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Faces of the Foundry: Greg Cameron

Greg Cameron

 

The top notch sound system helmed by uber professional Greg Cameron is one of the many touches setting the Miners Foundry apart from other venues.  L.A.’s loss is Nevada County’s gain, many times over!

Are you originally from Nevada County?  If not, why did you decide to move to Nevada County?  Where are you from originally? 

I’m actually from Los Angeles. I moved here to take a job with AJA Video Systems so I could raise my family in potentially better environment.

How did you discover the Foundry in the first place?

I had a professional sound system that needed home after my family moved up here in 2008 from Los Angeles. My wife Sheila Cameron had mentioned that she read in the paper a place called Miners Foundry in downtown Nevada City was having an open house a couple of months after we moved here. She suggested I go to the open house and see if they might be in need of new sound system. So I took my young daughter to the open house – my first visit to Miners Foundry.

What were your initial impressions of the Foundry?

I was immediately intrigued by the building and it’s history. I found it truly fascinating.

What do you like the best about the Miners Foundry?

I love the building like a second home. I feel comfortable when I’m there. But most of all, I like the people who work there & run the place very much. And I really enjoy making so many new friends and acquaintances because of my relationship with Miners Foundry.

Why did you choose to become involved with the Foundry?

It became apparent that my sound system would be a good match with the Foundry during my first visit. I love music & art. I love being a live sound engineer. The Foundry is and has been an ideal place for me to enjoy the things I love. But it’s ideal because of the uniqueness of the place and the great people who run it.

How long have you been associated with the Foundry?

I’ve been sound engineering at Miners Foundry now for almost 8 years.

What types of events do you most enjoy?

Live music is probably my favorite type of event at Miners Foundry. But I have also enjoyed many weddings and fundraising events at the Foundry as well as Film Festivals. So many great thing happen there.

Do you have a funny or touching story to share about an experience at the Foundry?

I would have to say the New Year’s Eve show going into 2015 was one of the most fun and interesting events I’ve experienced. It didn’t start out that way. I wasn’t in the best of moods that day. Then half way into the celebration, the power went out in Nevada City. There was a scramble to try and get the show going again using various generators. But they all had something wrong with them. Whilst we tried to figure out what to do, the drummers from the bands started to jam. And people were good spirited about it. The party kept going, people kept filing into the building. The fun and great vibe of Nevada City was in full swing. After an hour of so of no power, we were just about to call the show and send everyone home. Literally seconds before I was to make the announcement, the power came on. I hurriedly got the PA situation back in order after trying to reroute power to the generators and got the band going. The energy of trying to save the show when there was no power really made things extra special when the power did finally come back on. The night turned out pretty magically I thought. I think a lot of folks agreed.

Would you encourage others to become involved with the Miners Foundry?  Why?  

I would strongly encourage folks to get involved with the Foundry or contribute to it in any way they can. The building and space is special. Many of the events that go on there are special. The place is an epicenter of art and community. And it needs help to keep it going. Aside from music fundraisers and weddings, the Foundry hosts art shows, dance classes, acting classes, spelling bees, and community meetings. The more people that get involved, the merrier. This place is for the people of this community and surrounding communities. If it wasn’t here, there would certainly be something vital missing from the community.

 

Events

DANK “Cinema” Opening Reception

DANK, the seven-person artists collective based in Nevada City, is proud to present their new show, “Cinema,” at the Miners Foundry Cultural Center, featuring work inspired by favorite films and filmmakers. The exhibition, which runs from September 4 to October 4, is a collaboration with the Nevada City Film Festival (also at the Miners Foundry, September 10 – 12), and aims to give both events richer context and depth. The opening reception for “Cinema” on Saturday, September 12, 5 – 9 pm, will include paintings, collages, installations, live music, and video that challenge the idea that film is not art. The party, with a no-host bar, is free and open to the public.

