newsletter   december   2013

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Pages to Reel
Focus on a Member
WSFF Art Exhibit
Art Marketing Boot Camp
Call to Artists: Animals!
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With the Holiday Season in full swing, we want to take just a moment to wish all of you the most Joyous of Celebrations.  It's a time of year when many of our members are having holiday concerts, plays, dance performances and art & craft sales and we encourage you to celebrate the season with these wonderful Arts events!  


It's also a time for reflection and giving, and at NCArts we reflect on our efforts to elevate the place of the Arts in our community. We are growing our reach slowly and surely, and our influence can be felt in many ways. We are proud of our accomplishments and are now poised to do even more to educate our students, artists and fellow citizens about the importance and the value of the Arts in our community and across the Country!


This year we hosted a Salon Series where many successful artists shared their path to a life of being a successful, full-time artist. We also created a series of technical workshops to help artists with some of their marketing and promotion needs. We engaged the literary community with our Pages to Reel presentations, allowing moviegoers to comment and critique the distinctions between books and the movies that are made from the original story. We helped to help create a vibrant Arts Show in conjunction with The Wild and Scenic Film Festival (and will do so again in January 2014). We sponsored ART/OnSite, the most visible Public Art project in our community. Lastly, we had a presence at the Thursday Night Market in Grass Valley and the First Friday Art Walks in Nevada City.


This next year will expand on the projects already in progress as well as add new dimensions to our mission. We will also be proactively working with our artist friends in the eastern part of the County to organize presentations that will begin to bridge the long existing gap between the East and West in Nevada County. This is a Big Deal!!


Finally, I want to announce that we have a new interim Executive Director. Brian Buckley, longtime educator, retired principal of Lyman Gilmore School, and a long time Board member of NCArts has agreed to take on this position. He's jumped right in to carry on the vision and projects of outgoing Executive Director Larry Ortiz, and is instigating new initiatives as well. In particular, Brian, along with Board member Stan Miller, will be guiding us into a more active role to enhance the Arts Education of our children in the Schools. We all thank Brian for stepping up and we look forward to the next year with his leadership.


So, we thank you for your support, and we hope you will continue to see what we do as valuable. We are the County's representative to the California Arts Council and will continue to take a leadership role in representing all the arts in Nevada County to our own community, to the State and maybe even the Country!


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!


Joyous Noel, 


Jon Blinder, President of the Board
Nevada County Arts



Pages to Reel: "High Fidelity"

on Saturday, December 14th    

Nevada County Arts and the Magic Lantern Film Society present another installment of the "Pages to Reel" series with a special screening of "High Fidelity," starring John Cusack and based on the novel by Nick Hornby. Pages to Reel is a new kind of book club, which combines discussion of the novel with a screening of the film adaptation at the Magic Theatre.

"High Fidelity" is based on the 1995 novel by Nick Hornby (About A Boy, Fever Pitch). The novel is centered around Rob Fleming, music snob and unhappy romantic, who sets out to catalogue his past relationships the way he catalogues his extensive record collection.

The film, a sharply witty adaptation that is one of Rotten Tomatoes' 25 Best Romantic Comedies, moves the story from London to Chicago. Cusack said of the switch, "When I read the book I knew where everything was in Chicago. I knew where the American Rob went to school and dropped out, where he used to spin records, I knew two or three different record shops when I was growing up that had a Rob, a Dick and a Barry in them."

After the film attendees are encouraged to stay and take part in a discussion led by be Kurt Smith, owner of Clocktower Records in Grass Valley.  Smith will offer his unique insight on owning a record store, discuss the resurgence and importance of vinyl, and explain how record stores contribute to a community's culture. Clocktower Records offers classic vintage vinyl, new vinyl, CDs, audio components, and music related gift items.  Attendees will be entered to win gift certificate to the record store.

What:  NC Arts and The Magic Lantern Film Society present
Pages to Reel: High Fidelity
When: Saturday, December 14, 2013, Doors 11:30am, Film Noon
Where: The Magic Theater, 107 Argall Way, Nevada City
Tickets: $8/GA, $7/NCArts and Magic Lantern Film Society Members
Tickets available at the door; seating limited to 60


Cynthia Levesque of Nevada City's Neva Co. at last year's

Nevada City Winter Craft Fair in the historic Miners Foundry    


Focus on a Member: 

Miners Foundry and the Nevada City Winter Craft Fair 


The Nevada City Winter Craft Fair returns Sunday, December 15, 2013 to the historic Miners Foundry Cultural Center in downtown Nevada City, CA. This bi-annual, independently juried craft fair showcases Northern California's top Etsy vendors, artisans, do-it-yourself crafters, and features their unique, handmade, original and repurposed art, clothing, accessories, jewelry, and house wares.   Attendees can also expect to find letterpress, paper and stationery items as well as children's things, toys, ceramics, body care products, and more.

