newsletter   november   2013

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NCArts Salon Series
Call to Artists: Wild & Scenic Film Festival Art Show
Art onSite Lecture Series
Focus on a Member: Grass Valley Male Voice Choir
Leff-Davis Fund Grant Opportunity
Design Competition for Bike Racks inTruckee
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Fall in the foothills was once again spectacular. We hope you have all had an opportunity to hike along Tribute Trail in Nevada City and explore the Art OnSite exhibit that NCArts helped to sponsor. The Tribute Trail/Art OnSite project is a unique endeavor, and we are proud of this contribution of Public Art. Projects such as this one are an important statement from a community, expressing some of its values, as well as inviting others to visit. We hope you will join us for the lecture series event in support of this project on Sunday, November 10th at 3pm at Sierra Mountain Coffee Roasters.

On Tuesday, November 19th, we will be hosting the fifth event in our Salon Series. The purpose of the Salon Series is to have successful, professional artists share their expertise to help others make the leap to becoming a full-time artist.  We are very lucky to have local sculptor and gallery owner John Mowen as the presenter at this event and we hope you will join us for this as well.

This month and next we are, again, working with SYRCL to help organize the Wild And Scenic Film Festival Art Exhibition. Visit to learn more and to apply to the show. This is a Call to Artists to be a part of one of our community's most dynamic annual events. We hope you join us.

Our Executive Director, Larry Ortiz, has decided not to renew his contract for personal reasons. Larry brought great passion and vision to our organization, and many of his ideas will be incorporated into our plans for next year. He will remain part of our organization  to support many of the projects he has begun.

We thank Larry for his many contributions and look forward to our next year at NCArts.

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


"Receptivity II" by John Mowen



NCArts' Salon Series: John Mowen on Tuesday, November 19th    

Our NCArts Salon Series event on Tuesday, November 19th, will feature local sculptor and gallery owner, John Mowen.


John started making his living in the arts at the age of 19 working at leather shop in Ohio. He worked there for two years, before returning to California where he continued working with leather.  


About twenty years ago, he began creating his world-renowned stone and bronze sculptures and settled into the traveling artist's life-style.He and his business partner and son, Sky,  sell their carved stone and cast bronze sculpture at fairs, festivals and galleries across the country. They attend 20 to 23 shows a year, giving them national exposure and a growing list of art patrons from around the globe.  


John is also the owner of Mowen Solinsky Gallery in Nevada City, CA. In his Salon Series presentation, John will address: 

  • From inspiration to finished product, the bronze process and working with foundries
  • A passion for art and transition into the creative life.
  • The best Art Festivals and Fairs
  • Turning a contact into a client and the business of art
  • The advantage of having Galleries come to you

If you want to learn more about making your living from your art, don't miss this talk.


This event will be at the Granucci Room at The Center for the Arts on November 19th from 7 - 9pm. Tickets will be available at the door - $20 general admission; $15 for NCArts members; free for students with valid ID. Online registration is $15 general admission and $10 for NCArts members.


Register here.




Call to Artists: Wild & Scenic Film Festival Art Show     


NCArts is partnering with SYRCL and the Wild and Scenic Film Festival in announcing a Call to Artists to submit their work to a juried art show for the Festival. With over 40 display venues, there will be multiple opportunities to show a wide variety of art to a large audience of festival-goers from around the country.


This year's festival theme is "emPowerment." Artists are encouraged to submit pieces that address this theme, particularly as it relates to nature and human interaction with our environment. Broad interpretation of the theme is welcome, including for example, reflections on the power of nature and the power of humans.


For the first time, cash prizes are offered in several categories (including the newly created category of Emerging Artist).   The deadline for submission is November 30. To submit a work, click here.  The application process includes registration pages, contest rules, and directions for uploading images of your work.


The Art Show has grown in size, prestige, and quality of submissions each year. Honoring the work of the artists and significance of the Festival, NCArts is offering cash prizes and has created the easy to use submission portal through their website. To support this commitment to a high quality, juried art exhibition, the entry fee to submit a work to the show is $30 for artists 21 and older. An Emerging Artist (age 20 and younger) is charged a $5 fee to submit their work.


This year's Festival and Art Show promises to be a large, community-building and spirit-lifting event. Local artists are encouraged to be part this world-renowned event by submitting a piece through the Nevada County Arts website portal. For more information, visit or contact




"It Calls From the Creek," part of Art OnSite, is a series of 10 installations creating a walking poem along the Deer Creek Tribute Trail in Nevada City


Art OnSite: "It Calls From the Creek" Poetry Reading on November 10th 

ART OnSite Lecture Series will present "It Calls From the Creek," an afternoon of poetry with Jared Stanley and Dale Pendell on Sunday, November 10th, from 3:00-4:30 p.m. at Sierra Mountain Coffee Roasters, 671 Maltman Drive, Grass Valley. A donation of $15 will be collected at the door.


Jared Stanley is a member of the public art group Unmanned Minerals which created "It Calls From the Creek," a site-specific walking poem installed on the Deer Creek Tribute Trail in Nevada City, California and on view through September 2014. Local poet Dale Pendell contributed a bioregional poem to the work.


