Click to Enlarge Shannon Litz/The R-C Nancy
Clark holds "Afternoon Light." "Sierra Turquoise" is hanging on the wall behind
her at the East Fork Gallery.
Local artist's work shown in S.F. by
April 5, 2006
Nancy Clark's original oil paintings will
be part of the collection to be shown at the Celebration of Western Art in
conjunction with the Grand National Rodeo at the Cow Palace in South San
The Carson Valley artist has three western
landscapes in the show. The dates are Friday, April 7 through April 15. There is
a reception and wine tasting for the artists on opening night, this Friday. The
art show will be open throughout the full rodeo period.
Clark was invited to submit her work on the
artist pages of the Women Artists of the West Web site. So far there are five
other WAOW painters and one WAOW bronze sculptress in the show.
WAOW also has a show at the Hart (silent
movie star) Ranch Park in Newhall, showing in conjunction with the Santa Clarita
Cowboy Festival, April 27 to April 30. There will be a WAOW reception Thursday
night, with Cowboy Poets and musicians. There is another WAOW reception Saturday
afternoon with the Wildlife Waystation, to whom WAOW donates part of the
proceeds from the show.
Clark's art education has been an ongoing
experience. It started with elementary school art projects, a smattering of high
school art classes, and then two years of liberal arts; finally she majored in
art at the University of Illinois. That curriculum was a combination of
painting, drawing, sculpture and graphic arts. Before completing a degree, she
left to marry and "create" a family, taking a few art classes at local colleges
and doing a few paintings at home.
"I started taking painting classes at the
California Art Institute in Westlake Village, Calif.," Clark said. "Here I
learned the importance of value, color and technique. I was finally able to
paint whatever scene I wanted."
She painted three or four days a week for
five years, but then learned to pace herself to produce fewer, higher-quality
paintings. The majority of her paintings are California scenes; including the
Eastern Sierra, Mother Lode, Los Oivos and Figueroa Mountain, Malibu Creek State
Park and the Santa Monica Mountains, Big Sur and Yosemite. She has also
experienced and painted Jackson Hole and the Grand Tetons, Yellowstone, Grand
Canyon, Mesa Verde and the Taos Pueblo.
"Currently, I have paintings in the Brewery
Arts Center Gallery in Carson City, and the East Fork Gallery in Gardnerville,"
Clark said. "I have also had paintings in the East Side Gallery in Mammoth
Lakes, Calif., Yosemite Museum Gallery, Mountains to the Sea Gallery in Malibu,
Calif., the Sierra Pacific Corporate Offices in Reno, Genoa Gallery and Coffee
House in Genoa, the Ansel Adams Gallery in Lee Vining, Calif., the River Gallery
in Reno, The Record-Courier offices in Gardnerville, The Valhalla Grand Hall in
the Tallac Historic Site in South Lake Tahoe, Calif., the Reagan Presidential
Library in Simi Valley, Calif., the Hart Ranch Park Gallery in Newhall Calif.
and the Nevada State Library and Archives."
Clark is a member of The Nevada Artists
Association, The Carson Valley Artists Association and an associate of The Women
Artists of the West.