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Bulletin, Record, Progressive, Reporter Wednesday, Aug. 21, 2013 13B ARTS and ENTER.TAINMENT "Tea Party," watercolor and linoleum block print by Allen Stentzel. "River," watercolor and linoleum block print by Allen Stentzel. Photos courtesy Plumas Arts / Plumas Arts is pleased to host its next gallery exhibition showcasing the work of two generations of local artists: Allen and Nick Stentzel. The show opens with a gallery reception Friday, Aug. 23, at the Capitol Arts Gallery, 525 Main St. in Quincy, from 5 to 7 p.m. The work will hang in the gallery through the end of September. Allen Stentzel taught art for 32 years and served as associate faculty art instructor at Feather River College. He received his B.A. in art from Chico State University and also attended the California College of Arts and Crafts. Allen has been involved with many art shows in cities near his home of Northern California, including Sacramento, Yuba City, Chico and Quincy. This will be the largest showing of his work and the first to feature a series of works. "Teaching kept me so busy that I didn'thave time to produce a large volume of work," Stentzel comments. "I have been retired now for four school years and have been enjoying being able to,do art almost every day for several hours." Stentzel works in many different mediums; however, this is the first time he has publicly shown a series in one sole medium: mixed media watercolor underpainting with linoleum block printing. "I started this project after retirement. I paint a watercolor picture first, then print a black ink linoleum block on top, tbus making it a mono print. A new print takes about one month to do and if I do additional prints of the block it takes about a week for one print." For this series he transferred the ink by physically standing on a handmade printing press. This allowed for the final registration to be slightly off, giving the prints a unique, primitive feel. "I am also going to show the Mr. Wart sculpture. I started it over 35 years ago and will finish it just before the show. Mr. Wart is a life-size figurative papier-mach6 sculpture. It seems that I never do anything that doesn't take many hours of work or years of work. I also like to do all medias and will be showing a large oil -- my latest one." This will also be Allen Stentzel's first show with his son Nick. "My father's series is an exploration of process -- combining watercolor, ink and printmaking," said Nick Stentzel. "Although he is familiar with all three mediums, putting them together as one has been a new and challenging experience for him. The finished images range from thought-provoking to humorous and playful. "I am proud and honored to display my photographs alongside my father's latest project. Over the past year we have discussed our concepts for this joint exhibition. This has been a great excuse to collaborate while undergoing the artistic process with each other." Nick Stentzel is an award-winning filmmaker and photographer. He graduated from Brigham Young University with a B.A. in media arts: film and a second major in photography. He went on to receive a Master of Fine Arts from Chapman University. His photography has been featured in numerous publications and he has won several national photography competitions. Nick has traveled extensively, shooting documentary films and photography around the globe. He has spent time photographing the "invisible children" of Northern Uganda, "canyoneering" in Zion and Southern California, hiking through the Andes Mountains in Peru and wandering the streets of Chinatown in Singapore. He is currently working on a long-term portrait series in Bahia, Brazil. Working with many different cameras and photographic formats, Nick presents a selection of images from his travels and work. Check out his website at "'You can find beauty almost anywhere you look but yo.u must learn how to see this beauty.' As a child this was the first lesson my father taught me about art and life," said Nick. "His philosophy has stayed with me for the last three decades and continues to influence me as I work professionally in the medium of photography. "At present, I work with 12 different cameras (all with their own unique nicknames) and often will travel with up to five of them. When I see the vision of the photograph with my eyes it then becomes a task to find the perfect camera, film and glass (lens) to suit that vision. "Each camera, film and piece of glass carries its own nuances and requires years of practice to master -- an ongoing task for a lifetime. Creating this vision is at times both exhilarating and frightening and in my chosen subjects I often find myself in some of the most complex and at times dangerous spots on earth. "And, of course, it doesn't help that my equipment is both very expensive and heavy (one camera exceeds 20 pounds in weight). But, I love all my cameras and their eccentric personalities and occasionally when the light leaks in or the lens is spotted with water I am presented with images that I love even more. "I shoot on film almost exclusively and it may take months before I have time to develop roils and see the end product. I believe this suspense of process is one of the most unique aspects of my medium. "However, in a world where over 200,000 images are uploaded to Facebook every minute it becomes a profound experience to limit yourself to a roll of film that can only hold 20. I first see the world With my own eyes and then I look for the beauty using the eyes of my camera -- my father's words have become my routine." Nick Stentzel travels around the world with camera in hand. This photo taken in Uganda will be part of a show with his father, "Allen, which opens Aug. 23 at the Plumas Arts Gallery and hangs through the end of September. An opening reception Gallery is scheduled for Friday, Aug. 23, from 5 to 7 p.m. "Kori in Profile," medium-format negative print by Nick Stentzel. Current gallery hours are For more information about Wednesday, Thursday and the many and diverse Friday, 11 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., programs and projects of and Saturday, 11 a.m. to 3 Plumas Arts check the p.m. Additional hours are website at or available by arrangement, call the staff at 283-3402. FARRELL CUNNINGHAM (Who now resides with ancient kin) The sudden passage through that final door Might be a blessing for the one who goes, But those who knew him well remain heart-sore And struggle with unsettled private woes. He was a keeper of his native lore And learned the legends of his ancient clan With many facts and tales he kept in store And was a Maidu language thespian. He wrote with ease of Maidu history And spread his profuse knowledge far and wide. To add to this, his shows of artistry In some selected galleries abide. To echo Hamlet's plea in his extremity I'll now absent myself from all felicity. Salvatore (Sam) Catalano August 12, 2013 6:35 PM Allen Stentzel will show a series of linoleum block mono prints over watercolor at the upcoming exhibition of his work at the Plumas Arts Gallery at 525 Main St. in Quincy. TOWN HALL THEATRE Presents Fri., Aug. 23 - Mon., Aug. 26 Rated PG-13 * 131 Min. Sci Fi/Action When legions of monstrous creatures, known as Kaiju, started rising from the sea, a war began that would take millions of lives and consume humanity's resources for years on end. To combat the giant Kaiju, a special type of weapon was devised: massive robots, called Jaegers, which are controlled simultaneously are proving nearly defenseless in the face of the relentless Kaiju. On the verge of defeat, the forces mankind have no choice but to turn to two unlikely heroes, up former pilot and an untested trainee who are teamed legendary but seemingly obsolete Jaeger from the they stand as mankind's last hope against apocalypse. defending a washed- to drive a past. Together, the mounting Fri., Aug. 30 - Mon., Sept. 2 Rated PG * 96 Min. Family/Animated Turbo is a high-velocity 3D comedy about an underdog snail who kicks into bverdrive when he miraculously attains the power of super-speed. But after making fast friends with a crew of streetwise, tricked-out es-car-goes, Turbo learns that no one succeeds on their own. So he puts his heart and shell on the line to help his pals achieve their dreams, before Tvrbo-charging his own impossible dream: winning the Indy 500. In an ongoing effort to keep Plumas County's only theatre viable and open to the public, theater management has added a new weekly show time at 9:!5 pm on Fridays. Regular movie screenings are Friday through Monday at 7pro with a 4pro Sunday matinee. TOWN HALL THEATRE Visit us Adults .................... s8 Students/Seniors .......... *7 Children .................. $6 283-1140 469 Main St., Quincy, CA at ! I