The Kids Are All Right – The Winning Essays From This Year’s Writing Tournament

January 27, 2015

480074_10151437089983325_314433884_nThirty-eight seventh and eighth grade students from ten local public, private and charter schools competed in the countywide Writing Tournament on Thursday, January 22, at Miners Foundry Cultural Center. The Nevada County Superintendent of Schools Office coordinated the annual event which was sponsored by Coldwell Banker Grass Roots Realty, Debbie St. John, Realtor and Miners Foundry.

 

The students were judged on three styles of writing:

  • Expository Writing: Karen Ball of Heart and Soul Alpacas and Spinnery spoke to the students. Afterwards, the students were given time to write a paper on what they had heard and seen.
  • Creative Writing: The students wrote compositions based on Miners Foundry
  • Letter Writing: Students were asked to write a letter to the Editor of The Union expressing their views on the value of saving historical buildings such as Miners Foundry.

Below are this year’s winners.  We were amazed by each student’s creativity, skill and depth.  It is always a pleasure for us to sponsor and host such an important community event such as the Writing Tournament, but this year we are truly touched.  Thank you!

Creative Writing

7th Grade, 1st Place
Amber Busse, Seven Hills
The year was 1764. I looked down at my dangling feet and my cool blue dress. Thomas should be here by now. My hair fell in front of my face, and I brushed it behind my ear. I looked out at the silver stream beneath my feet. The wall I sat on was cold and firm, but my body heat warmed the cool gray stones beneath me. Then I saw him: Thomas Medley, my best friend. As he approached me, he brushed off the dust on his old gray shirt.

“Sorry for being late, Miss Fiona.” He swept low in a mock bow, and I laughed.

”What are you waiting for?” he asked, holding his hand out to me, which I gladly took. He lifted me upwards, and he pulled me towards the Miners Foundry. As we walked hand in hand, I could see something was troubling him; I could see it in his eyes.

“What’s wrong?” I asked, a look of concern spreading across my face.

“Look, Fiona, I asked you to meet me here because there is something I have to tell you,” he said, looking at his feet. “A prophecy came to my parents when I was born. I am supposed to be shot on the 17th of April, 1764.”

I looked at him, and all possible worries came crashing down on top of me.

“That’s today!” I squeezed his hand tighter.

“I want to go to heaven in your arms.” He said to me, and that’s when it happened. He leaned in and kissed me, sending butterflies through my stomach. We walked in silence through the old stone hall, and I looked up at the chandeliers hanging above our heads.

“It’s so beautiful in here.” I marveled, and he smiled at me.

“We always came here as kids.” He said, looking at me with longing.

“I’ll miss you, Thomas.”

“Fiona, I’ll always be in your heart.” He said.

That broke me into a million pieces. I sat down on the cold floor and started to cry.

“Please don’t leave me.” I said between sobs.

Then a gunshot sounded. I looked up through my blurry, tear-stained eyes, and I saw him. Lying on the ground, lifeless, looking at me. I crawled over to him, not caring how town my dress was becoming. I leaned over him, and I sobbed my heart out, hoping my tears would bring him back to life.

Thomas was always the funny, sweet, emotional boy. He was my one true love, and I knew I’d never find someone like him again. His brown hair, hazel eyes, rosy cheeks, thin lips; they were all gone. Gone because of some stupid prophecy. It made me want to kill myself, to be with him in heaven. My rage grew into an unquenchable fire with flames that lept in every direction. I wanted to scream. It seemed as though my life was over. I looked at his pale face, and suddenly I grew calm. He calmed me, dead or alive, and I loved him. With a heavy heart, I stood up, and walked through the building that freed us from all problems and doubts. Our building. Tears formed in my eyes again as I walked alone through the old Stone Hall.

Creative Writing

8th Grade, 1st Place
Keegan O’Sullivan, Chicago Park

Old bricks stacked against the cold cement floor. Lights adorned the windows, and paint peeled off the beams in the ceiling. An old rusty heater was placed against the wall, and the place smelled musty. Some might call this building drab, old, even haunted. But to me, this place was wonderful. I admired the particles of dust dancing around in the beams of light streaming through the windows and when I looked up, I found patterns of swirls and shapes etched into the ceiling by water stains and paint. I heaved a long, dreamy sigh. This is where I belong.

