newsletter   august   2014

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Focus on a Member: Nevada City Film Festival
NCArts Salon Series: Copyright Law
NCArts Gallery Program
LeeAnn Brook
Grant for First Friday Art Walks
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July was a particularly busy month for NCArts, beginning with the hosting of a reception for Nevada County's Arts Scholars, and continuing with tables and booths at Truckee Thursdays and the First Friday Art Walk.  (NCArts reps for the many wonderful member arts organizations in Nevada County, so if you're a member and have promotional materials, bring them to our office and we'll be happy to display them at our booth.) 

Another major project was the move into our new office space in the Greater Grass Valley Chamber of Commerce Visitors Center.  Finally we were pleased to receive word that our collaborative grant proposal supporting the First Friday Art Walks was funded by the California Arts Council's Creating Places of Vitality program. (For more details, see the article below.)

July also saw the departure of two valuable and esteemed members of Nevada County Arts Board of Directors.  Carla Beebe, our representative from the Truckee Area submitted her resignation, and Board Member Roseanne Burke is leaving after four+ very productive years as the chair of our Marketing Committee.

Carla was instrumental in bringing more presence for NCArts to the East County, and was directly responsible for NCArts sponsorship of the Sunken Treasures Art Exhibit at the Tahoe Maritime Museum, and the scheduling of several NCArts workshops and classes in the Truckee area.

Roseanne Burke has been one of the true creators of Nevada County Arts, joining the board in 2010, shortly after its official incorporation as a nonprofit in 2009.  With her artistic talent and background in marketing, she immediately took on leadership roles in some of the key aspects of NCArts.  As the Marketing Committee Chair, she personally oversaw major improvements to the NCArts website, and was the editor in charge of our monthly newsletter, two of the most prominent and valuable services provided by NCArts.  Roseanne also was a key developer of NCArts' collaboration with SYRCL - the Wild and Scenic Film Festival Art Exhibition - and was the talent behind all the print and radio promotional campaigns, as well as most of the eblasts and promotions for the events sponsored by NCArts and various partners.

We will miss Roseanne and Carla, and undoubtedly it will very difficult to fill their shoes.  For all they did on behalf of NCArts, we ask our members to join us in thanking them for their service, and we wish them the best in their future pursuits.  We also look forward to a continued relationship with these talented individuals, and potential collaborations on future projects.

August brings new challenges and projects including working with the Center For the Arts sponsoring the Open Studios Tour, putting out the Call to Artists and planning for the  Wild and Scenic Film Festival Art Exhibit, working with the County Office of Education on the creation of an Arts Education Coordinator position, starting the NCArts Gallery Exhibition program, and implementing a number of  needed NCArts operational improvements.

As always, we could definitely use your support.  We'd love to have a new newsletter editor, Facebook coordinator, or East County representative.  We have a number of specific volunteer jobs that need to be filled.  Even if you don't have the time or expertise to volunteer, we'd love to have the support of your membership, which at $35 a year, is less than a dime a day.



Brian Buckley
Executive Director

Nevada County Arts



Focus on a Member:

Nevada City Film Festival


The 14th Annual Nevada City Film Festival (NCFF) kicks off September 4-7, 2014. Every summer, NCFF makes art into a 

party, bringing emerging and top independent filmmakers to the Sierra Foothills and showcasing award-winning short and feature length films from around the world. The four-day celebration of art, music, and independent filmmaking, includes film screenings, workshops, special performances, and a live comedy show.  NBC Bay Area called it "one of the fun and funkiest" film festivals in California.

NCFF has also been called the "Sundance of the Sierra" (Sacramento News & Review) for its emphasis on fiercely independent cinema. Each year, NCFF attends major film festivals, collaborates with film schools around the world, reads countless film blogs, and watches hundreds of submitted films, to narrow it down to the very best in independent film.

This year's opening night feature is "Creep", the directorial debut of Nevada County native Patrick Brice. Alex Williams of the Daily Texan called it "smart, unsettling, and refreshingly self-aware" and Time Magazine named it "one of the 10 movies that made SXSW spectacular." "Creep" screens Thursday, September 4, at the Miners Foundry Cultural Center.

Another one of this year's special guests is comedian Marc Maron from IFC's hit series "Maron" and the popular podcast "WTF with Marc Maron." Maron will headline NCFF's Live Comedy show on Friday, September 5, at the Miners Foundry Cultural Center. 

Internationally recognized multimedia performance artist Miwa Matreyek will also showcase her latest project at NCFF.  Matreyek combines stunning animation with the art of movement and has shown her works at venues around the world, including TEDGlobal (UK), the SF Exploratorium, Spain, Mexico, and Chile. Matreyek performs twice Friday, September 5 at the Haven Underground.

In addition to the above mentioned special guests, NCFF will screen 70 short films, 10 feature length films, a special student works program featuring films from Sierra College students, workshops, and after parties.

New this year at NCFF:
  • Outdoor Family Film Screening of ET in Pioneer Park - Friday, August 15, 2014
  • Filmmaker Salons: NCFF Salons are a unique opportunity to be part of an in-depth conversation led by filmmakers and industry professionals.
  • Filmmaker Workshops: NCFF Workshops are an exciting opportunity for audiences to engage with Festival filmmakers and get an insider's look at their craft and process. This year's workshops include Adventure Storytelling with GoPro and How to Create a Successful Comedy Webseries
For more information about the Nevada City Film Festival, visit


Stephen Davis of California Lawyers for the Arts       

NCArts Salon Series: "Copyright Law" on September 4th & 5th


NCArts is presenting the second event in their 2014 Professional Artists' Salon Series - "Copyright Law" with Stephen Davis. This event will be presented twice: first in Nevada City on Thursday, September 4th and then in Truckee, on Friday, September 5th.


