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Bulletin, Record, Progressive, Reporter Wednesday, May 30, 2018 15B ARTS and ENTERTAINMENT i ! The Plumas Arts Gallery, located at 525 Main St. in Quincy, will host a reception Friday, June 1, from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. featuring stitched art pieces by Chris Mehne. On exhibit will be a number of intricately embroidered canvases depicting brightly colored images. Each piece vibrates with energy from the composition and color story, and also from the sheer magnitude of work represented by each individual stitch building up an image. Chris Mehne Mehne describes that, "In the early 1970s, while living in Oakland I started writing, drawing and painting as therapy upon returning from Vietnam where my service as an Army Medical Corpsman had left searing images in my mind. Not formally trained in art, I developed a style using acrylics that could best be described as geometric abstracts with anthropomorphic undercurrents. "By the mid to late 1970s, now living in Plumas County, both my writing and painting continued, however I had found a new 'muse,' that of a seasonal wildlands firefighter for the U.S. Forest Service. In the winters, my wife and I would travel to Mexico and Guatemala; since packing along a host of painting materials for three months was impractical, I took up embroidery. "By the start of the '80s, I became a full time, on a career path employee of the Forest Service, and while my writing continued, painting fell by the wayside, and there was less and less time for embroidery projects. "Recovering from a silent heart attack and the insertion of two stents in February of 2015, I had a realization that it Was time to reignite the art within. Returning to my beloved Plumas County in September of 2015, I started a 34-month odyssey that will be shown on the gallery walls of Plumas Arts during this June. I call this effort of needlework: 'Every Stitch Matters.' "The larger pieces displayed take up to 220 to 240 hours to complete, requiring great patience and a tremendous amount of needle threading! About a year into what became incredibly expressive for me, it was discovered that my aortic heart valve was seriously failing. As my body physically responded to faulty blood flow, I had lots of time to embroider, meditate and ultimately prepare for open heart surgery." Mehne invites everyone to join him at his debut show and wants to meet friends old and new at the artist's reception. Purchasers of his work will receive a copy of his 2012 book, "Firelines, A Memoir of Wildlands Fire Fighting." The exhibit will hang at the Gallery until mid-July 2018. The Plumas Arts Gallery and office hours are Wednesday, Thursday and Friday, from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m and saturday from 11 a,m. to 3 p.m. Visit Plumas Arts on the web at plumasarts.org for more information about programs, and to see the gallery exhibition schedule for 2018. This detail of a Kwakiutl Bear Mask shows the incredible stitch work that goes into making an image. Wed, May 30 Blairsden: Following senior lunch at 12:30 p.m Barbara Inyan and Kiara Vicini present/demonstrate explaining the benefits of tai chi for health and fall prevention. At MCRC, corner of Hwys. 89 and 70 near the Corner Barn. "Alleyway in Quincy" by watercolorist James Johnson will be on display at the Main Street Artists Gallery in Quincy through the month of June. New ins Main St Artists Main Street Artists Gallery will be ushering in the summer season with a large array of masterfully executed landscapes by watercolorist James Johnson. The gallery, 436 Main St. in Quincy, will host an artist's reception Friday, June 1, from 5 to 7 p.m. Most of his work achieves a unique look due to his use of a combination of watercolor with pen and ink outline that brings the landscapes into sharper, more vibrant focus. James' intent is to take big landscapes (starting from a photo) and zeroing in on a particular segment, taking it to another level, by creating a close-up and focusing on detail instead of the whole. His subject matter includes local Quincy scenes: backyards, alleys, back sides of buildings on stately Main Street as well as rural scenes. All focus on detail instead of overview, creating little historical dramas evoking the town's rich history for each viewer to interpret. James has been creating art from a young age and earned a Fine Arts degree in printmaking from San Jose State in the mid-'70s. He also took life drawing, and other art classes at junior colleges over the years. He worked as a graphic artist for six years with video game companies where he learned to navigate movie industry software (Computer Graphic Interface) used in movie animation. The move to Plumas County gave James the opportunity to concentrate on finding new subject matter and to develop a new direction and style. He continues to explore mediums such as etchings, relief printing, linoleum cuts and lithographs on stone and aluminum. His themes include northern California scenes: Yosemite and Plumas County, particularly the Feather River Canyon where he lives and which provides him with rich material. He works from photos ofscenes that interest him, but considers them a "diving board" for his work rather than a photo representation. The fmal product is always a multi-faceted glimpse into our environment for us to absorb and enjoy. Chester: Sharps Take-Back Day in mobile clinic, 12:30 - 2:30 p.m at Chester Wellness and