Truckee artist Carole Sesko shows at The Rock | SierraSun.com

Truckee artist Carole Sesko shows at The Rock

Wendy Lautner arts andamp; entertainment editor

Lucia Zeggara

If a collage of bright colors catches your attention on your way to FiftyFifty Brewery, dont be afraid to stop by Carole Seskos gallery show at the Rock. Sesko, a Truckee resident for many years and a life-long artist, is the second visiting artist whose work will be showing at the Rock, located 11209 Brockway Rd, Suite 101. Seskos colorful, abstract paintings, sculptures and functional art will be on display Thursday, Friday and Saturday evenings from 5-7 p.m. through Jan. 4. Along with browsing the display, folks are invited to watch Sesko as she demonstrates the process she uses to create her colorful artwork. Originally from the Berkshires in Massachusetts, Sesko received an Associate of Arts degree from Simons Rock College in Massachusetts and later graduated with a degree in Environmental Design from the University of California, Davis. Her background was in textile, clothing and in interior design. Originally Sesko started as an interior designer, and the past seven years her focus has been mostly on painting and mixed media. Truckee residents will recognize the Crary House, a modern and colorful house on East River Street, as an example of Seskos work as an exterior and interior designer. She developed the color schemes and kitchen design, and the house was completed in 2006. Seskos show at the Rock is a solo exhibit at the Suite 101 gallery and showcases 49 large and small original pieces from her work in 2008. Sesko, whose favorite artists include Mark Rothko and Alexander Calder, starts her pieces by building the backings, which are usually wood or canvas.Then I collage in different pieces of paper, wood and metal, she said in a recent phone interview. I work with acrylic paints to build up the textures, and then Ill take some things away until I find things that are interesting to me. Sesko defines the style of her work as contemporary mixed media. I like the broadness of the term, she said. My focus is on texture and the pieces that I create are very process-driven. They cover a wide variety of ideas. Each piece leads to a new idea which inspires the next piece. For Sesko, its all about the process. I wake up every morning with the urge to create, she said. The pieces are very expressive. Theyre very colorful and hopefully inspire a feeling of joy. You need to see them with your own eyes to appreciate it. Sesko is also available any day by special appointment. Contact her through her website at http://www.carolesesko.com or by calling (530) 412-0639.