Arts with Altitude

NEVADA COUNTY HAS MORE WORKING ARTISTS per capita than almost anywhere in the state.

There are hundreds of painters, sculptors, photographers, poets, writers, musicians, dancers and filmmakers. Many of them are world-class talents, with worldwide reputations, not to mention Pulitzer and Grammy winners. (An example is Pulitzer Prize-winning poet Gary Snyder). The county also has more than 60 arts organizations.

“We are an arts destination,” says Peggy Wright, president of the Arts Collaborative of Nevada County, the group charged with promoting the county’s arts organizations.

Here is a sampling of arts events from Oct.-Dec. For a complete list see (Area codes listed are 530).

Oct. 8-Nov. 7 To Kill a Mockingbird LeGacy Productions presents a stage adaption of Harper Lee’s novel. A five-week run at the historic Nevada Theatre in Nevada City.

Oct. 19-Nov. 14 Northern Miners 27th Annual Arts Exhibition Pioneer Arts of Grass Valley presents the exhibition at The Center for The Arts. 274-8384

Oct. 21-Nov. 13 Rodgers & Hammerstein’s A Grand Night for Singing Sierra Stages presents the Tony Award-nominated revue celebrating the songs of Rodgers & Hammerstein at Off Center Stage in Grass Valley. 346-3210

Oct. 21, 22 Historical Haunted Walking Tour 2nd annual historical haunted walking tour in Truckee. 305-4231

Nov. 6 Yuba Watershed Institute’s 20th anniversary celebration at N. Columbia Schoolhouse Cultural Center. 265-4459

Nov. 4-Nov. 14 The Performing Arts Guild presents A Midsummer Night’s Dream at The Center For The Arts in Grass Valley. 274-8384, ext. 14 or

Nov. 14 CATS trip to the San Francisco Opera House for Puccini’s Madam Butterfly. 265-2990

Nov. 26, Dec. 3, 10, 17 Cornish Christmas in Grass Valley. Recapture the spirit of Christmas past amid the charming surroundings of historic downtown Grass Valley. 272-8315

Dec. 1, 8, 12, 15, 19 Victorian Christmas in Nevada City. Nevada City’s historic district is closed to motorized traffic and transformed back in time.

Photo of Trails and Vistas art walk in Truckee (credit: Scott Thompson)

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