newsletter   march   2014

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Focus on a Member
Art & the Environment
Sierra Festival of the Arts
A Matter of Taste
InConcert Sierra Teen Scholarship
WSFF Art Exhibition Winners
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Well if it isn't the month of St. Paddy's Day already! Surely there's reason enough to raise a pint to your favorite artist and/or arts organization! We at NCArts lift a metaphorical glass in honor of all our incredibly talented and creative members that make Nevada County such an attractive place to live.


We've also been working hard to support the arts in our community. We're collaborating with SYRCL and Art/On Site to bring renowned speaker Bill Fox, Bill Fox, Director of the Center for Art + Environment at the Nevada Museum of Art, to The Center for the Arts on March 20th. 


"Marching" on, NCArts is taking the lead in seeking ways we can support art education for all Nevada County students. A leadership team of 12 educators, artists, and community members will meet this month (as a follow up to the larger gathering of approximately 60 people held lat month at the Miners Foundry) to determine the best next steps for strengthening arts education in Nevada County. Please call us at 530 278-5155 if you would like help in this endeavor.


Also, please check out the Call to Artists for the Sierra Festival of the Arts. We are partnering with the GV Downtown Association to produce this festival and we think participation in this long-established fine arts and crafts festival in Grass Valley is a wonderful opportunity for local artists. 


We are also involved in writing two grant proposals this month - one to benefit the First Friday ArtWalks in Nevada City, and the other to help establish a professional, large-scale Arts Festival in Nevada County.  


Finally, we want to announce a change in our website policy: The Nevada County Arts website currently includes lists of artists, arts organizations, and arts festivals in Nevada County, with live links to the websites of NCArts members.  Beginning in September 2014, all non-member artists and organizations will be removed and only NCArts members will be listed.  As a member-supported organization, allowing only members to be included draws a distinct line between benefits for members versus nonmembers. Please note that posting arts events on the calendar will still be open to both members and nonmembers.


Obviously, we'd love to include all artists, arts organizations, and local businesses (in short, YOU) in our membership list. We promise to work hard to make your investment worthwhile, and we want to remind everyone that an individual membership is only $35, or less than 10 a day.  


In closing (borrowing liberally from the Irish): May the winds of creativity be at your back, and may the road of inspiration rise up to meet you!


Brian Buckley, Interim Executive Director
Nevada County Arts




Focus on a Member: Community Canvas  


 Community Canvas, Inc. is a local  non-profit organization (501(c)3 status is pending), whose mission is to "creatively connect art and community." It is their belief that visual art education should be accessible and enjoyable for all ages. Their philosophy is that everyone can be an artist and that there is no right or wrong way to do art. 


Programs range from directed painting events at local restaurants and wineries, After School Art and enrichment classes within the school systems, Kids Summer Art Camp based on the Nevada County Fair theme, immersion of art activities within the senior population, and other outreach and collaborative projects.  


Just this year, Community Canvas has been able to provide free art projects to nearly 200 children within our area. To see some of the work, visit the "Young at Art" show at the Rood Center (through May), attend the PARTNER'S Family Resource Center's "Art for Kid's Sake" auction and bid on paintings that local school children have created, or stop by Baskin Robbins to view the "Pet Portrait" art show where children in grades 1-7 created Andy Warhol style paintings.


Community Canvas is now working with Big Brothers Big Sisters of Nevada County to create a chalk event benefiting youth art education. The event will debut on Saturday, October 11th, 2014 on Bank Street (adjacent to Holiday Inn Express Hotel & Suites/Gold Miners' Inn) with art vendors and great food and music. Visitors will be invited to enjoy a sidewalk chalk art gallery and to create their own chalk masterpiece.


Artists are invited to submit a name/logo/graphic design for this new family-friendly festival. The winning artist will receive visibility and recognition through promotions for this event, as well as 50 free raffle tickets. Email submissions (jpeg images less than 5MB with "Chalk Event" in the subject line) and/or questions to     


For more information about Community Canvas, visit their website at or find them on Facebook.  




Bill Fox,

Art & the Environment: A Conversation with Bill Fox on March 20th, 2014  
Nevada County Arts is proud to partner with ART/OnSite and SYRCL's Wild & Scenic Film Festival Lecture Series to bring you "Art and the Environment: the Art of the Anthropocene", an evening with Bill Fox, Director of the Center for Art + Environment at the Nevada Museum of Art. The presentation will be moderated by Melinda Booth, SYRCL's Director of Development and Wild & Scenic Events.

An art critic, author, and cultural geographer, Bill Fox will take the audience on a profound and delightful adventure to discover how artists' depictions of the natural world have evolved in reaction to human-caused global changes during the "Anthropocene". The Anthropocene is an informal geologic chronological term that serves to mark the evidence and extent of human activities that have had a significant global impact on the Earth's ecosystems, from the Industrial Revolution to Burning Man.
This event is March 20th at The Center for the Arts, at 314 W. Main Street, Grass Valley, CA. Doors open at 7pm and the presentation begins at 7:30pm. General Admission is $15; Members $10; Students $5.   
Tickets are available online here, by phone at (530) 265-5961, or in person at SYRCL's office at 313 Railroad Ave #101, Nevada City, CA.

