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Fine Art, Fine Folks

02/28/2009 04:00PM ● Published by Super Admin

What comes into some people’s minds when they hear Sun City? Do they imagine elderly men in brightly colored shirts riding in golf carts? Or is it a vision of blue haired ladies wearing lace collars playing bridge? Well think again! If you want to meet people who prove that the saying “50 is the new 30” is true...just hang out with members of The Artists of Timber Creek. “We’re not a bunch of old fogies slapping paint on canvas,” Bobbie Powell, the group’s publicist says. “We are professional artists bringing every media style to life.”

More than a decade ago, the Artists of Timber Creek began as the Sun City Art Club with 20 members. It has since grown to 150 members whom join together to learn about art, display their work, and sell art. The group’s talent and experience range from newly interested hobbyists to art professionals with lifelong careers in the field. They all work in concert for the betterment of their art studio and each other’s talent. Several artists offer classes throughout the year and share their specific knowledge for creating landscapes, portraits, still life and more.

The studio, located in the elegant Timber Lodge of Roseville’s Sun City, is transformed into a gallery on the first Saturday of every month. These “first Saturday” receptions feature a specific theme or individual artist, and are open to the public. It is the perfect occasion to meet and mingle with local artists, enjoy a glass of wine and see great art.

The artists also host their Annual Art Show each spring. Now in its 14th year, the show takes over Sun City’s Ballroom and fills it to the rafters with more than 300 paintings and works of art. The show also includes live music, a wine bar, and opportunity to meet the artists and discuss their work. This year jewelry, greeting cards, and stationary will be available for sale. As in past years, they will also raffle several original pieces. “This show is a collaborative effort and everyone has a part to play,” Dennis Carr, Chairman of the 2009 show says. “It’s a lot of work and a lot of fun.”

The group also believes in bringing art into local schools. All proceeds from the raffle, along with a percentage of the art sales, will help to educate kids on the importance of art. “We have been able to raise about $1,200 each year,” Powell says. “It is important to us that we contribute time and money to children’s art education.”

William Fatlowitz of Art Talks, located in Roseville, does framing for trade and commercial artists. He has been framing the work created by several of the Timber Creek artists for years, and says that he is quite impressed by the quality of their work. “The work of these artists is very good,” Fatlowitz says. “These pieces hold up next to professional art pieces.”

Artists of Timber Creek’s Annual Art Show takes place on Saturday, April 4 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., and on Sunday, April 5 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Sun City Roseville Ballroom. Join the fun and see the art, you won’t be disappointed. For more information, call 916-774-3888. •

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