Sheila Cameron

Sheila Cameron

 

DANK artist and exhibition curator, Celine Adrianna Negrete, conceived the show in response to the collective’s interest in working with different themes. “’Cinema’ was the first thing that popped into my mind,” says Negrete, “because film is my most-loved art form. And I was curious to see what the concept would spark in the DANK artists. I’m also interested in the bigger conversation of lack of funding for film within the arts community. To me film as art is self-evident, but when comparing support for it to opera or ballet, for example, there is a noticeable dearth that perpetuates bias and widens the gap. A show like this can re-frame that bias, and that is exciting to me.”

Roseanne Burke

Roseanne Burke

 

All the DANK artists address the theme from different perspectives. For example, Sheila Cameron is interested in David Lynch’s iconic imagery and his ability to elicit feelings of dread within the familiar. Roseanne Burke is inspired by Stanley Kubrick’s “The Shining,” and by the director’s history of referencing art in all his films. Nancy Nelson, working from Deepa Mehta’s film “Water,” explores misogyny and the ostracism of women in rural India. Other artists will include Cynthia Levesque, Moira McLaughlin, and Joe Meade.

Nancy Nelson

Nancy Nelson

“DANK is thrilled to be collaborating with the Nevada City Film Festival and Festival Director Jesse Locks,” says McLaughlin. “We are so inspired by the passion for film that bubbles up in our town every year and feel honored to be included in the festivities.”

DANK is a seven member artists collective in Nevada City, California interested in post-Great Recession social issues, contemporary art, and community-based, experimental happenings. The name DANK comes from the smell of wet wood that permeates the Gold Rush town situated on the banks of Deer Creek in the Sierra Foothills.  It’s also a nod to one of the area’s premier exports, cannabis, and an acronym for Do Art Now Kids.

DANK “Cinema”

DANK, the seven-person artists collective based in Nevada City, is proud to present their new show, “Cinema,” at the Miners Foundry Cultural Center, featuring work inspired by favorite films and filmmakers. The exhibition, which runs from September 4 to October 4, is a collaboration with the Nevada City Film Festival (also at the Miners Foundry, September 10 – 12), and aims to give both events richer context and depth.

Sheila Cameron

Sheila Cameron

 

DANK artist and exhibition curator, Celine Adrianna Negrete, conceived the show in response to the collective’s interest in working with different themes. “’Cinema’ was the first thing that popped into my mind,” says Negrete, “because film is my most-loved art form. And I was curious to see what the concept would spark in the DANK artists. I’m also interested in the bigger conversation of lack of funding for film within the arts community. To me film as art is self-evident, but when comparing support for it to opera or ballet, for example, there is a noticeable dearth that perpetuates bias and widens the gap. A show like this can re-frame that bias, and that is exciting to me.”

Roseanne Burke

Roseanne Burke

 

All the DANK artists address the theme from different perspectives. For example, Sheila Cameron is interested in David Lynch’s iconic imagery and his ability to elicit feelings of dread within the familiar. Roseanne Burke is inspired by Stanley Kubrick’s “The Shining,” and by the director’s history of referencing art in all his films. Nancy Nelson, working from Deepa Mehta’s film “Water,” explores misogyny and the ostracism of women in rural India. Other artists will include Cynthia Levesque, Moira McLaughlin, and Joe Meade.

Nancy Nelson

Nancy Nelson

“DANK is thrilled to be collaborating with the Nevada City Film Festival and Festival Director Jesse Locks,” says McLaughlin. “We are so inspired by the passion for film that bubbles up in our town every year and feel honored to be included in the festivities.”

DANK is a seven member artists collective in Nevada City, California interested in post-Great Recession social issues, contemporary art, and community-based, experimental happenings. The name DANK comes from the smell of wet wood that permeates the Gold Rush town situated on the banks of Deer Creek in the Sierra Foothills.  It’s also a nod to one of the area’s premier exports, cannabis, and an acronym for Do Art Now Kids.

RESPOND

A new exhibit in the Osborn/Woods Gallery at the Miners Foundry will premiere on Thursday, January 12, 2017.  Seven artists will exhibit a series of new work from January 12 through January 22, 2017.  The artists are Juliette Morris Williams, Sheila Cameron, Duncan Linthicum, Jim Lee, Lisa Deniz, and Rebecca Harris Floeter.  This exhibit explores social, environmental, and cultural vocabulary in the hopes to incite the viewer to respond, react, and question their community environments.

