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Yarn bombing for kids’ sake

Artist Moira McLaughlin and Nevada City School of the Arts parent Johannah Kennady are pictured at a Nevada City Art Walk.
Photo by Erin Thiem |

What: First Friday Artwalk themed “Day of the Dead”

When: Nov. 1

Where: Broad and York streets, Nevada City

Cost: Free

Information: Visit https://www.facebook.com/FirstFridayArtWalkNevadaCity or contact 530-575-8846.

Local yarn bombers and Nevada City School of the Arts students will put their creative skills on display for the Halloween and Day of the Dead season.

The group is working on an eight-foot skull installation that will be on display as part of First Friday Art Walk in Nevada City.

The skull will be displayed on the corner of Broad and York streets in Nevada City from Halloween until Nov. 2, the day after the art walk, which will be from 5 to 10 p.m. Nov. 1.

The skull will be adorned with flowers and vines made by Nevada City School of the Arts students and interested participants.

When the pieces are taken down, they will be sold at NEVA CO. Artisan Boutique, located at 400 Broad St., Nevada City, as a fundraiser for the art walk and for Nevada City School of the Arts.

The skull is made from torn-up bedsheets to promote the recycling effort and fiber arts, said NEVA CO. Artisan Boutique owner Cynthia Levesque, who also championed the First Friday Art Walk.

“It’s a celebration of fiber arts and a way to represent fiber arts within the art walk, which is a way to promote local artists and encourage people to shop locally by having the downtown business feature artists,” she said.

Store windows will also be decorated by local artists for the event, which will include a procession and communal altar to bring mementos to dedicate to those who have died.

The concept of yarn bombing a public space (think graffiti with yarn) took flight with local artists Roseanne Burke, Nancy Nelson, Kathy Frey, Sheila Cameron, and Moira McLaughlin, known collectively as the Nevada County Yarn Bombers.

In July, Levesque joined the group and mentioned the Nov. 1 art walk would have a Day of the Dead theme, McLaughlin said in an email, adding the idea of a skull came to mind. The project has been a “true community endeavor,” McLaughlin said, which has included local businesses, nonprofits, schools, city officials and friends who have come to know each other through collaboration.

“The most exciting part has been its accessibility — from kindergartners learning to finger knit, to avid crocheters, accomplished fiber artists, neighbors dropping off bags of yarn. Everyone was welcome,” McLaughlin said. “Every contribution was significant. And the skull, which began as a fun holiday decoration, knit our community together in a tactile, organic, imperfect and surprising way.

“I can’t think of a better metaphor or manifestation of what it means to live in an artists’ community like Nevada County.”

There is still time to contribute to the project. Knitted or crocheted flowers 4 to 12 inches in diameter can be dropped off at NEVA CO. Boutique before Oct. 28.

Roseanne Burke also noted the collaborative and community effort behind the yarn bomb, adding, “It takes a village to knit a giant skull.”

For information, visit https://www.facebook.com/FirstFridayArtWalkNevadaCity or contact 530-575-8846.

To contact Staff Writer Jennifer Terman, email jterman@theunion.com or call 530-477-4230.

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