During the month of July, the Art on the Divide Cooperative Gallery invites the public to view an exciting exhibition, “From Classic to Country,” spanning half of a century of Susan Polstra’s work and to meet the artist at the reception on Sunday July 8.
Thirty percent of Polstra’s July sales will be donated to the Divide Friends of the Arts and Historical Society Scholarship Fund.
Since childhood, art has been an important part of Polstra’s life. It was her older brother who showed her, at a young age, how to look for the shadows to delineate the line between light and the dark.
In high school, she had the ability to capture people’s likenesses in caricature form and was the artist for the Lowell High School newspaper.
At age 18, Polstra studied oils and life drawing at the University of Mexico. She minored in art and received her teaching credential in art and Spanish from San Francisco State University.
She began her professional career in art by selling her signature photographs of scenes of the Georgetown Divide and Sierra foothills at the People’s Mountain Market in Garden Valley.
She is currently focusing her painting on the people of the Georgetown Divide in their mountain and country environment.
People have always been her favorite subject matter, but lately Polstra has taken them a step further in portraying them in emotional settings using figures interacting with one another or by themselves.
A partnership in developing and maintaining the Art on the Divide Cooperative Gallery in Georgetown competes with her time to paint.