Stanley is the author of two books of poetry, "The Weeds" and "Book Made of Forest", as well as four chapbooks. Stanley is a 2012-2014 Research Fellow at the Center for Art + Environment at the Nevada Museum of Art, and teaches at Sierra Nevada College. He lives in Reno, Nevada.


Pendell is the author of the award-winning Pharmako trilogy, a literary history of psychoactive plants. His poetry is widely anthologized, most recently in" The Wisdom Book of American Buddhist Poetry". Combining the teachings of poet Gary Snyder, Zen teacher Robert Aitken, and philosopher Norman O. Brown, Dale seeks his answers in "wild mind." He was the founding editor of Kuksu: Journal of Backcountry Writing, a co-founder of the Primitive Arts Institute, and has led workshops at the Naropa Institute and the Omega Institute. In addition to writing, Dale has been a consultant for herbal product development, botanical surveys, and a computer scientist. His most recent books are "Walking with Nobby: Conversations with Norman O. Brown"; "The Language of Bird: Notes on Chance and Divination"; and "The Great Bay: Chronicles of the Collapse", a novel.


For additional information, contact Nancy Nelson at 


  Grass Valley Male Voice Choir performing at Ironstone Vineyards


Focus on a Member:
Grass Valley Male Voice Choir


Making music with good friends is what the Grass Valley Male Voice Choir loves to do. It offers the unique male voice sound to our community with an annual Spring Concert, Ice Cream Social, and a Christmas Concert, this year on Sunday, December 21st.


The 40-member, Male Voice Choir is the direct descendant of Cornish miners men's choirs that sang in Grass Valley for more than 90 years. During the 1940s and 1950s, the choir was heard across America at Christmastime in national radio broadcasts, one of which was recorded deep in a local mine.

Fast-forward to 2013, and we are again home to a group of men who love to sing and feel that the rich, deep sound of a male voice choir. The group's founder and director is Eleanor Kenitzer, an experienced choral conductor who revived the Cornish singing tradition locally in 1990 with the Cornish Carol Choir. In 1997, Eleanor established the Grass Valley Male Voice Choir, which has since become an active and beloved part of the Nevada County music scene.

The choir performs music that is accessible and familiar to its members and audience. The group's repertoire includes traditional Cornish songs, Broadway, folk music, Americana (including gospel), and a wide variety of Christmas music.


Commitment to our community is a core value of the choir, fulfilled by its revenue-sharing partnerships with local non-profits. Groups such as Kiwanis, Habitat for Humanity, Friends of Hospice and local churches earn money by selling concert tickets to their members.

This year's Christmas Concert, Dec. 21 at 2 pm at Sierra Presbyterian Church, includes Christmas anthems, contemporary and traditional holiday songs, a Cornish carol favorite and a few numbers to delight and amuse. For ticket information, consult the Web site at




Leff-Davis Fund for Visual Artists: Grant Opportunity 
The Sacramento Region Community Foundation is offering visual artists an opportunity to apply for a grant through the newly-created Leff-Davis Fund for Visual Artists.

Support for visual artists in the advancement of their careers is vital to the cultural health of our community - whether it be in the form of funding new work, studio or exhibition space, or critical tools to help the careers of working artists.  The Leff-Davis Fund for Visual Artists was created with a simple goal in mind: to support serious aspiring professional artists in the advancement of their careers through a monetary award.
The Leff-Davis Fund for Visual Artists will award 1-2 grants for awards of up to $5,000 each over a period of one year to serious aspiring professional artists in Sacramento, Yolo, Placer, and Nevada counties.
For questions, please contact Priscilla Enriquez, Chief Giving Officer, at To apply for the grant, click here.



Call to Artists: Competition to Design Bike Racks for Truckee   
New York, Montreal, Portland, Paris, and soon... Truckee! Truckee Public Art Commission (TPA, in cooperation with Truckee Donner Recreation and Parks Department (TDRPD), is sponsoring an artist-designed bike rack competition. The goal is to support and encourage bicycling in Truckee by providing a creative solution to the need for bicycle parking: bike racks functioning as art. Public art adds to our Town's character and charm. Truckee has room for hundreds of bike racks. Everyone Wins!

This competition is open to artists and design professionals, as well as community members with a creative flair and an eye for fun functionality. Everyone is encouraged to submit a design, regardless of background or technical experience. Chosen participants may fabricate their own design, or alternately, TPAC will assist in pairing artists with a fabricator. This way, a young person with a great idea will have an equal chance of producing a winning design as an experienced sculptor. Design submissions will be accepted until March 14, 2014, and installation will begin in the summer.

In addition to design submissions, TPAC is also seeking sponsors. Full sponsorship of a rack will be recognized with a plaque naming the artist and sponsor. Partial sponsorship options are also available.

For design submission or sponsorship details, contact

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:

LeeAnn Brook at New Moon  

Odette Brush at ASiF's Smallworks in the Foothills Holiday Show