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Ar ts Newsmagazine & Calendar of Events Going Public in a Big Way
Home at the Museum
Art in High Places
Touring the Heritage Trail
J u ly / A u g u s t 2 0 0 8
Volume 14, Number 4
5 Going Public in a Big Way
by Janis Dice
New matchmaker system helps take art public
and public-art online
Home at the Museum
by Pat Lucas
Art patrons David and Andrea Kelly
surround themselves with art they love
10 Art in High Places
by Rachel L. Marciniak
North Tahoe Arts promotes area artists
from its lakeside gallery in Tahoe City
12 Heritage Trail Brings History to Life
by Karen Killebrew
Placer museums unite to bring the experiences
of early settlers to highway travelers of today
The Score
Horns of the Auburn Symphony Shine
by Ronald D. Greenwood
15 Poets Speak
Local artist Christine Klasner-Pariseanu will display
her oil painting – entitled ‘Mme.’ or mademoiselle
– along with other works at the ‘Life is Good’
exhibit at The New Artworks Gallery in Fair Oaks.
“This is one of my favorite pieces,” says the artist.
The show runs through July 6. Klasner-Pariseanu
can be reached at (916) 536-9637.
by B.K. England
Arts News
Arts Calendar
News about arts and culture in and around Placer County
Galleries, Music, Dance, Museums, Events, Festivals, Film,
Theatre, Classes, Arts for Children and Calls to Artists
End Paper
To Read or Not To Read: An Alarming New National Study
by Dana Gioia
About the Cover
As the fall sun sets on the bounty of grapes about to be harvested,
color and light take on a magical mystic in Patricia William’s watercolor “In the Vine.” It represents the last sunset before the harvest, says
the artist. Wonderful details combine with a subtle use of gracious
colors that lend drama and a 3-D effect. These Cabernet Sauvignon
grapes later produced an award-winning vintage for McConnell
July/August 2008
About the Artist
Sacramento-area artist Patricia Williams turned professional in 2001
after a life of dabbling in painting. She takes her inspiration from color
and light, using a technique that builds many layers of transparent
colors, which are enhanced with opaque and extremely controlled
washes. She graduated from American River College with a degree in
Fine Arts. Check out her work at the Chroma Gallery in Fair Oaks or
at patriciawilliamsart.com.
Simplifying Life…Just Like in the Movies
In the world of non-profits, applying for
municipal, foundation and other grants is
as natural as eating popcorn at the movies.
Unfortunately, the process for most grant
applications is a daunting one as they all come
with varying requirements for financial data
– always detailed, different and never simple.
You know, like a Quentin Tarantino film.
But a new statewide project looks to bring
standards to the procedure that promises to
streamline financial reporting, allowing organizations, such as PlacerArts, to focus on the
value-added positioning of grant proposals
and less on the mundane financials associated
with the process.
The California Cultural Data Project is the
most ambitious and comprehensive effort
ever to gather and analyze information about
the contributions of the cultural sector of
California’s economy and quality of life. It will
provide comprehensive standardized data on
arts and culture, allowing grant applicants to
focus more on articulating the sector’s assets
and needs, and its contributions to the state.
The 2008 launch of the California Cultural
Data Project has been made possible through
the leadership of the California Arts Council
(CAC), Los Angeles County Arts Commission,
The Getty Foundation, The James Irvine
Foundation, and The William and Flora
Hewlett Foundation. Applicants will complete
a comprehensive online form once each year,
entering their board-approved or audited fiscal
year-end data via the project website.
Once the annual data is entered, summary
reports may be printed and submitted to participating funders. For Placer organizations,
the time spent is worthwhile as an increasing number of large and small grant providers – including the CAC and the James Irvine
Foundation – will utilize the data project to
screen applicant financial data. Organizational
leaders and board treasurers will love the
powerful reporting tools that allow organizations to view trends and benchmark themselves against peers across the state.
Thanks to the generosity of
partnering funders, the data project is free and accessible online
at CaliforniaCulturalData.
org. Placer County’s arts and
culture boards, finance committees, and administrators
will want to learn more and
plan time to enter their annual
historical and financial data. We suggest starting with the online tutorial and new user orientation. Technical assistance is available by
phone and training sessions are being offered
statewide. Locally, a free training event will be
held on July 18 at the City of Chico Council
Chambers. Visit the project website to register.
‘Voting Rocks!’
At my daughter Maya’s high school graduation
celebration, we had a lively conversation with
family and friends about the excitement of the
coming presidential election. Maya and her
newly graduated peers are enthusiastic about
the privilege to vote.
If you are reading this, odds are that you
don’t need to be reminded to register or get
to the polls. Statistically, seven out of 10 artists
and arts patrons vote. And who would want
to miss participating in this historic election
cycle? No matter which side of the political
isle you walk, there is more to this year’s election than the presidency. In Placer County,
voters will consider important congressional,
and local supervisorial and council races.
There is no shortage of campaign 2008
information available via the TV, radio, print
and Internet. Thanks to the Americans for the
Arts Action Fund ArtsVote program, policy
statements collected from presidential candidates can be found at artsactionfund.org. So
be informed, because as one of Maya’s chums
says, “Voting rocks!” – Angela Juliano Tahti
Executive Director
Perspectives July/August 2008
Contributing Writers
Janis Dice (‘Going Public in a Big Way’ pg. 5) is a photojournalist
Perspectives, a bi-monthly publication of PlacerArts, provides:
a forum for communication between artists, arts and culture
organizations and the public; promotes public access and participation to residents and visitors; and increases public awareness
and advocacy for arts, culture and humanities of the region.
Mission Statement
PlacerArts is the Arts Council of Placer County
a nonprofit, public benefit agency and
Catalyst for the Arts and Humanities.
Executive Committee
Susan Dupre, Chair, Christian Valley
Susan Giles, Vice-chair, Loomis
Priscilla N. Richter, Secretary, District 4 Loomis
Marie Seward, Treasurer, Roseville
Board of Trustees
Meena Bhayani, District 4, Granite Bay
Rick Brown, Trustee At Large
John Johnson, Trustee At Large, Roseville
Tad Kitada, Trustee At Large, Nevada County
Jenn Linn, Youth Representative, Auburn
Cynthia Miller, District 3, Auburn
Claudette Mitchel-Weismantel, District 1, Elverta
Marie Seward, Trustee At Large, Roseville
Joan Stockbridge, Trustee At Large, Auburn
Jan White, Trustee at Large, Newcastle
Barbara Wauters, District 5, Clipper Gap
Vacant, District 2, Lincoln/Rocklin
Advisory Team
Dave Breninger, Chair Emeritus
Norma Brink, Accountant
Dick Cushman, Resource Development
Penny Lane, Finance Consultant
April Maynard, Chair Eme ritus
Jennifer Pereira, Government Affairs
Program Team
Angela Tahti, Executive Director
Judi Nicholson, Arts Administrator, Roseville
Karen Killebrew, Program Specialist
Shawn Silver, Program Specialist
Rosie Stilwell, Program Specialist
who also writes for Gold Country Media newspapers, including the
Auburn Journal, Prosper magazine and Comstock’s Business magazine.
Pat Lucas (‘Home at the Museum,’ pg. 8) is a writer, public relations
consultant and artist. She’s written for a host of business magazines
and newspapers including the Salinas Californian, Pacific Grove
Tribune, FSA Journal and Education Today. She is a member of the
Placer Arts League (PAL).
Rachel L. Marciniak (‘Art in High Places,’ pg. 10) is a Lincoln-based
writer who has previously worked for The Lincoln News Messenger
and The Sentinel in Auburn, and has contributed short stories and
poems to several creative writing journals, including Anthology
Karen Killebrew (‘Heritage Trail Brings History to Life,’ pg. 12) is
a marketing and communications consultant. She works in the
PlacerArts’ office several days a week, where she provides website
expertise, public relations and a variety of other support tasks.
Ronald D. Greenwood (‘Horns of the Auburn Symphony Shine,’ pg.
14) is a regular contributor to Perspectives covering classical music.
He serves on the Auburn Symphony Board of Directors, now in his
fifth year, and was a past president. He is a pediatrician in private
practice in Roseville and a classical music enthusiast with an extensive music collection.
All of Perspectives’ contributing writers can be reached by e-mail at
[email protected]
Editor: John McCreadie
Design/Production: Blue Cat Studio, Inc.
Printer: Auburn Printers, Inc.
Publisher: Angela Tahti, Arts Council of Placer County
Publication and distribution of Perspectives is made possible
with support from the County of Placer, the California Arts
Council State-Local Partnership and the City of Roseville Arts
Partnership Programs., the Auburn, Colfax, Foresthill, Lincoln,
Loomis, Rocklin and Roseville Chambers of Commerce, the
North Lake Tahoe Resort Association, the Placer County
Visitors Bureau, and Placer Valley Tourism.
Perspectives, published six times a year, is sent to members
and distributed via the public library system countywide and
regionally. Copies are available at PlacerArts offices in Auburn
and Roseville as well as at the California Welcome Center
Auburn. Opinions, findings, and conclusions expressed are
those of the authors and do not necessarily reflect the views
of public partners, the Arts Council of Placer County Board
of Trustees or the city of Roseville Cultural Arts Committee,
or their, staff, advertisers, or contributors. Letters, suggestions,
and story ideas are welcomed. Calendar items, along with
photographs, may be sent to Perspectives electronically
via: www.PlacerArts.org/calendar. Deadline for the
September/October 2008 issue: July 15, 2008.
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July/August 2008
About 3,000 people descended on Regional Park in Auburn to
take in the rhythmic reggae of Tosh Meets Marley, featuring Junior
Marvin. Despite a late start and a persistent generator problem,
the free ninth-annual Party in the Park delivered by honoring the
music of greats Bob Marley and the Wailers, and Peter Tosh.
Going Public in a Big Way
New matchmaker system helps take art public and public-art online
By Janis Dice
Most artists are compelled to share their
vision with others; whether it’s a commissioned piece that is considered public art, or
part of a revolving exhibit displayed in public
places. In Placer County, putting works of art
in the public eye just got easier.
The introduction of online Regional Artist
and Public Art registries on the PlacerArts’
website provides a connection between artists
and patrons, business owners and developers looking to add an artistic creation to their
homes, offices or commercial enterprises.
The Regional Artist Registry includes artists
of all levels of experience. But the Public Art
Registry is a moderated listing, “because public
art projects require different qualifications,”
explains PlacerArts’ Karen Killebrew. “We want
to make sure these artists have a solid reputation and that their profiles and photographs of
their artistic creations really reflect the work
they are doing.”
Once approved, Roseville’s Planning and
Redevelopment Department and other public
agencies may consider artists listed in the registry for referrals to developers.
The City of Roseville is one of the county’s strongest supporters of art in public
view, even suggesting its consideration in its
Community Design Guidelines, which are used
during a project’s Design Review process. It
asks developers to set aside space for artists to
display their work in the public right-of-way
and even informs them of the PlacerArts registry of qualified artists. Responding to public
surveys, Roseville’s civic leaders clearly understand the visual and emotional connections art
makes in a community, in both new endeavors and revitalized zones.
“We want to bring people back to an area
by creating spaces for them to gather and
have interesting things to see and consider,”
says Bill Aiken of Roseville’s redevelopment
agency. “So we continually explore opportunities to introduce art into the community.”
They are assisted by Arts Administrator
Judi Nicholson, who manages the
PlacerArts’ Roseville Community
Office in a unique partnership
with the city. The alliance is the
result of a visioning process that
included a citizens committee and
representatives from the Roseville
City Council, Roseville Parks
and Recreation, and PlacerArts.
Nicholson’s role in promoting and
increasing visibility of the arts in
south Placer not only benefits area
artisans, it enhances the region’s
quality of life, she says.
“Public art stimulates the imagination and creates a sense of wonder,” says Nicholson. “But it also
is an economic benefit to a community. It brings people downtown
to experience art, and it increases
tourism because it encourages
people to come and see the artists’
Nicholson currently is assisting the Roseville Chamber of
Commerce and the Martha Riley
Community Library with establishing rotating exhibitions, and is
campaigning for more opportunities for exposure.
A Committee of One
In the North Tahoe area, Mary Lou Cooper is
doing the same; always looking for fresh sites
to exhibit work done by local artists.
North Tahoe Arts’ one-woman Art-in-PublicPlaces Committee, Cooper is coordinating with
Tahoe City Library personnel to initiate rotating exhibits on its walls and in display cases.
She says most of the group’s dozen public
venues are in restaurants, banks and libraries
in the North Tahoe-Truckee region, “thanks to
word-of-mouth recommendations.”
That personal touch is what got Ray
Perspectives Five panels made
of carved tiles
comprise the piece
Sharon ‘Rosie’
MacDonald produced for the JMC
Corporate Center
in Roseville. Photo
courtesy of Woody
July/August 2008
A sculpture commissioned from artist Gene Chapman,
water bubbles over
carved rock columns outside JMC’s
Corporate Center.
Photo courtesy of
Sigrid Gibson.
Gonzales his first commission. An art teacher
whose family ties are
embedded in Lincoln’s
clay soil, Gonzales was
tapped to provide a
piece for John Mourier
Construction (JMC) company’s corporate center
at Highland Pointe in
Roseville after having
Mourier family members
in his class.
“JMC has such deep
roots in the area that
working with local artists is like working with
friends and family,” suggests Eric Avery, who
works in the corporation’s commercial division. “Using local artists
is kind of an acknowledgement of our being
part of the community.
Without a doubt, we will include opportunities
for local artists in future projects.”
Recently JMC received recognition in
the City of Roseville’s Art in Public Places
Leadership award, for commissioning the work
of three artists – Gonzales, Gene Chapman
and Sharon “Rosie” MacDonald – whose works
are permanently displayed at its corporate center.
Gonzales, who brings student-assisted
works to many Placer school campuses, may
have produced more pieces for public viewing than any other local artist. One of the
founders of Lincoln Arts, and the initiator of
the annual Feats of Clay event, Gonzales’ first
commissioned clay-tile mural –“The Gift”–
stands in Lincoln’s Beermann Plaza. Depicting
scenes of the city’s people and evolutionary
influences, the carved mosaic tells a story, as
do all his public pieces.
The nature of public arts ventures usually
requires the artist to design by committee;
often refining sketches multiple times, submitting detailed paperwork and obtaining numerous approvals before beginning the real artistic
process. “It’s a lot harder, sometimes, and the
application process can be grueling,” Gonzales
admits. “But I like doing it.”
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With public art,
it’s a permanent piece
that’s going to be seen
by a huge audience,
so you want it to have
a big impact visually.
– Lincoln artist Ray Gonzales
Working on his third piece for the Sacramento
Metropolitan Arts Commission, he finds the
public spotlight illuminates unique aspects of
artistic undertakings.
“With public art, it’s a permanent piece
that’s going to be seen by a huge audience, so
you want it to have a big impact visually. And
it has to be something more than just an interesting piece,” Gonzales notes. “That’s part of
the responsibility: You don’t want it to become
outdated; you want it to always be relevant to
the community and part of what’s going on
right now.”
