newsletter   june   2014

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Focus on a Member: Tom Beebe
"Get Your Social Media On"
Nevada Union CSSSA Winners
Sunken Treasures at Tahoe Maritime Museum
Call to Artists: The Artisans' Festival
Call to Artists: Artworks Gallery
Resources for Artists
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This month Nevada County Arts turns 5!  Conceived during discussions among community leaders on topics such as new performing arts venues and establishing Nevada County as an arts destination, a group of people passionate about the arts gathered regularly in 2008 and 2009 to launch a nonprofit organization that could support the many artists and arts organizations in our region.

In June 2009, the State of California accepted the Articles of Incorporation for the Arts Collaborative of Nevada County (ACNC) as a registered nonprofit corporation.  The mission of the ACNC was to "facilitate collaborative efforts that promote and sustain the visual, literary, and performing arts of Nevada County to advance the cultural, social, and economic life of our community."  Later that same year, the Arts Collaborative of Nevada County was designated by the Board of Supervisors as the official representative and voice of the arts in Nevada County.  That designation enabled ACNC to become an official State-Local Partner with the California Arts Council.  In sum, an Arts Nonprofit was born!

The name (Arts Collaborative of Nevada County) didn't exactly roll of the tongue, so the decision was made to change to Nevada County Arts, which is how the organization is known today.  In the past 5 years NCArts has made major strides in accomplishing its mission, and in building the cultural infrastructure of Nevada County.  

We operate the major Nevada County arts website, with a complete calendar of events, directories of artists and organizations, calls to artists and a submission portal for arts exhibits.  We send out a monthly newsletter filled with arts news to over 700 subscribers.  We have hosted over two dozen educational workshops over the past 3 years, and sponsored a 6 week marketing class.  We have partnered with other organizations to curate the Wild and Scenic Art Exhibition and the Sierra Festival of the Arts, and have sponsored many events ranging from the "Sunken Treasures" Art Exhibit at the Tahoe Maritime Museum, to the Sierra Storytelling Festival, to the Open Studios Tour and the Art/OnSite public art installations on the Tribute Trail.  We have lobbied in Sacramento for increased funding for the arts, and have facilitated/funded collaborative marketing promotions for Nevada County arts organizations and events in print media and on Capital Public Radio.

More collaborative projects are underway, and we have submitted more than $100,000 in grant applications over the past three months.  This could not happen without your help, and we hope that you will continue your support  by renewing your membership or becoming a first-time member!  Annual individual memberships start at $35, or less than 10 a day.  Help us celebrate our 5th birthday by becoming a Part of the Arts!



Brian Buckley
Executive Director

Nevada County Arts


Tom Beebe's work stretches across the full spectrum of fine woodworking - from trim work and cabinetry to studio furniture and functional art.


Focus on a Member: Tom Beebe    


Tom Beebe's woodworking studio is on a peaceful street, next to the river, in downtown Truckee. Upon entry, visitors will be greeted by an easy-going, quiet man and the sweet and hearty scents of freshly cut wood reminiscent of bygone days. Tom's passion for creating is evident in all he does and a single visit to his shop is sure to leave you with a deeper appreciation of woodworking as a creative medium.


Crossing over into the realm of Fine Art, Tom's work has been described as both evolutionary and extraordinary. From interior trimwork and cabinetry to studio furniture and functional art, his portfolio stretches across the full spectrum of woodworking projects. Much of his work incorporates curves, marquetry, inlay, and experimental gilding. Tom holds carpentry licenses in both California and Nevada.


Tom is skilled at pushing creative boundaries in ways that respect and redefine woodworking traditions and most of his work is commissioned through a custom design process.  


Tom also operates a small independent woodworking school integrated into his fully equipped studio. Students benefit from his vast knowledge of woodworking and his many years of teaching other woodworkers. Precision, accuracy, and efficiency are emphasized in his teaching and he breaks down complex tasks into manageable steps that students can master. Most of Tom's classes are geared toward the beginning to intermediate woodworker and subjects range from woodworking fundamentals to specific techniques, such as Marquetry.


In addition to commissions, Tom's also builds pieces that are for sale at his studio gallery, through his new website, at craft shows, and at select galleries throughout the Reno-Tahoe area.  

Tom's current website will be deactivated soon and replaced with his new site. You will also find him on Facebook. You can email him at  and his telephone number is 530-386-4977.




