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lOB Wednesday, Jan. 17.2001 BuFietin Pro{ III III By Alicla Higbee Indian Valley Editor They are seen all oreF Greenville, their dark heads bent together as they drink coil fee and doodle on their nap- kins. Relatively new to Greenville, Gaylen and Sandy Stremcha met in Los Angeles more than 25 years ago. Gaylen, a veteran of the Ko- rean War, was a graphic de- signer and a math and drafting teacher for Los Angeles Coun- ty high schools. Sandy married him Jan. 14. 1976, soon after discovering he shared her love of art. They left California and made their home in Levin- worth, Wash., a small town that looks as if it belongs in the Swiss Alps. For 20 years, they enjoyed creating art together in the beautiful mountain communi- ty. Then, winters there became too rough for Sandy, who suf- Sandy Stremcha will paint on almost any kind of wood or metal, Including this cupboard door. Gaylen and Sandy Stremcha enjoy doodling over coffee. Almost every napkin or scrap of paper ends up sporting one of their trademark cartoon couple characters. Gaylen also surprises waitresses and others with his caricatures, as well. I .... i; :?i i!iiiiiiiii!!!iii!ii !;ii!i !i!i(iO Wildlife and woodland animals are featured on many of Sandy and Gaylen Stremcha's creations on display at a Greenville coffee house. If it can be carved on or etched on, Sandy is always ready to grab her electric rotary carv- ing tool and begin. fers from epilepsy. 1"hey moved into an upstairs apartment in Portola, where they had a friend. Gaylen worried about Sandy possibly suffering a seizure in the middle of the stairwell, so they applied for special hous- ing. She has several seizures a month, sometimes very bad ones. Gaylen has jumped in the ocean after her, dragged her back up off a cliff, and rescued her from other dangerous situ- ations when a seizure made her lose control of her body. Now, they live in Green Meadows Senior Housing, near Indian Valley Hospital. Since moving to Greenville more than a 3ear ago, the cou- ple has left their creative mark at several businesses. Together, they create routed and painted signs on wood. In the Way Station Dinner House. one sign points to the Tiki Bar. and in another busi- ness. their trademark cartoon couple is featured on signs pointing to the men's and women's rooms. Sandy also enjoys creating landscapes and painted anilnal carvings on hardwood burls. The heads of the woodland animals seem to come right out of the wood toward the viewer. She uses a rotary woodcarv- ing tool to create these wild faces on wood, marble, glass- ware and other materials she can either carve or etch. She used to paint on canvas with oils, but not anymore-- her favorite medium now is acrylics on a backdrop of wood or old cross-cut saws that Gaylen sometimes helps her prepare. During the war, Gaylen used to hang from the pontoons of airplanes, while drawing topo. graphical map overlays that showed pilots the safest flying routes. After that nightmare experi- ence, he enjoyed creating ar- chitectural renderings and portraits. Now, his favorite creative expression is drawing carica- tures of his and Sandy's trade- mark couple. One person has actually snickered and called their trademark cartoon couple pornography. In each drawing, the couple has their bare backsides to the viewer, though sometimes, one cheek sports a small bandage or heart-shaped tattoo. They once had a set of post- cards created with the cartoon couples; they always meant to create a book, as well, with a short "remember ing to go with each, When not drinking coffe,o/ Gaylen and Sandy t to Reno. Gaylen also enj and has an internau toire. / His favorite is heritage; a slovakian dish pork roast, lots of caraway seeds, potato dumplings. Photos by/i Several of the Stremcha's creations jump out at the viewer with raised carving1 Sandy. She also paints the wildlife and woodland scenes. Norther ! Plumas County This colorful and comprehensive publicatil produced in partnership with the Plurn County Visitors Bureau, is the area's guide picturesque Plumas County. One h thousand copies are. printed annually distributed at more than 400 throughout the Feather River Country, Reno, Chico, Paradise and Red Bluff. Visitors Bureau utilizes some 30,000 copies for their tourism inquiiies and distribution to the various sport and recreation shows they attend. The National Forests Wilderness Areas Bird Watching Gold" Panning Fall Color Tours Golf Hiking Cross Country Skiing Downhill Skiing Snowmobiling Horseback Riding Biking Fishing Boating and Fishing Hunting History Museums Business Opportunities Scenic Highways Our Communities Tourist Information Centers Directions and Maps Events 2000 Calendar of Events Lodging Camping County Data Feather Publishing Co., Inc. - P.O. Box B, 555 W. Main St., Quincy CA 95971 (530) 283.0800 FAX (530) 283-3952 E-mail: The Plumas County Visitors Bureau - P.O. Box 4120, 550 Crescent St., Quincy CA 95971