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Bulletin, Record, Progressive, ieporter Wednesday, June 4, 2014 13B ARTS and ENTERTAINMENT Show features patriarch of Quincy art community Lara Eichenberger Special to Feather Publishing During the month of June, Main Street Artists Gallery presents a retrospective show of the work of Marv Schmidt, patriarch of the Quincy art community, educator, mentor and founder of the art department at Feather River College. Over the years, Marv has taught many of the artists currently residing in Plumas County, among them Phil Gallagher, Sally Yost, Norma Lewis, Lou Boschee, Robert Lowry and Rose Schulman, and inspired a dozen more, including Dorothy Edwards, to become art teachers. While teaching at FRC, Marv worked on his own art alongside hisstudents to better address their problems with composition and technique. The current show is comprised of works generated during that period. Marv's paintings are remarkable for their vivid colors and complex, sometimes turbulent compositions. His range is wide -- from landscapes to abstract expressionist pieces that, although from another era, appear fresh and timeless. His work provokes a visceral reaction, demanding the viewer's attention and a desire to unravel the mystery of what is seen there. His never-before-shown wood sculptures are particularly interesting- elegant and graceful abstract totems. A large work depicting a Mexican market scene is particularly compelling for its joyful exuberance. Born in San Jose, Marv attended San Jose State as an art major and received his BA and MA there. After graduation and newly married to Norberta, a grade school teacher, he decided against pursuing a commercial art career after seeing people in that field confined to cubicles. Instead, he opted for obtaining a teaching credential and landed his first job teaching art at Colusa High School. After two years there, the couple returned to San Jose and for the next 10 years Marv taught art at Los Altos High School while Norberta taught grade school as they raised their three children. " The family became familiar with Plumas County from camping trips and, in  1968, Marv learned through a friend that Peralta District was opening a community college in Quincy. He applied and got the job of organizing an art department. At first, classes were held at the fairgrounds, but 1.5 years later, the college was built at its present location and Marv taught and mentored students there until 1988 with a one-year interruption in 1982 as a Fulbright exchange teacher to England, near Coventry, a central location that whetted the couple's appetite for travel. In 1986, Marv spent six weeks in San Miguel de AUende, Mexico, which he says was his most productive time. There he produced some 18 acrylics on paper inspired by local scenes, notably the markets, experimenting with an abstract style and building on that concept in his future work. In addition to teaching technique, Marv also educated his students in art history via slideshow presentations. Upon retiring in 1988, Marv and Norberta set out for teaching adventures abroad -- in'st in Kuwait, where Marv taught art to children of expatriates and Norberta taught elementary school, then in Saudi Arabia where Marv taught both art and Arabic studies and even produced an English-Arabic dictionary. The couple returned to Quincy in 1998 but continued to travel abroad periodically. Today, Mary's artistic legacy continues as his grandson, Isaac, is already gaining recognition as a talented metal sculptor and is pursuing a master's degree in art at San Jose State. His granddaughter, Neva, is highly skilled in drawing. As an active member of Main Street Artists, Marv assists at all the hanging of shows and is frequently called upon for his sage advice and guidance. With this show we honor his life's work and acknowledge his huge contribution to the cultural life of Quincy. Also featured this month in the Tiny Room will be guest artist Larry Bencich, art instructor at Dominican College, San Rafael, who returns to MSA with a special show illustrating the amazing new developments in giclee technology. The opening reception will be held Friday, June 6, from 5 to 7 p.m. Complimentary wine and appetizers will be served. Marv Schmidt's work showcases vibrant color and abstract expressionism. This patriarch of the Quincy art community will hold a retrospective show at Main Street Artists Gallery. Photos courtesy Marv Schmidt John Knowles Probst, man of many talents, announces his "Piano Rag Recital" CD release. Photo submitted Confirmed For: Multitalented man releases new ragtime piano CD Laura Beaton Staff Writer Ibeaton@plumasnews.com John Probst, man of many talents, has just released a new CD: "Piano Rag Recital." The CD was recorded at the West End Theatre and is available locally at Epilog Books and through Probst's website, worldot]ohnprobst.com. He taught theatre, English and philosophy at Feather River College for over 27 years. Before that he taught for 13 years in the Bay Area. He has written five books and is working on the sixth -- a fantasy called "The World Without End." Probst composes in various musical styles, including Dixieland, bossa nova and orchestral. Many of his works are listed and may be listened to on his website. Probst has directed dozens of theatrical productions and conducted many symphonies, in addition to providing piano accompaniment for numerous singers and chorale groups. These days he has pared down to conducting just the madrigal singing group Le Panache, which will resume this fall in preparation for the annual Christmas-themed Courthouse Sing in December. In celebration of his 80th birthday, Probst said he will be touring England in June with one of his sons. Sometime in the fall he said he hopes to have a book signing at Epilog Books. Meanwhile, the adventurous, productive life of John Knowles Probst continues. "When you're involved in the arts, there's not enough hours in the day," Probst said. Film examines food co-ops as political A provocative new f'tim looks at the current resurgence of food co-operatives in America, and their unique historic place in America's economic and political landscape -- somewhere between Adam Smith and Eugene