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DANK New Works ~ Opens Friday, June 5, 2015

New WorksDANK has been hard at work in our studios preparing for DANK New Works, opening June 5th.

An opening reception during First Friday Art Walk will also celebrate a new collaboration with Music In The Mountains, who will share live music in the DANK space throughout the year.

Fresh art, world class music, and a no-host bar to kick off a city-wide celebration of our creative community; what could be better?

Join DANK in the Osborn/Woods Gallery at the Miners Foundry on Friday, June 5, 2015 from 5:00 – 10:00 p.m.

 

 

Sky Mowen

Sky Mowen

The DANK Movement is an artist’s collective in Nevada City, CA.

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

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

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

And it’s an acronym for Do Art Now Kids.

 

 

 

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 art 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 ~ 2015 Nevada City Summer Craft Fair

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.

First Friday Art Walk ~ Friday, May 1, 2015

ArtWalk LogoThe First Friday Art Walk, a celebration of Nevada City’s diverse mix of galleries, retail shops, wine tasting rooms, restaurants, and creative community, will kick off May 1 at 5:00 p.m.

Participating downtown businesses will be open from 5:00 – 9:00 p.m. and many will host receptions with local artists, trunk shows, special one night only sales and performances.

Maps are available at any of the participating locations, the Nevada City Chamber of Commerce, the Artwalk booth on Commercial Street, or online.  May 2015 Artwalk Map.pdf

 

 

Christie Stewart

Christie Stewart

 

The May theme of “Cycles” is a nod to Nevada City’s stop on the AMGEN tour as well as our own unique cycling culture.

A raffle fundraiser is planned featuring Christie Stewart.

Her found object assemblage sculpture, “Le Tour” will be on display at J.J. Kacksons’ April 28 through May 10, 2015.

Raffle tickets are available for purchase at J.J. Jackson’s, the Parlour at Neva Co., and at the Artwalk booth on Commercial Street.

 

 

 

Boardwalk First FridayNevada City will be alive with art, music, performance, and creative engagements.

Live music featuring Dangerous Curves on the Boardwalk Stage and String Sisters on York Street Stage, as well as a special season long Passport Stamp activity, will keep visitors of all ages happy and engaged.

“This year we are working hard to roll out new interactive initiatives to keep people moving throughout the town and excited to visit all the shops and artists on the map. I’m really excited for “Art in the Park” at Calanan Park (at the bottom of Broad St).  I love that people can stroll through the park and visit 20 local crafters and artists selling their creations,” says Art Walk founder Cynthia Levesque.

 

Erin Thiem

Erin Thiem

 

“Treats has always enjoyed closing off York Street in order to provide activities and performances for our community’s younger artists and their families.

We are excited for the May kick off and the entire Art Walk Season”, adds Treats Owner and Art Walk Board member Peggy Wright.

 

 

 

Erin Thiem

Erin Thiem

“The Inn Town Campground is excited to be a sponsor of this year’s First Friday Art Walk because we support the merchants of downtown Nevada City and the art and music scene in our community.

While our campground is still a year away from opening, we wanted to get the word out there about the exciting new venture that’ll be in the heart of downtown Nevada City,” said co-owner Erin Thiem.

 

 

Artists are encouraged to submit work for consideration for future Art Walks via the website. Details about submissions, maps, a complete list of participating businesses and sponsorships opportunities can be found at http://artwalknc.com/.

Art Walk Sponsors

Miners Foundry Cultural Center
Treats
KVMR
Three Forks Baking & Brewing Company
Inn Town Campground
AJA Video
The California Arts Council

 

 

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 art community.

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

“LORE: The Art of Story” ~ Through Saturday, May 30, 2015

dank_posterDANK and the Miners Foundry Cultural Center are pleased to announce “LORE:  The Art of Story,” Saturday, April 11 through Saturday, May 30, 2015.

The ten local artists who have been working with the Miners Foundry to activate a new, creative, and social space in The Foundry will present an interactive, social, and thought provoking show.

Invigorated by the success of their sold out field trip to “@LARGE:  Ai Weiwei on Alcatraz,” a popular KVMR radio broadcast Live from DANK, and their award winning show for the Wild and Scenic Film Festival, they look forward to sharing all new work inspired by the art of story.

