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Blue Line Gallery shines spotlight on members

By: Staff Report
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Hundreds of guests celebrated the opening of the Blue Line Gallery’s “The Long and The Short of It” membership exhibit Jan. 17, to the tunes of the band Breez at Roseville’s 3rd Saturday Art Walk. The show’s theme, “The Long and The Short of It,” inspired some creative new approaches from the 107 participating member artists. The gallery walls showcased mostly short and tall fine art pieces, including all varieties of painting, printmaking, photography encaustic and collage. These are punctuated with large pieces selected through lottery, as well as 20 pieces of sculpture. Most works are for sale and the variety of sizes and styles presents a broad range of options for art collectors. Roseville Arts board member Rashida Lilani introduced the awards ceremony Saturday by welcoming visitors to the Blue Line Gallery, which is celebrating its first anniversary on Feb. 1. Cash awards were then presented to the following artists: Best of Show, Frederick Herschleb for his textured watercolor, “Force of Nature” and Juror’s Pick, Annie Murphy-Robinson for her charcoal drawing, “Casey with Red Ball.” Merit awards went to Diane Ruhkala Bell for her metal textured lace dress, “Waiting and … Waiting for the Wedding;” Elaine B. Rothwell for her large abstract oil, “Picnic;” Noel Sandino for her bold acrylic, “My Paradise;” and Philip Sargent for his woodturned cottonwood burl winged bowl. Honorable Mention awards went to Steve Dillon for his photograph, “Rainbow Euca-lyptus;” Barbara Killeen for her watercolor, “Hachiya Persimmons;” Michael Murphy for his collage, “Perception of Reality #4: 1960 Stanford Binet;” and Rick and Janet Nicholson for their Renewal Floor Lamp, a sophisticated fixture made of blown glass and hand-forged steel. One last award, Staff’s Choice, Theme award went to Joe Strickland for his playful mixed-media piece, “Long Short Story.” “The Long and The Short of It” continues at the Blue Line Gallery through March 13. Located at 405 Vernon St. in Roseville, the gallery offers revolving art exhibits and art-related programs for children and youth. The gallery is open and free to the public, Tues-Fri, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Saturdays 1-8 p.m.and until 9 p.m on the 3rd Saturday of every month. Free parking is conveniently located in the overhead parking garage. For more information about programs and upcoming exhibitions, see www.rosevillearts.org.