Spring Acting Classes

March – May, 2015 in various locations

A series of Spring Acting Classes with Sandra Rockman. Classes offered in this series include:

  • “Truth in Acting” ~ Featuring Improv, Monologue, and scene work for the beginner or experienced actor in a safe, respectful environment.
  • “Instant Improv (Just Add Actor!)” ~ A Progressive series of improvisational exercises and games.
  • “Writing for the Theatre” ~ Create and craft a short play or a performance art piece in an intimate setting.

Class sizes will be limited.  Pre-registration is required.

For more information, call (530) 265-6514 or email

Sandra Rockman has been active in local theatre since 1978.  She co-wrote and directed the recent production “Home for the Holidays”.  Sandra will also be directing an upcoming Sierra Stages Fall 2015 production of “Falsettos”.

LORE: The Art of Story

Aprill 11 – May 30

DANK 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.

Collie Buddz

The Miners Foundry is pleased to present Collie Buddz with special guest The Expanders 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. (as if you didn’t know!) Doors open at 7:00 p.m. and the show starts at 8:00 p.m.  Ages 16+.  No Ins and Outs allowed during the concert.

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.

7PM doors
8PM Expanders
9:15PM Collie Buddz
Food and drink available
No Ins/Outs

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. He has been featured on performances with Jody Highroller and Snoop Dogg, as well as Stick Figure.

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.

Opening Guests The Expanders

The Expanders are one of the hardest working reggae bands in Southern California.

Known for their vintage style of reggae played in the tradition of classic 1970’s Jamaican groups, their music is centered in three-part vocal harmonies and strong songwriting, with lyrics that range from socially heavy to playful and upbeat.


Opening Guests

Nevada City Summer Craft Fair 2015

Open Call For Vendors now – May 25, 2015

The 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!


WinterCraftFairFood / Beverage Vendors
Designer Clothing
Knit Items
Paper Goods
Children’s Items
Bath Products
Artisan / Gourmet Food
Art / Prints
Sewn Accessories


Pat Travers Band




The Miners Foundry is pleased to present Pat Travers and the Pat Travers Band on Friday, May 29, 2015.

The Pat Travers Band is one seriously tight rocking unit, always delivering tangible energy and infectious enjoyment.

Doors are at 7:30 p.m. and the show begins at 8:00 p.m.

Tickets are $20 Dancing Room Only, $25 Seated, and $55 VIP Meet & Greet.  Ticketing fees may apply.

Tickets are available online, by phone or in person at the Miners Foundry Box Office, or at Briar Patch Co-Op.

Pat Travers

Since the critically acclaimed 1976 debut album featuring his own brand of high quality seventies guitar rock and roll, Pat Travers has gone on to deliver melodic eighties rock, a blues period throughout most of the nineties, noted performances with various power trios during the Millennium and a full blooded return to the trademark Pat Travers Band sound as he enters his fifth decade of performing and recording.

From the streets of Toronto, to the streets of London, to the streets of the WORLD, catch this band whenever and wherever you can.






Sierra Stages and Miners Foundry will present Fortune on Wednesday, June 3, 2015.  Fortune, written by Deborah Zoe Laufer and directed by Bob Thomas, is the next installment of Theater By the Book, a series of informal play readings for the community.

Maude, a lonely, surly, storefront psychic has accepted that love is not in the cards for her.  She can see the future and knows this is to be true.

But when Jeremy, a despondent love-hungry accountant threatens to kill himself is she sees no love for him, she must wrestle with fate, and in changing his destiny, change her own.

Doors open at 7:00 p.m. and the performance begins at 7:30 p.m.  Tickets are a $10 suggested donation, and are available online, in person or by phone at the Miners Foundry, or at the door.


sierra stages

Sierra Stages is a community theater which enriches the cultural life of Nevada County by providing high quality, affordable and accessible performances for everyone. Among our goals is to create an ongoing and viable community theater in the Grass Valley and Nevada City area.

DANK New Works

The DANK New Works show opens on Friday, June 5th, in conjunction with the Nevada City First Friday Art Walk.  DANK Collective members Roseanne Burke, Sheila Cameron, Cynthia Levesque, Moira McLaughlin, Joseph Meade, Celine Adrianna Negrete, and Nancy Nelson will be showing their newest work, there will be musical performances by Music in the Mountains, and refreshments will be served.

Gretchen  Bond, Miners Foundry Executive Director says of this event “The Miners Foundry has a long tradition of supporting innovation in musical performance and fine art.  Partnering on this with both DANK and Music in the Mountains is an exciting new chapter for us.”

The DANK Collective artists will be showing work in a variety of mediums including oils, acrylic, encaustic, collage, fibers, mixed media, and photography.  Roseanne Burke will be showing an encaustic diptych including a portrait of local author and storyteller Steve Sanfield.  Burke will also be showing an oil painting, “Swimmer at Dawn (after W.T. Brown)”.  This painting presents the June Art Walk theme of “Water”, and proceeds from the sale of the painting will benefit Miners Foundry and Art Walk.

