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12B Wednesday, Dec. 26, 2001 Bulletin, Progressive. Record, Photos submitted Watercolors, by Jolene Sherman, can be seen st the Lake Almanor, with Mt. Lassen in the background, Northwoods Gallery in Chester. nates this oil painting by Jolene Sherman. domi- I :.4- ' Whether an oil rendition pygmy falcon from Africa, an artist shines through. of a barn in Portola Jolene Sherman's talent am El By Marian Uddell thing she ever did when she Jolene said the "biggest Chester Editor started working at the gallery thrill" of her life was when Jolene Sherman, a Lake Al- in 1992. She, was doing some- she studied watercolor paint- manor resident for over 12 thing she truly loved, anding with the renowned water- years, began a whole new said, "It's not a job, it's too color artist Nita Engle. way of life with a walk. much fun." Jolene has been painting Jolene was born in San In 1994, the Northwoods with watercolors since 1992 Diego, moved to Los.Angeles, Gallery moved from the and feels, after 10 years, she then Sacramento and found Peninsula Drive location to has developed her own spe- her way to Lake Almanor for Main Street in Chester. Jo- cialstyle. vacations. She loved the area lene said the move was theIndeed, she has. Anyone and made a dream come true greatest thing her friend, as with an eye for art can walk when she moved to Lake Al- well as boss, Debbie, could through the gallery and pick manor in 1989. What Jolene havedone, out Jolene's "soft stylings." didn't know was how the The business now features Her watercolors are almost dream would change her life specialty rooms with wildlife pastel representations of lo- forever, art, landscape and garden cal Lake Almanor landscapes As a new resident on art, western art, art supplies, and wildlife. The art wafts Peninsula Drive, she would framing, including specialty from the paper and says, take long walks alone to exer- design frames, and art class- "Grab a book, a lap blanket, cise and get to know the area. es. light a candle and settle down One of her first discoveries It was the art classes that with a cup of tea or coffee and was a little art store, called changed Jolene's life. Jolene relax. the Northwoods Gallery. The says Debbie is not only the Jolene's talents are not just owner, Debbie Groesser, al- owner of the art gallery, but in her oil and watercolor ways made Jolene feel wel- an artist. She was the one to paintings. She is also the come when she came in to encourage Jolene to try wa- Northwoods Gallery's talent- visit and see the wonderful tercolors, ed picture frame designer, art selections. Jolene had always "dab- Jolene said, when the Debbie soon discovered Jo- bled" in oils as a self-taught gallery first moved to lene's interest in art and en- artist. Her first watercolor Chester, they did not have couraged her to come to work lesson was from Debbie; Jo- enough room in the first at the gallery, lene says she loves watercol- small Chester shop to do spe- Jolene said it was .the ors, but still does some oils. cial framing requests. Jolene A special guide to Plumas County service groups, clubs & organizations Please fill out this form and mail it or drop it off at any of our offices by Tuesday, January 22, 2002, at 1 P.M. Organization Name: Meeting place, Time: Contact person/phone number: Brief description of the group's activities, etc. (if you need more space please attach a separate piece of paper.) 555 Wo Main Strect~ Quincy, Ca 283-0800 135 Main Street, Cheiter 258-3115 P.O. Box 469 Greenville, Ca 284-7800 lqtiffOIJ ImlTB 1/6 Commercial St., Portola, Ca 832-4646 / .}i!i:; After taking Nita Engles' watercolor class, Jolene which reflects her own original soft style. Sherman created this and Debbie found a barn in the Martin Ranch area and ,. set-up "Wamtng Jolene remembers trudging through snow and slush to get to the barn, where the smell of hay, horses and cows added a real country flavor to the frame cutting business. Fortunately, the gallery business grew and expanded to its current two-story loca- tion, where Jolene has plenty of room to work on specialty framing projects. The busi- ness has also grown to in- clude not just Debbie and Jo- lene, but other "family and friends" at the gallery: JoAnn Fording, Cathy Michaels and Ronna and Donna Ramsey. It was this Lake Almanor Basin family that came to- gether for Jolene, in 1997, when she found out she had breast cancer. The artists of the Northwoods Gallery banded together and donated their artwork, in support of Jolene's crisis, to raise funds. The volunteejr group of fund- raisers established the "Can- cer Hotline" at the Almanor Basin Community Center. Over $1,000 supported the hotline and the money was eventually all donated to help other cancer patients in the See Art, page 13B Over the past 12 years, Jolene her own watercolor style. Sherman has p~ CELEBRATE NEW at the YEAR'S EVE l Serving Dinner from 5 p.m-9:30 p.m. JAEGER SCHNITZEL ........... 17.00 N.Y PEPPER STEAK ........... 18.95 PRIME RIB .................. 18.95 SALMON .................... 17.50 VEAL OSCAR ................ 17,95 PRAWNS IN BEER BATTER ...... 18.95 t Live Music with Trash Gordon Wishing all our friends a hea2 y, happy & prosperous Hwy. 70 Portola Reservations Recommended NEWYEAR!