newsletter   january   2014

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Focus on a Member
WSFF Art Exhibit
Art Marketing Boot Camp
Keep Arts in Schools Fund
Covered California: Free Workshop
Call to Artists: "Sunken Treasures"
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At NCArts, we're excited about 2014! In fact, it seems like all art is breaking loose!  


Coming right up is this year's Wild and Scenic Film Festival Art Exhibit. Bigger and better than ever, this juried art show shines with exhibits in Grass Valley and Nevada City, over $1,000 in prizes for 1st and 2nd place entries in a variety of categories, an opening reception, and the ever popular Art and Wine Strolls. Check out the details in the full article below.


Immediately on the heels of the Wild and Scenic Art Show, we're very pleased to present what may be our most helpful and valuable workshop format to date: "Art into Cash" is a six week class that guarantees you will finish the program with a powerful business and marketing plan for your art, accompanied with the skills necessary to implement it. Individual workshops are great for getting exposure to new ideas and specific skills, but we've all had the experience of getting inspired by a new idea only to return to our busy lives and never implementing the new idea that excited us. A multi-session class (with homework!) provides the time and support to take a big task and break it down to manageable steps, ensuring that we finish what we started. In this marketing and branding class taught by Jude Bischoff, you'll get support from both experienced experts and others who are going through the same process. More detailed course information is provided in the article below. (If you're interested, please register early, as we are limiting enrollment to ensure proper individual attention for everyone.)


Also in February, NCArts is hosting a breakfast meeting for approximately 75 selected representatives from local schools, the arts community, the business community and government to explore the current role and status of arts education in Nevada County Schools. Out of that meeting we hope to form a leadership/advocacy group that will help build a strong foundation and access to rich arts and culture for our local youth.


There's more on the horizon! We're swimming with ideas regarding more calls to artists, more workshops, more arts festivals, more arts recognition, and more support for the incredible artists and arts organizations in both eastern and western Nevada County.


If you haven't already done so, please Be Part of the Arts. We'd love to have you join us at NCArts, and an annual individual membership is only $35, less than 10¢ a day.


May we all join together for a truly inspiring New Year! 


Brian Buckley, Interim Executive Director
Nevada County Arts


Synthetic Unlimited in the 2013 production
of Goldoni's "The Servant of Two Masters"


Focus on a Member:

Synthetic Unlimited 


Synthetic Unlimited (SU) is a local theater organization producing original and inventive versions of classic dramas.  In 2013, this hard-working group of passionate theater folk completed the ambitious feat of producing seven plays in seven months, including an original translation of an 18th century Italian commedia play and a contemporary version of Shakespeare's Othello.


SU's riskier edgy adult productions have drawn critical acclaim and enjoyed multiple sold-out performances.  Sacramento News and Review gave the 2012 production of Shakespeare's Antony and Cleopatra 5-stars, noting, "Here's a surprise:  A smart, sexy robust staging of a rarely seen Shakespeare tragedy - it definitely works."   SU received 8 Elly Award nominations and won "Best Costumes" (Shakespeare's Antony and Cleopatra), and "Best Actress" (Grace Fae in Tennessee Williams' Kingdom of Earth.)


This spring, an exciting new phase begins with "The Empire Opera House," SU's own black box theater (120 Joerschke Drive in Grass Valley), designed and painted by Elly-award winning set designer Pamela Hodges.The first full-length play at the new theater will be Bert V. Royals' "Dog Sees God" by young producer, director, and actor Marcus Arellanus, running from January 16- February 1.  The theater will house a new play every two months, including David Mamet's "American Buffalo", Sam Shepard's "True West", and Shakespeare's "As You Like It". It will also host original works, staged readings, music events, and theater classes.


In collaboration with Bitney College Prep High School, this spring BCPHS students will be able to take classes in Acting, Shakespeare, Comedy Improvisation, and Theater Production from Synthetic Unlimited artists.  Improvisation and acting classes for adults will also be added.


