newsletter   may   2013

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NCArts Salon Series
"Engage the Arts"
Dave Riddles
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As I write this months comments, I am grateful for the rain we are receiving and I am grateful for living in Nevada County. Along with the remarkable scenic beauty (which many of our Visual Arts members capture in their work), I am constantly astonished at the depth and breadth of our collective commitment to the Arts. It's not just the established organizations with great staffs and boards of directors - it's all the individual performers, writers and visual artists that share with us all their passions. It's so diverse and so rich. Those of us who volunteer our time to support this reality know how delicate the balance between success and failure can be.


Being able to support yourself as an Artist is an age-old challenge. Nevada County Arts has recognized this need and continues to focus its efforts on supporting and promoting all the Arts in Nevada County. One of the ways we support our local artists is by providing them with access to knowledge and experience that can help lead the way for the next success. This month we are presenting the first presentation in our Salon Series. Internationally known artist Christine Hayman will speak about her path to success and how she achieved her place as an artist in demand in galleries in major markets. Please join us for this event at the Center for the Arts on May 14 at 7pm and gain insight on what it takes to be a working artist.


We are also supporting our youth and are among the several sponsors of "Engage the Arts" NU ART night on May 17 at the 5:30pm at Miner's Foundry. We have all heard about the long term studies acknowledging the connection between Arts education and success in school and in life. Here is another chance to show how we come together as a community with a deep foundation in the Arts. Help Nevada County Arts help our schools.


Nevada County Arts is your local representative to the California Arts Council. Our mission is to facilitate collaborative efforts that promote and sustain the visual, literary and performing arts of Nevada County in order to advance the cultural, social and economic life of our community. If you love the Arts like we do, join our organization and help us support All the Arts in Nevada County.

If you would like to support Nevada County Arts by becoming a member, click here - it's only $35 a year, or 10 a day!


Jon Blinder, President of the Board
Nevada County Arts

"Being in Dreaming", by Chris Hayman - 60" x 60", oil on canvas


NCArts Professional Artists' Salon Series - Christine Hayman on May 14


Nevada County Arts is offering a new Professional Artists' Salon Series to be held at the Center for the Arts beginning on May 14th.


The Salon Series is a series of talks by professional artists who make a sustainable living in the world of art, showing and selling their work. If you would like to take the leap to becoming a full time working artist, come and find out how these artists have achieved their dream. These selected artists have agreed to share their knowledge in the art of self-promotion, gaining access to galleries and finding the right market place for their art.


The first salon will take place on May 14th, from 7-9pm and will feature painter Christine Hayman. Chris's work is in galleries around the country including New York, Washington DC, Atlanta, and many more. She will share her amazing abstract paintings and tell you how she came to be collected by major corporations and collectors around the globe. You can view her work at


Register here for Christine Hayman's presentation. 


This series is presented by NCArts, in our ongoing efforts to educate, inform and support the artists of Nevada County.   


Upcoming Salon Series presenters will be:

June 5th - Jude Bischoff (

June 18th - Richard Downs (

July 9th - Solomon Bassoff and Domenica Mottarella (


You will be receiving eBlasts shortly for each of these presentations and will be able to register online.


The advance admission for each event in the series is $15 general admission, $10 for NCArts members and free for students with valid student ID. The price at the door will be $20 general admission and $15 for NCArts members. If you have any questions about the Salon Series, contact Jude Bischoff at or 760-668-9408.



Work by Nevada Union High School art students



"Engage the Arts": An Interactive Event to Benefit the NUHS Visual Arts Department   


Nevada Union High School's visual arts department needs this supportive community and generous grants to maintain their high school's superior art program.

On Friday, May 17th from 5:30 - 9pm at the Miner's Foundry,  NU ART (the non-profit created by Nevada Union teachers and parents to supplement all visual arts classes) will be hosting "Engage the Arts." This is a benefit with all profits going directly to art supplies and field trips for the students. The event includes student artist pieces for sale in a silent auction gallery room, hands-on art booths (where guests can complete several art projects) a variety of live music (featuring student musicians and local performers) wine and beer tasting, appetizers, and a wide array of raffle and other auction items.

This is an energetic evening that will leave guests feeling inspired by the quality of work produced, and also reassured that the arts are thriving in our schools, despite drastic budget cuts. An art education matters not only in the development of the individual child, but also is invaluable to the culture of our small, creative community.

Support the arts! NCArts is proud to be a sponsor of this event and we encourage all of you to attend and support the arts in education.

Advance tickets are available for purchase at the Miner's Foundry, J.J. Jackson's, the Bookseller, Briar Patch, and online at, and Admission is $20 for adults, and $15 for children. Tickets will also be available at the door

Dave Riddles - Bassoon-man Extraordinaire 


Focus on a Member: Dave Riddles  


In the local musical world, if you want a bassoonist, or player of pretty much any woodwind instrument, Dave Riddles just might be your man. Though officially retired, Dave is busier than ever, and not always with the mainstream activities of his 40 year career.


Californian by birth, Dave found his way to LA, hotbed of musical diversity, after earning his Masters and teaching university in the Mid-West. He was Principal Bassoon with the Joffrey Ballet, played frequently with the LA Phil, and was Principal Bassoon of the Pacific Symphony - but he has been heard by millions more in over 700 movie and numerous television scores. You heard him, without knowing it, in Indiana Jones, WALL-E, King Kong, Meet the Fockers, The Color Purple, and Spider-Man, The Incredible Hulk, Murder She Wrote, The Rockford Files, not to mention nine years of The Simpsons.


Moving to Nevada County in 2006, he continued commuting to Hollywood as one of the most sought-after bassoon-men in the business, until the allure of retirement and the draw of his Harley became irresistible.


He plays a lot of bassoon locally with Foothill Chamber Winds, with InConcert Sierra, and in the pit, invisibly, for Sierra Stages and other musical productions.


As a sideline, during those long idle moments during recording sessions, Dave drew weird cartoons poking fun at the life of the studio musician. The cartoons, drawn on "Tacet" sheets (which tell an instrumentalist when he does not play) are now enshrined in "Tacet Art", a 290 page book embellished by the text of satirist and fellow bassoonist John Steinmetz.


When not "sitting around waiting for ideas to slide by", Dave delights in playing the Uilleann Pipes, the national bagpipe of Ireland, notably with the Celtic Kitchen Band.


For more about Dave Riddles and "Tacet Art" go to


The mission of Nevada County Arts is to promote and sustain the visual, literary and performing arts of Nevada County in order to advance the cultural, social and economic life of our community.

If you have ideas about how we might better serve you - the artists and arts organizations of Nevada County - we would love to hear from you! Please email us at  


Please forward this newsletter to anyone who shares your interest in the arts; and if you are not already a member of NC Arts we hope you will become one. Working together we can continue to increase the vibrant energy of the arts in our community!



Top Artwork, left to right:  

Katherine Schad at Broad Street Bistro
Christine Hayman at NCArts Professional Salon Series

Jude Bischoff at The Center for the Arts