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lOB Wednesday, Feb. 28, 2001 Bulletin, By Terri Nacar lines of light on a body and to The nude is an art form in- P0rtola Editor feel the line as I drew it," she vented by the Greeks five cen- World renowned photogra- said. turies before the birth of phy and author Helen MacKin- Helen said she found herself Christ. As a legitimate art lay will be the featured artist inclined to overwork her im- form, it survives to the present at The Gallery on Main Street ages and was not happy withday. in Quincy opening Friday, the finished result, although Helen has been exploring the March 2. she liked the process of draw- human form with a camera for The showing, ing. more than a decade and has de- Bodyscapes/Landscapes, is a About this time, her familyveloped a portfolio of photo- mixture of both landscapes moved into a house which con- graphic studies of the human and nudes, with emphasis on tainedan empty darkroom andfigure. lines and forms which connect she seized the opportunity to "For the past 15 years black us with our universe, learn how to photograph andand white photography has Born and raised in New print by taking courses at the been the art medium I prefer Zealand, Helen is now a resi- local community college, and the human figure my cho- dent of Plumas County, with a Photography became a sen genre," she said. second home in Pebble Beach.means of self-expression and Because it is both familiar Since leaving New Zealand she began to accumulate a and yet alien, the human fig- 30 years ago, Helen traveledportfolio of photographs ofure is a haven for recognition widely with her husband and nudes, and also a vehicle for selfidis- two sons. Photography was invented covery. Once settled in California, about 150 years ago and as a "I often see the human form she put aside teaching sec- technique for expressing ideas, as sculpture, trying to capture ondary school students and be- it is a relative newcomer to the its latent power or vulnerabili- came a student of the arts with art world, ty, hoping the sensual energy a focus on poetry and photog- For Helen, it is all about in the inanimate image on the raphy, shapes and forms and her land- paper will become a vibrant "While pursuing art studies scapes are peaceful and flow- voice," shesaid. in California in the early 80's, I ing, giving one a sense of being Helen considers the nude a took life drawing classes, part of the universe, universal genre and the silver something very new tome and Although photography may gelatin process a timeless tech- it was in those classes that I be a relative newcomer, thenique. learned to look and see the nude is not. Helen develops her own pho- tographs using the silver could tell her precisely what a series of gelatin process, giving herself they were. story of Adam and total control over the creation. There was no history of theemphasized Eve'S : Helen's work was seen in contemplation of the nude in view. many shows throughout the Chinese art. The landscape is "You have to Bay Area and she was becom-paramount and humans are de- criticizing religion ing well known, picted as dwarfs in its im-den in During the latter part of the mense beauty, bly crossed that line! 80s, she became the director of "I had to accept that I wasusing the nude so the San Jose Art League, a vi- living in a different cultural said. sual arts organization which scene," she said. Helen is hoping exhibits the work of emerging Helen said museum curators Quincy will inspire and established artists, as well were trusted to present art that come to view it. as conducting workshops, lec- satisfied the Ministry for Inter- "Not tures and classes, nal Affairs, but art galleries joying In 1989, she went to live in did not have quiet so much beings. Some human Singapore and, after a year of freedom and shows had to beter all are not a joy rest and recreation, she resur- approved before they were but most of us rected her interest in photog- hung. tracted by versions raphy. Photography of the human that our culture While living in Singapore, form could be considered to admire, be theyl three exhibitions of her pho- pornography and Helen won- smooth white tographs were mounted and dered if she could be held re- shoulders, or the her first book "Helen MacKin- sponsible for the aroused feel- breast," she said. lay: Fifty-five Photographs" ings of viewers who might see While viewing was published, her work. tographs, Helen "I felt the first twinges of "The gallery kept some of ings and p censorship when bookstores in my pieces hidden behind slid- through. Singapore explained that mying doors just in case there "Look for the book would have to be sold in a was any trouble, but as it forms and the wrapper because it showed turned out I needn't have wor- said. naked bodies," she said. tied," she said. Helen knew Singapore had However, Helen was cen- strict controls, but said no one sored for attempting to exhibit ByS flal lt ,m signed or approved by any country." Staff Wnter sanctioned racing group. Hill said he's trying to set up The Susanville parks staff is "This is in its infant stages," the track so that riders can building a short course bike said Rob Hill, city parks and play on it, jump the jumps or track near the entrance to Sky- recreation director. "It's even race. line Park. maybe 500-feet long versus a "It's wide enough for three to Though similar to a BMX long course. It's like running race," he said. "It's about 12- track, the course is not de- around a track versus crossfeet wide. We tried to set it up so they could have an event just take the front end loader and rain. there, like a BMX track." up there and change it." Hill said the tracl(Sl Hill said his staff, with some All the materials were al- is consistent with help from the city street de- ready on the site less than half Park Masterplan partment, graded the course, a mile west of Hwy. 139. The adopted in removed big chucks of asphalt dirt for the banks and jumps group and made three big banked was left over from city street bike shoI turns. Now they need to add projects, Hill said. originally proposed the little jumps, and a fence to "We were 1,500 yards short," BMX track at the keep kids from trying to reach he told the city council last said. That effort the track from the street. Hill week. "Now we're about 1,000 when Wright said he knows a BMX racer yards over." Hampshire. who will help him plot how The track, which cost aboutHowever, Hill high and far apart to make the $600 plus staff time, should be ent in that group jumps, complete in March, weather ly involved in "We had a nice day and de- permitting, Hill reported to the "Dave Hughes cided to get on it," the parks city council on Wednesday, and had time to and rec director said. "The Feb. 21. Work was stalled on it," Hill told the beauty of it is, if the kids don't the day of the council meeting ,+. like it or it doesn't work, we because of two weeks of snow Photo by Shayla Ashm0re City crews are building a bike track at Skyline Park, less than half a mile west of Hwy. 139. Parks Director Rob Hill said riders can use the track to play, practice jumps or race BMX style, three at a time. Hill said it will be finished next month. Continued from page 7B looked during the initial settle- ments and don't receive bene- fits. Nelson said he thought they could collect benefits from any tribe. Ryberg said the tribal sys- tem is complex and that each tribe has its own regulations about who it will count as a member of the tribe. "Some say they will only ser- vice their own members," Ry- berg said, which has been one of the problems in receiving benefits. One of the goals of Ryberg's tribe and their agreement is to not only serve the members of the Tsi-Akim Maidu, but oth- ers who are not recognized by the government or part of a recognized tribal system. Nelson asked Ryberg if the tribe was interested in receiv- ing federal lands. "If we're rec- The 160 acres was part of one ognized, then they're (feds) ob- of the Rancherias, established ligated to provide this tribe by the federal government, with land." and then abandoned. "What's kept you from at- Meacher said that as he's taining it from the federal gov- pondered the problem and dis- eminent?" Supervisor Bill cussed it with neighbors who Dennisonasked. are among the Tsi-Akim "If this tribe is lucky enough Maidu, he said the location is to get federal recognition, we "sort of a sleeping giant." don't just want to be dropped And with the potential into an area, and say 'Here we recognition and restoration of are,'" Ryberg said. Land near the land, coupled with funding Taylorsville--more specifical- from Proposition 12 and addi- ly the campground--has a long tional state funds, a park along history with the Tsi-Akim the lines of Grinding Rock Maidu. could be accomplished. Further explaining, Ryberg Supervisor B.J. Pearson said, "The federal process is asked what happens if the con- set up for failure. They don't servatorship of the camp- want to honor their treaties." ground won't give up the land. 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