The details of the carved tiles on permanent display
at a corporate center reveal the fine craftsmanship of
artist Sharon “Rosie” MacDonald’s work. Photo courtesy of Woody Deblois
Artist Ray Gonzales’ clay-tile mural “The Gift”
stands alongside the original Lincoln Arts building in
Beermann Plaza in Lincoln. Framed by granite columns
he carved at the Gladding, McBean plant, the mural
depicts the history of Lincoln. Photo by Janis Dice.
Adding a ‘Wow Factor’
To acknowledge those who are making art in
public view a priority, PlacerArts introduced
a new Artie category this year for Public Art
Leadership. The Artie’s are local awards given
to those who help advance the arts. Its first
award recipient was Wendy Gerig, CEO of the
Roseville Chamber of Commerce, who helped
organize the selection and installation of a
commissioned work that now resides in the
organization’s lobby.
“It shows our members that, if we can
do it, they can do it,” she says. “People are
impressed when they see it and it has definitely given a ‘Wow’ factor to our office.”
Produced by Joanne Liston, Sherell Taylor
and Rosemary Ward of the Brick Art 3 Studio,
the 16-foot-tall brick mural, “La Rosa,” honors
the city’s rose theme in a dramatic way. “We
worked with the Chamber for six months on
the design, until they were satisfied,” Liston
recalls. “It was a lot of hard work but it was
It’s the first commissioned piece for Liston,
but it may not be her last, thanks to the Artist
Registry. She reports an Auburn company
contacted the trio after seeing their posting.
“Turns out, the company is at step one of 100
steps in the process; just looking at ideas,”
Liston says. “It’s a very small glimmer, but it’s
very exciting.”
Local artist Virginia Dains received publicity after a reporter found the registry online
and used her as an expert source on mosaics.
But Dains didn’t wait to be discovered. She
originated a public art endeavor after spotting
a pathetic sign for the American River Canyon
Overlook Park. Knowing the marker is seen
by endurance competitors, news media and
tourists, Dains thought it should be a classier
representation of the locale.
After spending four months petitioning the
Bureau of Reclamation, she received permission to replace the neglected sign with a
mosaic bearing an ichthyologic theme. She
invited the public to attend workshops to fashion individual tiles that she then incorporated
into a fascinating fish fresco.
A private citizen, who noticed the artistic
handiwork, tracked Dains down through the
Artist Registry and called to personally thank
her. “I was so excited,” Dains recalls. “I called
all my friends and told them, ‘I got Googled.’”
With pushes for more public arts throughout Placer County, and an online matchmaking
system in place, that expression may become
local artisans’ favorite phrase.
Public Art Loan Program
The City of Roseville has dedicated public space in its downtown
district for the placement of public art. The program objectives
are to compliment revitalization efforts, increase a sense of place,
engage the public, and promote the work of the selected artists.
This program, which requires the art to be loaned to the City of
Roseville, is open to all local, regional and national artists. All submissions received by the July 15 deadline in the proper format will be
reviewed by a selection panel facilitated by PlacerArts.
Selected artists will be paid a $1,000 stipend and a contractor will
be hired to install the artwork. Once installed, works will be on public exhibit for a minimum of two years and will be featured in marketing materials. Artists also may choose to make the loaned works
available for sale.
Visit roseville.ca.us for more information.
Perspectives July/August 2008
Home at the Museum
by Pat Lucas
Granite Bay residents David and
Andrea Kelly enjoy
their ‘whimsical’ art
collection in their
Granite Bay home.
o merely say Granite
Bay residents David and
Andrea Kelly are lovers
of art would not begin to
capture the magnitude of
their commitment to the
Walking into their
graceful home, one is
immediately struck – first,
with the impressive
sculpture, paintings and
artwork on display, and
second, with the care in
which each piece is lovingly exhibited. Paintings
hang on walls that are
individually color-coordinated to showcase the
artwork to its best effect.
Sculptures nestle comfortably and thoughtfully in
every possible nook and
cranny, including bathrooms and the laundry room. In fact, no space
in this home is devoid of art.
Their spacious yard is an artistic extension of their extensive indoor collection. It is
beautifully landscaped with light sculptures
perched in the trees as well as sculptures and
fountains on display in every direction. Visitors
cannot help but be immediately drawn to
these people who have spent much of their
adult lives amassing this varied and delightful
The couple met in the 1960s in Napa.
Andrea was a native of the area and David a
local attorney. Married in 1976, they lived in
Napa together before moving to their current
home in Granite Bay in 1978. She is a marriage family therapist and David runs a financial planning practice in Roseville. His website
artofestateplanning.com and his business cards
feature some of the art from their personal collection in addition to pieces on display at his
office on Douglas Boulevard. The 2237 Gallery
features displays of rotating art exhibits and is
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managed by curator Terry Green of Williams &
Paddon Architects, another building tenant.
While David had a few pieces of artwork
when they met, the couple began learning
more about art and refining their taste after the
move to Granite Bay. Their philosophy for collecting is a simple one. “We collect anything
that makes us feel good . . . makes us laugh,
makes us happy,” says David. Describing their
art genre as “whimsical,” Andrea explains:
“There’s no ‘his art’ or ‘her art’ in this home.
We buy it if we both love it.”
When the conversation moved to how
they initially started collecting art, the Kellys
claim several notable mentors, including avid
Northern California collector Rene diRosa and
Adeliza McHugh, who owned the Candy Story
Gallery in Folsom. “Adeliza was the one who
initially got us going,” Andrea says. “Over
time, we began looking at art through her
eyes. She would talk about it and show us
examples. We drastically sharpened our senses
under her guidance.”
The gallery, which has since closed, was
a popular artist venue and magnet for the
California pop art scene. McHugh helped to
David and Andrea Kelly are fans of Feats of Clay
in Lincoln and often buy pieces. ‘Spirit Guide’ by Jill
Brugler was a purchase at Feats of Clay 2005. Art patrons David and Andrea Kelly
surround themselves with art they love
popularize several well-known artists such
as Peter Vandenberge, Roy De Forest, Gladys
Nilsson, Jim Nut, Camile Vandenberge and
David Gilhooly. Many of these artists are represented in the Kelly’s collection.
The Kellys started collecting three-dimensional artwork in earnest with the advent
of the annual Feats of Clay competition in
Lincoln in the late 1980s. They have been
loyal patrons ever since, adding a host of
whimsical ceramic pieces to their collection
over the years. Always drawn to clay and
metal more than to painting, Andrea herself is
a ceramic artist. Their home’s gorgeous landscape is interspersed with her fanciful largerthan-life frogs. She admits that working in
clay herself has enhanced her appreciation of
the many ceramic pieces showcased in their
The couple also was influenced by diRosa,
a Napa Valley vineyard owner whose diRosa
Preserve (dirosapreserve.org) is considered
the most significant collection of Bay Area art
in the world. “At the time we lived in Napa,
I knew Rene, and I knew he had all of this
crazy artwork all over the place, but I really
didn’t appreciate it,” says David. “When we
moved to Granite Bay and we started getting
into art, too, I wished I’d paid more attention.” In addition to their strong support of
Lincoln Arts’ Feats of Clay, the couple supports Roseville Arts! and PlacerArts organizations. They are regulars at events such as the
Auburn Art Walk, where they enjoy talking
and learning from artists and other art-minded
people. The Autumn Art Studios Tour is a
favorite weekend every fall, where the couple
can see working artists in their studios. One
of Andrea’s favorite regional galleries is The
Arts Building in Auburn. Local artists whose
work hangs in the Kelly home include Jennifer
Johnson, Joyce Weeks, Imi LehmbrockHirschinger, Mya Louw, Gayle RappaportWeiland, Diane Bell and Valerie Gorrell.
David and Andrea also volunteer time to
help these organizations. David has been on
the board of Roseville Arts! for 20 years, serv-
ing as its president from 1996-1998. He has
assisted some of the group’s most notable
efforts, such as helping to open the Blue
Line Gallery on Vernon Street in Roseville last
Once plans for the Blue Line Gallery
were well underway, David spearheaded the
effort to feature selections from Los Angeles’
Frederick R. Weisman Art Foundation’s collection as the inaugural exhibit for the new
gallery. “I thought we needed a ‘knock your
socks off’ opening, and I think we succeeded
in doing just that,” David says. “The gallery
space is so wonderful, and many people have
said it was like walking into a New York gallery . . . in Roseville.” The exhibit, Art and
Illusion, was an eclectic selection of paintings,
photography and sculpture celebrating artists’
use of illusion and humor to create new ways
of looking at the world.
The Kellys claim to have slowed the pace
of their art purchases recently. “We’re running
out of space and money,” says David. “Lately,
we’re more focused on retirement, so I’m not
sure we’re going to be adding much more.”
Looking around their lovely home, it is hard
to imagine where new works would fit. Still,
with the Kelly’s unyielding love of art, it’s also
hard to believe they will be able to walk away
when they spot that next wonderful piece.
Fast-Track Gambler’
by New York artist
Luis Cruz Aceata
holds a prominent
position in the Kelly
home collection.
Perspectives July/August 2008
Art in High Places
by Rachel L. Marciniak
From ARTour to
‘Raising Monet,’
North Tahoe Arts’
Board President
Karen Wagner
touts the organization’s support for
local artists and
involving the
he area around Lake
Tahoe has been described
as being the “jewel of the
High Sierra” and blessed
with magnificent natural
beauty. And what better
way to enhance and celebrate that beauty, than
with the stroke of a paintbrush, a smudge of charcoal, or the glide of clay
through an artist’s hands.
North Tahoe Arts, a
not-for-profit organization,
feels the same way and
works to bring art into
the lives of local residents
and visitors from near and
far. As President Karen
Wagner said, “North Tahoe Arts is here to support local artists and involve the community.
It is an important organization for artists to
show their wares and make the public more
involved in the arts.”
Nestled in a quaint building in the heart of
Tahoe City, North Tahoe Arts boasts upper
and lower galleries (usually there are two
shows per month, one in each of the galleries) and the ARTisan Shop, which is filled with
Support Arts-by-the-Lake
Membership in North Tahoe Arts is $45/year for individuals, $25
for students, and $80 for families. Members of NTA get the ARTalk
newsletter six times a year, email notification of events, and postcard
invitations to opening receptions and special events. The membership
application can be found at the NTA’s Art Center at 380 North Lake
Blvd. in Tahoe City, or online at northtahoearts.com.
For more information, contact North Tahoe Arts at (530) 581-2787.
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diverse works of art from local and regional
North Tahoe Arts provides numerous outlets for people to get their fill of the artistic
side of life in North Tahoe and Truckee, but
probably the largest event gathering the most
far-flung crowd is the annual ARTour. During
this event, which is a self-directed studio tour,
patrons wind their way through the gorgeous
countryside, following a free map provided
by North Tahoe Arts that leads them to local
artists’ studios where they can learn about different art mediums in the artists’ own work
Enthusiastic attendees follow the ARTour
trail each year, from as far away as Los
Angeles and the Bay Area. More than threedozen artists will participate in this year’s
event, which has been extended to span over
two weekends instead of the usual one. The
ARTour event gives the public an opportunity
to actively engage in the art community, meeting artists in their element, observing technique demonstrations, and purchasing extraordinary works of art directly from the creator.
The history of North Tahoe Arts is about
community as well. In the 1980s in Tahoe
City, Madeline Bohannon and a handful of
other artists gathered, shared in the community, and taught art classes. In 1990, that group
coalesced to form the Sierra Arts Network
co-op, the purpose of the group being to promote and support the arts and have a place
where artists could show and sell their wares.
In 2003, the Sierra Arts Network reformed
as North Tahoe Arts and became a nonprofit
Artists’ Co-op
Today, North Tahoe Arts has an Executive
Director, a Board of Directors, a group of volunteers who help with the various NTA events
and the galleries, and the group of artists
who participate with the ARTisan Shop. The
ARTisan Shop exists as a group effort – the 25
North Tahoe Arts promotes area artists
from its lakeside gallery in Tahoe City
or so local artists from Tahoe, Truckee, and
Incline Village who sell their wares there volunteer one day a month to work in the shop.
The artists themselves jury in others interested
in joining the ARTisan Shop, gathering together to view submissions of artwork and vote on
their inclusion.
Artists can also get their start through North
Tahoe Art’s “Art in Public Places” program,
where artists can have three to seven pieces
of their work displayed in a public venue. The
only requirement for consideration in the program is to be a member of NTA and submit
work for review.
North Tahoe Arts doesn’t focus just on
artists or even adult art fans. They believe
that art enriches lives, and try to nourish an
appreciation and understanding of art at all
age levels. Every summer they hold a Youth
Art Camp for two weeks in July for elementary and middle-school children. There are no
restrictions on location to sign up, and they
have had participants come from as far away
as the Bay Area. Morning and afternoon sessions are held, and children can attend one or
both, and choose between one week and the
whole two weeks.
They have also hosted other programs and
events geared toward younger artists, including a collaboration with the BEAR League
where more than 200 children painted their
own cut-out bears, and last Halloween at the
Downtown Association’s Oktoberfest children
painted over 80 pumpkins with North Tahoe
The community gets to enjoy the artistic
work of children as well. Last year, students
from Lake Tahoe School in Incline Village
displayed their artwork in NTA’s gallery, and
this year in February NTA hosted a preschool
artwork exhibit, complete with a reception for
the students and their parents.
Be sure to keep North Tahoe Arts in mind
the first Friday of each month, when they
usually have an opening reception for that
month’s artists showing in the upper and
Beautiful art competes with Lake
Tahoe vistas at
the North Tahoe
Arts Gift Shop and
Galley in Tahoe
City. Photo by
Truckee photographer Olof Carmel.
lower galleries. And each year in late August
to early September, they showcase their
“Raising Monet” Fundraiser, which is an art
show and silent auction of new and gently
used art.
ARTour Expands to
Double-Weekend Event
North Tahoe Arts’ signature event – ARTour – is experimenting
with a two-weekend event this year.
Reception: The festivities begin with a July 9 reception from 5 to
8 p.m. at North Tahoe Arts Center, where attendees can talk with
artists who will be participating in the tour and view samples of
their works, which will be displayed in the galleries.
Open Doors: The following two weekends, July 11-13 and July 1820, participating artists will have their studios open from 10 a.m.
until 5 p.m. each day.
The opening reception and ARTour are free-of-charge, but donations to North Tahoe Arts are welcome.
Perspectives July/August 2008
Heritage Trail Brings History to Life
by Karen Killebrew
Faces peer out
The Heritage Trail
weekend brings a
coordinated effort
by Placer museums
to encourage residents and visitors
alike to explore
some of the sights
and experiences
that drew early
settlers to Placer
of an old photograph. Two men
smile proudly
sitting in their
shiny automobile
as dispassionate
onlookers stand
nearby. It’s a
beguiling look
into the past at
the beginning
of a new era of
Placer County’s
history is
enmeshed not
only with notable people, places and cultures,
but also with notable routes. The Emigrant
Trail, Donner Pass, the Transcontinental
Railroad, Lincoln Highway and Route 40
were all early paths through the eastern part
of California that not only delivered people
to points west, but opened their eyes to the
attractive amenities of life on the western
slope of the Sierra Nevada.
