Penn Valley gets new gallery |

Penn Valley gets new gallery

Susie Peterson, a businesswoman and art enthusiast, has just opened a new art gallery in Penn Valley across from Lake Wildwood in the Wildwood Business Center. If you are looking for that perfect Easter gift, stop in to see her Thomas Kinkade paintings and her Cow Parade and Painted Pony figurine collectibles. The soothing gallery ambiance and the Kinkade paintings are so magnetic that you feel like you have had a “20-second vacation” as you are drawn into the scenes.

Besides being the only authorized dealer for Thomas Kinkade in Nevada County, the gallery also has a special room to feature local LWW and area artists. In contrast to the deep green walls with strategic spotlights in the Kinkade gallery, this area of the gallery is light and bright and shows off a wide range of local art and artists. Featured artists include Carolyn Cappello with her award-winning botanical, floral and still life watercolors and note cards. Fran Ramirez, a seasoned artist and regular contributor to the annual Hospice Arts & Flowers fund-raiser in the spring, is displaying her Shibui art with a timeless Oriental flair. Tom Norr is also featured with a variety of his oil paintings including an original painting of the “star” barn off of Highway 49. Tom will be the featured artist at the Lake Wildwood clubhouse for May and June. Eileen Langan has several of her acrylic paintings of animals on display; the horse lovers will want to see these. Maria Faria is showing her mixed media pieces in the gallery, and David Arstein is displaying a range of photographic art in both black and white and color.

Susie’s gallery is a nice addition to the community. When I asked Susie what prompted her to open a gallery in Penn Valley, it was really a “buy locally” story. It seems that Susie and her husband, Herb Peterson, would buy a Thomas Kinkade painting each year for Herb’s mother. After moving to Penn Valley, they disliked fighting the Roseville traffic at Christmas and decided to open their own gallery close to home. Since no one else in the county owned the franchise, Susie jumped at the opportunity and opened her gallery last week at 11368 Pleasant Valley Road. The gallery is open Tuesday through Saturday. Call 432-4551 for store hours.

Another great addition to Penn Valley is the new Palermo’s Country Market on Penn Valley Drive.

The store is bright, open, inviting and worth a visit. While they have a nice selection of groceries, the market also has a wonderful deli, a sophisticated wine room, and a large selection of organic and specialty foods. This might be a good stop when planning your Easter dinner.

Speaking of Easter, I will be helping sell See’s candy in front of Raley’s today on behalf of Child Advocates of Nevada County. Stop by and say hello between 11 a.m. and 1 p.m., and I will treat you to a See’s lollipop. There is also a larger See’s store set up in a modular trailer across from the Dollar Tree that will be open through Saturday. Keep in mind that your candy purchases help to provide advocacy, education, prevention, and intervention services so that our local children can grow up free from abuse and neglect.

The weather looks like it will be clear for the weekend so don’t forget about the Buttermilk Bend Trail at Bridgeport. Docents will be leading tours every Saturday and Sunday at 11 am. through Memorial Day.

Just a reminder – there are only four weeks left to get in shape for the fifth annual Penn Valley Daffodil Run on Sunday, April 10. Over 300 participants will join the 5K or 10K Runs. Call Joan Bumpus at 432-9102 for more information.


Got a tip about someone or something in Lake Wildwood? Contact Shirl Mendonca at 432-3787 or via e-mail.

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