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One Fine Day ~ Sunday, March 8, 2015

One Fine Day 2014


One Fine Day.jpgMiners Foundry and Gold Dust Collective will present One Fine Day on Sunday, March 8, 2015 from 12:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.

The premiere Nevada City wedding showcase features live music, tasty bites, photo booth, DIY workshops, craft cocktails, styled vignettes, and the best crop of handpicked wedding pros.

One Fine Day tickets are $10.00 and are available online, by phone, or person at the Miners Foundry, or in person at Briar Patch Co-Op.  Ticketing fees may apply.

One Fine Day is a seriously fun party!




The 2015 Crop includes:

Under Canvas Events
Little Boy Flowers
Joy of Life Events
Muse Juice Videography
Nicole Dianne Photography
Emily’s Catering
Broad Street Bistro
Taylor Kane Events
Giggle & Riot Photo Booths
Special Arrangements Event & Wedding Coordination
Lisa Stine
Pine Street Ramblers
Anything’s Possible Events & More
Temple Photography & Photo Booth
Bee, Leaves N’Love
Shannon Morse Photography
The Haven Downtown
Hair & Makeup by Angela
Athena Kalindi Photography
Fable Coffee
Roots Reclaimed Vintage Rentals
The Studio Collective
Shocks N Struts
Pretty Plates Vintage Rentals
Table Nectar Local & Organic Catering
The Traveling Photo Booth
Perfect Pear Catering
Indian Hill Ranch & Gardens
Tin Roof Farmhouse Vintage Rentals






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.

Artisans Festival 2014 – Meet the Maker, LeeAnn Brook

PaintingSundownMeet LeeAnn Brook a Nevada City, California-based artist whose works explore landscape through color and movement. Using an expressive layering of colors, textures, and awareness of light, Brook’s paintings are inspired by environments of water, grasslands, gardens and forests that surround us.

Brook is one of over 35 artists showing at the annual Artisans Festival, Friday & Saturday, November 28 & 29 at the Miners Foundry Cultural Center.   This holiday tradition is one of the longest running festivals in Nevada County and is known for showcasing the exceptional work of regional artisans.  This year’s festival takes the term “Art Party” to another level with dozens of new artists, installation art displays, performance art, live music, children’s holiday art activities, and a rustic, bohemian Acoustic Café and Wine Bar.  Tickets $3, $5 Weekend Pass, Children 15 and under free.  Daily hours are 10am-5pm.

Filled with intensity of color, light and unique textures, Brook’s large format contemporary landscape paintings are built with layers of color and patterns that reflect the layers of nature. Depth is created with the use of subtle patterns and textures that are then integrated into the painting as a whole, where the technique becomes secondary only to the full effect of a vibrant landscape, encouraging us to notice what is beneath the surface of what we see every day.

What was the art background of your childhood?

My dad was an artist, but he died when I was six. My mom was not artistic so she put art mentors in my life, starting with a neighbor boy who taught me about classic art and artists.

When did you recognize a special talent or interest in art? Was it a moment or a process? Can you remember a specific setting?

In kindergarten I knew I would be an artist. Literally, it was the very first time the teacher said “tomorrow we’ll be working with paint.” I brought my brush, my smock, and cousin’s majorette baton to paint. I loved that thing and when I painted it the other kids kept coming around saying it was good and asking if I was going to be an artist someday. I said, “yes” and that day encouragement set the course of my life.

What did your parents say when you told them you were going to be an artist? Was it a moment or a process? Can you remember the specific setting?

My mom knew I loved art and continued to support my talent. She also made sure I developed my secretarial skills. I suppose she thought art would be my hobby.

Then, when I was a senior in high school, I took a graphic arts class and loved it. My family wasn’t able to pay for me to go to college, but my teachers and guidance counselor encouraged me to apply to a graphic arts school. The day I told my mom, she said something like, “Oh no, honey, you need to be a secretary.” And, then I went to graphic design school.

Who or what were your early creative inspirations?

I’ve had a lot of mentors who helped me recognize my inspirations.

There was an older kid in my neighborhood who was very artistic. My mom got him to come and teach me to paint. I lived in a very rural area where there wasn’t much exposure to art. He gave me the classics.

Then a neighbor moved in who also recognized my talent and mentored me.  I attended a great high school that had an incredible art program.  And, then, at 18, met a man who was an abstract painter and he introduced me to the art scene; and the ins and outs of being an artist like museums, supplies, other artists.

What, besides the obvious, do you like about selling your art?

I love talking about art. The first time I did open studios, finally after 40 years, I was able to overcome my shyness and just couldn’t shut up. I feel that’s what doing art shows is about; the conversation between artist and collector is one about what turns you on. I thrive on the direct interaction and connection.

