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3ulletin, Record, Progressive, Reporter Wednesday, Jan. 4, 2012 9B ARTS and ENTERTAINMENT Flint shows at Mc00in Street Artists gallery this month When Russ Flint, one of Plumas County's most pro- lific artists, looks for new ideas for his dynamic paint- ings, he works with charcoal on paper and lets his imagi- nation rip, doing one draw: ing after another, searching for the best idea. This month, the Main Street Artists gallery will exhibit a collec- tion of Flint's drawings to illustrate the development of his work from rough draw- ings to finished painting. Raised in Southern Cali- fornia, Flint got a two-year scholarship to the prestigious Art Center College of Design in Los Angeles while still a junior in high school. Here he learned life drawing. Later, while in the Air Force, he con- tinued to study art by corre- spondence courses and later under the tutelage of Emmett Robinson, director of Dock Street Theater in Charleston, America's first theater. After his Air Force duty, he went back to Art Center for three years of night school to complete his art education. During that time, he worked at Harry & David Co. as a paste-up artist and in their in-house ad agency, Semioh Advertising. His job was to make humorous enclosures to go out with the gift packages. This gave him license to experiment with various new marketing ideas. Flint's next commercial venture was a greeting card company that he started with three partners: Dayspring Card Co. This was later sold to Hallmark, allowing Flint and his family to move to G/'eenville to enjoy a simpler life. He and his artist wife, Cheryl, raised two daughters and two sons while Flint wrote and illustrated children's books such as "Legend of Sleepy Hollow" and "The New Testament For Children." Currently, he devotes full time to his art and exploring various methods of promoting it. Approaching his work like a Renaissance artist, Flint begins with directional lines and shapes, working them in opposition to one another, eventually transposing these design elements into figures and a final composition. If a story appears, it is incidental to the design, never the main objective. Realistic detail does not interest him as much as the total arrangement of shapes within a frame: movement, dance, interaction between bodies. Flint rarely produces landscapes, focusing instead on composing the figures and working toward eventually using few figures and less emphasis on props, a process he likens to "cleaning out the garage -- nobody parks their car in it but people spend all their time clearing out stuff that doesn't belong." So composition for him is getting rid of unnecessary "stuff." Eventually, Flint would like to attain the spare single figure composition style of Degas. For now, his scenes of turbulence and anguish seem similar to those of El Greco, a 16th-century Greek artist whose work had the reputation of alternating between reason and delirium. Both share the common theme that "life is a struggle." Flint believes there are three types of art: intellectual -- the realm of ideas; psycho- logical -- depicting the sub- conscious and metaphysical; and sensate -- where the sensations of color, pattern, texture are the primary moti- vation. He puts himself in the first category as his method is to think (rather than feel) his way through each project. He does massive research, constantly looking for a strategy that will pull a com- position together and experi- menting with juxtaposition FlyWire featured at W&M On Thursday, Jan. 12, the monthly evening of Words & Music features the string. quartet FlyWire at Morning Thunder in Quincy. Doors open at 7 p.m. The featured artist portion of the evening begins shortly after. Admis- sion is $3. The FlyWire String Quartet infuses the musical genres of classical, contempo- rary and composed works with the intensity of string Community Youth Orchestra and the Paradise Symphony Orchestra. In addition, they will perform with the Pub Scouts, a group that -- you guessed it -- likes to get together and play some Irish tunes the Irish way (heavily intoxi- cated). They are currently a part of the Reel Pulling Strings Trio, with their friend and teacher McDonald. Retallack is also im, olved instrumentation:  ............... in variOUs jazz bands 'and The performers and their instruments are: Tessa Claw- son -- violin and percussion; Nicholas Clawson -- violin and percussion; Chris Retal- lack  guitar, cello and banjo; and Holly Sternberg --. violin. Retallack and Sternberg started their musical career together in Johny McDonald's children's ensemble a great many years ago (12). From the first "Twinkle Twinkle" has come much more music. They .were both part of the String Beings Quartet for many years and have played everything from Bach to old-time fiddle to the Beatles. They've also played in the High Sierra plays an array of instruments including cello, guitar, banjo, mandolin and bass. Stern- berg sticks with violin. For this evening they will perform with Sternberg's two students, Tessa and Nick Clawson, in their new group called