Category Archives: Seven Stars Gallery

October 16th Susan Suntree Poetry Reading

Susan returns to Seven Stars Gallery in Nevada City to read from her latest works of poetry. October 16th 2:30 PM 210 Spring St.

Susan Suntree is an award-winning poet, performer, and essayist whose recent books of poetry included Dear Traveler and the updated paperback and audiobook release of her non-fiction epic poem Sacred Sites: The Secret History of Southern California which won the Southern California Independent Booksellers Association Award for Nonfiction, the PEN Oakland Josephine Miles Award for Narrative Poetry, a Mellon Foundation Elemental Arts Award, and was a finalist for a Society of Voice Arts and Sciences prize. Other books include Eye of the Womb, also published in Madrid as a bilingual edition, El Ojo de la MatrizTulips, a bilingual chapbook of translations of poetry by Spanish poet Ana Rossetti; Rita Moreno, YA biography; Wisdom of the EastStories of Compassion, Inspiration and Love for which the Dalai Lama wrote the foreword.

Susan Suntree powerfully adds her work to the travel poem traditions of her Classical Japanese predecessors, Saigyō and Bashō. Dear Traveler is a Postmodern travel diary taking us on a journey through “a fevered civilization.” These poems shine with moments of quiet astonishment as they guide us into the interior of the self during these turbulent times. Her poems remind us ‘Your wild life is listening.’” -Alan Soldofsky

Oct 15th Reception for The Art of Barbara Miller Smith

There will be a celebration of Barbara Miller-Smith’s art during the month of October at the Seven Stars Gallery. The Gallery is Open Friday 10AM – 4:30 & Sat/Sun 10:00 AM – 5:00

Artist Reception on Oct 15th 2-6PM Free Event

Help Is On the Way: The Art of Barbara Miller-Smith

It’s hard to put a label on the work of Barbara Miller-Smith (1947-2022). Vibrant, Whimsical, Charming, Psychedelic, Colorful, Joyful, and Inspiring are words that come to mind. Barbara lived to paint, and painted to live, and her decades-long love affair with her art came to an end with her death in July of this year.

Barbara was born and raised in northern Indiana. In her mid-20s, she developed an interest in doodling elaborate drawings composed of tiny circles. This was an intense period of discovery and exploration.

In 1979, Barbara moved with her artist friends to Berkeley, California. In 1980, she landed on the San Juan Ridge, which was to be her home for the next 40 years. She became fully immersed in her art. She devoted herself to her painting, and she would paint chairs, tables, doors, floors, Styrofoam, rocks, and other objects, making them magnificent. Her style was reminiscent of Kandinsky (she had his artwork tattooed on the back of her hands), Klee, Matisse, Pollack, and Picasso, but her paintings were always explorations of her inner depths. Her acrylic and mixed media paintings tell stories of love and longing, worlds under the sea, and animals that wore human visages. Her work was informed by her travels to Mexico, Hawaii, Europe, and Southeast Asia, and the vibrancy of the natural world around her.

Despite years of chopping wood and gardening, she was always elegant and stylish, clothed in wonderful boutique and secondhand finds, and immaculate manicures and jewelry. She would have looked at home on Fifth Avenue in New York. Her paintings have been exhibited in Nevada City, Grass Valley, and North San Juan, and are on walls locally and – literally – all over the world