Connecting the Dots

“Building relationships with both patrons and artists is our primary approach to customer service, with each playing a vital role in our sustained success,” says John Mowen, owner of the Mowen Solinsky Gallery in Nevada City, Calif. Located in a spacious 1870s building in the heart of one of the state’s best-­preserved historic Gold Rush towns, its modern interior features a unique mix of contemporary art.

Artist Profile: Raquel Stanek

Just under 10 feet high and crafted from tens of thousands of hand-cut glass pieces, Raquel Stanek’s captivating giraffe is but one of her intricately designed and assembled mosaic works. Bubbling with enthusiasm, Stanek loves talking about her imaginative animal art, which ranges from this towering commissioned sculpture to a larger-than-life zebra bust, a 7-foot-long pig and a menagerie of chickens, ducks, geese, deer and other critters with expressive personalities.