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Robert and Carol Canby Exhibit to show at Plumas Arts Gallery

Plumas Arts is proud to present the artwork of talented Plumas County artists Robert and Carol Canby opening reception Friday, May 2, 2014 at the Plumas Arts Gallery, 525 Main St. in Quincy from 5PM to 7PM.

Robert is mainly known for his landscapes in oils. He began painting seriously in the early 1960's, encouraged and taught by his sister, Peggy Sanders, a well known landscape painter. He prefers to paint plein air, in the outdoor setting, but occasionally works from sketches drawn on location, photos and memory. The mountains and lakes of Plumas County are a constant attraction for Bob. Bob's inspiration comes from the natural scenery where he grew up exploring the hills of Sonoma County, California, as well as several years spent in Alaska and along the Columbia River while in the U.S. Coast Guard. His career as a State Park Ranger took him to some of the most scenic and historic areas of Northern California which greatly influenced his work.

More recently he has been painting in pastels as well, although oils are his favorite and predominate medium.

Carol Canby

Carol Ann is primarily a self-taught artist. She has worked in pen and ink, creating brochures, T-shirt designs and a cancellation stamp for the U.S. Postal Service. Until recently she has been best known for her bright and expressive watercolors.

About five years ago, Carol discovered gourds after attending a gourd festival in Casa Grande, Arizona. She was hooked. "Gourding is a labor of love" Carol said. The outside of the gourd must first be soaked and scrubbed clean. A mask must be worn while cleaning the inside of the gourd. Then comes scraping, sanding and smoothing. A design is drawn on the outside, burned into the gourd, then painted with watercolors, colored pencils or acrylics. The inside must also be painted. The gourd is then finished with either shoe polish or spray varnish.

Carol's recent work is mostly functional art. Made from gourds, her basket and bowls feature imagery inspired by traditional Borneo and Native American designs as well as florals and geometric designs.

Carol and Robert spend many hours working together in the woods and the desert. Bob paints, while Carol designs her gourds and looks for branches and natural materials to use in her work. For the past 22 years, Bob and his wife Carol have been living in Sierra County and now in beautiful Plumas County where they maintain a studio in Portola.

Plumas Arts will be hosting the reception at the Plumas Arts Gallery with beverages and treats on hand. "We really enjoy having the community come in and share this space. The Canbys' art work is very representative of our region and is beautifully executed!" Lori Davis comments. The Plumas Arts Gallery is a program of Plumas Arts, and is open Wednesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays from 11AM to 5:00PM, and can be reached at (530) 283-3402 .