Art events: What’s new this spring in the Sierra Foothills


■ April 22 “Where on Earth,” opens on Earth Day, with a reception from 6-9 p.m. at LeeAnn Brook Fine Art gallery and studio, 300 Spring St. in downtown Nevada City. The show highlights largescale sculptural wooden vessels by Mike Snegg, complemented by mixed media drawings and paintings by LeeAnn.
■ LeeAnn teaches two-day art workshops at the Nevada City Veterans Hall, 415 N. Pine St., 10 a.m.-3:30 p.m. Pre-registration is required. Workshops include: May 14-15 Interpretation: Exploring the abstract with mixed media June 4-5 Beneath the Surface: Exploration with collage and mixed media
■ May 27 “The Process of Art,” 5:30-7 p.m. The second in a series of “Food of Art” events at LeeAnn Brook Fine Art. This discussion features a writer, musician and visual artist and includes glass of wine and hors d’oeuvres. Pre registration is required.
■ June 1-31 “Light of Day” A show of new paintings by LeeAnn Brook
■ Every Thursday Evening Drawing Night. Ongoing class 5:30-7 p.m. in the gallery. Pre-registration is required.

The North Auburn artists are having their annual art tour on Mother’s Day weekend. Visit the home studios and galleries of these 19 award-winning artists on May 7-8, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Visit for the map and easy-to-follow directions to the artists’ studios.

Scouring Japanese countryside auctions and morning temple markets in Kyoto for antique furniture, stone lanterns and ceramic vases has long been a passion for Kodo Arts.

”We are celebrating our 10th year with our Spring show,” says owner Jake Costello. It has events planned such as a Taiko drum performance and huge inventory markdowns. The show features Japanese furniture, home décor, garden furnishings and more. April 30-May 8, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. daily. Nevada City.

Now in its eighth year, Artists’ Studio in the Foothills (ASiF) goes global as it introduces a new series of programs, studio art events and solo gallery shows. At the heart of this new growth is Mountain Maid Workshops, a visiting artist workshop program featuring internationally acclaimed art instructors.

The program begins in April with an all-day demonstration by Shannon Garson, a renowned Australian potter. It continues in May and June with a Japanese textile workshop by Jody Alexander; an anthropomorphic ceramic sculpture workshop by Crystal Morey; and a stamp carving workshop by Geninne D. Zlatkis.

This spring, ASiF presents its annual Student & Teacher Programs Showcase on April 22, 5-7 p.m., and an Open House and Teacher Demo Day on May 21, 11 a.m.-4 p.m. The Teacher Demo Day includes a sneak peek at upcoming programs such as Mud Hut and ARTsCOOL’s summer art camps for children.

ASiF also opens a series of solo exhibitions. The first features oil and watercolor paintings by local artist Betsy Lombard. It opens with a reception on May 6, 5-8 p.m., and continues through June 13.

(“Remembrance” by LeeAnn Brook)

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