Nevada County Designated CA State Cultural District!

Nevada County Designated CA State Cultural District!

  THE CULTURE IN THEM THAR HILLS!

California Arts Council announced Monday July 10 that Nevada City and Grass Valley have been designated a combined State Cultural District. We are one of only 14 areas in the State of California to have been awarded such recognition.  The California Cultural Districts Program celebrates the state’s artistic and cultural assets and diversity.

Rock On Nevada City & Grass Valley

Blues Master Robert Cray Rocks The Veterans Memorial Building in Grass Valley

Blues Master Robert Cray Rocks Grass Valley

Nevada City and Grass Valley are recognized by the Arts Council as a “well defined geographic area with high concentrations of cultural resources and activities”. Nevada County is the only county in the State of California to have two Cultural Districts and are among only four rural districts recognized by the program.  No surprise at all to denizens of the area who live in Nevada City, Grass Valley, Penn Valley, Auburn and surrounding communities and take advantage of the manifold opportunities to enjoy and participate in arts, music, storytelling and many other cultural offerings that take place year round here.

Best Of Both Worlds, Small Town Living Amidst The Trees…& Arts

We know it…and so shall people not only in the State of California, but nationally and internationally as the rich cultural gifts of the area are showered in the bright lights of the Arts Council’s promotional and advertising activities. We have celebrated many of our areas arts entities in this space, such as the vital Center For The Arts, Music in the Mountains, Miner’s Foundry, KVMR Radio, and the annual Open Studios art trail. There are 53 arts organizations, 33 galleries, studios and museums, 19 live music venues, and 49 places of historical interest in Grass Valley and Nevada City. The Wild and Scenic Film Festival takes place every year in Nevada City and Grass Valley and is considered to be the most important environmental film festival in the country today.

The Sierra Lifestyle At Its Best Nevada City - Best Place To Live

Julie Baker, Executive Director of the Center Of The Arts says, “We live in a rural community with remarkable sophistication and a passion for the arts!”  The Center will host the 21st Annual California WorldFest this weekend at the Nevada County Fairgrounds (itself a cultural gem here). When queried by clients thinking of moving to Nevada County as to where or not we have culture this is the answer.  We sure ain’t just of bunch of rednecks, and if you weren’t a believer before, this ought to get you religion!

At California Worldfest!

 

The designation of Grass Valley and Nevada City as a California Cultural District is well deserved. We love the Sierra Lifestyle here and the opportunity to participate in making it better,,,and better. Come party with us!

 

Best Place To Live 2017 – Nevada City

Best Place To Live 2017 – Nevada City

OMG…Nevada City Picked As #1 Best Place To Live!

Check out the February 2017 issue of SUNSET MAGAZINE http://sunset.com. Nevada City’s NATIONAL HOTEL has never looked better than it’s full cover bleed on Sunset’s Front Cover.  Denizens of Nevada City, Grass Valley, Alta Sierra, Southern Nevada County and Penn Valley have long known it to be true that our wonderful little slice of these great United States (already great despite naysayers to the contrary) tops the list of best place to live!

The Sierra Lifestyle Team has worked with many clients who have looked for homes all over the United States, and in some cases abroad, and settle on Western Nevada County as best. Why? Close proximity to outdoor activities: Hiking, Skiing, Snowboarding, Fishing, Biking, Birding, Astronomy, Gardening…An hour and a half away from the High Sierra and Lake Tahoe that offer a plethora of outdoor activity opportunities for active families. Coupled those with entertainment options at area Casinos (including shows by top headliners such as Paul Simon and Stevie Wonder) and dining from outdoor stands to sophisticated restaurants and you have a recipe for exceptional lifestyle choices that makes our area the best place to live.

From the High Sierra to the Pacific Ocean in hours!

Three hours drive to the San Francisco Bay Area affords access to the constellation of shopping, dining and cultural activities well known to just about all. And of course to the Pacific Ocean and it’s communities South to Santa Cruz and Monterey or north to Fort Bragg.

But we digress.  Back to the best place to live. Sunset’s article emphasizes Nevada City and it’s roots in the back to the land movement of the 60s and 70s. But that doesn’t begin to touch the depth of character of those of us who live here in Nevada City or Grass Valley or Alta Sierra or Penn Valley or Southern Nevada County. People from all walks of life, socio-economic levels, backgrounds, and interests mingle happily and consider all those areas as parts of the greater good. Nevada City and Grass Valley host the Wild and Scenic Film Festival as Well as the Nevada City Film Festival, both recognized nationally and internationally. Some quote us as the Sundance of the West. The Center Of The Arts is a cultural jewel we have written about several times, bringing a wide range of music and dance shows to town, attended by patrons who often come to town from Truckee/Tahoe, Sacramento and as far as the SF Bay. We were hugely entertained last evening by Robert Earl Keen and his phenominal band in the 250 seat venue in town and will look forward to cast members from Jersey Boys entertaining us with song and dance from the Do Wop days next week.

Come join the party!

