by Lara Eichenberger on June 17th, 2019

Main Street Artists Gallery in Quincy is pleased to announce a new show by Taylorsville artist Sally Yost:  “Mountains and Beavers,” and “Adventures with Norma Lewis,” an homage to her long time art partner in crime.  

The show runs from June 5 - 29, with a Champagne Opening on Friday, June 7 from 5-7pm. Paintings and prints by Quincy artist Norma Lewis are in sharp focus at this show. Norma passed away on New Year’s Day this year.  She and Sally were long time plein air painting and printmaking partners, are among the founding members of the Main Street Artists Gallery ten years ago.  Sally and Norma met through Marv Schmidt’s life drawing classes at Feather River College and became good friends while traveling to Chico State to take printmaking classes in the late 80’s. Earlier, they both had studied at the California College of Arts and Crafts (now California College of the Arts) in Oakland. For more than 30 years their art adventures took them painting to many places….Lassen Vocanic National Park, Indian Valley, Bucks Lake, Silver Lake, Sierra Valley, Montana, and a special trip to see the world renowned sandhill crane migration on the Platte River in Nebraska.  On display will be several prints from of their years of pulling etchings, mono prints and collographs at the Chico State University Printmaking Department.  Lewis / Yost prints and paintings from the same location or of the same topic will be displayed side by side. Sally has eight new large oil paintings for the show. Two are based on plein air pencil and gouache images done while in Norma’s company. After art school, Sally had a 30 year career as a graphic designer and calligrapher, designing posters, brochures and booklets for hundreds of clients. On her many backpacking and camping trips with husband Michael in the 1980’s, she started landscape plein air  painting, first with colored pencils, then pastels. Currently she works with oils and gouache (an opaque watercolor.)

Posted on February 2nd, 2018

Posted on August 30th, 2016


James Johnson's paintings combine the techniques of watercolor with pen and ink overlay in both large and small landscapes that are vibrant and arresting in
capturing an otherwise placid scene.  They convey beauty and solitude but 
hold the viewer's interest by the precision of detail in each scene.  He creates
a mood of tranquility and solitude in some works and turbulence from the forces
of nature in others with the hope of drawing the viewer into the scene to share
his vision.

James' fascination with nature stems from an idyllic adolescence on Whidbey
Island in Washington State as well as from extensive travel.  Later training
at San Jose State taught him  various techniques in different art mediums.
His particular talent lies in capturing both the serenity and the fury of nature
in ways that are both soul-stirring and awesome.


Stanford Rose is best known in Plumas County for his remarkable photographs 
of ice formations on his creek in Indian Valley which appear every winter and
create amazing abstract and colorful designs.  He also produces large photos
on canvas of bucolic scenes of rolling hills and grazing cattle from his travels to
his property via Highway 505.   In addition, he has a large variety of pastoral landscapes from the Eastern Sierra  and Mono Lake capturing lyrical summer and
fall scenes.  

Educated at UC Berkeley with degrees in psychology and French literature,
Stanford also spent a year at the Sorbonne, speaks both French and Spanish
and writes poetry.  He considers his photos to be painterly in the Impressionist tradition. Many of them invoke a feeling of serenity in the viewer,
allowing one to set aside for a brief moment the turbulence of modern living
and be transported to a simpler, more contemplative state of mind. 

The opening for this show will be held Friday, September 2 from 5PM to 7PM.
Complimentary wine and appetizers will be served.

Posted on April 11th, 2016

​The two artists featured at Main Street Gallery during the month of April
will be presenting two very distinct impressions of the natural world: 
one through photography, the other through multimedia (pastel, oil,
watercolor, pen & ink and pencil) yet each manages to convey
his deep respect and awe for the natural beauty of his surroundings.

JOHN SHEEHAN presents a continuation of his Bucks Lake theme
with an eclectic grouping of images focusing on native plants, 
rock formations and local landscapes with special emphasis on
his particular passion - longboard skiing.  He also includes some
charming scenes from his past featuring his children enjoying 
all the benefits of living in a beautiful environment.  The painting
of his 10 year-old twin nieces climbing the huge boulders at Bucks Lake invokes a nostalgia for
carefree childhood  that makes one wish to jump into that scene. Other works feature portraits of family and friends as well as ski-related scenes from all the events in which he participated over the years.  Also included is a historic ski race map charting the Lost Sierra ski clubs above Downieville, looking north towards Mt. Lassen.  Inspired by fellow MSA artist George Fluke's conceptual works, John's future plan is to start dabbling in 3-dimensional constructs and explore another avenue of the creative process.

Sharing the show with John Sheehan is ken CASADAY, a long-time resident of Plumas County whose passion for photography and unique style of depicting nature sets him apart from traditional practitioners of this art.

 Born in the Bay Area, Ken graduated from UC Berkeley with a Masters degree in geophysics. . He worked for an oil company in Texas, later taught math in high schools and community colleges in Oakland and northern Virginia. 
In 1973 he moved with his wife, Carol and two sons to Quincy and pursued
a career in natural resources restoration and management as a consultant.mThroughout his adult life, photography has been Ken's passion. He works with a hand-held digital camera and manipulates his photos with Adobe Photoshop, allowing him to blend reality with the impressionist overlay of color, resulting in a painterly effect quite different from that found 
in nature.  In this way, Ken's work does not replicate the natural world and adds a unique, sometimes startling quality to traditional landscapes.  He has published several books, most notably "Trees," which illustrate his attempt to "blur the border between photography and painting".
Also featured in the April show will be the serenely beautiful images of Quincy photographer, Michael Beatley.


Posted on March 7th, 2016

​During the month of March, Main Street Artists Gallery will feature the exuberant work
of one of its founding members and long-time Greenville resident, Russ Flint.  Amaster at depicting movement on canvas, Russ brings to this show a collection of large-format new works featuring a variety of people engaged in everyday pursuits.

Entitled "The Simple Joys of Life", this  show focuses on simple pleasures derived from apple picking, dancing, family food preparation, crushing grapes, picking flowers, sunbathing, eating popcorn and playing with cats.  Inspired by memories of his and wife Cheryl's own experiences of family life with 4 children, the artist has always tended toward depicting people in warm and friendly circumstances, doing things involving interaction with family and friends.  These particular works differ from previous ones only in size and scope, as the artist explores working on a larger scale with more complex composition but still using the familiar medium of acrylic or oil. 

If a theme can be found in this array of works, it would be a call to focus on theupbeat, positive side of life and, by extension, on hope for a better future, onenot totally focused on technological progress but also allowing for satisfaction tobe derived from social interaction and simple, small acts of spiritual enrichment.

GUEST ARTISTS:  Also featured at the gallery during March will be a display of some of Greenvvilleartist Mavis Somers'  amazing life-size carousel animal sculptures which are onhiatus from the carousel on her and husband Brad's Greenville property duringthe winter months.  These pieces are remarkable for their authenticity andmeticulous workmanship which is sure to delight viewers of all ages.  She willalso offer smaller sculptures of farmyard animals for sale.
In addition, for a glimpse of what inspires the next generation, art Instructor Bruce Harris brings in a group of young guest artists from his Greenville and Chester High School classes with a stunning  display of colorful graffiti art.

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