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12B Wednesday, July 25, 2001 Bulletin Pro( The Plumas County Art Gallery is proud of the oppor- tunity to host an exhibit of etchings and paintings by longtime Plumas County Res- ident Gertrude Bleiberg. The exhibit will run from July 19 to Sept. 1. The artist was hon- ored at an opening reception on Thursday, July 19. Born in New York City, Bleiberg (nee Gertrude Tiefenbrun) moved to Los Angeles in 1937. After gradu- ate school, in 1942, she mar- ried Donald J. Bleiberg, M.D., and moved to Quincy. Thus she began the first phase of her adult life as a teacher, mother and a doctor's wife in her new rural home. From her arrival, she be- came a significant part of the life of the community and af- fected the lives of many for the next 23 years. In 1965, Bleiberg moved with her husband and her family to Palo Alto. In 1969, she took her first art class and began another phase of her life. It was not a departure from the fii'st phase -the life experi- ences of her past and present and her future dreams came to be the basis for her art work. No discussion of Bleiberg's art would be complete with- out touching on her sense of humor. Maybe sometime of it can be attributed to her stature. At 5' ("barely... I hope so") she often finds her- self talking to people's waist- lines, and in her work the viewer sometimes feels like a child walking through a for- est of legs. This child's per- spective is one of wonder and an appreciation for the obvi- ous and overlooked - an ap- preciation which often trans- lates as humor. Many local residents re- member Bleiberg from her days as a high school teacher in their business or physiolo- gy classes. In addition to her appearance at the gallery, she will also be attending a Quincy High School class re- union during the weekend af- ter the opening. Her drawings and paint- ings come straight from the heart, quickly realized by conjuring up half a lifetime's experiences with family, peo- ple and places. They are very strong on content and very close to her life. The Plumas County Art Gallery will feature Bleiberg's "Quincy Series" of etchings in addition to a number of paintings from a recent exhibition in Palo Al- to. Each of the etchings in the series was produced on-site in Quincy,while she was working on a graduate school project. The series provides an autobiographical repre- Continued from Page 11B of our ambulance and also some very good coverage by the newspaper--not only about the problems, but also about the services available. I would like to remind people of one important fact. When IVASA was formed it was a joint effort with three enti- ties involved: the service dis- trict, the hospital and the Rancheria. The Rancheria contributed financially to a large degree, roughly $60,000.per year, and then lat- er pulled out of the agree- ment. IVASA continued .on with the hospital and the service district and tried to keep the tax below the approved $45 annually. As has been pointed out in previous articles and letters to the editor, you don't have to be a home owner to use the ambulance on a "no-out-of- pocket-expense" basis. This service is available to any- one in the district. Private insurance, Medicare and MediCal are billed, and what's not collected from them is written off. Tom Higgins explained very well the benefits of call- ing the ambulance over transporting patients pri- vately. When the ambulance staff arrives on the scene they ini- tiate medical care immedi- ately. So cardiac patients and ac- cident victims don't risk fur- ther injury by untrained peo- ple moving them. It's safer and certainly no more expen- sive to call the ambulance. The community obviously wants to ensure the survival of our ambulance. We voted for the $, remember? But unfortunately, it's be- ing under-utilized by the peo- ple who have the most to gain from it. The bottom line is, if the community wants the ambulance to re- main financially viable ,it needs to start using it. Mark Delizio Greenville Poor coverage I couldn'thelp but notice that the music festival in Quincy got huge coverage: full pages of color photos and an extensive article full-of praise for the participants. This event brought drugs, al- cohol, nudity, public urina- tion and numerous arrests into the area. Of course, the emphasis was on all the money that was spent locally. In constrast, the coverage of the Every 15 Minutes pro- gram at Chester High School on May 23-24 amounted to a small (but well written) arti- cle and three poorly com- posed pictures. This anti-drinking and dri- ving program dramatized the tragic consequences of alco- hol abuse, promoted respon- sibility and encouraged teens to think differently about drinking. Unfortunate- ly, it didn't generate com- merce, but in fact was made possible in part by the gener- ous donations of local mer- chants, clubs and citizens, This was such an impor- tant program that it should have been given better, more extensive coverage. Carol Morgenroth Chester Questions about roadless areas Here is my "public input" to the USDA announced roadless areas: For every 100 acres they protect from roads, lay off one Forest Service employee and auction off one Forest Service pickup truck. For every 1,000 acres they protect locally, stop the For- est Service from running up and down the Beckwourth/Genesee Road all day long by building an oval track and letting them drive in circles. If they proceed to "protect" all 60 million acres from roads, they should erect stat- ues of Lenin at all district of- fices with plaques stating, "Communism is alive and well in California" (or the ap- plicable state). Question: How are the handicapped going to access this 60 million acres? Or do handicap rules only apply to the private sector? Question: How are the fire- fighters going to access the fires? Or does "roadless" on- ly apply to the private sec- tor? Question: Why would the roadless areas be off-limits to logging, since helicopter log- ging would be a viable alter- native? Or is the roadless proposal primarily to stop logging? Question: Will U.N. troops be used to patrol the "roadless" area on foot, or will they use Blackhawk Helicopters? Question: Is the 60-day pub- lic comment period a joke? Because the government will do as it pleases in the end anyway! Proposal: Protect the in- tegrity of our borders before we establish illegal zones within our own country. Callan W. Payton Beckwourth I Gertrude Bleiberg, a na- tive of New York, gave California a try and stayed. A former teacher in Quincy, she later moved on to become an artist. /" \ [ , .... i ] , ., i ! i ' ! i ~'~ iI J X ;!I i i , / i / i Gertrude Bleiberg, a one-time Plumas County resident, produced this tied "Rachel's Shoes," in 1993. J sentation of Gertrude and her time spent as a member of this community. The Plumas County Art Gallery. located at 372 Main Street in Quincy, exclusively features the work of regional artists in a variety of medi- ums. The Plumas County Art Gallery is a project of the Plumas County Arts Com- mission, a partner in the California Arts Council State-I,ocal Partnership Program. Contact us at (530) 283-3402, p.o. Box 618, Quin- cy, CA 9 5 9 7 1 , pcarts-, or visit our Website: plumas \\ #.r This work, titled, "How Many Happy Times," is just one of Gertrude Bleiberg has produced in her time as an artist. the fanciful plec~ ~iiV::' .:~::~::~ '~ ~':-:~:~:::~ i~' x%:.:. .:?-::"":'::ih ~- t.~me'~'P'es Aug. 8-12 s, un p,,ea . rh, ~: .~ ~m.~ L/~eStOck ~"~'~" GRANDSTAND EVENTS pun., 9: Tickets on sale now! Wed., Aug. 8 - Draft Horses Calvacacle (7:00 p.m.) l:ri., Aug. 10 - l:eather River Bull Riding Classic (8:00prn) Sat., Aug. 11 - The Marshall Tucker Band (8:00pm) Sun., Aug. 12 - Stock Car Racing (7:00pro) wild science Bird 5nu FREE FREE The Bal. !ntertainm Mineral iorl loon Man Cafe All Day Daily Hill Billy Willy cowbOy,,s Train with ju / Loyalton Pharmacy Plumas Bank Bank of America Bookshelf Round House Council Fairgrounds Office " rE DO TYPESETTING! I if purchased by Aug. 7th Great Northern Hair CO.Pet Country FeedGraeagle Assoc. "THE PRINT SHOP" at Feather Publishing, 283-0800 I