ART OBSESSIONS | Live paint and flintknapping demonstration in downtown Truckee
February 16, 2012
TRUCKEE, Calif. andamp;#8212; Local artists James Babcock and Grog Verbeck will demonstrate their talents at Art Obsessions Gallery andamp; Wine Bar Saturday and Sunday, Feb. 18 and 19, 2-5 p.m. James Babcock will show you andamp;#8220;how to start a paintingandamp;#8221; and share his passion for creating art in the Sierra wilderness. Grog Verbeck will demonstrate the ancient art of flintknapping arrowheads. James Babcock is a landscape artist with a focus toward realism. He paints with inspiration found from hiking adventures in the Sierra. Babcock said, andamp;#8220;Painting nature as I see it, full of color and detail, giving one the sense of actually being there is what I want to achieve as an artist.andamp;#8221; Grog Verbeck is a sculptor whose focus is one of the worldandamp;#8217;s oldest professions. A descendat of the Cherokee tribe, Verbeck practices the ancient, universal art of flintknapping: creating stone points by hand. His art is a form of meditation that ties him to the natural world. andamp;#8220;There are very few people today who can create a stone point without the use of power tools,andamp;#8221; Verbeck said. andamp;#8220;I will show you how pieces of stone are turned into the survival tools of our ancestors.andamp;#8221;Wine and appetizers will be served to compliment your art experience. Art Obsessions Gallery andamp; Wine bar is located in Historic Downtown Truckee, 10052 Donner Pass Road. Gallery hours are Sunday through Thursday, 10 a.m.-7 p.m.; Friday and Saturday 10 a.m.-9 p.m. Visit http://www.artobsessions.com or call 530-550-9688 for information.