newsletter   october   2014

In This Issue
Focus on a Member: Open Studios & Art Tour
NCArts Gallery Feature: Community Canvas
Call to Artists: ASiF "Smallworks" Holiday Show
Last Call: Wild & Scenic Film Festival Art Show
The Business of Being a Professional Artist
Volunteer Opportunities
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Beautiful fall colors are on display, and I'm not only referring to the color creeping into the local leaves. The Fall Colors Open Studios Tour is scheduled for the first two weekends in October, and one can get a great peek at some of the incredible artwork that is produced on a daily basis here in Nevada County. (And, as with looking at the leaves, it's all free!) Check out the article below, and click on the link for a complete map/program for the Tour.


Further delving into the nexus of nature and art, we're in the middle of the submission period for the Wild and Scenic Art Exhibition - a wonderful, community-enhancing extension of SYRCL's Wild and Scenic Film Festival. With screening venues in both Grass Valley and Nevada City, the festival has grown to almost 5,000 participants, and the Juried Art Exhibition and Art/Wine Walks in both towns create a magical and beautiful atmosphere for locals and visitors alike. Artists throughout the region will want to submit their pieces to the Exhibition prior to the end of October. See the article below for details and links to participate.


In addition to sponsoring these two events, NCArts is busy hosting an Arts Marketing Bootcamp in Truckee, and recently offered a presentation on copyright and intellectual property law, led by attorney Stephen Davis.


We also have a couple of exciting projects that we're planning for the future, most notably a new Fine Arts Festival in 2015. As you might imagine, for a small organization we're very busy! We can use your help. In this issue, you'll also see a Call for Volunteers with a link to our volunteer registration page, as well as notice of some equipment donations we could use. Finally, we always can use the support of your membership, starting at only $35 a year, less than 10 a day.





Brian Buckley
Executive Director

Nevada County Arts


Focus on a Member: 
The Center for the Arts 
Fall Colors Open Studios  
& Art Tour 
The Center for the Arts is pleased to present the Fall Colors Open Studios Tour that runs the first two weekends of October and features 72 local artists in 50 studios! The community will have the opportunity to visit the studios of painters, printmakers, photographers, ceramicists, illustrators, jewelers, designers, woodworkers and more. The Center for the Arts curates artists to represent the breadth of art in Nevada County in all the visual art mediums, from practical to whimsical creations.

Mark Arkenstone
Julie Baker, the Executive Director for The Center for the Arts, says, "One of my favorite parts of the tour is visiting artists in their studios. I love driving around our beautiful county, discovering roads I've never traveled before and seeing artists where they live and make work." Not only is it a unique privilege to see our county's artists in their own creative environments, but visitors can view new works in progress, watch live demonstrations, and learn about the art process from concept to completion.

painting by Denise Way
The kick-off to the tour begins October 2nd at the Center for the Arts for the Tour Preview Exhibit
.  "I love the preview show at The Center, a sampling of one piece by each artist. One of my jobs is to curate the hanging of that show and it is always exciting to see all the works come together weaving a visual story," says Baker.

The Open Studios Tour was first the vision of Carol Herschleb, who was also the founder for a number of other local arts festivals and events, as well as being a founding board member of Nevada County Arts. We will continue to see Carol's contributions and she will long be remembered and forever appreciated.

"It is such a joy to create an event that showcases the talented and diverse group of visual artists we have living here in Nevada County. I know that for some, buying or even going into an artist's studio or art gallery can be intimidating, but I invite everyone to take the leap! Show up, get to know your neighbors and buy art!" Baker says.

This is a FREE event!
Open Studios TOUR
October 4th, 5th
11th, 12th
download a TOUR MAP at

Tour Preview Exhibit
October 2 - 18
weekends: 10 AM - 5 PM

Stay Where the Stars
Holiday Inn Express & Suites
121 Bank Street, Grass Valley CA. 95945 
 Attendees special offer $179.95 plus tax Friday and Saturday nights. Call 530 477 1700 and ask for the Open Studios Special

NCArts Gallery Feature: 
Canvassing the Community: 
The Artists of Community Canvas

The Nevada County Arts Gallery at 128 East Main Street in downtown Grass Valley is pleased to announce the first of its planned rotating exhibits: Canvassing the Community: The Artists of Community Canvas featuring artwork from both students and instructors of Community Canvas--a vibrant new arts nonprofit led by cousins, Tiffany McGuckin and Virginia Faraco.

