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Bulletin, Progressive, Record, Reporter Wednesday, Aug. 18, 2010 15B Plein air artist to open show at gallery in Quincy Taylorsville artist Sally Yost loves to travel and she loves to paint outdoors. Here in her outdoor studio m under a large oak at her home she captures a Slovenian field worker. Photos by Rocki Eriksen Rocki Eriksen Special to Feather Publishing "Fooling Around with Paints," a chimpagne recep- tion with Taylorsville artist Sally Yost, is set for Friday, Aug. 20, 5 - 8 p.m. at the Main Street Artists Gallery in downtown Quincy. "My sketchbooks define who I am as an artist, always in the field, drawing the world in front of me. For two decades, my landscapes have been drawn and painted di- rectly from the natural world. "The translation that hap- pens 'en plein air' has an ef- fect that I can't reproduce in the studio. I try to convey a response to the landscape which carries the breathless enthusiasm I experience while I am painting." "En plein air" is a French expres- sion that translates simply to "in the open air." In the 1870s, this style of painting gained popularity over the more traditional studio set- ting. Artists such as Monet and Renoir frequently paint- ed en plein air. "I am happiest drawing or painting in nature ... in the field, sitting on a boulder, fallen tree or canoe seat," said Yost. A Taylorsville resident for more than 35 years, Yost has backpacked and canoed in and around the lakes, moun- tains and meadows of the area. She has come to know the landscape intimately. With sketchbook in hand, she has vibrantly chronicled places she has been, from the rugged beauty of Sierra Val- ley where wetland meadows give way to the sage rising up to Beckwourth Pass to the cloud-filled skies hanging over Lake Almanor. Mixed bookbag dl mysteries, ma00ic, little people and road trips WELCOME, GF.NTLE I00ADEP,. "The Illuminated Land- scape: A Sierra Nevada An- thology" edited by Gary Noy and Rick Heide Chock full of stories, poems and essays, this anthology provides a wide-ranging view of our home mountains. The collection spans the breadth and width of the range with pieces dating from pre-history to the present. I could quibble about a few of the selections: Does John Muir's "A Wind Storm in the Forests of the Yuba" really need to be anthologized again? Likewise for Twain's "The Celebrated Jumping From of Calaveras County." But those entries are more than offset by some surprising choices, like the delightful ac- count, "Football Big-Time," of a Nisenan ball game, which sometimes consisted of male- versus-female teams: "The men played with the foot, the women played with the hand; that was their playing togeth- er so that a man could hug the woman he loved. The women on their part took every op- portunity to hug the men they loved; the game was like that so that this could be done." The collection also includes three commissioned pieces and a couple of others that have not been reprinted since the 19th century. Plumas County is well rep- resented, with a Maidu tale, "Mountain Lion and His Chil- dren," and excerpts from Dame Shirley's letters, a biog- raphy of Jim Beckwourth and Marie Potts' "The Northern Maidu." Whether you are an arm- chair traveler or an explorer of the nooks and crannies of the Sierra Nevada, this book will shed new light on your understanding of the great mountain range we call home. COMING: ANIMAL HOUSE FREE TO THE PUBLIC Delaine Quincy "Falling From Grace" by Ann Eriksson This remarkably moving novel centers on a diminutive (3 feet, 10 inches) female sci- entist engaged in studying life in old-growth forest canopies of the Pacific Northwest, en- dangered by clear-cut logging operations. The reader is quickly brought into the natural and personal complexities of this heartfelt story, with its gigan- tic and_ _dLm__i__n_u.ti_ve contrasts, then held by the moving pace of its short-chaptered delivery. It conveys the reality of struggles of little people in a social world not made for their size, along with the awe- some danger of tree-climbing research. Evert E. Lindquist B&B Booksellers Chester Kelly Peroni, from High Sierra Books & Gifts recom- mends "Dog On It" by Spencer Quinn as a fun detec- tive book starring Chet and Bernie (Chet is the dog) and narrated by Chet. Good hu- mor, good detective work and some adventures of the canine mind. She also recommends "The Magicians" by Lev Grossman as a kind of Harry Potter for grownups book. It was an interesting read, a coming of age book ... try it, you might like it. Portola "Case Histories" by Kate Atkinson In her fourth novel, the Whitbread prize-winning au- thor ("Behind the Scenes at the Museum") tackles the mother of all whodunits and cold cases. A young girl goes missing; a stranger kills a young woman in an office rampage; and a new mother kills her husband in a fit of postpartum madness -- the common link is Jack- son Brodie, a