Painting a life after Lyme disease: A solo exhibit by local artist Riki Colby |

Painting a life after Lyme disease: A solo exhibit by local artist Riki Colby

During the month of June, The Ridge Stop Cafe presents an exhibition of acrylic and watercolor paintings by local artist Riki Colby.

A longtime resident of the San Juan Ridge, Colby began to paint when she attended a required art course for her degree at Sierra College.

Twenty years prior, Colby had been bitten by a Lyme infested tick, resulting in symptoms of a significant deficiency of cognitive functions.

“My health problems had reduced my brain function in such a way that I did not remember things I had just studied. I got lost when I went places that I knew. My speech was hard and things were just difficult,” Colby said.

“When I started painting five years ago, I noticed the way that my brain worked was improving,” Colby added. “I have been told that, for every stroke of my brush, my brain has to process a lot of information for me to set my paint filled-brush to the canvas.

“Painting has taken my sleeping brain and given it passion and new life,” she said.

Colby is president of the Pioneer Art Council, the longest running art club in Nevada County. She has also garnered three awards for her paintings in local juried shows, most recently at the Pioneer Arts Membership Show.

An artist reception will be held for Colby from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Sunday at The Ridge Stop Cafe (see box for details).

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WHAT: Solo Art Exhibit, by Riki Colby

WHEN: Month of June; artist reception 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. Sunday

WHERE: The Ridge Stop Cafe, 29318 Highway 49, North San Juan


INFORMATION: Call 292-3488, or visit

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