With more than a year in planning, ART OnSite, a partnership with Nevada County Arts, is scheduled to premier seven artworks on the Deer Creek Tribute Trail Sept. 7. The opening celebration will take place in Nevada City at 10 a.m. at Robinson Plaza’s musical stage during the Nevada City Farmers Market. Speakers will include Nancy Fleming, chair, ART OnSite; Sally Harris, mayor of Nevada City; Jon Blinder, president of the board of Nevada County Arts; and Izzy Martin, CEO, The Sierra Fund. The ART OnSite artists, Steering Committee, representatives of the project’s 20 stakeholders, the media and five local artists, designers, photographers and filmmakers, who have been working on the project, will also attend the event.
Artworks will be installed along the Tribute Trail beginning in late August by Richard Baker, photographer; Mark Baugh-Sasaki, sculptor; Lisa Blatt, conceptual artist; Mark Brest Van Kempen, sculptor; Daniel Brickman, sculptor; Paolo Salvagione and Jennifer Berry, conceptual artists; and Unmanned Minerals, an art collective formed by Matthew Hebert (sculptor), Jared Stanley (writer) and Gabie Strong (videographer).
Following the ceremony Sept. 7 at Robinson Plaza individuals and families will be invited to walk the Tribute Trail and preview the seven artworks. The artists will be located at their installations along the trail to talk about their works. A brochure with a map and location of the artworks along with information about the artists and their artworks will be provided.
ART OnSite also includes a children’s nature-based art activity created by Alicia Funk and Jill Messier, which will take place during the Nevada City Farmer’s Market. This event, free and open to all children, will take place in Callahan Park (at the edge of the Farmer’s Market) from 10 a.m. to noon Aug. 24 and 31 and Sept. 7. Instructors will provide natural elements, and each child will create a sculpture that they may take home.
In addition, from 6 to 9 p.m. Sept. 7, a gala celebration, fundraiser and performance will be presented at the Powell House, in Nevada City. Guests will enjoy wine and hor d’oeuvres, an art exhibit and performance, and meet the ART OnSite artists. Shelly Covert, artist, Tribal Council secretary of the Nevada City Rancheria and a descendant of the Nisenan Indian people, will give a performance that will provide insight in to her culture through photos, words and song. Shelly will introduce guests to her ancestors by sharing family stories and significant events that are both beautiful and tragic.
ART OnSite is a managed fund of The Sierra Fund and is partially funded by a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts’ Our Town program. For information and details about the events please visit www.artonsite.org or https://facebook.com/artonsitenc.