Artisans Festival – Meet the Maker, Cindy Hintz


Meet fiber artist Cindy Hintz of Pine Street Porch.  You might have seen her beautiful art on the cover of the Union’s Prospector this week.  She is one of over 35 artists showing at the 39th annual Artisans Festival, Thanksgiving Weekend at the Miners Foundry Cultural Center.   This holiday tradition features Northern California’s finest artisans showing original, hand-crafted art.  Meet the artisans and makers.  Expect to find the extraordinary at this show.  November 29 – December 1, 10am-5pm, $3 daily admission, $5 weekend pass.

Cindy was born and raised in California. Her education is in Interior Design. Cindy worked as a custom sewing fabricator for an upscale boutique as she completed her education. Upon graduation, Cindy began her career as a design coordinator, moving into a full- fledged project manager for over 15 years. She worked overseas in Singapore as the project manager, leading the design effort for a 220,000 sq. ft. headquarters building for a Silicon Valley Company. It was during this stay overseas that Cindy traveled widely and she developed a love for Asian art and fabrics, so evident in many of her fiber art themes. In 2009 Cindy left the corporate world, and opened her business “Pine Street Porch”. She found her passion lies in creating fiber art in the form of exquisite tapestry wall hanging originals. Her studio is in Nevada City, CA.

Cindy, opened Pine Street Porch in 2009. Her art creations take the form of original wall tapestries comprised of both commercial and rare vintage fabric finds. Cindy’s concept will come as a simple thought, often inspired by her exquisite garden and nature scenery in her home town of Nevada City.

As a detailed concept builds over time, Cindy mocks up a full scale sketch, and then begins the elaborate process of layering fabric after fabric embellished with hand or machine appliqué, quilting, embroidery and beading.


Artisans Festival – Meet the Maker, Painter, Jude Bischoff

Jude BischoffMeet artist Jude Bischoff.  One of over 35 artists showing at the 39th annual Artisans Festival, Thanksgiving Weekend at the Miners Foundry Cultural Center.   This holiday tradition features Northern California’s finest artisans showing original, hand-crafted art.  Meet the artisans and makers.  Expect to find the extraordinary at this show.  November 29 – December 1, 10am-5pm, $3 daily admission, $5 weekend pass.

Jude Bischoff and his daughter, Bevin, topped out on Cathedral Peak in Yosemite’s Toulumne Meadows.  “That was one of my finest moments in climbing, sitting on the summit of Cathedral Peak with my daughter  looking down at Half Dome and the Grand Canyon of the Toulumne .  We summited in late October and it was bitter cold.  We were so stoked to be reveling in such beauty and to share this moment with each other.

Jude’s  outdoor adventures find him climbing up the side of an imposing cliff face or mountain biking cross country on forest and mountain trails.  After getting what Jude describes as, his Ya Ya’s out, he can settle down to paint on the side of a mountain stream.  The wild life he encounters when camping make their regular appearance in Jude’s art.  Coyote and fox that wonder into camp, Buffalo, Bear, Ravens and Wild Donkeys are familiar subjects in Jude paintings.

Jude began his art career at age 4 when his talent was discovered while cutting out figures for a Nativity scene.  Since then Jude has sharpened his art skills along with his love for nature

plein_air_bear_iv_fs-2Nature swims through these paintings like a fat bellied fish in a mountain stream. Spending about 6 months a year camping has its rewards.  Painting a landscape on site or meeting an animal in person gives you a tremendous sense of connection with the subject.  When you hear the rushing stream, the song of the birds and the wind blowing your canvas, this is a direct connection to the driving forces of the universe, both seen and unseen.  “Meeting an animal and personally capturing the photo to work from, elevates the energy of the painting tenfold, because that moment of connection follows you”.

Rhythms found in nature, the same rhythms found in music, flow off of the brush and onto the canvas. These shapes dance across the paintings with purpose and a life force.

“Every day is a blessing as an artist.  I cannot wait to get into the studio or out in nature and get going on the next painting.  Sometimes it is like a fullback finding his opening, patience is a virtue. When the front line creates an opening, he sprints up the field towards the goal line. With patience, the artist will know when he is in the flow and it is time for him to paint.  You must be physically available when the inspiration lands.

Recently, while camping in Joshua Tree National Park, the urge to paint hit strongly after 5 days of climbing and exploring.  When the inspiration arrived,  it was just a matter of letting  the image flow onto the canvas.  Jude paints from his heart, there are no preliminary drawings or idea sketches.  The painting progresses as he goes, drawing with the brush.  When he attempted to attend a life drawing session last year, Jude discovered he did not own a drawing pencil.

party_buffalo_iv_fsWhen giving workshops Jude encourages the participants to let the art flow from their heart. Never do you question your direction, just do it. This knowing combines with the right technique and experience will produce a lot of fun and enjoyable art.

An artist has a responsibility to create joy in his art, Jude says.  When love and joy goes into a painting, and that work is purchased and brought into someone’s home., that same love and joy radiates off the wall and into the whole environment.

