newsletter   september   2013

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Focus on a Member: InConcert Sierra
Meet Your Local Author
"Pages to Reel": Remains of the Day
NCArts Member Opportunities
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Well that rain was a welcome event! The freshness in the air and the coming of Fall were evident throughout the community. We feel that same expectancy at NCArts. Our new programs are finding an audience, our connection to Arts Education is becoming clearer and more definitive and our new Board members have delivered a new energy that is always welcomed.

Our most significant collaboration this year is about to be revealed to the Arts Community. ART/OnSite is being inaugurated this Saturday September 7th at Robinson Plaza during the Nevada City Farmers Market. We are thrilled to have played a vital role in making this new, exciting and important art installation a reality. We see so many benefits, including the likely boost to Tourism and the economy. We anticipate that throughout the year, visitors will hear about the Tribute Trail and make this an important new reason to visit Nevada County. We look forward to the opening day ceremonies and to being a part of another extraordinary Nevada County Arts experience.

We are about to work on our website to make it more user friendly and more efficient. This is an ongoing process, as with most publicly utilized sites, and we are going to find ways to make it easier for all of you to utilize the site and help promote 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!


Until Next Month...see you at the Tribute Trail!!


Jon Blinder, President of the Board
Nevada County Arts

Photographer Richard Baker's ART/OnSite project involved installing cameras along the Tribute Trail        



ART/OnSite Opening Celebration on September 7th   

ART/OnSite will present an opening celebration in Robinson Plaza at the Nevada City Farmer's Market at 10:30am on Saturday, September 7. 


Speakers will include Nancy Fleming, chair and Nancy Nelson, vice chair, ART/OnSite; Sally Harris, mayor of Nevada City; Jon Blinder, president of the Board of Directors, Nevada County Arts; and Izzy Martin, CEO, The Sierra Fund.  Also attending the ceremony are the eight ART/OnSite artists, the ART/OnSite Steering Committee, and representatives of the project's 15 partners and stakeholders.


"Since its inception, ART/OnSite has been inspiring on so many levels. I believe it has provided a common ground where folks are talking to each other in new ways that are exciting and challenging for us. It's been especially gratifying to see artists, city planners and maintenance crews, for instance, seriously engaged in conversation around how to make the proposed installations work," says Nancy Nelson, who along with Chair Nancy L. Fleming, Jill Messier, and Richard Baker, has helped lead the project.    


Following the ceremony, individuals and families will be invited to walk the Tribute Trail and preview the multiple installations.  A brochure with map and location of the works will be provided, and the eight artists will be available along the trail to talk about their works.  


ART/OnSite aims to bring people and the natural environment together in an innovative and artistic way. Each artist was selected based on relevant past work in the environment and their ability to interpret an aspect of the Deer Creek watershed. The artists include Nevada City native and photographer Richard Baker, San Francisco sculptor Mark Baugh-Sasaki, conceptual artist Lisa K. Blatt, artist Daniel Brickman of Sacramento, and Unmanned Minerals, an artist collective that includes Matthew Hebert of San Diego, Jared Stanley of Reno and Gabie Strong of Los Angeles. The site-specific works range from hidden cameras capturing the flora and fauna on the trail to sculptures made with natural found materials to an interactive naturalist's treasure hunt.


"Nevada County Arts is proud to be a partner in the ART/OnSite project. In our role as the designated representative to the California Arts Council, it is our mission to support and promote the Arts in Nevada County," says Jon Blinder, president of Nevada County Arts.   "Through this kind of collaboration, we believe that projects like this inspire a wide variety of organizations, local government and individuals to come together and support each other. This is an acknowledgment that the Arts play a significant role in the local economy; and, by stimulating tourism and drawing attention to the Arts in the community, Art/OnSite will be another exciting reason to visit Nevada County."


A children's nature-based art activity is also being held during the opening celebration, from 10:00-noon. This free event will take place under the trees in Calanan Park. Instructors will provide natural elements (leaves, twigs, acorns, rocks, etc.) and each child will create a sculpture that they may take home.   


ART/OnSite's Artist in Residency program is pairing three of the ART OnSite artists, Gabie Strong, Jared Stanley and Daniel Brickman, up with fifth, sixth and seventh grade classes at Yuba River Charter School. The program will be held over two and a half days, beginning on Monday, September 9. Day one will be spent on the trail with the students viewing the installations and asking questions of the artists about process of taking an idea for an piece of art from concept to reality and discussing what purpose does art serve in our life. On day two, the students and the artists return to the classroom where students will learn more about what it means to be a working artist and to also have a hands-on experience creating their own art inspired from what they saw and experienced out on the Tribute Trail. These student artworks along with the pieces that were made the three weekends of Children's Nature-Based Art held at the Nevada City Farmers Market will be featured in an exhibit at Kitkitdizzi in Nevada City in November. Heading up this program is retired educator Jill Messier.


