OROVILLE — Brushstrokes Art Studio and Gallery is a place that brings together artists and art enthusiasts.
“The idea is to attract like-minded people who are interested in developing aesthetic sensibilities. So it’s a stimulating place that’s focused on creativity. People come in and appreciate the beauty and appreciate the efforts of the people who create fun things to watch,” said Dave Tamori, Brushstrokes teacher and president of Artists of River Town, the nonprofit that owns the studio.
Opened in August 2016 by Ted Hanson, a retired Ishi Central and Middle School teacher, along with his wife Robin and fellow retired teacher and artist Debbie Peck, Brushstrokes remained privately owned until ART assumed ownership and management in February 2019.
Hanson said it was his “dream to open a studio downtown where community members of all ages could come and learn about drawing and painting techniques.”
“The art gallery was added to allow local artisans to showcase their artistic creativity, and another benefit was that the artwork displayed added aesthetic value to the studio,” Hanson said.
The gallery is resplendent with the work of over 50 local artists, including Bill Abel, Forest Wong, Jim Halsey, Wayne Wilson and Rex Burress.
Art runs the gamut from oil, acrylic and watercolor paintings, to photography, prints, jewelry, ornamental gourds, art greeting cards and ceramics .
“Many different styles are represented in the gallery, from figurative to avant-garde. It’s constantly evolving,” Tamori said.
Since the studio opened, local artists like Anna Olsen, Jill Ferris and Beatrice Ritcher have offered painting lessons to the public. The studio and the artists are also available to organize private artistic evenings for adults and children. While classes have been restricted due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Tamori said they are starting to resume.
“Lessons and private parties are what help keep the gallery going,” Tamori said.
The gallery’s studio space is also open to artists. For $5, artists can enter the studio with their supplies and work.
“When they work here, they are part of the environment. This adds interest and value to the studio and gallery and the open studio allows artists to get feedback on their work. The idea is to network in a positive and creative atmosphere,” Tamori said.
People from locals to tourists come to visit the gallery to appreciate and buy the art. Tamori said many of the out-of-town visitors are artists who exhibit and sell their work at similar community galleries in other cities.
“The gallery attracts people who are interested in arts and culture. The gallery reflects the culture of our region and enhances the culture of our region. We recognize the importance of culture and the gallery and studio reflect this appreciation. It adds to and enhances the whole positive view we have of our city,” Tamori said.
The gallery staff is made up of volunteer guides and ART members.
All of the artists who exhibit and sell their work are members of ART, although many of the nonprofit organizations, which have nearly 60 members, are not artists themselves. They are simply “art lovers”, Tamori said.
Annual membership is $50 for adults and $10 for students in grades eight through twelfth. Members have the right to have their art exhibited in the gallery and to be included on the gallery’s website.
Brushstrokes is located at 1967 Montgomery St. and is open 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday. For more information on Brushstrokes and ART classes and activities, visit them on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/Brushstrokesartstudioandgallery, email [email protected] or call 530-781 -3849.