Enjoying Gourds

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Enjoying Gourds
By James Gutschmidt
November 17, 2016

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James Gutschmidt

Today, Saturday the 28th, I now understand why Mary Lou and I live where we do. From up here at 4000 feet, we see the distant clouds that lay like a lake 2000 feet above the Oroville valley below. The white capped Cascades, in a neat row, float above westward to northward, to where the arctic winds blow. The foreground valley is blanketed in a quilt of various shades of brown and white snow. The sun languishes, then sets in the west, sooo slow. The sky hangs, a clear sky blue, with a yellowish golden horizontal hew. All is still … the air is sooo cool. We may not be rich, but my God, what a view! Whew!

The vista described above can be viewed, minus the snow and cloud cover, in the archives of water color artist Jim Weaver at the following website: Jim Weaver – Paintings Sold and in Collections under the title “A Thousand Hills.”

“A Thousand Hills” – Watercolor by Jim Weaver

James and Mary Lou

James and Mary Lou

Oroville People – Karla Mann

by Dennis Peterson

Karla Mann

Oroville native Karla Mann, OHS class of 1963, has established herself in the top tier of wildlife artists and her work is stunning, beautiful, and so wonderfully natural. Karla’s passion for wildlife goes beyond art – she supports through her art the conservation of wildlife and habitat. Visit Karla’s galleries to see the natural world through her soul, and take a little pride in the success and talent of the people of Oroville.

Karla Mann
Wildlife Southwestern Portraits Paintings Photography

Alpha Male ~ Karla Mann Oil on Canvas

Alpha Male ~ Karla Mann Oil on Canvas

Yikes ~ Karla Mann Oil Painting. Canadian Lynx

Yikes ~ Karla Mann Oil Painting. Canadian Lynx

CV/BIO

Karla grew up in a small town in the state of Washington. Her passion for drawing started at a very early age. She continued as a self-taught artist until she entered Tidewater Community College in 1991, the same year her son entered College. After receiving an Associate of Fine Art with honors from TCC in 1994, she continued her education at Old Dominion University. She graduated Suma Cum Laude with a Bachelor of Fine Art degree in 1997. Karla has taught at the Visual Arts Center of Tidewater Community College in Portsmouth, Virginia, and currently teaches at the Contemporary Arts Center in Virginia Beach, Virginia.

The medium of choice for Karla is oil, but also works in colored pencil and graphite.

Karla has won numerous scholarships and national/international awards for her work. She has been published in the“Best of Colored Pencil, Vol. 5″ , the Daniel Smith Catalog, Art Wanted.com’s “Creative Minds” , and North Light Books “Strokes of Genius, Vol. 6”. Her commissioned and sold works are in collections from Italy to the USA.

Conservation of Wildlife

I feel it is important to find ways to preserve our wildlife for future generations. Many species on our planet struggle for survival because of habitat loss and poaching.
One of these is the snow leopard. It is hunted for its beautiful coat and without our help may become extinct in the wild. I support Snow Leopard Trust with a monthly donation, and for any painting of the snow leopard I sell, 10% of the sale price will go to Snow Leopard Trust.

Out Of The Shadows ~ Karla Mann Oil on Canvas. Bobcat

Out Of The Shadows ~ Karla Mann Oil on Canvas. Bobcat

Tree Lighting Caroling - Photo by Joanie Jones

Tree Lighting Caroling – Photo by Joanie Jones

Festivities begin at 5:00pm but come out early and visit with friends and shop!

The Okanagon International Chorus will be performing at the Oroville Christmas Tree Lighting at Centennial Park. The Tree Lighting is a beautiful event that drives away the Grinch, lifts the spirit, and spreads the joy of music. Please come out and celebrate this special holiday event. And sing your heart out!!

This and other dramatic and beautiful photos can be seen on John Lindsey’s Facebook page. Please visit and comment his fine photos.

John Lindsey Photo

John Lindsey Photo