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Fall Colors Open Studios and Art Tours showcase Nevada County artists

Local artists will welcome the public to 46 studios and art galleries during a free tour spanning two weekends. The Center for the Arts presents the Fall Colors Open Studios and Art Tours 2015 held on Oct. 10-11 and 17-18.
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WHO: The Center for the Arts

WHAT: Fall Colors Open Studios Art Tour Open Studios Preview Party

WHERE: The Center for the Arts, Grass Valley

WHEN: Open House Preview and Open Studios Tour Reception: Oct. 8, 6 to 9 p.m.; Open Studios Tour October 10 & 11, 17 & 18


7 p.m. - Welcome and introductions

7:15 p.m. - Performing Arts Guild (PAG, children’s theater company) singers

7:30 p.m. - Kickin’ and Swingin’ Youth Dance Troupe

7:45 p.m. - SierraCapella

8 p.m. - The Escape Artists (guitar and flute)

8:15 p.m. - Dancing With Our Stars 2015 encore performances

TICKETS: Free admission







Marni Marshall - (530) 274-8384 ext 11



Leah DeLira - The Center for the Arts


(530) 274-8384 ext 12

This October 70-plus local artists will welcome the public to 46 studios and art galleries during a free tour spanning two weekends.

The Center for the Arts with support from Nevada County Arts presents the Fall Colors Open Studios and Art Tours 2015, held on Oct. 10-11 and 17-18. It’s an event that showcases a thriving arts community, two walkable historic downtowns and nearby nature trails in a blaze of fall color.

The tour kicks off with a free-for-all-ages Preview Exhibit and Artist Reception at 6 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 8 at The Center for the Arts in downtown Grass Valley. Stop by The Center to meet local artists and view their work, plan a weekend tour, buy art, preview upcoming shows and check out The Center’s youth workshops. Each Studio Tour has one work of art on exhibit at The Center. Pick up your free guide and preview the works and decide where you want to go on the tour.

Throughout the tour, the public will get the chance to meet artists and view new work and buy original art in a wide range of media and styles. The tour allows art lovers the chance to see the artists’ workspace — the place where art is made — watch live demonstrations, and learn about the art process from concept to completion.

This year’s tour features painters, printmakers, photographers, ceramicists, illustrators, jewelers, designers, woodworkers and more. Up to 27 locations on the tour will offer demonstrations and special projects.

Participants are encouraged to experience all that the community has to offer by checking out local shops and restaurants and community events like the First Friday Art Walk and the Saturday Farmers Market.

To plan a tour, look for the Fall Colors Tour Guide Companion that will include: artist information, maps, nature trails, weekend events, live music and a list of tasting rooms and restaurants.

Copies of Fall Colors tour guides are available at: The Center for the Arts, Art Works Gallery, ASIF Studios, BriarPatch Co-op, GV & NC Chambers, Alexander Gallery, Summer Thymes, and The Artist Workshop.

For latest updates, online maps and a downloadable guide visit: openstudiostour.org.

For more information, call 530-274-8384.


The Thursday Open House and Open Studios Preview is a showcase for The Center for the Arts and their Fall Membership Drive with special incentives to join during the month of October. Because ticket sales cover only 60 percent of their annual expenses, The Center relies on tax-deductible donations from patrons. Income from membership allows The Center to provide free community events and programs that benefit local youth and underserved populations of Nevada County.

This October The Center introduces “Evergreen Membership” for those who set up “auto-renew” on the membership. Evergreen members will take home their choice of limited edition art prints from the Open House.

Those who join or renew in October will be entered to win a Center for the Arts “entertainment package” including two tickets to

California Worldfest, Dancing with our Stars, KVMR Celtic Festival 2016 and Wild and Scenic Film festival 2016 along with Center merchandise, dinner gift cards and much more.

Memberships start at $10 a month or $75 annually and are good for one year at the time of purchase. Members can save up to $10 per ticket on Center events.

There are many ways a membership in the Center benefits the whole community. With a strong membership base, The Center has the means to support and promote local artists, underwrite children’s theater, provide low cost youth arts and education programs, partner with local non-profits, donate tickets to other fundraisers, award scholarships and offer free community services.

Julie Baker, executive director says, “Membership is also vital to the Center’s ability to keep programming fresh and diverse. On average less than 25% of Center shows sell out and revenue from ticket sales are only realized after 75% of capacity are sold. As some of our most artistically successful shows only have 1/3 of the house sold, membership allows us to continue to take programming risks, introduce audiences to new artists and enlighten and educate the community through the arts.”

A benefit for Center members is early access to tickets. As part of their Fall Membership Drive The Center has announced concerts that will be on sale exclusively to members only during the October membership drive. Included are, New Years Eve extravaganza featuring Lolo Gervais, Katie Rubin, Bow Tie Beauties Burlesque and DJ Jamal Walker, an evening with Cowboy Junkies on January 23, and singer/songwriter Marc Cohn on February 5.

Other concerts just announced are New Orleans folk-soul quartet The Subdudes on December 5 and The Windham Hill Winter Solstice Celebration on December 18.

Julie Baker adds, “These shows will likely sell out in advance. We encourage fans to join in October to be sure they have tickets.”

There will be additional incentives to join, renew, upgrade or refer a friend to membership during The Fall Membership Drive.

For more information visit the Center’s website at http://www.thecenterforthearts.org

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