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Plumas Arts is proud to welcome Quincy-raised artist Cindy Nirenberg to the Plumas Arts Gallery with an opening reception on Saturday, August 13, from 11am to 3pm. Nirenberg's exhibit will feature her trademark oil portraits of animals, people as well as landscapes. With an emphasis on realism, Nirenberg captures the essence of American life. Mixing all of her colors with the use of only six different colors of oil paints, her work captures varying hues of light and bright color.

Artist Cindy Nirenberg captures an iconic view of
local favorite spot Oakland Camp.

"Cindy's work is the perfect show to have for August," says Gallery Manager Lori Davis. "Her subject matter celebrates family and home. This is County Fair time, when a lot of people come back to visit, so we wanted to highlight that with an Artist's Opening Reception directly after the downtown Quincy Fair Parade on Saturday." The Fair Parade is well-attended by locals and visitors alike, making for a perfect opportunity to reconnect with friends and family. "I especially want to invite the Quincy Peeps to come to the opening, it will be a hot meeting spot for them," adds Davis, referring to the Facebook group Quincy Peeps whose enthusiastic members are current or past residents of Quincy.

Cindy Nirenberg, a California native, was born in Chico and spent most of her childhood in the idyllic town of Quincy and currently resides in Los Angeles. Being attracted to various forms of art ever since her youth, one of Cindy’s first artistic endeavors came at the early age of nine. During that year, her mother, an elementary school teacher who enjoyed doing large murals in tile, entered one of Cindy’s drawings into a children’s television show contest. Cindy won the contest and was able to see her work featured on the television screen.



From that moment, Cindy has been taking art classes in various mediums and forms. Having also studied classical piano, she obtained a Bachelor of Music Degree from the University of Utah.
The beautiful meadows of Quincy are captured in oils by Quincy-raised artist Cindy Nirenberg.
Join her at her Artist's Opening Reception scheduled for Saturday, August 13
from 11am to 3pm at the Plumas Arts Gallery.
Later in life, Cindy began focusing on her career as a court reporter and on raising a family of three children with her husband. As her children got older, Cindy gravitated toward drawing again. She began to produce pastel pet portraits for friends, family and clients. Then in 2011, Cindy picked up another medium of expression: painting with oil. She was able to study oil painting with art teacher Katie O'Neill, from O'Neill's Fine Art Studio in the Pacific Palisades. Working with oil paints has brought Cindy closer to the memory of her grandmother, who became an artist herself at the age of 60 after having raised eight children. Cindy remembers painting alongside her grandmother "plein air" at the Grand Tetons in Wyoming. Cindy's familial encouragement while growing up is clearly displayed within her oil paintings, for they are heavily inspired by the nature that surrounds her, her hometown while growing up, and by her family.
The Plumas Arts Gallery is located at 525 Main St. in Quincy, and is open on Wednesdays through Fridays from 11am to 5pm and on Saturdays from 11am to 3pm. Nirenberg’s show will hang throughout the month of August. To learn more about the Gallery and other programs of Plumas Arts, please call (530) 283-3402