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Micaela Rubalcava and Julie Hatzell Exhibit to show at Plumas Arts Gallery

Plumas Arts is proud to present the artwork of talented Plumas County artists Micaela Rubalcava and Julie Hatzell opening reception Friday, June 6, 2014 at the Plumas Arts Gallery, 525 Main St. in Quincy from 5PM to 7PM.

Micaela and Julie have come together to show us the joy of Art Journaling. Art journaling is a global movement the combines visual representations with words to reflect on daily life and the healing path. It involves multi-media collage, drawing and doodling, painting, prose, poetry, lists and descriptive details in journal books and pages. Art journaling offers a fresh and freeing creative approach to healing, opening up problem solving and the connectivity of concepts with intentions, color, line, and imagery.

Micaela Rubalcava's fifth art show with Plumas Arts is a collaborative event with Julie Hatzell on art journaling. Rubalcava, a 17-year Plumas County resident, is a mother of 3 sons and a full-time professor of education at Truckee Meadows Community College in Reno, Nevada. She integrates art across her curriculum at college, including art journaling this semester, finding that her students benefit from the unfolding process of art journaling.
Rubalcava says"Art journaling lightens up artist methods with wet-on-wet painting, dripping, layering, rough sketching, tearing, ripping, glueing and feeling one's way into art so that the process becomes the centerpiece, rather than a planned finished product of technique." This series, which continues up-to–the-minute, portrays an evolution that reflects the paradox of shapeshifting and concept boundaries, along with the inevitable release of the healing path.

Julie Hatzell didn't know she had it in her. "I knew I was 'creative', it came out in food and some interior design, but I would never in a million years have called myself an 'artist'". But when faced with what Brene Brown laughingly calls a breakdown/spiritual awakening, Julie discovered a form of art that she fell in love with.

Brene Brown, author of "Gifts of Imperfection" offered a course on-line based on her book using art journaling and Julie took the course because Brene Brown had been so instrumental in her healing process and she trusted her.


"Using art to heal and learn about myself has been one of the greatest gifts. I use a lot of humor in my pages, which reminds me to lighten up. I can't really explain why this has been so healing. Maybe it's because I use more of my senses; visual, touch, the smell of paint, it uses more parts of my brain and it becomes more solid.

There are many ways to keep an art journal. Some people use it strictly for art. Some use it to keep track of self-awareness or lessons or quotes that are especially dear to them. Some use it to document their life; as a visual diary.

Julie is excited to share her personal form of art journaling in the hopes that she can spread the message to people that art can be a very accessible way to heal or express feelings when you are struggling to find your way. With the same intention, she also holds mixed media art journaling classes twice a month at the Alley Cat Café. For more information she can be reached at 283-0902.

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. This months art show is really fun, 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.