Readers’ corner 05/26/08 |

Readers’ corner 05/26/08

fine arts gallery opens in sierra city

Sierra City is a lovely drive an hour or so up Highway 49, and now there’s another reason to meander up there.

The Sierra City Fine Arts Gallery held its grand opening on Saturday, featuring the work of photographers Darby Hayes, Mark Stevenson, Dee Wallace and Kathy Chow, and potter Marty Flora.

Kathy wrote to invite folks up there, saying the art reflects “the incredible natural beauty of that place, but with amazingly different styles.”

Darby Hayes’ award-winning, iconic images of Sierra County appear in magazines, corporate offices and galleries in Northern California. “Sierra Buttes Moonset” (shown above) is one of them.

Mark Stevenson was among 24 artists chosen in 2005 for the California State Senate’s Contemporary Art Collection, featuring his black-and-white large-format images.

Dee Wallace brings his knowledge of the history and geography of Sierra County to his photography.

Kathy’s intimate aspects of the landscape have been exhibited in several galleries in Hawaii.

Marty Flora’s ceramic pieces use raku and horsehair techniques for functional and decorative items, and have been exhibited regionally.

Sierra City is 12 miles east of Downieville on the North Fork Yuba River. The gallery is in the 1871 red brick Busch Building, at 231 Main St. Call 862-0607 for more.

a must read: moyers piece on democracy

Reader Ben Emery sent a link to an essay with this recommendation:

“Bill Moyers wrote a great piece on American democracy and it should be read by all.”

The link is

The essay is from the veteran journalist’s new book, “Moyers on Democracy.”

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