“Swimmers At Dawn” ~ Roseanne Burke

Sheila Cameron will be showing her most recent paintings (acrylic and graphite) and says, “I’m working on a series about transitions and the tension in deciding what to let go and what to capture.  I’ve been sharing the works in progress online and even painting at DANK so people can get a sense of the layers in one painting.  Working that way has definitely contributed to the theme.  Can’t wait to share the finished pieces and keep working on the series throughout the month.”

An Uncomplicated Girl Sheila Cameron

“An Uncomplicated Girl” ~ Sheila Cameron

Shouldered Sheila Cameron

“Shouldered” ~ Sheila Cameron











Moira McLaughlin will be showing a collage piece and explains, “With my ‘Collage No. 33’ an explosive piece made from cut up catalogues and newspapers, I’m trying something new; not explaining what the work means.  I’m looking forward to hearing people’s responses to it on purely visual terms.”

Nancy Nelson’s piece, “I Know it is Time” is a fiber work with photo image, embroidery and crochet on silk and paper.  Nelson says, “This work began as a self-portrait, meant to define a current frame of mind.  Midway through the process my sister, who had been ill for more than 20 years, passed away.  While sitting with her in the final days and hours I wrote these words, which inspired me to include her image in the work:

Through the dark a light glimmers, a memory, of myself,
And why I bore this veil.
It has been an ordeal I would not wish on another,
I’m afraid but I know it is time.
I must prepare to cast off this robe,
And embrace the person that is hiding beneath,
Beautiful or hideous, living or dying,
Or be buried in its ever-increasing thread.”

I Know It Is Time Nancy Nelson

“I Know It Is Time” ~ Nancy Nelson

Foothill Chamber Winds, a chamber wind group with local players, will be performing at 6:00 p.m.  Toby Thomas Rose, pianist and the winner of the Young Musicians Competition, will follow them.

“Music in the Mountains is excited to play a part in the First Friday Artwalk, and especially to be playing in the historical cultural heart of Nevada City at the Miners Foundry.  The new DANK Gallery is a great community gathering spot, and we are looking forward to bringing some awesome music to the space,” said Cristine Kelly, Music in the Mountains Executive Director.

The DANK New Works Show reception will begin at 5:00 p.m. on June 5th and refreshments will be available.  The gallery is the first stop on the First Friday Artwalk, and attendees will be able to pick up maps here.



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.


Allah Las



(((folkYEAH!))) presents an evening with Allah Las on Tuesday, June 16, 2015 at the Miners Foundry.

Allah Las features a sound cultivated from the annals of California culture; the perfect mixture of the sands, the seas, the streets, and the cities of the golden state.  This is a standing / dancing concert.

Tickets are $15.00 in Advance and $20.00 at the Door.  Doors open at 7:00 p.m. and the show begins at 8:00 p.m. All ages!

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


Allah Las 2

Los Angeles based garage rock quartet Allah Las is comprised of Miles Michaud,  Pedrum Siadatian, Spencer Dunham, and Matthew Correia.

Three of the four band members were working in the L.A. branch of the legendary record store Amoeba when the group formed in 2008, and they spent a great deal of time researching the garage and psychedelic sounds of the 60’s.

The Allah Las sound combines the harmonies and pop hooks of the British invasion, the trippy atmosphere of West Coast psychedelic bands, and the raw swagger of countless American garage rockers.


(((folkYEAH!))) Presents is a Northern California based boutique music and events curator and presenter.

(((folkYEAH!))) shows are highly regarded and carefully planned affairs with an emphasis on presenting each event as a one of a kind experience for both the artist and the attendees.

The Ingenious Judge Dee




Community Asian Theatre of the Sierra (CATS) and the Miners Foundry are pleased to present “The Ingenious Judge Dee” on Thursday, July 23, 2015.  This dramatic play reading by Hock Tjoa is a cozy play about criminal investigations in 7th Century China was adapted from The Celebrated Cases of Judge Dee, by Robert van Gulik.  It will be presented in Reader’s Theatre format, as inspired by Tim O’Connor.  Doors open at 6:00 p.m. and the show begins at 6:30 p.m.  Tickets are available online, by phone or in person at the Miners Foundry, or in person at Briar Patch.  Ticketing fees may apply.

A double homicide, a “reluctant” corpse, a bride poisoned on her wedding night, all taking place in a small county, (one of fifteen hundred in Tang dynasty China), and all demanding investigation and judicial response within a month!  Judge Dee deals with these cases with his usual investigators and with his customary aplomb, even though he himself is under investigation by an Imperial Censor.


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.


