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Children’s Charity Fundraiser ~ Friday, May 15, 2015

Intero Real Estate PosterThe Intero Foundation of Nevada County will present a Children’s Charity Fundraiser on Friday, May 15, 2015 at the Miners Foundry from 4:00 – 10:00 p.m.

The evening will feature food, a no host bar, live music from local favorites Grease Grit & Grime, dancing, a silent auction, and raffle.

All proceeds will benefit Nevada County non profit organizations.

Tickets are $25 and are available at all four Intero Real Estate Offices, Briar Patch, and the Nevada City Chamber of Commerce.

For more information or donate goods or services, please call (530) 615-0111.

 

Intero FoundationThe Intero Foundation is a non–profit organization founded in 2002 that has raised more than $3 million to benefit children living in the communities we serve.  To date, the Intero Foundation has lent its support to over 130 local charities – organizations that range in size and mission, but all work to positively impact the growth and well being of children by enhancing their education and personal development.
The Intero Foundation is funded, promoted and governed by Intero agents – each of whom are vested in the health of the communities in which they work and live

 

 

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.

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

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 www.judebischoff.com

 

Theater By The Book Returns With The Thriller SLEUTH – Wednesday, May 22

Theater by the Book, a series of informal play readings for the community co-presented by Sierra Stages and the Miners Foundry Cultural Center, returns Wednesday, May 22 with a reading of the Tony Award-winning play Sleuth, directed by Susan Mason and featuring local actors Jeffrey Mason and Danny McCammon.

“We kicked off the “Theater by the Book” series in April with a reading/singing of a children’s musical Stone Soup which has a musical score by Ken Hardin, Artistic Director of InConcert Sierra,” explains Peter Mason, board member of Sierra Stages. “We expected about fifty audience members, but had over one hundred and fifty in the attendance.  The feedback on the show was overwhelmingly positive.”

Sleuth has all the ingredients of a top-class thriller – a plot whose twists and turns are breathtakingly audacious and fiendishly cunning; suspense and excitement galore; and a brilliant parody of the Agatha Christie country-house thriller.  Written in 1970 by Anthony Shaffer the play is set in the English manor house of Andrew Wyke, an immensely successful mystery writer, played by Mason.  Wyke’s home reflects his obsession with the inventions and deceptions of fiction and his fascination with games and game-playing. He lures his wife’s lover, Milo Tindle played by McCammon, to the house and convinces him to stage a robbery of her jewelry, a proposal that sets off a chain of events that leaves the audience trying to decipher where Wyke’s imagination ends and reality begins.

“I love Sleuth.  It is fun, interesting, and rarely ever done because of the production challenges,” explains Susan on why she suggested the play for the series. “The play reads very well and I’m interested in the creative process of reworking a familiar play in a way that is new to me and the audience.  Plus it was a great opportunity to work with my husband again.”

Susan grew up in Grass Valley and met Jeffrey while performing in a production of Oliver! at the Nevada Theatre in 1976.  Since then the two have worked together in over thirty shows and lived throughout California and Oregon.  The Mason’s threw themselves back in to local theatre two years ago after Jeffrey retired from teaching theatre arts at the university level.  Most recently, Susan directed Assassins for Sierra Stages and Alice in Wonderland for Quest Theatreworks and acted in Sierra Stages’ production Death of a Salesman, while Jeffrey has directed The Music Man and Death of a Salesman for Sierra Stages. Both also participated in the popular 24 Hour Plays produced by Sands Hall at the Miners Foundry.

“My love of theatre comes from my love of dramatic literature,” explains Susan.  “There is so much good literature out there, you can’t run out of good material.  I also love watching the audience see something come alive in person.”

Also in the cast is seasoned actor Danny McCammon. McCammon has performed in numerous local productions, including Sierra Stages’ Assassins and CATS’ Journey to the West. He also performs in the Best Friends Club Sketch Comedy Group, and will be seen in Sierra Stages’ summer production of the musical Avenue Q at the Nevada Theatre.

The Theater By the Book readings are FREE (with a $10 suggested donation). Each reading is on a Wednesday evening – doors open at 7 and the reading begins at 7:30.

