The 39th annual Artisans Festival will be this weekend at the Miners Foundry Cultural Center. This event features many Northern California artisans showing original, hand-crafted art. Meet more than 35 painters, photographers, printmakers, ceramicists, jewelers, textile artists, sculptors, woodworkers and glassblowers showcasing a wide variety of high-quality wares.
The Artisans Festival is juried by a distinguished group of local artisans who look for the highest quality of wares and craftsmanship. The jury also acts as curator by selecting the perfect mix of various artisans. Everything is a one-of-a-kind.
One of the commonalities that runs through many of the artists that show at the Artisans Festival is the connection and inspiration from nature and the land that surrounds them, be it locally or throughout the West. Everything from nature photography by David McKay, Gail Lipson and Kathy Wong to hand-painted textiles of iconic California locales by Pacific Blue Tile. Some artists not only look to their surroundings for inspiration but use materials found there.
Martha Jones uses only items that are recycled, reused, found or discarded in her mosaics. Karen West of Eggtooth Originals is a metal smith/jeweler and uses natural objects as creative basis for her nature-inspired fine jewelry, incorporating nature’s textures into her work. Her husband, Jack, a fine woodworker, uses northwest native woods and traditional methods to hand-build unique fine furniture and personal accessories.
“I think we live in a world where anything we could ever want is at our fingertips, and because of this, we crave uniqueness and authenticity,” said Gretchen Bond, executive director of the Miners Foundry. “For some, it is no different than wanting to know the person who grew their food; you want to know and connect with who made the art and the story behind it.”
The foundry’s halls will be decorated with twinkling lights, festive garland and wreaths. On Sunday afternoon around 2 p.m., the Nevada Union High School Choir will take the stage to entertain attendees with traditional Christmas carols. Food and drinks will be available, including coffee from Fable Coffee, a specialty micro-roaster serving fresh, small-batch, single-origin coffee varietals roasted in the Sierra Nevada foothills.
“It’s a great event for locals to bring the family and friends visiting from out of the town to to really give them a taste of our community,” said Bond.
The Artisans Festival runs from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday to Sunday. Admission is $3 per day or $5 for a weekend pass. Miners Foundry is located at 325 Spring St. in Nevada City.
For information, go to http://minersfoundry.org.