The Sierra Master Chorale Orchestra with maestro Ken Hardin            


Focus on a Member: InConcert Sierra

InConcert Sierra celebrates the opening of its 67th season of "Classical Music to Rock Your World!" If you haven't experienced InConcert Sierra, you're in for a treat.  From the hottest emerging young artists, to internationally renowned performers, and its own 70-voice Sierra Master Chorale and Orchestra, InConcert brings outstanding performances to Nevada County.

"Those who don't think classical music is "their thing" should witness even one of these performances firsthand. The caliber of music is equal to that found at San Francisco's  Davies Symphony Hall, New York's Carnegie Hall or Lincoln Center but for a fraction of the cost." says Brett Bentley, The Union's Prospector editor.

"This season opens with the largest ensemble we've had yet," says Maestro Ken Hardin. On Sunday, September 22, InConcert Sierra presents the Sierra Master Chorale Orchestra unplugged (without the chorale) in "Once Upon an Orchestra," with a "fairy tale of a program." It is held at the acoustically brilliant Seventh-Day Adventist Church in Grass Valley.

"The music in this program is guaranteed to thrill and move the audience... all of the pieces are well-known orchestral gems that are bigger than life. They are vibrant, lushly beautiful, and all touch upon some dramatic, fantastic tale or magical, mystical place," notes concertmaster Richard Altenbach.

InConcert Sierra presents monthly main-series chamber and choir concerts, plus house concerts, educational programs and much more.  Check it out at
Kim Culbertson, Heather Donohue, Molly Fisk, Louis B. Jones, Eleanor Lucille Lovestedt, MacDonald, Steve Sanfield and Josh Weil are the local authors participating in this NCArts' event on October 5th  

"Meet Your Local Authors" at Sierra Mountain Coffee Roasters, October 5th  


On Saturday, October 5th, from 11am until 3pm, you will have an opportunity to meet eight local authors at Sierra Mountain Coffee Roasters (741 Maltman Drive, Grass Valley).


Kim Culbertson, Heather Donahue, Molly Fisk, Louis B. Jones, Eleanor MacDonald, Lucille Lovestedt, Steve Sanfield and Josh Weil will all be participating in the event. Each author will have a designated 1/2 hour time slot, and you will have a chance to meet and speak with each of them, purchase books, and have your books signed.  


About the Authors:  

Kim Culbertson is the author of the YA novels "Songs for a Teenage Nomad" and "Instructions for a Broken Heart", which was named a Booklist 2011 Top Ten Romance Title for Youth and won the 2012 Northern California Book Award for YA Fiction. Her third YA novel, "Catch a Falling Star" will be published by Scholastic in Summer of 2014. When she's not writing for teens, she's teaching them. She is a college advisor and teaches creative writing at Forest Charter School.   


Heather Donahue is the author of "Growgirl: How My Life After The Blair Witch Project Went to Pot".  At 24, Donahue made "The Blair Witch Project", which Roger Ebert named, "One of the Ten Most Influential Movies of the 20th Century." When Blair Witch became a phenomenon, she was on the cover of  Newsweek, featured in People, appeared on The Tonight Show, The Daily Show, the MTV Awards, CNN, and a blur of other print and media outlets across every major market in the US, and internationally. She was named one of Cosmopolitan Magazine's Fun Fearless Females for 2000 and won the 1999 Razzie for Worst Actress. At age 34, she went to pot, literally, and that is what "Growgirl" is about. You can learn more about Heather at


Molly FiskNevada City poet, just launched a new book of radio commentary: "Blow-Drying a Chicken, Observations from a Working Poet". She's also the author of two poetry collections: "The More Difficult Beauty" and "Listening to Winter". Fisk teaches Writing to Heal at the Sierra Nevada Memorial Hospital's Cancer Center, and is a life and writing coach. Her commentary is heard weekly on KVMR's News Hour. You can learn more about Molly and her work at and    


Louis B. Jones is the author of four novels - "Ordinary Money", "Particles and Luck", and "California's Over", all named as New York Times Notable Books of their respective years; and most recently, "Radiance". He is an NEA fellow and a fellow of the MacDowell Colony in New Hampshire.  He has written screenplays (originals and adaptations of his own work) for studios and for independents. He has been a regular reviewer for the New York Times Book Review and has served as visiting writer at a number of colleges around the country. He is Co-Director for the Squaw Valley Community of Writers' Fiction Program. 


