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Allen Stentzel and Nick Stentzel to show at Plumas Arts Gallery

The Plumas Arts Gallery, located at 525 Main Street in Quincy, will host a reception Friday, October 7, 2016, from 5:00pm to 7:00pm featuring amazing artworks by local retired art teacher Allen Stentzel and the photographs of his son Nick Stentzel. There will be light refreshments and beverages, plus the chance to meet the artists in person.

Allen Stentzel is a long time resident of Plumas County and much loved art instructor. He has been retired for 7 years, after teaching art for 32 years for the Plumas Unified School District as well as at Feather River College.

Allen is comfortable creating work in just about any medium, and spans a dizzying number of genres, from beautiful representational portraiture to outrageous pop culture references. His show will include 8 different media: oil paint, acrylic, ink wash, water color, colored pencil, papier mâché sculpture, and Linoleum block.

His favorite subject is people. This show will include two new paintings of his wife Gail. One painting will be unveiled at the opening, having been finished just recently. Allen says, "Only a few have seen this work." He also puts humor in his work, as a larger-than-life papier mâché sculpture of Rat Fink, the infamous hot rod character, will show. In all of his works he is always trying to use good color harmony, composition, value structure and media technique, drawing on his professional career as an instructor.

Gorgeous tonal nuances create harmony in this lovely oil portrait by Allen Stentzel.


The show will also feature the photographs of Allen's son Nick. Allen says, "This will be the second art show with my son Nicholas at the Plumas Arts Gallery." Nick lives and works in Los Angeles and he travels the world with his job and picture taking. He will be showing photographs from his travels, as well as studio work.


Allen Stentzel's astonishing papier mâché sculpture of hot rod character Rat Fink will be on display at the Plumas Arts Gallery through the month of October.


Allen comments, "Nick and I like other artists' work. If I were wealthy, I might be a collector and not a painter. Nick has a great collection already, with many artists represented. Last week in Brazil he purchased a famous rare photograph, and hired a well-known Brazilian graffiti artist to paint a 4x6 foot canvas. I can't wait to see it!"

A rocky but serene coastline is the subject of this photograph by Nick Stentzel.

Photographer Nick Stentzel captured this musical moment on one of his world travels.

The show will hang for the month of October. The Plumas Arts Gallery and office hours are Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday from 11am to 5pm, and Saturday from 11am to 3pm.