“We thought it was important that the play readings be free, but we are also asking for a suggested contribution of $10 to cover royalties for each play and the promotion and fixed costs for the Foundry,” says Peter Mason.  “Although not designed as a fund raising event (after all, admission is free), any proceeds from the series will go to the Miners Foundry and Sierra Stages, which are both 501(c)(3) organizations with a goal to provide cultural activities for our community.”

The rest of the play reading series will be entertaining as well, with a wide variety of plays: Sleuth will be followed with a comedy (Lettice and Lovage), a drama (The Effect of Gamma Rays on Man-in-the-Moon Marigolds), a sprawling historical epic with music (Zoot Suit) and one reading to be announced. Jeffrey Mason will direct the Peter Shaffer comedy Lettice and Lovage the third installment of Theater By the Book on Wednesday, June 19, 2013 at the Miners Foundry.

 

Psychic Fair Vendor Spotlight

Psychic Marin Graves

Nevada City’s 24th Annual Psychic Fair (a benefit for the Miners Foundry) will be held on March 23 & 24, 2013.  The Psychic Fair features Psychics, Readers, Intuitives, Healers for the Mind, Body and Spirit, plus a Metaphysical Marketplace.  Fair hours are 11:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m. on Saturday and 11:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. on Sunday.  Admission is $5 per day.  Below is a list of some of this year’s vendors.

Robin de Bry
Gaia Spirits

Marin Graves
The Parlour

Jacqueline Robbins
Harmony Henna

Don Schulz
The Different Drum

Susanne Gorham
Destiny Readings by Suzanne

Israel Hurtado
Enlighten Your Life

Pam Saporta
Beadwork by Pam Saporta

David Winglifter
Winglifter Bodywork

Susan Gleason
Phoenix Obsidian Designs

Shirley Williams
Spiritual Counseling

Terri Brian
Sands of Time

Ajeet Campbell
Light Being Music

Duane Carpenter
Light Weaver Products

Lore Ross
rewrite the body ™

Melodie Yun

Christopher Valentine

Dr. Christian von Lahr

Ray Eyrich
Church of the Essence

Lee Osborne

Elisabeth Preston
Northern Lights

Debi Russell
Cello Chocolate

Margaret Van Laan Martin
Age of Aquarius

Maraiel Ruth
LightStones

Sharon Sampsel
Psychic

Sandy Duveau
Colors of Your Life

24th Annual Psychic Fair – Psychics, Readers, Intuitives plus Metaphysical Marketplace

Psychic Marin Graves

Nevada City’s 24th Annual Psychic Fair returns to the Miners Foundry Cultural Center this weekend, March 23 & 24, 2013.  With an emphasis on the mind, body and spirit, the Psychic Fair is best known for bringing together an interesting blend of alternative health professionals and metaphysicians a warm and welcoming environment that also includes readings, lectures, workshops, and services.

“It is a great opportunity to have a glimpse around the corner of your own life,” explains Marza Miller, who has produced the Psychic Fair for the last seven years.  “If you have never attended expect to find a high caliber of skilled people in their respective fields, plus a community minded event that attracts people who are interested in exchanging ideas and looking at new perspectives in life.”

For people interested in alternative medicine to those curious about the mystical, this year’s Psychic Fair offers attendees an array of new vendors including psychics, medical intuitives, acupuncturists, massage therapists, herbalists, and alchemists.  Attendees can also learn about other forms of alternative medicine such as Iridology, a technique that uses the patterns, colors, and other characteristics of the human iris to determine information about a patient’s systemic health.  Plus there will be an aura photographer on hand to reveal the color of your aura.

The Psychic Fair marketplace also features one-of-a-kind artisan jewelry, clothes, and accessories, natural skincare products, gem essences, crystals, and much more.  Both adults and children can have their face painted or receive a henna tattoo, and local food vendor Calla Lily Crepes will serve delicious and tasty treats all day.

Click here for a complete list of Psychic Fair Vendors

The Psychic Fair is also a fundraiser for the Miners Foundry Cultural Center. For over 150 years the Miners Foundry has been the hub of culture, innovation, creativity, and community in Nevada County.  Proceeds from this event go towards the care and preservation of this historic building.