For further information, contact Melinda Booth at



Call to Artists: The Sierra Festival of the Arts on May 25th, 2014   
Nevada County Arts is pleased to partner with the Grass Valley Downtown Association in announcing the Call to Artists for the 32nd Annual Sierra Festival of the Arts. Dubbed "a symphony for the senses," this event features juried fine arts and crafts, select food vendors, and quality entertainment, all in the charming setting of historic Mill Street in Grass Valley. The booths are comfortably spaced and limited in number to enhance the experience of both vistors and exhibitors.
The online application deadline is Monday, April 7th (mailed application materials must be postmarked by Friday, April 4), and
acceptance notifications will be sent by April 14th.
Artists are encouraged to register and submit photos of their work online here. This will take you to the event information and registration pages, and give you easy to follow instructions on how to upload your photos. (Please note there is a required non-refundable $30 submission fee, 100% of which credited to your booth fee if you are accepted into the festival.) You may also call (530) 272-8315 or email to request a mail-in application.



"A Matter of Taste" returns to the Miners Foundry on March 8th, 2014

Arts & Education: A Matter of Taste on Saturday, March 8th 


Nevada City School of the Arts presents its 16th annual "A Matter of Taste", benefit wine tasting and auction at the Miner's Foundry in downtown Nevada City on Saturday, March 8th.  Hundreds of items will be available to bid on, including trips to Costa Rica, New Orleans and New York, art work from Nevada County artists, tickets to Oregon and Tahoe Shakespeare festivals, the Celtic festival and collectables from stars like Johny Depp, Pearl Jam, The Rolling Stones, Johnny Cash, Bono and more. 

 "This is a fun event for adults from the entire community with gourmet food, wine and dancing." says artist and NCSA parent, Sheila Cameron "Not only is it a fun night on the town but it nurtures the next generation of artists and art appreciators. It is truly a special evening celebrating the best of Nevada County.
Every penny earned during this event goes straight back to support the environmental and arts programs at the Nevada City School of the Arts".  

Celebrating its 20th anniversary next year, NCSA is one of the first public charter schools in the state of California and serves a diverse population of over 300 local K-8 students.  Academic instruction is enhanced with foundational and curriculum-based arts instruction, as well as music, dance, theater, film and other electives.  Unlike most traditional public schools, NCSA must pay to rent facilities, and thus relies on fundraisers such as this to provide its highly enriched curriculum.

The doors open at 6pm for wine and food tastings, music, and a no-host bar. The live auction begins around 9 and the evening wraps at 11:00.

$20 tickets available in advance here; $25 at the door. For more information visit



2013 scholarship winner Keaton Hild receiving his award

InConcert Sierra
Annual Spring Teen Scholarship    
InConcert Sierra is inviting Nevada County instrumental music students who are currently in grades 9-12 and have been studying their instrument for at least three years, to apply for the Annual Spring Teen Scholarship. This is a $1000 scholarship and is awarded on the basis of the following:

-seriousness of purpose in musical studies
-financial need
-a personal statement from the student
-a recommendation from the teacher

The application is on their website, under 'Education'. Applications must be received by Monday, April 7, 2014 by email at

The award will be presented at the Sunday, April 20 concert featuring the Boston Brass at the Seventh-day Adventist Church in Grass Valley at 2 p.m. Complimentary tickets and reserved seats will be provided for the winner's family and teacher.

"InConcert Sierra looks forward to receiving many students' applications in hopes that one of them will benefit from this generous scholarship. It's always a very difficult decision." says Susan Duey, committee chairperson.

For more information, please contact InConcert Sierra at or 530-273-3990.



"Tower of Intention" by Peggy Wright, Winner for Best of Theme

Wild & Scenic Film Festival Art Exhibition Winners 
In January, Nevada County Arts partnered with SYRCL's Wild & Scenic Film Festival to again produce an art exhibition in conjunction with the Film Festival. Artworks in a variety of media were on display throughout Nevada City and Grass Valley. This was a juried exhibition, and the winners were:

Theme (Empowerment):
Best of Theme: Peggy Wright
Second Place: Radical Art for These Times

2D Artwork:
First Place: LeeAnn Brook
Second Place: Linda Galusha
Third Place: Tristan Berlund

3D Artwork:
First Place: Karin Johnson
Second Place: Andrew Sellery
Third Place: Tahiti Pehrson

First Place: James Pyle
Second Place: Eli Rush

Emerging Artist: Kelsey Bowen

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:

Community Canvas at Smiley Guys Smokehouse   

Ronsiek and Galusha at the Holbrooke Hotel Dining Room