Saturday, January 22, 2011

Art of Love...

The Artists' Studios in the Foothills is proud to present its winter 2011 gallery show... Art of Love. This exciting art event will feature a juried exhibition of over thirty Nevada County artists' works... paintings, drawings, prints, sculpture and multi-media art works, all of which in some way speak of love.

The center invites the public to celebrate this fine art exhibit, with love inspired food, wine and music, at a reception for the artists, on Friday, January 28th, from 5 - 8pm. An awards ceremony, during which three of the participating artists will be presented with awards for "Best Love Themed Artworks" will begin at 6pm on the evening of the opening reception. First, second, and third prize winners will receive $500, $300 & $200!

Love as theme, has been explored by artists of every kind. Poets, musicians, playwrights, painters and sculptors... all know well the ways in which simple words most often fail to convey love's true message. Though there's not only one message is there? In fact, artists are famous for finding new ways to define, interwine and rediscover human emotion altogether. Traditionally, each year on Valentines Day many of us will find ourselves in search of artfully made cards, gifts, poems, love songs and charms... the greatest of which are artist-made. For those of us whose gifts lie elsewhere... we owe great thanks to the artists of the world, for helping to express, some semblance of this... un-harness-able, and ever-fleeting breadth of love!

Two weeks after the opening reception for this show, on Saturday, February 12th from 5 - 7pm, the center will open its doors again, for a special Valentines Date Night. Sweethearts are invited to bring their loves, to eat chocolate, drink wine, share in some very special love themed activities, and browse love themed artworks, jewelry and other giftable art, all of which may be purchased right off the wall! The Art of Love show will hang through March 12th.

This January 2011, the Artists' Studio in the Foothills (ASiF) sets out on its fourth year, serving as a resource for the many talented visual artists of the community, and becoming known as the Visual Arts Center of Nevada County. The center has earned wide acclaim for its stable of high caliber artists, and their hugely attended art events featuring themed gallery shows every six to eight weeks. Crowds of several hundred people join the artists to celebrate and enjoy fine art, food, wine, music, and presentations by local local art historians.

ASiF also serves as a fully equipped studio arts facility, offering private and shared studio space, lectures and fine art instruction in drawing, painting, printmaking, ceramics and mosaics, drop in studio use, and community classroom use for classes and workshops. In addition to the center's main gallery shows, is the center's new gift venue, ASiF GiFT, featuring cards, prints, jewelry, pottery and many other "gift-able" art works created by local artists.

The gallery and gift store are open Monday - Friday from 10am - 5pm, 11am - 4pm on Saturdays, and Sundays by appointment. The Art of Love show will hang through March 12th. A list of participating artists will be posted on the ASiF website the week of the opening reception.

The Artists' Studio in the Foothills is located at 940 Idaho Maryland Road, in Grass Valley. For more information go to

or call the center at 530-274-7000.