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J Wednesday, Nov. 4, 2015 11B Bulletin, Record, Progressive, Reporter ARTS a r .d ENTERTAINMENT The Main Street Artists Gallery will hold an open house, Friday, Nov. 6, from 5 to 7 p.m. featuring the works like this one by Graham Shea. Works by Beth Aitken will also be featured. Photos submitted This work by Beth Aitken is one of several pieces by the artist on display at the Main Street Artists Gallery through the month of November. Main Street Artists to feat re gallery n,ng Lara Eichenberger Special to Feather Publishing November ushers in not only a vibrant change of season, but also a fascinating show at Main Street Artists Gallery, featuring Beth Aitken and Graham Shea, two unique artists working in two very different mediums. Aitken and encaustic painting Aitken is a long time resident of Plumas County and an established artist in the unique medium of encaustic painting, This ancient Greek art form involves painting with a mixture of beeswax and tree resin that, when heated, adheres to a surface and can be manipulated with tools. When hardened, it will last 2,000 years if not subjected to extreme temperatures. There is a theory that ancient Greek statues were covered in colored wax to give them a lifelike appearance, but the wax was stripped away over time. However, some death masks that survived show traces of both color and wax. The encaustic process can be applied to a collage and can contain embedded objects for a three-dimensional effect. It can also be mixed with paint and built up in many layers. Aitken encourages her students to have fun with the process and let their imaginations soar. She herself was drawn to this medium eight years ago and was immediately fascinated with the transparency of wax and its mysterious effects. Having done drawings for 20 years, Aitken worked with the late Bill Peters (art instructor at Feather River College and mentor to many of the current members of Main Street Artists Gallery) who encouraged her to explore this art form and introduce it at MSA. There she developed a following and today gives seminars in this technique. In the current show, Aitken steps out of her comfort zone Quincy native Graham Shea November. and displays some new pieces that have no specific subject or embedded objects but are pure abstract forms open to individual interpretation. In these, encaustic art is not a vehicle for ideas or messages, but simply a way for Aitken to allow herself the freedom to enjoy the process, letting the'viewer decide what it all means. Shea and photography Graham Shea, a gifted photographer and our newest member comes to Main Street Artist Gallery with an impressive background as well as a wide range of experiences that inform his art. A native of Quincy, he attended Plumas Christian School then went on to study journalism and economics at Pepperdine University, finishing with a masters degree in theology from Cambridge University. After college, he traveled extensively throughout Europe, South America, New Zealand, Iceland, Virgin Islands, Fiji and Africa, collecting experiences (such as camping on the top of Mt. displays STRETCH OUT, EXPLODE Stretch out. Explode, release your energy; Resmash the atom of your pent-up fears And scatter cosmic cordiality With sparkling, bursting stars of robust cheers. Embrace the ones who make your life complete And press your warmth into their waiting hearts. Throw out your radiance to those you meet Without restraint or airs or stifling arts. Be more of what you've dreamed that you could be. And never say a word that you'll regret The paths of life lead forward constantly, And errors of the past you must forget. Although I'm sure you've heard these homilies before, I feel it cannot hurt to hear them just once more. Salvatore (Sam) Catalano October 22, 2015 his photographs at the Main Kilimanjaro) and photographing the amazing sights and people he encountered. After receiving a digital Canon camera from his family, Shea picked up photography skills on his own through trial and error, perfecting his craft by photographing flowers. In college, he received a scholarship to work on the student yearbook and newspaper and soon became the photo editor for student events. Later, photography became the focal point of his travels and the vehicle for his creativity. His goal was to achieve satisfaction by creating art that people would enjoy, while pursuing an activity that provided both variety and spiritual fulfillment. While traveling in Argentina, Shea visited Adulam, a Christian community outside Buenos (530) 283-BOOK (2665) 373 W. Main St., Quincy Street Artists Gallery through Aires for homeless adults and' children, and stayed to help them by translating their website into English. The purity of purpose at this community so impressed him that he now contributes all proceeds from the sale of his photography to this mission. Shea's photos in this show span many countries and cultures -- from African Maasai tribesmen tending their cattle to Tanzania flamingos flying in colorful formation to Iceland's dramatic glaciers. It is the type of photography that mesmerizes and is sure to fill the viewer with wonder and awe. Also featured in the November show will be the brilliantly thought-provoking constructions of Lou Boschee, which are sure to inspire conversation. The opening takes place Friday, Nov. 6, from 5 to 7 p.m. Complimentary wine and appetizers will be served. Wed-Fri 1 l:30~n to 5:30pm Sat 12pm- 4pm Beth Aitken works in the unique medium of encaustic painting, an ancient Greek art form that involves painting with a mixture Of beeswax and tree resin. The Town Hall Theatre and Feather River College present a special engagement.of: STRAIGHT OUTTA COMPTON iE E~ ~ClmE The group NWA emerges from the mean streets of Compton in Los Angeles, California, in the mid-1980s and revolutionizes Hip Hop culture with their music and tales about life in the hood. O'Shea Jackson Jr., Corey llawldns, Jason Mitchell THE MARTIAN During a manned mission to Mars, Astronaut Mark Watney is presumed dead after a fierce storm and left behind by his crew. But Watney has survived and finds himself stranded and alone on the hostile planet. With only meager supplies, he must draw upon his ingenuity, wit and spirit to subsist and find a way to signal to Earth that he is alive. Matt Damon, Jesslca Chastaln, Krlsten Wllg TOUlH HALL THEATRE 469 283-1140 Main St., Quincy, CA Visit us at t !