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May 26, 2012
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Art Obsessions | Artists 'live' in Downtown Truckee

TRUCKEE, Calif. — Acclaimed artists Geraldine Arata and Donna Covey will demonstrate their talent at Art Obsessions Gallery andamp; Wine Bar Saturday and Sunday, May 26 and 27, 2-6 p.m. Donna Covey will share her approach to creating paintings with vivid expressive color. Geraldine Arata will demonstrate how she executes the human face in oil paints, using the Native American as her model.The Contemporary Fauve Expressionist style of Donna Covey is a blend of bright color, solid design and images that impart a sense of place and mood. Covey creates a visual relationship using the elements of design to evoke an emotional connection for people who view her work.“It’s all about relationships in both life and in art. The common denominator is making connections, visual and emotional,” said Covey. “My process in creating paintings is not spontaneous. I like knowing where I’m going so I begin by isolating and cropping photo images of selected buildings to make a strong design statement and then add splashy color and include a little whimsy.”Covey, who lives in Truckee part-time, has been painting scenes of the Truckee-Tahoe area. Her first Truckee Series paintings “Truckee Old Jail’” and “Truckee Ambiance” sold the same day they came into the gallery. She has since added to the collection by painting “Truckee’s Cook’s Building” and “Tahoe Biltmore.” During her showcase at the gallery she will work on a current piece, “The Truckee Hotel.”“I want to make people smile and make connections by painting places that people remember fondly,” said Covey.Arata is a classical realist who specializes in figurative art. She is drawn to the mystical, magical side of human nature and has produced a series of paintings entitled “Gods andamp; Goddesses” that portray Greek/Roman sculpture figures. Her latest series “Faces of the First People” are stunning paintings of Native American warriors.“As an artist I have found that I never know where my inspirations will lead me. I am intrigued by myths and legends of mankind. I was inspired by the beautiful surroundings and history of Truckee and its indigenous people,” said Arata. “The Native American Indian people have a spiritually rich culture. Every aspect of their native costumes has an elaborate opulence of design and deep meanings that have been passed on from generation to generation. Their faces, and sometimes use of paint, are powerful images.“It is my belief that this culture will bring wisdom and insight into my own life which I hope to communicate to others.”Wine and appetizers will be served to compliment your art experience. Art Obsessions Gallery andamp; Wine Bar is located in Historic Downtown Truckee, 10052 Donner Pass Road. Gallery hours are Sunday through Thursday, 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.; Friday and Saturday, 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Visit www.artobsessions.com or call 530-550-9688 for information.

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Tahoe Daily Tribune Updated May 26, 2012 01:31PM Published May 26, 2012 01:22PM Copyright 2012 Tahoe Daily Tribune. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.