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12B Wednesday, March 10, 2010 Bulletin, Progressive, Record, Reporter Main Street rtists Gallery exhibits artwork by Flint The many various hats and headgear on patrons at a gallery reception inspired Russ Flint of Indian Valley to paint this piece. All eyes +n the figures in the painting are on the viewer, who might feel as if he is actually in the crowd tand perhaps wearing the strangest hat. Capturing more than their gaze, one figure points a finger that the viewer cannot dodge. Rockel Eriksen Special to Feather Publishing What was the artist think- ing? After a first, quick blink of interest in a painting, that is the question that grabs and holds our attention. In the first sentence of a book a snap judgment is made. Do we read on or put it back on the shelf?. I remember the fwst time I saw the Andrew Wyeth painting "Christina's World." I needed to know the story the artist was telling. You can't see the young woman's face; she is lying alone in a field. Her attention is on a house in the distance and she appears to be crawling towards it. There is some type of strain there-- physical, emotional or maybe both. We are drawn into Christi- nals world and need to have ou r questions answered. The same thing happened to me a few years back in the Art Barn at the fair. There was a painting that stuck with me. I don't remember if there was a title attached to the painting, but I wanted to know the story. There was a lot going on in the painting, lots of different subjects that I had no idea how to connect. One of the main figures was a very muscular man drawn from the back. I couldn't see his I face, but I felt there was some- thing bigger than him happen- ing that he had no control over. There were wild- eyed hors- es, gulls and a child, .all done in black, gray, white and a cold Northeastern Rural . Healt, Clinics I Proudly AcknOwledges Harmony Bruns LVN for NHC Family & Women's Health ! March 2010 Employee Of The Month ili . BIRTHS, OBITUARIES 1 IN MEMORIAMS, BIRTHDAYS, CONTEST WINNERS, ETC. blue. I remember thinking the artist was very good at drawing the human form; I could see the muscles under his loose shirt and could tell he was strong. However, what I remember more was how I felt when I looked at the painting. The feeling I got from it was in- tense. It seemed to emulate a controlled fury and I was dis- turbed, sad and wanted to know more. It wasn't until just recently my questions were an- swered: The painting I remem- bered was done by Russ Flint. The difference between art and fine art is fine art is mem- orable and everlasting. When a painting can evoke a viscer- al response time and again long after that first impres- sion, that is magic. There is a need to know more about the artist and his creative process, often impos- sible with great artists. We can study them, read what critics have said about them, but can we really know the answer to what they were thinking? An opportunity to ask that Elly's Knight Mare Lady Elysees of Butterfly Valley an dGalustrus Knight of Rogue River, Ore., welcomed Eyight Mare Aug. 8, 2007, during a home birth at.]ffutterfly Valley. The newborn measueqh3c]lfes at the withers. Maternal grandparI)orothy and Dennis Miller of Butterfly Valley. " Paternal grandparents are Sharon and Gordon Westergard of Rogue River, Ore. Great grandmother is Donna h [filer of Quincy. Elly's joins sibling Andy, 11. Brutis "Big Boy" Smith  Brutis Smith, age 12, wenLL/great mousehunt in the sky Aug. 6, 2007.  ..iy " He enjoyed napt_rlll/ chair, fresh water, and investigating the nelbbs' yards for treats. He was a great guard cat, chasing dogs from the front yard. He is survived by his sist, w, Freda, friend Bo, and human servants Steve and Ellen Smith. [i For more information, call: Feather River Bulletin 283-0800 Indian Valley Record 258-3115 Chester Progressive 258-3115 Lassen County Times 257-5321 Westwood PinePress 258-3115 Portola Reporter i 832-4646 i I i question and others will be avai!able March 18 at Main Street Artists Gallery during an exhibit of Flint's work. Painting is like breathing for this artist: It's simply something he does to remain alive and moving. Movement with light and form is what his work is all about. Flint is a figure painter and Russ Flint's family members often appear in his paintings. Here his wife spins wool into richly colored garments. Photos by Rockel Eriksen became interested in art, par- ticularly drawing the human form, at a very early age. When he was quite young, six or seven, he spent a lot of time at his grandmother's house. He had to share that time with another young rela- tive who always seemed pre- occupied with tormenting Flint, who would retreat to his grandmother's room. There he could play without being bothered by the older boy. As a diversion to prevent retaliation against the aggres- sive playmate and to keep him out of mischief, his moth- er gave him "How to Draw the Human Figure" by Walter T. Foster. She later enrolled him in a college