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County stirs artistic juices

Vividly painted cowgirls and Latin ladies going to market will go on display during an exhibit at the Flying Hare Art Gallery this Sunday.

The exhibit is one of many avenues artists in western Nevada county have to showcase their work.

Art is an important contributor to the economic viability of the area. During the 1970s, creative thinkers, poets and artists from the Bay Area moved to the mining towns of Grass Valley and Nevada City where they spurred revitalization efforts.



Self-taught artist Linda Carter Holman will be at the Grass Valley gallery from 3 to 7 p.m. Sunday. Original oil paintings, Giclee prints and signed and numbered lithographs will be available.

On Sept. 10, local artists will join 86 artists from outside the area at the South Nevada County Fine Art and Wine Festival.




Artist life

The bright oil colors and images of women and children painted in a “naive style” attracted gallery owner Rachel Kelly.

“I had a vision of this kind of work hanging in my gallery,” she said.

Holman lives in Oregon House with her husband in a log home filled with crates of paintings inspired from days lived in the Southwest and a childhood in Venezuela.

“She looks like she stepped out of another era,” Kelly said. When she first met Holman, the artist was dressed in a high neck blouse with a big brooch and a flamenco skirt with her hair tied in fabric.

Holman will sign her book, “Evolution of a Self-Taught Painter.” The book chronicles Holman’s life with 200 color illustrations and received a 2006 Independent Publishers Award.

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To contact Staff Writer Laura Brown, e-mail laurab@theunion.com or call 477-4231.

Links to local art galleries and art related events:

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http://www.nevadacity chamber.com/membership /artgalleries.cfm

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http://www.nevadacounty artscouncil.org/

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http://www.thecenterfor thearts.org/


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