NCArts Salon Series: "Get Your Social Media On" with Jordan Layman 
You are cordially invited to the first event in the 2014 NCArts Professional Artists' Salon Series - "Get Your Social Media On" with Jordan Layman. We are very excited that this event will be presented twice: first in Truckee on June 17th and then in Grass Valley on June 18th.
This presentation is designed to help you develop an integrated social media strategy across a variety of platforms including Facebook, Twitter, Google+, YouTube, Instagram and more.  
Jordan Layman is the webmaster at Cal State Chico  and co-founder of Idea Fab Labs, a hybrid makerspace /art gallery intended to be a cultural center for blurring the lines between art and technology. In addition, he is the Social Media and Web Master for MaMuse (, the Manager at BETA (, and the Social Media Manager at Winchester Goose (

In his presentation, Jordan will address:
  • How you can connect with your fanbase
  • How you can employ effective sales strategies on YouTube, Facebook, Twitter and more
  • How targeted web marketing can help you to reach customers around the world - for free
  • How you can stay on the forefront of social media in an ever-changing environment
  • How to be authentic and provide value to your customers
  • Social media etiquette

If you want to learn to successfully navigate the world of social media and incorporate it into your overall marketing strategy, don't miss this presentation.  
On-line registration is only $15 for NCArts members, $20 for non-members, and is free for students with a valid student ID. Prices at the door will be $20 for NCArts members and $25 for non-members.
Click one of the links below to register now!

Register for the Salon Event in Truckee on June 17th

Register for the Salon Event in Grass Valley on June 18th

If you have any questions, contact Jude Bischoff at


Five Nevada Union Students Earn Prestigious Art Award



The California State Summer School for the Arts (CSSSA), the CSSSA Foundation, and Nevada County Arts are pleased to announce the CSSSA California Arts Scholars for the 2014 summer session. Representing Nevada County are: Donovan Farwell (Theater); Jentry Huntington (Dance); Emma Lauterbach (Theater); Callum McKean (Creative Writing); and Patrick Shannon (Theater). Drawn from a pool of over 1600 applicants, the approximately 500 high school age students selected are considered to be some of the most outstanding students in the arts from all over the State of California. Students hail from all 58 California counties, and have demonstrated outstanding artistic excellence in one of the seven CSSSA disciplines: Animation, Creative Writing, Film, Dance, Music, Theatre or the Visual Arts. The 2014 Session of the California State Summer School for the Arts will be held July 12-August 8, 2014. The Awards Event for the Nevada County participants will be held on July 1 at the Powell House in Nevada City.


CSSSA offers a unique opportunity for students to spend one month immersed in a creative laboratory experiencing the inspiring and rigorous daily life of a professional artist. As a bridge from high school to college, the program offers graduates three units of California State University course credit and names them "California Arts Scholars" which distinguishes CSSSA graduates from their peers as they proceed to college and careers.  


CSSSA alumni include such Hollywood names as Zac Efron and James Franco, Pixar animators Mark Walsh and Sanjay Patel, Broadway star Teal Wicks, TV stars Katherine McPhee and Kirsten Vangsness, and author Margaret Dilloway, among many other successful artists and creative leaders. 

The participating CSSSA Arts Scholar Network Counties for 2014 include: Alameda County Arts Commission, Arts Council of Placer County, Arts and Culture Commission of Contra Costa County, Arts Council Santa Cruz County, Arts Orange County, Del Norte Association for Cultural Awareness, Fresno Arts Council, Humboldt Arts Council, Los Angeles County, Nevada County Arts, Riverside Arts Council, Sacramento Metropolitan Arts Commission, San Francisco Arts Commission, San Mateo County Arts Commission, Santa Barbara County Arts Commission, Ventura County Arts Council, and YOLOARTS. 


  Susan Watson receives her "Best of Show" award for

"Submerged" at the Tahoe Maritime Museum


"Sunken Treasures" at the Tahoe Maritime Museum 

The Tahoe Maritime Museum is hosting it's first juried art show, "Sunken Treasures" and both Nevada County Arts and Placer Arts were sponsors. 


