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Plumas Arts Gallery features painter Nan Bagby & photographer Michael Beatley

The Plumas Arts Gallery, located at 525 Main Street in Quincy, will show the vivid acrylic paintings of Nan Bagby in June's art exhibit, along with new work from photographer Michael Beatley. An Opening Reception will be held on Friday, June 3, from 5:00pm to 7:00pm.

Mother of life coach and Quincy business owner Katie Bagby, Nan Bagby paints in both abstract and realism, using acrylics, collage and pastels. She expresses her love for color and design to impart joy, meaning, light, message, and to have fun. The enthralling scenery of Taos inspired landscapes in New Mexico, and in other locales, mostly using pastels because they are so expressive and satisfying. She hopes people feel that enjoyment and their hearts are lifted up.

Nan has been in shows and galleries in Minneapolis, Wyoming, Dallas, Taos, and in Quincy, Paradise, and Chico, California. In 2003, she was asked to organize a show for the Biblical Arts Center in Dallas entitled Living Waters - The Biblical Art of Taos, NM. Her paintings are also often featured on the covers of inspirational booklets her late husband Bill wrote. The Bagbys owned and operated Pure Mercy Studios in Taos for several years and in 2008 relocated the studio to Paradise, CA.

Nan Bagby at work in her Paradise studio
Morning Glory
Morning glories by Nan Bagby
A recent imagined landscape by Nan Bagby

At 83, Nan's love of painting and curiosity continues to grow, and she has been recently enjoying painting colorful abstract landscapes from her imagination. The painting exhibit will hang at the gallery for the month of June, 2016.

The Plumas Arts Gallery, located at 525 Main Street in Quincy, will host a reception Friday, June 3, from 5:00pm to 7:00pm featuring the gorgeous, color-drenched photography of Michael Beatley.

A long-time resident of Plumas County, Beatley's involvement in taking pictures started at an early age. He explains, "Photography captured my interest when I took a high school photography class in San Jose, California. That was 1970, when I owned an older Minolta 35mm camera with one lens. I shot only black and white that year learning to use the darkroom, developing my own film and photographs. I discovered that I love taking pictures, seeing what I had captured as it slowly developed in the darkroom. College, then work and a family, pushed photography into the background as a hobby."

Beatley excitedly watched the advances in digital photography taking place in the 1990s and bought one of the first models to experiment with. He says, "That first digital camera had one megapixel, with 1280 x 600 resolution. Digital cameras have come a long way since, and as they advanced in quality I in turn continued to move up with new equipment. Today I am using a full frame Canon and a variety of lenses. After retiring in 2010, I began pursuing my love of photography, devoting more and more time into capturing that special picture."

Church in the ghost town of Bodie,
captured by Michael Beatley.
A world of color in a fallen leaf,
photograph by Michael Beatley.
Lanterns line up to create a compelling image,
photograph by Michael Beatley.
Michael Beatley sees the beauty of a single tulip blossom.

After winning Best in Show at the Plumas-Sierra County Fair in 2012, and having Sunset Magazine publish one of his photos, Beatley began a professional career as a photographer. He limits the copies he sells to 15, and often chooses to print on metal or canvas to add to the unique character of each photograph.

Beatley has given a lot of time and thought to his artform, explaining, "Like a painter with a brush, I believe a really good photographer will use light, composition, and subject to create a photograph that elicits an emotion from the viewer. An excellent photograph, much like an excellent painting or drawing, can be returned to time after time for the viewer to enjoy. When people look at one of my photographs I want them to feel an emotion. I want to elicit a feeling or maybe a memory, especially something from that photograph that will stir a reaction, drawing them into the image. I love a first reaction of "Wow!", followed by a closer study of the image."

The photography exhibit will hang at the gallery, along with a special showing of the paintings of Nan Bagby, for the month of June, 2016. The Plumas Arts Gallery and office hours are Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday from 11am to 5pm, and Saturday from 11am to 3pm.