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Bulletin, Progressive, Record, Reporter Wednesday, May 4, 2011 13B F The Quincy Art Walk Fri- day, May 6, will showcase the astonishing variety of artistic talent in Plumas County. Starting at 5 p.m., local gal- leries will host artists' open- ing receptions, welcoming the public to view new work. Main Street Artists will pre- sent a group show featuring four new works from each member artist. Wine and re- freshments will be served. The Eagle's Nest hosts the NAMI (National Alliance of Mental Illness) show, a collec- tion of work by mental health consumers, friends and family. The Plumas County Muse- um shows the nature pho- tographs of Joe Willis. Sara Conklin of Mountain Glass Lampwork Beads will be in-front of My Sister's Clos- et for a demonstration, and Mahlah Amber Designs will be on hand with lots of new work including chain maille, gold, silver and gemstones. Plumas Arts Gallery is proud to present the work of two women artists from the Lake Almanor area who each explore iahdscapGs, brmginq their ,own perspectives to the subject matter. Mary Jane Bagshaw works primarily in "Sierra Gold" by Mary Jane Bagshaw is among the works" on display this month at the Plumas Arts Gallery. The show opens Friday, May 6, as part of the Quincy Art Walk. Other galleries will host openings as well. Photo courtesy Plumas Arts pastels and oil, while Sylvia Smith chooses watercolor. A California native, Bagshaw graduated from Fresno State with degrees in fine art and education. Her love of the outdoors came from the many visits to her grandparents' ranch in Sier- ra Valley, the M. Guidici Ranch near Chilcoot. She learned to appreciate and connect with the. chang- ing patterns of light and color in the land. Love of the out- doors has taken her traveling and hiking throughout the backcountry of our Western United States. Many of these landscapes are places she's visited and carries fond mem- ories of. She works with pas- tels and:oils. Bagshaw's work has been in a number of galleries in the Bay Area and frequently displayed in juried shows such as The Mustard Festi- val in Napa and Salute to the Arts in Sonoma. She exhibits regularly at the Books & Beyond Back Room Gallery in Chester. Bagshaw lives in Lake A1- manor with her husband, Allyn, who photographs many of the outdoor scenes she uses in her paintings. Sylvia Smith says, "Water, celors are my painting me- dia of choice. I love their glow and transparency and the little surpmses that hap- pen with the stroke of a brush. I paint what is inter- esting and exciting to me. Shadows, colors, and pat- terns capture my attention. My first thought is, 'What do I want this painting to say?' The painting should capture what you felt about the sub- ject. The light, the colors, the texture ... if I can cap- ture that, the painting is a success.. "I love painting peaceful places. I'm inspired by the variety of subject matter in California from the High Sierras with its wild birds and animals, lakes and streams, Lassen Volcanic National Park and Lake A1- manor to the Southern Cali- fornia desert with its beauti- ful sunsets, palms and~ cac- tus and desert landscape. I try to include something un- expected or unusual into each painting to draw the viewer into my art." Smith's paintings have ap- peared in several exhibi- tions throughout California and have earned numerous awards. They are currently being shown at the Back Room Gallery in Chester and at several local busi- nesses in Chester and Palm Desert. She is a member of the Feather River Fine Arts Association, Plumas Arts, the Back Room Gallery Co- op, Coachella Valley Water- color Society and the Desert Field Mice. For more information, visit Plumas Arts online at or stop by the gallery at 372 Main St. in Quincy. Office hours are Wednesday, Thursday and Friday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.; the phone number is 283-3402. ill in Cromberg resident and owner of Mountain Glass Lampwork Beads, Sara Con- kiln has been making glass beads with an oxygen- propane torch in her studio in Cromberg for about seven months. Sara Conklin of Mountain Glass Lampwork Beads will demon- strate the lampwork technique Thursday, May S, 11 a.m. - 5 p.m, and Friday, May 6, 4 - 8 p.m, in front of My Sister's Closet in downtown Quincy. The lampwork process involves melting rods of colored glass and winding the melted glass over a metal rod that has been coated in a clay substance that allows for the removal of the bead after it has been annealed. Annealing is a process in which the glass sits in a kiln for a full hour at about 950 degrees and then the temperature is ramped down slowly to room temperature. This process strengthens the glass so that if dropped, the beads don't shatter. Photo by Sara Conklin i /S DAY 10% OFF Mahlah Amber Designs will be in front of My Sister's Closet Thursday, May 5 - 11am til 5pm Friday, May 6 - '11am til 8pm Find the perfect Spring outfit from Kim at My Sister's Closet and jewelry to match from Mahlah. Art Walk in Quincy is happenin9 Friday, May 6 - 5-8pro Come out and enjoy Springtime Conklin has been appraising antiques and fine