These historic routes and the way stations
that stitched them together will come alive
when 18 of Placer County’s museums from
Roseville to Lake Tahoe open their doors for
the inaugural Heritage Trail weekend August 9
- 10.
Some of the museums are well known and
accessible, such as the Bernhard Museum,
visited by dozens of school tours each year,
and the Placer County Museum on the ground
floor of Auburn’s historic courthouse. Others,
such as the Western SkiSport Museum and the
Benton Welty School Room, are little-known
gems open seasonally or through appointments.
The brainchild of Melanie Barton, Placer
County museums administrator, the Heritage
Trail weekend is designed to encourage residents and visitors alike to leave their modern
highways to explore some of the sights and
experiences that drew early settlers to Placer
July/August 2008
County. Native Americans, early explorers,
gold miners, farmers, loggers, skiers and boaters all left irrevocable marks on who we are
and how we live today.
“This is the first time we’ve planned a joint
event at Placer County museums,” says Barton.
“History is a unifier. We encourage friends and
families to join together to celebrate Placer
County’s diverse heritage and make memories
on the Heritage Trail.”
Embracing the theme of the latest vacation
trend –“staycations” – Barton and her colleagues planned a weekend of high value,
low-cost experiences sure to entice people to
get out of the house and explore the region’s
hidden treasures.
Each museum plans two full days of special activities, including living history, walking tours, gold panning, hikes, live music and
food. A Heritage Trail guide and map will
make it easy for guests to find their way, and
to plan short driving or walking loops. For
each four museums visited, Heritage Trail participants are eligible for prize drawings.
In Auburn, six museums are located within
just one mile, allowing for a leisurely stroll or
bike ride from each location. Docent-led walking tours of Old Town Auburn will be offered
at 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. on both days. At the
Bernhard Museum Complex, kids will enjoy
historic craft projects while adults enjoy wine
tasting in the historic winery building. The
Joss House, a 19th century Chinese community
center, offers a rare glimpse into the lives of
Chinese immigrants who were an essential element of Sierra Nevada history. Five museums comprise a Donner Summit/
Lake Tahoe loop: the Big Bend Visitors
Center, Auburn Ski Club’s Western SkiSports
Museum at Soda Springs, the Gatekeeper’s
Museum and Watson Cabin in Tahoe City, and
the Tahoe Maritime Museum at Homewood.
Weekend highlights include two special
hikes offered by the Big Bend Visitor Center.
On Saturday at 10 a.m. “Explore the Wonders
of Donner Pass” is a one-mile loop around the
east approach to Donner Pass, one of the most
Placer museums unite to provide the experiences
of early settlers to highway travelers of today
historic spots in California. The hike includes
historic wagon roads, the transcontinental
railroad, the first automobile “underpass,” the
Lincoln Highway and an early petroglyph site.
Sunday will feature an Emigrant Trail walk at
1:30 p.m.
The Western Ski Sports Museum at Soda
Springs is normally open only on weekends
during ski season. The museum’s exhibits tell
the fascinating stories of early life in the Sierra
Nevada’s harsh winters. Gold miners screaming downhill at 80 mph on 14’ “longboards”
and the legendary Snowshoe Thompson rescuing stranded miners in raging blizzards while
on his mail route are just two of the notable
stories told here.
The Tahoe Maritime Museum in Homewood
will showcase its spacious new building reminiscent of a historic boathouse. It is home to
a collection of historic lake cruisers and racing boats, aquaplanes, water skis and fishing
paraphernalia. The Gatekeeper’s Museum,
famed for its collection of Indian baskets,
will host a book signing with Ralph and Lisa
Shanks, authors of “Indian Baskets of Central
The Forest Hill Divide Museum will
offer gold panning and its newly restored
blacksmith shop. In Roseville, the Maidu
Interpretive Center will offer a number of
timed activities, including tours of the Maidu
Historic Site and Native American storytelling.
The Carnegie Museum also will offer special
activities for kids including marble games.
Placer County’s museum directors and
historical societies invite you to travel the
Heritage Trail in August for a glimpse into
yesteryear, an adventure of discovery of what
attracted early settlers and formed the building blocks of today’s thriving Placer County
communities. It’s a chance to appreciate that
unique “sense of place” and authenticity that
makes our communities wonderful places to
live and attractive destinations for visitors.
For more information on the Heritage Trail
weekend, visit placer.ca.gov/museum or call
(530) 889-6500.
The Heritage Trail
August 9-10, 2008
Participating Museums
Griffith Quarry Park & Museum
Maidu Interpretive Center
Rocklin History Museum
Roseville Historical Society Carnegie Museum
Benton Welty School Room
Bernhard Museum Complex
Gold Country Museum
Joss House Museum
Gold Country Medical History Museum
Placer County Museum
Forest Hill Divide Museum
Colfax/Dutch Flat
Colfax Area Heritage Museum
Golden Drift Museum
Big Bend/Donner Summit
Big Bend Visitor Center
Western SkiSports Museum
Lake Tahoe
Gatekeeper’s Museum
Watson Cabin
Tahoe Maritime Museum
Perspectives July/August 2008
Horns of the
Auburn Symphony Shine
by Ronald D. Greenwood
Principal horn for the
Auburn Symphony,
Fred Baucom, will
share his lead spot
with newcomer
Christopher Jones
in the upcoming
ften members of the
classical-music audience
recount that the performances they love most are
those rich, thickly woven
orchestral masterpieces
spotlighting the French
horn. Auburn Symphony
audiences seem to agree
and have enjoyed many
masterpieces in recent
years where the French
horn takes a major role,
and the result is music to
the ears.
The Tchaikovsky
Symphony 5 is an excellent
example. This performance
by the Auburn Symphony
has been noted by Maestro Michael Goodwin
as one of the best and most representative of
the musical skill of the orchestra. But for muscians, lots goes into striking the right balance
when performing such well-known compositions.
“Playing famous solos, such as the one
opening the slow movement of Tchaikovsky
5th Symphony, brings several personal
thoughts and emotions to the surface,” says
Fred Baucom, the principal horn player for the
Auburn Symphony.
For many muscians, fear and self-doubt take
hold early on in rehearsals, but that typical
fades as they become familiar with the piece
musically. As the musician takes ownership of
the solo piece, finding balance between the
composer’s intent and the musician’s contributions through personal styles of play become
The result, of course, can be wonderful
as illustrated by the symphony’s Mondavi
performance in 2004, which fortunately was
captured on the CD ‘Live From Mondavi.’ “Playing this at the Mondavi was icing on the
cake,” says Baucom. “The acoustics are so
good there that the effect is heightened; the
feeling is one of rarefied elation.” The experi-
July/August 2008
ence was repeated during the horn solo in the
Grieg piano concerto performed during the
Mondavi 2008 performance.
Baucom joined the Auburn Symphony in
1991 after moving from the Bay Area. His
introduction to the horn began at age 11 when
he realized he couldn’t afford a trumpet, so
selected the horn because it was provided by
the school at no charge.
He was introduced to orchestral music
while attending California State University,
Long Beach. Under the direction of Henri
Temianka, he played major works including
Shostakovitch 5th Symphony and Bruckner’s
7th Symphony. At this time, he studied with
Ralph Pyle, the second-horn with the Los
Angeles Philharmonic from the 1950s to the
He credits the success of the horn section in
recent years to the strength of his colleagues.
“Ray Ashton, Sue Forster and Stephanie
Potenza are all fine players who have greatly
assisted in establishing one of the finer sections within the orchestra,” he says. And now
with the addition of Christopher Jones and
next year, Mike McAllister, he expects the section will excel even more.
Jones, who joined the symphony this season, will be co-principal with Baucom for the
upcoming season. Chris played horn since
he was in the sixth grade, and at Stanford
University received a bachelor of arts in music
and a bachelor of science in biology. For the
next 10 years, music took second place while
he attended medical school, and completed
his residency and early years of practice. Jones is a radiation oncologist, who
returned to the horn about 15 years ago. He
is the principal horn player with the Camellia
Symphony Orchestra in Sacramento, where
he also arranges music for brass and horn
sections. He “loves” the musical repertoire
Michael selects “for their wonderful horn
This next season will bring spectacular
opportunities for these two hornists to “shine”
alongside their fellow section members.
by Evelyn Stecher
“A poet writes a poem a day.”
To keep things smooth, a grainy drink,
I read it in the Union,
grapefruit juice as well.
like the busy farmer making hay
Veggies keep us in the pink,
beneath the steamy June sun.
as platelets they repel.
I thought a poem was like a gift
We exercise to keep joints spry
that bubbled from your core
prepare our food with care.
in a voice that gave your heart a lift,
We broil and steam and never fry
not another daily chore
our low-fat, whole-grained fare.
on a list that grows with every year
We write a poem, avoid the sun,
as maintenance takes more care.
our pathway grows no moss,
Our pills and potions ease our fear
and still our dentist wonders why
we’ll lose our rhythm or savoir faire.
we don’t have time to floss.
One pill an hour before we eat,
three more consumed with meals.
About the Poet
A week’s pill case that keeps things neat,
Evelyn Stecher is 83-years-old and lives in Lincoln. Her
each day’s amount reveals.
poem, Day-by-Day, was published in the 2007 Sierra
Foothill Poetry Contest book. It received an honorable
Take two puffs, then wait awhile
mention in the adult category. To get a copy of the
poetry book, call PlacerArts at (530) 885-5670.
and then add four puffs more.
Camille-like coughs are not in style.
Brush after, not before.
Perspectives July/August 2008
New Kiln? No Sweat
Artist and art
instructor Marsha
Rafter worked to
get a new kiln for
firing ceramic art,
along with a shed
to house the oven,
at Forest Lake
Christian School.
The students at Forest Lake
Christian School near Lake
of the Pines now have a
new ceramics kiln thanks
to the efforts of their art
instructor. Part-time ceramics instructor and local
artist Marsha Rafter sent
letters home with students
asking for contributions to
replace the school’s aged
kiln, which was so dilapidated, a school maintenance expert declined to risk igniting it. That’s
when Tim Crowley, whose daughter, Anna,
attends the school, picked up the cause and
offered to pay for the new kiln. He provided
the $3,200 for the new kiln and Rafter’s son,
Colin – along with his Boy Scout Troop 787
– spent months building a shed to house the
new oven. “Now students get to see the whole
artistic process – from working with the clay
to firing it in the kiln,” says Rafter. Art students
completed two large collaborative tile pieces
before the end of the school year, which will
be installed at the school during the summer
Staying In-Step with the Best
While choreographer Mia Michaels was in
Roseville teaching dance for one day, it’s likely
the experience will live in the hearts of the
85 local dancers for years to come. Michaels,
Star choreographer
Mia Michaels
leads a class at
the Northern
California Dance
(NCDC) in
Roseville. She is a
contributing choreographer and
judge for the Fox
TV broadcast “So
You Think You Can
July/August 2008
whose choreography résumé includes work
with Madonna, Ricky Martin, Gloria Estefan
and Celine Dion, taught her one-day class at
the Northern California Dance Conservatory
(NCDC) in Roseville. “These young dancers were inspired by her passion, emotional
expression and style of dance,” says NCDC
Director Jen Bradford, an advocate for bringing professional dancers and choreographers
from around the world to the Sacramento area
for the progression of local dancers. In July,
the NCDC will host a dance intensive that will
bring some of the most innovative and talented dance artists together for two weeks of
intense study. The faculty will include Dwana
Smallwood from Alivin Ailey Dance Theater
(NYC), Theodore Constant, an International
Ballet Master from Canada and Christina
Hammel, an International Ballet Mistress from
Germany. Meanwhile, you can catch Michaels
on the set of the Fox TV program “So You
Think You Can Dance,” where she is a contributing choreographer and judge.
Artistic Teamwork Puts
Alice in Wonderland
While artists are known for generously donating artwork to worthy causes, seven local artists have taken that tradition to new heights.
Rocklin Youth Theatre Company, a growing
production company that completed a run of
“Alice in Wonderland, Jr.” last spring at Del
Oro High School, is a stellar example of a
community coming together to share talents.
It’s an environment where parents and family members take an active role in the success
of productions through hard work and team
dedication. This year, that sense of community
was expanded to include professional artists
who created sets and props that wowed audiences. It’s part of a Roseville Arts! program
– called “Art is Good Business” – that links
artists with opportunities to display their talents in the area. Professional artists worked
closely with parents and other volunteers to
create more professional looking sets. “We
are all looking forward to doing this again,”
says artist Keith Hopkins, designer of the Tea
Party set. “It was fun to see the parents learn
they could be artists, too.” Participating artists
include Hopkins, Suzanne Goodwin, Marsha
Mobley Kilian, Arry Murphy-Frank, Anje
Olmstead, Pat Orner, and Trisa Swerdlow.
Helping Hands Further Artistic
Downtown Auburn’s Old State Theater continued its transformation from movie theater to
performing arts center while the Old Carnegie
Library received some badly needed landscaping in May. The fourth annual Project Auburn,
a coordinated community effort, brought
hundreds of volunteers out to help in these
and other worthy community efforts. The restoration of the theater façade on Lincoln Way
included repair and painting of the stucco
exterior, adding tile trim to the front, upgrading and replacing windows – all in a 1930s
style. The work prepared the building for it’s
blast-to-the-past crown: the installation of its
new 1930s-era marquee and vertical blade,
which was installed in June. Phase 2 of the
Performing Arts Center project, which is
planned for late next year, will see the building come alive as a fully-operational performing arts center. This year’s annual fix-up day
also focused on the 100-year-old Carnegie
Building on Almond St., which houses the
resident artists of the Old Library Art Studio
(OLAS). The work effort restored the rear
courtyard with the addition of a large retaining
wall, along with flowerbeds, plants and trees.
Its basement restroom also was refurbished for
public use.
‘Out of the Blue’ debuts at Blue Line
Hundreds of guests celebrated the opening of
the Blue Line Gallery’s first regional art exhibit
in May. The “Out of the Blue Membership
Show and Competition” showcased the work
of 175 local artists – boasting the greatest
participation in the 37 years the non-profit
Roseville Arts! has sponsored the show. “We
were immediately engaged with the high-caliber of visually stunning works, both representational and non-representational,” wrote
jurors Myron Stephens and Brad Cordell.
Winning entries collectively received $1,300 in
cash prizes. Everett Jensen and his oil painting, ‘Nature Café,’ won best of show and $600
in cash. With everything from oil painting
and fabric to bronze and marble, the show
not only broadcasts the diversity of regional
artists, but also
provides gallery guests with
a full range of
opportunities to
purchase art for
their homes and
offices. A portion
of all sales benefits the ongoing
programs and
exhibitions at the
Blue Line Gallery
in Roseville.
The show runs
through July 11.
Box Art a Boom for PlacerArts
A photo rendering shows the new Auburn-Placer
Performing Arts Center following volunteer work to
improve the building’s façade and installation of the
large 1930s-era marquee and blade.
An ‘outside the box’ idea has taken selfexpression to new elevations in the local art
world. With more than 100 artists involved,
PlacerArts introduced a new and successful art
exhibit earlier this year that raised more than
Perspectives These untitled
framed handglazed clay masks
were created by L.
