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Bulletin, Record, Progressive, Reporter Wednesday, May 2, 2018 7B Painter and pottery maker Jacquie Cordova also specializes in raku pots. Photos submitted Annual nts held at Blue G Gall ry Unda Erway loves the craft of pottery, creating original pieces e that are often both functional, as they are decorative. Stacy Fisher Linda Erway Staff Writer Linda Erway started chesternews@plumasnews.com working with clay in college in the early '70s, she recalled. Are you ready to have fun A sign on campus advertised and maybe win a prize? a pottery sale, and Erway said The "First Friday" series she was immediately of artistic presentations is intrigued by the idea of scheduled to begin at the creating her own unique Blue Goose Gallery of pottery. Artists, 607 Main St in "I walked into the~ Chester. showroom, looked at all the On Friday, May 4, wonderful studentwork, and beginning 5 p.m. and going to knew then and there what art 8 p.m the gallery will classes I wanted to sign up feature four artists, for!" including Linda Erway, Judy Erway is currently a retired Wallace, Jacquie Cordova elementary school teacher, and Gary Spence, who but during her teaching days, will share new work and "I was slowly setting up my demonstrate their own studio at home," she artistic talents, said. "I love the time I spent In addition to artist demos, working in clay, creating door prizes, and a "Guessing original pottery that is both Jar," there will be plenty of functional as well as refreshments as well, all decorative." purposed to celebrate the She added that she really artists who enrich the enjoys hearing people say community,wi ei how much they use the pieces qreati ii?!iii she s made in their home for Deb groeSser, : cooking and storing food. 46 co-op artist members that manage the Blue Goose, said everyone should come prepared to "shimmy into the gallery," while we "kick up our heels and enjoy the songs of the '60s," celebrating one of our favorite musical groups, the Beatles, singing this year's theme, 'Twist & Shout." Although the famed rock group will not be there in person, "We will have a great photo booth of props for everyone to get into the groove while celebrating the summer season with us," said Groesser. "All our artists are more than happy to answer questions about their works," Groesser added. She said that the gallery's artisans enjoy sharing their expertise with gallery guests and students who can watch them in the act of creating works of art during the after-hours showing. In addition to watching the featured artists at work, attendees should, "Please stop by and feel the aesthetically pleasing ambience of the gallery as you soak in a variety of top-shelf artwork and walk through our large, newly-added display room." For information or questions about the event, call the Blue Goose Gallery of Artists, 258-2600. "All the pieces I make are food Safe, and can be used in the oven or dishwasher," noted Erway. Master woodcarver Gary Spence is well known for his popular hand carved "Wood Spirits," a number of which can be seen at the Blue Goose Gallery in Chester. Bridge and the Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco," which had an inspiring effect on her through the beauty and design of the mammoth structures. In fact, much of the city sights at the time settled into her subconscious and later gave her ideas for her own artwork, as well as the forms she found in nature. "I love to create, and it is rhy belief that creating connects the artist to everything -- other people, the earth, God and all that is." Cordova said she has studied art for many years, and has been "creating most of my life." Gary Spence Master woodcarver Gary Spence is well known for his popular hand-carved "Wood Spirits" at the Blue Goose Gallery. In order to carve Judy Wallace them, he has to drive for Fiber artist Judy Wallace miles in search of shared that she was lucky hard-to-fmd, extra thick enough to have been raised in cottonwood bark. Salinas, also known as knitted items I became very He said each piece he Steinbeck Country, inspired I like to use two creates is crafted with a surrounded by the fertile different complementary special individual carving, fields of agriculture, colors and look forward to and comes with a card Her favorite memories seeing the blended colorsexplaining the story of the include horseback riding in come to life after the felting is wood spirit. the "pastures of heaven" complete." "Does your home have one where the hills roll gracefully Once she's felted the yet," he asked? to the Monterey Bay, and the knitted item to the correct Spence said he also carves "giant oak trees drip with size, "I shape it on a mold; the great cowboys, wine stoppers, Spanish moss." wet wool feels good in myChristmas trees and Santas, Her explorations along the hands when I roll, fold and along with unique pencils, rugged beaches of Monterey shape it," she shared, one-of-a-kind boots and many Bay, Big Sur and Santa Cruz After the hats have driedother items. also sparked her imagination, for a day or so, she decorates He explained that creating she recalled, them mostly using pieces left a personality in wood is "just Beginning at age 10, her over from other sewing/craft plain fun," adding that the mother and grandmothers projects, including lace, trim, bark and wood tell him -- taught,her to embroider and feathers, buttons and other silently, but directly -- who sew garments, and ever since, materials, they are, and sharing his she has felt thoroughly " Wallace said, "I get ' "tree" family with everyone comfortable with the feel of inspiration from watchingis a true joy, knowing that needlework in her hands, classic movies when women"each piece that's adopted By the early '70s, Wallace 'weren't dressed' without a acquires a family." felt the need for a change, hat." Spence is one of the which led her to this remote featured artist's at the mountain community to raise Jacquie Cordova happening at Blue Goose her children in Plumas Painting, pottery and theGallery on Friday evening. County, and then to the town art of making raku pots are Come see his collection of of Westwood in Lassen currently Jacquie Cordova's carving tools and many of the County. preferred mediums, she said. other pieces on display by the "About five years ago, I "I loved looking at nature featured artists and watch the went to a knitting group and the city at night since I magic happen! where I was taught the art of was a youngster," she knitting," Wallace said. recounted. 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