Jude received his formal art degree at Bowling Green State University in Ohio.  He has been living in California since 1982.

Jude and Laura live on a beautiful forested property with their border collie, Flyzo, near grass Valley CA. The studio backs up to open space and the Empire Mine State Park.  Deer and coyote are a common site.  An occasional bear will wonder in and stir things up in the neighborhood.  For more on Jude’s art visit


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Nevada City Winter Craft Fair ~ December 15, 2013 ~ 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. ~ $3.00

Winter Craft Fair poster

The Miners Foundry will present the Nevada City Craft Fair on Sunday, December 15, 2013, from 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.  The Fair will feature unique and local handmade artisans and vintage goods.  Food and beverages will be available for purchase.  Admission is $3.00, children under 12 are free.  Tickets are available online, by phone, or in person at the Miners Foundry, in person at Briar Patch Co-Op, and at the door.


This holiday season Shop Local! The Nevada City Craft Fair returns Sunday, December 15th 2013 to the historic Miners Foundry Cultural Center in downtown Nevada City, CA. The independent, juried craft fair showcases Northern California’s top Etsy vendors, artisans, do-it-yourself crafters, and features their unique, handmade, original and repurposed art, clothing, accessories, jewelry, and house wares. Many of these vendors show at the esteemed Renegade Craft Fairs across the country.

Attendees can also expect to find letterpress, paper and stationery items as well as children’s things, toys, ceramics, bath products, and more. Over 60 vendors, reaching as far as Reno, Chico, Sacramento and San Francisco, plus local businesses.  We promise you’ll find something for everyone on your holiday list.

A full-bar, plus food & drinks by: Holy Mole Organic Mexican Cuisine ~ Mexican food made from scratch and using only organic ingredients, and Fable Coffee ~ a specialty micro-roaster serving; fresh, small-batch, single-origin, coffee varietals, roasted in the Sierra Nevada foothills.

Make it a weekend! This year The Nevada City Craft Fair falls on the same weekend as one of Nevada County’s most beloved holiday events, Victorian Christmas. Victorian singers, bagpipers, living nativity scene, visits with Santa Claus, vendors in costume, hot roasted chestnuts, and hot cider all happening downtown historic Nevada City, Sunday 15th from 1:30 – 6 pm.

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Nevada City Craft Fair – Region’s Top Etsy Vendors & Top DIY Crafters plus a health dose of Craftivism – April 28 at the Miners Foundry

Nevada City Craft Fair – Sunday, April 28th, 10am-7pm, $5

2012 Winter Craft Fair

“Craft is officially cool and it is not just something that your Granny or weird Aunt does. The indie/DIY/new wave/whatever you prefer to call it, craft movement has been gathering momentum over the last ten years, predominantly in the US, where most major cities now have their own indie craft fairs filled with wares by local makers and shakers,” wrote cultural critic and author Jo Waterhouse.

Three years ago, inspired by the independent entrepreneurship and creative talents in Nevada County, a group of local young crafters and artists got together to organize the first Nevada City Craft Fair, held at the Miners Foundry Cultural Center.  Six craft fairs later and over 5,000 attendees later, the event has grown to be the premiere event to showcase the region’s top Etsy vendors, artisans, do-it-yourself crafters, and their unique, handmade, original and repurposed art, clothing, accessories, jewelry, and house wares.

“The Nevada City Craft Fair is the best place to check in with your local artists and makers,” said Carabeth Rowley, the Craft Fair’s Event Producer, and owner of Lay Swing Boutique.  “With such a rich community to draw from we have a great variety of hand crafted bath and body products, woodwork, clothing, knit items and even chocolates!”

Carabeth Rowley of Lay Swing Boutique

Some of this year’s featured vendors include Cello Chocolates, handcrafted from bean to bar in Nevada City, using Certified Fair Trade and Organic beans.  Poppy Hill Papers line of handmade paper made from 100% recycled materials, with handpicked wildflowers and grasses.  Full Circle Press offering letterpress printed items that they have designed and printed on vintage presses in their shop outside of Nevada City.  Krista Tranquilla’s handcrafted jewelry from sterling, stones, repurposed and found objects. Inspired by her hometown of North Lake Tahoe and from travels afar.

Attendees of past Nevada City Craft Fairs will find an array of new vendors, while new comers will be introduced to not only local artisans but local food vendors such as An Honest Pie serving both sweet and savory pies and Fable Coffee a specialty micro-roaster producing; fresh, small-batch, single-origin, coffee varietals of superior quality.

For many of the crafters and artists involved, the contemporary craft movement is as much about keeping craft traditions alive while embracing emerging artists, crafters and designers, as it is about creating an economy that promotes buying and supporting independently-owned businesses and local artisans.

When it comes to crafting, the personal is the political.  The term “Craftivism” has been coined to describe the idea of ‘making your own’ as a statement against consumerism and the homogeneity of mass production.