SU's mission is to create, promote and encourage the production of independent works that enlighten and inspire our community, and to establish a community of Northern California artists and producers who may share resources, collaborate, and independently produce their works in a supportive environment.  Empowering the independent California artist is our top priority, and the philosophy behind our slogan "Unlimited Starts with YoU!" 


The 2014 SU Season was accepted as a sponsored project of the national non-profit Fractured Atlas, enabling SU to accept tax-deductible donations.  Visit, to find out more about current projects, becoming a member, auditioning for shows, or volunteering.


This excited, young group of aspiring local performers is grateful to Nevada County's amazing community of artists and patrons for their support.  




Bruce Malnor's photography will be on display at
Lucchesi Vineyards Tasting Room in Grass Valley

SYRCL Wild & Scenic Film Festival
Art Exhibit   

Nevada County Arts is once again delighted to be a sponsor of SYRCL's 12th Wild & Scenic® Film Festival (January 9-12).

For the third year, NCArts is coordinating the art exhibition in accordance with this years' festival theme of "Empowerment."  


In October, a "call to artists" was sent out to over 500 artists, and the jury selected 40 artists and projects (including the Neighborhood Center of the Arts, The Ridge Tapestry Project, and Radical Art for These Times) for the exhibition.  


For the first time, artists were able to apply online through the Nevada County Arts website ( This is also the first year that cash awards will be given to the winners in each of the following categories: 2D, 3D, Photography, Emerging Artist and Theme. Additional awards have been generously donated by Ben Franklin Crafts & Frames,The Center for the Arts, The Louvre Gallery, Nevada City Picture Framing and Szabo Vineyards.


The awards jury includes Jane Oleson (MFA and gallery curator), Freda Scott (artist's representative) and Juliet Erickson (SYRCL Community Advisory Board member). The winners will be announced and cash prizes awarded on Sunday at Miners Foundry during the Festival Awards Ceremony.  


The artists selected this year are Betsy Abrams, Kara Asilanis, Tristan Berlund, Eileen Blodgett, Kelsey Bowen, Greta Broda, LeeAnn Brook, Geolyn Carvin, Liz Collins, Jennifer Rain Crosby, John Daly, Paul Dessau, Margie Determan, Eryka Fiedler, Linda Galusha, Leland Grammer, Karel Hendee, Ed Hensley, Karin Johnson, Martha Jones, Ronald Kenedi, Gail Lipson, Jonathan Lyerly, Bruce Malnor, Margie Miller, David Mooney, Tahiti Pehrson, Louise Preston, James Pyle, Kerstin Ronsiek, Edward Rotberg, Eli Rush, Andrew Sellery, Mike Shea, Marsha Stone, Jane Theobald, Katie Wolff, David Wong, Peggy Wright and Alessya Yantsevich.


During the festival, the art will be displayed in shops, restaurants, wine tasting rooms and galleries throughout downtown Nevada City and Grass Valley. Art and Wine Stroll maps, listing all of the venues and artists, are available at participating venues. 


Art Receptions and related activities (Thursday, January 9th through Sunday, January 12th) include:

  • Thursday, 4:30-6:30pm: Art Reception at 151 Union Square (at 151 Mill Street in Grass Valley)

  • Friday, 4:00 - 7:00pm: Opening Reception at Mowen Solinsky Gallery, 225 Broad Street in Nevada City

  • Saturday, 10:00am - 7:00pm - Indigenous Peoples' Celebration at the Haven, 226 Broad Street in Nevada City

  • Saturday, 3:00 - 5:00pm: Wine & Art Stroll, downtown Grass Valley

  • Saturday, 4:00-6:00pm: Wine & Art Stroll, downtown Nevada City

  • Sunday, 1:15-2:15pm: Awards Ceremony at Miners Foundry (Art Awards at 1:45pm)


For information on the festival, to purchase tickets or to learn more about the artists, visit For more about Nevada County Arts, visit





Art Marketing Boot Camp:
Turn Your Art into Cash  
NCArts will be presenting an "Art Marketing Boot Camp" for six Tuesday evenings, beginning on February 4th, 2014. Classes will be held from 6:30 - 9pm at the Greater Grass Valley Chamber of Commerce at 128 W. Main Street, Grass Valley.