It had been a couple of weeks since the bullying had started. First it started with the incessant teasing. Then it grew into harsh pranks and crude comments directed towards me with a sneer. Now, I could hardly bear the looks of utter disgust as I walked through the hallways at school. This building, this place of wonder and simplicity somehow soothed my mind, and made me forget the raciest remarks that cut so deeply. I leaned my head against the cold, uneven stone, slumping down until I reached the cement floor. Tears streamed down my face. I angrily wiped my face. It wasn’t fair, it was downright unjust and cruel and harsh and just….unfair. What had I ever done to receive this treatment. What person could be cruel enough to do this to me? Thump! A sound echoed through the room, and I froze like a deer in front of headlights. The door creaked open, and a silhouette of a person emerged into my line of sight. I wanted to scream, to shout at the intruder to just leave me alone, but my mouth wouldn’t move. My eyes followed the figure as she sat down against the now closed door, eyes welling with tears. The girl had chocolate brown eyes, a pile of mousy hair clumped on her head, and a petite little nose with dainty freckles scattered across it. She had peachy white skin. I sat up, and the noise I made attracted her attention to me. Her head whipped in my direction, and I braced myself for more bullying, more bullets of words pelted in my direction. But none came. Slowly, the girl walked across the room towards me until she was toe to toe with me. “What are you doing here?” she asked. I didn’t answer, I only ran, ran as fast as I could until I could run no more. I ran through the thicket of trees, past the road and to my house. My heart was racing.

The next day, the girl was waiting for me when I entered the building. “I want to help.” She said. “How do you know that I need help?” I countered. “I saw you crying, the other day, and I just want to let you know that somebody cares.” I felt my heart drop to the bottom of my chest, and I sensed that this strange girl could help me. “Okay.” I said. From that moment on, we became friends, and as the months passed by, I felt it easier to bear the burden of hard, cold stares and glares.

The next month, I came to the building, with dangerous thoughts. Thoughts that I was afraid of, and didn’t know what to do with. The girl wasn’t there that day, and I turned towards the wall. I was ready to be done, to end this life, to enter a world with no more bullying, no more sorrow. Then the door creaked open, and she entered. “What are you doing?” she screamed, looking from the pills in my hand to the look on my face. “I don’t know. I don’t know.” I kept repeating over and over. I was shaking. She wrapped me up in her arms. “You’re okay. You’re okay.” I told her everything in that moment; my hurts and sorrows, and how I couldn’t take it any more. As I spurt out each sentence, I felt my burden becoming lighter and lighter. I heaved a sigh of relief when I finished glad to have finally got out all of my feelings. The girl turned toward me and took my hand. “I will always be here for you.” I walked out of that building a new person, learning to count my blessings, not my failures, and look towards happy things, not dwell on the past. To this day, this building stands as a reminder as to who I’ve become, and how I don’t have to be alone in carrying my burdens.

Letter Writing

7th Grade, 1st Place
Amber Busse, Seven Hills

Felicia Ennetta
18044 Columbine Court
Nevada City, CA 95959

January 22, 2015

Brian Hamilton, Editor
The Union
464 Sutton Way
Grass Valley, CA 95945

Dear Mr. Hamilton:

It has come to my attention that some people would like to tear down the Miners Foundry. In place of the Foundry, they would build something more modern, like a grocery store. The Miners Foundry is just an old useless building, right?

This assumption is wrong. People in the past have performed plays here, hosted auctions here, and had tournaments here. The Foundry is a historical site that has been around since 1855. Many people love this building, and it’s a great place to host a big event.

The Miner’s Foundry is a part of our county, and I suggest that we do not tear it down. As I have stated before, the Foundry is a great place to host large events and it is beloved to many people. Historians could make discoveries in this old building; it’s a historic landmark! This building symbolizes life back in the Gold Rush days, and I would hate to have it tore apart.

