newsletter   june   2013

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"Pages to Reel"
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Once again, NCArts is on the move. We have had two very successful Salon Series events that were well attended and well received. And there will be more. On June 18th, Richard Downs will share his experience and thoughts as to how one can sustain a career as a working artist. These events are fascinating glimpses into the worlds of artists who have taken their work to a level that allows them to live as artists and not as a something else/artist.


Our "Pages to Reel" series continues with a presentation of "A River Runs Through It", this Saturday at the Magic Theater. The film will be followed by a guided discussion regarding the meaning, symbols and impact of the novel. We hope to see you there as well.


NCArts will be beginning an ongoing presence at the Thursday Night Market in Grass Valley beginning July 11th. We will have a table that our members can utilize to present their collateral material. So....if you would like to see your materials at our booth each Thursday, you need to be a member (still so very inexpensive at $35 for most, a little higher for organizations) and we will happily present you to the passersby.


Lastly, we were able to coordinate a collaborative Ad in the Union's Annual Visitors' Guide and worked with the Union staff to create a "new and improved" Arts Directory for both the Western County and Truckee. This was a last minute endeavor, so we apologize if we missed someone, but take a look when this years guide is published by the end of June; and, if you would like to be in next years edition, let us know. We will be preparing this well in advance of next year's deadline.


Thank you for all your support, for your support of the Arts in Nevada County and please, as always, join us as we continue to create a collaborative environment to advance our collective cause. 


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

"Girl with Umbrella", by Richard Downs 

NCArts Professional Artists' Salon Series - Richard Downs on June 18th 


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. 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.

This third event in the salon features painter, printmaker and illustrator Richard Downs. As a commercial and fine artist, Richard has created editorial illustrations for most United States periodicals and newspapers ranging from Smithsonian Magazine to the New York Times and international organizations such as the International Monetary Fund and the United Nations publication divisions. He has received numerous awards for his work including the New York Society of Illustrators and American Illustration. A graduate of Art Center College of Design, he was a faculty member there for six years and currently is teaching editorial illustration practices in the Applied Art and Design department at Sierra College.


Richard's work was selected for the Crocker Art Museum's 2012 Art Auction where his monotype, "Couple #203" was auctioned at a record price for one of his works on paper. He will mount his 3rd Solo Exhibit of his work at the Red Dot Gallery in Sacramento in July 2013, and his work is profiled in the June/July 2013 issue of Sactown Magazine. His work can be viewed at     


Richard be talking about the importance of connecting to your audience. He will also describe his marketing approaches to both Illustration and Fine Art and getting the most out of an organized website - as well as using mailers, mailing lists, gift cards and self published books in your promotion.

He will discuss how his successful partnership with "The Sea Turtle Restoration Project" started out with his own personal and self directed artwork, created in response to the BP oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico.

Richard will also walk through several current illustration assignments from start to finish, show sketches, and discuss working with art directors and what you can expect during an illustration project.  


Register here for Richard Downs' presentation. 


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


The final event in the Salon Series presenters will be

Solomon Bassoff and Domenica Mottarella ( on July 9th. You will be receiving an eBlast shortly for this presentation 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.





"Pages to Reel": 'A  River Runs Through It' on June 15th 


"Pages to Reel" is a unique experience that combines the appeal of a book club with the opportunity to be a film critic.  In April, we kicked off this series with a sold-out screening of "On the Road" based on Jack Kerouac's novel of the same name.

On Saturday, June 15th, Nevada County Arts and the Magic Lantern Film Society will present their second installment of the series with a special screening of the Academy Award-winning film "A River Runs Through It" at noon at The Magic Theatre in Nevada City.

"A River Runs Through It" is an exceptional story of family dynamics, coupled with a visually stunning movie, making a perfect combination for the Pages to Reel book club," explains JoAnn Marie, of the Board Member of Nevada County Arts.

"A River Runs Through It and Other Stories" is a semi-autobiographical collection of three stories by author Norman Maclean. It is set in and around the city of Missoula in western Montana, and follows a Presbyterian family during the early 20th century filtering their lives through their passion for fly fishing.  In a review for the Chicago Tribune, critic Alfred Kazin stated, "There are passages here of physical rapture in the presence of unsullied primitive America that are as beautiful as anything in Thoreau and Hemingway".

The 1992 film, produced and directed by Robert Redford stars Craig Sheffer, Brad Pitt, Tom Skerritt, Brenda Blethyn, and Emily Lloyd.  The film won an Academy Award for Best Cinematography  and was nominated for two other Oscars (Best Music, Original Score and Best Adapted Screenplay).

After the film, attendees are encouraged to stay and take part in a discussion on the role and importance of cinematography in film led by Emmy-nominated local filmmaker Doug Bertran.  Bertran has worked as an Executive Producer, Producer and Director of Photography for media for National Geographic Television, Nat Geo Channels, NOVA, PBS Nature, Animal Planet, the Discovery Channel and the BBC.  He will discuss how cinematography, using lighting, framing, and camera movement, is the photographic heart of a screenplay.

Copies of the book A River Runs Through It can be purchased at Harmony Books and The Book Seller. 


Jerry Grant, Richard Altenbach and Mark Vance
of the Composers Cooperative


Focus on a Member: The Composers Cooperative  


The Composers Cooperative was founded in 1994 by composers Terry Riley, William Jay Sydeman and Howard Hersh. Jerry Grant, the Composers Cooperative's president, remarks "this group has seven annual concert events including Wet Ink, Meet the Composer Series at the Winery, Sound and Vision Film Festival, Command Performance, and the successful Young Composers Project in collaboration with Music in the Mountains".


"We all love the music of Bach, Beethoven and Mozart, not to mention Ellington, Miles Davis, the Stones and the Beatles but composing didn't stop there. It's our charge to encourage the creation and performance of new music."


The next concert being presented is Wet Ink. "Wet Ink is a big project for the Composers Cooperative, with music so new that the ink hasn't even dried yet!" exclaims Mark Vance, executive director for the Cooperative.


Wet Ink will be a feast of percussion, choral and chamber music this year. It's scheduled for July 1 as part of Music in the Mountains' SummerFest at the Amaral Center. New works from Nevada County composers Jerry Grant, Richard Altenbach, Toon Vandevorst and Vance will be premiered with help from Sacramento's Rootstock Percussion Trio, soprano Carrie Hennessey, the Composers Ensemble and the Music in the Mountains Chamber Choir. Also included on the concert are tasty percussion works from John MacCallum (Cal Berkeley faculty) Gao Wenjing (Beijing Conservatory faculty) and Steve Reich.


For more info about the Composers Cooperative and their programs visit or 

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!



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