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Bulletin, Record, Progressive, Reporter Wednesday, July 9, 2014 11B !- ARTS and ENTERTAINMENT Lara Eichenberger Special to Feather Publishing The inimitable George Fluke, whose conceptual art , in the past has always been thought provoking, often ironic or downright humorous, presents an array of new works at the Main Street Artists Gallery during the month of July. The pieces are sure to engage viewers and challenge them intellectually. Meticulously crafted pieces from repurposed guitars to hatching birds to giant telephones and coaxial cables to scorpion candy -- all assembled from found (or , donated) objects -- serve to underscore the crux of the artist's quest: to use metaphor, irony and humor to convey a message about the 4 purpose and meaning of art. ' All of George's works are commentary on the world around him. And he invites the viewer to share his insights and understand his perspective. Briefly, George endorses the philosophy of psychologist Jonathan Haidt whose theories hold that societies are held together by "moral foundations: caring, , fairness, liberty, loyalty, authority and purity. George believes that by using metaphoric tools, art can make comparisons or , show points of view that reinforce our moral matrices and allow art to serve society. Historically, art has been used by church and state to do just that but in the last 150 years the arts have been driven more by individuals as artists have pushed the boundaries of all our senses. And now that art can use any medium to portray any subject, many artists are breaking down the moral foundations by giving us kitsch examples of caring or fairness and by being disrespectful and rebellious for its own sake. Thus, hedonism is the current -ism in his view, allowing violence, pursuit of personal pleasure and sensationalism at the expense of metaphoric insight into the good life. With this philosophy in George Fluke's conceptual art stems from his philosophy that art should evoke fundamental insight in the viewer. Photos submitted mind, the viewer needs to look more closely at the artwork in this show to discern which metaphor is being depicted and what message the artist is trying to convey, taking a cue from the title of each piece. A particular example is the snow shovel, a nod to the French artist Marcel Duchamp who, after being rejected by a local art academy in 1915, exhibited a ready-made shovel (and subsequently the infamous urinal in 1917) as a gesture of rebellion against the acceptable art norms of his day, thus ushering in a new nihilistic movement which George believes persists today. But aside from these historical and philosophical theories, in this show, one can simply marvel at the artist's talent at putting disparate elements together in a most creative and astonishing way to jolt people out of complacency and make them wonder. Ultimately, he shows us new perspectives using ordinary tools, which to many viewers is the essence of conceptual art. Also featured in July as guest artist is Steve O'Connell of Greenville with a display of beautifully refined sculptural works. The opening will be held Friday, July 11. Complimentary wine and appetizers will be served. ': oerslg "Plumas Arts is proud to . :present the artwork of talented Plumas County artist Lori Boersig at our opening reception Friday, July 11," said Plumas Arts Director Roxanne Valladao. The opening will be held at the Plumas Arts Gallery, 525 Main St. in Quincy, from 5 to 7p.m. Loretta Boersig is a watercolor artist. She has : lived most of her life in this area of California and has loved to paint or draw since she was old enough to hold a pencil. Boersig says, "I have always found a tranquil and ,' captivating beauty in this area of the Sierra. It is an ever-changing kaleidoscope of color, shape and form with its many mountains, lakes and trees. "Watercolor is an ideal medium for me because it lends itself to the soft, subtle color I enjoy achieving in my paintings." Boersig is a is a self-taught artist, but she said she feels that you are never too old to learn a new technique or method of painting. She is a longtime member of the Workshop for Plumas Artists, exhibits at several galleries in the area and has donated art to various fundraising events in the county. Boersig explains, "I feel that living in a small rural community is very much like going to a movie where each frame is a piece of art and you can't pick a favorite. ! love .-the slow pace of the area and hope it is reflected in my paintings. I hope you enjoy your trip along my trail of rural Americana as much as I have enjoyed painting it." "We really enjoy having the community come in and share this space. This month's art show is about rural life in Plumas County," comments Lori Davis, gallery manager. Boersig's show will hang through Aug. 15. The Plumas Arts Gallery also features the work of more than 60 local artists making jewelry, pottery, fabric arts, basketry, and woodwork as well as fine art originals and photography. There is also a selection of cards and prints. "Price ranges can suit every budget," said Davis. "Find a unique purchase and support local arts." Gallery hours are Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays from 11 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. and Saturdays 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., or by arrangement. For more information, call 283-3402 or visit CONFIRMED All concerts begin at 7:30 p.m. Mumbo Gumbo - S25 Bourgeois Gypsies - S15 String Alongs/Runin' 4 Cover - S10 WHEN ILLNESS STRIKES (I am now up and about) Today, I sat inside and watched outside And longed to be among the trees and light Which medications say I can't abide For I am struggling through pneumonia's plight. And as I mend a bit each idled day, I thank my mending doctor for his care And do what he'll prescribe and might convey, Though I'm confined to this confounded chair. It's true that when an illness strikes with force One values more his days of strength and health And sees his careless ways with deep remorse, For health is richer than one's saved-up wealth. So, Doctor Price, NP McGee, and all your crew, As I grow strength, accept my warmest thanks to you. Salvatore (Sam) Catalano June 21, 2014, summer solstice umas i!!i i i Lori Boersig's watercolor paintings evoke the slow pace of COMING SOON TO YOUR Plumas County's rural lifestyle. Meet the artist and view her rN HALL THEATRE work at an opening reception Friday. Photos courtesy Plumas Arts IALEFiCENT, I- .......... "1 i iI~ J~ r C~ ' i CONFIRMED [ I Fri., JUlYoll- Man., July 14 7pm Show 4pm Sunday Matinee [ O~ ~ 1~ ~ ~ I ~ Rated PG 98 man. m~,'l Family Fantasy I ~ ~_~r~ [ ~ I From Disney comes Maleficent_the untold [ story of Disney's most iconic villain from the II 1959 classic Sleeping Beauty. A beautiful, I Summer Concerts at the Historic Kentucky Mine [ / pure-hearted young woman, Maleficent has an I Sierra City, California ' I 1 idyllic life growing up in a peaceable forest kingdom, until one day when an invading army I 2014 Prog [ threatens the harmony of the land. Maleficent rises to be the land's I ram I fiercest protector, but she ultimately suffers a ruthless betrayal--an act that begins to turn her pure heart to stone. Bent on revenge, Maleficent faces an epic battle with the invading king's successor and, as a result, I] All concerts begin at 7:30 p.m. I I places a curse upon his newborn infant Aurora. As the child grows, [ July 1 2th I I Maleficent realizes that Aurora holds the key to peace in the kingdom-- I Mumbo Gumbo - 525 I " and perhaps to Maleficent's true happiness as well. II August 2rid II '1 Bourgeois Gypsies-$15 I' *WE ARE TRYING TO GET " II August 16th II BOOKINGS FOR: String Alongs/Runin 4 Cover - S10 I I String AIo ' I I 22 JUMP STREET I All concerts begin at 7:30 p.m. with the pre-show. I BBQ starting 01 6:00 p.m. Prices for the BBQ ore NOT EDGE OF TOMORROW [ included in the ticket price. BBQ is S16 per person. [ HOW TO TRAIN YOUR DRAGON 2 I Purchase Online at www'SierraCuntyHistry'rg I I or call (530) 862-13 ! 0 for ticket sales locations. I Remember, Town Hall Theatre needs your help to buy a digital projector. Without this new projector, THT will go away! Make your I ........... ,~ [ donation today. Visit for more information or write your donation check to THT & mail to P.O. 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