If you are thinking there’s no use in keeping the foundry, there’s no purpose for it, I can prove you wrong. Think of all the events that take place. All of the happy memories, a feel of the old days. A lot of people had grandparents who lived in 1855, so this place is near and dear to their hearts. There are plenty of places to build a grocery store, and if you tear one down, you can just build another one. Once the Foundry is gone, it’s gone for good. If you built a newer one, it wouldn’t have the same feel to it. I wouldn’t be the same.

I hope you have taken my idea to heart, because if you tear down the foundry, for some people you will be tearing apart their hearts. There is plenty of room for a new grocery stores, but there is no room for them at the Foundry. The Foundry is the Foundry; nothing can change that.

Sincerely yours

Felicia Ennetta
Letter Writing

 

8th Grade, 1st Place
Keegan O’Sullivan, Chicago Park

Number 809
123 Streetname Rd.
Colfax, CA 95713

Brian Hamilton, Editor
The Union
464 Sutton Way
Grass Valley, CA 95945

Dear Brian Hamilton:

I address this letter to you due to the fact that you are considering tearing down Miners Foundry. I would like you to consider keeping Miners Foundry because it would help us to remember our past, better our lives, and be a gateway to the past.

People are constantly taking their children to museums and old buildings, and tearing down Miners Foundry would erase a time of history, and soon all memories of the California Gold Rush would wash away. We need to have something to remind us of the trials and tribulations our ancestors went through to take us this far. Destroying Miners Foundry would be choosing to ignore the struggles that they went through to get us here today.

Miners Foundry would also better our lives. Think of all the chaos and noise it would take to take this building down. Those noises would be a disturbance to the neighborhood, and create more problems than it would solve. Keeping Miners Foundry is clearly the better solution.

Families want to remember what it was lie to be in the Gold Rush, and Miners Foundry holds those memories. If it was replaced with a store, that would be destroying those memories.

Keeping Miners Foundry will help us remember our past, better our lives and create a gateway to the past. Thank you for your time and consideration.

Sincerely,

Number 809

 

 

 

Open Call for Vendors ~ 2015 Nevada City Summer Craft Fair

January 21, 2015


2014 Craft Fair

 

Summer Craft Fair Open CallThe Miners Foundry and the Nevada City Craft Fair have officially announced the open call for vendors for the 2015 Nevada City Summer Craft Fair, now through May 25, 2015.

We are looking for craftspeople, artists, and designers who reflect the spirit and fun of the Nevada City Craft Fair.

Whether the medium is wood, leather, food, textiles, or plants, we strive to showcase the best and the brightest of Northern California craft and design.

The Nevada City Summer Craft Fair will be held on Friday, August 7, 2015 at the Miners Foundry.  We will be partnering with DANK and The Nevada City 1st Friday Art Walk for a full day of Fun and Art!

 

We are currently taking applications for:

WinterCraftFair~ Food / Beverage Vendors
~ Designer Clothing
~ Handbags
~ Jewelry
~ Housewares
~ Knit Items
~ Paper Goods
~ Vintage
~ Patterns
~ Children’s Items
~ Ceramics
~ Bath Products
~ Artisan / Gourmet Food
~ Furniture
~ Art / Prints
~ Sewn Accessories

Vendors

 

 

 

Photo by Akim Aginksy

Photo by Akim Aginksy

The Mission of the Miners Foundry Cultural Center is to preserve, enhance and utilize the historic Miners Foundry for cultural, educational and social activities.

The Foundry is a non profit organization, pleased to support the Nevada County theatre community.

To support cultural programming and the preservation of the historic Miners Foundry, please become a member or make a donation today.

Collie Buddz ~ Thursday, May 21, 2015

January 21, 2015


Collie Buddz ~ “EPK”

 

Collie Pic.jpgThe Miners Foundry is pleased to present Collie Buddz on Thursday, May 21, 2015.

Reggae artist Collie Buddz is momentous, gigantic, and booming featuring awe-struck songs complete with unforgettable sing-along hook, the kind of beats that pound in the chest and a vocal performance that’s as uncommon as it is infectious.

