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I, Reporter Wednesday, Sept. 5, 2001 11B Inside Section B Arts & Entertainment Opinion & Perspective Letters to the Editor Vitals 1 ~: ~i The "Backyards of Taos." i Wirtz to show watercolors, shings of people, places Metcalf Seated in a favorite chair, where she dedicates hours to the stacks of her passion, Wirtz wears the framed paintings, telltale clothing of an artist. of her easels, A comfortable blue blouse table or other para- gives clues, as one easily rec- a visitor to Jan ognizes the splashes aren't an Sloat home could avante garde pattern, but studio and the spills, smudges and wipes as kconnected with theshe's worked with watercol- ors and air brushing. The wall just behind her is another clue. No careless preschooler lives here. The patterns of color that deco- rate the original Navajo-col- ored wall form patterns from past canvases as Wirtz worked with air b_,rushing. But Wirtz doesn t keep her studio or her work a secret. The fruits of her skill and creative ability are going on display this week at the Plumas County Arts Com- mission's Gallery in Quincy for September. In October, her show moves on to the Plumas County Museum, just a few short blocks away. 4 Jan Wirtz, of Sloat, earned the early 1980s. Before her of what the painting will he Backgrou,d When Wirtz's oldest daugh- ter was ready to start college, she encouraged her mother to take the step toward fulfill- her master's In art before moving to brush touches the canvas, she does a like. Plums County in complete work-up ing a longtime dream. Telling Wirtz she had done enough talking about learn- ing more about art, that daughter convinced her mother it was time to act. Attending Foothills Junior College, Wirtz said she spent the next four years taking every art class the campus of- See Art, page 2B / ....: ii i~ ~:~:~ ~ S [: a little girl de Chelly. sucking on the front of her shirt "Delia at the Homo," a potter. iiding House In Canyon de Chelly. " oa de Chelly," ]