Kirk Neiberger calls himself The Inkist because black ink is the primary medium for his art, although he might add a dab of color for a highlight. As a young man, the artist fell in love with etchings but could not afford the necessary supplies. So, he decided that the next best substitute was pen and ink drawing. Upon retiring as a trial lawyer, he reconnected with this second love, creating art through his pen, ink and watercolor. Neiberger will be featured at Sutter Creek Gallery during the month of December. The exhibition opens on Saturday, December 4, with a reception from 2 to 5 p.m.
Most of Neiberger’s work is from his own photos, which he shoots at home and abroad during what he calls “photo safaris.” He particularly loves to interpret local images and scenes, both historical and common place. There is nothing more satisfying to the self-taught artist than having a stranger connect with one of his drawings to the point of buying it to take home or give as a gift. “As I get older, I truly like the idea of my art getting out into the world and being enjoyed by others,” he said. “It’s a legacy that will certainly outlive me, and I find that quite appealing.”
Since this is now holiday time, gallery artists have stocked the space with one-of-a-kind gift items for your loved ones. Our artistic elves have also created seasonal cards, some sold in packs of four or more. Plaid Friday, November 26, kicks off the holiday season locally, with merchants providing discounts for those wearing plaid. Sutter Creek Gallery is offering a coupon for 20% off one framing order. Wear your plaid when you visit us at 40 Main Street, Sutter Creek, to receive a coupon with no expiration date. In December we have added a day to accommodate shoppers, so we will now be open Wednesday through Monday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. For information about the gallery, call 209-267-0228, email firstname.lastname@example.org, or visit our website, www.suttercreekgallery.com.