Stephen Davis is an attorney specializing in intellectual property. He has over 20 years experience representing artists. His presentation on copyright law is for visual, performing (including musicians), and literary artists and will provide a solid overview of how copyright law protects the artist's work. 


In his presentation, Stephen will address: 

  • What kind of works are protected by copyright law 
  • How to register a copyright 
  • What copyright protection gives the artists 
  • What it means to infringe a copyright; and what remedies are available when art works are infringed 
  • What "fair use" of a copyrighted work means  

Questions are welcome and encouraged.  


On-line registration is only $10 for NCArts and CLA members, $20 for non-members, and $5 for students (under 21) with a valid student ID. Prices at the door will be $15 for NCArts members, $25 for non-members and $5 for students.



Click one of the links below to register now!



For additional information, contact Jude Bischoff at




Call to Artists:

NCArts Gallery Program   


NCArts is proud to announce a great new opportunity for local artists to exhibit their work and generate a local following. As part of the new office space for NCArts in the Grass Valley Visitors Center, NCArts is in charge of a 'mini-gallery" with approximately 30 linear feet of wall space and a corresponding amount of floor space.


"We hope to fill a void and provide a much needed service to artists in the area," said Brian Buckley, Executive Director of NCArts. "Local gallery space is limited, and if one isn't a member of one of the fabulous artist co-ops in our area, such as ASiF or Art Works, it can be difficult to find a venue to exhibit your work. With our program, artists can exhibit for two months at minimal cost, have their work featured in the NCArts newsletter, and keep 100% of any sales that result from the exhibit. NCArts will not charge any commission, and we'll even host an evening reception at the gallery with food and beverages! This is a great opportunity and we hope many local artists take advantage of it!"


The program is only open to NCArts member artists, though individuals can become members or renew membership concurrently with submitting their applications.


NCArts artists will be able to exhibit their work in the gallery for two months, and the cost will $60/month ($120 total). For the small rental fee, artists will also benefit from a hosted reception, promotional articles, and an NCArts website display of their artwork   


Artists interested in exhibiting their work at the gallery through this program should review the program guidelines and submit their applications via the NCArts website Call to Artists portal. There is a non-refundable $30 application deposit, and this charge will be credited to the monthly fee for any accepted artist. Once the application is submitted with the deposit and work samples, the application will be active for two years, and NCArts may contact the artist to schedule a exhibition at any time during that period. Generally, artists will be contacted between two and six months in advance in order to schedule an exhibition.   The first exhibition will begin in September 2014.  If you have any questions, feel free to contact us by emailing





LeeAnn Brook: Points of Inspiration  


Local artist LeeAnn Brook felt a strong desire to utilize her skills in a form that could not only leave a legacy, but also offer a vision. The result is her new book called "Points of Inspiration: An Artist's Journey With Painting and Photography." The book will be featured at a show of Brook's newest collage paintings opening at for first Friday Art Walk on August 1st at Nevada City Winery.

Brook will be taking orders for the book, offering signed, limited editions at a discounted pre-sale price at the opening. The full color 96 page book has a foreword by award-winning poet Molly Fisk. Brook's love for the landscape is demonstrated with her paintings and photography throughout the book. Accompanied by her personal story of how one medium has inspired another, the book offers glimpses into her studio and process as well as her personal vision.

"I'm passionate about my community and my art, and believe that creating awareness of our natural world through the form of art not only helps connect us in a deeper way, but also opens our eyes, inspiring action for preservation" reflects Brook.

The show runs from August 1 - 31, at Nevada City Winery, 321 Spring St. in Nevada City.  Her opening will be on August 1st from 4 to 6 p.m. For more information on her work, visit or contact her at 265-6817.




NCArts Receives CAC Grant for
Nevada City First Friday Art Walks
Nevada County Arts was the recipient of a $6,825 grant from the California Arts Council. The successful grant application, in support of the Nevada City First Friday Art Walks, was funded by the CAC's Creating Places of Vitality program.

NCArts has been a fan and supporter of the First Friday Art Walk program since visionary organizer Cynthia Levesque first initiated the program last year. When the Creating Places of Vitiality request for proposals notice arrived in January, NCArts Executive Director Brian Buckley contacted Cynthia Levesque and Peggy Wright with an invitation to collaborate on a grant proposal. "The First Friday Art Walks were a perfect fit for the goals of the grant program. Clearly, the CAC saw how the First Friday Art Walks were exactly the kind of program they wanted to support. Thanks go to Peggy Wright, who was the lead author of the proposal. She did an excellent job of communicating the economic and community-building value of the art walks in Nevada City.

First Friday Art Walks happen Monthly in downtown Nevada City from May through October. From 5 - 9 pm on the first Friday of the month, participating merchants stay open late, fine art work is displayed in a variety of businesses, and entertainment and booths are scattered through the downtown area. Parts of Commercial Street and York are closed to traffic, and both locals and tourists enjoy strolling about the town, looking at the beautiful art displays, and soaking up the cultural and historical ambiance.

"The arts encourage creative innovation and engagement in meaningful cultural activities that transform our neighborhoods and communities," said Craig Watson, Director of the California Arts Council. "We are pleased to invest in Nevada County Art's important work. In total, the projects supported by our Creating Places of Vitality program will reach twenty-three California counties, including thirteen rural counties, further growing the impact of the arts across our state."

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:

"Flow" by LeeAnnBrook at Nevada City Tasting Room  

"River Time" by Denise Wey at ASiF Studios