Placer Arts Studios Tour Nov. 9-11: Celebrating Local Art

IN THE 1990’S, LOCAL BATIK ARTIST Helen Phillips attended the Sonoma County Studios Tour. Inspired by talented artists and energetic attendees, she opened her own studio for a three-hour experience, and 75 people showed up to enjoy her art. Along with support from PlacerArts and the Lincoln Arts Council, she reached out to local artists […]

PlacerARTS Studios Tour is Nov. 10-12

LOCAL ARTIST HELEN PHILLIPS founded the PlacerARTS Studios Tour in 1994, because she felt artists in the area didn’t know each other well enough. “Since then, I’ve seen an incredible infusion of artists come together to present their work,” says Janet Nicholson of Nicholson Blown Glass, who has participated for all 24 years. “Each studio […]

These are a few of our favorite things

Our Favorite Things for the Holidays CRAFT COCKTAILS Traditional cocktails and craft distilling are making a comeback. A new lounge is opening this fall in Nevada City called Golden Era, specializing in craft cocktails. In Auburn, California Distilled Spirits’ Darjeeling Gin is making a splash. It is served at Tofanelli’s in Grass Valley, among other […]

These are a few of our favorite things for the holidays

CAROLINES COFFEE ROASTERS GIFT BASKETS We drink Carolines Coffee each morning: It is fresh roasted, in-house. But we also adore their gift baskets—filled with coffee, chocolate-covered espresso beans, waffle mix, real maple syrup, local jams, shortbread, English breakfast teas and more. The gourmet items are wrapped in baskets or wooden gift crates, with a festive […]

Nicholson creating glass-blown Mandarins for festival milestone

This year marks the 20th anniversary of the Mountain Mandarin Festival in Auburn, as we write in our current issue. Now here’s a treat that blends the marquee Placer County fruit with local artistry: Nicholson Blown Glass is creating limited-edition, glass-blown Mountain Mandarins for the affair. We can’t wait to see these masterpieces up close: […]

“A Glass Act”: Nicholson Blown Glass; and Artistry in Wood

THE FOOTHILLS ABOUND WITH TALENTED artists: painters, sculptors, photographers, jewelers and more. Their work is displayed at galleries and on studio tours, including the Autumn Art Studios Tour in Placer County and Fall Colors Open Studios Art Tour in Nevada County. Participants include Rick and Janet Nicholson of Nicholson Blown Glass in Auburn—part of the […]

PlacerArts Autumn Art Studios Tour showcases local artists

PLACERARTS HAS BEEN A CATALYST FOR the arts and humanities in Placer County for the past 28 years. From November 11-13, it will present the 18th Annual Autumn Art Studios Tour. This year, 67 Placer County artists will show and demonstrate their work in 43 studio locations from Roseville to Colfax and from Lincoln to […]