McGuckin and Faraco have spent years in school classrooms as arts educators, and both are long-time local artists.  They formed Community Canvas two years ago to further their passion of involving others in the magic of art.  Located in "Studio 301" at St. Joseph's Cultural Center (410 South Church Street), they can also be frequently seen out and about in local wineries and restaurants with one of their famous "paint and pours."  Find out more by going to their website at

NCArts will be hosting an Artists' Reception
& Open House (with appetizers and beverages)
Tuesday, October 21  
7 - 8:30 pm.

Please stop by to mix and mingle with the artists and NCArts Board members.  We'd love to see you!

Call to Artists: 
"Smallworks" in the Foothills
Holiday Show 
Calling for original artworks in all media and dimensions under 12" including mat and frame, or three-dimensional works under 432 cubic inches.

New Fee Schedule!
  • Artists may submit as few pieces as they like with a fee "cap off" at $40
  • Artists submitting 1 - 8 pieces pay: $5 per piece
  • Artists submitting 8 - 10 pieces pay standard $40 fee 
  • Artists may replace sold artwork at no additional entry fee once $40 max fee is met.
  • A maximum of 10 artworks per artist may be displayed at a time

Entry Deadline: October 13 

Art Delivery: October 21, 11am - 4pm  

Art Reception: November 7, 5 - 8pm

EXHIBIT: November 7 - January 11 

Holiday Open House: Sat, Dec 6th 11 - 4pm



For more info on art specs, framing and presentation standards, commissions, fees, dates and deadlines, etc., please visit the prospectus located on the exhibits page of the ASiF website.   




Last Call: 
Wild & Scenic Art Exhibit  
A good number of artists have been registering for the Wild and Scenic Film Festival Art Exhibition.  This year's fun and inspirational theme is "A Wild Life." Don't miss this opportunity to participate in a juried art exhibition with regionally and nationally recognized jurors!

Displayed art can be seen by over 4,000 festival attendees in both Grass Valley and Nevada City. Prizes are awarded in multiple categories, including 2D, 3D, photography, student, and Best of Theme.

Follow the link below for more information or to register and submit your artwork.

The deadline for regular ($30) submissions is October 18!
  (The extended deadline for late submissions ($45)
is November 1) 

Be part of the celebration at this year's Wild and Scenic Art Exhibit!



The Business of Being  
a Professional Artist:

TOP 10 Things All Professional Artists Should Consider When Starting And Operating
Their Businesses


Presented by Anthony Garafola , Esq.
Tuesday, October 14, 2014 @ 6:30 PM 
Verge Center for the Arts
625 S St, Sacramento, CA 95811
This workshop will present an overview of the essentials aspects of starting and operating a small business, with a focus on issues that are most relevant to professional artists and their enterprises. Both new and established creative individuals will benefit from this presentation and are encouraged to attend. 

Click here for more info! 




Volunteer Opportunities 

Nevada County Arts is growing as more and more artists are asking for our services and support.

It's been a busy year so far - we have been sponsoring/organizing for multiple events such as the Wild and Scenic Art Exhibit and the Sierra Festival of the Arts; focusing on Arts Education with a number of initiatives including support and outreach for the California State Summer School For the Arts, a community forum on arts education in local schools; leading the Arts Education Leadership Group, and successfully advocating for an Arts Education Coordinator position within the County Superintendent of Schools office, and hosting multiple workshops and classes for the benefit of the arts community, including a copyright/ intellectual property workshop, and a six week class on art marketing and sales.

Next year is going to be even more exciting and we want you to share our growth and excitement with us!!  We are now at a point where our growth and expansion of projects, services and support to the local art community requires volunteer support.  We invite you to work along our board members and local artists with events, projects and some administrative work to help reach out to our Art Community and help grow art in Nevada County.

Volunteer opportunities include:
1.  Assist Marketing Committee chair with designing and implementing creative marketing and promotion campaigns/materials
2. Assist Fund Development Committee chair with fundraising ideas and events, membership outreach letters, thank you's etc.
3. Assist Board members with staffing special events and activities.
4. Assist Executive Director with data management, office help, grant writing, web management, newsletters, or publicity coordination.

Much of the future success of Nevada County Arts will be powered by volunteers.  If you would like to be part of our success as a volunteer, please click on the link below. It only take a few minutes. Follow the instructions and a Nevada County Arts board member will get back with you.  Come join in and help us grow.


Filing Taxes in October?

Support arts education programs across California and contribute to the "Keep Arts in Schools Fund" in the
Voluntary Contribution Section of California state tax returns


Equipment Donations Sought

Nevada County Arts is seeking the donation of a laptop computer (2009 model or later), and a projector for computer slideshow presentations.  If you have either of these items that you can donate, please email info@nevadacountyarts or call (530) 278-5155.  Thank You!

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:

From Open Studios: Kathy Frey (jewelry), Dugan Essick (woodworking),
LeeAnn Brook (painting)