"The Nevada City Craft Fair is a hip shopping event that features over 60 emerging artisans and makers from the Nevada County area and beyond," explains the event's producer, Carabeth Rowley. This year, over 200 vendors applied and were carefully curated by Rowley who finds herself always inspired by the new artists and makers.  Local Nevada County businesses represented in this year's fair include Neva Co., Prettywell, S.O.A.P, Full Circle Press, and Kiya's Naturals.

"I have been a vendor from the very first fair," says Kiya Rios, owner of Kiya's Naturals, a local retailer who makes Waldorf inspired wooden toys and more for children.  "I simply love the Miners Foundry and the way the Nevada City Craft Fair brings it to life with an array of unique and inspiring handmade items."

Make it a weekend! This year The Nevada City Winter Craft Fair falls on the same weekend as one of Nevada County's most beloved holiday events, Victorian Christmas. Victorian singers, bagpipers, living nativity scene, visits with Santa Claus, vendors in costume, hot roasted chestnuts, and hot cider all happening downtown historic Nevada City, Sunday December, 15th.

The Nevada City Craft Fair opens at 10am and runs until 6pm. Victorian Christmas opens at 1:30 and runs until 6pm.      




SYRCL Wild & Scenic Film Festival
Art Exhibit   
Adding yet another reason to eagerly await the 2014 Wild and Scenic Film festival, NCArts has once again partnered with SYRCL to create the WSFF Art Exhibit - a fantastic opportunity for artists to showcase their talents, while enhancing the cultural experience for thousands of festival goers.

There were approximately 60 submissions in a variety of media from artists throughout the region. The artist' works will be displayed at approximately 40 different venues in both Nevada City and Grass Valley. Volunteers from NCArts and SYRCL have worked hard on the exhibit - promoting the event, screening the entries, coordinating with exhibit venues, and enlisting the help of a distinguished panel of judges for the jury.

There will be an opening reception for Festival at 4:30 on Thursday, January 9th, at 151 Union Square in Grass Valley.  There will be Art & Wine Strolls on Saturday, January 11th in both Grass Valley and Nevada City. The Art & Wine Stroll in Grass Valley will take place from 3 - 5pm; and in Nevada City it will take place from 4:30 - 6:30pm.

This year NCArts is offering cash prizes that total $1,000 for the winners of the various divisions within the exhibition.  The prizes will be awarded during the Film Festival awards ceremony at 12:15 pm on Sunday, January 12th at Miners Foundry.




Art Marketing Boot Camp:
Turn Your Art into Cash  
NCArts will be presenting an "Art Marketing Boot Camp" in early February, 2014, at the Greater Grass Valley Visitors' Center.

This will be a 6-week hands-on branding, marketing and sales strategy class. You will learn how to turn your art into sustainable income using proven step by step sales methods based on your work, personality, style and approach with people. Participants from all career levels will find practical guidelines for running their art business.


The instructor will be Jude Bischoff, former owner of Catapult (a branding and marketing sales training company) and now a full- time artist. Jude says "For the past 35 years I have made a good living in sales, and I'm excited to share the selling secrets with you."  Some sessions will also include guest presenters. 


The cost for the six-week class will be $195.00 and it will be limited to 20 participants.


NCArts is very excited to be offering this "Art Marketing Boot Camp" and the dates/times/logistics will be finalized in the next few weeks. We wanted to give you a heads up that you will be receiving an eBlast with more information, a detailed curriculum, and an online registration form very soon!




Call to Artists: "Animals!"  
The Truckee Public Arts Commission is calling for submissions for the Winter exhibit at the TDRPD's Community Center.

Animals! is a chance to share your favorite furry moments with the whole community. The exhibit will feature the animals in all of our lives: pets, pets and people, wild animals in urban places, urban animals in wild places, the possibilities are endless.

Photography is encouraged, but all media is welcome. Photographic submissions will be accepted from January 13 to January 24, 2014. Submissions for artworks other than photography are due January 17.

Animals! will be on display from February to May.  Guidelines and entry forms are available in the 'Latest News' section of the Rec Department's website: . An opening reception will be held on February 7, from 5:00 to 7:00 at the TDRPD Community Center.

Click here for details and registration form. For additional information, 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 Szabo Vineyards Tasting Room  

Katherine Schad at ASiF's Smallworks in the Foothills Holiday Show