James and Geraldine Lawrence to be honored at reception
They are too modest to say so, but James and Geraldine Lawrence have been instrumental in getting people to pay attention to fine art in Carson Valley.
Their colleagues at the East Fork Gallery in Gardnerville are thanking the Lawrences for their many years of work by holding the group’s anniversary reception this Sunday in their honor.
“A Thousand Brushstrokes a lifetime of work,” will be held at the gallery located inside the Carson Valley Museum and Cultural Center, Highway 395 in Gardnerville, Sunday from noon to 5 p.m.
They were among the founding members of the EFG 19 years ago.
“Everyone is welcome to come and celebrate the gifts and talents of this extraordinary couple,” said publicity chair Jo Linda Smith.
The Lawrences moved to their Rock Creek Ranch home in Gardnerville in 1949, and have spent a lifetime in art.
James has had a number one-man shows and earned national recognition with his enormous flexibility as a watercolorist, Smith said, and Geraldine is not only an artist but a gifted teacher as well.
Geraldine has been painting since she was small. Her first show was put on by her sister, who charged three pins admission to their father’s den where the work was displayed.
“Why she charged three pins escapes me,” Geraldine said.
The East Fork Gallery, an artists’ cooperative, offers an anniversary reception once a year. The public is invited to view the work of the featured artist and eat fine hors d’oeuvres.
“People seem to enjoy the receptions,” Geraldine said. “We make very superior hors d’oeuvres. We always check people’s hors d’oeuvres-making capacity before we let them be members.”
Geraldine said the gallery sales have gone up every year.
“There are a lot more people who are interested in art (in the Valley),” She said. “We sell quite a lot.”
Geraldine has an impressive background in art education. She was supervisor of art instruction in San Mateo County, Calif., schools and taught art education for four years at San Francisco State University.
She taught 4-H art classes for 13 years here and was a leader in securing art education in Douglas County schools. She uses oils, acrylics and watercolor in her work.
James graduated from the University of California at Davis in landscape design and soon turned to the fields of photography and painting. For a number of years he operated his own studio in San Francisco, where he did advertising and commercial photography for leading West Coast and national Advertising agencies.
He has been a watercolorist since the 1930s. An ardent sportsman and conservationist, he has painted many landscapes and wildlife scenes.
James has exhibited in such cities as New York, Memphis, Chicago, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Sacramento, Portland, Seattle, Carson City, San Diego, Pittsburg and Las Vegas. He is a member of several national artists’ and photographers’ societies and was a member of the Nevada State Council of the Arts, 1967-71.
Their work will be on display at the gallery through Sept. 15. The gallery is open seven days a week, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. For information, 782-7629.
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