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Our Artist in Residence Program, sponsored by our affiliate member Ben Franklin,  continues this month with local artist Jerry Murphy.   The reception will be on August 25th, 4 pm-7 pm and all proceeds go directly to the artists.

Award winning artist Jerry Murphy was born in Ketchikan, Alaska and grew up in western Washington in a small town called Mukilteo. He has always been interested in art having come from quite an artistic family. Growing up, Jerry spent many hours in rainy Washington at the kitchen table going through stacks and stacks of paper doing pencil drawings. In 1976 Jerry began taking oil painting classes at Jordan Arts in Redwood City, California. He furthered his education in art through classes at the local colleges, attending various workshops, visiting many of the great art museums in Europe, going into every art gallery he happens upon and studying his extensive collection of art books and magazines.

Portrait of the artist by Maxine (Max) Ferry

Jerry has participated in many art shows in the San Francisco Bay Area winning numerous ribbons including Best of Show at the San Mateo County Fair in 1986. Along with his wife Arlene, Jerry moved to Nevada City, California in 1996. For the next five years they owned and managed the Nevada City Gallery where Jerry was able to display and sell much of his art. While at the gallery he also improved his picture framing skills and developed a dedicated clientele. After selling the gallery in 2001 Jerry has continued his picture framing business from his home.

Since moving to Nevada County Jerry has been painting with well-known artist and teacher Max Ferry. He has been consistently showing his work at the Nevada County Fair and has won first place awards in the Professional Oil Division and three times has won the Best of Show Award for the best Nevada County Scene. His work has been shown in venues such as Nevada City Summer Nights, the Draft Horse Classic, Sierra Festival of the Arts, California Arts League, the California Art Walk, Artisans Festival, Pioneer Arts and Victorian Christmas in Nevada City.

There are numerous collectors of Jerry’s art and he is enjoying wider interest as more of the art buying public become aware of his work.

Jerry primarily does representational art in oil, depicting local scenes, landscapes, people and animals. Among his favorite artists are Clark Hulings, James Fetherolf and Norman Rockwell.

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