Fall Colors Open Studios – Nevada County Arts

Fall Colors Open Studios – Nevada County Arts

Nevada County Arts

Nevada County Arts

Nevada County Arts – Artists Studios are open October 8 & 9, and 15 & 16 from 10am to 5pm! #fallcoloropenstudios 

Nevada County Arts scene is one of the great delights for those of us living, working, or just plain visiting here in Nevada County is the fall celebration of many talented artists, sculptors and artisans who generously open their studios to us art lovers. Visit more than 75 local artists in 47 studios to see how and where art is made and purchase directly from the artists themselves. The tour includes painters, printmakers, photographers, ceramicists, illustrators, jewelers, woodworkers, and sculptors.

The Art Tour is sponsored by our fabulous CENTER FOR THE ARTS! (openstudiostour.org) Of the numerous Nevada County events, this is a favorite of many art lovers in Northern California.

Nevada County Arts In GRASS VALLEY: Check out Katie Wolf’s Oil and Acrylic works, Jay Gordin’s Custom Knives, Carin Brook’s Fine Art Gourds, Karel Vendee’s Textile/Fiber Art, Martha Jones’ Mosaic & Fine Paper Collage Reuse Art, Candy Ekstrom’s Functional Ceramics, Rosemary Stokes Jewelry, and Dori Greenbaum’s Watercolors. Also in Grass Valley discover Johathan Lyerly’s Photography, Adrian Hyman’s Digital Photography, Tamara Unger’s Ceramics, Len Moles’ works in Graphite and Color Pencils, Chantelle Goldwaithe’s Mixed Media, Valerie Messervy Birkhoff’s Oil Painting’s and Sculpture, Brett Schrieber’s Wood Burl Tables and Sculptures, Dugan Essick’s elegant Wood Furniture and Mindy Osborne’s Ceramics, Photography & Purses. More Grass Valley studio’s show Caroline Courtright’s Acrylic Paintings & Jewelry, Della Heywood’s Watercolor, Pastel, and Oil Paintings, Chic Lotz’s Ceramics, David King’s Collage, Drawing & Painting, Rebecca Bleau’s Printmaking, Thomas daddy’s Stone Vessels, Kathryn Wronski’s Oil Painting, Michael Larson’s Sculpture, Virginia Ray’s Assemblage’s of Vintage Objects, Linda Galosh’s Acrylic, Watercolor and Drawings, Jude Bischoff’s Painting. Grass Valley’s riches include Mixed Media by Marylou Falstrou, 2D & #D Fine Art at ART WORKS GALLERY on Mill Street downtown, Mixed Media at the Neighborhood Center of the Arts, Mixed Media Fiber Art by Spencer McClay, Rustic Sculpture and Earrings by Tim Wilson, and at the Curios Forge check out Metal, up cycled Art, Jewelry, painting & Wood works. Just when you think you’re done in Grass Valley you are not. Barrocult Ceramics for Sacred Spaces, Tony Machado Oil Paintings David Wong Photography, Jan Pellizer Mixed Media, Eileen Blodgett Mixed Media, Jill mahana Oil Painting, Mark Wilcox Oil Painting, Denise Wey Acrylic River Pinting and THE ENCAUSTIC ARTISTS GUILD OF NEVADA COUNTY offers Encaustic painting.

Art Tour In Nevada City

Not to be outdone,  NEVADA CITY offers open studios by Ron Kenedi Oil Painting, John Bridge Photography, Katy Hight Watercolor & Mixed Media, Kris Johnson Silk Abstracts, Lucy Galbraith Fine Art and Photography, Lil McGill Acrylic Painting, Delo Rio Fine Art, Illustration & Mixed Media, David Mckay Photography, Kitkitdizzi Mixed Media, The Alexander Gallery Mixed Media, Bill Juhl Wooden Bows & Vessels, Leeann Brook Fine Art, Ron Jermyn Painting & Sculpture, Judi Robison Mixed Media, Juliette Morris Williams Mixed Media & Jewelry, Thomas Devine Graphite, Oil & Mixed Media, Miriam Morris Ceramic Sculpture, Alex Henderson Acrylic Painting, Martin Arkenstone Stone Sculpture, Susan Lobb Porter Contemporary Landscapes & Abstract Painting, Liz Collins Mixed Media Painting, Betsy Lombard Oil & Watercolor, Catherine Allen Mixed Media & Collage. Continuing your adventure in Nevada City are Nadine Enderlin Exotic Wooden Salad Bowls, Gail Lipson Photography, Ante Dormeyer Jewelry, Jane Markham Tibetan Style Incense Boxed and Treasuer Boxes!

Don’t miss ARTIST’S LIVE DEMOS in both Nevada City and Grass Valley or the NEVADA CITY CRAFT FAIR Sunday, December 11 at the the historic Miners Foundry (miners foundry.org)!

Johnson & Geare’s SIERRA LIFESTYLE TEAM celebrates the vibrant arts and culture of Nevada County! Contact us for any information about Nevada City, Grass Valley, Penn Valley, Rough & Ready and South Nevada County living.

