p.m.

Admission is $15 per ticket or $25 for two tickets.

Ticket outlets are BriarPatch, Odyssey Books, Mostly Clay, Moonshine Books, E.J. Gold Fine Art and the arts council office.

The Vets Hall is at 255 S. Auburn St.

Call the arts council at 271-5955 or MAMA at 432-3080 for details.


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