Artists, entertainers and poets come together Friday |

Artists, entertainers and poets come together Friday

ASiF ShowCAES @ Clavey Winery will return Friday to celebrate the creative works of photographer Eli Rush, poets Michael Angell and Chris Olander and belly dancers Jacquie Bucknell and Ronnie G., a.k.a. Castileya & Isis

This event is the second of its kind and represents a new collaboration between the Artists’ Studio in the Foothills Gallery in Grass Valley and Clavey Winery in Nevada City. ASiF ShowCAES (Collaborative Art Event Series) @ Clavey Winery will feature a new group of artists each month celebrating the collaborative works of local visual, performing and literary artists.

The vision for these collaborative gatherings is to create a common stage for the public to witness and take part in what is becoming a unique dialogue between local visual artists, poets, performing artists and singer-songwriters.

Angell’s poetry is born from a deep love and communion with the world inside and out … mysticism, conversation, friendships, dreams, intuition and simply letting it flow as a stream of consciousness between experience and experiencer, according to his bio.

He maintains an artistic presence/mentorships offered out of his private studio space in Grass Valley ASiF. Angell has taught sculpture, drawing and creative dialogue/writing for both high school and university students, while currently self-employed since 1993 as a metal smith, sculptor, home renovator and healer.

Olander’s poetry arises from land-based ethics rooted in observation and reflection. He has been writing since 1984 or, as he describes, “articulating artistic words through music, spoken word, poetry experiences of energized body language.” He has worked as a poet/teacher with California Poets in Schools since 1984. He was the founding director of Poet’s Playhouse of Nevada City in 1988 to 1999 and the Nevada County Poetry Series of Grass Valley from 2000 to 2012. Olander has worked as an organizer of the Berkeley Watershed Environmental Poetry Festival since 2001, as a poetry coach for California Arts Council’s Poetry Out Loud program since 2006 and was the California State Poetry Coach Champion in 2007. His three chapbooks, “Mass Man’s Epiphanies,” “December Birds” and “Iris,” have gone to press for a second time. Belly dancer Castileya (Jacquie Bucknell) combines health and movement to enhance the body’s fitness and psychological well-being of one’s spiritual core.

“It is a good way to keep in shape and have fun dancing while learning how to provide for your body’s beauty,” she said.

Castileya began studying Middle Eastern dance in 1990 with Cathie Guthrie in Nevada City. Castileya is a founding member, director and choreographer of Troupe Al Ama. She has danced at major belly dance festivals and conventions in Oregon, Nevada, Colorado and California: Reno’s Hot Summer Nights, Rakkasah, Renaissance Fairs, Wiggles of the West, California State Fair, Desert Dance Festival and Nevada City’s Summer Nights.

Isis (Ronnie G.) has been dancing and studying various genres of dance for 35 years. From Asian folk dancing, to ballet to belly dancing, she brings together a full range of classical dance styles. After emigrating to from Taiwan, she continued her studies in jazz and modern dance and soon discovered Middle Eastern belly dancing, embracing its beauty and challenge with delight. She has studied and danced with Troupe Al Ama for 12 years and enjoys choreographing her own dances. She is also a Zumba instructor, integrating health and physical therapy into dance and massage therapy.

Phototgrapher Eli Rush will have his exhibit, Landscapes of the Artic National Wildlife Refuge, on display at Clavey, as well.

With all his supplies loaded into his canoe, Rush has paddled rivers North through the Brooks Range and onto the Arctic Plains just shy of the Arctic Ocean. With his medium and large-format film cameras, he has brought back stunning images of this most spectacular landscape.

Rush has traveled extensively in the Amazon Rainforest of Bolivia and in the far north of the Canadian Yukon, plus two amazing journeys into the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge of Northern Alaska, far above the Arctic Circle in the Brooks Range. He has spent a total of nine weeks traveling by inflatable canoe through the refuge. He has described the refuge as “a land of relentless beauty.” Accessible only by a long bush flight in, the refuge, nearly 20 million acres of roadless and trail-less wilderness, is home to grizzlies, wolves and thousands of migrating caribou.

Rush’s photography will be on display through the end of May at Clavey Winery, 232 Commercial St., Nevada City.

For information on upcoming ASiF ShowCAES @ Clavey Winery events, please contact Amanda Paoletti at Clavey Winery is located at 232 Commercial St. in downtown Nevada City.

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