Paint ‘n Sip – SUN, JAN 6th, 3-5p
FunRaiser for Belonging | I AM HERE with Denise Wey
Summer Thyme, 231 Colfax Ave, Grass Valley, CA
Learn to paint a Gaugin-inspired still life
- No experience necessary
- All materials provided
- Just come and have fun!
- Wine, beverages, and food are not included
Your donation supports the arts and theBELONGING / I AM HEREproject by Nevada County Arts Council Artist-in-Residence, Ruth Chase. www.RuthChase.comand http://www.DeniseWey.com
OTHER PAINT n’ SIP FUNRAISERS
FEB 10 | Paint n Sip FunRaiser With Jude Bischoff
Summer Thyme in Grass Valley
MAR 17 | Pastel n Sip FunRaiser with Liz Collins
Exhibition up through January 20, 2019
Akashic Visions Gallery
513 Searls Ave, Nevada City
Hosted by California Heritage: Indigenous Research Project
INVITATION to Opening Reception
~~ Visibility Through Art – Invisible No More ~~
This project was inspired by the Nevada City Rancheria Nisenan Tribe’s desire to collaborate with local artists. The goal: to create conscientious art pieces that conversate around the history and culture of the Original Peoples of this land. Our deepest hope is to bring about awareness of local historic and current issues through the medium of art. A successful project will bring together community to reflect on the future, navigating a collective conversation. This is not a simple journey, artists are asked to engage in deep listening to the stories and history shared with them by the Tribal Council and Nisenan Elders. Together each artist collaborated individually on their art pieces to create respectful and reflective works. You can learn more about the artists here: www.nisenanheritageday.org/artists.html
CALIFORNIA HERITAGE: INDIGENOUS RESEARCH PROJECT (CHIRP) was created to research, document, preserve, and protect California Indigenous culture. As an important first task, CHIRP has been following the history and stories of the Foothill Nisenan people of the Nevada City Rancheria, and has played an important roll in the re-introduction of the Nisenan people to the non-native community now residing in the Nisenan homelands of the Bear and Yuba river watersheds, especially in Nevada County where the Nisenan once had a federally recognized reservation. CHIRP lead restoration efforts at the Firehouse No.1 in Nevada City, California, where some of the last remaining Nisenan Tribal artifacts are archived and available for public viewing. CHIRP continues to support the Nisenan in their quest to re-establish themselves as the Indigenous people in the foothills where their families have resided for thousands of years. More info: www.nisenan.org
One of my first portraits from back in the day.
When I started painting I would follow a voice that would come forth from a spirit on other side asking me to paint them. I had no idea what I was doing, I would just paint, in time I understood that I could use channeling from non physical energy to guide my work. I remember clearly that this spirit was eager to be seen and released. While I still use this method in some of my work, I am so much more aware of what is happening and far more particular of who I channel.
oil on canvas
6 x 4′
by Ruth Chase
Every Saturday morning I ask a question on Facebook about women and our sense of belonging. Please join me as we explore this topic, men we need you too.
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I AM HERE questions are meant to engage the community in a conversation about women and to foster a community connection.
MORE ABOUT I AM HERE
I AM HERE is an initiative of Nevada County Art Council led by Artist Ruth Chase, generously funded in part by California Arts Council through its Artists in Communities Program.
What does it mean to be a woman, a question I have never explored until this very moment.
From an early age I noticed that being a “girl” put me in a place of vulnerability and I was very aware that physical danger was awaiting me if I wasn’t careful. So as a young adult “woman” I would make sure that my clothes and persona were tough enough to scare away predators.
Now I look back and see that it wasn’t until bearing a child, at the age of 40, that I began to connect with my womanhood. I was getting in touch with my body and its functions specific to having a child and becoming awakened to the physical characteristics that make me a WOMAN. I loved being pregnant, I loved my body and being able to hold another universe within.
I have spent a lot of time rejecting the expectations put on me by the outside world of what a woman is or should be, or should not be. I have never been sure of how I fit into the expectations of the world around me. I also, at times, did not want to own the power and blessings that come with femininity. On the inside I felt like I hadn’t decided if I wanted to be feminine and on the outside I knew being a tomboy or punk sent a message of leave me alone, I’m not open for this “girl” business. Sometimes I wonder if I would have chosen to be a woman in this lifetime if I were given a choice before I was born. I suppose I have even been pissed off about being a woman, now that I think about it. So far, the most amazing thing about being a woman has been birthing my daughter, who by the way is VERY girly and VERY feminine. I’m having an ‘aha!’ moment writing this. I may even need a good cry.
