As part of the Tuolumne County Arts Alliance’s 44th birthday party from 3 to 8 p.m. Saturday, artist-in-residence Sarah Anne Graham will open a new show, “Paper, Print and Painting,” at the George Post Community Gallery.
A reception for her will be held from 5 to 8 p.m. Saturday at 251 S. Baretta St. on the historic Sonora Dome campus. Wine and desserts will be served.
The exhibit will continue through Sept. 13.
Graham said her latest works come from one series and originate with one image. They are of a woodland scene, carved on wood and printed on various watershed, soil and vegetation taxonomy maps throughout the Northwest.
“Once the woodcut was transferred onto these maps, it was then colored on and cut through, using paper cutting techniques to give the illusion of lace,” she said. “This process was done to express the fragility of our local ecosystems, and the role that conservation plays in managing our natural environments.”
Other works are based on various themes indicative of Tuolumne County’s past and present, its nature, drought, fire and culture, she said.
Graham also will demonstrate print making on Saturday and take signups for new classes in print making at KASA Arts Academy later in the fall.
Graham, a resident of Sonora, graduated from Oregon State University with a bachelor of fine art degree in painting-printmaking in 2003.
She is twice published in CALYX, a collection of women’s literary and art work. Her work focuses on landscape paintings, but also incorporates landscapes into still life and other media.
Graham’s art has been exhibited throughout the Pacific Northwest, the South and New Zealand.
The Arts Alliance’s birthday party, held in partnership with the Sonora Lions Club, will run from 3 to 8 p.m. Barbecued hot dogs, birthday cake and live music by the Brothers Strong and Co. will be featured from 4 to 6 p.m. at the adjacent Lions Club Park. Guests should bring their own chairs.
Admission Saturday is free, with donations benefiting the alliance’s art projects.
The Tuolumne County Arts Alliance was founded as the Central Sierra Arts Council in 1970 by Carl Wirth, Dorothy Sylwester, Max Hagameyer and others “to promote the arts and arts education in Tuolumne County, thereby enriching the lives of its residents and visitors.” Their inaugural venture was the Sonora Bach Festival.
For more information, call the alliance at 532-2787 or visit www.tuolumnecountyarts.org.