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Day of the Dead Show Features Work by Isabel Perez & Theodor Judge
The November exhibition at the Plumas Arts Gallery features Day of the Dead themed art and featured artists Theodor Judge and Isabel Perez Judge from Janesville in Lassen County. An opening Reception will be hosted on Friday, November 1 from 5 to 7pm.

Theodor started college the day the Korean War ended on the GI Bill after a four- year enlistment in the Navy. He earned his BA in Art at San Francisco State University then his MA from Sacramento State University with an emphasis in metal sculpture. After graduation he had been "in and out of teaching" art in several locations around California at American River College and in El Dorado county, Placerville and Santa Maria (where he met Isabel). He also taught in Guam and Australia.

Theodor has not show his work for many years. The "hassle of packing and moving" what he calls "the largest collection of his original artwork in in the world." Even so he expressed the fact that "artists need exposure. Visual artists need an audience. We work in s isolation, but when we are done it should be (displayed) where somebody can see it."

TheodorTheodor Judge stands behind one of his metal sculptures
at his Home in Janesville.

The motivation to show his work came when Roxanne Valladao, Plumas Arts Director discussed her idea for a Day of the Dead themed art show with Isabel at the Almanor Art Show this last Summer Since then Valladao has worked to bring an exhibition of Theodor's work to the Plumas Arts Gallery.

Sugar skull paintings emerge from the top of a repurposed
oak table work in progress by Theodor judge
Theodor's work, in sculpture painting and drawing, all express a wry sense of humor and sense of irony which is all in the spirit of the traditional expressions of Day of the Dead art. The show will present a number of his pencil and mixed media drawings as well as several pieces if painted furniture.
Day of the Dead Catrina characters adorn pottery
by Isabel Judge.

The exhibition of his work is displayed in partnership with his wife Isabel Perez Judge. Isabel studied pottery at Santa Maria College and has been working the art form for more than 40 years. She was raised in the town of Guadalupe in Santa Barbara County in a family as one of 6 siblings where Mexican traditions ran deep.

The two have lived in Janesville for more than 20 years. Their life in arts together is expressed in everything that surrounds them. On their 5 acre property they each have separated studios where they work. Isabel's is located in a geodesic dome that towers more than three stories on height.


Isabel Perez Judge's pottery studio is in a three-plus story high geodesic dome.




Potter'swheel and workstation inside the dome.

The November Day of the Dead art show also features work by Plumas Arts member artists including visual two and three-dimensional artwork as well as jewelry and fabric art creations. Work will be on display and available for sale trough the end of November.

The Plumas Arts Gallery is located at 525 Main Street, right across from the county courthouse in Quincy. Hours are Wednesday through Friday 11am to 5:30pm and Saturday 11am to 3pm or by appointment. For information call 283-3402.