Truckee business to host amateur art show ‘pARTicipate’ |

Truckee business to host amateur art show ‘pARTicipate’

The Office BOSS art show coordinator Brian Shepp planning to hang the show.
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Are you curious about what the next generation of local artists has to offer?

The Office BOSS Mail Center is the Truckee/Tahoe region;s premiere source for arts and craft supplies. But as owner Carrie Ridgel explains, “We feel it is our mission to do more than just sell paint, canvas, and brushes. Our goal is to provide inspiration for the many local, amateur artists who are motivated by our beautiful natural surroundings to express themselves by creating art.”

To this end, the business is hosting an amateur art show called pARTicipate. This year’s theme is “Spirit of the Sierra,” and the show will feature the work of 25 local artists, including 12 beautiful entries in the 14-and-under category.

The artwork will remain on public display in the store until mid-May.

Especially for the kids, the show is an exciting first opportunity to have their work seen publicly. For some, this show will be the first time anyone outside of their immediate family has had a chance to experience their art.

“Hopefully, a show like this can be an important first step in inspiring a new generation of budding artists,” says show coordinator Brian Shepp. “Even for many of the adults, this show will be the first time they have displayed their work, possibly an anxious first step toward a more prolific art career.”

The show features paintings, photography, collage, and mixed media pieces. From beautifully crafted glass sculptures, to a colorful rendering of old-town Truckee, to an acrylic collage created by Girl Scout Troop No. 116, all of the pieces offer a unique perspective on our Sierra Nevada world.

³We have a lot of art galleries up here filled with beautiful and expertly crafted work for sale. But it seems that we are missing spaces for budding artists to get their start, to first experience the thrill of seeing their vision displayed publicly,” explains Shepp, “including the joy and terror of watching people they don¹t know react to their art.”

The free opening reception and awards ceremony for the show will take place Thursday, April 16, from 5:30-7 p.m. at The Office BOSS Mail Center, in the Gateway Shopping Center, next to the Truckee Safeway.

This article was submitted to the Sun by The Office BOSS Mail Center. Visit to learn more.

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