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Beauty is as Beauty Does… Meet Grace Mack

posted Aug 30, 2016, 1:16 PM by Kristin Snell   [ updated Sep 1, 2016, 12:06 PM ]

by Diana Pasquini, San Juan Ridge Family Resource Center

Those who travel Oak Tree Road’s grassy corridor have been witnessing the evolution of Oak Tree Park’s drab pump house into a vibrantly colorful work of art. Local artist Grace Mack is the creatrix of this brilliantly uplifting transformation. As founder and sole proprietor of Gem Visuals, Grace designs and paints on any medium, including hats, clothing, canvases, and metal. However, she admits that, “At the moment my thing is murals.”

Originally from New Orleans, Grace and her family fled the ravages of Hurricane Katrina when she was 15 years old. Scars of that experience remain with her. “We lost everything. It destroyed the whole neighborhood.” Grace now has a painting hanging in the community art show at the North Columbia Schoolhouse that is “dedicated to the City of New Orleans and its indomitable spirit.” She will be at the Schoolhouse’s Artists’ Reception from 6-8pm on September 1st, and is looking forward to meeting her neighbors. “I want to meet the community and I want the community to meet me.”

Relocating to Nevada County in 2009, Grace has made her home on the San Juan Ridge for the past three years. “I’ve been thinking about painting a mural in this county for about two solid years. I’m really inspired by this place.”  Grace approached Oak Tree Park’s Board of Directors and asked permission to paint the pump house, providing all materials, her talents, and expertise pro bono.  The board wisely accepted her offer and has since commissioned her to paint a mural on the walls of the Community Library, as well. “Since I’ve been painting this I’ve met so many awesome members of the community and I’ve met several people who have offered me opportunities to paint more murals in the immediate future. I’m so excited!  My goal, and the way it seems to be working out, is to just not stop painting.”

To learn more about Grace Mack’s work, access her website: gemvisuals.com or her gemvisuals Facebook page. Grace can also be  reached at 775.842.1394, but responds only to texts.

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