Scots-Irish Yorkshireman, former MP, police inspector and divorced father of one. At first, I thought I'd picked up a short story anthology but realized when Jackson ap- peared that three unrelated events would come together in him. In addition, an elderly colo- nial South African woman, Bink Rain, is pestering Jack- son about her rescue cats that go missing. Slowly, with some wonder- ful characterizations but too many uncanny coincidences, Atkinson pulls the threads to- gether and Jackson resolves all of the cases. For mystery fans, this is not a mystery so much as a look at family function and dys- function in a mystery setting. Once I saw how Atkinson was weaving them together, I saw the answers to "what hap- pened" coming. Despite that shortcoming, this was a good read because the whys and wherefores were more important than the whos. Mona Meadow Valley Teresa at Epilog Books rec- ommends "Amy and Roger's Epic Detour" by Morgan Matson Amy's world has dramati- cally changed since the car ac- cident three months ago. Her childhood home is for sale; her brother has been sent away; her beloved father is gone; and her mother is across country, settling into their new house and leaving Amy alone in California to finish the school year. Things change for Amy when she meets Roger, the childhood friend assigned the task of driving the family car and Amy to Connecticut. The four-day journey takes a major detour when the two decide to take the trip into their own hands. This book targets teen readers and deals with the issues they face today. It is truly the journey -- not the destination -- that shapes a person's character. Grab your iPod, sunglasses and this book for a great sum- mer read. Quincy Graeagle Fall Arts & Crafts Fair August 21 & 22, 2010 i Saturday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. ..X_ Sunday 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Live Bluegrass music Quality arts and crafts exhibitors Yost is a traveler and with her husband, Michael, shares a wanderlust that has taken them across the Amer- ican Northwest and around the world. Yost captures the country- side of southern France with such a sense of freshness that one can almost taste and smell the experience of an outdoor cafe, a freshly mowed field or a carefully tended flower garden. Yost has sketched serene boats bobbing lazily on Admi- ralty Bay in Bequia, a small island in the Grenadines. Be- quia is a favorite, and Yost has spent several winters there, enjoying and taking part in a warm and friendly community. Sally works in oils and pastels and sketches in pen and colored pencils. Lately, she does much of her onsite work in gouache, opaque wa- tercolors. They dry quickly, making them easy to trans- port. Her works show colorful, vigorous life and produce a strong impression on the senses. "The thing about color ... you can't talk about color, you have to experience it," said Yost. Painting in the dappled shade under a large oak at home, Yost worked on a large oil painting of a lone, bent worker in a vast open field in Slovenia. The giant mountains rise above the golden hills into a big sky. A gust of wind lifted the painting from its easel and tossed it to the ground face down. When Yost retrieved it, there were bits of dirt and grass on it. Somehow one got the feeling that when the pa)nting is finished, that gust of wind will be in there, maybe bending the tall gold- en grass of the field or tear- ing small bits from the mountaintops as they rise to the heavens. Yost's art will be on dis- play at the gallery Aug. 19 - 29. For samples of her work, visit her website at sal- lyyost.com. TOWN HALL THEATRE Presents SORCEREWS APPRENTICE Thurs., Aug. 19 - Sun., Aug. 22 Rated PG * 111 min. Starring Nicholas Cage Baithazar Blake is a master sorcerer in modem-day Manhattan trying to defend the city from his arch- nemesis, Maxim Horvath. Balthazar can't do it alone, so he recruits Dave Stuffer, a seemingly average guy who demonstrates hidden potential, as his reluctant prot6g6. The sorcerer gives his unwilling accomplice a crash course in the art and science of magic, and togetlcr, these unlikely partners work to stop the forces of darkness. DINNER FOR SCHMUCKS Mon., Aug. 23 - Tues., Aug. 24 Rated PG-13 !14 rain. Starring Steve Carell Dinner tbr Schmucks tells the story of Tim, a guy on the verge of having it all. The only thing standing between him and total career success is finding the perfect guest to bring to his boss' annual Dinner for Extraordinary People, an event where the winner of the evening brings the most eccentric character as his guest. Enter Barry, a guy with a passion for dressing mice up in tiny outfits to recreate great works of art. _ Shows 7pm nightly [ . i 1 4pm matinee on Sundays Ill,, ...... [Students& | III H [I// I Seniors ................. '6"001 "IIITltEI]TRE""'" gle.com--gacr ,,,o 00a,n Oo,n0000_ www'graea775-825-3679@mcn'rg Visi= us a www.quineytownhall.co ', I