Smallworks show set for Friday |

Smallworks show set for Friday

The Artists’ Studio in the Foothills (ASiF) Visual Arts Center is hosting its eighth annual Smallworks in the Foothills Holiday Show this Friday, from 5-8 p.m.,
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The Artists’ Studio in the Foothills (ASiF) Visual Arts Center is hosting its eighth annual Smallworks in the Foothills Holiday Show.

This Friday, from 5-8 p.m., the center invites the public to celebrate their Smallworks Holiday Show with fine art, food, wine and live music. Many agree this is ASiF’s best event of the year, combining holiday gift shopping with a fine art gallery experience that supports local artists, according to organizations.

Each year the Smallworks Holiday Show brings the center’s gallery walls to life with hundreds of original, one-of-a-kind works of art — paintings, drawings, prints, photographs, mixed-media art, jewelry, ceramics and sculptural and functional works, all under 12 inches in size and perfect for holiday gift giving.

Each carefully composed gallery wall is a work of art in itself consisting of one or more of each of the 50 participants — up to 10 art entries.

For this special gallery event, hundreds of small artworks are collaged together by theme — trees, birds, water, landscape and figurative works create a kind of visual poetry with universally symbolic imagery. The walls themselves, like vibrant mosaics, invite the viewer first, to ponder the many creative interpretations of a single theme, and then to explore the intimate details of each artist’s unique vision.

The Friday night event will feature live experimental music by guitarist Jim Rodney.

Rodney describes his music as free range improvisation with surprising instrumental voicing. The music ranges from pulsing soundscapes to jazzy, groove/electronica.

Artworks will be continually “sold off the wall,” creating what becomes an ever-changing exhibit. Guests are encouraged to shop for one-of-a-kind holiday gifts and to take their purchases with them. Each time a piece is sold, a new one is brought out to replace it. The juried show continually accepts new artists and artworks throughout the course of the show.

“And mark your calendars for next month,” said Amanda Paoletti, ASiF owner-director. ASiF’s Holiday Open House & Trunk Show will be held from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Dec. 12 This is an all-day art event featuring special guest artists. Demonstrations and drop in holiday gift making workshops will be offered by Allison Bischo-Berger Fiber Arts, Diana Fayt Ceramics and Karen McKenzie Jewelry.

The Smallworks Holiday Show runs from Friday through Dec. 23.

The center is open to the public from 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday, or by appointment by calling 530-274-7000.

The Artists’ Studio in the Foothills is located at 940 Idaho Maryland Road, in Grass Valley. For more information, go to or call 530-274-7000.

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