Luis Ortiz for the
‘Outside the Box’
July/August 2008
Jim McCrummen,
a County of
Placer employee,
crafted this creative ‘Outside the
Box’ piece out of
$13,000 for the
non-profit agency. The program,
called ‘Outside
the Box,’ provided artists with
small wooden
boxes that they,
in turn, used to
create custom
art pieces, which
were auctioned
off in May. Local
artists embraced
the idea and
produced a wide
range of unusual,
unexpected and
creative works
of arts. “The
imagination and creativity our artists displayed
with their works surpassed everyone’s expectation,” says Angela Tahti, executive director
for PlacerArts. “This illustrates the high level of
creativity we have here in Placer.” Credit for
the highest bid for a single artwork went to
Renee Nevarez and her fourth-grade class at
Forest Lake Christian School. That ‘Outside the
Box’ project was a large mural that included
pizza-box “tiles.” The fun show is expected to
return next year, says Tahti.
Randall Stauss’s watercolor plein-air paintings have
captured Lake Tahoe and the West Coast for more
than 30 years. This one, entitled ‘Shoveling Off,’ is 14”
x 21” and can be seen at the 2008 ARTour in the
North Tahoe/Truckee region July 11-13 and July 18-20.
For details, call (530) 281-2787 or visit northtahoearts.com.
Tour de Truckee
Keeping it Clean and Green
North Tahoe Arts has expanded its ARTour,
where high-country artists open their studio
doors to the public, to cover two consecutive weekends in July. The free, self-guided
open studio tour event helps bring artists and
art patrons together. “The first time I went
on ARTour, I expected to see lots of pretty
landscape paintings,” says Truckee resident
Cady Olsen. “Instead, I was surprised to find
that my whole perception of where I live was
opened up. The way the artists used many
different media and techniques to convey their
insights on the region enhanced and augmented my own observations.” ARTour 2008 will
be held July 11-13 and July 18-20. Maps are
available at locations throughout the region. PlacerArts’ Roseville Community Office organized an exhibit of earth-friendly art created by local artists for the City of Roseville’s
“Celebrate the Earth” Festival in April. The
one-day festival was a joint venture between
the City of Roseville, Dry Creek Conservancy,
Placer Nature Center and Sierra College to
promote a sustainable future for the planet.
Themes from earth to space were captured in
this unique show, such as Steve Harrington’s
whimsical metal sculptures created from
reused and recycled objects. Kids also rolled
up their sleeves at the Kids Corner to make
their own hands-on art projects with reusable
July/August 2008
New Books for ‘The Big Read’: Looking to
counter the disturbing trend of Americans
moving away from reading altogether, the
National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) has
expanded its reading selections for its reading
initiative, The Big Read. New additions to its
library of about 20 titles now includes “Love
Medicine” by Louise Erdrich, “The Things
They Carried” by Tim O’Brien, “The Bridge of
San Luis Rey” and “Our Town” by Thornton
Wilder, and a special collection of poetry and
short fiction by Edgar Allan Poe. For a complete list of titles, visit neabigread.org.
Kids create art using reused and recycled materials
as part of the City of Roseville’s “Celebrate the Earth”
Festival earlier this year.
In Brief
Indian Basket Weaver Remembered: The Maidu
Interpretive Center will display an exhibit celebrating the life and legacy of Maidu basket
weaver Lilly Baker. The show will feature an
original oil painting of Baker by Las Vegas artist Joni Max and photographs on loan from
the Plumas County Museum. The exhibit will
run through the end of the year.
New Season Gets Underway: The Sacramento
Philharmonic Orchestra announced its 12th
season begins with a first-time collaborative concert featuring the philharmonic, the
Sacramento Opera and the Sacramento Ballet.
The 2008/09 season also includes a world premiere by jazz great Dave Brubeck and his son,
Chris. Warhol’s Athletes: From Lichtenstein to Warhol,
the art of the controversial Pop Art movement
will be on exhibit at the Crocker Art Museum
August 16 – Nov. 2. American Pop: Featuring
Andy Warhol’s Athletes from the Richard
Weisman Collection highlights 36 works drawn
from major private collections as well as the
Crocker’s own and probes how artistic introspection of the 1960s developed into the ultimate endorsement of 1970s celebrity.
Photographed with his parents and Southwest Airlines’ Susie DeCamp, Jason
DeCruz shows off his winning entry in the 2008 Fourth Congressional District
Art Competition. Entitled ‘Through the Paper,’ the entry was selected by a
panel of judges in cooperation with Congressman John T. Doolittle’s office. The
original work will be on display in Washington DC for one year, along with the
winning works of high school students from congressional districts across the
U.S. Jason graduated from El Dorado County’s Oakridge High School in May.
He and his parents flew to the national capitol in June, courtesy of Southwest
Airlines, to attend a reception for the competition’s winners. He plans to
attend art school in the fall.
Perspectives July/August 2008
Art Can Heal presents art in a variety of media chosen for its healing
qualities. Work by area artists and students from local schools. Sutter
Auburn Faith Hospital Hallway Galleries at11815 Education Dr. in
Auburn. For details, e-mail [email protected] or call (530) 3898504.
Carpe Vino Art Gallery. Enjoy a glass of wine at this wine bar and
award-winning restaurant while you admire the works of artists Keith
Sutter, Robert Copple, Michael Godard, Alan Ross and Clark Stoeckly.
In Old Town Auburn at 1568 Lincoln Way. For details, visit carpevinoauburn.com or call (530) 823-0320.
J. Randall Smith Studio Gallery. Features new works of sculptor
J. Randall Smith, metal sculptor Jennifer Johnson, blown glass by
Nicholson Glass. Located at1130 High St. in Auburn. For details, visit
jrandallsmith.com or call (916) 289-7133.
Latitudes Galleries. Well-known local and regional artists showing
work in rotating exhibits in historic Old Town Auburn. Latitudes
Restaurant at 130 Maple St. For details, call (530) 885-1121.
Nicholson Blown Glass in Auburn. A nationally recognized glassblowing studio located north of Auburn off of Highway 49. Call for
appointment. At 5555 Bell Rd. For details, call (530) 823-1631 or visit
Sunset Oaks Framing and Gallery featuring Larry Brenden’s limited
edition Distinctive Natural Landscape Photographs and other artists’
works. At Fiddler Green Plaza at 1273 Grass Valley Hwy. For details,
call (530) 885-4858.
A hand-painted gourd by Carla Marie Bratt, one of 60 local
artists at the Auburn Old Town Gallery. Check out her work at
August 14 - Sep. 24: ‘Of the Earth’ Exhibit in Auburn. Explore the
many avenues of artistic expression through the use of natural materials. Artists from throughout Northern California are in this exhibit
that challenges preconceived notions of nature. Free admission from
10 a.m.- 5 p.m. at The Arts Building Gallery, 808 Lincoln Way. For
details, call (530) 885-2787 or visit PlacerArts.org.
Through July 31: ‘Antarctica’ Exhibition in Auburn. Join the Auburn
Art Walk artist’s reception June 12 for Larry Brenden, and Rick and
Janet Nicholson. Freeat The Arts Building Gallery at 808 Lincoln Way.
For details, visit placerarts.org or call (530) 885-2787.
July 9: ‘Antarctica’ Artists’ Presentation. Free from 6:30 p.m.-8:30
August 23: Artist-in-Residence Artist Talk - Cathy Cline. Contemporary
jewelry designer and enamellist Cathy Cline will present and discuss her latest works flowing from the theme of water. Her artistic
direction includes jewelry, vitreous enamel, and other media. Free
Admission from 7 p.m.- 8:30 p.m. at The Arts Building, 808 Lincoln
Way. For details, call (530) 885-5670 or visit PlacerArts.org.
The ARTS Building at 808 Lincoln Way in Auburn showcases a wide
variety of art exhibitions. It’s also the home office for PlacerArts and
the Auburn Symphony. For details about current or upcoming exhibitions, visit PlacerArts.org or call (530) 885-5670.
PlacerArts Gallery Store. Great art by local artists. Free admission from
10 a.m.-5 p.m. The Arts Building Gallery, 808 Lincoln Way. For
details, call (530) 885-2787 or visit PlacerArts.org.
The Auburn Old Town Gallery is an artists’ cooperative. It features the
works of 60 local artists who explore a wide range of media. Visitors
can buy original artwork directly from the artists. Hours are from 10
a.m. - 6 p.m. Sunday through Thursday and 10 a.m. - 9 p.m. Friday
and Saturday. Located at 218 Washington St. in historic Old Town
Auburn. For details, visit AuburnOldTownGallery.com or call (530)
August 1 - 31: ‘Boxes, Gourds, Books and Eggs’ Exhibit
The Backroom Gallery featuring the works by Joan Charson and Joyce
Williams, located in the Chocolate Shoppe and Gift Emporium at 823
Lincoln Way in Auburn. For details, call (530) 885-4822.
July 1 – August 15: Gourds and Garden Show at Lincoln Arts.
Reception July 11 from 6 p.m.-8 p.m. at Lincoln Arts, 580 6th St. For
details, call (916) 645-9713 or e-mail [email protected]
August 19 - Sept. 26: The Art of Humor Show at Lincoln Arts.
Reception Aug. 22 from 6 p.m.-8 p.m. at Lincoln Arts, 580 6th St. For
details, call (916) 645-9713 or e-mail [email protected]
The Healing Light Institute features more than 20 vibrant paintings by Auburn artist Donna Arz – inspired by meditations and her
work as a Reiki practitioner at 3215 Fortune Ct. in North Auburn. For
details, call (530) 889-2300.
Lincoln Arts Gallery and Gifts features local artists in a range of mediums and hosts artist receptions regularly. It’s open to the public at
no charge. Hours are Tues.-Fri. 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at 580 Sixth St. For
details, call (916) 645-9713.
Art Accents Gallery in Auburn showcases the work of local photographer Gaylord Barrington, who uses a translucent painting process to
create images that beckon observers into the scene. At 811 Lincoln
Way. For details, visit artaccentsgallery.com or call (530) 885- 2634.
Umpqua Art Gallery in Downtown Lincoln. With new shows every two
months, the Umpqua Bank of Lincoln has teamed with the Placer Arts
League to showcase the work of local artists at the bank in a gallery
July/August 2008
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Mya Louw Exhibit. View exciting landscapes of the vast, beautiful,
rolling hills of the sierra, colorfully translated onto canvas with acrylics. Free admission from 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m. at the Roseville Chamber of
Commerce, 650 Douglas Blvd. For details, call (916) 783-8136 or visit
setting. For details, call (916) 645-8714.
Through July 8: Placer Arts League Open Juried Show
August 12 - Sept. 9: Lincoln Hills Art Association
Sept. 9 - Oct. 14: Lincoln Arts
Bella Fine Arts and Gifts in Newcastle carries the works of more than
40 local and nearby artists: Paintings, photography, jewelry, ceramics,
sculptures, glass/wood works, plus specialized gifts and home decor
items. Located at 455 Main St., #3. Open Tues-Sat 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.
For details, e-mail [email protected] or call
(916) 663-9790.
Cutting-edge Exhibits at Ridley Gallery on the Sierra College Campus.
located in the Learning Resource Center in Room 102 at the Sierra
College Rocklin Campus at 5000 Rocklin Rd. For details, visit sierracollege.edu or call (916) 789-2873.
Through July 12: Blue Line Gallery in Roseville. Roseville Arts’ 37th
Annual Membership Show will feature the diversity of its member artists. Tues. - Fri, 10 a.m.- 5 p.m., Sat. 1 p.m. – 8 p.m. Opening reception during May 17 from 6:30p.m.-9 p.m. at 405 Vernon St. For details,
call (916) 783-4117 or visit rosevillearts.org.
July 12: The Adventure Gallery Art Event will be a reception featuring
local artists and their work with a variety of music in the background. The public is invited from 5 p.m.-8 p.m. for sharing, participation,
and fellowship with lovers of the arts. Admission is $10 at Adventure
Christian Church, 6401 Stanford Ranch Rd. in Roseville. For details,
call (916) 624-2511.
Through August 31: PhotoArt Exhibit at Maidu Interpretive Center.
Enjoy a special art show honoring the life and work of Lilly Baker
(1911-2006), a mountain Maidu basket weaver. The exhibit provides a
collection of photographs depicting Baker’s life. The center is at 1960
Johnson Ranch Dr. For details, visit roseville.ca.us/IndianMuseum or
call (916) 774-5934.
The Martha Riley Community Library in Roseville provides an array
of exhibits. Local artists exhibit textile arts. Altered Books is an exhibit by local artists of new and used books that have been used/reused to create original works of art. An ‘Insects in Art’ exhibit also is
available. Free admission from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. at 1501 Pleasant Grove
Blvd. For details, call (916) 746-1599 or visit rosevilleparks.com.
404 Gallery at 404 Vernon Street in Downtown Roseville. The 404
Gallery offers a wide variety of ever-changing original works of art
from more than 35 local and regional artists, along with selected artwork for resale. The 404 features a new monthly inviataional artist at
ever Third Saturday South Placer Art Tour. Receptions from 6 p.m. to
9 p.m. Gallery hours Tues.-Fri. 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. and by appointment.
Art classes available. For details, call (916) 784-9898 or visit 404artgallery.com.
Placer Valley Third Saturday Art Tour. Free art viewing and Open
House every third Saturday of the month, 6:30 - 9 p.m., in participating Roseville galleries: 404 Gallery, 404 Vernon St. (916) 784-9898;
2237 Gallery, 2237 Douglas Blvd. (916) 782-2909; Artists of Timber
Creek, Sun City Roseville Art Room, Del Webb Blvd., (916) 771-4257;
Beyond Point B, 151 N. Sunrise Ave, Ste 1303, (916) 787-9909 x 3;
Borders Books, Galleria, 1173 Galleria Blvd. (916) 788-1580; Borders
Books, 2030 Douglas Blvd., (916) 784-1088; Comfort Zone, 426
Folsom Rd., (916) 773-2444; Cordia, 5161 Foothills Blvd., (916) 7783330; La Provence, 110 Diamond Creek Pl., (916) 789-2002; Maidu
Interpretive Center, 1960 Johnson Ranch Dr. (916) 774-5934; Mike
Martin Photography, 508 Vernon St., Historic Downtown, (916) 2238361; Roseville Arts!, 311 Vernon St. (916) 783-4117. Call galleries to
confirm times or visit jointhearts.com.
The Total of One Gallery showcases art, sculpture, and mixed media
that represent the finest in casual living. Located at 2029 Opportunity
Dr. #4. For details, call (916) 797-8707.
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The Chroma Gallery at 10030 Fair Oaks Blvd. in Fair Oaks Village
provides monthly shows of unique artists. Join in the fun each second
Saturday for an evening reception from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m.. For details,
visit thechromagallery.com or call (916) 966-6020.
Viewpoint Photographic Art Center in Sacramento. Located at 551
Sequoia Pacific Blvd. For details, visit viewpointgallery.org or call
(916) 441-2341.
Through July 5: Photographs by Dominc Rouse and Tamara Lischka.
The Crocker’ Art Museum collection includes works from Europe,
North America, and Asia, dating from the 15th century to the present. The museum also offers special exhibitions, lectures, educational programs, workshops, concerts, and events. For a complete list of activities for all ages call (916) 264-5423 or visit crockerartmuseum.org. 216
O St., Sacramento.