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 ($180.00 for NCArts members) and it will be limited to 20 participants. If you have any questions, contact Jude Bischoff at or 530.265.8781 



Register Now!




In October, Governor Brown signed Senate Bill 571, returning the arts to the voluntary contribution portion of California tax return forms through the new "Keep Arts in Schools Fund". You may now make tax deductible contributions in amounts of $1 or more to support art in our schools. 


"This is wonderful news for California's young people," said Craig Watson, Director of the California Arts Council. "We hope all those who know arts education results in future success for California's children will take advantage of this opportunity to directly contribute to arts education via their tax return."


"With the improved fund name and designation of all contributions to support arts education in California communities, the 'Keep Arts in Schools Fund' is sure to succeed in bringing much needed support to arts education in the state," Watson said.  


The California Arts Council will provide detailed information and tutorials on how to contribute as tax season approaches via their website NCArts will send out an eBlast with this information as soon as it becomes available. 


You can also support arts education by purchasing the "Arts Plate," the iconic license plate with a sunset and palm tree motif designed by California artist Wayne Thiebaud. More information is available at




California Lawyers for the Arts is offering a free workshop: Understanding the New Health Care Law for the Creative Arts Community. The workshop will be held on January 23rd at 6:30pm at The Crocker Museum (Cemo Meeting Center) at 216 O Street, Sacramento, CA 96814.


This workshop will: 

  • Walk you through your Covered California options and requirements
  • Provide important information relevant to freelancers and the self-employed
  • Help you figure out how to get affordable health insurance with the help of tax credits and federal subsidies
  • Answer all of your burning questions!

Although the workshop is free, you must register to attend. Click here for more information and to register.





Call to Artists: "Sunken Treasures"
at the Tahoe Maritime Museum 
NCArts is proud to partner with Placer Arts and The Tahoe Maritime Museum (TMM) to host the juried art exhibit, "Sunken Treasures". The goal of the exhibit is to showcase work by local artists that explores the unseen world at the bottom of Lake Tahoe. The art exhibit will coincide with TMM's history exhibit, "Ghost Ships" opening on Memorial Weekend 2014 and running until April 19, 2015. There will be $300 in prize money awarded to artists in various categories.

Works submitted for "Sunken Treasures" need to imply or connote a sunken vessel or artifact, but this does not need to be the main focus of the piece. This exhibit is open to all artists from Lake Tahoe and its surrounding communities.

1. The audience for Sunken Treasures is the general public of all ages. Designs should be appropriate for public display.
2. Art work must be made for indoor display.
3. Pieces should be designed with durability and public safety in mind.
4. Artist is responsible for any transportation that is required of his/her piece including pick-up and delivery.
5. Artists may submit more than one design, but each submission should be on a separate application form. The application form may be reproduced.
6. All art pieces must remain at TMM for the entire length of the exhibit.
7. Accepted works must arrive ready for hanging/display.
8. All mediums accepted
9. All work must be original
10. The dimensions of hanging art is at the discretion of the judges.
11. Sculptural/3D pieces may have a depth up to 13", a height up to 19" height, and a weight of no more than 20 lbs.

All entries must include the following:
1. Cover letter with contact information (Name, address, phone and email) and artwork information (artist name, title, medium, dimensions, and year completed).
2. Up to five digital images of the piece: Images may be emailed or sent in on a DVD/CD; Images should be presented in JPEG format with image size set to 300 dpi resolution.
3. Artist biography including educational background and exhibition record.

March 14, 2014

Please direct any questions to

You can email your submission to the same address, or mail to:
Tahoe Maritime Museum
ATTN: Sunken Treasures Exhibit
POB 627, Homewood, CA 96141

Do not send originals. Application materials will not be returned.

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:

Linda Galusha's paintings will be on display at Lucchesi Vineyards Tasting Room in Grass Valley for the WSFF Art Exhibit  


Jim Pyles's photographs will be on display at The Fix in Nevada City for the WSFF Art Exhibit