Many who have strolled the streets of Nevada City know that J. J. Jackson’s, the tall orange stucco building in downtown Nevada City, has been the cornerstone store in the historical district for nearly thirty years. Its founder Martha Meredith took a part in creating the artistic touch and concept of the store, offering colorful home and personal goods with a particular flair for design. After retiring and selling the store twelve years ago, she now is onto another artistic venture: the creation of her own fine art line of monotypes and greeting cards. A show of her colorful work called “Daybreak” will open on July 1, from 5-7 p.m. at LeeAnn Brook Fine Art gallery and studio in downtown Nevada City.
Her monotypes exemplify the “spirit of the moment”, with colorful layers of graphic shapes that she composes on the page, often resembling a joyful expression of personal and environmental inspirations.
“I love the process of monotype printmaking, as it condenses colors and shapes down to their simplest form. Its immediacy is exciting as well as unpredictable, as you never know what the end result will be,” remarked Meredith.
Monotypes are a form of printmaking that results in a one-of-a-kind print. Using soy-based inks on a plate, which is then printed on archival paper, its effects can be achieved that are not possible with any other technique.
The show will also include mixed media paintings by LeeAnn Brook, a longtime friend of Meredith’s.
“I’m thrilled to have Martha’s inaugural show in my gallery. She has been very instrumental in the growth of my art, and also brought her insights for retail into the gallery when I opened in 2015. Her eye for color and design is wonderful, and I am honored to showcase the art that so reflects the spirit of who she is,” Brook commented. For more
LeeAnn Brook Fine Art is an artist-owned gallery and working studio, where visitors can view the paintings of LeeAnn Brook in progress in her studio. The gallery also showcases the work of over 10 additional artists that include wood, ceramics, textiles, hand blown glass, furniture and Japanese antiques. Located at 300 Spring St. in downtown Nevada City, the gallery is open Thursdays through Sundays, 12 – 5 p.m. For more information about the gallery visit www.leeannbrookfineart.com.
Photo credit: Annie Olsen