With so much love to each and every women’s journey,
If you want to know more about I AM HERE, please click here. Thank you to Sara Clark for editing help OXOXOXO
Happy Women’s Equality Day Today!
Women’s Equality Day celebrates the anniversary of the adoption of the 19th Amendment to the United States’ Constitution on August 26, 1920. The amendment granted women the right to vote for the first time and was a result of the women’s suffrage movement in the USA.
BELONGING is part of the “J O U R N E Y S ” program of documentary shorts.
BELONGING is about our vulnerable mountain home and the people who tend it, love it and depend on it. Documented by its filmmaker Ruth Chase, with cinematographer Radu Sava, the film features Rick Berry, Jeff Brown, Jonathan Collier, Shelly Covert, Philip Oyung, Nancy Tiken Lopez, Elisa Parker, Aimee Retzler, Mike Stewart and Rob Thompson. BELONGING is an initiative of Nevada County Art Council, led by Artist Ruth Chase and generously funded in part by California Arts Council through its Artists in Communities Program.
Friday, September 7 @ 4:25pm
Sunday, September 9 @ 1:25pm
Thursday, September 13 @ 7:25pm
All showings @ Onyx Theatre, 21+
plus Filmmaker Q&A
GET YOUR TICKETS NOW
Documented by its filmmaker Ruth Chase, with cinematographer Radu Sava, the film features Rick Berry, Jeff Brown, Jonathan Collier, Shelly Covert, Philip Oyung, Nancy Tiken Lopez, Elisa Parker, Aimee Retzler, Mike Stewart and Rob Thompson. BELONGING is an initiative of Nevada County Art Council, led by Artist Ruth Chase and generously funded in part by California Arts Council through its Artists in Communities Program.
I am so out of my mind excited to say that I will have the most challenging paintings I have ever made exhibiting in the Museum of Northern California Art. I am so proud to be representing VENICE in this exhibition about the value of street art to our communities.
MUSEUM OF NORTHERN CALIFORNIA ART
CHICO, CA, 95926 (MAP)
Beyond the Frame Panel Discussion | August 26
Beyond the Frame Exhibition
July 19 – September 2, 2018
SEE and hear more about Leonard
“Never Forget Where You Come From, Always Remember Where You’re Going” by Ruth Chase will be exhibiting this month at part of Beyond the Frame. Street art often has a reputation as part of a subculture that rebels against authority, although it can also express a political practice, and serves as just one tool in an array of resistance techniques.
Like some forms of street art, murals are often collaborative and collective art pieces, functioning to empower social bonding, an assertion of a community’s presence in a certain space, and articulate a community’s stance on local and global topics such as historical events and civil rights. Some murals have also been created in defiance to the law (like street art), as others have been commissioned by businesses or other patrons. It can be argued that public art of both categories can add aesthetic improvement to the daily lives of residents, and visitors to the community.
By virtue of being visually provocative or beautiful, public artworks may be easier magnets for community support and thereby effective political tools. For the communities it exists in, public art also provides access to beauty, creative work, and cultural pride.
A pop up installation where Ruth gave hugs, postcards, and took photos.
This backdrop was painted by Ruth and photos were taken to share the value individuals have in our communities. The public was encouraged to hang their photo at home where it can be seen as a reminder of their importance.
Please email Ruth your I BELONG HERE images from wherever you are RuthChaseFineArt@ymail.com
OMG, We Got The Grant. Super grateful for Eliza Tudor, Nevada County Arts Council and California Arts Council for making this happen. BELONGING will have a year two. More to come soon.
This year, the California Arts Council offered opportunities for funding in 14 unique grant program areas, fostering safe and healthy communities, arts learning, and equitable access to the arts.
“To show support for these organizations—the ones who inspire and make those crucial connections to creativity and culture within our communities-it’s a confirmation of our faith in and gratitude for that vision,” said Nashormeh Lindo, California Arts Council Chair. “This is without a doubt the most fulfilling aspect of our work as Council Members each year, to recognize those doing real, organic work to make a difference for the people of California.”
This is the description of the grant that I will be working with as Artist in Residence with Nevada County Arts Council. Our project is called BELONGING Year Two – I AM HERE.
Artists in Communities: Artists in Communities (formerly Artists Activating Communities) supports sustained artistic residencies in community settings, demonstrating that artists are integral to healthy communities and that the arts are a societal cornerstone that brings people together, builds community, and fosters social progress. It centralizes artists and their artistic processes as vehicles for community vitality. Projects are artist-driven, and engage community members as active participants.