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“Off To See The Wizard” is one of the works that will be on display this Friday, April 1 during a reception for artist Chris Mehne. Photo submitted

Plumas Arts hosts reception for Chris Mehne this Friday

“Butterflies Dream”

Plumas Arts gallery at 525 Main Street in Quincy is featuring the work of Chris Mehne. An opening reception for his show will be held on Friday, April 1, from 5 to 7 p.m. at the gallery.

In the early 1970s after returning from Vietnam, where he served as an Army Medical Corpsman, Chris began his creative pursuits in a therapeutic capacity. During his travels, unable to pack around a hoard of painting supplies, he began his journey with embroidery. Recovering from a silent heart attack in February 2015, he had a realization that it was time to reignite the art within.  Returning to his beloved Plumas County in September, he began, what is to date, a 64-month odyssey in hand-embroidered works of art, calling this effort of needlework, Every Stitch Matters.

The original designs and images are drawn from a host of sources and ideas.  The larger pieces (14” to 18” hoops) can take up to 200 to 240 hours to complete, requiring great patience and a tremendous amount of needle threading!  Smaller, more detailed works and patches require splitting the six strand floss down sometimes to a single strand to achieve detail.

More information about Chris’s work can be found at plumasarts.org/April-2022. The Plumas Arts Gallery and office hours are Wednesday thru Friday, from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

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