 

 

 

Why do you need a Realtor?

Why do you need a Realtor?

7 Reasons why you should have a REALTOR by your side

Technology can’t replace a good Realtor, here’s why;

In this day and age everything is online. You buy a car online, clothes, furniture, vacations and even food! So why can’t you buy or sell a house online. After all For Sale By Owners don’t have to pay commissions or closing costs and make more money right? WRONG!! Without a professional to guide you down the path of home ownership you could be unaware of some costly mistakes you’re making. If you’re looking to buy or sell in Placer County or Nevada County call us today. Here is seven reason why working with a professional Realtor and specifically the Sierra Lifestyle Team can benefit you greatly!
  1. List at the right PRICE!! Our team are experts in the Placer County Real Estate and Nevada County Real Estate markets. We know how to get the perfect price to sell quickly and for the most money.
  2. Better home presentations!! Knowing how to present your home to buyers in the most effective and aesthetically pleasing way can be tough. We know exactly what buyers want to see and also what can be a huge turn off.
  3. Getting more buyers. Who is going to buy your house? Do you know them and can give them a call? Promoting properties and gaining most exposure is our priority.
  4. Higher Offers! Because you decided to high a professional, we have priced your house so perfectly that know you have multiple offers and have created a biding war over your property.
  5. Negotiations, Inspections and RESULTS!! Now that you have an accepted offer the real work begins. Having a Realtor to do all the negociating and inspection work can cut your costs and keep more money in your pocket.
  6. Quick Closings. Once the buyers are fully satisfied with the house we can close quickly. Our in house lenders and brokers ensure a quick close so you can get on and the buyers can get in!
  7. SOLD for top dollar. With all the expert advice from the Sierra Lifestyle team you were able to not only get your house sold quickly but for top dollar on the market as well.

Need to sell your house? Want to get it done quickly and get the most money?? Call us today so we can go to work for you!

Where Have All the Locals Gone?

Where Have All the Locals Gone?

Where have all the locals gone?

Summertime travelers have left local business in a lull.

This has been a summer much different than what we have seen in the last couple of years. Due to the drought conditions the last few summers have seen a hiatus in waterway usage. The low lakes and rivers have made it less than ideal to pack up the kids and hang by the water for the day. As this has hampered our local lifestyle the businesses in town have had a nice boost in business. People have been hanging around and taking advantage of all that is going on in town. From fine dining to window shopping there is much to see and do.

This summer has presented quite a change for the community. As the winter rains proved to be prolific outdoor activities have made their resurgence. Between the high flowing rivers and the lakes leveling the locals have hit the water. As the weekend rolls around people are grabbing sandwiches and ice chests and are on their way out to the water. For a few years we have been deprived of our favorite summer time traditions and have had to find fun elsewhere. Now that we have been blessed with rains we taking advantage of all the waterway activities. Although this brings joy and happiness to many, the local business are taking the hit. The boost in business over the last few summers have left local business accustomed to larger crowd. With everyone out on the water this year the lull is real.

As back to school has already hit for some and others it’s right around the corner the locals have returned. Back to the weekly routines of school, work, grocery shopping and finally back out to the restaurants and business that sustain our daily life. It has been a great summer and we’re all happy to see the locals back in town!

Summertime Events in Auburn

Summertime Events in Auburn

Summertime events in Placer County

Before summer officially comes to an end here are somethings you can still catch!

Wow what an amazing summer! So many exciting activities in town to catch. Between the out door movies, the Auburn Rodeo and the Fourth of July parade there is so much stuff to do. Auburn and surrounding areas of Placer County are notorious for their family filled events. For a fun time for the whole family at a low cost or free altogether check out what’s happening here in town. These events attract people from afar to come experience the charm of Auburn and all the festivities that Placer County hosts. For a full list of events visit www.visitauburnca.com/events-schedule/category/events/

 With many locals leaving town on vacation early on in summer there are plenty of activities to catch before the kiddos head back to school. Most vacations have come to pass and now your looking for some local fun. The back to school list have been sent out, tryouts are underway, and classes are schedule. There is still time to get out there and grab some fun. For the weekdays to keep the kids busy while your at work there are many options set in place. The arts center hosts kids painting classes and various crafting projects. The movie theater has many kid friendly shows discounted for the matinee show. The pool at the Auburn Recreation District is open for kids to come cool down also.
Fun for the whole family. Before school hours, sports practices and PTA meetings kick our family fun time, get out there and spend some quality time. Some great options for some fun are Fast Fridays at the Fairgrounds in Auburn. They have had some big name riders competing in the local stadium. Cruise night is also a great night out check out the old cars and have some good old fashioned fun! There are still many events coming up such as the Auburn Fair, Auburn Museum tours, and art walks. Closer to the end of summer is the Home Show and as we come up on harvest time many food festivals will make their way through town. All the Auburn events are exciting so which ever activities you attend you are assured to have a great time!