John Sheehan and Ken Casaday

Posted on April 11th, 2016

‚ÄčThe 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.


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