This is a dancing show. Doors open at 7:00 p.m. and the show starts at 8:00 p.m.

Tickets are $25 in Advance and $30 at the Door.  Ticketing fees may apply.  Tickets are available online, by phone, or in person at the Miners Foundry, or in person at Briar Patch Co-Op.

Tickets

 

 

 

Collie Pic 2.jpgGrowing up on the island of Bermuda, Reggae music was a formidable influence for Collie Buddz.

His voice is unique in a way that lingers long after you’ve heard him.

Touring the world, Collie Buddz is constantly creating new music and experimenting with it in front of live audiences almost immediately.

 

Light It Up, the new record from artist Collie Buddz, is momentous, gigantic, and booming!  It features immediately undeniable, awe-struck songs complete with unforgettable sing-along hooks, the kind of beats that pound in the chest, and a vocal performance that’s as uncommon as it is infectious.

 

 

 

Photo by Akim Aginksy

Photo by Akim Aginksy

The Mission of the Miners Foundry Cultural Center is to preserve, enhance and utilize the historic Miners Foundry for cultural, educational and social activities.

The Foundry is a non profit organization, pleased to support the Nevada County theatre community.

To support cultural programming and the preservation of the historic Miners Foundry, please become a member or make a donation today.

Nevada City Psychic Fair ~ April 11 & 12, 2015

January 21, 2015


Paranormal Insights ~ 2013

 

2014 01 23 Psychic ImageThe Miners Foundry is pleased to present the 26th Annual Nevada City Psychic Fair on April 11 & 12, 2015.

The Nevada City Psychic Fair just keeps getting better!  There are more readers, healers, and body workers than ever.  Come browse the metaphysical marektplace of books, jewelry, music, crystals, and spiritual pieces.  You’re sure to find something you didn’t know you needed!  Take in a lecture / workshop and gain new knowledge, re-kindle a past fascination, or discover a new interest.

Doors open at 11:00 a.m. both days and close at 6:00 p.m. Saturday, 5:00 p.m.  Sunday.

Tickets are $5.00 and are available online, by phone, or in person at the Miners Foundry, or in person at Briar Patch Co-Op.  Ticketing fees may apply.

Join the merriment!

 Tickets

 

 

Interested in being a vendor?  Click here for more information.

 

 

Photo by Akim Aginksy

Photo by Akim Aginksy

The Mission of the Miners Foundry Cultural Center is to preserve, enhance and utilize the historic Miners Foundry for cultural, educational and social activities.

The Foundry is a non profit organization, pleased to support the Nevada County theatre community.

To support cultural programming and the preservation of the historic Miners Foundry, please become a member or make a donation today.

Cruising the Karebbean Kasino Night ~ Friday, March 27, 2015

January 21, 2015


Road Test Band

 

Kasino Night.jpgGet ready to set sail on March 27, 2015 when the KARE Crisis Nursery holds its “Cruising the Karebbean Kasino Night” from 6:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.

Guests are encouraged to break out of the winter doldrums, don their sunglasses and tropical gear, and come celebrate for a wonderful cause.

The event will feature the Road Test Band rocking on the Miners Foundry’s dance floor, as well as great food and fun gaming.

Tickets are $30 in Advance and $40 at the Door.

For more information, call (530) 265-6520 or email karedirector@sbcglobal.net .

 

 

KARE LogoThe KARE Crisis Nursery is a private non-profit agency established to provide safe and nurturing care for the small children of families experiencing a stressful situation.  The KARE Crisis Nursery is not traditional childcare, but is 24 hour respite care in emergencies.  The KARE Crisis Nursery is a project of Soroptimist International of Grass Valley.

 

 

 

Photo by Akim Aginksy

Photo by Akim Aginksy

The Mission of the Miners Foundry Cultural Center is to preserve, enhance and utilize the historic Miners Foundry for cultural, educational and social activities.

The Foundry is a non profit organization, pleased to support the Nevada County theatre community.

To support cultural programming and the preservation of the historic Miners Foundry, please become a member or make a donation today.

