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‘Art in Parks’ events offered this weekend

 

In celebration of Arts, Culture and Creativity Month in California, Sierra Gold Parks Foundation and the Nevada County Arts Council will present “Art in Parks.” For three Saturdays in April, the public was invited to explore their creativity while seeking inspiration in some of Western Nevada County’s most beloved and beautiful State Parks. The final Art in Parks event is this Saturday.

Professionals and amateurs are invited to bring their paints, canvases, and cameras for a few hours of wonder and wander in the park. Professionals will be on hand to create alongside you, offering tips, guidance, and answering questions if needed.

Art in Parks Days

Saturday, April 23, 8:30 a.m., join the Nevada County Plein Air Painters at South Yuba River State Park at Bridgeport. Spring at Bridgeport on the South Yuba River is an amazing time of the year – wildflowers are in blooms, the river is rushing, birds are in flight, and the newly restored historic Bridgeport Covered Bridge is open to visitors. We promise you will find artistic inspiration throughout the park.



Meet at South Yuba River State Park Visitors Center, 17660 Pleasant Valley Rd, it can be accessed from Highway 20 west of Grass Valley or from Highway 49 north of Nevada City.
 $5 Parking Fee – everyone is encourage to carpool if possible.
Capacity limited to 25. Email sierragoldparks@gmail.com to sign up.
 Bring your painting supplies, canvas, sitting stool, hat, sunscreen, etc. Wear comfortable clothing and pack some water. If you forget, water is available at the Visitors Center.

Saturday, April 23, from 2 to 4 p.m., join Erin Thiem of Visit Nevada City, Outside Inn and Inn Town Campground for a 2-hour photo walk at Empire Mine State Historic Park.



Meet at Empire Mine Visitors Center, 10791 East Empire Street, Grass Valley.
 $5 Park Fee. 
Capacity limited to 25. Email sierragoldparks@gmail.com to sign up.
 Bring your camera, wear comfortable walking shoes, and pack some water. If you forget, water is available at the Visitors Center.

About the Parks

Empire Mine State Historic Park is the site of one of the oldest, deepest, and richest gold mines in California. In operation for more than 100 years, the mine extracted 5.8 million ounces of gold before it closed in 1956. The park contains many of the mine’s buildings, the owner’s home and restored gardens, as well as the entrance to 367 miles of abandoned and flooded mine shafts. The park encompasses 856 acres of forested backcountry and fourteen miles of trails.

South Yuba River State Park has a little something for everybody. The patchwork of park boundaries forms a “string of pearls” for 20 miles along the river, including four historic bridges, miles of hiking trails, and the nation’s first wheelchair-accessible wilderness trail, the Independence Trail. After a decade the historic Bridgeport covered bridge, is open to the public. Constructed in 1862 by the Virginia Turnpike Company, it is the only remaining single-span covered wooden bridge of this size in the nation.

Source: Sierra Gold Parks Foundation and the Nevada County Arts Council

KNOW & GO

WHO: Sierra Gold Parks Foundation and Nevada County Arts Council present

WHAT: Art in Parks

WHEN/WHERE: Art in Parks – Photo Walk: Saturday, April 23, 2 to 4 p.m., Empire Mine State Historic Park

Art in Parks – Plein Air: Saturday, April 23, 8:30 a.m. at Bridgeport, South Yuba River State Park

COST: $5 Admission Fee/Parking Fee per person. Capacity limited to 25. Email sierragoldparks@gmail.com to sign up

MORE INFO: Visit http://www.sierragoldparksfoundation.org

Saturday from 2 to 4 p.m., join Erin Thiem of Visit Nevada City, Outside Inn and Inn Town Campground for a 2-hour photo walk at Empire Mine State Historic Park.
Photo by Erin Thiem

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