newsletter   october   2013

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Open Studios Tour
NCArts Salon Series
Focus on a Member: The Center for the Arts
"Pages to Reel": Remains of the Day
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The Nevada County Board of Supervisors has just reconfirmed Nevada County Arts as the designated representative to the California Arts Council. We thank them and appreciate their ongoing trust and support. We take our role seriously and the fact that they recognize what we do as a valued partner in the Arts Community of Nevada County is an honor to us all.
We hope you get out to the Fall Colors Open Studios Art Tour sponsored by The Center for the Arts and NCArts. Today is the last day, but we wanted to highlight this one last time. This is a unique opportunity to visit your favorite local artists, see their process firsthand and...oh opportunity to meet some artists you don't know, and allow them to become your new favorites.
We are about to send out a Call To Visual Artists for SYRCL's Wild and Scenic Film Festival in January 2014. This is an opportunity to have your work displayed in one of over 40 venues in Nevada City and Grass Valley during the Festival. There will be thousands of people participating in the Festival, and we hope you will join us.
Next is our latest installment of Pages to Reel, the film and book series we co-sponsor with the Magic Lantern Film Society. We will be showing James Ivory's "Remains of the Day" at the Magic Theatre on October 19th at noon.  See the film and then stick around for an intriguing conversation that takes you deeper into the meaning, images and depth of this classic film.

As you can see, October is a very busy month and we have a truly special presentation of our Salon Series coming up on Tuesday, October 22nd.  This is the next in this innovative series that allows the audience to have a face to face with some or our most successful local artists. Poet, songwriter and artist D.R. Wagner has been publishing for decades, and has read with Jim Morrison of the Doors, Lawrence Ferlinghetti, Al Winans and Viola Weinberg, among others. He will be joined by poet, visual artist and songwriter Pat Grizzell. Come join us for another fascinating and very personal experience.
NCArts will be updating our Strategic Plan at the end of this month and we intend to let you all know where we are headed in the near future. We are, as always, excited about our role in Education, Advocacy of the Arts and all around support and promotion of the Arts in Nevada County. That's our Mission and we continue to find new ways to fulfill this important community role.


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


NCArts is proud to be a sponsor of the Fall Colors Open Studios Tour of Western Nevada County. This is your opportunity to see the work of 74 local artists in 34 studios on the first two weekends in October (5/6 an 12/13).  


You will be able to view and purchase original work in a wide variety of media and styles, watch live demonstrations, observe works in progress, learn about an art process from concept to completion and experience first-hand how, why, and where art is created.


Download your tour guide and map here


   D. R. Wagner and Pat Grizzell will give a presentation of poetry

and songwriting at the NCArts Salon Series event on October 22nd.



NCArts' Salon Series: D. R. Wagner & Pat Grizzell on October 22nd    

NCArts Salon Series returns on Tuesday, October 22, with artistic luminaries D.R. Wagner and Pat Grizzell. Leading the audience on a journey of creative collaboration featuring music, poetry, prose and the discussion of the creative process, these two extraordinary artists should provide an evening of magical inspiration.


D.R. Wagner is a musician, singer-songwriter, author, textile artist, poet, and professor at UC Davis.   He has written over 20 books of poetry and letters, and founded two publishing houses, including the Runcible Spoon. He has read his poetry with Jim Morrison of The Doors, Lawrence Ferlinghetti, Michael McClure, Al Winens, Viola Weinburg, d.a. levy, Ed Sanders, Ann Waldman and many other poets over the past 40 years. He has exhibited visual art and poetry with the likes of William Burroughs, Byron Gysin, Ian Hamilton Finlay and others at venues ranging from the Louvre to the Smithsonian.


In addition to holding a professorship in the Design department of UC Davis, D.R. Wagner is also a professional musician, working as a singer-songwriter and playing both guitar and keyboards. He is currently working on a recording of his original compositions for vocal music with his band R. Spoon. 


Pat Grizzell is a poet, songwriter, and visual artist. His books include Dark Music: Selected Poems and Stories; Chicken Months (praised by Robert Bly); and The Goat of Esmeralda. He collaborated with painter Jim Suzuki on a chapbook of sumi paintings and poetry entitled Minotaure Into Night. Grizzell was the founding member and previous director of the Sacramento Poetry Center. He has performed poetry and music with Allen Ginsburg, Gary Snyder, Leon Redbone, Jim Ringer and Mary McCaslin,, Taj Mahal, and Anne Waldman.


Together, D.R. Wagner and Pat Grizzell will create a unique evening of music and words, and will engage the audience with an examination of the creative life.


This event will be at the Granucci Room at The Center for the Arts on October 22nd from 6:30 - 8:30pm. Tickets will be available at the door - $10 general admission; $7 for NCArts members; free for students with valid ID. 



Focus on a Member:
The Center for the Arts 


It is fall and the weather may be cooling off, but things at The Center for the Arts are heating up. Last Thursday, they welcomed 250 community members to their annual Open House, marking the start of the Fall Colors Open Studios & Art Tour and the Center's Fall Membership Drive.


All were excited to see the work of 60+ local artists on exhibit in the two art spaces, and it was a chance to purchase their art.  The Fall Colors Open Studios Tour continues this weekend on October 12 & 13 from 10-5pm. Consider starting your tour at The Center, where you can preview the artists' work and plan your tour to the various studios throughout the area.


Also heating up at The Center is the quality and diversity of performers coming to Grass Valley, and it will continue straight on through winter. Headliners such as Blues Traveler, Buddy Guy, Michael Pollan, Lyle Lovett, Graham Nash, Wynton Marsalis & the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra, and Arlo Guthrie to "name drop" just a few are headed your way...something for everyone!


The Center is also proud to present the second round of Community Music Jam, part of the Music Mentor program. This successful program is funded through the James Irvine Foundation and has proven to be an incredible community program for ages 16-90+ years.


The Center's Fall Membership Drive runs through November 1st. Now is a great time support what they are doing and to "JOIN UP". Any new, or renewing member (or members that refer a friend to The Center) will automatically be entered to win a weekly gift package valued at over $500. Best of Grass Valley, Wine & Dine, Best of Nevada City and Weekend Getaway packages could be yours as a special thank you for supporting The Center for the Arts. So, Join Up! For more information visit 




Pages to Reel - "Remains of the Day" at the Magic Theatre on October 19th    
Pages to Reel is a unique experience that combines the appeal of a book club with the opportunity to be a film critic. 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 19th at The Magic Theatre in Nevada City. (Please note that the date has been changed from October 12th)

"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.

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:

Denise Wey at Fall Colors Open Studios Art Tour  

Eileen Blodgett at ASiF Studios