FlyWire. Tessa Clawson, 15 years old, has studied and played violin for the past six years. Sternberg has taught her under private instruction with a brief period of instruc- tion under McDonald at Face the Music Studio. Clawson has highlighted her talents at many local community events, including the second annual Celtic Festival and McDonald's Spring Concert. Versed in classical, tango and traditional fiddle tunes, Clawson joyously blends her violin practice into her everyday life. Nicholas Clawson, 11 years old, has studied and played violin for 2-1/2 years. He was first introduced to the instrument at elementary schoolwith Randy Pritchard, and then studied under Sternberg. He too spent a brief time with McDonald at Face the Music. His musical scope features classical and traditional fiddle tunes, and he, like his sister, was featured at the Graeagle Celtic Festival and the Spring Concert. Plumas Arts has sponsored this acoustic music and spoken word program since 1989. Following the feature performance, an open mic section allows performers the opportunity to share their own words and music with an enthusiastic and support- ive audience. Original work is encouraged and signup for open mic is available at the door. More information is avail- able via Plumas Arts at 283-3402 or Plumas County Public Health Agency is seeking Requests for Proposal (RFP) for Plumas County Drug Court Substance Use Disorder Treatment Provider Applications are due February 8, 2012 RFP documents can be downloaded from the Plumas County Website: For more information, call Rosie Olney at 530-283-6338. Gentle. effective 9 family dentistry Emily S. Herndon, DDS Loma Linda University School of Dentistry honors graduate Crowns in one day Safe, proven IV sedation Latest technology reduces discomfort, improves aesthetics New patients, children & emergencies welcome (530) 283-1119 call today for a consultation 431 W. Main St., Quincy Composition for artist Russ Flint is about paring away unnecessary details while exploring the arrangement of shapes and movement within the frame. To see more, stop by the Main Street Artists gallery this month. Artwork courtesy Russ Flint of elements. His method is out the weak ideas and re- two-fold: one he calls "drunken taining what is best and most monkey" -- creativity un- essential through relentless leashed by experimenting with analysis. as many ideas as possible on In his search for the best paper. The other he refers to as idea, his initial drawings "flamethrower" -- blasting exhibit a life of their own. As visitors view the drawings in this current show, they will experience first-hand in each one the snap of that initial spark that ignites the idea powerful enough to explode into a final painting. 'Hairspray' auditions coming Feather River College pre- sents the smash Broadway musical and five-time Emmy award winner "Hairspray" at the Town Hall Theatre May 9 - 12, with a special Mother's Day show May 13. The show hit Broadway in 2002 and was an instant success. Teenager Tracy Turnblad wants to be a regu- lar on the Corny Collins Bandstand show. She will do anything to get on it except give up her principles. The show takes viewers to 1962 during the civil rights move- ment when segregation was still rampant. Tracy and her friends manage to stage a protest and dance and sing their way through, successfully integrating the show and "waking up" the rest of their community. Tracy's mother, Edna, and her father, Wilbur, plus friend Penny Pingleton, are close behind her with support. There is also a singing trio, the Dynamites (reminiscent of the Supremes), who help "nar- rate" the action through their close harmonizing songs. Auditions for the FRC show will be held Jan. 17, 19, 24 and 26 in the FRC multi-purpose building, 7 - 9:30 p.m. "There are parts for all people and ages," director Terry Gallagher says. "Be sure to be a part of this fun and impor- tant show." Questions? Call Gallagher, 283-3418. i 2012 LABOR LAW UPDATE WORKSHOP LEARN ABOUT THE 2012 LABOR LAW CHANGES THAT AFFECT CALIFORNIA BUSINESSES * NLRB-Notffication of Employee Rights * Meal & Rest Period Update * Pregnancy Disability Leave SB299 * Notice of Pay Detail AB469 * Independent Contractor SB459 * What laws apply to your business? * And much more! 2012 Labor Law posters and pampMets available for ordering/ Workshop Fee: $39 per person Susanville Date: January 17, 2012 T!me: 10:00 am - 12:00 noon Contact: Terri Hiser-Haynes (530) 257-5057 Location: Business and Career Network 1616 Chestnut Street Susanville, CA 96130 I- /00l]00usiness f{ career network Quincy Date: January 19, 2012 Time: 10:00 am - 12:00 noon Contact: Jan Prichard (530) 283-1606 Location: Mineral Building Plumas-Sierra County Fairgrounds 204,Fairgrounds Rd Quincy, CA 95971 No reservation is complete without payment. Due to planning requueanents, refunds cannot be grante& Substitute registrants are wdcome! Alliance foe Wocld ...vem.. ,e,.In.  an Equal Opportunlty .Fapl __o/Program. Auxiliary aids and services are available upon requcs m am With  Keque maa at least 72 hours in advance will help co ensure availability.