Jerianne Van Dijk opens her studio-gallery |

Jerianne Van Dijk opens her studio-gallery

This has been a fulfilling work year for Jerianne Van Dijk, a watercolorist and full-time illustrator.

Last January, she moved her illustration business from her Alta Sierra basement to 205 W. Main Street in downtown Grass Valley because she wanted to be more accessible to clients.

And she recently opened her studio-gallery to the general public.

“This is a great location, across the street from Holbrooke Hotel,” the artist said.

Van Dijk entered the art field 25 years ago by assisting the main artist at ButtonWorks in Nevada City. She went on her own in the early 1980s to focus on fine arts and illustrations.

Today, Van Dijk is creating labels, book illustrations, calendars and posters for companies across the country during the week and working on fine art in her spare time.

Van Dijk’s favorite subjects for watercolors are Nevada County’s architecture and landscapes.

In the gallery, Van Dijk’s watercolors and prints range from architecture, florals, landscapes and enchanting area scenes. Several of these watercolors have been marketed worldwide after being reproduced in calendars, books, posters and prints as well as label art.

“The gallery is fresh. Viewers will like it upstairs. They’re always surprised once they climb the steps,” Van Dijk remarked.

Gallery viewing hours are from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Fridays and from noon to 3 p.m. Saturdays. During the four downtown Cornish Christmas celebrations (the next four Fridays through Dec. 20), the gallery will be open until 9 p.m.

Call 271-0676 to arrange other hours or for more information.

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