A new show of vibrant, colorful art to uplift the spirits during rainy winter months will be held at LeeAnn Brook Fine Art gallery and studio in downtown Nevada City, from March 1 – 31. “Color for a Brighter World”, will pair up contemporary garden paintings by LeeAnn Brook with colorful textiles by Spencer McClay. An artist’s reception will be held on Friday, March 3 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at 300 Spring St. in Nevada City.
The gallery will also make a major contribution to the Neighborhood Center of the Arts by donating 50% of the proceeds from gallery sales made on March 3, 4 & 5.
In addition, an art talk entitled “The Influences of Color” will be held in the gallery on Thursday, March 16 from 5:30 – 7 p.m. A reservation only event, $10 will include the talk, beverage and light snacks. To reserve, email email@example.com or call 265-6817.
Many locals have been captivated by McClay’s colorful wall hangings over the past 25 years. He has been participating in the Neighborhood Center of the Arts Studios, serving on the Executive Board since its inception in 1984. He began exhibiting his work in Sacramento art shows in 1988 and has exhibited in San Francisco, Nevada City, Grass Valley, and New York.
Winning awards at the California State Fair for several years, McClay’s weavings range from 5 to 15 feet in height, and are naturally suited for large walls. Made on a four harness loom using reclaimed fibers that include uncarded wool, yarn, fabric, twine, beads and numerous other elements that when combined, create sculptural nuances with rich dimension and form.
“I’ve been a big fan of Spencer’s work for many years, and am thrilled to have his art showcased in the gallery. This show is not only about how color can transform our surroundings, but also about how it can transform lives. The work of Spencer McClay is the perfect example of both,” remarks Brook.
LeeAnn Brook’s mixed media garden paintings are an interpretive expression of botanical forms, enhanced by Brook’s colorful palette. Utilizing textured surfaces, hand-altered collage materials, charcoal and acrylic, the large format contemporary paintings are one-of-a-kind art pieces collected by patrons worldwide. Brook is a three-time award winner at the Wild & Scenic Film Festival as well as at the California State Fair, and is the recipient of the Nevada City Chamber of Commerce’s 2015 Dr. Leland and Sally Lewis’ Visual Artist of the Year award.
Brook opened LeeAnn Brook Fine Art gallery in downtown Nevada City in 2015, which also includes her working studio showing paintings in progress. The gallery’s beautifully curated setting also includes sculpted wooden vessels, handcrafted lamps, ceramics, sculpture, hand blown glass, hand felted scarves, custom made wood furniture and a collection of Japanese antiques for sale.
LeeAnn Brook Fine Art is located at 300 Spring Street in downtown Nevada City and is open Thursdays through Sundays, noon to 5 p.m. More information can be found at www.leeannbrookfineart.com.