Art has many forms

Art column
By: Paul Apfel Special to The News Messenger
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Art is too often considered to include primarily the visual arts - paintings and sculpture - at the expense of the broader field that encompasses the literary arts and the performing arts - music, theatre, dance and film - to mention just a few. Add wearable arts to the list of artistic endeavors and you will capture the pride and passion of a dedicated group of local artists who have been designing and creating clothing and accessories for the past six years. Artists Bonnie Dunlap and Jane Delno founded this group after discovering their mutual interests in this unique field. Now numbering approximately 25 members, The Wearable Arts Group is part of Lincoln Hills Needle Arts, an umbrella organization of approximately 300 artists that includes 13 sub-groups specializing in crocheting, knitting, needlepoint and quilting plus an assortment of other related disciplines. And, lest some readers dismiss this art as strictly a feminine pursuit, we should remind all that former professional football player Roosevelt Greer has had several hobbies not traditionally associated with men. Those hobbies include macramé and needlepoint. Greer wrote “Rosey Greer’s Needlepoint for Men” in 1973. Dunlap, acting as the art group’s spokeswoman, reported that their most recent fashion show on Nov. 8 attracted visitors from both Roseville and Grass Valley. Collections and creations at the November show included one-of-a-kind coats, jackets, vests and accessories, many with unique hand-crafted designs. Beading and wool felting are common materials used by many of the artists, according to Dunlap. The Wearable Arts Group meets monthly at the Lincoln Hills Orchard Creek sewing studio on the first Wednesday of each month. Lincoln Hills residents wanting more information on the Wearable Arts Group should contact Jane Delno at 543-6855 or Bonnie Dunlap at 408-4004 or e-mail Although the core group is limited to Lincoln Hills residents, the members have reached out and formed what Dunlap said is a friendship group called Sew What! Connections to include other residents from the Lincoln area. This group, which currently counts 17 artists as members, will meet in private homes and studios. Lincoln residents seeking to join the Sew What! Connections group should contact Janet Decker at 543-3493 or e-mail her at A new local tradition While we’re on the subject of local interest, we’ve just been made aware of a growing grassroots effort to help local artisans, businesses and entrepreneurs during the holidays. During this season of gifting to friends and loved ones, consider buying goods and services, including gift certificates from local merchants. Need the computer fixed? Check out a Lincoln repair site. Housecleaning, once, or on a continuing basis? Look for a Lincoln-based cleaning service. You get the idea! We thank local artist Jean Cross and Andy McMurtrie for bringing this to our attention Mina’s Coffee Shop is closing We are saddened to hear that Mina’s Coffee Shop in Sun City Lincoln Hills is closing this coming Friday. Mina Reid has been a solid friend and supporter of the arts in Lincoln, offering her shop as a venue for various painting and photography exhibits. Coffee cafes and art have been linked in story and tradition for many years. And, although Mina’s coffee emporium has had only a two-year run in Lincoln, it was an important addition to the local art environment. Reid assures us her salon in Lincoln Hills remains open and she will display art in that salon as time and wall space permit. Nevertheless, local artists as well as art and coffee lovers will miss her coffee shop’s friendly atmosphere. Paul Apfel is a Lincoln resident. He can be reached at