Truckee adults, children earn awards at amateur art show |

Truckee adults, children earn awards at amateur art show

Winner Devon Gauthier (youth category) with her piece "Owl."
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TRUCKEE, Calif. — Jane Bridges and Devon Gauthier were the first-place winners at this year’s amateur art show pARTicipate, sponsored by The Office BOSS.

Awards were presented at the opening reception on April 21 at The Office BOSS Mail Center location in Truckee. Gauthier, an 8-year-old second-grader at Glenshire Elementary School, won the 14-and-under category with her piece “ŒOwl” — a striking mixed-media presentation.

“I did this collage of this owl because I love, love, love owls!” her submission read.

With a grandmother who is a professional artist, it appears that talent may run in the family. She was absolutely thrilled to see her artwork displayed in her first public show.

The adult category winner, Bridges, of Truckee, identified herself as new to the art scene and expresses her “awe and wonder in learning and practicing how to paint.”

Her acrylic painting, “Coastal Reflections,” brought many compliments for the precision and expert technique of her evocation of children playing on a beach.

Juror Carrie Ridgel points out, “Everyone who looks at Jane’s painting begins talking about their own beach experiences. I love that her piece takes the viewer right to the beach and elicits memories and emotions.”

Chief juror of the show was local resident Cathee van Rossem St. Clair, an award-winning artist, published author and illustrator who has been an Artist in Residence with local schools for more than 25 years, touching the lives of thousands of kids.

She is affectionately known as the “ŒEgg Lady” because she leads the Egg Painting Compassion Workshop for local fourth-graders.

In the 14-and-under category, Awards of Merit were given to Milena LaForest, a 10-year-old at Kings Beach Elementary, for her original painting of a family of orcas which she painted “as a gift for my friend who is raising money to help keep orcas free”; and Emilia Jonsson, an 11-year-old whose grandmother is a Truckee local, for her entry Œ”Our Lady of Guadalupe,” which she drew for the May procession at Assumption Catholic Church in Truckee.

In the adult category, Awards of Merit were awarded to local contractor Gary Collignon for his visually arresting, mixed-media Œ”Sailboat”; Kenneth Mann for his technically advanced pencil illustration “China Wall”; and Steve Morris for his nostalgic photographs presented on aged wood.

During the awards ceremony, each of the finalists received praise, and his or her work was noted for distinguishing characteristics, with the judges providing positive comments to all the artists involved.

“Our show is meant to celebrate the amateur artist by offering an opportunity to publicly display their work and to hear encouraging feedback,” Event coordinator Brian Shepp, of The Office BOSS, said.

The large and supportive crowd enjoyed complimentary food and wine while experimenting with new art products at several testing tables set up for the event.

The winners will each receive a gallery-mouthed canvas print of any image of their choice, printed at The Office BOSS print shop, near Truckee Tahoe Airport.

The show will be on display for public viewing at The Office BOSS Mail Center, next to the Truckee Safeway, until the end of May.

This article was submitted by The Office BOSS in Truckee. Visit to learn more.

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