Art to be found all over Lincoln

By: Paul Apfel, Special to The News Messenger
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Lincoln has several traditional art venues, including Lincoln Arts and Culture Foundation, The Place!, Umpqua Bank and Placer Arts League, which occasionally partners with other art exhibitors. And, lest we ignore the literary arts, the Lincoln library on Twelve Bridges Drive and the downtown Carnegie offer opportunities as well. But some obvious art and entertainment shows escape notice, at least in the traditional sense. They may not appeal to every taste but then that is the nature of artistic endeavor. First, let’s consider Sun City Lincoln Hills. With roughly 11,500 residents, it comprises almost 30 percent of the Lincoln community. Lincoln Hills residents produce some of the finest original art in the area. Creations that capture life experiences plus the ebb and flow of daily humor and tragedy flow from the brushes and kilns of this senior enclave. Photography, painting and ceramics are just a few of the creative disciplines featured in periodic shows throughout the year. Exhibits include in-house shows held in the Orchard Creek Lodge as well as the outdoor pavilion. Another commercial site is Mina’s Coffee House at 1520 Del Webb Blvd. That’s in the small shopping center at the corner of Sun City Boulevard and Del Webb Boulevard in Lincoln Hills. Mina’s is currently hosting a photography show with works from Lincoln Hills artists. Beginning on Aug. 20 and running through Oct. 15, primarily watercolor, oil and pastel paintings will be featured. Marketing has been a challenge for several of these shows, although sources within the Lincoln Hills art community have assured us that they are eager to bring in art lovers from the community to observe, and where feasible, buy unique artistic creations. But, beginning on Sunday, the Sun City Lincoln Hills Community Association will go online with a public website that should showcase some of the artistic events and increase public awareness. Details will be available in the near future, according to Sun City Lincoln Hills Senior Director for Lifestyle and Communications Jeannine Balcombe. For music, look no further than the Amphitheatre Summer Concert Series. For details, phone the Sun City Lincoln Hills Community Association activities desk at 625-4000. Finally, let’s not neglect the Thunder Valley Casino Resort, a mega-entertainment complex in our midst. Recent concerts have included Lionel Ritchie, Tesla, Dwight Yoakam, America and Smoky Robinson. Art of all kinds should expand our opportunities for self-actualization. Besides, we should have fun as participants and observers. In Lincoln, we have lots of choices. Paul Apfel can be reached at