There will be a reception with the artists on Friday, January 13 from 6:00-9:00pm at the Gallery.

The show will also be open Thursday, January 12 from 12:00-5:00pm, Saturday, January 14 and Sunday, January 15 from 12:00-5:00pm, and January 21 and 22 from 12:00-5:00pm.

Following January 22, there will be a series of artist talks open to the public on a vareity of topics ranging from public art spaces to using art as a vocabulary.

For more information, please contact Juliette Morris Williams at osbornwoodsgallery@gmail.com.

RESPOND

A new exhibit in the Osborn/Woods Gallery at the Miners Foundry will premiere on Thursday, January 12, 2017.  Seven artists will exhibit a series of new work from January 12 through January 22, 2017.  The artists are Juliette Morris Williams, Sheila Cameron, Duncan Linthicum, Jim Lee, Lisa Deniz, and Rebecca Harris Floeter.  This exhibit explores social, environmental, and cultural vocabulary in the hopes to incite the viewer to respond, react, and question their community environments.

There will be a reception with the artists on Friday, January 13 from 6:00-9:00pm at the Gallery.

The show will also be open Thursday, January 12 from 12:00-5:00pm, Saturday, January 14 and Sunday, January 15 from 12:00-5:00pm, and January 21 and 22 from 12:00-5:00pm.

Following January 22, there will be a series of artist talks open to the public on a vareity of topics ranging from public art spaces to using art as a vocabulary.

For more information, please contact Juliette Morris Williams at osbornwoodsgallery@gmail.com.

RESPOND

A new exhibit in the Osborn/Woods Gallery at the Miners Foundry will premiere on Thursday, January 12, 2017.  Seven artists will exhibit a series of new work from January 12 through January 22, 2017.  The artists are Juliette Morris Williams, Sheila Cameron, Duncan Linthicum, Jim Lee, Lisa Deniz, and Rebecca Harris Floeter.  This exhibit explores social, environmental, and cultural vocabulary in the hopes to incite the viewer to respond, react, and question their community environments.

There will be a reception with the artists on Friday, January 13 from 6:00-9:00pm at the Gallery.

The show will also be open Thursday, January 12 from 12:00-5:00pm, Saturday, January 14 and Sunday, January 15 from 12:00-5:00pm, and January 21 and 22 from 12:00-5:00pm.

Following January 22, there will be a series of artist talks open to the public on a vareity of topics ranging from public art spaces to using art as a vocabulary.

For more information, please contact Juliette Morris Williams at osbornwoodsgallery@gmail.com.

RESPOND

A new exhibit in the Osborn/Woods Gallery at the Miners Foundry will premiere on Thursday, January 12, 2017.  Seven artists will exhibit a series of new work from January 12 through January 22, 2017.  The artists are Juliette Morris Williams, Sheila Cameron, Duncan Linthicum, Jim Lee, Lisa Deniz, and Rebecca Harris Floeter.  This exhibit explores social, environmental, and cultural vocabulary in the hopes to incite the viewer to respond, react, and question their community environments.

There will be a reception with the artists on Friday, January 13 from 6:00-9:00pm at the Gallery.

The show will also be open Thursday, January 12 from 12:00-5:00pm, Saturday, January 14 and Sunday, January 15 from 12:00-5:00pm, and January 21 and 22 from 12:00-5:00pm.

Following January 22, there will be a series of artist talks open to the public on a vareity of topics ranging from public art spaces to using art as a vocabulary.

For more information, please contact Juliette Morris Williams at osbornwoodsgallery@gmail.com.

RESPOND

A new exhibit in the Osborn/Woods Gallery at the Miners Foundry will premiere on Thursday, January 12, 2017.  Seven artists will exhibit a series of new work from January 12 through January 22, 2017.  The artists are Juliette Morris Williams, Sheila Cameron, Duncan Linthicum, Jim Lee, Lisa Deniz, and Rebecca Harris Floeter.  This exhibit explores social, environmental, and cultural vocabulary in the hopes to incite the viewer to respond, react, and question their community environments.

