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Visual art can be seen throughout downtown Lincoln

Art column by Paul Apfel
By: Paul Apfel, special to The News Messenger
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It’s time to mark your calendars for Lincoln’s art shows as the dry weather and warmer temperatures overwhelm our memory of a soggy beginning to 2011. After a few days breather from the hectic Feats of Clay celebration, Lincoln Arts kicked off a busy summer season on June 14 with a juried fine arts competition and exhibition with the Placer Artist League. Accepted art work will be displayed in the Lincoln Arts Sixth Street gallery through July 22. Categories include oil, acrylic, pastel and watercolor paintings, mixed media works, sculpture, jewelry, and photography. The artists’ reception and award ceremony will be from 6 to 8 p.m. on June 24. Photographer Brad Senn will be showing his works in an exhibit at Lincoln Arts from July 26 through Aug. 19. Lincoln Arts will host that reception from 6 to 8 p.m. on Aug. 5. Lincoln Arts Sixth Street showroom becomes a studio on July 29 as local artist and teacher Gayle Rappaport-Weiland settles in with a 3 ½-hour class entitled “Let’s Paint a Barn.” The session costs $61 and includes all class materials, begins at 6 p.m. and continues until 9:30 p.m. Phone Lincoln Arts at 645-9713 for sign-up information. The Lincoln Hills Photographers’ Group and the Lincoln Hills Art Association have collaborated on showing an array of fine photography, traditional and alternative modes in black and white, and color. Photographer’s Group spokesperson Rhonda Campbell tells us that the two groups will alternate their exhibits quarterly between Mina’s Coffee House in the Lincoln Hills Shopping Center and Lincoln Internal Medicine at 801 Sterling Parkway in Suite 120. The art association show at Mina’s began on June 11 with 15 artists displaying 40 pieces of art including ceramic and mixed media, gourds, ink and watercolor, fiber art, oils, pastels and fused glass. The photographers’ group opened their exhibit at the medical offices on Tuesday. Campbell also announced another exhibit for the Lincoln Hills Photographers’ Group as they took over the walls at Diana Burke’s Simple Pleasures restaurant on Fifth Street, replacing long-time exhibitor and photographer David Robertson. “This will be on-going,” says Campbell. “We are excited to have the new venue and look forward to it.” Lincoln Hills Painters Club President Diane Pargament tells us that Placer Arts league has invited them to present a show at the Umpqua Bank and Gallery in downtown Lincoln beginning on June 14. The club will host a reception at the bank on June 17. We applaud the local businesses that have teamed up with local artists to show their creations. This is a positive community effort that reflects pride and partnership, just two of the many reasons to feel confident about Lincoln’s future. Paul Apfel can be reached at papfel@starstream.net.