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Bulletin, Record, Progressive, Reporter Wednesday, Dec. 3, 2014 111 REGI{)NAL INSIDE SECTION B: EDITORIAL * OPINIONS UPCOMING EVENTS The lookout itself is as inspiring as the views around it, as evidenced by this piece Sally Yost painted during her residency. Plumas artist spends two weeks painting at Black Mountain Lookout James Wilson Staff Writer "It was a starlit experience. There were plenty of open spaces and solitude -- both of which I crave," said Sally Yost, detailing the two weeks she spent at the historical Black Mountain Lookout on the Plumas National Forest. Yost spent one week at the lookout, which was constructed in the 1930s, in May and another in September focusing on her artwork. The time spent and the results were part of a collaboration between Yost, the Forest Service, Plumas Arts and The Common Good !Community Foundation. Plumas National Forest :selected Yost for its inaugural year offering the :lookout as a form of artistic retreat. The deal included the stipulation that Yost would give the Forest Service one of the pieces she created during her stay. Yost plans to showcase 20 pieces she created at the lookout throughout the month of December at the Plumas Arts Gallery in Quincy. This Friday, the gallery will open Yost's exhibition with a reception from 5 to 7 p.m. On Tuesday, Dec. 9, Yost will give an educational presentation sponsored by The Common Good Community Foundation. The talk will take place at Plumas Arts Gallery at 6 p.m. Doors will open at 5:30 p.m. This will be the first in a series of presentations the philanthropic organization plans to institute. Artistic solitude The Forest Service chose Yost back in February to be this year's artist in the lookout. According to Yost, she had dreamed of living in a high mountain lookout since her high school days. Yost moved to Taylorsville in 1975 and took up colored .pencils about 30 years ago. Ten years ago, Yost attended a two-week training in Nevada With the artist Ron Arthaud. Inspiration struck and she changed her medium to oil paints. Since then, Yost has painted during her free time, but hadn't had the opportunity to focus intensely on her art. All that changed when she got to the lookout. For the most part, Yost tended to herself during her stay at the lookout. A friend visited her in May and her husband visited in September, but Yost went days at a time in complete solitude. The lookout is located in the Beckwourth Ranger District on the northeastern edge of the Sierra Nevada Mountain Range, south of Susanville. The only way to get to the lookout is up a steep gravel road. Needless to say, the traffic around the area is minimal, to say the least. "It's pretty remote," said Yost. "From the lookout, I was able to see pretty much all of the Plumas National Forest. I was able to identify about 30 ridges." Yost spent most of her time painting in or around the lookout. Yost said that inspiration on what to paint was not hard to come by. "I didn't spend hours choosing what to paint, because everything there was so paintable," she said. "No matter what direction you look, there was something to paint." Yost completed several larger oil paintings on canvas, along with a series of smaller gouache paintings. It was the smaller gouache series that Yost said was the most fun to paint. For the larger oils, Yost applied a bright base of acrylic paint to the canvas before she started. While applying the oil paint, the bright acrylic shined through. For her, says Yost, the world is a bright place, so she starts each painting with that mentality. The collaboration "Plumas Arts is a great partner," said Plumas National Forest's Lee Anne Schramel. "This year was such a success. We're now deep into planning for next year." The forest plans to use the painting they receive from Yost in multiple ways. It's a triple-win, said Schramel. The image the Forest Service receives will be used to showcase the area; it will alert.people of the opportunity to rent Black Mountain Lookout; and it will be used on Plumas National Forest's website, brochures and promotional materials. Future artists will have the same opportunity as Yost -- to shed the troubles of day-to-day life and focus on their art in solitude. How the future artists will be selected, said Schramel, may change, however. "We're currently doing an after-action review," explained Schramel. "In the future, we'll be interested in not just painters, but poets, See Yost, page 12B This painting by Sally Yost, shows the wide spanning views from Black Mountain Lookout. Photos submitted Sally Yost, of Taylorsville, inset, paints one of the dramatic landscapes she saw during he r stay at Black Mountain Lookout. Yost was selected by the Forest Service to spend two weeks t the lookout focusing on her artwork. 00P-,X FI00OM "[HE BL,00CK /vtOUN"[,klN LOOKOU'[ 0000,LLY'Mo ST 20 new paintings from a two-week art residency, co-sponsored by the Plumas National Forest & Plumas Arts Capitol Arts Gallery, 525 Main Street, Quincy December 3 - 24, 20t4 Opening Reception, Friday, December 5, 5 to 7pro Sponsored by Piumas National Forest & P|umas Arts Capitol Arts Gallery, 525 Main Street, Quincy Tuesday, December 9, 2014 5:3Op.m' Treats. 6pm Talk & Demo This is the first presentation of the Common Good Community Foundation's "PlumasTalks" series, in co-sponsorship with Plumas Nationa[Forest & P|umas Arts Lookout Information: (530) 836-2575 USDA