Painting by local artist Roseanne Burke selected for display in State Capitol

Local artist Roseanne Burke recently received great news about her painting, “Hirshman’s Pond.” It was selected to represent Nevada County/Senate District 1 and will be proudly displayed in one of the Senate meeting rooms in the Capitol.

The California State Senate’s Contemporary Art Collection program began in 1997, and it recognizes and celebrates contemporary art created by the wide variety of artists throughout the state.

Every other year, each Senator is asked to select an artist who he or she feels best represents his or her district. In the past, they have been selected through school programs, senior centers, art galleries, and county art programs and arts councils. The result is a joint effort between the participating Senators and their artists.

These artists bring to the Capitol an extensive range of cultures, backgrounds and training. The media with which they work is also as varied – acrylics, oils, bronze sculpture, blown glass, mixed media, and watercolors. The talented, diverse, and colorful selection seen at each show is a testament to the fact that contemporary art is alive and well in California.

—Nevada County Arts

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