Nevada County Arts is once again sponsoring SYRCL’s Wild & Scenic Film Festival, which returns to Nevada City and Grass Valley this weekend with another incredible selection of films, workshops, music, art and other related activities. In its second year, NCArts has coordinated the art in conjunction with the 2013 theme, “A Climate of Change.”
In response to a “call to artists,” sent to more than 500 artists in October, the jury selected 40 artists, projects and students representing Nevada City School of the Arts and the Neighborhood Center for Arts. The 2013 jury committee includes Roseanne Burke and Nancy Nelson, Nevada County Arts’ board members, Barbara Getz, SYRCL board member, Shana Maziarz, film festival creative director, and Beverly LaFae, film festival downtown coordinator.
Related exhibits during the Wild & Scenic Film Festival are at Mowen Solinsky, featuring the Living Wild Project, and at The Center for the Arts, where the Ridge Tapestry Project is on display in the Granucci Gallery and photography by The Friendship Club in the lobby. In all, more than 80 artists are participating. The art is displayed in windows, shops, restaurants, wine tasting rooms and galleries throughout downtown Nevada City and in Grass Valley at The Center for the Arts and the Grass Valley Wine Company.
The artists are primarily from Nevada County, and featured art is comprised of a wide variety of mediums this year: paintings, photography, sculpture, metal work, embroidery, conceptual art, stained glass, watercolor, woodcut prints, cut paper, silkscreen prints, cartoons and street art.
“The art acts as another means to draw attention to climate change, change-makers, our environment, and to inspire activism,” said Maziarz.
Awards will be given to four of the artists who will be selected by a committee, which includes Jane Oleson (San Francisco gallery owner), Freda Scott (artists representative) and Elizabeth Soderstrom (conservationist). The awards are: Best in Show, Best in Theme, Best Emerging Artist and a Jury Award. The winners will be announced Saturday at the Alpha Building during the Art & Wine Stroll. Ben Franklin Crafts & Frames, The Center for the Arts, The Louvre Gallery, Nevada City Picture Framing and Szabo Vineyards have generously donated the award prizes.
Art Receptions and related activities (Thursday to Sunday):
• 4:30-6:45 p.m., Thursday, Artists Reception at The Center for the Arts and the Grass Valley Wine Company
• 4:30-6:30 p.m. Friday: Artist Reception at Mowen Solinsky, Nevada City
• 10:45-11:45 a.m. Saturday: A presentation by photographer Garth Lenz on his project, “The True Cost of Oil,” at the Activist Center, Nevada City Hall
• Noon to 2 p.m. Saturday: “The Nisenan - Bridging the 20th and 21st Centuries” at the Powell House, Nevada City with artist Judith Lowry and Shelly Covert, secretary, Nevada City Rancheria Tribal Council
• 2-4 p.m. Saturday: “Native People In Cultural And Political Struggle, Idle No More In Black And White” with photographer Francisco Dominiguez at the Powell House, Nevada City
• 4 -5 p.m. Saturday, : A presentation by photographer Matt Black at Elixart, Nevada City
• 4:30-6:30 p.m. Saturday: Wine & Art Stroll, downtown Nevada City
• Noon to 1 p.m. Sunday: A panel discussion, moderated by Orion magazine on “Measuring the Impact of Art That Acts” at the Activist Center, Nevada City Hall
The Wild & Scenic Film Festival Art Exhibition selected artists are Greta Broda, Phil Brown, LeeAnn Brook, Sheila Cameron, Geolyn Carver, Sarah Coleman, Jennifer Rain Crosby, John Daly, Francisco Dominiguez, Kenna Elizabeth, Chula Gemignani, Leslie Guinan, Devin Hiemstra, Ed Hensley, Trinner Hunner, Kent Hunt, Cristine Kelly, Gail Lipson, Thad Little, Jeff Litton, Jill Mahanna, Tatiana Makovin, Rob Matthews, Mim Meakin, Dylan Sherwood McConnell, David McKay, Gary Miller, Terra Nyssa, John O’Brien, Tahiti Pehrson, Sally Peterson, Susan Lobb Porter, Louise Preston, Kate Rannells, Kirsten Ronsiek, Eli Rush, Kathryn Smith-Schad, Reese Sifton, Amy Szucs, Richard Swayze, Jane Theobald, Paul Thompson, Jillian Van Ness, Denise Wey, Robert Wier and David Wong.
For information on the festival, to purchase tickets or to learn about the artists, visit www.wildandscenicfilmfestival.org, and for more about Nevada County Arts, visit nevadacountyarts.org.