newsletter   september   2014

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Focus on a Member: Sierra Stages
NCArts Call to Artists: Wild & Scenic Film Festival Art Show
Art Marketing Boot Camp in Truckee
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September is a confusing month.


Variably-dated Labor Day signals the unofficial end of summer, but summer technically isn't over this year until September 23. Various stages of Back to School transitions are in effect. The weather can be mild or scorching. Change floats in September air...


NCArts is making changes and heading back to school as well! From 7 - 9 pm this Thursday (9/4), we're hosting our Copyright/Intellectual Property law workshop with lawyer Stephen Davis of California Lawyers for the Arts - at the Nevada County Superintendent of Schools Office! The at the door admission of $15 for members and $25 for non members is a steal, since one hour with a lawyer typically costs hundreds of dollars. We are capping this workshop at 30 to be sure everyone has time for questions, and there are only a handful of seats left!


We are also launching our Wild and Scenic Art Exhibition Call To Artists. All regional artists are invited to be part of the Wild And Scenic Film Festival weekend, January 15-18, 2015, displaying their works in various venues around Grass Valley and Nevada City to thousands of Festival attendees. This year's theme is "A Wild Life." The Art Exhibition will be juried, with prizes worth up to $300 in several categories, including two-dimensional, three-dimensional, photography, best of theme, and Student Artist. For more information check out the article below or visit the Call to Artist page on our website here.


Another change is our new Gallery Program, designed as a service for artists who would like a public display space and promotional event for their artwork. On a rotating two-month basis, NCArts will sponsor exhibits for artists in their gallery space in the downtown Grass Valley Visitors Center (128 E. Main), host a reception with wine and appetizers, and feature the artists work in our newsletter and facebook page. For more information or to register for the program, please visit the Call to Artist page on our website.


Finally, we are reaching out to the Truckee area, hosting booths at Truckee Thursdays with information about all NCArts member activities/events, and offering a six week marketing class in Truckee as well. If you know someone in Truckee, be sure to alert them to the Marketing "Boot Camp", which is scheduled to begin on Thursday, September 18. The same class sold out in Grass Valley earlier this year, and received rave reviews.


As always, these activities can only happen with member support. If your membership has lapsed (or has yet to start) please help NCArts support and sustain the arts in Nevada County by becoming a member. It's only $35 a year (10 cents a day!), and really helps us do our job!





Brian Buckley
Executive Director

Nevada County Arts


 Focus on a Member:

Sierra Stages

    It's Only A Play   


Now in its sixth season, Sierra Stages - a nonprofit community theatre - has produced 22 plays and musicals since 2008 at various local venues, including the Nevada Theatre, Off Center Stage, Miners Foundry Cultural Center and The Center for the Arts. "We're all about trying our best to present high quality productions of plays and musicals for the community utilizing local resources, and hopefully having fun in the process," according to Peter Mason, president of Sierra Stages. The organization has collaborated with Community Asian Theatre of the Sierra (CATS) and InConcert Sierra to present The King and I, and partnered with the Miners Foundry to present Theater by the Book, a series of informal play readings for the community. Over the past six seasons, Sierra Stages has received 51 Elly Award nominations (from the Sacramento Area Regional Theatre Alliance) for its productions, including twelve nominations for last summer's production of Avenue Q.


The 23rd Sierra Stages production - You're A Good Man, Charlie Brown - opens this month and runs for four weekends (September 18 - October 12) at the Off Center Stage in Grass Valley. The musical is based on the "Peanuts" comic strips by Charles M. Schulz, and features a cast of six Nevada County actors and orchestra of six Nevada County musicians.


As a community theatre, Sierra Stages serves two constituencies - community members who attend shows (as audiences) and community members who participate in shows (as actors, directors, designers, production staff, and musicians). "We select our shows with both of these constituencies in mind," says Mason. "We seek to not only entertain, but also educate and provide additional cultural events for our community; accordingly, our selection of shows is broad-ranging, and includes classic and contemporary musicals (such as The Music Man and Avenue Q) and classic and contemporary plays (such as A Midsummer Night's Dream and Proof). We want to engage and expand the horizons of both our theatre artists and our audiences."


Sierra Stages' mission and goal is to present high quality productions using local talent and resources. "We are a community theatre in that we seek to provide opportunities and challenges to local actors, local musicians and other local theatre folks to express themselves and improve upon their art, whether it is acting, music, design or other theatre craft," says Mason. Sierra Stages operates with no salaried staff and therefore continues only because of the generosity of season sponsors/contributors and of individuals who give their time to work on the shows. Some of the folks who work on Sierra Stages' shows are paid a small stipend, but everyone is essentially a volunteer. Even though this is the case, presenting quality nonprofessional theatre in Nevada County is expensive. The budget for a musical at the Nevada Theatre can easily reach $50,000 with rent, licensing and royalty fees, materials for the set, costumes and other production items, advertising, and stipends to the production staff and musicians. Mason adds, "We are proud of the fact that almost all of the revenues we collect through donations from our season sponsors and other contributors and from ticket sales go directly back into the community via rental of local venues, purchasing of local goods and services and stipends to local community members."


