Newcastle artists featured in Lincoln bank

Art in Lincoln
By: Paul Apfel, Special to The News Messenger
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The Newcastle Packing Shed Artists have burst on the art scene in Lincoln with their first-ever art exhibit at the Umpqua Bank at 571 5th St. in downtown Lincoln. Running through Sept. 14th, this is an eclectic collection of photographs, encaustics, pastels and oils by this new group of seven artists who call the Newcastle Packing Sheds their home base. The group grew from one to seven artists in just four years, according to artist Joyce Williams, the first to locate her studio in the historic packing sheds. “I was pleasantly surprised and very pleased that the group has grown so quickly. There’s a lot of talent here and there are days we just feed off of each other,” Williams said. Artist member Bobbie Pilliard added that she “wanted to do something like this for a long time. The opportunity presented itself and I was able to get my foot in the door. We have so much fun.” The packing-shed location features individual studios and a common place that serves as a gallery as well as a place to watch the artists in action. The Packing Shed studios are located at 455 Main St. in Newcastle, just off Highway 80 in one of Placer County’s historic fruit-packing sheds. Studios are open 1 to 4 p.m. daily or by special arrangements with any of the artists. Coming up over the Labor Day weekend, Sept. 4 and Sept. 5 in Lincoln Hills is the annual Lincoln Hills studio tour, sponsored by the Lincoln Hills Art Association. This year, 38 local artists and residents will open their home studios to the public and showcase their art, much of which will be for sale. Past tours have featured studios offering paintings in oil, pastel, watercolor and acrylics; sculpture in bronze, metal and clay; jewelry, stained glass, fused glass and wood-turned art. Tour hours will be 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 4 and noon to 4 p.m. on Sunday, Sept. 5. You can pick up maps showing studio locations and information about participating artists at the Lincoln Hills Orchard Creek Lodge and the Kilaga Springs Lodge, starting on Sept. 1. In news of Lincoln artists, The Place! partner Jean Cross is busily completing her editing of a guide booklet to use in walking tours of historic downtown Lincoln. Sponsored by the Lincoln Area Archives and the Native Sons of the Golden West, the book should be published next month. Paul Apfel writes on art in and around Lincoln. Contact him at