The exhibit showcases work that explores the unseen world at the bottom of Lake Tahoe. The display coincides with the Museum's history exhibit, "Ghost Ships", which opened on May 24, 2014 and closes in April of 2015. Exhibit and Collections Associate, Christine Shook, noted "the Museum is honored to provide an exciting new venue on the West Shore of Lake Tahoe for artists to showcase their maritime-themed works of art." They have already selected a theme for next years' show: race boats!  


The Best in Show honor went to Reno Artist, Susan Watson,for her abstract acrylic painting "Submerged". Watson is a California native who now splits her time between Paris, France and Reno, Nevada. During her 2006-2008 stay in Paris she studied with Nina Kovacheva and was introduced to the mediums and tools that she uses to create her current large scale abstracts. 


The Tahoe Maritime Museum is located along the west shore of Lake Tahoe in Homewood. Their mission is to maintain watercraft and marine artifacts significant in Lake Tahoe's maritime history. 


More of Susan Watson's work can be seen on her website or at the Liberty Fine Art Gallery in Reno NV.


NCArts would like to extend a special thanks to juror's Carla Beebe and Roy Dryer. Roy has created the official poster for the famed Lake Tahoe Concours d'Elegance for 30 years and his work can be seen here.





Call to Artists: The Artisans' Festival 

The 2014 Miners Foundry Artisans Festival will take place Thanksgiving weekend (November 28th & 29th) in Nevada City, CA. Celebrating its 40th Anniversary, the festival is known as a local gem, providing the community with a post-Thanksgiving event to enjoy with their family and friends and giving artists a place to market their work to holiday-motivated buyers.


Anyone is welcome to apply to this fine arts event. Eligible media includes: painting, photography, printmaking, sculpture; wood, fiber, stone, clay, metals, leather, etc.  The cost to apply is $10. Booth fees are $300 for accepted artists. Shared booth spaces will be considered and if you would like to discuss any other creative display ideas, contact the show producer at    

The jury for this show consists of five impartial working artists,   each sharing the commitment to making this year's festival a great art event. The deadline to submit your application in June 20th, and artists will be contacted no later than July 15th. 


This year's Artisans' Festival is going to be an exciting and fun, festive place to be. In addition to the artists' booths there will be live music and choir performances, a children's art space, children's parades, photos with Father Christmas, art installations, and good food & good wine! 


Lastly, the Foundry has increased the festival marketing budget to attract visitors from the Sacramento Valley and Reno areas, as well as throughout Nevada County. The festival organizers are dedicated to making this a vibrant event for guests and a prosperous event for artists!


There will be a free informational meeting at the Miners Foundry on Thursday, June 5th at 10:00am.


Apply to the Artisans' Festival here.




Call to Artists: Glass or Ceramic Artist for Artworks Gallery 

Artworks Gallery has a unique opportunity for a glass or ceramic artist. The gallery is a cooperative with 35 artists who share the responsibilities of sales during store hours, as well as promote and maintain the gallery. 


nterested glass and ceramic artists should contact Dori Greenbaum at 530.346-6345, or email




Online Resources for Artists
The California Arts Council and the Sacramento Municipal Arts Commission both have extensive online resources for artists and arts organizations. Following is a brief description of each organization with a link to their resources pages. We encourage you to visit these sites and sign up for their newsletters, which are chock full of valuable information.

The California Arts Council
was established in 1975 by Governor Jerry Brown. Their mission is to advance California through the arts and creativity. They encourage public participation in the arts in the state, help build arts organizations at the local level, assist with the professional development of arts leaders, promote awareness of the value of the arts, and directly fund arts programs for California citizens. Here is a link to their resources for artists including artists' calls, job opportunities, grant opportunities and internships: The California Arts Council

The Sacramento Metropolitan Arts Commission, established in 1977, is a public agency devoted to supporting, promoting and advancing the arts in the region.  They provide funding to local artists and arts groups; promote the arts through marketing, outreach and education initiatives; provide resources to support and increase regional arts education activities; and serve as a community partner and resource. Here is a link to their resources for artists - including job opportunities, grant opportunities, workshops, and more: Sacramento Metropolitan Arts Council 


If you have an opportunity for local artists - a call to artists, a workshop, job opportunity, etc., we invite you to post it on the NCArts website calendar here. It's a free service - you just need to create an account.  


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:

"Submerged" by Susan Watson at the Tahoe Maritime Museum  

Louise Preston at 151 Union Square on Mill Street