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Bulletin, Record, Progressive, Reporter Wednesday, Sept. 26, 2012 11B ARTS and ENTERTAINMENT Conceptual artist uses metaphor, humor As many artists as there are in Quincy, there is only one -- George Fluke -- to whom the term "conceptual artist" can be applied. His astonish- ing, often provocative work can be seen at the Main street Artists gallery during the month of October. The open- ing will be held Friday, Oct. 5, from 5 to 7 p.m. Wine and ap- petizers will be served: Following the trend that originated in the early 1960s and became a major national movement through the '70s, Fluke creates meticulously crafted objects that convey an idea or concept through the use of metaphor. This approach turns tradi- tional art on its head by plac- ing concept ahead of aesthet- ics, making the idea as impor- tant as the finished product. When the movement started, it freed artists to push the boundaries of criteria for es- tablishing what is art and be- gan to introduce meaning into the mix. It was revolutionary then and today, when execut- ed with humor and wit with- out heavy-handedness, it still delivers a powerful punch to the viewer's consciousness. Such is the effect of Fluke's pieces on people who take the time to understand his artis- tic language. As a child, Fluke was a builder of model cars and air- planes. He started sculpting in high school, focusing on metal assemblages and col- lage. His parents owned a graphic design studio in San Francisco but Fluke's inter- Precision machine work is often a feature of conceptual artist George Fluke's work. Examples are on display in Quincy through October. Photos courtesy George Fluke In the 'Tiny Room' October is Halloween month and in the spirit of the season, Main Street Artists gallery will feature the beautiful costume art of guest artist Trisha Aitken. A resident of Genesee, Aitken has long been producing incredibly intricate belly dancing and cabaret dancing costumes as well as a variety of Halloween hats, some of which will be for sale. She uses primarily vintage and repurposed fabrics with dazzling decorative beading. Her work will be mounted on the sculptural torsos made by Phil Gallagher. Visitors to this spectacular display in the gallery's "Tiny Room" should prepare to be amazed. ests were in fine art, specifi- cally sculpture. He claims that everything he knows about building his art pieces came from science magazines and this is reflected in the precision engineering of many of his works. In the mid '80s, he built a full-sized fiberglass van (un- fortunately destroyed years later in a fire), thinking that he could improve on the regu- lar van design by applying an artist's eye to the project. After a period of manual la- bor in construction, Fluke moved to Plumas County in 1994, acquired a property with a barn to serve as a studio, and set the stage for becoming an artist. His first piece was a plaster tubular sculpture ti- tled "Pipe Dream," which he entered in a local juried show and for which he won an award. This gave him the con- fidence to pursue art as more than a hobby. He met other lo- cal artists and received very Sculptures by conceptual artist George Fluke will be on display at the Main Street Artists gallery in Quincy during the month of October. Pictured are images of Fluke's sculptures "Day of the Dead," above, and "Just Another Day," right. helpful advice and critiques from Mary Schmidt, former head of the art department at Feather River College. Today, Fluke works mostly in stone, metal and fiberglass, often incorporating found ob- jects, machine parts and drift- wood, creating enigmatic, of- ten humorous constructions that frequently hold a star- tling surprise. The current show of more than 20 works contains both paintings and three-dimensional pieces, all complex, interesting and provocative. "Calendar of For{une" is a spoof of the Mayan calendar doomsday predictions: it is a disc 3 feet in diameter that spins like a wheel of fortune. "Out of Gas" is a monochro- matic assemblage suggesting an engine turning a globe of the earth with an empty gas can upended beneath. "WingPower" sports the look of vintage aviation in- signia, depicting a 7-foot-wide streamlined body displaying pistons, yet flanked by wood- en wings. All the pieces are designed to convey what he believes is the artist's duty: informing the public by building images through metaphor. Fluke's theories about art will be.pre- sented Saturday, Sept. 29, in "State of the Art," a stage show of comedy monologues at the West End Theatre in Quincy. The show starts at 7 p.m.; admission is free. Blue Goose Gallery artists 'Paint the Town Blue' for anniversary The Blue Goose Gallery of Artists started as a vision and turned into a beautiful reali- ty, in the little town of Chester. The gallery celebrates its first year with an anniver- sary party, Sept. 29, from 10 a.m. to  p.m., and the public is invited. Artists are going to "Paint the Town BLUE" while guests have the chance to win hun- dreds of dollars worth of prizes, dine on scrumptious refreshments and enjoy some fun blue surprises, at the gallery, 607 Main St. The Blue Goose Gallery is a cooperative of 34 artists shar- ing their many talents in a beautifully displayed venue. Media include crayon, pine needles, glass, wood, pottery, jewelry, collage, oils, paper, fabric, acrylic, carvings, mixed media, watercolors, and more to make up a visual- ly exciting and soul-satisfying experience after a stroll TOWN HALL THEATRE Presents TED Fri., Sept. 28 - Sun., Sept. 30 7pm showings Rated R 106 min Adult Comedy This surprisingly well-reviewed summer film hit gives the guys something to do during the Girl's Night Out ... "Family 1 Guy" creator Seth MacFarlane brings I his boundary-pushing brand of humor to the [ big screen for the first time as writer, I director and voice star of Ted. In the live action/CG-animated comedy, he tells the story O f John Bennett (Mark Wahlberg), a grown man who must deal with the cherished teddy bear who came to life as the result of a childhood wish...and has refused to leave his side ever since. ] I(F: 51)ri15 ;:=:2 =, . =: ::' :=, =::i2' !! = HOPE SPRINGS Sun., Sept. 30 - Tues., Oct. 2 4pm showing on Sunday Rated PG-13 100 min. Comedy Kay (Meryl Strcep) and Arnold (Tommy Lee Jones) are a devoted couple, but decades of marriage have left Kay wanting to spice things up and reconnect with her husband. When she hears of a renowned couple's specialist (Steve Carell) in the small town of Great Hope Springs, she through the extensive gallery. Pieces are available in all price ranges and buyers can find plenty of treasures to decorate the entire house or to give the perfect gift, Guests are constantly amazed at the quality and breadth of the artwork represented. One re- cent visitor from Carmel said, "This is one of the best gallegies I have ever seen, and I have been into lots of top galleries." The anniversary party is the artists' way of saying thank you to the community for its, patronage 'and support this year: and to welcome new customers in to see all the gallery has to offer. Artists from across the Northstate and beyond are members of the new art co-op, representing Chester, Lake Gallery members work on- Almanor, Westwood, Su- site, giving visitors an oppor- sanville, Prattville, Sacra- tunity to meet with an artist. mento, Red Bluff, Redding, The Blue Goose is fortunate Anderson, Janesville, Napa to have support from "art an- Valley; Live Oak, Graeagle,. gels," community members Reno, Chico, Likely, and Fort Collins and Loveland, Colo. The seven-person board of directors serving the co-op is made up of five artist members and two community members. who volunteer their time at the gallery. If you haven't been in to see this bright spot in Chester, put Sept. 29 on your calendar for a fun-filled experience. persuades her skeptical husband, a steadfast man of routine, to get on a plane for a week of marriage therapy. 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