@Large: Ai Weiwei on Alcatraz ~ Saturday, March 21, 2015

January 21, 2015


The Making of @Large: Ai Weiwei on Alcatraz ~ KQED Arts

 

Nancy Nelson

Nancy Nelson

The Miners Foundry, DANK, and Community Asian Theatre of the Sierras are delighted to present an exclusive trip to San Francisco to tour @Large:  Ai Weiwei on Alcatraz on Saturday, March 21, 2015.

Join us for an afternoon on Alcatraz, a fitting home for Chinese artist and activist Ai Weiwei’s latest project @Large.

Working from his studio in Beijing and with part time Nevada City resident Cheryl Haines, Ai created the series of site-specific installations using sculpture, sound, and mixed media.

The exhibition occupies three buildings on the campus normally restricted to the public.

 

 

Ai-Weiwei-Alcatraz-Traces-12-537x405The day will begin at 7:30 a.m. in Grass Valley, where guests will board a luxury bus and be transported to Pier 33 in San Francisco.  During the ride, guests will be treated to a film about the exhibition.  After the ferry ride to Alcatraz Island, guests will be given three hours to explore the exhibit and the island.

During the return trip, the bus will stop at Tokyo Buffet in Citrus Heights for a no-host dinner. If you feel the trip would be appropriate for your family, closely supervised children are welcome.

 

Visiual TherapyTickets are available online, by phone, or in person at the Miners Foundry, or in person at Briar Patch Co-Op.

Tickets are currently available to Miners Foundry, CATS, and DANK members.

Tickets will be available to the general public on Monday, February 2, 2015 at 9:00 a.m.

Additional details and information will be provided upon ticket purchase.

Tickets

 

Know & Go

WHO:  Presented by Miners Foundry, DANK, and CATS.  Tickets available to the public February 2, 2015.
WHAT:  @Large:  Ai Weiwei on Alcatraz
WHEN:  Saturday, March 21, 2015, 7:30 a.m. – 8:30 p.m.
WHERE:  The bus will depart from and return to Grass Valley.
TICKETS:  $79.00 – $94.00.  Ticketing fees may apply.
INFO:  Miners Foundry, info@minersfoundry.org, (530) 265-5040

 

Large@Large:  Ai Weiwei on Alcatraz will feature a series of seven site-specific installations by Ai Weiwei in four location on Alcatraz Island, offering a new cultural lens through which to experience the notorious military and federal penitentiary turned national park.

The exhibition explores urgent questions about human rights and freedom of expression, and responds to the potent and layered history of Alcatraz as a place of detainment and protest.  On view through April 26, 2015, @Large:  Ai Weiwei will provoke visitors to consider the broader social implications of incarceration and the possibilities of art as an act of conscience.

 

 

Ai WeiweiAi Weiwei is a Chinese contemporary artist and activist.  Ai collaborated with Herzog & de Meuron as the artistic consultant on the Beijing National Stadium for the 2008 Olympics.

As a political activist, he has been highly and openly critical of the Chinese government’s stance on democracy and human rights.

He has investigated government corruption and cover-ups, particularly the scandal following the collapse of tofu-dreg schools during the 2008 Sichuan earthquake.

In 2011, Ai Weiwei was arrested and held for 81 days without official charges being filed.

 

 

Alcatraz IslandAlcatraz Island offers a close-up look at the site of the first lighthouse and US built fort on the West Coast, the infamous federal penitentiary long off-limits to the public, and the 18 month occupation by Indians of All Tribes which saved the tribes.

Rich in history, there is also a natural side to the Rock—gardens, tide pools, bird colonies, and bay views beyond compare.

 

 

Moira McLaughlin

Moira McLaughlin


DANK
is an artists’ collective in Nevada City, California.

It was founded in 2013 by ten artists interested in post-Great Recession social issues, the rural ideal, and an anti-urban aesthetic grounded in the legacy of the California Gold Rush.

The name DANK comes from the wet wood smell that permeates Nevada City, a town situated on the banks of Deer Creek.  It’s also a nod to one of the area’s premier exports, cannabis.

And it’s an acronym; Do Art Now Kids.

