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Bulletin, Progressive, Record, Reporter Wednesday, July 14, 2010 15B IYalking the edge of abstraction "Color is my passion," says artist Marilyn Hoffman. That is apparent in the depth of vibrant reds and pale lilac in "Irises in Paradise" and the vivid hues of purple and lavender in "Laila and the Dark Lilies." Photo by Rockel Eriksen By Rockel Eriksen Special to Feather Publishing "Color is my passion," said artist Marilyn Hoffman. "When I start a painting, I look first for colors and forms that really excite me, then the painting helps paint itself." Hoffman's paintings are like velvet, the colors are lavishly rich with sumptuous depth. She works in acrylics and oils and has done classic still-life studies, plein air landscape, as well as portraits. Her style has evolved from Impressionism to the abstract. Some of her works are reminis- cent of Salvador Dali as with her painting "Eco-Ribbons," in which blue and green ribbons intertwine with forest trees. The ribbons appear in many of her paintings and tie shapes and forms together, of- fering a fluidity that keeps the eye moving from one form to another, and create a sooth- ing and energizing continu- ous transfer of energy. "Many of my paintings are purely an exploration of color and form. Others start out as real forms that merge with abstract elements. Sometimes images suggest themselves and challenge me and the viewer to discover them," said Hoffman. "Eco-Ribbons" evolved when "a painting of trees I started became a statement about the tangles that we encounter in managing the forests," said artist Marilyn Hoffman of the work. Ribbons wind through the trees, suggesting the blue and green "red tape" of ecological concerns. "Then the fun starts, letting the painting tell you what it wants to be. And the viewer is usually anxious to find the meaning behind it." In the oil painting "Frac- tured," a still life that was "going nowhere interesting," Hoffman broke up or "frac- tured" some of the forms while retaining others. It changed the painting into one fined with movement and open to interpretation. That was the first painting she ever entered in a juried show and she took first place, edging out severally national- ly known artists. An odd thing happened when she went to pick up the painting after the show. One of the gallery staff commented on the intriguing woman in white in the painting. What woman? Hoffman asked. "Sure enough, there was an ethereal figure emerging from the background that I had never intended or noticed." Painting has always been a part of Hoffman's life; she re- members painting as a teen and using the old paint-by- number kit paints to create her own scenes on her own canvas. She attended night classes 6i'w0rkshops in draw- ing and painting throughout college and later, while teach- ing French and English. She has taught drawing and painting classes to adults and children since 1985, starting at galleries in Saratoga and continuing in Quincy after moving here in 1988. She currently owns Curves for Women and uses the facili- ty during off hours for art classes. "Art and exercise re- ally do mix well," Hoffman Marilyn Hoffman has produced a series of miniatures reflecting a variety of inspirations: cute and whimsical animals, seasonal scenes of Plumas County and colorful abstracts. It's hard to choose just one and a grouping makes an afford- able gift of a mini-gallery for a small space or as a traveling memento of scenes of a beautiful part of the Sierra. said, "since our Curves music can really keep the artists jazzed up. The walls at the fa- cility also provide a handy place to exhibit our work." Hoffman is passionate in her teaching and it is infec- tious. She encourages stu- dents to splash color onto can- vas with wild abandon, show- ing no fear of the vchite canvas. She believes her teaching style should not be too tight to avoid stifling a student's cre- ativity. Her philosophy: "Jump in and learn by doing." With guidance from the teacher and hands-on experience, the goal is for the student to de- velop an artist's eye; to learn the techniques needed to ac- complish her vision; and to develop her own style. "Art really is a wonderful outlet. It