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A moveable feast for the eyes: New collective announces inaugural ‘pop up’ exhibit

Brett Bentley
Staff Writer

A new art movement is afoot in Nevada City.

Do Art Now Kids, a collaborative of contemporary artists, has as many layers as its name — DANK. Members range from painters, to sculptors, to jewelers, to framers, to performance artists. Their roots stem from the Nevada County Yarn Bombers but have expanded to include a wider swath of artists and individuals.

"DANK was inspired by the many successful business and farm co-ops in the area. It seemed appropriate that fellow artists and friends experiment with a cooperative model in order to similarly thrive," said artist Moira McLaughlin.

"The name DANK comes from the ubiquitous wet wood smell that permeates Nevada City, which is situated on the banks of gold-rich Deer Creek. It is also a nod to one of our county's premier exports, cannabis, and it's an acronym for Do Art Now Kids. Like all art movements, we are operating on several levels and ever evolving."

While our artist-rich community is home to other collaboratives and co-ops, DANK is the first to evolve with its space — or lack thereof. The group's inaugural exhibit will be housed in a "pop-up" gallery at the corner of South Pine and Spring streets in Nevada City. The former storefront had been sitting empty for a while when its owner donated use of the space temporarily to DANK. The exhibit will coincide with the July and August First Friday Artwalks in Nevada City. The exhibit's theme, Water, is also that of next month's Artwalk, set for July 11.

All the works displayed in the "Water" exhibit will be created specifically for the show and revolve around the theme.

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There will be an opening reception for the exhibit from 5 to 9 p.m. July 11 at its 300 Spring St. location in Nevada City. The artists have been hard at work transforming the space into a gallery. Although it won't be finished in time for this week's First Friday Art Walk, DANK members say they have already been embraced by locals and business owners who have stopped in to inquire about what's going in the space.

Just having an energy and presence in the space is good for the owner, the community and individuals who can see the potential of the space, rather than having it sit vacant, DANK members said.

"We are exploring what works and using available resources to make things happen locally. Occupying an empty space and filling it with art for Art Walk just makes sense and it has been exciting to watch this come together," said participating artist Sheila Cameron.

After the July 11 opening, DANK will have limited gallery hours for the month of July.

To learn more, follow the collective on Facebook at Facebook.com/dankmovement. Or keep an eye out for more on DANK in an upcoming issue of Prospector.

Features Editor Brett Bentley can be reached at bbentley@theunion.com or by calling 530-477-4219.

DANK Participating Artists

Celine Adrianna Negrete

Roseanne Burke

Sheila Cameron

Kathy Frey

Cynthia Levesque

Moira McLaughlin

Joseph Meade

Nancy Nelson

Dylan Sherwood McConnell

Reinette Senum

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