Family Resource Center, 372 Main St. For information, contact James Wilson at 283-7099 or jameswilson@countyofplumas.com. Greenville: Sharps Take-Back Day, 3:30 - 5:30 p.m at Indian Valley Wellness and Family Resource Center, 414 Main St. For information, contact James Wilson at 283-7099 or jameswilson@countyofplumas.com. Thu, May 31 Blairsden: Dr. Robert Knight returns to the Speakers Bureau to discuss strokes, 5:30 p.m. Free, though a $5+ donation is welcome to help fund MCRC, corner of Hwys. 89 and 70 near the Corner Barn. Portola: Sharps Take-Back DaY, 10 a.m. - noon, Portola Wellness and Family Resource Center, 164 South Ridge St. For information, contact James Wilson at 283-7099 or jameswilson@countyofplumas.com. Quincy: Sharps Take-Back Day, 1 - 3 p.m Quincy Wellness and Family Resource Center, 591 West Main St. For information, contact James Wilson at 283-7099 or jameswilson@ countyofplumas.com. Fri, Jun 1 Beckwourth: Romano's Certified Farmer's Market, Fridays, 10 a.m. - 2 p.m Sierra Valley Farms, 1329 County Road. Visit sierravalleyfarms.com for information and upcoming events. Ends Sept. 14.' Chester: Blue Goose Gallery of Artists "First Friday," 5 - 8 p.m 607 Main St. Showcasing art of 5 artists. For information, call 258-2600. Quincy: Graffiti Night at Quincy Elks Lodge, 2004 E. Main St 4 - 10 p.m. Silent auction, food, free popcorn for kids, music, awards for best cars, trucks, bikes. Free for everyone. For information, call Susan, 283-9113. Free Drive-In Movie at Plumas-Sierra County Fairgrounds; begins after sunset. Movie to be announced. Plumas A~ Gallery, 525 Main St hosts an artist's reception, 5 - 7 p.m featuring stitched art pieces by Chris Mehne. Main Street Artists Gallery, 436 Main St hosts an artisfs reception, 5 - 7 p.m displaying landscapes by watercolorist James Johnson. r m m m m m m SENIOR MENU | Monday, June 4 | Herb-roasted chicken, mashed potatoes, carrot/raisin salad, | ww dinner roll, peaches/apple | juice Tuesday, June 5 Braised beef & noodles, steamed spinach, ww bread, | strawberries m m m m "m m I Wednesday, June 6 Pork chop, winter squash, asparagus, oat muffm, applesauce Thursday, June 7 Egg salad sandwich, bean soup, green salad, ww bread, orange | sections Friday, June 8 Tahitian chicken, carrots/peppers/peas, brown rice, cubed pineapple Sat, Jun 2 Clio: Esperanza Foundation presents free public seminar with two guest speakers at Whitehawk Community Center at Whitehawk Ranch, 9 a.m. - noon: Dr. Nader Saiedi and Hooper C. Dunbar. For information, email esperanzafoundation@gmail.com or Visit esperanzafoundation.org. Portola: Lost and Found Gravel Grinder I(D-, 65-or 45-mile bike race or bike ride starting at Lake Davis sponsored by Sierra Buttes Trail Stewardship. For information, visit LostandFound BikeRide, com. Quincy: Annual Plumas County Picnic at Plumas-Sierra County Fairgrounds. Sierra Cascade Street Rodders Show and Shine at Plumas-Sierra County Fairgrounds. Napa Sierra Mini Stocks & NV Pro Stocks at American Valley Speedway, Plumas-Sierra County Fairgrounds. r Sat - Sun, Jun 2 - 3 Chester: "On With The Show," Chester Community Chorus' 30th annual Spring Concert under the direction of Jane Brown at Community United Methodist Church, corner of Glenwood Drive/Main Street. Saturday at 7 p.m.; Sunday at 3 p.m. For information, call Barbara MacArthur, 259-3381. Sun, Jun 3 Quincy: Face the Music Studio and Central Plumas Park and Recreation District present 16th annual Spring Concert of the 30-piece High Sierra Community Orchestra, at Quincy Elementary School cafeteria, 246 Alder St 6:30 p.m. Doors open 6 p.m. For information, call Johnene McDonald at 283-1471. Mon, Jun 4 Graeagle: Free informational meeting about upcoming class, The Artist's Way, a course for all Creatives in Discovering and Recovering your creative self. 11 a.m. - noon, Mohawk Community Resource Center, corner of Hwys. 70 and 89. For information, text facilitator Lori Nourse at 775-315-3289 or email at fauxever.yours@hotmail.com. Quincy: Free informational meeting about upcoming class, The Artist's Way, a course for all Creatives in Discovering and Recovering your creative self, 1 - 2 p.m Gansner Park. For information, text facilitator Lori Nourse at 775-315-3289 or email at fauxever.yours@hotmail.com. Tue, Jun 5 Quincy: California Native Plant Gathering at Quincy Library, 445 Jackson St 6 p.m. Linnea Hanson, retired botanist from Plumas National Forest, will discuss penstemons, also known as beardtongues. Free and open to public. Wed, Jun 6 Quincy: Local author Dora Mitchell will sign copies of her debut novel "The Haunted Serpent," 4 - 6 p.m Barn Owl Books, 343 Main St. Thu, Jun 7 Chester: History Chat Roundtable: Local historian and director of Chester-Almanor Museum Marilyn Quadrio moderates a discussion of the early settlement of Big Meadows by the Hamiltons, Holmes, Bidwells and others at Chester Library, 210 First Ave 5:30 - 7 p.m. It's easy to include nonprofit, fundraising, educational or charity events in the Plumas County Calendar of Events: II *Vegetarian Meal; **Healthy Heart Meal ***May contain over 1,000 mg of Sodium II Each meal is 600-800 calones (variable). save70 calodes. | Nutrition sites: Chester, 394-7636; Quincy, 283-0643; Greenville, |284-6608 (day before for reservation); Portola, 832-4173; Blairsden | open Wed. only, call 832-4173 Tuesday for reservations. Suggested - |donation $2.50 for 60 yrs & older. One guest may accompany each | - senior, $6 mandatory charge. Menus may change. Noon at all sites. -