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May is Student Art Month at Plumas Arts Gallery

The Plumas Arts Gallery, located at 525 Main Street in Quincy, will host a reception Friday, May 6, from 5:00pm to 7:00pm showcasing the work of art students from Feather River College, Plumas Arts' "Artists in Schools" Program, and Quincy and Portola High Schools.

Rafael Blanco, Instructor and Program Director at Feather River College's Art Department, is proud to present the work of his students for a juried group show. "They've worked really hard this semester, and the paintings show it," Blanco says. Student assignments ranged in theme from surrealism to photo realism, allowing the artists to explore a variety of moods and techniques. Featured student work will also be hanging at the Plumas County Museum in the Mezzanine Gallery for the month of May.

The Artists in Schools (AIS) program is a hands-on art learning experience sponsored by Plumas Arts in partnership with the Plumas County Office of Education and the California Arts Council. Offered for more than 20 years to every K-6 public school classroom in the county, the AIS program has put visual art, dance, and music teaching artists in front of hundreds of local school children. This year, workshops were offered in dance with Ramona Eaglesmith, music with Doug Sheehy, and visual arts with Becky Compton, Heather Upton, Rebecca Glaspy, and Lenora Herndon.

Feather River College art students will show their works at Plumas Arts Gallery for the month of May.

Lori Cannizaro

Matthew Anderson

AIS art instructor Rebecca Glaspy has been in Emily Read's 5th grade classroom at Quincy Elementary working with students on drawing fundamentals. Her students have learned about shadow and highlight, contour drawing, charcoal sketching, and perspective. They collaborated on a large, multi-paneled drawing where each student drew just one square from a black and white photo. The pieces were then assembled together, an image of a face coalescing from the fragments. FRC art instructor Rafael Blanco commented, "I was excited to see my daughter learning perspective drawing in this program. Drawing skills are an important foundation for later learning."

Quincy and Portola High School art students, under the instruction of Danielle Frid, have completed some amazing pieces for the show. The students have painted with acrylic on canvas, done astonishingly lifelike charcoal sketches, drawn colorful pet portraits, and even decorated a pair of sneakers with Dr. Seuss inspired illustrations.

Emily Wallace

Nancy Frady
Quincy Elementary students in Rebecca Glaspy's drawing workshop assemble individual charcoal drawings into
one large image.
Each student in Artist in the Schools drawing workshop at Quincy Elementary contributed a piece to this large image.

Contour drawing by 5th grader Makenna Crosby, completed
in Artist in the Schools instructor Rebecca Glaspy's
drawing workshop.

A student in Rebecca Glaspy's drawing workshop, part of
Plumas Arts' Artist in the Schools program, shows how
perspective lines converge.

The Student Art Show will hang at the gallery for the month of May, 2016. The Plumas Arts Gallery and office hours are Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday from 11am to 5pm, and Saturday from 11am to 3pm. Please visit Plumas Arts on the web at for more information about their programs.