Author honors legacy of artist-father in memoir, coming to Truckee |

Author honors legacy of artist-father in memoir, coming to Truckee

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Dorothy Rice's work has been featured in a number of literary journals.
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On Sunday, Sept. 18, at 5 p.m., the work of author Dorothy Rice will be the feature of the monthly reading series sponsored by Literary Arts & Wine in Truckee.

The event will take place at Art Truckee, 10072 Donner Pass Road. It is free of charge and open to the public.

Rice will read from “The Reluctant Artist: Joe Rice 1918-2011,” an art book and memoir about her father, a classically trained artist who produced dozens of masterful paintings and ceramics over a lifetime of teaching and studying art, but who chose not to show his work or seek recognition as an artist.

Joe Rice, a graduate of UC Berkeley who taught art and English in San Francisco public schools, believed in humility as the highest virtue, yet he left a substantial legacy.

His daughter Dorothy’s book pays tribute to her father’s legacy and provides anecdotes of growing up with a reclusive artist for a father during the turbulent ‘60s and ‘70s in the San Francisco Bay Area. The reading will be accompanied by a slide show covering over 40 years of artistic output.

Dorothy Rice is a San Francisco native, and former Executive Director of the California Water Resources Control Board.

“The Reluctant Artist” is her first published book. Proceeds from the sale of The Reluctant Artist benefit 916 Ink, a nonprofit that sponsors creative writing workshops for disadvantaged teens. For more information about the author,

This article was provided by Literary Arts & Wine, which hosts writers and artists the third Sunday of every month. Visit to learn more.