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Alpine Arts offers exhibit and crafts

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The Alpine County Arts Commission will host a Christmas Art Exhibit and Crafts Boutique this weekend, Dec. 5 and 6.

The exhibit runs Saturday, Dec. 5, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., with an opening reception for the artists, which is open to the public, from 4 to 5 p.m.

On Sunday, Dec. 6, the exhibit is open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. The exhibit takes place at the Turtle Rock Park Community building, two miles north of Markleeville on State Route 89.

Regional artists will display arts and crafts for sale. Works include Washo beadwork by Carmen Jones and Carol Galbin, handmade wooden bowls by Kristi Hamilton, fabric work by Marie Bravo, Guatemalan handicrafts and ceramics.

Regional artists Barbara Beaudreau, Jan Howard, Vienna Colodsin and Barbara Garbin, all from the Arts of Bear Valley group, use nature as a theme of departure in watercolors as well as oils. Garbin’s work in the genre of Western art have garnered worldwide acclaim. Paintings of natural beauty by Greg Drinkwine of Gardnerville capture the essence of the Sierra and the Carson Valley.

Dick James, chairman of the Alpine County Arts Commission, specializes in photographs of the Sierra Nevada and the Gold Country. His work has appeared in California tourism materials used worldwide, a California textbook for social studies, “At a Glance Worldwide Calendar 1999” and National Geographic is reviewing his photos of bird watching sites in the Tahoe/Reno area for an upcoming article. He will have photos, cards and calendars for sale. Dianne Lipscomb, executive director of the Arts Commission and a professional artist and teacher, will exhibit monotypes and drawings, and arts commissioner Jim Lyons will have pen and ink drawings.

This event is made possible, in part, with a grant from the California Arts Council, a state agency.

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