Reception Sunday for Jerry Murphy, landscape painter |

Reception Sunday for Jerry Murphy, landscape painter

Jerry Murphy plans to be on hand to give personal tours of his oil paintings on weekends during his art exhibition, and, of course, to host his reception Sunday.

His detailed and intricate oil paintings cover a wide range of subject matter, including landscapes, people and animals. He gets a great deal of satisfaction painting local Nevada County scenes, receiving most acclaim for his paintings of barns and animals – all in the style of realism.

He usually works from his large collection of catalogued photographs, sometimes taping several together to create a panoramic image of a landscape. Recently, he completed a painting of himself and his brother in Ketchikan, Alaska, where both were born, working from family photographs.

At any given time, Murphy says, he has many paintings in progress. “I spend up to 40 hours on each one,” he says, although he admits some paintings require even years before he is completely satisfied, being the perfectionist he is.

Growing up in western Washington with Alaskan roots influenced his art, much of which is of rural and wilderness landscapes.

Numerous awards have come his way, including Best of Show at the San Mateo County Fair. At the Nevada County Fair he won first-place ribbons and two Proud Tradition awards. He also won a Best in Show for his first-ever sculpture, a humpback whale cast in bronze. Since moving permanently to Nevada County in 1996, he has studied with local artist Max Ferry.

Look for Murphy’s work in Nevada City at Showcase Gallery on Broad Street, Summer Nights, and Victorian Christmas, as well as at the Sierra Festival of the Arts.

Reproduction prints will be for sale during the exhibit.

WHAT: One-man art show

WHEN: The artist will be available Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, Noon to 5 p.m., plus the same time the two following weekends, April 8-10 and April 15-17. The new day for the artist reception is Sunday, 4-6 p.m. The exhibition runs through April 17.

WHERE: The Center for the Arts Main Gallery, 314 W. Main St., Grass Valley

ADMISSION: No charge

INFORMATION: 270-0288. On the Web at

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