Nevada County’s commitment to visual arts will be on display in the coming weeks at a variety of events including the Fall Colors Open Studios Tour, ART/OnSite, the First Friday Art Walk and a special presentation by internationally known artists Alex and Allyson Grey.
The Center for the Arts will be presenting the Fall Colors Open Studios Tour on the first two weekends in October – the 5th and 6th and 12th and 13th. Painters, sculptors, potters, printmakers, photographers, ceramicists, illustrators, jewelers, designers, woodworkers and visual artists of every stripe will open their studios to the public. Visitors will have the opportunity to see the artists’ workspaces, watch live demonstrations, observe works in progress and learn about an art process from concept to completion.
The Center for the Arts has curated 74 local artists in 34 studios. The free self-guided tour provides the public the opportunity to meet the artists, view new work, and buy original art in a wide range of media and styles. Center Special Events Manager Leah Lossner says, “It’s much more than an art sale. The Open Studios Tour is a chance to experience first-hand how, where and why art is created.”
Maps for the self-guided tour will be inserted into The Union, Sept. 26 and will also be available at The Center for the Arts, ASIF Studios, Artworks Gallery, Mowen Solinski, BriarPatch Co-op and the local Chambers of Commerce. At 6 p.m. Oct. 3 there will be a free preview reception at The Center for the Arts. The public is welcome to meet the artists, view their work and purchase art. The Center is located at 314 West Main Street in downtown Grass Valley.
More opportunities to appreciate visual arts in the next few weeks include the debut of ART/Onsite, First Friday Art Walk, and a book signing, lecture, live painting, and meet & greet with renowned painter/author/mystic Alex Grey and his wife, painter Allyson Grey.
ART/OnSite, a partnership with Nevada County Arts, premiered seven artworks on the Deer Creek Tribute Trail Sept. 7.
First Friday Artwalk is a celebration of the artistic and creative community of Nevada City. A diverse mix of galleries, artisan boutiques, retail shops, winetasting rooms and restaurants stay open until 9 p.m. the first Friday of each month, and many host receptions with local artists, trunk shows, and performances.
Alex and Allyson Grey will give a presentation and demonstration entitled “Entheogeneration: The History of Visionary Culture” Oct. 2 at The Center for the Arts. Alex taught Artistic Anatomy and Figure Sculpture for 10 years at New York University. The Greys have taught the Visionary Art Intensive and other art workshops at The New York Open Center, Naropa Institute in Boulder, Colorado, the California Institute of Integral Studies and Omega Institute in Rhinebeck, New York. Watkins Review named Alex Grey one of the top twenty spiritual leaders alive today, in the company of such luminaries as His Holiness the Dalai Lama, Eckhardt Tolle, and Oprah Winfrey.
Nevada County has more artists per capita than any other county in California, and these visual arts events celebrate that fact. If you would like more information about Nevada County Arts, or would like to become a member, please visit www.nevadacountyarts.org.