Jerry Bash 2015



The Miners Foundry presents Jerry Bash 2015 on Saturday, August 1st, at Pioneer Park in Nevada City, celebrating 50 Years of the Grateful Dead and Jerry Garcia’s birthday.  Jerry Bash 2015 is a community celebration featuring music, food, drinks, art, and vendors from 4:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.  The day will be headlined by the Deadbeats in a reunion concert.  The show will also feature music by Achilles Wheel and more.  Admission is $20.00.   Advance tickets are available online, by phone or in person at the Miners Foundry, or in person at Briar Patch Co-Op.  Tickets will also be available at the show.  Ticketing fees may apply.


4:00 p.m.  ~ Gates Open
4:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.  ~ Achilles Wheel
6:20 p.m. – 7:10 p.m. ~ Buck Star
7:30 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.  ~ Deadbeats

Interested in being a VENDOR?

The Deadbeats formed during the Summer of 1994 on the notion they could pull off some reasonable Grateful Dead covers.  Soon it was apparent the band was on to something, a certain indefinable sound and feel that really captures the essence of a Dead show.

Though band members have come and gone over the years, Tom, Paul, and Gary have remained the core of the band, providing a solid continuity to the Deadbeat sound.


Achilles Wheel is a high energy Roots & World Music / Rock & Roll band, featuring award winning songwriting, numerous stringed instruments, and more drums than you can shake a stick at.  The fiery epicenter of the Achilles Wheel sound is Jonny Mojo on lead guitar and vocals, surrounded by Paul Kamm and Shelby Snow on rhythm, bass, and vocals, and Gary Campus and Mark McCartney on drums and vocals.

If you love to dance and celebrate life, come see Achilles Wheel and make a joyful noise.

Buck Star is a country/rock/r&b band born out of Nevada County in late 2014.  It’s five members, Tom Menig, Eric Menig , Rob Kopp , Jenn Knapp and Lucas Webber are no strangers to the stage as these dynamic players have been starring members of bands such as “The Dead Beats” and “The Cheatin’ Buzzies”.  Buck Star crafts catchy original tunes that have received rave reviews from audiences. With pure tones that will carry you from old school to new school, this is a tight knit group not to be missed.  Their self titled debut album is set for release in late June 2015.


Nevada County Coloring Club



Local Artist Lenka Vodicka is thrilled to announce a new collaboration with the Miners Foundry Cultural Center.  The Nevada County Coloring Club is a monthly event for adults that embraces one of the hottest trends in creative relaxation and expression.

This is not your kid’s coloring club.  Professional quality coloring materials and high end pages, as well as mimosas and elegant pastries are included in the price. There is a limit of how many people can attend to ensure the event is comfortable, so advance reservations are recommended.  “We hope to encourage an elevated experience with details and presentation.  Coloring Club is a haven, a little escape from chores and daily routines, ” says creator Lenka Vodicka.

“This is a perfect fit for our new gallery space where DANK is located,” adds Gretchen Bond, Executive Director.  “Many members of DANK as well as the Foundry staff have known Lenka as a teacher at Nevada City School of the Arts and have seen the way she infuses projects with magic for the kids.  Being able to offer this type of event to adults and support Lenka’s vision is a special way to share this beautiful space.”

This is a new chapter for Vodicka, who is wrapping up her final year at NCSA.  As a published author, seasoned photographer, and creative leader, she is ready to embrace the new role of full time artist.  “It is a lot of work but I find pursuing my passions gives me the energy to push ideas forward.  Working with the Foundry and getting support from DANK has helped put my ideas into action.  I can’t wait to share the beautiful coloring books I’ve found.”

Finding the books was no easy task, many are sold out with the national attention adult coloring has generated.  Not only it is a great way to relax with friends, but it has also been shown to have mental health benefits.



Summer Craft Fair




The Nevada City Summer Craft Fair returns Friday, August 7, 2015 to the historic Miners Foundry Cultural Center in downtown Nevada City, CA.

All-ages are welcomed and encouraged. Entrance fee is $3.00, children under 12 are free.

The Nevada City Summer Craft Fair is open from 3:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m., in conjunction with the First Friday Art Walk.

Tickets are available online, by phone, or in person at Briar Patch or the Miners Foundry Box Office.

The independent, juried craft fair began in the summer of 2010 by a group of local young crafters, artists and social do-gooders who were inspired by the independent entrepreneurship and creative talents in their community as well as the success of the Renegade Craft Fairs across the US and Europe.

The inaugural event attracted over 800 attendees and showcases the local regions top Etsy vendors, artisans, do-it-yourself crafters, and features their unique, handmade, original and repurposed art, clothing, accessories, jewelry, and housewares. Attendees can also expect to find letterpress, paper and stationary items as well as children’s things, toys (for the young and young at heart), ceramics, bath products, and more