 

 

 

David Wong

David Wong

CATS (Community Asian Theatre of the Sierra) uses multicultural theater, events, and workshops to achieve its mission of promoting cultural diversity.

Through these avenues, CATS has enriched the area’s cultural and artistic climate with works on Asian-based themes.  Its mission is educational and artistic.

CATS has, through the years, partnered with local schools to expand the study of multiculturalism by providing affordable student matinees to our annual productions and to be a resource on Asian culture and history.

 

 

Moira McLaughlin

Moira McLaughlin

 

The Mission of the Miners Foundry Cultural Center is to preserve, enhance and utilize the historic Miners Foundry for cultural, educational and social activities.

The Foundry is a non profit organization, pleased to support the Nevada County theatre community.

To support cultural programming and the preservation of the historic Miners Foundry, please become a member or make a donation today.

Open Call for Vendors ~ 26th Annual Nevada City Psychic Fair

January 21, 2015

2014 01 23 Psychic ImageThe Miners Foundry is pleased to present the 26th Annual Nevada City Psychic Fair on April 11 & 12, 2015.

We are currently accepting vendor applications through March 15, 2015.

Readers, healers, body workers, books, jewelry, music, crystals, and spiritual pieces, the Nevada City Psychic Fair just keeps getting better!

Great location, great vendors, great food, and great fun.

Questions?  Contact the producers via email at thunderdance@yahoo.com or marzaflowers@gmail.com

Vendors

 

 

 

Photo by Akim Aginksy

Photo by Akim Aginksy

The Mission of the Miners Foundry Cultural Center is to preserve, enhance and utilize the historic Miners Foundry for cultural, educational and social activities.

The Foundry is a non profit organization, pleased to support the Nevada County theatre community.

To support cultural programming and the preservation of the historic Miners Foundry, please become a member or make a donation today.

Songs of David Bowie ~ Friday, March 13, 2015

January 15, 2015


David Bowie ~ “Life on Mars”

 

Songs of David BowieLarry Casserly, Golden Now Promotions, and Boomerang Beat Collaborative will present The Sound and Vision, Songs of David Bowie at the Miners Foundry on Friday, March 13, 2015.

Songs of David Bowie pays musical homage to the iconic David Bowie.

An All-Star cast of superb musicians from all over Northern California will perform songs from each era of Bowie’s music.

The evening will also feature a Best Bowie Era costume contest with cash prizes for the top 3 winners, plus surprise special guests, actors, dancers, and posers!

Doors open at 8:00 p.m.  Tickets are $22.00 and are available online or at the Door.

Tickets

 

Featuring

Chris Streng (Mount Whateverest)
Michael Padilla (Soft Bombs + guests)
Wanderers & Wolves
Lisa Valentine
James Camblin
Waylin Carpenter
Charlie Mcgrimsy
Lea Hume
Julian Imsdahl & Friends
David Bastian
Jay Tausig

 

Photo by Akim Aginksy

Photo by Akim Aginksy

The Mission of the Miners Foundry Cultural Center is to preserve, enhance and utilize the historic Miners Foundry for cultural, educational and social activities.

The Foundry is a non profit organization, pleased to support the Nevada County theatre community.

To support cultural programming and the preservation of the historic Miners Foundry, please become a member or make a donation today.

HAPA ~ Thursday, March 12, 2015

January 9, 2015


Hapa ~ “Pahinui Aloha”

 

HapaThe Miners Foundry is pleased to welcome back HAPA, on Thursday, March 12, 2015.  Often encapsulated as the “Sound of Maui” or the “Soundtrack of Hawaii”, the music and sound of HAPA evokes a place many people refer to as heavenly.  Expect to hear hypnotic, liquid guitar runs woven around clear, tenor Hawaiian vocals and immaculate harmonies driven by poetic lyrics exulting the rapture of the Hawaiian landscape, History,and Mythology.  This will be a dancing concert with limited seating.

Doors open at 7:30 p.m. and the music begins at 8:30 p.m.  Tickets are $25 in Advance and $30 at the Door, and are available online, by phone or in person at the Miners Foundry, or in person at Briar Patch Co-Op.  Ticketing fees may apply.

