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Alan and Nick Stentzel at Capitol Arts Gallery
Plumas Arts is pleased to host their next gallery exhibition showcasing the work of two generations of local artists: Allen and Nick Stentzel. The show opens with a gallery reception Friday, August 23, 2013 at the Capitol Arts Gallery, 525 Main St. in Quincy from 5PM to 7PM. The work will hang in the gallery through the end of September.

Allen Stentzel taught art for 32 years and served as associate faculty art instructor at Feather River College. He received his B.A. in Art from Chico State University and also attended the California College of Arts and Crafts. Allen has been involved with many art shows in cities near his home of Northern California including Sacramento, Yuba City, Chico, and Quincy. This will be the largest showing of his work and the first to feature a series of work.

"Teaching kept me so busy that I didn't have time to produce a large volume of work." Allen comments. "I have been retired now for 4 school years and have been enjoying being able to do art almost every day for several hours."

Allen works in many different mediums; however, this is the first time he has publicly shown a series consisting of one sole medium -- mixed media water color under painting with linoleum block printing.

"I started this project after retirement. I paint a watercolor picture first then print a black ink linoleum block on top thus making it a mono print. A new print takes about one month to do and if I do additional prints of the block it tales about a week for one print."

For this series he transferred the ink by physically standing on a handmade printing press. This allowed for the final registration to be slightly off giving the prints a unique, primitive feel.

"I am also going to show the Mr. Wart sculpture. I started it over 35 years ago and will finish it just before the show. Mr. Wart is a life size figurative papier maché sculpture. It seems that I never do anything that doesn't take many hours of work or years of work. I also like to do all medias and will be showing a large oil-- my latest one."

This will be Allen's first show with his son Nick.

Nick Stentzel is an award winning filmmaker and photographer. He graduated from Brigham Young University with a B.A. in Media Arts: Film and a second major in Photography. He went on to receive a Master of Fine Arts from Chapman University. His photography has been featured in numerous publications and he has won several national photography competitions.

Nick has traveled extensively, shooting documentary films and photography around the globe. He has spent time photographing the "invisible children" of Northern Uganda, canyoneering in Zion and Southern California, hiking through the Andes Mountains in Peru, and wandering the streets of Chinatown in Singapore. He is currently working on a longterm portrait series in Bahia, Brazil.

Working with many different cameras and photographic formats, Nick presents a selection of images from his travels and work. Check out his very impressive website at

"You can find beauty almost anywhere you look but you must learn how to see this beauty." As a child this was the first lesson my father taught me about art and life. His philosophy has stayed with me for the last three decades and continues to influence me as I work professionally in the medium of photography.

At present, I work with 12 different cameras (all within their own unique nicknames) and often will travel with up to 5 of them. When I see the vision of the photograph with my eyes it then becomes a task to find the perfect camera, film and glass (lens) to suit that vision. Each camera, film and piece of glass carries its own nuances and requires years of practice to master - an ongoing task for a lifetime. Creating this vision is at times both exhilarating and frightening and in my chosen subjects I often find myself in some of the most complex and at times dangerous spots on earth. And, of course, it doesn't help that my equipment is both very expensive and heavy (one camera exceeds 20 pounds in weight). But, I love all my cameras and their eccentric personalities and occasionally when the light leaks in or the lens is spotted with water I am presented with images that I love even more. I shoot on film almost exclusively and it may take months before I have time to develop rolls and see the end product. I believe this suspense of process is one of the most unique aspects of my medium. However, in a world where over 200,000 images are uploaded to Facebook every minute it becomes a profound experience to limit yourself to a roll of film that can only hold 20. I first see the world with my own eyes and then I look for the beauty using the eyes of my camera - my father's words have become my routine.

I am proud and honored to display my photographs alongside my fathers latest project. Over the past year we have discussed our concepts for this joint exhibition. This has been a great excuse to collaborate while undergoing the artistic process with each other. My father's series is an exploration of process - combining watercolor, ink and printmaking. Although he is familiar with all three mediums, putting them together as one has been a new and challenging experience for him. The finished images range from thought provoking to humorous and playful."

Current Gallery hours are Wednesday, Thursday and Friday, 11am to 5:30pm and Saturday 11am to 3pm. Additional hours are available by arrangement. For more information about the many and diverse programs and projects of Plumas Arts call the staff at 283-3402.