JUly 2018 Plumas Arts Gallery Exhibit
Plumas Arts Gallery welcomes Randy Pew, logger turned artist
The Plumas Arts Gallery, located at 525 Main Street in Quincy, will host a reception Friday, July 13, 2018, from 5:00pm to 7:00pm featuring the imagined mountain landscapes of Randy Pew of Indian Valley.
Randy Pew is a well-known figure in Indian Valley, where he ran Pew Forest Projects for 38 years until management transitioned to his son, under the name of JNC Enterprises. His artistic side was discovered through his journey in recovering from life-threatening illness.
In the Fall of 2016 he was flown to Enloe Hospital with pneumonia, strep A and sepsis. Three more distressing hospital stays and another flight to the hospital followed. On his way through a difficult recuperation he was given exercises to help focus his mind and regain dexterity in his hands. The first was playing solitaire, the old-fashioned way, with a deck of cards.
In June of 2017 he became tired of the card game and started doodling on scraps of paper. Scenery began to take shape – trees, mountains, rocks, and boulders – he was, after all, a logger for most of his life. From there he bought a couple of drawing pads, experimented with colored pencils and dabbled in watercolor. But he has returned to what he likes best: black ink on artist paper. Most images are landscapes from his imagination, influenced, no doubt, from decades of working in the woods. Though Randy has had no formal training, his drawings bear witness to his love of the forest, and are often inhabited by wildlife such as an eagle in her nest or a bear hiding between rocks. Plumas Arts gallery director Lori Davis says, “What really shines through about Randy’s work is how thoroughly he has observed his subject matter. There is a palpable sense of place in each pine, or snag, or ridge top that he draws. It’s an amazing expression of a person’s years of experience and knowledge.”
Art has become the gift that he now carries through his days. When he feels he is getting depressed or down, he draws. The works settles and grounds him. Pew refers to his work as “art by a non-artist.” Prior to his “doodling” he had never drawn in his life. His family contends the ability to draw, like his recovery, were gifts as a result of prayer and his determination. For them it explains his ability to start drawing from pictures he “sees” in his mind, when a year ago he was not even aware that he could draw.
Although Randy was never planning on showing his work, this will be his second exhibition. The first was as the Artist of the Month at Crescent Country and now as the featured artist at the Plumas Arts Gallery.
The exhibit will hang at the Gallery until early September, 2018. The Plumas Arts Gallery and office hours are Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday from 11am to 5pm, and Saturday from 11am to 3pm. Please visit Plumas Arts on the web at www.plumasarts.org for more information about their programs, and to see the gallery exhibition schedule for 2018.