art class. He remem- bers one of the early assign- ments was to show a person picking a flower. While most of the other students portrayed bending and plucking the flower, Flint's image was one of a figure yanking the flower out of the ground, showing the movement necessary to pull up in a house he and his wife, Cheryl, built more than 25 years ago. They moved there from Covina when their chil- dren were quite small. To earn a living, Flint took a job illustrating children's books and used that as a vehi- cle to produce movement through his illustrations. He never liked to be re- ferred to as an illustrator, which in the art world can sometimes be a strike against an artist. He eventually aban- doned the work when it be- came too much work and he couldn't grind it out. The crossover from illus- trating to trying to work full time as a painter is a difficult one. Often unfairly, an artist may struggle for public accep- tance. Much depends on cir- cumstances and capabilities, and marketing is important. Flint's work is aboutTollow- ing the aesthetics of move- ment not following the sub- ject, somewhat contradictory to the process of putting idea to canvas. Flint starts with a story. A group of dancers' muscles grow taut and then relax as they prepare for the dance. Two figures sit close to one another, the line of the two portrays grief, a private moment shared in a consoling embrace. A more than Rube- nesque nude embarrassed by her mass giggles beneath a much-too-small hat. First you are drawn in; then the tone is set with the use of color in movement. The blues, grays and black can be cold, desolate and lonely. Glowing reds and orange can feel steamy, vibrant and sensu- ous. Flint's paintings are nat- urally thought provoking. Hehas described the process as playing a game of chess with himself. A painting doesn't just happen; the moves are calculat- ed. He knows exactly where the eye will begin; the route it will take; and the time it will spend exploring with brief resting spots along the way. He uses every bit of space on the can- vas, knows what needs to be present and how all the objects a flower anchored by a few movement he wants to show; will interact. hundred pounds of w eih.++ : +(+: :h isbjt:tter is sec-: ,+:, :: i :ii+,.ok That Was juSf the e+  ........ 0nd:: 0W the figreg :e: ......... be 6 dain : ning. Flint attended Art  Cen- late to one another is always Street Artists Gry in down- ter College of Design in Los Angeles for three years and has been studying on his own ever since. He has taught col- lege classes in Greenville and designs websites. Flint lives in Indian Valley NorCal Equine Rescue NER is a non-profit organization dedicated to rescuing equines from abuse, neglect, abandonment and worse. NER's main NorCal Equine Rescue goal is to heal those P.O. Box 6108 horses and adopt them Oroviile, CA 95966 to loving homes. www.savethehorse.com Horses available for 530-534-7742 adoption. This message sponsored by: y 362 Crescent St., Quincy (next to Feather River Fitness) 2800-oyo00 I 9-5:30 M-F Sat. 9-4 WANTED OLD COIN COLLECTIONS... Pre-1965 Silver Coins, Proof Sets, Old Currency, Pre-1936 Silver Dollars, 10k-24k Gold, All Gold Coins FREE APPRAISALS We come to you Over 20 years in coin business References available Call 530-589-3585 leave message or 530-370-0101 for appointment ..',:.'+.::: initiated through movement. His paintings are not flat images of figures in various poses but are multi-dimen- sional. The color combina- tions are exact and intention- al. By combining colors from opposing sides of the color town Quincy beginning Thurs- day, March 18, and continuing through the end of the month. The artist's reception is 5 - 8 p.m. March 18. Flint will give a brief talk, answering the ques- tion: what was he thinking? The gallery is at 436 Main St. in wheel he creates friction, ex- Quincy. For more information, citement, energy and more contact I.ara Eichenberger at movement and varying de- eichen88@hotmail.com or Carla grees of emotion. DeBoer next door to the gallery Each of his paintings tells a at the Eagle's Nest Gallery. Moha w k Valley Art'00;ts ' Guild 2010 season The first meeting of the Mo- hawk Valley Artists' Guild will be held Tuesday, March 16, at 6 p.m. (one hour earlier than usual). The opening meeting will be held at the Mohawk Resource Center, corner of Highways 89 and 70, in Blairsden. The guild will open its sea- son with a potluck and "show 'n tell." Bring a favorite salad, veggie dish or dessert. The guild will provide a couple of main dishes and beverages. For the "show 'n tell" pick a piece of art, music or writing that has a special meaning to share. Of course sharing a lat- est personal creation is al- ways encouraged. The guild looks forward to an exciting and busy new year. Come and find out what's on the horizon. New members and new ideas are always welcome. For any questions, feel free to call president Marian Haid at 836-1399. DISABILITY \\; (775) 825,-1616 1-877-832-8757 se habla espaSol DISABILITY ASSOCIATES j