What do you think is the role of art in a society?

My role as an artist is to do art that gives enjoyment to someone else. My art is made to bring beauty to a patron’s home. I get to share and pass on beauty. Art brings beauty and appreciation.

What have been the biggest sacrifices you’ve made for your art?

I don’t feel I have sacrificed. My life has been nothing but full and rich. Being an artist has brought so much to me. I am humbled by the life I get to live.

What is the funkiest job you’ve taken to support your art?

Luckily, every job I’ve worked in has been related to being an artist and a businessperson. The funkiness is just that it’s my business and I do everything from toilets to windows.

Anything particularly interesting or striking about your story that you’d like to share?

Most of my career has been as a graphic designer. I started painting again about 12 years ago and now I have 2 studios.

I just published a book that will be out by the time of Artisans. It is about my work and how in art one medium affects another. It’ll make a great gift item.

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Soukous and Salsa Dance Party ~ Tuesday, April 29, 2014

SALSA PARTYK.S.K. Dance Collective will present a Soukous and Salsa Dance Party on Tuesday, April 29, 2014 at the Miners Foundry.  The party will be a benefit for Mabiba Baegne, a most revered elder in the drum and dance community who is battling cancer.  The evening will feature traditional African cuisine, with tickets purchased in advance.  The party will run from 8:00 – 11:00 p.m.

Tickets are $15.00 and available at Briar Patch Co-Op.  For more information, contact Lisa at (530) 470-3053.

K.S.K. Dance Collective is a Community Organization that supports World Class Master Artists, through hosting and sponsoring Dance, Drum, and Singing workshops of Traditional World Music.




Akim Aginksy

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 cultural music and dance communities.

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

Miners Foundry Open House & Community Party for the New Floor – February 15th

Celebrate the new wood floor in the Osborn/Woods Hall with live music from the Deadbeats, yoga & dance demonstrations, food & drink, plus more!

On Friday, February 15, 2013, The Miners Foundry Cultural Center will host an Open House and Community Party at the historic venue to celebrate the new wooden floor in the Osborn/Woods Hall and recognize those that have contributed to make this major, yet necessary, facility upgrade a reality.

Attendees are welcomed and encouraged to stroll through the Foundry, taking in the historic artifacts, beautiful stone walls, hand hewn wood beams, and of course the new wood floor.  They can also watch and participate in yoga, swing, salsa, and dance demonstrations from local instructors and organizations.  And finish the evening dancing on the new floor with old and new friends to the music of the Deadbeats and other local acts who have donated their time and talents to the cause. Food and a full no-host bar also available.

For the last 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 their two great halls.  A new wooden floor was needed in the Osborn/Woods Hall because the existing floor was rough, industrial concrete left over from the time when the room was a machine shop.  It was also uncomfortable for standing and dancing.  A new wood floor will beautify the hall – lighten the room, improve acoustics, attract more musical events that involve dancing, provide an elegant space for dinner dances, night-club-style events and dinner theatre, expand rental business to include more daytime uses such as exercise or dance classes and the floor will fulfill the vision outlined in Miners Foundry Strategic Plan of  becoming a first-class venue!
With the support of private donors, businesses, Nevada City, Nevada County and Nevada City Chamber of Commerce, the Foundry has raised 95% of their goal and hope the Open House and Community Party will help with the final amount needed.  Last week the new wood floor was installed by Youngs Carpet One.  Youngs Carpet has been instrumental in helping the Foundry select the new wood floor.  With their guidance the Foundry selected a Kahrs Activity Floor.  In addition to installing the floor, Youngs sealed and leveled the existing concrete floor and installed a moisture barrier.

“The Miners Foundry Cultural Center’s programs and historic preservation are funded, in part, by revenue generated from building rentals, however, individuals also play an essential role in maintaining our existing programming, expanding our offerings and ensuring the Foundry continues to enrich us for many decades to come,” explains Gretchen Bond, Executive Director.

There is still time for individuals, families, and businesses interested in donating $1,000 or more to have their named imprinted on the floor for generations to see and enjoy.

To make a tax-deductible donation you can do so online at www.minersfoundry.org 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 [email protected]


What: Miners Foundry Cultural Center Open House and Community Party
When: Friday, February 15, 2013, Doors 5:30pm, Demonstrations 6:30pm, Music 8pm
Where: Miners Foundry, 325 Spring Street, Nevada City, CA
Tickets: Suggested Donation of $10 at the door, no one will be turned away, children 13 and under FREE
Info: www.minersfoundry.org