Art Works Gallery: Nearly 2-years-old and growing

IN MAY, ART WORKS GALLERY WILL CELEBRATE its second anniversary in historic downtown Grass Valley, a sign of its ongoing success. The co-op of 35 local artists continues to grow, drawing locals as well as visitors from all over: the foothills, Truckee/Tahoe, Reno and Sacramento.

The gallery, in a newly renovated 19th-century building at 113 Mill Street, offers an eclectic collection of art: jewelry, ceramics, sculpture, furniture, wood, glass and mosaics, as well asphotography, collage, watercolors, drawings, acrylics and oil paintings.

Each artist offers a wide price range of items, from greeting cards to original paintings. All artists volunteer their time to staff the gallery, providing customers with a personal and educational experience.

The gallery spaces are rotated four times a year, and the windows facing Mill Street feature different artists monthly and also promote community events.

Art Works Gallery has a list of artists who have been waiting to join since it opened two years ago. A jury of seven artists interview applicants before they are accepted, ensuring that high-quality artwork is displayed.

This year several new artists have joined the gallery: Phil Bauer (wood), Eileen Blodgett (painting), Sheila Cameron (painting), David Mooney (painting), Jerianne Van Dijk (watercolor) and Katie Wolff (painting).

Art Works Gallery also supports community art. Last year they hosted events that sold work for Neighborhood Center for the Arts, the Bear River High School art program and the Kellerman Foundation to support the Batwa tribe in Africa.

The co-op’s artists also donate their work, and some of the proceeds have supported the Nevada County Food Bank.

Art Works Gallery
113 Mill St., Grass Valley, 530-477-1600

(Photo credit: David Wong)

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