Sierra Stages will be announcing their 7th Season soon. In the meantime, please support their work by purchasing tickets to You're A Good Man, Charlie Brown, and/or attending one or more of the Theater by the Book informal play readings at the Miners Foundry, or attending a special fundraiser - Souper Sunday - to benefit the educational programs of both Sierra Stages and InConcert Sierra on Sunday November 2. The fundraiser features a special performance of the children's musical, Stone Soup, with music by Ken Hardin, Artistic Director of InConcert Sierra. Stone Soup will tour with Sierra Stages to local elementary schools this fall.




Call to Artists: Wild & Scenic
Film Festival Art Show 


NCArts is proud to partner with SYRCL and the Wild and Scenic Film Festival once again in an effort to increase awareness of the intersection between arts and the environment.


To achieve this goal, all local and regional artists are invited to submit their environmental artwork for possible inclusion at the 2015 Wild & Scenic Film Festival Art Exhibition in Nevada City and Grass Valley.  More than 40 businesses, wineries, cafes and galleries will exhibit selected art during the 13th annual Wild & Scenic Film Festival.  This is a unique opportunity for more than 4,500 attendees to be exposed to your art.


The film festival theme for 2015 is "A Wild Life." Artists are encouraged to submit pieces that address this theme head on, particularly as it relates to nature and human interaction with our environment. "Exhibiting Wild & Scenic art adds another layer to the festival experience and immerses attendees in an environmental experience throughout town," says Melinda Booth, Film Festival Director. 


Click here to for complete submission guidelines and to submit your entries.


Artists may submit art in four categories:  Photography; Two Dimensional; Three Dimensional; and Student Art (must be 19 or under with valid student ID).  Prizes, ranging in value from $50 - $300, will be awarded in each category, as well as for Best of Theme. (Note:  All fees are directly invested in the cost of the Exhibition and Prize program.)


Application Deadlines and Fees are:

*               Early Application Deadline:  September 20th; ($20)

*               Regular Application Deadline: October 18th; ($30)

*               Extended Application Deadline: November 1st; ($45)

*               Student Application Deadline: November 1st; ($5)


We look forward to the works of art our community will create and we thank you in advance for your participation!


For more information, contact




Six-Week Art Marketing  
"Boot Camp" Starts Soon. . . 
Register Now!  
As part of its outreach to Truckee and the high country in Eastern Nevada County, NCArts is proud to offer Art Marketing Boot Camp: Turn Your Art into Cash.The six week class begins on Thursday, September 18, and ends on Thursday, October 23. This hands-on branding, marketing and sales strategy class will enable you to turn your art into sustainable income using customized step-by-step sales methods that are individualized to your work, personality, style and approach with people. Participants from all career levels and disciplines will find practical guidelines for running an art business.

The instructor for the class is Jude Bischoff, the former owner of Catapult, a branding and marketing sales training company, who is now a full time artist. Jude sums up his experience and philosophy about art marketing as follows, "Did you know that selling your art is all about building relationships and sharing your passion?  It is easier than you think! For the past 35 years I have made a good living in sales. I'm excited to share the selling secrets with you!"

To ensure a positive experience and individualized attention, the class is limited to 20 students. Earlier in the year, this same "Boot Camp" sold out in Grass Valley and earned rave reviews.  Student comments included:

"Such a great class!  Jude is dynamic, realistic, and personable - a winning mix.  The material is top notch, practical and valuable.  I would recommend this class to anyone interested in marketing their (or anyone's) art!"


"I wish I had taken this class earlier in my career.  I truly feel jump-started and empowered. Jude is so inspiring!"  

The cost for this six week class is $195 - less than $33 per 3-hour session. Classes are on Thursdays, Sept. 18 - Oct. 23, from 6 - 9  pm at the Truckee Airport Meeting Room, 10356 Truckee Airport Road, Truckee, CA 96161.

There is only ONE WEEK left to pre-register! The cost goes up by $25 to register "at the door."  Additionally, if the minimum number of pre-registrations is not met, the class will be cancelled. If you are mulling it over, please act now and register by clicking here. We're sure you will feel the same way this student did:  "I want to thank you for the great Marketing Boot Camp Program. I looked forward to class every (week) because I'd come away with something new to think about or implement for the next week. The energy of the class and the learning from eachother's experiences was very helpful also. Wishing you the BEST!"

For more information, contact Jude Bischoff at or call (530) 265-8781.




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:

North Columbia Schoolhouse Tapestry by The Ridge Tapestry Project

"The Race" by Jude Bischoff