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Get out, get arty this week

American Indian rock art will be featured in monthlong exhibits, highlighted Saturday in Grass Valley.
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Art enthusiasts have several options this week for viewing works of area residents.

For starters, the Friends of Sierra Rock Art opens “Prehistoric Artists in Stone,” which features monthlong exhibits and presentations on Saturday.

The celebration is in honor of California Archeology Month and includes five art exhibits, two lectures with slide presentations and two free children’s art classes featuring American Indian rock art and culture.



The grand opening will be from 3 to 5 p.m. Saturday at the Nevada County Arts Council, 251 S. Auburn St. in Grass Valley. A rock art slide show will be at 4 p.m.

Art exhibits through May 31 are at the arts council office (photography by Bill Drake and David McKay), Harmony Books (photography by Drake), Madelyn Helling Library (hand-printed images on fabric and paper by Willow Muraski-Brown and quilts by Charlotte Patera) and Tahoe National Forest Office at Coyote Street in Nevada City (photographs by McKay and Ostergard, and pottery by Dione Gruver).




From Monday through the end of the month, children’s art made at Museum of Ancient and Modern Art rock art painting classes will be displayed at Rood Administrative Center, 950 Maidu Ave.

The two free 7 p.m. lectures at Madelyn Helling Library will be on the next two Fridays.

Miwok Indian Marge Drone will present a slide show on artifacts and culture of Sierra Nevada Indians this Friday. Friends of Sierra Rock Art President Sunny Green will have a slide show on May 10 about rock paintings of the Southern Sierra.

Free art classes for children ages 6 and up will be this Saturday and next from 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. at the Nevada City Library. Classes will be taught by Zoe Alowan and Dick Hart from the Museum of Ancient and Modern Art.

Call 271-5955 or 265-2084 for more information about the exhibits, lectures or classes.

Ceramics, fiber arts, woodworking, jewelry, painting and other works by at least 40 artists will be on sale in Neighborhood Center of the Arts’ annual Spring Art Show, “Carnival of Life.”

The show runs from 1 to 5 p.m. today through Saturday.

Neighborhood Center of the Arts is a nonprofit organization founded 18 years ago to serve Nevada County residents with physical and mental disabilities.

Neighborhood Center of the Arts is at 200 Litton Drive, Suite 212, Grass Valley. Call 272-7287 with any questions.

The annual Pioneer Arts Membership Show opens Friday and runs through May 29 at Center for the Arts in Grass Valley.

A public reception and raffle will be from 2 to 5 p.m. this Sunday.

Center for the Arts is at 314 W. Main St. Call 274-8384 for more details and viewing hours.


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