Debs. "Food for Change," a feature-length (85-minute) documentary from Home Planet Pictures, tells the story of the co-op movement in the U.S. through a combination of interviews, rare archival footage and commentary by co-op leaders and historians. No other film has examined the key role played by consumer-led food co-ops during the decades-long debate over profit-driven capitalism vs. locally controlled economic enterprises. Born in the heartland, cooperatives were seen as the middle path between Wall Street and socialism. Filmmaker Steve Alves describes his documentary as "one part food, to two parts politics, to three parts economics." Alves tracks the co-op movement's quest for whole and organic foods, and the dream of sustainable food systems. The f'tim profiles several current food co-ops that have revived neighborhoods and entire communities -- right in theshadmv of corporate agribusiness and national supermarket chain stores. "Today we're experiencing a renaissance of American food co-ops," says Sean Doyle, general manager of the Seward Co-op. "These are not marginal enterprises -- they are successful and dynamic businesses that are revitalizing communities across the United States. People are once again taking more control over the economic forceg in their lives." But there were darker days for co-ops after World War II, Alves adds. "Big business regained an influential role within the government, laying the groundwork for a post-war culture based on mass production, corporate consolidation and rampant consumerism." "Food co-ops were a byproduct of the Great Depression," says co-op historian David Thompson, who is also featured in "Food "for Change." "The disparity in wealth between the haves and the don't haves was the spark that ignited co-ops. As co-ops grew, they restored hope to millions of Americans who began to gain some economic control over their lives and their communities, just as IN ANSWER TO THE NATION'S CALL MEMORIAL DAY 2014 In answer to the nation's urgent call The men and womenrom across the land Responded, letting private matters fall, To join their neighbors in a selfless stand. They knew the dangers and the chance for harms But came to face them as they thought they must. They left their shops, professions and their farms And knew that what they had to do was just. So many left our shores to cross the seas, And some returned and some, alas, did not And some who did return had some disease, Or shattered limb or illness we've forgot. So let's denounce the ones who create senseless wars But honor those we send to fight on foreign shores. Salvatore (Sam) Catalano May 24 2014 2:12 AM Tentatively Scheduled: International of ..... Soroptimist Quincy ....... 14th Annual ' Garden Tour : Don't miss this one! There will be refreshments along the route and beautiful gardens to help you create your own outdoor living space. Saturday, June 14, 2014- 9am-2pm now- at the gate Win a *100 Gift Certificate Drawing to your favorite local nursery! Tickets available at the following locations: Q._INCY: GREAT NORTHERN HAIR CO. EPILOG BooKs (;RAY'S FLOWER GARDEN CAREY CANDY CO. GRAEAGLE/BLAIRsDEN/PORTOLA: ANDERSON'S GARDEN CENTER HEALTHY BODIES COMMUNITY GYM PLUMAS BANK CHESTBR/GRBENYILLE= GOOD VIBRATIONS STERLING SAGE or any Soroptimist member [:or more information, contact Quincy Chamber of Commerce at 283-0188 or Garden Tour Committee at 283-2265 , economic movement co-ops are doing today." The world premiere of "Food for Change" took place at the legendary Fitzgerald Theater, in St. Paul, Minnesota, on Oct. 20, 2013, with simultaneous webcast to roughly 50 co-op communities across the country. A 15-minute excerpt from "Food for Change" was screened at the United Nations the year before, where it was given an award.. Steve Alvesis an award-winning documentary fflmmaker based in western Massachusetts. Among his documentaries is "Talking to the Wall: The Story of an American Bargain," about one New England town's battle against the world's largest retailer. COMING SOON TO YOUR TOWN HALL THEATRE THE GRAND BUDAPEST HOTEL Fri., June 6 - Mon., June 9 7pm Show 4pm Sunday Matinee Rated R 100 min. Comedy/Drama The Grand Budapest Hotel recounts the adventures of Gustave H., a legendary concierge at a famous European hotel between the wars, and Zero Moustafa, the lobby boy who becomes his most trusted friend. The story involves the theft and recovery of a priceless Renaissance painting and the battle for an enormous family fortune - all against the back-drop of a suddenly and dramatically changing Continent. FOOD FOR CHANGE plays ONE NIGHT ONLY at 7pm on Tuesday June 10 FREE SHOWING! This film looks at the current resurgence of food co-operatives in America, and their unique historic place in America's economic and political landscape. Food For Change, a feature-length (85 min.) documentary from Home Planet Pictures, tells the story of the co-op movement in the U.S. through a combination of interviews, rare archival footage, and commentary by co-op leaders and historians. The film is sponsored by Quincy Natural Foods. THE AMAZING SPIDERMAN 2 Fri., June 13 - Mon.,'June 16 7pm Show 4pm Sunday Matinee Rated PG-13 142 min. Sci-fi Action/Violence This new chapter in The Spider-Man legacy focuses on an untold story that tells a different side of Peter Parker's story. He was abandoned by his p,tr-nts as a boy, and raised by his Uncle Ben and Aunt May. As a teenager, Peter is finding out who he is, and how he has become the person he is today. As Peter discovers a mysterious briefcase that belonged to his father, he begins a quest regarding his parents' disappearance. This leads him directly to Oscorp and the lab of Dr. Curt Connors, his father's, partner. As Spider-man is set on a collision course with Connor's alter-ego, The Lizard, Peter will make life-altering decisions to use his powers and shape his destiny to become a hero. Patrons are advised to call the Town Hall Theatre movie line at 283-1140, check the website at quincytownhall.com or "Like" us on Facebook for the most current film schedule. IOHJH HALL THEATRE .......... .......... m I I Students/Seni0rs .......... $7 1 Childn ....... '.. ........ $6_Z 283-1140 469 Main St., Quincy, CA Visit us at www.quin@townhall.com