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‘Homegrown’ shows off success of local artists

Twenty-one of some of Nevada County’s finest artists in a variety of media are being featured in a Nevada City exhibition, “Homegrown,” through the end of the year. Their success stories run parallel with the success of Julie Baker Fine Art, the gallery that is showing their works-a symbiotic relationship, you might call it.

The career of Matt Duffin exemplifies the serendipitous partnering. In a few short years, Duffin’s work has gone from being never before shown in the art market to being sought by top collectors and having a solo show in New York on the schedule this fall.

Since its inception five years ago, Julie Baker Fine Art has achieved its goal of building the careers of emerging and mid-career artists from across the nation, says owner Julie Baker. In the process, though, the rich talent of local artists was discovered. A transplant from New York, Baker says, “I was happily surprised when a handful of artists working in the Nevada City area were making art that exhibited the qualities I wished to highlight in my gallery, (such as) unusual approaches to process, imagery and medium with a contemporary aesthetic.”

As half a decade of being in business is often the point that Baker says redefines the gallery from neophyte to accomplished, “It’s a perfect time to give a nod to those artists closest to home.”

WHAT: “Homegrown,” a show that features 21 local artists

WHEN: Artist reception (and exhibition opening) is Friday, Nov. 10, 6-9 p.m.; the show runs through Dec. 31.

WHERE: Julie Baker Fine Art, 246 Commercial St., Nevada City (hours: Monday – Saturday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Sunday 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.



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