Arts and Crafts: Things’ll be great when you’re downtown, Truckee
TRUCKEE – The 4th Annual Historic Downtown Truckee Arts and Crafts Festival is set for Saturday and Sunday, July 30-31, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Presented by the Truckee Downtown Merchant’s Association on the closed street of Bridge Street between Donner Pass Road and Jibboom.This free event will give visitors the chance to meet with more than 45 award-winning artists and crafts people showcasing a wide variety of arts and crafts including photography, oil paintings, ceramic vessels, jewelry and much more. For more information about the Historic Downtown Truckee Arts & Crafts Festival, contact the Truckee Downtown Merchant’s Association at 530-587-3161 or Pacific Fine Arts at 209-267-4394, or visit http://www.pacificfinearts.com.Among this year’s featured artists is ceramicist and Truckee resident Brad Henry who makes functional stoneware pottery, created on the potter’s wheel as well as by using slabs and handmade molds. Once cured, decorations are then applied with sumi brushes using wax or glaze, creating colorful energetic spontaneous swirls, circles, dots, stripes or scenes of nature. All of all Brad’s pottery is food, dishwasher, microwave and oven safe.Laura Morton of Grass Valley has been a printmaker for more than 35 years, specializing in etchings and etching collages. The natural world and its beauty have always been the inspiration for her creations, which range in size from miniature to “as large as I can print on my press,” she said. All the materials Laura uses in her pieces, and all matting and framing materials, are acid free or archival. Award-winning jeweler Meg Black-Smith of Nevada City has been making jewelry for more than 20 years and brings quality, professionalism and top-notch artwork to this year’s show. Meg uses karat gold and sterling silver to create her Victorian-style pieces. By using precious metals and striking gemstones, Meg solders and casts the swirls of silver and gold into works of wearable art including rings, bracelets, earrings and pendants.Other artists participating include Kathleen Burks of Fernley, Nev. who creates infrared landscape photography that can produce black and white images with a dream-like or ethereal quality to them. Tim Lazer of Sacramento brings original hand-blown glass designs in vases, paperweights, perfume vials and other works distinguished by dramatic, colorful compositions, often accented with precious gold or iridescent decorations. Karen Hale of Jackson, Calif. will show her mixed media paintings that incorporate texture, dimension and a love of color.