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Bulletin, Record, Progressive, Reporter Wednesday, Aug. 20, 2014 11B ARTS and ENTERTAINMENT Plumas Arts leaders say they are proud to present the artwork of talented Plumas County artist James Johnson with an opening reception Friday, Aug. 22, 2014 at the Plumas Arts Gallery, 525 Main St. in Quincy from 5 to 7 p.m. Forces of nature have always played a large part in Johnson's life. He was born in a September snowstorm on a farm in Quinten, Kansas, where he spent his In'st five years. Then his dad moved the family to Maryland for a year. The need to keep moving became commonplace. Heading west, they landed on Puget Sound's Whidbey Island. "An isolated beach for a front yard and a pristine forest for a backyard, during the 1950s and '60s: it wasa good place for a young boy to dream," Johnson said. There was another move to San Diego, then on to Seal Beach. The constant change of scenery and continually moving from place to place has been an important influence on Johnson's lifestyle and his work. After Seal Beach in 1972, Johnson settled for a time in Santa Clara and attended San Jose State University where he received a degree in fine arts and a Bachelor of Arts. He concentrated on print making and was inspired by an instructor's esoteric qualities as well as his sense of discipline, which he was able to instill in his students. Johnson enjoys the freedom from attachment in plein air sketching, the natural outdoors. A few of his favorite landscapes include the areas around Big Sur and Santa Cruz, as well as the Central Valley and, of course, the Feather River Canyon where Johnson has a small studio in Tobin. "I am intrigued by the dynamics of nature's forces affe cting landscape. The clouds, the river, wind and light... capturing and preserving a special moment in time," says Johnson. Often working from a snapshot, Johnson starts with a rough graphite pencil sketch. He enjoys using raw unmixed color as the under painting. "The eolors mix themselves as I work," he says. "I try to keep a freshness which creates a distinctive quality. Then afterwards, I go back and use a sepia pen and ink line work to enhance detail." : Johnson agrees with the artist W. Kadinsky: The artwork is a triad, in which there is the medium, the painter and the observer. It is a transference of spirit. Each landscape is a metaphor for the stillness, peace, solitude and quiet of an evoked state of mind. A long way from Kansas and years of living a gypsy life in a VW van, the never- ending road has taken him here and there and back again. His artwork reflects his life ..... ever changing, with constant movement, full of color and ! unforgettable sensitivity. A CHAMBER MIXER or REPAIRING: DOORS TRIM WINDOWS PLUMBING ROOFING ELECTRICAL Emergencies 24/7! CONSTRUCTION General Building Contractor Calif. Lic. #453927 ;0) 283-2035 Johnson's latest venture is hand-painted block-print tie-dyed shirts in a series called "Livin' in a Van" down by the river, clown by the ocean and in the desert. COMING SOON TO YOUR TOWN HALL THEATRE COLE YOUNG & FRIENDS. COMEDY NIGHT Thurs., Aug. 21 7pm SAVE OUR THEATRE BENEFIT DAWN OF THE PLANET OF THE APES determine who will Fri., Aug. 22 - Mon., Aug. 25 7pm Show 4pro Sunday Matinee Rated PG-13 126 min. Science Fiction/Action A growing nation of genetically evolved apes led by Caesar is threatened by a band of human survivors of the devastating virus unleashed a decade earlier. They reach a fragile peace, but it proves short-lived, as both sides are brought to the brink of a war that will emerge as Earth's dominant species. EARTH TO ECHO Fri., Aug. 29 - Mon., Sept. 1 7pro Show 4pm Sunday Matinee Rated PG 91 min. Science Fiction/Family In Relativity's PG summer family adventure movie, Tuck, Munch and Alex are a trio of inseparable friends whose lives are about to change. Their neighborhood is being destroyed by a highway construction project that is forcing their families to move away. But just two days before they must part ways, the boys begin receiving a strange series of signals on their phones. Convinced something bigger is going on, they team up with another school friend, Emma, and set out to look for the source of their phone signals. What they discover is something beyond their wildest imaginations: a small alien who has become stranded on Earth. In need of their help, the four friends come together to protect the alien and help him find his way home. i Adults .................... $8 Students/Seniors .......... s7 Children .................. s6 283-1140 469 Main St., Quincy, CA TOUJH HALL THEflTRE Visit us at II James Johnson's portrait of a cabin is set in one of his favorite locales: the Feather River Canyon. Photos submitted nger/songwriter ha subway platform Singer/songwriter Natalie Gelman will appear at the West End Theatre in Quincy on Aug. 22. Gelman, a New York City native, has taken her performance from underground on a NYC subway platform to the world's prem.ier stages and arenas. She has performed at the House of Blues, Nassau Coliseum, Carnegie Hall and many other venues. Often compared to Sheryl Crow, Joni Mitchell and Jewel, her soulful voice and intimate songs stop even the most hurried NYC commuters in their tracks and made her the first-ever Facebook Idol. Upon releasing her debut album, Gelman kicked off a "rollerblading tour from Miami, Florida, to NYC -- over 1,500 miles -- raising money for charity in concerts along the way. Gelman is currently on tour across the country supporting her more recent release, "Streetlamp Musician" with Singer/songwriter Natalie Gelman comes to Quincy Aug. 22. Photo courtesy dramaworks producers Charlie Midnight (James Brown, Joni Mitchell) and Mark Needham (The Killers, Imagine Dragons). "Gelman is most definitely a rising indie star," say supporters. "Whether she's singing to seven or 17,000, she!s sure to amaze you!" The Aug. 22 concert is set for 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $10 in advance, $12 at the door. September 6, 2014 Street Party Starts at High Noon Dress up in early 1900 time period clothing & get early 1900's : prices. 443 Main Street, Quincy 283-4094 1 'i i t |