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16B Wednesday, Oct.. 27, 2010 Bulletin, Progressive, Record, Reporter , )uincy galleries host 'Art Walk'this Friday viewings available Wednes- day-Friday 11 a.m.-5 p.m. and Saturday and Sunday 11 a.m.-3 p.m. For inquiries into the show, call 283-3042. The Eagle's Nest features artist Dora Mitchell, an illus- trator and children's librari- an in Quincy. She works most often in pen and ink as she loves the challenge of us- ing line alone to express tex- ture, value, motion, and even to imply color. Don't miss the Group Show at the Main StreetArtists Gallery, featuring work from over 30 artist members of this co-op. Located in the his- toric Clinch Building in downtown Quincy, Main Street Artists host bi-monthly art openings showcasing a rotation of their diverse artist members. The weather is getting chilly and dark, but Friday night, Nov. 5 will be bright and warm during the Quincy Art Walk, starting at 5 p.m. and going until 8 p.m. Join others at Plumas Arts, the Eagle's Nest and Main Street Artists Gallery, along with Downtown Quincy Mer- chants for a special night of refreshments, beverages, and community interaction. The next at show at Plumas Arts Gallery is "Maitreya Bodhisattvas and Design Reflections" by Mi- caela Rubalcava. This paper pulp series fills both rooms in the gallery at 372 Main Street, Quincy, and opens with a reception Fri- day, Nov. 5, from 5-8 p.m. The show runs through the month of November with characters are keeping most of the story to themselves, and all she has been made privy to is the one funny little event that she's drawing... she always imagines that someday she will suddenly understand what all these peculiar animals are up to, and just what this world they inhabit is all aboutl She also works from life and has taken numerous courses in life drawing. She finds that what she's learned in drawing the human figure helps to enliven all of her work with a greater under- standing of movement, ener- gy and mass. 9 Dora Mitchell A strong influence on Dora Mitchell's work comes from the illustrators whose art has inspired her ever since she was a kid, like Mercer Mayer, Erik Blegvad, Trina Schart Hyman, and William Steig. Her artwork is also influ- enced by her love and respect for animals; many of her drawings and paintings are of animals in various odd set- tings. Often these works stem from a story that's hovering in the back of her mind--al- though she has to admit she usually feels as though the Check out Our Micaela Rubalcava Rubalcava, a happily mar- ried mother of three school- age boys, is a full-time pro- fessor of education at Truck- ee Meadows Community College (TMCC) in Reno. Her Quincy home has ex- panded further with the ar- rival of a Spanish speaking Feather River College (FRC) baseball player, who is stay- ing the academic year. After early childhood ex- periences with art, Rubalca- va became an active adult artist six years ago, starting when she took a year's leave from TMCC to teach social studies and art at Quincy High School. That position stimulated Rubalca- va's acquisition of an art teaching credential in addi- 1 PLUMASNEWS.COM tion to the social studies cre- dehtial she held. She has fo- cused on acrylic and oil landscapes, portraits, ab- stracts, and still life until this past year when she delved into recycled art. Her kitchen is her studio, so she can do art, cook, and attend to home life simultaneously. This summer Rubalcava be- gan to create paper pulp forms from recycled materi- als. Rubalcava infuses art pro- jects into her education classes. Even though art is no longer a state teaching credential requirement, Rubalcava makes time in her classes for her education students to consistently practice art. The art activi- ties support lecture, course content, and socialization, but more importantly, time on task with art will make it more likely that her stu- dents will actually instruct art when making curricular decisions in their own fu- ture classrooms. According to Rubalcava, research shows the impor- tance of art in the develop- ment of intellectual acumen and creativity in children. Art is also linked to problem solving skills, visual aesthet- ics, and emotional intelli- gence. Thus, the art she and her students produce nour- ishes and supports arts edu- cation. Rubalcava explains that this paper pulp series grew out of her investigation of the relationship between kinesthetic art and human- ization. In the pulp, she ex- plores the connection be- tween empathy and physical art. In a society in which virtu- al aesthetics dominate, hand-crafted and tangible art is less prevalent. Rubal- cava is concerned that to- day's children and adults sit behind computer and plas- ma screens consuming pixel fabrications of visual de- scriptions they cannot feel, hold, or examine based on personal contact. Rubalcava encourages people to think critically about this technological trend, "Imagine a world without texture or physical communication? Imagine a world in which people do not touch or observe artistic substance? Imagine a gener- ation who can't draw with a pencil and can't get messy with paints, clay, beads, wood, and other sensory materials? Imagine humans who communicate ethereal- ly rather than face reality?" According to Rubalcava, the Maitreya Bodhisattvas in this series symbolize com- passion and new begin- nings. The Maitreya figure has been displayed during the Maitreya Festival in Bud- dhist Tibet since 1409, a day of dancing and offerings to signal the New Year. During preparation for the festival, Tibetans, in their homes, display Maitreya figurines that are the same size and shape as this series of paper pulp impressions. "This Maitreya form por- trays dignity, poise, and sim- plicity. His hair is groomed carefully in a serene, high Chignon and his youthful body moves gracefully, draped in a light cloak," says Rubalcava. These Maitreya Bod- hisattvas and design reflec- tions were inspired by a sin- gle discarded bag of shred- ded paper Rubalcava spot- ted at TMCC just after at- tending Quincy's 2010 Earth Day celebration in front of the Plumas County School District office. An FRC student was show- ing hew to make paper out of recycled shreddings with a blender, water, and a win- dow screen. In the same week, a friend requested that Rubalcava paint a ren- dering of a metal Maitreya reproduction given to her by her sister. Rubalcava then started pressing paper pulp onto the metal form, producing almost 100 copies. Repeti- tion is the method Rubalca- va uses to fully immerse her- self into the artistic process, going beneath first impres- sions of image, exploring deeper meaning. Inter- spersed with Maitreya forms, she used an egg beater and a metal kitchen implement acquired at a garage sale to create de- signs that reflect the com- passion and regenerative spirit of Maitreya. Paper making is a messy, tactile proces's of disintegra- tion and transformation. It. is no coincidence that as Rubalcava delved into mak- ing paper, traumatic memo- ries, some of which had been repressed for over 40 years, began to emerge. As she soaked, blended, pressed, and painted, the process became a symbol for healing. As she integrated "waste" into "form," she recognized that while per- ception might temporarily hide and ignore individual events, ultimately there is nothing that can be con- cealed from the whole of consciousness. "Truth is the centerpiece of regenerative healing. The edges of these pulp forms both define space and ex- press impermanence. Even as the contours outline, the recycled nature of the pulp embody movement and in- terdependence. These fig- ures and designs reveal the groundlessness of reality." Rubalcava has had six art shows in Quincy and Reno, displaying a wide range of artistic endeavors from col- orful and detailed to muted and simple. So far, each show has brought closure to a series, much as a writer will place a final period at the end of the last sentence of a story. Paid political advertisement Dear Voters This election gives us hope for bringing about fiscal sanity to the state of California and to local communities in Plumas County. We urge you to become involved in joining with other Republican volunteers in helping to elect responsible leaders who will exercise fiscal restraint. California State Meg Whitman Governor Abel Maldonaldo Lt. 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