Through July 27: The Language of the Nude
Sierra Nevada Region
Center for the Arts Gallery in Grass Valley. Located at 314 W. Main St.
in downtown. For details, call (530) 274-8384.
JB Photographic Gallery. Fine art photographs by Jim “JB” Budny,
specializing in classic black & white images and Tahoe winter scenes.
Downtown Tahoe City at the “Y.” For details, call (530) 546-8450.
Julie Baker Fine Art at 307 Spring St. in Nevada City. For details, visit
juliebaker.com or call (530) 265-9ART (9278).
Christopher Jones, who joined the Auburn Symphony this season,
will be co-principal for horns with Fred Baucom in the upcoming
season. Learn more in the The Score on Page 14.
Paula Di Leo Art Exhibit in Roseville. Colorful, whimsical, fanciful . .
. a feel-good exhibit not to be missed! Free from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. at the
Roseville Chamber of Commerce, 650 Douglas Blvd. For details, visit
rosevillechamber.com or call (916) 783-8136.
Sacramento Region
Through July 18: Shadows of the Past Exhibit in Folsom. Exhibit of
photographs by George and Jo Ann Aiello, and watercolors by Kara
Castro. Opening reception May 30 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Free from 9
a.m. - 5 p.m. at Gallery at 48 Natoma, 48 Natoma St. For details, call
(916) 351-3506 or visit folsom.ca.us.
The Bold Mark Gallery and Studio in Sacramento. See great artwork at
1200 S Street, Suite D Gallery. Tues.-Fri, 10 a.m.-3 p.m. and every 2nd
Saturday from 6 p.m.-10 p.m. For details, call (916) 295-4047.
The Sacramento Fine Arts Center in Carmichael is a California nonprofit with a mission to contribute to the cultural life of the community. Established jointly by independent art clubs, it is dedicated to the
creation and presentation of the visual arts. Located at 5330B Gibbons
Dr. For details, visit sacfinearts.org or call (916) 971-3713.
New Artworks Gallery at 10239 Fair Oaks Blvd. in Fair Oaks. Gallery
hours are Wed-Sun from 11 a.m. -5 p.m. or by appointment. Evening
receptions on Second Saturday from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. For details, visit
thenewartworksgallery.com or call (916) 962-7362. The 40 Acres Art Gallery and Cultural Center is a non-profit arts
organization dedicated to exposing and educating the Oak Park and
greater Sacramento community to a broad range of visual art forms
by presenting museum-level exhibitions. Admission is free. Hours
Tues. - Fri. from 12 - 6 p.m .; Sat.10 a.m. - 5 p.m. Located at 3428
3rd Ave. in Sacramento. For details, visit 40acresartgallery.org or call
(916) 456-5080.
July/August 2008
Keoki Flagg Gallery of Fine Arts. Features limited edition fine art
photography from acclaimed photographer Keoki Flagg. Original
glass and hand-painted ceramics exclusive to the gallery. The Village
at Squaw Valley and at 419-3 North Lake Blvd. in Tahoe City. For
details, call (530) 583-1419.
Lake of the Sky Gallery. Landscape and fine art photography by
Richard Francis Topper and designer jewelry by Michou. Located at
521 North Lake Blvd. In Tahoe City. For details, call (530) 583-2722.
Lakeside Gallery & Gifts. Original art, prints, watercolors, jewelry, art
supplies, framing and art classes. Located at 8636 North Lake Blvd.
in Kings Beach. For details, call (530) 546-3135 or e-mail [email protected]
MacKenzie’s Gallery of American Style. Located at Broadstone
Marketplace at 2766 East Bidwell St. #600 in Folsom. For details, visit
mmackenziegallery.com or call (916) 984-5511.
Pogan Gallery. Original paintings of Lake Tahoe and the Sierra by the
nation’s top landscape painters. Located at 11253 Brockway Rd. #102
in Truckee. For details, call (530) 550-9600.
Potter’s Wheel. Fine-quality crafts by regional artists specializing in
pottery, woodworking and watercolors. Located at 8331 North Lake
Blvd. in Kings Beach. For details, call (530) 546-8400.
The Carmel Gallery in historic downtown Truckee features the works
of local artists Elizabeth and Olof Carmel, who specialize in fine art
landscape photography with an emphasis on scenes of Lake Tahoe
and the Sierra. The gallery also showcases fine art prints from Europe,
Latin America, Alaska, the Pacific Coast and the desert Southwest. At
10035 Church Street. Open from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., excluding Tues.
and Wed. (by appointment only). For details, visit TheCarmelGallery.
com or call (530) 582-0557.
Vista Gallery in Tahoe Vista provides original contemporary art in a
variety of media including fine art photography, printmaking, mixedmedia, ceramics, stain-glass and metal art, plus a vintage photograph
collection of more than 2,000 images. Tues.-Sat. 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.
at 7081 North Lake Blvd. For details, visit vistagallery.com or call
(530) 546-7794.
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Vrooman Woodcarving & Wildlife Gallery. Original wildlife woodcarvings, paintings, sculptures, and photography featuring national
and local artists. Located at 10115 Donner Pass Rd. in Truckee. For
details, call (530) 587-8104.
Watercolors by Jan Foss. Watercolor gallery and studio featuring soft
landscapes and colorful florals. Studio visitors can sign up for a
watercolor class. 120 Country Club Drive, #21, Incline Village. For
details, call (775) 833-1144.
Music & Dance
July 10 & Sept. 11: Jazz at 808. Now in its fifth season, Jazz at 808
is the vision of the late Phyllis Butz in cooperation with Jimmy
Robinson who continues to share his musical gifts. Percussionist
Jimmy Robinson is the driving force behind the Jazz at 808 series,
always bringing with him the most accomplished musicians available
from Northern California and beyond, assuring sell-out performances
each season. $15 - $20 from 7 p.m. - 9:30 p.m. at The Arts Building,
808 Lincoln Way. Details, call (530) 885-5670 or visit PlacerArts.org.
July: Free Summer Concert Series in Auburn. The Summer Series
takes place on four Sunday evenings in July at the outdoor Library
Garden Amphitheatre. Free from 7 p.m.-9 p.m. at 340 Nevada St. For
details, call (530) 885-5670 or visit PlacerArts.org.
July 6: Fred Morgan’s Big Band
July 13: Zydeco Flames
July 20: Stardust Cowboys
July 27: Dr. Bach & the Jazz Practitioners
July 11 & Sept. 12: Milonga with Tango de Oro. Learn to tango in the
Argentinean tradition. Dance lessons at 8 p.m. followed by danc-
Cathy McClelland’s work reflects her love of nature and mythical
subjects as exemplified in her 13”x20” acrylic “Looking West at
Martis.” See more of her work during the North Tahoe/Truckee
area studio tour.
May 9
July 11
Sept 12
ing for the remainder of the evening. No partners needed. Fun for
all skill levels. From 8 p.m.- midnight at The Arts Building at 808
Lincoln Way. For details, call (530) 885-5670 or visit PlacerArts.org.
Barbershop Harmony for Men. The Nevada Placer Sierranaders
(members of the men’s Barbershop Harmony Society) are directed
by Roger Perkins. The group meets every Tuesday at 7:00 p.m. at
Burback Hall in DeWitt Center, Auburn. For details, call
(530) 823-0339.
Swing Dance Classes with Chris & Emma of ‘In The Swing of
Things.’ Beginning classes for teens and adults are held on weekday
evenings. For details, visit intheswingofthings.com or call
(916) 660-9255.
The Sierra Gold Chorus rehearses each Mon. at 7 p.m. at Burback
Hall at 11577 E Ave. in Auburn. Women of all ages are invited to
come and sing with the group. For details, e-mail [email protected] or call (530) 478-0130.
Swing Dance Classes with Chris & Emma of ‘In The Swing of
Things.’ Beginning classes for teens and adults are held on weekday
evenings. For details, visit intheswingofthings.com or call
(916) 660-9255.
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Swing Dance Classes with Chris & Emma in Sacramento. Beginning
classes for teens and adults are held on weekday evenings. For
details, visit intheswingofthings.com or call (916) 660-9255.
Sierra Nevada Region
July 5: Red, White, and TOCCATA Tahoe Blue at Incline Village.
The Orchestra and Community Choral Artists of the Tahoe Area
(TOCCATA - present a concert of All American composers. $5 - $25
from 7:30 p.m.-9:30 p.m. at the Stage Nine Theatre, 341 Village Blvd.
For details, call (775) 267-1720 or visit toccatatahoe.com.
July 6: At the Sacramento Community Center Theater.
July 7: At Olympic Village.
Center for the Performing Arts in Grass Valley. A variety of great performances and classes at 314 W. Main St. For details, visit thecenterforthearts.org or call (530) 274-8384 (x14). Also see listing under
‘Events and Festivals.’
Del Oro High School dancers performed ‘The Evolution of Dance:
D.O. Style,’ which featured dances and songs popular through
many generations. The end-of-the-school-year show was the culmination of two months of preparations and rehearsals.
The Performing Arts of Roseville’s free summer concerts provide
high-energy entertainment. No charge from 6 p.m.- 8:30 p.m. at Royer
Park, 109 Park Dr. For details, call (916) 783-5308 or visit performingartsofroseville.org.
July 4: Capital Pops Fourth of July music.
July 27: 80’s All-Starz Band.
August 24: Soulful Blues of Stacie Eakes and the Superfreakes
Second Saturday Swing Out in Grass Valley. Every second Saturday of
the month brings a beginning East-Coast Swing dance lesson from
7 p.m. to 8 p.m. and a DJ swing dance from 8 p.m. to 11 p.m. $6
Lessons/$10 Dance only. This is an all ages, smoke-free, alcohol-free
event. Singles are welcome and no prior dance experience is necessary. Presented by The Foothills Swing Dance Society, a nonprofit
corporation. For details, visit intheswingofthings.com or call (916)
InnerRhythms Dance in Truckee. Classes offered each week in a variety of dance disciplines, including ballet, hip-hop, jazz and modern
dance for ages 7-70. MiniRhythms for mini-dancers ages 18 months
– 6 years. At Training Centre at 12219 Business Park Drive, Suite 3.
For details, visit innerrhythms.org or call (530) 550-8464.
The Northern California Dance Conservatory (NCDC) in Roseville
celebrates dance as an art form as students – from beginners to professionals – receive the highest level of instruction from experienced
professionals, who also are skilled educators. At 920 Reserve Drive
#10. For details: email [email protected] or call (916) 791-2061.
Music Classes for Infants and Toddlers in Roseville. Whiz Kids Music
classes help students develop pitch and rhythm skills and capitalize
on this critical period in developing the music aptitude of a child. For
details, visit whizkidsmusic.com or call (916) 765-9119.
Sacramento Area
Mondavi Center Presents. World-class performances of music, dance,
and drama; also, well-known speakers’ presentations and concerts
for children. On the UC Davis campus. For a complete schedule of
events, visit mondaviarts.org or call (530) 752-1915.
Support for the Arts
Resources, grants, publications,
funded projects, partnerships
A Great Nation Deserves Great Art
July/August 2008
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August 9 - 10: ‘The Heritage Trail’ Museum Tour. Drive-up, Hitch-up,
or Giddy-up! Whatever your preferred method of travel, be sure to
follow the Placer County Museums trail from Roseville to Tahoe. Each
museum in the county will be open free-of-charge. Special events
will be hosted by each site. No charge from 10 a.m.- 4 p.m. at Placer
museums. For details, call (530) 889-6500 or visit
Placer County Museum
Exhibits represent the chronological history of Placer County, from
the Pleistocene era to contemporary times. Also houses the Pate
Native American Collection of over 400 items. Docents offer free
walking tours of Old Town Auburn Saturdays, 10 a.m. Placer County
Courthouse, 101 Maple Street. (530) 889-6500.
Bernhard Museum Complex
Built in 1851 as an inn called Travelers Rest. The house, one of the
oldest wooden structures in Placer County, was added in 1868. Now
restored, it is furnished with late Victorian pieces. The complex also
includes an 1874 winery, one of the state’s first, a vineyard, and a
reconstructed carriage barn. Docent tours, permanent and seasonal
exhibitions. 291 Auburn-Folsom Road. (530) 889-6500.
Gold Country Museum
Chronicles the rich history of gold mining in the region. Exhibits
include gold panning demonstrations, a walk through a mine shaft,
an operational stamp mill model, and displays depicting the lifestyle
of Gold Rush residents. Gold Country Fairgrounds at1273 High Street.
(530) 889-6500.
Sierra Nevada Virtual Museum
A multimedia, interactive online museum presenting the rich history,
culture, and natural history of the Sierra Nevada. A project of Sierra
College students, faculty, and staff.
Visit SierraNevadaVirtualMuseum.com.
Rocklin History Museum
Houses a history timeline, Whitney family items, Indian artifacts,
quarry tools and display, Ruben Ruhkala paintings, a Rocklin Jubilee
display, and Rocklin’s Centennial quilt. The small Victorian home that
houses the museum is typical of many early 1900’s Rocklin homes.
3895 Rocklin Rd. (916) 624-2355.
Roseville Telephone Co. Museum
Exhibits detail the history of telephone communications and of
Roseville Telephone Company. Displays include old-style switchboards and telephones; models range to present day.106 Vernon St.
(916) 786-1621.
Maidu Interpretive Center
Offers frequent tours of ancient Southern Maidu village site featuring
over 300 bedrock mortars, petroglyphs and evidence of thousands of
years of Maidu occupation. Exhibits, nature trail tours, family weekend programs, campfires, “old ways” classes, camps, and more. Open
Tuesday-Saturday, 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. 1960 Johnson Ranch Dr.
(916) 774-5934.
Carnegie Museum
A central exhibit area houses changing shows. One wing features
a scale model of the local Southern Pacific Railroad yards and
Colfax Area Heritage Museum
Open daily from 10 am - 3 pm, the Colfax Area Heritage Museum
offers the vistor a look at the rich history of the Colfax area. Free
admission. Colfax Passenger Depot,99 Railroad St. (530) 346-7040 www.foothill.net/colfax/history/indexx.html
Dutch Flat
Golden Drift Museum
The colorful history of the “Golden Triangle” -- Dutch Flat, Gold Run,
Alta/Towle -- is shown in exhibits depicting boom days of hydraulic
mining, the rise of the county’s timber industry, the coming of the
transcontinental railroad, and the growth of communities. Tour the
town and all its historic buildings. 32820 Main Street. (530) 889-6500.
Foresthill Divide Museum
Displays portraying the history of the Foresthill and Iowa Hill Divides
include a model of the Foresthill Logging Company, firefighting
equipment, depictions of life during the Gold Rush and of early
modes of transportation. 24601 Harrison Street. (530) 889-6500.
Griffith Quarry Museum
Founded in 1864, the quarry was major supplier of granite for many
California buildings, including the State Capitol. Exhibits reflect the
history of the region’s granite industry. Three miles of nature trails
offer views of old quarry sites. Taylor and Rock Spring Rds. (916)
663-1837. Tours (530) 889-6500.