 

 

Dylan Sherwood McConnell

Dylan Sherwood McConnell

“The Miners Foundry Cultural Center created this opportunity for the artists of DANK because we wanted to develop a public space for art and conversations about art and art making.

Part of a collaborative relationship with artists is giving them the space to express, while not knowing exactly what the next show will be like.

We are excited for the opening of “LORE” and to see the new work,” says Foundry Executive Director Gretchen Bond.

 

Moira McLaughlin

Moira McLaughlin

 

Some of the themes are historically familiar while others are extremely personal.

“Like a good story, this show has been deeply therapeutic for me as I’ve worked my way through a cancer diagnosis and treatment.

It’s allowed me to express the experience through art and explore my connection to other creative souls, pas and present,” says artist Moira McLaughlin, referencing her piece Bury Me in a Mason Jar. 

 

 

 

Nancy Nelson

Nancy Nelson

Nancy Nelson explains that her contribution, Dearest Daughter, “evokes the beautiful and poetic letters written by my grandfather to my Mom when she graduated from high school and college, and then gave birth to all four of her children.

His letters, all starting with ‘Dearest Daughter’, were filled with stories, quotes, gentle advice, and always unconditional love.”

 

 

Sheila Cameron

Sheila Cameron

Wolf and the Seven Kids is a visual representation of a Grimms’ fairy tale by the same name, which is very dark, as most of the Grimms brothers’ tales were.

I related to this story with the recent birth of my second daughter and revisiting that intense protective energy which comes with mothering a new baby,” adds Cynthia Levesque.

“Seeing what the other collective members are showing for ‘LORE’, I think it’s going to be a fun, very interactive, yet moving show.”

Scheduled Events Include:

12:00 – 4:00 p.m.  ~ Coffee from Steffen Snell of Foxhound Espresso
5:00 p.m. ~ Artist Reception with no-host bar featuring sangria and craft beer from Sierra Moonshine Home Brew Supplies
7:00 p.m.  ~ Performance piece by DANK artist Joe Meade
8:00 p.m. ~ Musical performance by Halfpence and Haypenny.  Performer Sage Arias says he and Eva Riihiluoma have selected “pieces heavy with lore – a tale of a young girl whisked into the Fae realm, a 16th century ghost story, and a tune with the darkest past and association one could imagine.”

 

Sheila Cameron

Sheila Cameron

There will also be a special eBay auction of the original painting Goldie Bear by Sheila Cameron, benefiting the Miners Foundry.

“This piece was inspired by putting a feminist twist on the traditional fairy tale.

The stores we tell, the stores we pass on have a power and looking for new ways to do things is always exciting.

It seems fitting to make this piece available in a uniquely modern way to help raise money for this special building that inspires so many of us.”

About DANK

Moira McLaughlin

Moira McLaughlin

The DANK Movement is an artist’s collective in Nevada City, CA.

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

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

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

And it’s an acronym for Do Art Now Kids.

 

About Miners Foundry

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 art community.

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

LORE ~ Ends Saturday, May 30, 2015

Moira McLaughlin

Moira McLaughlin

Join DANK in the Osborn/Woods Gallery at the Miners Foundry for “LORE”, representing the Art of Story.

The exhibit will feature 10 contemporary artists showing work inspired by the tradition of storytelling.

LORE will open April 11, 2015 at noon.  The opening night reception will begin at 5:00 p.m.

The reception will feature a no host bar and live music by Halfpence & Haypenny at 8:00 p.m.

Regular Gallery Hours:

Fridays ~ 4:00 – 8:00 p.m.
Saturdays ~ 2:00 – 8:00 p.m.
Sundays ~ 2:00 – 6:00 p.m.

Artists Include:

DANK-Miners-Foundry-4artists-©Sky-Mowen

 

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

 

 

 

 

ABOUT DANK

Moira McLaughlin

Moira McLaughlin

The DANK Movement is an artist’s collective in Nevada City, CA.

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

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

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

And it’s an acronym for Do Art Now Kids.

 

ABOUT MINERS FOUNDRY

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 art 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


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.

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.

DANK at O/W

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

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