newsletter   november  2014 

In This Issue
Focus on a Member: Pioneer Arts
NCArts Unscripted: A Writers Showcase
NCArts Workshop with Maxima Kahn
Trademarks: An Overview
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Autumn temperatures are cooling, but the work of NCArts is heating up this time of year!


In this issue of the newsletter you'll hear about two NCArts-sponsored events in the near future, and two very important Calls to Artists you won't want to miss...


The first event, coming up on Wednesday, December 3, is our first writer showcase series, NCArts Unscripted. Author Steve Sanfield will regale us with his poetry and master storytelling, and share excerpts from his award-winning books. See the article below for more information and to register.

The second event is timed to help creatively re-charge artists heading into the winter months.  Join us for a daytime workshop on Saturday, December 6, led by local writer and creative guru Maxima Kahn.  Registration details and information are in the article below.

Now for the two big announcements!  First, Nevada County Arts is pleased to announce on behalf of Dignity Health/Sierra Nevada Memorial Hospital, a commissioning of two pieces of  original local artwork for the lobby in Building 1 of the hospital.  NCArts will be organizing the Call to Artists for this project, which will be launched this month.  Look for an e-blast to our readership, as well as an article in The Union.

Another Major Development!  Specifically, a newly-planned Fine Arts Festival  - the Summer Arts Fest!  Nevada County Arts is proud to partner with Music In the Mountains to create a fantastic, fun, Fine Arts Festival and the opportunity to showcase the amazing arts and culture of our community.  Scheduled for June 26-28, 2015 - local artists will not want to miss the opportunity to be part of this annual convergence of some of the finest musical, visual, and performance artistry in the region.  The Call to Artists will be going out later this month!  Be on the lookout for it and reserve your spot in this wonderful new Festival.

Finally, thanks so much for your support and involvement with Nevada County Arts.  It's a beautiful, exciting time of the year.  Enjoy it - and this newsletter!  




Brian Buckley
Executive Director

Nevada County Arts


Focus on a Member: 
Pioneer Arts
Good things can happen when a group of dedicated artists get together, and in this case, that's exactly how the non-profit organization, Pioneer Arts, was founded in 1966. The group's mission is to promote and support the visual arts and artists of Western Nevada County.

Pioneer Arts comprises a network of visual artists at all levels, in all media, and provides an inspiring environment with their monthly meetings that include demonstrations, lectures, and critiques--all in the interest of honing the artistic craft of the participants, and building on their confidence. The President of Pioneer Arts, Nancy Salerno, says, "With so many professional artists concentrated in this area, I think one of the most exciting things about working with Pioneer Arts is witnessing an artist who isn't fully aware of his/her innate talent, evolve into an artist who begins to confidently put work out into the world. It is particularly satisfying to see such artists, for example, win ribbons in a show. I am pleased Pioneer Arts helps facilitate this."

"Moonscape" - Watercolor by Mim Meakin
The organization holds two major annual shows--A Spring Membership Show and the Northern Mines Exhibit in the fall, with the latter just wrapping up on November 8th at the Center for the Arts (in the Granucci Room). The Northern Mines Exhibit is a juried show that invites entries from artists in Northern and Central California. This year, Brenda Louie, noted painter, installation artist and author from Sacramento State University, juried 44 artist entries from both members and non-members. Katie Curler of Blue Line Arts in Roseville, was the Awards Judge for 7 categories: Acrylic, Oil, Watercolor, Pastel, 3-D/Sculpture, Mixed Media, and Photography/Digital Art. This year's Best in Show award went to Mim Meakin's watercolor, titled, "Moonscape."

Besides the annual art shows, a Summer Arts Festival, and the Art in Public Places program, the organization is actively involved in many other arts events and programs in the county. "The community commitment is extremely important to me and Pioneer Arts," says Salerno. "With the castle at the annual Children's Festival, the Children's Table at the Grower's Market, and our annual scholarship awarded to a local high school student to help pursue art at the university level--I probably would not have become involved if these things weren't a large part of what Pioneer Arts is about."

Pioneer Arts' monthly meeting programs are free and open to the public. For more information, visit

Poet & Author Steve Sanfield

Poet Chris Olander
NCArts Kicks off a New  
Literary Series! 
NCArts Unscripted:  
A Writers Showcase

The Nevada County Arts Literary Committee is pleased to present the first of a quarterly reading series--NCArts Unscripted, a showcase of local writers and authors of all genres.

The series kicks off with celebrated local poet and author, Steve Sanfield, who will be featuring his new book of poetry from Larkspur Press: The Right Place: 77 at 77.  Also reading will be established performance poet, Chris Olander.

JoAnn Marie, the Chair of the Literary Committee, says, "We're very excited about this new quarterly series, and what better way to begin than with Steve Sanfield, the first full-time Storyteller-in-Residence under the sponsorship of the California Arts Council. Called the master of haiku, we are privileged to have him inaugurate this program."
WHEN: Wednesday December 3rd 
7:00-8:30 PM 
WHERE: Grass Valley Chamber of Commerce
128 E. Main St. 
The event is free for NCArts members and $10 for non-members.

Maxima Kahn, Creativity Mentor & Poet
Jumpstart Your Creativity!

Going From Stuck to Inspired

An NCArts Workshop with Maxima Kahn   
Saturday December 6, 2014 
10 AM - 1 PM 
Superintendent of Schools Bldg., Houser Room

In this participatory salon workshop, poet and creativity mentor Maxima Kahn will introduce her "Three Ps" of inspiration--fundamental keys every artist needs to access in order to get inspired and maintain a healthy, sustainable relationship with their own creativity.


This is for artists of all kinds--writers, dancers, musicians, visual artists and more!


Through dialogue and simple, fun, interactive creative activities, Maxima will invite us to explore together how, when and why we get stuck as artists, what causes us to freeze up or dry up, and how we can get inspiration, passion and joy for our art flowing again. You'll rekindle your natural wonder for your materials, your creativity and the world. And you will gain simple tools to foster greater ease and access to inspiration and sustain an ongoing creative life.


Maxima Kahn is a poet, musician, dancer, and former graphic designer, sometimes known as "The Empress of Play". Her popular workshops in creative writing, creative dance, and the creative process, including The Artist's Way and Living Your Dreams, have helped hundreds of creative souls free themselves from the blocks that hold them back in their art and in their lives and have given them the tools to actualize their life dreams.




Trademarks: An Overview of Trademark Protection


Presented by Mark Leonard , Esq.

Thursday November 13th, 2014 @ 6:30 PM 
2015 J Street, Suite 204
Sacramento, CA 95811
Embarking on a new project? Unsure about whether you have a trademark and what you can do to protect it? Planning on using someone else's trademark in your art? This workshop will provide all the ins and outs of trademarks for artists.  

 Click here for more info! 



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:

Poet Steve Sanfield; Tree of Life from Community Canvas