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the Pacific Fruit Express icing facilities; another features changing
Roseville history. A small but quite complete Roseville reference and
research library is open by appointment. Open Monday - Friday, 12
- 4 p.m. or by appointment. 557 Lincoln St. (916) 773-3003.
Sacramento Area
Aerospace Museum of California
Emphasizes education and aerospace science while displaying the
proud heritage of aviation and aerospace activities in California’s
capital region, including contributions to space travel. Located at
3200 Freedom Park Dr. at McClellan Park. Call (916) 643-3192 or visit
Sierra Nevada Region
Gatekeepers Cabin Museum
Houses artifacts of Lake Tahoe history, including paneled history
displays, illustrated pioneer stories, hundreds of historical items, and
a research library. One wing contains the Marion Steinbach Indian
Basket Museum, filled with a collection of more than 800 rare baskets
from 85 tribes, collections of Indian dolls, and Southwestern pottery.
130 West Lake Blvd., Tahoe City. (530) 583-1762.
The Watson Cabin Living Museum
An outstanding, preserved, turn-of-the-century log cabin, built in 1908
by Robert Montgomery Watson, Tahoe City’s first Constable. 560 N.
Lake Blvd., Tahoe City.
(530) 583-1762.
Emigrant Trail Museum
Located in Donner Memorial State Park, this museum focuses on
the theme of the Donner Party. A 26-minute movie on the Donner
Party is shown on the hour. Exhibits portray the lives and arts of the
Washoe Indians, early explorers, the building of the railroad through
the Sierra Nevada, and Truckee’s the early days. 12593 Donner Pass
Rd., Truckee. (530) 582-7892.
Events & Festivals
August 9 - 10: ‘The Heritage Trail’ Museum Tour. Drive-up, Hitch-up,
or Giddy-up! Whatever your preferred method of travel, be sure to
follow the Placer County Museums trail from Roseville to Tahoe. Each
museum in the county will be open free-of-charge. Special events
will be hosted by each site. No charge from 10 a.m.- 4 p.m. at Placer
museums. For details, call (530) 889-6500 or visit
August 14: Auburn Art Walk. Celebrating its 15th anniversary, Auburn
Art Walk has been an invaluable catalyst for the exposure of local artists and merchants in Auburn. Taking place on the second Thursday
of April, June, August and October, the Auburn Art Walk is a social
time when Downtown and Old Town business owners keep their
doors open hosting free public receptions, while art viewers, strolling
or riding the free trolley from site to site, immerse themselves in art,
beauty and hospitality. Free from 6 p.m - 9 p.m. For details, call (530)
885-5670 or visit PlacerArts.org.
July 9: ‘Antarctica’ Artists’ PresentationThe Poets Club of Lincoln
Open Mic. Every second Sunday a guest poet reads before the microphone is open to all poets interested in reading up to three poems.
3 p.m. to 5 p.m. at the Salt Mine in Linclon at the corner of Highway
96 and Sixth St.
July 5: Independence Day Celebration. Join Colfax in celebrating our
nation’s independence! Independence Day parade and a kiddie’s
parade, dachshund races, vendor booths, music and bands, fun for
the kids and, of course, fireworks! 10 am – 10:30 pm, (530) 346-9399
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July-August: Summer Fun Days at Maidu in Roseville. Every second
Saturday from during July and August, enjoy a whole day of family
activities for one small price. Learn about the Maidu Indians, their
culture and animals of the area and listen to traditional stories by Rick
Adams. $14/family from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. at 1960 Johnson Ranch Dr.
For details, visit roseville.ca.us/IndianMuseum or call (916) 774-5934.
Events, campfires, camps, exhibits, and shows for children and families at Maidu Interpretive Center. The center, at 1960 Johnson Ranch
Dr., is open Tues. -Sat., 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. Resident discounts offered for
many events. For details, call (916) 774-5934 or visit roseville.ca.us/
indianmuseum. Every Third Saturday Art Tour. Join the Downtown Library each
month as new local artisits are highlighted. Free from 5:30 p.m. - 8:30
p.m. At the Public Library at 225 Taylor Street in Roseville. For details,
call (916) 774-5221 or visit roseville.ca.us/library.
Trips & Conferences
RosevilleArts Bus Tours. Here are the upcoming bus tours that depart
Roseville for hot art spots all over the region. For details, call (916)
783-4117 or visit rosevillearts.org.
Deadline July 11: ‘Evita’ at Sacramento Music Circus Aug. 16.
Deadline Sept. 2: ‘Dale Chihuly Exhibition’–De Young Museum, S.F.
Sept. 20.
Sept. 6 - 13: Tuscany Painting Trip with Sandy Delehanty. Create
watercolor memories of your trip to Cortona, Italy with three-star
accommodations. All meals are included. Day trips to Florence and
Uffizi, and five painting days with critiques. $2,590 (excluding airfare).
For details, call (916) 652-4624 or visit frenchescapade.com.
Oct. 5 - 9: Asilomar Paint Away with Sonja Hamilton. Paint on location in Pacific Grove on this is 26th annual painting trip We paint
on location (weather permitting) and in our conference room. From
$578. Painting classes from 3 p.m.-12 p.m. at the Asilomar Conference
Grounds, 800 Asilomar Ave. For details, call (831) 372-8016 visit
Oct. 9 - 16: Painting the Greek Isles with Victoria Brooks. Visit
Santorini, Greece with seven nights in a three-star hotel and daily
trips to local villages and a nearby island. For details, visit toscanaamericana.com or call (916) 768-1751.
Oct. 20 - 25: Free Watercolor Classes in Yosemite with Sonja Hamilton.
Paint fall colors at the Art and Education Center in Yosemite Valley.
From 9:30 a.m.-2 p.m. at Yosemite National Park. For details, call
(530) 878-4700 or visit yosemite.org.
PoganArt Workshops and Group Trips. Since 1993, PoganArt has
offered watercolor and oil painting workshops in the Lake Tahoe
region and beyond. In 1997, we began taking our outdoor painting
workshops to exotic places in the US and abroad. Our instructors are
nationally recognized artists. All our workshops are held on location
in some of the most breathtaking settings in the world. For details,
visit poganart.com or call (775) 746-9856.
The Nevada Rock Art Foundation is a non-profit organization based
in Reno that actively promotes the protection and public awareness
of rock art in Nevada and surrounding areas. Its mission includes
promoting public awareness and appreciation of Nevada rock art and
other heritage resources. The group organizes several archaeology
awareness and historic reservation site tours each month. For details,
visit nevadarockart.org or call (775) 323-6723.
Click & List! online at PlacerArts.org
Featured vocalist Claudette Stone, accompanied by Tom Shove
on piano and Lenny Pollacchi on bass, performed at Jazz 808 in
May. Don’t miss Jimmy Robinson’s next jazz offerings at the Arts
Building in downtown Auburn July 10 and Sept. 11. Photo courtesy
of photographer John F. Johnson.
The Silver Screen Classic Movie Series in Auburn. Presented by
Auburn Library. Free with showings at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. at the
library’s Beecher Room at 350 Nevada St. For details, visit auburnsilverscreen.com or call (530) 878-7938.
July 5: ‘Lavender Hill Mob’ (1951) with Alec Guinness.
August 2: ‘The 39 Steps’ (1935) directed by Alfred Hitchcock.
Old State Theatre: Independent, Art, Limited Release and Foreign
Films. Lots of legroom provides a comfortable, intimate film-viewing
atmosphere, featuring two screens, special family nights and discount
days. Open nightly in Downtown Auburn at 985 Lincoln Way. For
schedule and times, call (530) 888-7936.
Regal Cinemas’ Independent Film Series. Wednesdays & Thursdays, 2
p.m. & 7:30 p.m. at Auburn Stadium 10, 500 Nevada St. For details,
call (530) 745-0160.
August 15 - 30: Placer Community Theater Presents ‘Riverwind’ in
Auburn. Three generations of restless souls search for contentment
at a summer cabin retreat in this intimate, poignant musical about
love in the face of life. $15 - $18 from 8 p.m.-10:30 p.m. at Theatre
Pamelot, 540 Wall Street. For details, call (530) 852-2708 or visit placertheater.org.
Music & More Arts Academy and Theatre. The academy offers instruction in voice, instruments and acting for all ages, along with family
entertainment through its productions. Theatre rental also is available.
DeWitt Theatre at 11596 D Ave. For details, visit musicandmore.net or
call (530) 885-0594.
Perspectives July/August 2008
Sierra Nevada Region
Foothill Theatre Company in Nevada City. This professional theatre
ensemble produces a variety of outstanding plays – from classic to
contemporary, originals as well as old favorites, comedies and dramas. The Nevada Theatre at 410 Broad St. For details and tickets, visit
foothilltheatre.org or call (530) 265-8587.
Through August 3: The Complete History of America (Abridged)
Center for the Performing Arts in Grass Valley. A variety of great performances and classes at 314 W. Main St. For details, visit thecenterforthearts.org or call (530) 274-8384 (x14).
Classes and Workshops
July 21 – August 1: Drawing and Painting I with Patty Pieropan Dong.
A fun approach to the basics of art; color, design, perspective and
composition. Many forms will be explored through colored pencil,
pastel, tempera and watercolor techniques. $80/10 lessons at 460 Old
Airport Rd. in Auburn. For details, visit pepdart.com or call (530) 8231963.
Shattered Glass Mosaic with artist Marsha Rafter. Beginning with a
combination of collage and color, and moving through stages of gluing, glassing, grouting, and edging, students will learn the basic process of creating with shattered glass in a mosaic style. Students will
complete a set of coasters and a heart. For details visit marsharafter.
com or call (530) 277-5494.
‘Tunias in a Pot’ by Donna Naes. See more of her work at thenewartworksgallery.com
Magic Circle Theatre in Roseville. Two charming theatres – Roseville
Theater and Tower Theater in downtown Roseville at 241 and 421
Vernon St., respectively. Contact the theatre for specific show times
and location. Tickets range from $8 to $23. For details, visit mcircle.
org or call (916) 782-1777.
Through July 26: A Chorus Line
July 18 - August 16: Wally’s Café (Tower)
August 22 - 30: MacBeth (Tower)
Sacramento Area
Broadway Sacramento brings the best Broadway theatre to the Capital
Region at the Sacramento Community Center Theater at 1419 H St.
For details, call (916) 557-1999 or visit BroadwaySacramento.com.
Sacramento Theatre Company presents public performances of classical and modern plays in two performance spaces: the 300 seat
Mainstage Theatre and the 85 seat Stage Two. All performances begin
at 8 p.m. Sacramento Theatre Company’s season runs Oct. through
April and consists of six productions. For details, visit sactheatre.org
or call (916) 443-6722.
Music Circus Summer Season 2008 in Sacramento. There is something miraculous about Music Circus! No barrier separates you from
the story as it unfolds. The music surround you. The dancing is
more energetic and the romance more intimate. Call for show times
at the Wells Fargo Pavilion. For details, call (916) 557-1999 or visit
July/August 2008
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Foothills Storytelling Guild in Auburn. Meets every third Wed. each
month (except Dec.) to support storytellers at all levels and to create an environment that fosters delight in telling and listening to oral
stories. Includes a wide range of stories, including traditional folklore
and myths, family, historic and original stories, and jokes. Open to
all. Free from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at the Auburn Main Public Library
(Beecher Room) at 350 Nevada St. For details, visit foothillstorytelling.
com or call (530) 478-1604.
Chi-Xin Thorp (Master of Music) Piano Studio in Auburn. Build lifetime musical success and enjoyment. Ages 4 and up. Studios near
Placer High School and at Dewitt Theater. For details, call (530) 4017651 or e-mail [email protected]
Art Classes with Everett Jensen. All skill levels welcome. Learning
to See – Drawing class for beginners and those who want to transform their existing skills and visual ability in B&W and/or colored
pencils. Composition/ The Series – Drawing class for beginners and
advanced students who desire to learn structured principles to make
their work more visually powerful. Painting in Oils – Learn to paint
in oils, including portraiture, with a simple process that will give
students great results with great efficiency. For details, call (530) 8878704.
Fuse Glass and Glass slumping with Diane Wood. For beginning and
advance students on Wednesdays from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. The Arts
Building at 808 Lincoln Way. For details, call (530) 878-8774.
Pet Portraits and Nature Illustrations. Art instructor Ann Ranlett also
creates pet portraits that captures the qualities that make individual
pets special and unique. She offers two styles: Realistic ink on
scratchboard or mixed media; or whimsical and colorful watercolor
paintings with “petzazz.” For details, visit annran.com or call
(916) 300-5774.
Deb McSherry (left), along with her art instructor, Gayle
Rappaport-Weiland, take in the Arts Membership Show during
Mother’s Day weekend. The show was sponsoredby Rocklin Fine
Watercolor classes with Sandy Delehanty at The Arts Building at 808
Lincoln Way in Auburn. For details, visit sandydelehanty.com or call
(916) 652-4624 (x4624).
Piano lessons at Jerelen Bartone Piano Studio. All ages. Lessons on
fine pianos. Studio near I-80/Foresthill Exit. For details, call (530) 8868490.
Pastel Classes with Reif Erickson. Landscape painting classes weekly
on Tues. night 6 - 8:30 p.m., Thurs. afternoon 3 - 5:30 p.m. and
Friday morning 9 - 11:30 a.m. $25 at home studio at 1436 Lowe Lane.
For details, call (530) 887-9565.
Painting Critique Circle with Reif Erickson. Open to the public on
each second Wednesday of the month at 7 p.m. Bring 1-2 pastels, oils
or watercolors. $10 and free for Reif’s students at home studio at 1436
Lowe Lane. For details, call (530) 887-9565.
Painting Classes with Gayle Rappaport-Weiland. Gayle offers a range
of painting classes through Sierra College, including at the Rocklin
Campus and the Grass Valley Campus. Classes begin in Feb. and run
through Apr. For details, visit grappaport.com or call (530) 885-8461.
Handbuilding in Clay with Gerda Francesca. Beginning and advanced
students. At the Old Library Art Studio at 175 Almond St. For details,
call (530) 887-8216.
CLAYart Classes with L. Luis Ortiz. The Arts Building at 808 Lincoln
Way. For details, call (530) 885-2787.
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Music, voice, dance, and drama classes at Music & More Arts Academy
& Theatre. For details, call (530) 885-0594 or visit musicandmore.net.
Barbershop-style four-part harmony. For women of any age or singing experience. Sierra Gold Chorus (member of Sweet Adelines, Int.).
Directed by Barb Tincher. Mondays, 7 p.m., Bill Burback Hall at
DeWitt Center at 11577 E Ave. For details, call (530) 885-4202.
Perspectives July/August 2008
Lincoln Arts classes for children and adults. Details, (916) 645-9713.
Two-day Plein Air Painting Workshops with Victoria Brooks. Capture
scenic nearby locations in this personalize workshop, limited to seven
participants. $175 from 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. Equipment and supplies not
included. For details, call (916) 768-1751 or visit vbrooks.com.
Private Music Lessons at McLaughlin Studios. Teaching the art of
music- making and performance. Two dozen instruments taught in
private lessons. Also, classes in chamber orchestra, clarinet choir, flute
choir, brass ensemble, music exploration, intermediate rock, advanced
rock, adult rock, and jazz. At 3415 Swetzer Rd. For details, call (916)
652-6377 or visit mclaughlinstudions.com.
