Arts Cohousing Nevada City sets slide shows, workshop |

Arts Cohousing Nevada City sets slide shows, workshop

Franceska Alexander
John Hart/ | The Union

Weekly meetings, monthly slide shows and a two-day “Getting it Built” workshop are all happening this spring in preparation for the planned new Arts Cohousing Nevada City.

“There’s definitely a big interest in cohousing, especially around creativity,” said organizer Franceska Alexander, proprietor of The Alexander Gallery at 225 Broad St. in Nevada City. “People are very serious about it — it’s very exciting.”

Alexander, whose gallery was named “Best of Nevada County” in this year’s competition sponsored by The Union, said she will launch a series of free monthly slide shows at the gallery starting 6 p.m. on Tuesday.

A second slide show on cohousing in France will be 6 p.m. April 28.

About 50 people attended a slide show in February, attracting many to the project, she said.

“We definitely have a core group, but we’d like to get another eight to 10 people at the ‘Getting it Built’ workshop,” said Alexander, whose co-organizer is Nevada City architect Charles Durrett.

The workshop, initially scheduled for April 11-12 but likely to be rescheduled for sometime in May, will provide a strong foundation on the cohousing process, technical issues, how to work together and how to set up a community.

Tentatively planned for the community room at KVMR’s new facilities at 120 Bridge St., Nevada City, it is open to anyone interested in the cohousing concept. There is a fee to attend.

For more information or to reserve a place, contact Alexander at 530-265-8448 or e-mail Also, interested persons can visit the Facebook page at Cohousing Nevada City.

Alexander said the final site for Arts Cohousing Nevada City will be decided by the committed group. While she and Durrett are still in escrow on a property on Cement Hill Road at Highway 49, the core group has been looking at other sites as well.

The group meets weekly, sometimes enjoying activities such as hiking to other cohousing sites or touring potential properties.

“A group makes a decision, not a person,” Alexander said. “A person can take the initial action, as I did, but from there on out, it’s a group.”

Meanwhile, Alexander said her gallery would be getting a new sign next week, as well as a paint job from volunteers helping in the first annual three-day citywide Spring Cleanup Nevada City, March 31 through April 2.

“I was going to paint anyway, so this just worked out,” Alexander said. “This really helps the gallery financially, so it’s just great.”

To learn more about the Nevada City cleanup, or to sign up to volunteer, go to or click on the link on the Nevada City Chamber of Commerce website.

To contact Staff Writer Keri Brenner, email or call 530-477-4239.

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