Lucille Lovestedt is a retired speech pathologist who now resides in the Sierra Foothills of California. Her short essays and articles have appeared in several newspapers and in Bark Magazine. You can learn more about Lucille and her work at


Eleanore MacDonald is a California native; a musician, animal advocate, and writer, who lives on a small farm in the foothills of the Sierra Nevada Mountains. Part of an award-winning songwriting team with her husband Paul Kamm, she has been a performing artist for 32 years. A true friend of Greece--her people, culture and islands-- she has been traveling there and aiding the stray animals of the country's streets since 1986. "All The Little Graces" is her fist novel, and she is presently working on her second, again with the hope of further engendering advocacy for the needy creatures everywhere. You can learn more about Eleanore, in her blog, "Notes From an Endless Sea", at      

Steve Sanfield
is a poet, storyteller, and author of a dozen award-winning books for children and young adults. He was the first Storyteller-in-Residence in the U.S. (right here in Nevada County) under a grant from the California Arts Council. His most recent books are "The Rain Begins Below" and "The Perfect Breeze", both collections of poetry.

Josh Weil is the author of the novella collection "The New Valley", a New York Times Editor's Choice that won the Sue Kaufman Prize for First Fiction from The American Academy of Arts and Letters; the New Writers Award from the GLCA; and a "5 Under 35" Award from the National Book Foundation. Weil's other fiction has appeared in Granta, Esquire, One Story, and Agni, and he has written non-fiction for The New York Times, The Sun, Orion, Oxford American, and Poets & Writers.  A recipient of fellowships and awards from the Fulbright Foundation, the Dana Foundation, the Gilman School, the Bread Loaf and Sewanee Writers' Conferences, the James Merrill House, Virginia Center for the Creative Arts and the MacDowell Colony, he has been the Distinguished Visiting Writer at Bowling Green State University and the Grisham Writer-in-Residence at the University of Mississippi. His new novel, The Great Glass Sea, will be published in 2014.   





Pages to Reel - "Remains of the Day" at the Magic Theatre on October 12th    
Nevada County Arts and the Magic Lantern Film Society present their fourth installment of the "Pages to Reel" series with a special screening of James Ivory's "Remains of the Day" at noon on October 7th at The Magic Theatre in Nevada City. Pages to Reel is a unique experience that combines the appeal of a book club with the opportunity to be a film critic.

"Remains of the Day" is the embodiment of the Merchant-Ivory set of films, while also being a faithful adaptation of the book by Kazuo Ishiguro.

This 1993 film adaptation, a quiet relationship drama set against a backdrop of European interwar politics, was nominated for 8 Academy Awards, including Best Picture, Best Actor (Anthony Hopkins), Best Actress (Emma Thompson), Best Director (James Ivory), and Best Original Score (Richard Robbins). Roger Ebert called the adaptation "a subtle, thoughtful movie."

Kazuo Ishiguro's novel, which won the Man Booker Prize in 1989, provides additional insight into the subtlety of European politics and appeasement policy. The novel is a thoughtful exploration of both unrequited love and the pre-war climate among the English aristocracy. The novel has been named by The Guardian as one of "The Books You Can't Live Without."

After the film, attendees are encouraged to stay and take part in discussion.

Copies of Ishiguro's The Remains of the Day can be purchased at Harmony Books and The Book Seller.


Our new NCArts tote bags are available at our table at Thursday Night Market in Grass Valley and at First Friday Art Walk in Nevada City


NCArts Member Opportunities    


Nevada County Arts will be creating a collaborative advertising campaign to promote October in Nevada County as "Fall Colors Festival of the Arts". This ad will list arts events throughout the month of October and will promote Nevada County as a destination for fall colors and the arts. If you are interested in participating (having your event listed), please contact

Nevada County Arts will have an information table at the next First Friday Art Walk in Nevada City on September 6th.
If you are a member and would like to have brochures or other promotional material at the table, contact us at  If you are attending the Art Walk, please stop by and say hello - our table will be on Commercial Street (in front of Cooper'). We will have NCArts tote bags, our new membership brochures, and free Art Walk tattoos! 

Nevada County Arts has a table every week at Thursday Night Market in Grass Valley. If you are a member and would like to have brochures or other promotional material at the table; or if you would like to volunteer at the table, contact our Executive Director, Larry Ortiz at

Member artists are also invited to show and sell their work at our table at Thursday Night Market. This opportunity is offered on a first-come, first-served basis and interested artists should submit digital images of their work to To submit work, you must be a current member of NCArts, you must provide your own display materials, and 15% of any sales will be donated to NCArts. 

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:

Rob Retting Photography at North Tahoe Arts 

LeeAnn Brook at New Moon