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2A Wednesday, Mar. 3, 2010 Feather River Bulletin ,Artist opens 3-D show tomorrow Titled "Thole," this piece by Chris Bolton was inspired by the Mexican retablos, or devotional artwork. Photo by Chris Bolton Tiffiney Lozano Staff Writer Isatchwell@plu Thursday night, Plumas Arts Gallery will host an ex- citing new exhibition titled "Suenos y Sombras," featur- ing the new 3-D works of Quincy artist Chris Bolton. I met BoRon at his home on a dull wintry morning and immediately understood artistic expression isn't so much a pursuit as a way of life for the Idaho native. While modest in size, the space clearly housed an artist. On the living room and kitchen border sat a bright, aqua-colored cabinet that Bolton made himself. Serving as a bar, and cov- ered with an array of spirits, the cabinet and the home's motif in general spoke of an- other time; a time when wives waited patiently, dinner and cocktails ready, for their hus- bands to arrive home. In fact, Bolton claims he is a housewife. Retired from teaching art at a community college in Seattle, Bolton spends his time being artsy. With the morning light spilling onto the dining room table, Bolton laid out his lat- est creations. Styled much like the Mexi- can retablos, Bolton's small cabinet-like boxes display anything from tarot cards and a teacup, to hand-carved fig- urines embellished with feathers and beads. Bolton takes his inspira- tion from everyday objects or treasures he finds in other's castaway piles. One such item immediately caught my eye upon entering his home. A retro, Lucite green vinyl sofa ornamented with bright orange and yellow pillows sits center stage in the living room. The sofa's fate was sealed when Bolton spotted the piece in the back of a truck headed for the county dump. Howev- er, after a little convincing, the owners agreed to let Bolton save the old couch. As a child, Bolton remem- bers the temptation to bright- en life's blank and boring spaces was at times over- whelming. He confessed to coloring in the dictionary when he was only five--an act that earned him a stern reprimand. Undeterred, Bolton found inspiration and an accom- plice in his mother. "If we did a project, we took it all the way," he said. "And everything my mother did, she did artistically, whether it was baking, painting or set- ting the table." Bolton fondly recalled a time the church supper group hosted an international Free* is a good thing! Enjoy a FREE beverage with any breakfast entree 7 days a week 7-11am only Coffee Tea Soda Small Milk Small Juice Excludes Early Bird Specials I Free drink/person 90 E. Main St., Quincy 283,0591 MARY K. SHELTERS ttorney at Law BANKRUPTCY 4Ol Peninsula Dr. Suite 8, ake Almhnor e ead This-. Your Utility Bills Homes We Build. IC! IGHT...IT'S THAT SIMPLE advantage of low interest rates, buyer tax credit and home loans for energy efficient homes. v / +++ +? i fill!fill+i!! !:if+ AVERAGE WAGES (PER HOUSEHOLD)......... ....... AVERAGE GAS PRICES (PER GALLON) PROPANE GAS PRICES (PER GALLON)...... ! ......... : ELECTRICI COSTS ( Quincy artist Chris Bolton will feature his latest exhibition of 3-D artworks, "Suenos y Sombras" ("Dreams and Shadows") at Plumas Arts tomorrow night. Photo by Tiffiney Lozano dinner party. Charged with the table centerpieces, mother and son built a four.foot tall replica of the Eiffel tower. "We didn't think anything of investing the time it took to create what we wanted," he said. Though Bolton did study art in college, he said formal study's main draw for him was access to expensive equipment he otherwise couldn't afford. Bolton attended Boise State and a small college in south- western Idaho. The smaller campus, unable to support a full art depart- ment, had only two profes- sors. The lack of staffing meant sculptors were in the same class with sketchers and painters. "In Boise, painters didn't talk to potters," said Bolton. "The crossover in Colorado is where I really took my working knowledge of mixing media," he said. Bolton's pieces are reason- : :abty.priced and undeniably one of a kind. He also pays attention to size. While we all marvel at big and bold, the art has to fit on somebody's wall he said. Most of us can't afford a $600 clay pot or $10,000 painting that won't fit in the house anyway. In the same vein, Bolton de- signed Christmas gifts for his family this year--they all got matching tattoos. His adult children, wife Tama and Bolton himself all sport puzzle pieces, which if laid together would all inter- lock with Tama's master puz- zle piece. How cool is that? As I said goodbye and head- ed for the door, the voice of Ella Fitzgerald danced softly in the background, bidding me farewell. It wasn't until I stepped out- side into the veil of grey fog draping American Valley that I realized how much I had en- joyed the colorful morning and Bolton's keen sarcasm. Come see Bolton's talents for yourself tomorrow night, 5-7 p.m., at Plumas Arts Gallery at 372 Main St. Options to donate to boy with cancer The Johnsville Junior Ski Team and the Plumas Ski Club are holding a drawing to benefit Jedidiah Lusk and his family. Jedidiah has been diag- nosed with a brain stem tu- mor; it is currently inopera- ble, but the final prognosis is yet to be determined by the physicians who are working with him. Drawing tickets are $2 each, or three for $5. The gift basket includes: a night for two at the romantic Resort at Squaw Creek; two Alpine Meadows adult lift tickets; a gift basket with wine, cheese, crackers, smoked salmon, ca- pers and gourmet chocolate Tickets are now on sale at the Quincy Chamber of Com- merce office and Plumas Parks and Recreation. Tickets will also be available at the JJST races March 6 at Soda Springs. The drawing will be held March 15, so there is time to get in some amazing spring skiing. i Jedidiah is at U.C.-Davis in Sacramento. Updates on his progress are available at caring- /journal. Donations are gratefully ac- cepted at the Jedidiah Well- ness Fund; contact Plumas Bank at 283-6800. Get well cards may be sent to P.O. Box 30053, Cromberg, CA 96103. Jedidiah may also be reached at the Davis Tow- er (916) 703-8074. For information, call Lisa at 283-3956 or (775) 232-9536. Picnic tables needed Have an old picnic table you want to replace? The Plumas County Animal Shel- ter wants it! Donate it to the Friends of Plumas County Animal Shel- ter for the dogs to have shade and places to jump on in their new yards. The group is looking for a few tables, and will be glad to pick them up. The animals will love you for it. Call Linda at 283-2652. "I have noticed a huge improvement in my shoulder. It has only been 3 weeks and ! have almost all my range of motion back." Devin Norcutt P HY++ SICAL THERAPY ,'y% Kory Felker, MPT kx ] 78 Central Ave., Quincy 283-2202 gilts & me [e l READING CLUB ~ Ist-3rd~ Meets first Saturday of each month at 10"30 a.m. 373 w. Main St. in Qutncy 283-BOOK (;) Mon. - Sat. 10 - 6 Sun. l4pm