KNOW & GO
What: 24th Annual Psychic Fair
When: Saturday & Sunday, March 24 & 25th, 2013, Hours Saturday 11am-7pm, Sunday 11am-5pm
Where: Miners Foundry Cultural Center, 325 Spring Street, Nevada City, CA 95959
Tickets: $5 at the door
Information: www.minersfoundry.org or call (530) 265-5040

 

Community Support for the New Floor Campaign

For the past year, the Miners Foundry Cultural Center has been hard at work quietly raising funds for a new wooden floor in the Osborn/Woods Hall, one of the two great halls. With the help and support of private donors, businesses, Nevada City, Nevada County and the Nevada City Chamber Commerce they have raised 85% of the total amount needed. With just one week remaining before breaking ground on February 4th, the Miners Foundry is reaching out to help make this much needed facility improvement a reality for the community to use and enjoy for generations to come.

“Like many non-profit arts venues, only 40% of the buildings operating costs are covered through rental income,” explains Gretchen Bond, Executive Director. “The remainder comes from Foundry-presented events, annual memberships, fundraising events, grants and donations. Individuals and businesses that choose to support the Foundry make an enormous difference and insure the legacy of this great building.”

Donations of any amount are welcome.  There is a deadline of February 4th for those who donate $1,000 or more and will have the name of their choice imprinted on the floor.

To make a tax-deductible donation you can do so online here or simply call (530) 265-5040. You can also mail in your donation to Miners Foundry, attn: Osborn/Woods Hall Floor, 325 Spring Street, Nevada City, CA, 95959. For questions or additional information please contact Gretchen Bond at (530) 265-5040 or Gretchen@minersfoundry.org

Below are a few testimonials from community stake-holders supporting the new floor campaign!

“A wooden dance floor will allow the Foundry to produce Swing, Ballroom, Salsa and Blues dance events  without making excuses about dancing on cement.  It’s a big step in the improvement of the Miners Foundry.” – Paul Emery, Producer & KVMR News Director

“The new wood floor in the Osborn/Woods Hall will transform the room into an elegant ballroom!. No more funky old formerly industrial room, but a first class venue for dinner dances, night-club-style events—and new daytime classes!” – Glady McWood Birdsong, President, Board of Directors, Miners Foundry

“Charles Woods and David Osborn had a magnificent vision that they made a reality; to create a cultural center for Nevada County from the ruins of a once bustling foundry which in its heyday served the mines of our region. Today what was then the American Victorian Museum is alive and well while actively fulfilling that original mission, in what is now know at the Miners Foundry.  The largest room on the property is Osborn/Woods Hall still using its original sooty, uneven, industrial concrete floor. The Miners Foundry is right on the cusp of having the needed financial resources to convert that floor to a danceable, bright, durable, user-friendly hardwood floor.” – Paul Matson, Board of Directors, Miners Foundry

“Heartwarming wood in the heart of the Foundry. What a great combo for our community!” – Sandra Rockman, Award-winning Director and Acting Coach

“For over 150 years, the Miners Foundry has been the cultural hub of Nevada County.  As a community we must support the necessary upgrades needed for all of us to continue to utilize and enjoy this great and historic building.” – Jesse Locks, Festival Director, Nevada City Film Festival

 

 

Street of Dreams ~ A Benefit for Habitat Homes ~ Friday, October 5, 2012 ~ 6:00 p.m. ~ $40.00

Nevada County Habitat for Humanity will present Street of Dreams, a benefit for Habitat Homes. Street of Dreams is an evening of silent and live auctions, entertainment, socializing, networking, and great food. Enjoy a plentiful spread of heavy appetizers ranging from popcorn shrimp to loaded baked potatoes by Chef Antonio Ayestaran. Sit back, relax, and enjoy a glass of wine or beer at the classic piano bar. Very special desserts include a chocolate fondue and lots of other goodies. Find a fabulous gift from over 250 amazing auction items.

100% of the proceeds from the event are designated to purchasing building materials for Home #6 of the 16 home Heritage Oaks Project on Joyce Drive in Grass Valley. The next home, for the Arnold Family, is scheduled to begin construction late in the fall of 2012.

Tickets are available at Briar Patch, The Bookseller, Harmony Books, Habitat Offices, and online. Visit Website

 

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 Nevada County Habitat for Humanity.

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