Drive to Alleghany to experience art ‘Gathering’ |

Drive to Alleghany to experience art ‘Gathering’

Taking a ride along Scenic Route 49, by the Yuba River, toward Downieville, is always a pleasure. But Saturday the pleasure is multiplied, because the little Gold Rush town of Alleghany (population 87) is having a gathering of over 40 artists, poets and authors, which about 1,000 visitors are expected to attend.

Quaint Alleghany is the home to the still-working Sixteen to One mine, which has yielded in its history between $25 and $50 million in gold, according to Joe-Ann and Bud Buczkowske, who live on Main Street. Longtime residents of the town, they started this whole “gathering” idea a couple of years ago. At its peak in 1854, they say, Alleghany boasted of having “a banking house, express company, merchandise stores, several saloons (one complete with a bowling alley), a hardware store, butcher shop, clothing establishments, bookstore, drugstore, several hotels and a couple of brothels.”

Some of the featured works are Jann E. Garvis’ book, “Roar of The Monitors,” which gives much of the history of the area; Judith Lowry’s acrylics and mixed media, which were in her one-woman show at the Smithsonian National Museum of the American Indian’s series of exhibits in 2004; Mim Meakin’s watercolors (her works appear in the Sears Tower in Chicago and at Sanyo Corp. in Japan); and 89-year-old Poet Carl “Chick” Cicogni’s recitation of “The Face on the Barroom Floor.”

Joe-Ann is providing cookies, coffee and tea. Casey’s Place will have food and drinks for sale.

A grant from The James Irvine Foundation is helping put on this event.

Directions: From Grass Valley/Nevada City: Take Highway 49 north to North San Juan. Continue north 4.7 miles until you see a sign saying “Alleghany 19 miles” (it’s really only 17.6 miles, say the town’s residents).

What: Alleghany “Gathering” of creatives

When: Saturday, 11 a.m.-5 p.m.

Where: town of Alleghany

Admission: free

Information: Call Joe-Ann and Bud Buczkowske, 287-3287

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