Sally Yost Exhibit "Celebrate the Wilderness"

Posted on August 5th, 2014

In keeping with the celebration of the 50th anniversary of the establishment
of the Federal Wilderness Act of 1964, Sally Yost has elected to make
this important milestone the focus of her show at Main Street Artists Gallery during the month of August.  She is showing recent work inspired by the wilderness theme and many of the other MSA artists have joined her with work in this theme.
 
Sally's work in this exhibit includes large oils, gouaches and sketches depicting
scenes of six California wilderness areas: Bucks Lake, Mokulemne, Joshua Tree National Park, Death Valley National Park, Lassen National Park and the Warner Mountains. Also included are  images of Utah wildlands, Olympic National Park, Washington, Welcome Creek Wilderness, Montana, Jedediah Smith Wilderness, Wyoming and the Boundary Waters, Minnesota. These areas are part of the nearly 110 million acres of federally designated wilderness land currently protected in the U.S.
 
"A large part of my adult life in art has been hiking and sketching in wilderness areas," Sally says. "I have recently started painting large oils from these earlier sketchbook colored pencil and ink drawings"
 
Written by the Wilderness Society's Howard Zahniser, the 1964 act created a preservation system which protects wilderness areas from coast to coast, one of America's greatest conservation achievements.  It prohibits roads,vehicles or permanent structures, logging or mining in these designated areas.
 
In the 1970's Sally and her husband, Michael ran summer backpacking trips in various wilderness sites and in the 1980's they led educational field trips for the SF State University Wilderness Studies program, primarily in Montana.  They were both active in the establishment of the Bucks Lake Wilderness area and successfully lobbied Washington Congressmen to that end.  These grass roots efforts by forward-thinking groups and individuals are responsible for preserving the glorious mountainscapes we all enjoy today.
 
Sally's current show celebrates both the beauty and the majesty of the wilderness that surrounds us here in Plumas County.  Her images convey the awesome, sometimes intimidating, landscape of cliffs and boulders as well as the breathtaking beauty of orchards in bloom and the surprising sight of a magpie in flight or a stand of red trees in
a peaceful forest.  Her artist's eye zeroes in on the diverse elements of nature and skillfully makes them accessible, but with the understanding that we are all merely stewards of the wilderness and have a responsibility to protect it.
 
Also appearing as guest artist during August is Sally's twin sister, Mary Rehwald,  who is showing a display of small sketchbooks chronicling her life in Ashland, Wisconsin.  A very well-attended opening was held Friday, August 1 with a champagne reception.


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