A call for artists at Sierra Festival of the Arts!

An afternoon in downtown Grass Valley where discerning patrons of the arts can mingle with some of the area’s most celebrated Sierra Foothills’ artists, Sierra Festival of the Arts will feature displays of photography, prints, sculpture, wood work, ceramics, stone work, jewelry and painting in oil, acrylic, watercolor and pastels.

Artists who wish to participate are encouraged to submit photos of their work for jurying no later than April 2. Notification of acceptance will be sent out no later than April 15. The event takes place in downtown Grass Valley on May 26. Applications can be downloaded at www.HistoricGrassValley.com or via the events page and clicking on Sierra Festival of the Arts, or call 272-8315 for details.


Kathryn Wronski grew up in Boston in a family full of florists. She credits her sense of color and composition from designing bouquets to weddings. After moving to California, she started to take numerous art classes both at the area’s college and from local artists. Gradually, her pet portraits became familiar to many. Her paintings are created with bright palettes and lots of whimsy capturing the animal’s personalities.

Julie Baker brings over 20 years of experience in arts marketing and management to her current position as Executive Director of The Center for the Arts. Earlier in her career she worked in New York City at several prominent art galleries and the international auction house Christie’s before becoming the President of her family’s art marketing agency. In 2001 she opened her own business Julie Baker Fine Art and for 2 years co-produced and founded an art fair in Miami.

Sheila Cameron is an Artist and Writer in Nevada City, California. Before that she was a TV producer, web personality, t-shirt snark artist and pop culture commentator in Los Angeles, Ca. She co-produced the first season of the Project Greenlight TV show for HBO, Miramax and Matt Damon and Ben Affleck’s LivePlanet. Sheila has a BA in Fine Art and Creative Writing from Loyola College in Maryland.

Jeff Pelline is the publisher of Sierra FoodWineArt, whose award winning 30-year journalism career includes editing and management positions at the San Francisco Chronicle, CNET (since sold to CBS for $2 billion) and The Union in Grass Valley. Jeff’s work also has been published in the New York Times, Time magazine and the Chicago Tribune. When Jeff was Editor of CNET News, the publication won a prestigious National Magazine Award.

Moira McLaughlin writes Dog Art Today, a blog with an international following that celebrates dogs in art, photography, and design. In 2012, she was a consultant for the multimedia dog-art exhibition Strathmore Unleashed! in Bethesda, Maryland. And she founded the Dog Art Today-Mutt Lynch Winery wine label contest that produced the Best of Class wine label at the San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition in 2011. She is an artist with a passion for collage. And her video, “Dogs in Art,” a tribute to 5,000 years of canine muses, has been seen by over 35,000 people. In her past life she lived in Hollywood, worked for Kevin Costner, and wrote screenplays.

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