Artist Shares Her ‘Whiskeytown Sketchbook’


What: Bay Area Artist’s ‘Sketchbook Images of Whiskeytown’ on Display

When: May 21 to Jul 24

Public Reception: Friday (May 21), 5 to 8 p.m.

Where: Whiskeytown National Recreation Area, Visitor Center

Contact: Sheila Edridge, Artist-in-Residence Coordinator 530-396-2353

Bay Area artist Jan Wurm will display images from her “Whiskeytown Sketchbook” at an upcoming exhibition at the Whiskeytown National Recreation Area Visitor Center.  Wurm produced the images during her stay last summer in the Artists Cabin at Whiskeytown.  The immediacy of the artwork, and spontaneity of technique, will bring back fond memories of a warm summer’s day at the beach.

Jan Wurm, a Berkeley resident and art instructor at the University of California, Berkeley Extension, graduated from The Royal Academy of Art in London.  She has had extensive solo and group exhibitions, including at the California Modern, San Francisco and Berkeley Public libraries; exhibitions in New York, Chicago, London and Berlin.  She has lectured and participated on multiple art panels, and her work is included in many public and private collections, including The Arts Museums of San Francisco, California Palace of the Legion of Honor, New York Public Library, Children’s Hospital of Oakland, Archive Verein der Berliner Berlin.

Wurm’s artwork is affectionate and warm.  Within her “Whiskeytown Sketchbook” you will see her love of nature, and her love of people.  She is masterful in the way she approaches each new subject or topic.  This mastery enables her to be prolific while still infusing a strong artistic connectedness to each piece.

Jan Wurm’s “Whiskeytown Sketchbook” will be on display at the Whiskeytown National Recreation Area Visitor Center May 21st through July 24th.  A public reception for the artist will be held at the Visitor Center on Friday, May 21st from 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.

In addition to the “Whiskeytown Sketchbook” three North State authors will be available to discuss their books:  Max Walter, who wrote North State Singletrack, a book often referred to as the mountain biker’s Bible.  Peter Edridge, author of Burning Bears Fall From the Sky, a newly released book that discusses the trials and tribulation of an urbanite relocation from the Bay Area to a mountainside in Shasta County; and Al Rocca, who will be available to discuss his multiple books on the North State, and will provide a preview of a book he is currently working that discusses the building of Whiskeytown Dam and the creation of Whiskeytown National Recreation Area.

The Whiskeytown Visitor Center is located on the corner of Highway 299 West and Kennedy Memorial Drive, with reduced hours during the winter months. Beginning May 31 it is open from 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.  For more information, please call (530) 246-1225.

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