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Bulletin, Record, Progressive, Reporter Wednesday, Aug. 22, 2012 1B On Aug. 24 from 5 to 7 p.m. the Capitol Arts Gallery will host an opening reception for featured Lake Almanor area artists Mary Jane Bagshaw, Barbara Ricau MacArthur and Sylvia Smith. As part of each changing exhibition the gallery also regularly dis- plays a diversity of work by the many and talented Plumas Arts member artists in a range of prices accessible to everyone. These three women are members of the Feather River Fine Arts Guild and BaCk- room Gallery Artists Co-op in Chester as well as Plumas Arts, and have participated in Art Around the Lake, which brought more than 200 visi- tors to the area and raised funds for art in local schools. She is a self-taught artist who continues to hone her skills with workshops and classes by well-known professional artists. After more than 20 years of paint- ing in oils, watercolor is now her medium of choice because she admires its glow and transparency. Retired from a 34-year ca- reer in customer service, Smith now pursues her love Sylvia Smith of watercolor as a full-time artist. Many of her paintings feature birds, wildlife and lo- cal landscapes. She and her husband split their time be- tween the mountains of Lake Almanor and the desert in Bermuda Dunes near Palm Springs; both beautiful areas provide in- spiration for many of her paintings She is a member of the Plumas Arts Gallery, Coachella Valley Watercolor Society and Desert Field Mice. For this exhibition Smith brings her latest series of tropical florals. The inspira- tion for the tropical series is a recent trip to Kona, Hawaii, as well as some local landscapes. Check her blog at for additional information. Mary Jane Bagshaw A California native, she graduated from Fresno State with degrees in fine art and education. Her love of the outdoors came from the many visit~ to her grandpar- ents' ranch in Sierra Valley (the M: Guidici Ranch near Chilcoot). Her love of the outdoors has taken her trav- eling and hiking through the backcountry of the western United States and has taught her to appreciate and connect with the changing patterns, and colors in the land. Many of her landscapes are places rich with fond memories. Her painting mediums of choice are oils and pastels. Oils, applied with a palette knife, provide pure colors and feel direct, much like sculPtifig. Pastels give both an intensity of color and a softness inherent to the medium. Her work is frequently displayed in juried shows such as The Mustard Festival in Napa and Salute to the Arts in Sonoma. Barbara Ricau MacArthur Her appreciation of art began in early childhood. After s udying art at the University of Mississippi and at the John McCrady Art School in New Orleans, she worked with oils, acrylics and watercolor. After lengthy travel in Eu. rope, MacArthur became an international flight atten- dant, which led to two ex- hibits in New York City while based there. She re- ceived awards in juried shows in the Sacramento Valley while she and her hus- band, Bob, raised their fami- ly there. The mountains offer a whole new world to paint. She exhibits landscapes and wildlife paintings in the Lake Almanor Basin at the Backroom Gallery in Chester, the Capitol Arts Center in Quincy and the Red House Art gallery in Graea- gle. She paints in her home studio and on commission, creating portraits of people, pets, homes and landscapes. i, 9,