There will be a reception with the artists on Friday, January 13 from 6:00-9:00pm at the Gallery.

The show will also be open Thursday, January 12 from 12:00-5:00pm, Saturday, January 14 and Sunday, January 15 from 12:00-5:00pm, and January 21 and 22 from 12:00-5:00pm.

Following January 22, there will be a series of artist talks open to the public on a vareity of topics ranging from public art spaces to using art as a vocabulary.

For more information, please contact Juliette Morris Williams at osbornwoodsgallery@gmail.com.

RESPOND

A new exhibit in the Osborn/Woods Gallery at the Miners Foundry will premiere on Thursday, January 12, 2017.  Seven artists will exhibit a series of new work from January 12 through January 22, 2017.  The artists are Juliette Morris Williams, Sheila Cameron, Duncan Linthicum, Jim Lee, Lisa Deniz, and Rebecca Harris Floeter.  This exhibit explores social, environmental, and cultural vocabulary in the hopes to incite the viewer to respond, react, and question their community environments.

There will be a reception with the artists on Friday, January 13 from 6:00-9:00pm at the Gallery.

The show will also be open Thursday, January 12 from 12:00-5:00pm, Saturday, January 14 and Sunday, January 15 from 12:00-5:00pm, and January 21 and 22 from 12:00-5:00pm.

Following January 22, there will be a series of artist talks open to the public on a vareity of topics ranging from public art spaces to using art as a vocabulary.

For more information, please contact Juliette Morris Williams at osbornwoodsgallery@gmail.com.

MYTH

A new exhibit opens June 2, 2017 at the Osborn/Woods Gallery at the Miners Foundry.  Myth explores the nuances of life we may find puzzling, curious or downright confusing.  A wonderful, colorful show featuring paintings, sculpture, jewelry, and lots of ideas!  Artists in the show are Sheila Cameron, Miriam Morris, Jim Lee, Duncan Linthicum, Al Martinez, Jenny Snyder, Lyssa Skeahan, Erin Adamski, and Juliette Morris Williams.

Join us for the Artis reception at the Nevada City First Friday Art Walk, Friday, June 2 from 6:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.

The show will be open on Saturdays from 3:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. and Sundays from 12:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m., closing June 23, 2017.

For more information, please contact Juliette Morris Williams at osbornwoodsgallery@gmail.com.

MYTH

A new exhibit opens June 2, 2017 at the Osborn/Woods Gallery at the Miners Foundry.  Myth explores the nuances of life we may find puzzling, curious or downright confusing.  A wonderful, colorful show featuring paintings, sculpture, jewelry, and lots of ideas!  Artists in the show are Sheila Cameron, Miriam Morris, Jim Lee, Duncan Linthicum, Al Martinez, Jenny Snyder, Lyssa Skeahan, Erin Adamski, and Juliette Morris Williams.

Join us for the Artis reception at the Nevada City First Friday Art Walk, Friday, June 2 from 6:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.

The show will be open on Saturdays from 3:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. and Sundays from 12:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m., closing June 23, 2017.

For more information, please contact Juliette Morris Williams at osbornwoodsgallery@gmail.com.

MYTH

A new exhibit opens June 2, 2017 at the Osborn/Woods Gallery at the Miners Foundry.  Myth explores the nuances of life we may find puzzling, curious or downright confusing.  A wonderful, colorful show featuring paintings, sculpture, jewelry, and lots of ideas!  Artists in the show are Sheila Cameron, Miriam Morris, Jim Lee, Duncan Linthicum, Al Martinez, Jenny Snyder, Lyssa Skeahan, Erin Adamski, and Juliette Morris Williams.

Join us for the Artis reception at the Nevada City First Friday Art Walk, Friday, June 2 from 6:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.

The show will be open on Saturdays from 3:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. and Sundays from 12:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m., closing June 23, 2017.

For more information, please contact Juliette Morris Williams at osbornwoodsgallery@gmail.com.