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Len Ackeret’s art exhibit focuses on reverse paintings

After noticing by chance a reverse painting five years ago in Sacramento, Len Ackeret decided to teach himself how to create such a work. Up to that point, the recreational artist, then 91, had worked since early adulthood with watercolors, oils and wax.

Today, the Rough and Ready artist works almost exclusively in reverse paintings; he has completed more than 85 works. Ackeret’s show, “A Library of Images,” opens Friday at the Center for the Arts in Grass Valley and showcases his reverse paintings of abstracts, florals, landscapes, portraits and still lifes.

Ackeret’s passion of the past five years contains several steps.

After painting on the back of a sheet of glass, he masks that part of the painting and works on the border using a technique he created.

Ackeret then applies water droplets to the acrylic paint, allowing patterns to develop before he freezes the desired pattern.

“A Library of Images” will be up through July 11 at the center’s gallery. An artist’s reception Sunday will be from 2 to 5 p.m. Other viewing hours are from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesdays through Saturdays.

The Center for the Arts is at 314 W. Main St., Grass Valley. Call 265-4042 or 274-8384 for more details.

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