BLM hosts art exhibit highlighting local artists, Northstate beauty


REDDING, Calif. - Artists and photographers unveiled 16 pieces of art inspired by Northstate vistas in a reception at the Bureau of Land Management in Redding Thursday.

Fourteen paintings and two photography entries completed the exhibit encouraged by Redding area artist Marti Weidert.

The artists worked during the spring months in the BLM managed Sacramento River Bend Outstanding Natural Area north of Red Bluff, where they captured scenes of verdant meadows, vibrant wildflower blooms, scenic vistas and river rapids.

About fifty people attended the opening reception in the BLM Redding Field Office, including Robert Bird of Red Bluff, whose five shot panorama captured an Iron Canyon sunrise with the Coastal Range in the background.

"Because it's so wide open without everybody around you, there's lots of trails to go through lots of things to look at and see and it's such a really good example of what Northern California is," Bird said

The art will remain on display at the Redding BLM office until September.

The Sacramento River Bend Outstanding Natural Area is north of Red Bluff. Area residents and visitors enjoy hiking, horseback riding, river access, hunting, fishing and camping. The summer months are not as inviting, but the springtime setting was perfect for the artists who took part. "Thanks to the abundant rain last winter and spring, the artists had a wonderful diversity of landscapes to choose from," said BLM Redding Field Manager Jennifer Mata. "This partnership between the arts community and the BLM is a great way to connect people to their public lands." More information on access and recreation opportunities is available from the BLM Redding Field Office, (530) 224-2100 or visit their website here.
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