Simon Weller Photography & Design

Etsy, the online marketplace website described as “an online crafts fair” connects makers of handmade goods – usually individuals or small businesses – with potential buyers around the globe.  Last year, the site sold $62.8 million worth of goods (after refunds and cancellations) in just the month of March, up 41.5% from the same time last year.  Today Etsy sells over 15 million unique handmade and vintage items from over 800,000 independent, creative businesses in over 150 countries.

“I think consumers, particularly since the recession, have become more selective about their purchases. They want to know who made what they are buying and where it came from. They want it to be personalized,” explains Jesse Locks, one of the Craft Fair’s original organizers. “And they want to know that their money is going towards supporting someone’s craft, passion, or art, not the shareholders of a corporation.”


What: Nevada City Craft Fair
When: Sunday, April 28, 2013, 10am-7pm
Where: Miners Foundry Cultural Center, 325 Spring Street, Nevada City, CA
Tickets: $5, Children under 13 free

Featured Artists at Artisans Festival

For over 35 years, Thanksgiving Weekend in Nevada City has featured a major art event, attracting thousands of visitors from near and far. Since 1993, this event has been Artisans Festival at Miners Foundry, hosting a small but select group of artists and craftspeople whose quality artwork has attracted a loyal and growing audience of admirers and patrons.  The Artisans Festival will be held Friday, November 23 through Sunday, November 25, 2012, from 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. each day.  Admission is $3.00 and children under 16 are free.

Below are few of this year’s featured artists.

Don Augstein

Jo Stafinbil









Jack & Karen West

George Anderson










Elany Prusa

Kathryn Wronski









LeeAnn Brook

Kathy Whipple Wong













Susie Frances

Summer Thompson

Paul Steege

Martha Jones

Lynn Ludemann

Marise Cherin

Liz Collins 





Lynn Wood

Nevada City Craft Fair Breaks Attendance Record

Over 700 people turned out Sunday for the annual Nevada City Craft Fair which featured 60 of the region’s top Etsy vendors and DIY artisans.   From handmade ceramics and jewelry to beautiful vintage clothing and letterpress, there was so much inspiring art and creative wares to see, buy, and enjoy. Elevensies and Fable Traveling Cafe provided delicious crepes and coffee for attendees.  Many thanks to everyone who braved the sizzling temps outside to attend, the incredible vendors and artisans for sharing their incredible art, this year’s organizers Cara Beth Rowley and Jessica Tellander for their hard work and professionalism in organizing the Fair, Stephanie Camp for graphic design, and Jesse Locks of NC Creatives for providing the PR and
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Hats off to Kasia Severaid!


Congratulations to Kasia Severaid, currently exhibiting her work at the Nevada City Box Office Gallery!

Three of Kasia’s paintings, “Hirum”, “Myrna”, and “Rosalind” were purchased this week.

Stop by and see Kasia’s “What’s in a Name?” collection Wednesday through Saturday, 12:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m., now through July 21, 2012.

If you’re unable to visit the Nevada City Box Office in person, you may view more of Kasia’s work featured in the collection Here

Nisenan Heritage Day ~ Saturday, October 13, 2012 ~ 8:30 a.m. – 10:00 p.m.

The Nisenan people of the Nevada City Rancheria, along with the California Heritage: Indigenous Research Project (C.H.I.R.P.), welcome to the public to celebrate Nisenan Heritage Day on Saturday, October 13, 2012 at the Miners Foundry Cultural Center.  The day program will be filled with panel discussions, performances, and a symposium, while the evening program includes a rock concert featuring two bands.  The event will be packed with local American Indian talent and artisans, as well as specially invited guests from neighboring Tribal groups.  The day and afternoon programs are free of charge.  The concert begins at 5:30 p.m. and is $10.00 per person.  A no host bar will be available during the evening program.  Tickets are available online, by person or by phone at the Nevada City Box Office (530) 265-5462, or in person at Briar Patch Co-Op.



 Admission is free for Nisenan Heritage Day.  Admission to the Evening Concert is $10.00 per person.  Please see below for a full schedule of activities.

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8:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. ~ The Nevada County Historical Society will host an artifact symposium.  A panel of experts will gather to answer questions regarding laws governing mining, railroads, and Native American artifacts.

10:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. ~ Traditional Native American Dancers (including descendants of Chief Louis Kelly), Basket weaving demonstrations, and an informal salon hosted by Native American Artisans and “Painting is Medicine” artist Debora Iyall.

12:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m. ~ Presentations (order to be announced)
Judith Lowery – discussions on Native American Contemporary Art
Dr Tanis Thorne & Hank Meals – California Indian Treaties of 1851
Dr. Sherri Tatsch – discussion about the Nisenan language and its many dialects
Marcos Guerrero – indigenous archeology and the cosmos
Nevada City Rancheria – history of the Nisenan, recognition and termination
Richard Hurley & T.J. Meekins – American California and the Fate of the Nisenan
Adela Morris, Institute of Canine Forensics – discussion about how dogs help with Tribal burials

Debora Iyall

5:30 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. ~ The Debora Iyall Band

7:15 p.m. – 10:00 p.m. ~ Shelly Covert & UnderCover








 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, proud to support other area non profits such as the California Heritage: Indigenous Research Project.