Pastel classes in Newcastle with Joyce Williams. Learn pastels with an
emphasis on composition, drawings and individual style this summer.
Classes in Williams’ studio in the historic packing shed at 455 Main
St. Weds & Thurs from 12:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. For details, e-mail
[email protected]
Creative Sewing Classes at The Tin Thimble. Felting, Fashion,
Knitting, Crocheting, Introductory Sewing, Quilting and More! Weekday & Weekend classes. Located at 595 Taylor Rd. on the corner of the Old State Hwy in Newcastle. For details, visit thetinthimble.
com or call (916) 663-2134.
Beginning East Coast Swing with the Foothills Swing Dance Society.
Dance lesson 7 – 8 p.m.; DJ’d swing dance 8 – 11 p.m. All ages,
alcohol-free. Every 4th Saturday at the Portuguese Hall, 920 Taylor For
details, call (530) 887-8117 or e-mail [email protected]
Eve Werner’s loose and expressive work will be on display during
ARTour July 11-13 and July 18-20, including this mixed media on
canvas (25”x31”) entitled “Sheltered Life”
Improve Photography Skills with the Placer Camera Club. Meetings
vary to include picture-taking techniques, photo processing, guest
speakers and photo evaluations and competitions. Members also gather for photo shoots. Meets every third Tues. each month (except Jul.
and Aug.) from 7 p.m. - 9 p.m. at the Auburn’s Placer County Library
(Beecher Room) at 350 Nevada St. For details, visit placercameraclub.
org or call (530) 367-4505.
Music & More Arts Academy and Theatre. The academy offers instruction in voice, instruments and acting for all ages, along with family
entertainment through its productions. Theatre rental also is available.
DeWitt Theatre at 11596 D Ave. For details, visit musicandmore.net or
call (530) 885-0594.
Poetry Class with Sue Clark. Thursdays 3 - 4:30 p.m. Anyone can join
anytime. Beginning poets are welcome. Class fees: 10 weeks - $62.
Location: Lincoln Arts. For details, call (916) 434-9226. Beginning China Painting with Andrea Simeral-Boyer. Classes limited
to six students, adults only. For details, call Lincoln Arts at (916) 6459713.
Art & Clay Classes with C. Kerley Pflueger. All levels welcome.
Continuing four-week sessions. Handbuilding and wheel techniques
for the creation of 3-dimensional forms. At artist studio: 350 Big Ben
Rd. For details, call (916) 645-3173.
July/August 2008
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Piano School with Music Exchange’s Keyboard Kollege. Accepting
new students ages 6 to adult. Newcastle Town Center. For details, call
(916) 624-2733.
dren and adults. After school arts enrichment also available at Cirby
and Woodbridge Adventure Clubs. Price: varies. 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
at 316 Vernon St. For details, visit rosevilleparks.com or call (916)
Travel Journaling: Sketching, Drawing & Painting with Donna Naes.
Document your journeys regardless of where you travel in watercolors, pen, ink and acrylic. For details, call (916) 622-6315.
Fuse Glass, Glass Slumping and Glass Tile Bars with Diane Wood.
Sierra College Community Education. For details, visit sierracollege.
edu or call (530) 878-8774.
The City of Rocklin Thearter & Arts program. Finn Hall. $10 resident
discount. For details, visit rocklin.ca.us or call (916) 625-5200.
Watercolor Classes with Gayle Rappaport-Weiland. Gayle offers a
range of painting classes through Sierra College and city parks and
recreation departments. Private lessons are available. For details, visit
grappaport.com or call (530) 885-8461.
July 2: Watercolor Abstractions in Folsom.
July 26: How to Make a Good Painting a Masterpiece in Sacramento.
Watercolor and Drawing Classes with Barbara Roth. All ages. Students
learn skills needed to successfully paint in watercolor. Lessons structured to meet students’ individual needs. For details, call (916) 6247572.
Sierra College Community Education. Day, evening, and weekend
classes. Sierra College at 5000 Rocklin Rd. For details, visit sccommed.
org or call (916) 781-0590.
City of Rocklin Community Education. A variety of cultural arts classes for children and adults. For details, call (916) 632-4100.
City of Roseville Parks and Recreation Arts and Culture Classes and
Programs. Ongoing cultural arts events, classes and programs for chil-
Sacramento Area
Oil Painting Classes with Victoria Brooks. Classes emphasize working
quickly and completing at least two oil paintings in six afternoons,
using the ‘Alla Prima’ or ‘all at once’ approach. $175 per six-week
session. 12:30 p.m. - 3:30 p.m. at the Sacramento Fine Art Center,
5330-B Gibons Dr. For details, call (916) 768-1751 or visit
Studio located at 741 48th St. in Sacramento. For details, visit davidlobenberg.com or call (916) 789-2002.
One Stroke Painting with certified instructor Sharleen Snow. For project
and technique class schedule and sign up information, call (916) 5081458 or e-mail [email protected]
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Maidu Interpretive Center. Classes, events, and nature programs for
children, adults, and families. For details and to register, contact
Maidu Interpretive Center at 1960 Johnson Ranch Dr. For details, call
(916) 774-5934.
Color Intensive and Landscape Workshops at the School of Light and
Color. Classes include: beginning workshops, pastel landscape, photography & digital imaging, basic drawing, pastel, watercolor, and art
classes for youth.10030 Fair Oaks Blvd., Fair Oaks. For details, call
(916) 966-7517 or [email protected]
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Learn How to Draw in Six Easy Steps with David Lobenberg. Learn
position, shape, and value as part of Lobenberg’s six skill-set notes.
Neophytes can learn to draw and those with some ability can
improve, Lobenberg says. Fee of $125, including breakfast nibbles
and lunch. For details, call (916) 737-2311 or visit davidlobenberg.
Lakeside Gallery & Gifts. Original art, prints, watercolors, jewelry, art
supplies, framing and art classes. Located at 8636 North Lake Blvd.
in Kings Beach. For details, call (530) 546-3135 or e-mail [email protected]
July 7 - 11: Watercolor Workshop with Howard Rees.
for groups and
individuals in:
Family Art Instruction at Big Bend Visitor Center. Explore nature and
history through art using simple and inexpensive techniques from
instructor Barbara Hoffmann. Call for current class listings. For details,
call (530) 389-8718.
Watercolor Classes with Jerianne Van Dijk, five-week courses in beginning, intermediate, and challenge class; also some weekend workshops and plein air days. Grass Valley. For details, call (530) 271-0676
or visit jerianne.net.
Printmaking with Linda Byrne. Adult classes in woodcut and relief,
non-toxic printmaking, and monotype and collagraph. Basic color
theory for artists. Private studio in Nevada City. Maximum five students per class. For details, call (530) 470-0929.
PoganArt Workshops and Group Trips. Since 1993, PoganArt has
offered watercolor and oil painting workshops in the Lake Tahoe
region and beyond. In 1997, we began taking our outdoor painting
workshops to exotic places in the US and abroad. Our instructors are
nationally recognized artists. All our workshops are held on location
Click & List! online at PlacerArts.org
Perspectives July/August 2008
in some of the most breathtaking settings in the world. For details,
visit poganart.com or call (775) 746-9856.
Watercolors by Jan Foss. Watercolor gallery and studio featuring soft
landscapes and colorful florals. Sign up for a class at 120 Country
Club Drive, #21, Incline Village. For details, call (775) 833-1144.
Arts for Children
Creative Endeavors Art Classes for kids. (20 months – 12 years) Fun
and affordable preschool and school-age classes for kids, including
ceramics and fine art. Summer art camps start in June at 638 Lincoln
Way, Ste 150A. For details, call (530) 886-8986 or visit auburncreativeendeavors.com.
CLAYart Classes with L. Luis Ortiz. Students explore hand-building
techniques for the creation of three-dimensional ceramic forms. The
Arts Building at 808 Lincoln Way. For details, call (530) 885-2787.
Introductory Swing Dance for Teens. Class starts with basic steps of
Lindy Hop. 3:30 – 4:30 p.m. The Courthouse Athletic Club at
1121 Maidu Dr. For details, call (530) 906-2048.
Music & More Arts Academy: music, voice, dance and drama classes.
Classes for all ages in most instruments taught by master teachers. For
details, visit musarts.com or call (530) 885-0594.
Musikgarten Classes. Age newborn through 7 years. Continuing
10-week sessions are available. Scholarships available. Keyboard
Konnection at 1515 Grass Valley Hwy. For details, call (530) 745-0248.
Piano Lessons. Group piano classes (ages 6 - adult) and guitar (ages
8 - adult). Keyboard Konnection at 1515 Grass Valley Highway. For
details, call (530) 745-0248.
Sierra Music Academy presents Music Camps for Kids in Rocklin.
In July, kids get introduced to a variety of instruments while being
instructed singing Disney tunes. In the August camp, advanced studies of music and ensemble techniques. Prices vary. Located at 5425
Coronado Way. For details, visit SierraMusicAcademy.com or call
(916) 632-9193.
July 7 - 18: ‘Disney’ Themed Music Camp in Rocklin (5-18 years).
August 4 -15: Chamber Music Camp (7-19 years).
Beginning Watercolor Workshops with Gayle Rappaport-Weiland. At
Rocklin Parks & Recreation. For details, call (916) 625-5200.
City of Rocklin Community Education. A variety of cultural arts classes available for children. For details, call (916) 632-4100.
Children Activities at Maidu Interpretive Center in Roseville. Make
friends with nature and other kids. Have fun for a day or a week
while exploring the natural world. Activities include nature investigations, activities and crafts. Knowledgeable leaders, new information
and skills, and a fun, safe environment create special memories for
children. The Maidu Interpretive Center is at 1960 Johnson Ranch Dr.
For details, visit roseville.ca.us/IndianMuseum or call (916) 774-5934.
Ongoing Exhibit: California Indians and the Gold Rush
July 11 & August 8: Fabulous Friday Campfires from 8 p.m.-9p.m.
July 12: Live Animals: Lizard Lore from 2 p.m-3 p.m.
August 9: Live Animals: Shakin’ & Bakin’ Reptiles from 2 p.m-3 p.m.
August 9: Native American Stories from 3 p.m.-4 p.m.
July-August: Summer Fun Days at Maidu in Roseville. Every second
Saturday from during July and August, enjoy a whole day of family
After School Art Classes for Children/Youth. Held at Lincoln Arts at
580 Sixth St. For details, call (916) 645-9713.
Art & Clay Classes for Children with C. Kerley Pflueger. Continuing
four-week sessions for students to explore several art projects from
watercolors to clay. Hand-building techniques for the creation of
three-dimensional ceramic art forms. Artist’s studio at 350 Big Ben Rd.
For details, call (916) 645-3173.
Loomis/Granite Bay
Art and Music Programs for all Ages at Children’s Creative Art Center.
6210 Douglas Blvd. in Granite Bay. For details, visit ChildrensCreative
ArtCenter.org or call (916) 791-6407.
Private Music Lessons at McLaughlin Studios. Teaching the art of
music making and performance. Two dozen instruments taught in
private lessons. The studio also offers classes in chamber orchestra,
clarinet choir, flute choir, brass ensemble, music exploration (ages 3
– 5), intermediate rock, advanced rock, adult rock, and jazz. Located
att 3415 Swetzer Rd. For details, visit MclaughlinStudios.com or call
(916) 652-6377.
Piano lessons. Children and adults, ages 6 and up for beginners
through advanced. At Music Exchange’s Keyboard Kollege at 477
Main St. For details, call (916) 663-9020 or visit
July/August 2008
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activities for one small price. Learn about the Maidu Indians, their
culture and animals of the area and listen to traditional stories by Rick
Adams. $14/family from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. at 1960 Johnson Ranch Dr.
For details, visit roseville.ca.us/IndianMuseum or call (916) 774-5934.
Magic Circle Theatre in Roseville. Two charming theatres in downtown Roseville at 241 and 421 Vernon St. Contact the theatre for
specific show times and location. Tickets range from $8 to $23. For
details, visit mcircle.org or call (916) 782-1777.
July 5-August 9: Disney’s ‘Alice in Wonderland, Jr.’
Music Classes for Infants and Toddlers in Roseville. Whiz Kids Music
classes help students develop pitch and rhythm skills and capitalize
on this critical period in developing the music aptitude of a child. For
details, visit WhizKidsMusic.com or call (916) 765-9119.
Roseville Parks & Recreation Cultural Arts Classes for Children. For
details, visit Roseville.ca.us or call (916) 774-5242.
Sacramento Area
Crocker’s Summer Art Class Registration. Looking for ways to engage
your children during the summer months? The Crocker Art Museum’s
Summer Art Classes for Children and Teens encourage students to
unleash their imaginations. From $40 - $140 at the West Sacramento
Civic Center Galleria at 110 West Capital Ave. For details, visit crockerartmuseum.org or call (916) 808-1961.
Through August 8: Picnic in the Park Concert Series in Folsom. Every
Friday night bring your family, friends, lawn chairs, picnic baskets
and enjoy a fun music-filled evening. Train rides for kids. Free from 6
p.m.-10 p.m. at the Folsom CIty Lions Park, 52 Natoma St. For details,
call (916) 985-7285 or visit folsom.ca.us.
Sacramento Theatre Company’s ‘The Ensemble for Kids and Teens!’
Classes offer a unique creative experience in an exciting and stimulating theatre environment. Our instructors are professionals with years
of experience teaching theatre arts to young people. Small class sizes
provide a comfortable setting where students receive personal attention. $225 per session. At 1419 H St. in Sacramento. For details, e-mail
[email protected] or call (916) 446-7501 (x105).
Call to Artists
Deadline July 15: Downtown Public Art Program in Roseville. Selected
artists will be paid a $1,000 stipend and a contractor will be hired to
install the artwork. Once installed, works will be on public exhibit for
a minimum of two years and will be featured in marketing materials.
Artists also may choose to make the loaned works available for sale.
For details, call (916) 774-5271 or e-mail [email protected] or
visit www.roseville.ca.us/planning/redevelopment/incentives_n_programs.asp.
NEW LISTING: Call to Artists for Rotating Art Exhibits in Roseville.
Apply for an opportunity to exhibit two-dimensional visual art works
at the Martha Riley Community Library at Mahany Park, 1501 Pleasant
Grove Blvd. in Roseville. For details, call (916) 746-1599, e-mail
[email protected] or visit rosevilleparks.com.
Deadline Sept. 11: Textile Arts Exhibit
Deadline August. 8: ‘Bold Expressions’ International Art Exhibition
in Sacramento. Northern California Arts invites artists to enter its 53rd
annual open international art exhibition Sept. 30 – Oct. 25 at the
Sacramento Fine Arts Center Galleries. Open to creators of original
art for all media except photography, film and crafts. Awards totaling
$3,500. Fees: $25-35 for up to three art submissions. For details, visit
Deadline Sept. 6: Call to Artists for 25th Annual Pioneer Arts Northern
Mines Open Art Competition. Pioneer Arts invites all Northern
California artists to submit up to two works in an open juried show at
the Main Gallery of the Center for the Arts in Grass Valley. Categories
are oil, acrylic, watercolor, pastel, 3-dimensional, mixed media, digital
and traditional photgraphy. Final pieces must be hand delivered. Cash
awards plus ribbions. Works must be for sale. For details, call (530)
265-6076 or e-mail [email protected]
Auburn Art Walk ‘08
Sierra Nevada Region
Made possible
in part by:
July 25 - 27: Sierra Storytelling Festival in Nevada City. Don’t miss
this year’s fine, nationally and internationally known storytellers.