Tickets

 

“… the most exciting and beautiful contemporary Hawaiian music the world knows.” ~ Maui Times

 

HAPA Promotional ImageThe blend of HAPA’s original vocal sound was originated on a wooden picnic bench in the beautiful little beach town of Lahaina on the island of Maui in the early 1980’s.

The overriding quality of their music is one of passion, beauty, and serenity, as found in the majestic tones of the oli (chant), mele (song), and the exhilarating innovative sounds of virtuoso guitar performances.

HAPA’s recordings have infused fearless and brilliant production while weaving unique, inventive elements of sound and textures into their intricate South Pacific tapestry.

 

 

 

 

Photo by Akim Aginksy

Photo by Akim Aginksy

The Mission of the Miners Foundry Cultural Center is to preserve, enhance and utilize the historic Miners Foundry for cultural, educational and social activities.

The Foundry is a non profit organization, pleased to support the Nevada County theatre community.

To support cultural programming and the preservation of the historic Miners Foundry, please become a member or make a donation today.

DANK at O/W

January 8, 2015

DANK and The Miners Foundry launch New Visual Art Space
DANK at Osborn/Woods Gallery (DANK at O/W)

 

Moira McLaughlin

Moira McLaughlin

DANK and The Miners Foundry Cultural Center are pleased to announce a collaborative fine art space, DANK at Osborn/Woods Gallery, launching in January 2015. The ten local artists who were responsible for The DANK Inaugural pop up gallery on Spring Street last July are working with The Miners Foundry Cultural Center to activate a new creative and social space in the foundry building.

DANK at Osborn/Woods will be open to the public with art installations and cultural programming throughout year. Their first event will be as an art venue during the Wild and Scenic Film Festival January 15-18.

 

 

Kathy Frey

Kathy Frey

The artists and The Foundry are excited to continue the legacy of Davis Osborn and Charles Woods, the artistic visionaries who were largely responsible for establishing both The Foundry and Nevada City as important historic and creative destinations.

Miners Foundry Executive Director Gretchen Bond says “This is a perfect next step for the Miners Foundry.  We will create a rich, cultural experience for the people of Nevada County by creating a gathering place where the community can relax and share their own experiences while enjoying a curated space. ”

 

Kathy Frey

Kathy Frey

Plans for casual art salons, screenings, performance pieces, visiting artist lectures and evenings of cocktails and creative brainstorming events are also in the works. “So many people came to us with ideas during our summer pop-up event and we found ourselves craving different kinds of ongoing engagement through visual arts. Working within the walls of this gorgeous building and its inspiring history, we’ve found a great home for our collective,” says artist Sheila Cameron.

“We really hope that DANK inspires other artists in the community in their own collaborative efforts, and we look forward to sharing our events, ideas and work throughout the year,” adds Roseanne Burke.

 

 

 

About The Miners Foundry Cultural Center

Moira McLaughlin

Moira McLaughlin

 

Honored as one of Northern California’s finest historic venues, the Miners Foundry is home to many cultural, educational and social events.

It is a symbol of California’s rich historical heritage, providing an educational and social bridge from our past to the present and future.  For more information visit www.minersfoundry.org

About DANK

Kathy Frey

Kathy Frey

DANK is an artists’ collective in Nevada City, California.

It was founded in 2013 by ten artists interested in post-Great Recession social issues, the rural ideal, and an anti-urban aesthetic grounded in the legacy of the California Gold Rush.

The name DANK comes from the wet wood smell that permeates Nevada City, a town situated on the banks of Deer Creek.

It’s also a nod to one of the area’s premier exports, cannabis.

And it’s an acronym; Do Art Now Kids.

 

 

 

DANK Artists Include

Sky Mowen

Sky Mowen

 

Celine Adrianna Negrete
Roseanne Burke
Sheila Cameron
Kathy Frey
Cynthia Levesque
Moira McLaughlin
Joseph Meade
Nancy Nelson
Dylan Sherwood McConnell
Reinette Senum