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"Girl Stories" Photographic Narratives by Grace Pieper
Opening Reception - Friday, January 26th, 5-8pm
Fine Art, Food Wine & Live Music by Gregory S. Young

Artists' Studio in the Foothills (ASiF)
Visual Arts Center of Nevada County
940 Idaho Maryland Road, Grass Valley, CA 95945 
530-274-7000 / 530-210-3162   www.asifstudios.com

Contact: Amanda Paoletti, Owner, Director
530-210-3162 amandapaoletti.asif@gmail.com   
Additional photos/JPG images available upon request

The Artists' Studio in the Foothills (ASiF) is thrilled to announce its Spring 2018 Gallery Show, Girl Stories - a collection of narrative photographic collage works by Nevada City artist, Grace Pieper .

On Friday, January 26th from 5 - 8pm, the center invites the public to celebrate this special exhibit with fine art, food, wine and live music by jazz and classical pianist, Gregory S. Young.

Girl Stories... Narratives in Photographic Collage
Grace Pieper, a Nevada City, California native, began her work in the photography Department at Nevada Union High School working under Photographer-Instructor, David Arnold. Pieper's 2017 participation in Nevada Union's Annual Art Show, which exhibited at the Miner's Foundry in downtown Nevada City, brought local recognition for her narrative photographic works.

Pieper's current body of work contains hand cut imagery from vintage publications, combined with drawing and the obvious use of modern photographic techniques such as scanning and photoshop. The pairing of antiquated images and modern techniques in this work creates  a sense of error in chronicling -   an anachronism which leaves the viewer in a kind of timeless limbo. "Girl Stories" takes inspiration from main stream print media of the 1950's - '70's with a youthful narrative that compares the persona of women and girls from then to now.

Piper shares, "I've always enjoyed combining drawing and other media with photographic images. It's been a hobby of mine for years to collect classic vintage magazines such as National Geographic and use the images in my work. My favorites are of women from the 1950's - '70's. I have a subconscious draw to women of those decades. I'm fascinated with the fashion and personality of women during those times".

Also on display in the main gallery is a retrospective exhibition entitled From then to Now , Photographs by internationally acclaimed photographer Sean Duggan - and in the Foothills Ceramic Art Museum (FCAM), a new exhibition entitled,  Repeat Customer , featuring a display of six California ceramicists' works which are part of museum collector, Ken Underwood's 700 piece permanent collection of internationally acclaimed ceramic art works.

Girl Stories &  From Then to Now will be on display now through April 21, Repeat Customer, now through March 31. ASiF Gallery hours are Tuesday through Saturday, 11am - 4pm. 

About ASiF...
The Artists' Studio in the Foothills (ASiF) is a 4000 square foot - fully equipped studio art center which opened its doors in 2008, offering classes and workshops in a variety of media for all ages, private and shared studio space for working artists, a gallery to promote local and visiting artists, and an internationally acclaimed ceramic art museum with a permanent collection of over 700 pieces. The center's mission is to nurture the creative spirit of the community, providing a place where are can be made, displayed and appreciated.

ASiF is home to more than 20 studio artists and instructors, offering classes for adults and children in drawing, painting, printmaking, encaustics, mosaics, jewelry, metal arts, pottery, sculpture and mixed media. 

ASiF is located at 940 Idaho Maryland Road, in Grass Valley.  For more information go to  www.asifstudios.com.

Who: Grace Pieper, Photo Collage Artist
What: Opening Reception, Fine Art, Food, Wine & Live Music
Where: ASiF Studios, 940 Idaho Maryland Road, Grass Valley, CA  95945  
When: Friday, January 26th, 5-8pm
Contact: Amanda Paoletti, 530-210-3162 /  amandapaoletti.asif@gmail.com

Artists' Studio in the Foothills - Nevada County Visual Arts Center
940 Idaho Maryland Road, Grass Valley, CA  95945  530.274.7000 
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