art for more than 20 years and became very interested in glass: gob- lets. bowls, plates. Oakland Camp had an art camp last summer, teaching glass bead making. The word "'glass" caught her eye like a bright, shiny object. She took about 10 days of instruction and was hooked. The lampwork process in- volves melting rods of colored glass and winding them over a metal rod coated with a clay substance to allow removal of the bead after it's been an- nealed, a process that requires a full hour in a kiln at about Conklin is exploring the world of melted glass. In the beginning, she was just trying not to be scared lighting the torch. Then it was all about getting a well-shaped bead. Finally, the magic began color combinations, shapes and patterns. She saw things in a new light. She currently uses three different types of glass: each with their own requirements. She uses American-produced sheet glass seen in stained glass windows in addition to the round soda straw-like rods of colored Italian glass. Boro is a type of glass based on Pyrex and is very "stiff." It takes an especially hot torch 950 degrees and slowly re- and different styles of "work- turned to room temperature, ing the glass" to develop it. Annealing strengthens the Italian glass with wonderful- glass so that beads don't shat- silver content give the best ter if dropped, iridescent effects, but is $100 a May 7 & 8, 2011 Saturday 10 am- 5 pm Sunday 10 am - 4 pm Rcno Livestock Events Center Exhibit Hall 1350 N. Wdls Avenue, Reno, Nevada FREE PARKING! PUBLIC WELCOME! Over 20 Dealers: Gems. Minerals, Fossils Beads, ]cwctry, L@idaU Silversmithing Equipment Activities Include: Over 50 Exhibit Cases, Demonstrations, Flint Knapping, Gold Panning, Silent Auction Field Trip, Door Prizes Admission: $5- adults, $4 - seniors,,$3 - children 6-12, under 6free ' il For more information: ~, or call 775-356-8820 C~ Sl off admission for non-perishable donation for Food Bank of Northern Nevada. Greenville 284-7800 Chester 258-3115 Quincy Susanville Portola 283-0800 257-5321 832-4646 pound; regular Italian glass costs $8 a pound and up, and Boro is about $75 a pound. Conklin said every bead is different and happy accidents develop into new and success- ful techniques. Conklin will demonstrate her technique Jn front of My Sister's Closet on Main Street in Quincy tomorrow, Thurs- day, May 5, 11 a.m. - 5 p.m. and Friday, May 6, 4 - 8 p.m. Conklin will use a hot head torch in her outdoor demon- strations and talk about the challenges and how to over- come them. Without electricity, she cannot anneal the beads in an electric kiln and will not be able to use oxygen. The torch will be propane and has its own challenges. Propane-is a sooty fuel that restricts use of silver reactive glass and light opaque colors, such as white and ivory. Conklin will have beads for sale and for comparison of the different glass types in fin- ished beads. To learn about glass bead making, visit featherriverart or call (51.0) 601- 1619. This year's program is at Oakland Camp, June 19 - 26. TOWN HALL THEATRE Presents Feather River College presents Wed., May 4 - Sun. May 8 Wed. to Sat. shows at 7pm Sun. Matinee at 2pm Tickets available at Epilog Books and Carey's Candy. For information, call 283-0202. Thurs., May 12 & Fri., May 13 93 min. Rated PG-13 Action/Thriller When decorated soldier Captain Colter Stevens (Jake Gyllenhaal) wakes up in the body of an anknown man. he discovers be's part of a mission to find the bomber of a Chicago commuter train In an assignment unlike any he's ever koown, he learns he's part of a government experiment called the "Source Code." a program that enables him to cross over into another man's identity for the last 8 minutes ol' his life. With a second, much larger threat threatening to kill millions in downtown Chicago, Coster re-lives the incident over and over again, gathering clues each time, until he can solve the mystery of who is behind the bombs and prevent the next attack. Sat., May 14 - Mon., May 16 99 min. Rated G Animated/Comedy Rio is an animation feature from the makers of the lee Age films. Set in the magnif- icent city of Rio de Janeiro and the lush rainforest of Brazil. the comedy-adventure centers on Blu, a rare macaw who thinks he is the last of his kind. When Blu discovers there's another - and that's she's a she - he leaves the comforts of his cage in small town Minnesota and heads to Rio. But it's far from love at first sight between the domesticated and flight-challenged Blu and the fiercely independent, high-flying female, Jewiel. Unexpectedly thrown together, they embark on an adventure of a lifetime, where they learn about friendship, love. courage, and being open to life's many wonders. Rio brings together a. menagerie of vivid characters, a heartwarming story, colorful backdrops, energizing Latin and contemporary music, and family-friendly song and d,'ince. IIm Shows 7pm nightly II! 4pm matinee on Sundays IIITOWN I'""Students ................... &, Mulncy'7"G 1'[ III til)// I Seniors ............... .. ~.oo I .....-~ ,c--o :_:_,~, tilT,EnTRE 283.114/. 469 M:in St ,;A' Visit us at [1 J! 'xl ~ t~, II ' ' I 7 11111111 ,, ; _--- : , ;