takes you out of the world and into a wonderful creative space. I don't know what I'd do without art," said Hoffman Her artwork will be on dis- play at Main Street Gallery at 436 Main St. in downtown Quincy. A reception, "On the Edge of Abstract," is set for Fri- day, July 16, from 5 - 7 p.m. The show will run July 15 - 25. For more information con- tact Lara Eichenberger at or Carla De Boer at the Eagle's Nest, next door to the gallery. Saturday, July 17, will be the biggest parking lot sale of the year at the Mohawk Com- munity Resource Center in Blairsden from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Antiques and "stuff" will abound. There are still a few spaces available; call 836-0446 to rent a spot for $35. As an added bonus, the sale will include refurbished, branded (Dell, etc.) computers and peripherals at extremely low prices, $25 - $40. The Mo- hawk Community Resource Center, a service of Plumas Rural Services, makes com- puters available at a token price as a support to local families and residents. Once a year, the center sells the donated hard- and soft- backed books to recycle them through the community. They il begin to collect books once visibility and attendance again in August for snuggly Money collected for the winter reading, spaces will support communi- The Mohawk Community ty programs in Eastern Resource Center Parking Lot Plumas County. Sale is earlier than usual this The center is in Blairsden year, during the Graeagle Art at the intersection of High- and Craft Show for maximum ways 70 and 89. m:: An oil painting entitled "Fractured" began with a still life that took a different direction when the forms were broken up. The abstract element fills the painting with movement and leaves it open to interpretation. Republican women meet Plumas County Republican Women Federated will hold its July luncheon meeting Thursday, July 22, at the St. John's Parish Hall, 176 Lawrence St. in Quincy. The cost is $15, the lunch will be catered by Back Door Catering Company. R.S.V.P. to Valerie Flanigan at 283-1116. The business meeting be- gins at 10:45 a.m. with lunch at noon and speaker Jeff Turner, a retired attorney, For more information on Republican Women or how to get involved, contact Valerie Fla~,iga~~, at 283-1116. bar & grill 'k l%idag, ,Jul9 1 7- ,o p.m. Winemakers Dinner: ZD & Page Wineries ]=rlda9, Jul9 Z% 700 p.m. Wine vs. Beer Dinner: Creative Flavor Inspirations Both special evenings include: 5-course gourmet dinner featuring local and organic foods. Individual wine (or wine/beer) pairings with each course. Guest presenter. ~'~'/~ $7~ rer ~erson includes ~inner, wine or wine/Deer, tax ana gratuity, ~{'~j~ vSeatin~ is limitec]. ~eservaLions require~. 5 o.-8P6-1 I11 oz toplar Valle9 Rd., Graeagle Check our we~sit:e t:or menus anti event:s: www.pJu maspinesgo[{ m PINES Great American Craft Fairs presents in Graeagle Town Park 17 & 18, 2010 Saturday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Live Bluegrass music Quality arts and crafts exhibitors 775-825-3679 TOWN HALL THEATRE Presents Thurs., July 15 - Tues., July 20 Rated G 1 hr., 49 min. Animation/Comedy Woody, Buzz and the whole gang are back. As their owner Andy prepares to depart for college, his loyal toys find themselves in daycare where untamed tots with their sticky little fingers do not play nice. So, it's all for one and one for all as they join Barbie's counterpart Ken, a thespian hedgehog named Mr. Pricklepants and a pink, strawberry-scented teddy bear called Lots-o-Huggin' Bear to plan their great escape. THE A-TEAM Thurs., July 22 & Fri., July 23 Rated PG-13 119 min. * Action/Adventure The A-Team follows the excitfng and daring exploits of a colorful team of former Special Forces soldiers who were set up for a crime they did not commit. Going "rogue," they utilize their unique talents to try and clear their names and find the true culprit. Liam Neeson, Bradley Cooper (The Hangover), mixed martial arts champ Quinton "Rampage" Jackson, and Sharlto Copley, are the "A-Team." Shows 7pm nightly 4pm matinee on Sundays fOSX HRLL TH[RTR[ Adults .................. ~/.00 Students & Seniors ................. ~6.00 Children ................ ~5.00 288-1140 469 Main St., Quincy, CA Visit us at