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New venue for youth

John HartBear River High School art students in Holly Laughlin's class Wednesday afternoon pack up their works for a Miners Foundry student art show and sale, running Sunday through May 17. Kyle Tremewan displays his pottery.
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High school and middle school students’ artwork will be displayed at Miners Foundry Cultural Center in Nevada City in an effort to promote youth art in western Nevada County.

Unlike most student art shows, “Emerging Artists of Nevada County” – the Foundry’s first student art show and sale – will include larger pieces. Students will also sell their art at the show, which runs Sunday through May 17.

More than 300 art pieces – paintings, photographs, ceramics and drawings and digital art – will be displayed, said Ellen Davis, Foundry executive director, Wednesday.



Participants include students from Bear River, Nevada Union and Yuba River Charter high schools; Lyman Gilmore and Seven Hills middle schools; and Forest Lake Christian School. Also included will be home-schooled students, teens from Nevada County’s juvenile hall and others. Art teachers will also display their work.

Brian Higgins is among the more than 20 Bear River students who will participate in the show.




Higgins, a senior, will bring his finest work, 10 pieces in all.

“I wanted to show off all my work … to get it out in the public and hopefully sell them,” the 17-year-old said Wednesday.

His favorite, a white-and-red mixed clay vase, is priced at $55 – high enough that it may not sell, he said.

Other students, including Kaitlyn Harrah, have no intention of selling their artwork.

A teapot, she said, is a gift to her father. A blue plate belongs to her mother. Her mother likes the plate because it is perfect for popcorn, the 17-year-old senior said.

Working on the show has taught her that artists need to promote their work, said Harrah, who wants to study fashion design. “No one is going to do it for you.”

Robert Stone, a retired English teacher and former Foundry board member, proposed that the venue organize a student art show three years ago.

The foundry needs to appeal to all age groups, he said.


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