Workshops available with storytellers Judith Black and Antonio Sacre.
At the North Columbia Schoolhouse, 17894 Tyler-Foote Crossing Rd.
For details, call (530) 265-2826 or visit sierrastorytellingfestival.org.
California Arts
County of Placer
City of Auburn
Arts Commission
July 25: “Tommy’s Spacebug Adventure’ Puppet Show in Foresthill.
Puppet Art Theatre from 12:30 p.m.-2:30 p.m. Foresthill Library. For
details, call (530) 367-2785.
Downtown Business
NEW LISTING: Storytime at the Foresthill Library. Enjoy kids stories
each Thursday from 10:30 a.m.-11 a.m. at the Foresthill Library, 24580
Main St. For details, call (530) 367-2785 or visit placer.ca.gov/library.
Placer County
Visitors Council —
California Welcome
Center, Auburn
The Foresthill Library provides free activities for kids at 24580 Main
St. For details, call (530) 367-2785 or visit placer.ca.gov/library.
July 17: Tarantulas, Scorpions & Snakes, Oh My! July 25: ‘Tommy’s Spacebug Adventure’ Puppet Show.
InnerRhythms Dance in Truckee. Classes offered each week in a variety of dance disciplines, including ballet, hip-hop, jazz and modern
dance for ages 7-70. MiniRhythms for mini-dancers ages 18 months
– 6 years. At Training Centre at 12219 Business Park Drive, Suite 3.
For details, visit InnerRhythms.org or call (530) 550-8464.
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All-volunteer Auburn
Art Walk Committee.
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Perspectives July/August 2008
Use the PlacerArts’ Online Calendar to promote art-related classes,
events, performances, artist calls, gallery listings and conferences. It
allows users to post events once and have them appear on hundreds
of websites and publications throughout the county, including consideration for publication in Perspectives. For details, visit PlacerArts.org
or call (530) 885-5670 (x112).
Call to Travel-Loving Art Teachers. Looking for art teachers interested
in teaching painting tours in France during 2009. Tours in Provence
and the Alps for nine days and only eight students per tour. For
details, call (510) 483-5713 or frenchescapade.com.
‘Art Can Heal’ Call to Artists. Sutter Auburn Faith Hospital seeks artists and photographers whose work has a positive, uplifting quality to
enhance the healing environment to submit their work for consideration. Children’s art also is welcome. Work exhibited in the hospital
or at Sutter Infusion Therapy for four months. Submit work via e-mail
to [email protected] For details, call (530) 389-8504.
OLAS artist Paula Armerine, one of seven artist-in-residence at the
100-year-old Old Carnegie Library Building in Auburn, will greet
guests at a reception during the Aug. 14 Auburn Art Walk. This is
an acrylic-textured piece entitled ‘Calla Lily.’
Deadline Nov. 15: Call to Artists as the Kingsley Art Club and the
Crocker Art Museum seeks entries for California’s premier juried exhibition: The 75th Crocker-Kingsley. The competition is open to painters, sculptors, photographers, printmakers and craft artists who are
current California residents. Each artist may submit up to three works
for $40. The exhibit will be on view Jan. 10 – Feb. 6, 2009. Nationally
acclaimed artist Michael Bishop will serve as the exhibition’s juror.
Approximately 60 to 75 works will be chosen for display in the exhibition. Cash prizes will be awarded from $250 - $3,000. For details,
call (916) 961-7997 or e-mail [email protected]
The Public Art Leadership Award recognizes businesses that include
art in local projects. The City of Roseville Cultural Arts Committee,
in cooperation with PlacerArts, created this a special award category
to encourage, strengthen and further the process for developers and
businesses to include art in their projects. Nominations are currently
being sought. To nominate a business or developer for this award,
forms can be found at roseville.ca.us or by calling (916) 780-2787.
Art Teachers Wanted: The City of Roseville Parks and Recreation
Department in partnership with the Roseville City School District is
seeking class instructors for a new after school enrichment program
at Cirby and Woodbridge elementary schools. Curriculum to include
– but not limited to – visual arts, performing arts, music, dance, athletics, science, health, nutrition and safety. For details, call
(916) 774-5135 or e-mail [email protected]
Deadline Sept. 19: Call to Roseville Student Artists for the Roseville
Electric & Environmental Utilities 2009 Art Calendar Contest. The
2009 Theme is ‘Changing our Footprint. . . Looking Towards the Next
Century.’ Open to all Roseville residents between the ages of 3 and
17 years. Submit artwork showing what you did to help the environment and you may be reprersented in one of the 12 months of
2009 on the Roseville Electric Calendar plus win $100 cash prize! For
details and an entry form, go to roseville.ca.us/artcal or call
(916) 746-1660. If you’re interested in
improving arts education
for kids…you’ll need a
The Arts License Plate, designed by renowned California
artist Wayne Thiebaud, is the first plate in the nation solely designed to benefit the Arts. Your purchase of the Arts
plate helps fund arts education and local art programming in schools and communities throughout California.
Order your plate today by calling
(800) 201-6201 or visit www.cac.ca.gov.
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Artists sought for PlacerArts’ new online database ‘Regional Art
Registry.’ It provides a complete listing of visual and performing artists, and organizations, segmented by medium or type of performance
art. The registry is designed to connect patrons, businesses and event
coordinators directly with artists for potential exhibitions and sales,
performances and special events. Registration is free. For details, visit
PlacerArts.org or call (530) 885-5670.
Roseville Arts’ Member Directory of Artists. Join this new online
Directory of Artists that provides a high-quality look with easy navigation. It can link to an artists own website and can be updated quarterly. Must be a member of Roseville Arts! to participate. $30 annual
fee. Deadlines for requests are Dec. 31, March 31, June 30 and Sept.
30. For details, visit rosevillearts.org or call (916) 783-4117.
New Artworks Gallery in Fair Oaks seeks 2-D and 3-D artists. Obtain
an application online at thenewartworksgallery.com, by calling (916)
962-7362 or by visiting the gallery at 10239 Fair Oaks Blvd.
‘Art Matters’ in Rocklin. A visual arts group for artists in Rocklin and
surrounding communities. For details, call (916) 300-0794.
Potential Public Art Projects in Roseville seeks artists. For details, visit
PlacerArts.org or call (916) 780-2787.
‘All About Art’ community-access television program seeks invitations to profile artists of “any and all mediums.” The Truckee-based
program is expanding its airing to other locations. Host Nina Ski has
produced more than 200 such shows in six years. For details or to be
added to the profile list, call (530) 587-2650.
Call to Theater Techs for the non-profit Placer Community Theater is
looking for talented artistic people interested in volunteering to work
on live stage productions as stage manager, prop master/mistress,
stagehand, costumer, and lighting/sound technician. For details, visit
placercommunitytheater.org or call (530) 886-8569.
“This Way and That” is a watercolor (24”x18”) by Fred
Noerdlinger. It is representative of his bold and contemporary art.
Check out more of his work during the North Tahoe Arts ARTour
July 11-13 and July 18-20.
Exhibit at Latitudes Restaurant. Artists are invited to submit inquiries
for the 2007 exhibit calendar Great exposure in a historic Auburn
Victorian at East-West Galleries at 130 Maple Street. For details, call
(530) 885-5670.
The Artisan Gallery in Fair Oaks invites artists to submit proposals for
month-long displays beginning with the Second Saturday Art Walk.
For details, call (916) 648-0260.
2237 Gallery in Roseville is accepting portfolios for review. All artists
are eligible. For details, e-mail [email protected]
f you value and appreciate this
county’s creative and vibrant arts
community, the Placer Community
Foundation can help you ensure a lasting
legacy of support for this region’s artists
and arts organizations.
With a gift of cash, appreciated stock,
or other assets, you have options. You
can establish a fund to benefit the arts in
your families name or contribute to an
endowment fund of pooled gifts in which the principal is held in perpetuity and invested. Grants to artists and nonprofit arts organizations
are made from the earnings, allowing the principal to grow. Through a
permanent, continuous effort to build endowment, the arts are assured
stability and security—forever.
Auburn Concert Band seeks muscians. Rehearsals are September
through mid-May. Meets each Wednesday at 7 p.m. at Health for All
at 4065 Grass Valley Hwy., #206. All instruments needed. For details,
visit auburnband.org or call (530) 888-1801.
The Foothill Farmers’ Market Association seeks crafters and artisans to
vend their original works at any of 16 seasonal weekly farmers’ markets around Placer County. For details, call (530) 823-6183.
Call for singers for the Sierra Gold Chorus, a member of Sweet
Adelines, Int. Learn to sing barbershop-style, four-part harmony.
Women of all ages welcome. Directed by Barb Tincher. Rehearsals on
Mon. at 7 p.m. Burback Hall at DeWitt Center in Auburn. For details,
call (916) 663-2105.
The Arts Marketing Institute (AMI), a program of the California Arts
Council, seeks to motivate and sustain individual and group actions
for the arts to make the arts a part of everyday life for individuals and
all the diverse California communities. Details, visit cac.ca.gov/ami.
Help support creative minds. Future master artists of Placer County are
waiting to be discovered!
For more information visit
the California Arts Council
at www.cac.ca.gov
Click & List! online at PlacerArts.org
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To Read or Not To Read:
An Alarming New National Study
by Dana Gioia
o Read or Not To Read gathers and collates
the best national data available to provide
a reliable and comprehensive overview of
American reading today. While it incorporates
some statistics from the National Endowment
for the Arts’ 2004 report, Reading at Risk, this
new study contains vastly more data from
numerous sources. Although most of this
information is publicly available, it has never
been assembled and analyzed as a whole. To
our knowledge, To Read or Not To Read is the
most complete and up-to-date report of the
nation’s reading trends and – perhaps most
important – their considerable consequences.
To Read or Not To Read relies on the most
accurate data available, which consists of
large, national studies conducted on a regular
basis by U.S. federal agencies, supplemented
by academic, foundation, and business surveys. Reliable national statistical research is
expensive and time-consuming to conduct,
especially when it requires accurate measurements of various subgroups (age or education
level, for example) within the overall population. Likewise, such research demands formidable resources and a commitment from an
organization to collect the data consistently
About the Author
Dana Gioia is chairman for the National Endowment for the
Arts, based in Washington DC. Trained in comparative literature, he
is accomplished on many fronts, including as a poet, critic and bestselling anthologist. He has published many noteworthy poetry-related books and a controversial essay “Can Poetry Matter?” in 1991.
He earned a B.A. and M.B.A from Stanford University and later
completed an M.A. in Comparative Literature at Harvard University
where he studied with poets Robert Fitzgerald and Elizabeth Bishop.
He grew up in Hawthorne, California.
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over many years, which is the only valid way
to measure both short and long-term trends.
Few organizations outside the federal government can manage such a painstaking task.
By comparison, most private sector or media
surveys involve quick and isolated polls conducted with a minimal sample size.
When one assembles data from disparate sources, the results often present contradictions. This is not the case with To
Read or Not To Read. Here the results are
startling in their consistency. All of the data
combine to tell the same story about American
The story the data tell is simple, consistent, and alarming. Although there has been
measurable progress in recent years in reading ability at the elementary school level, all
progress appears to halt as children enter their
teenage years. There is a general decline in
reading among teenage and adult Americans.
Most alarming, both reading ability and the
habit of regular reading have greatly declined
among college graduates. These negative
trends have more than literary importance.
As this report makes clear, the declines have
demonstrable social, economic, cultural, and
civic implications.
How does one summarize this disturbing story? As Americans, especially younger
Americans, read less, they read less well.
Because they read less well, they have lower
levels of academic achievement. (The shameful fact that nearly one-third of American teenagers drop out of school is deeply connected
to declining literacy and reading comprehension). With lower levels of reading and writing
ability, people do less well in the job market. Poor reading skills correlate heavily with
lack of employment, lower wages, and fewer
opportunities for advancement. Significantly
worse reading skills are found among prisoners than in the general adult population. And
deficient readers are less likely to become
active in civic and cultural life, most notably in
volunteerism and voting.
Strictly understood, the data in this report
do not necessarily show cause and effect. The
statistics merely indicate correlations. The habit
of daily reading, for instance, overwhelmingly
correlates with better reading skills and higher
academic achievement. On the other hand,
poor reading skills correlate with lower levels of financial and job success. At the risk of
being criticized by social scientists, I suggest
that since all the data demonstrate consistent
and mostly linear relationships between reading and these positive results – and between
poor reading and negative results – reading
has played a decisive factor. Whether or not
people read, and indeed how much and how
often they read, affects their lives in crucial
All of the data suggest how powerfully
reading transforms the lives of individuals
– whatever their social circumstances. Regular
reading not only boosts the likelihood of an
individual’s academic and economic success
– facts that are not especially surprising – but
it also seems to awaken a person’s social and
civic sense. Reading correlates with almost
every measurement of positive personal and
social behavior surveyed. It is reassuring,
though hardly amazing, that readers attend
more concerts and theater than non-readers,
but it is surprising that they exercise more
and play more sports – no matter what their
educational level. The cold statistics confirm something that most readers know but
have mostly been reluctant to declare as fact
– books change lives for the better.
Some people will inevitably criticize To
Read or Not To Read as a negative report
– understating the good works of schools, colleges, libraries and publishers. Certainly, the
trends reported here are negative. There is,
alas, no factual case to support general growth
in reading or reading comprehension in
America. But there is another way of viewing
this data that is hardly negative about reading.
To Read or Not To Read confirms – without
any serious qualification – the central impor-
tance of reading for a prosperous, free society.
The data here demonstrate that reading is an
irreplaceable activity in developing productive
and active adults as well as healthy communities. Whatever the benefits of newer electronic
media, they provide no measurable substitute
for the intellectual and personal development
initiated and sustained by frequent reading. To Read or Not To Read is not an elegy for
the bygone days of print culture, but instead is
a call to action – not only for parents, teachers, librarians, writers and publishers, but also
for politicians, business leaders, economists
and social activists. The general decline in
reading is not merely a cultural issue, though
it has enormous consequences for literature
and the other arts. It is a serious national
problem. If, at the current pace, America continues to lose the habit of regular reading, the
nation will suffer substantial economic, social
and civic setbacks.
As with Reading at Risk, we issue this
report not to dictate any specific remedial
policies, but to initiate a serious discussion.
It is no longer reasonable to debate whether
the problem exists. It is now time to become
more committed to solving it or face the consequences. The nation needs to focus more
attention and resources on activities both fundamental and irreplaceable for democracy.
This was originally published in the Chairman’s Forum
on the NEA website. It was republished here with
permission of the National Endowment for the Arts. To
Read or Not to Read is available online at nea.gov.
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