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Retirement took a bit of getting used for Ann Westling, who has found her post-career bliss as a volunteer and member of The Nevada County Camera Club. After taking a photography class from area professional David Wong in hopes of learning how to properly use a newly purchased digital camera, Wong introduced her to the club.

“He said I might gain some insight and additional information on how to take better photos so I started going to meetings and I was immediately enthralled with the friendliness of the people and how open they were to sharing information on how to improve my photography,” said Westling. She soon found herself an active member and volunteer.

A piece of her work is among some 40 photographs on display now through April 16 in the Granucci Gallery at the Center for the Arts located at 314 W. Main Street in Grass Valley. The

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For Deborah Van Brunt, the organizer of Art in the Park, the artistic talent on display in University Park was a familiar sight.

But at this year’s event, she was stunned to see the array of fine pieces residents were creating.

On display March 4-6 were items from 58 artists of University Park, and the show also accepting artwork from University Park Country Club employees.

“We’ve had tons of new people move into the neighborhood,” Van Brunt said. “Many of them are artists, or people who decided to give this a shot. So, we’ve got lots of fresh, new styles represented. It’s so nice that art is something positive we can all come together to celebrate in society. That’s powerful, and I feel it is something we need so much.”

She said in 2020 and 2021, the exhibits often featured darker content, such as a series of pandemic-related photographs by

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The exhibit “Celebrate Photography — the best of Nevada County Camera Club” opens today.

The exhibit features photos by camera club members — from impressionistic to realistic, black-and-white to full color, displaying a range of styles indicative of the creativity found in Nevada County.

“As the first celebration of Photography Month Nevada County, we wanted to share our best at the newly renovated Granucci Gallery at The Center for the Arts,” said Rachel Rosenthal, president of Nevada County Camera Club, in a news release. “We are thrilled to share our photos with the community and hope all will enjoy the variety, creativity, expertise and beauty.”

“The center is excited to host the Camera Club in our newly renovated Granucci Gallery,” said Brynn Farwell, programs and gallery manager of The Center for the Arts. “The mission of the gallery is to provide a platform for artists in Nevada County to exhibit

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