by B.J. Jordan
10/31/12 The Home Grown Talent & Art Show came to Sierraville on October 20 just in time, before the snow. It was a beautiful fall day in the Sierra Valley and people from across Sierra County came to see the art and enjoy the on-stage entertainment.
This event was designed to showcase Sierra County artists. Over forty pieces were shown from over 15 artists. Judges Lola Owen, Kathleen Goicoechea, and Jeffry James were impressed with the quality and variety of art. Best in Show honors went to Natasha Stanton of Sierraville for her amazing acrylic and ink painting of owls on wood, which incorporated the grain of the wood into the design. People’s Choice went to Krystal Ballew for her inspiring oil painting of a whale’s tail rising from the sea. There was a large showing of the traditional favorite, fiber arts, and Birdsong Sundstrom, from Forest City, won first place with her naturally hand dyed shawl. Other art of note was a splashy watercolor of a rooster by Betty Thatcher of Loyalton and the Oz series by Niven Wilson of Downieville. Kenneth Roller of Portola came with an impressive collection or Railroad Engine art. Joanne Corsoe, of Sierraville, did painting demonstrations as did Roxanne Evans of Portola who painted on rocks.
Entertainment included poetry and prose by Bud Buczkowske of Alleghany and Barbara Hill of Loyalton. Piano prodigy, Corey Peterman, once again impressed the audience with two Rachmaninoff Preludes rendered on the old upright piano that sits in the multipurpose room. Many new young talents took to stage for the second half of the program, rounding out an evening of entertainment that was a delight for everyone.
Special thanks for Arnold Mitchem, Tom, and Kaisa MacDonald of the Bourgeois Gypsies who provided a PA system for the evening. Many thanks to all the volunteers who made this event possible and to The Sierraville Recreation Association and the Sierra County Arts Council for sponsoring this event. Thanks to Arts Council Board member, Dianne Bruns, who worked tirelessly to make this event a success.
Home Grown Talent and Art Show at Sierraville School
The scenic beauty of Sierra County has been inspiring musicians and artists for generations. Majestic mountains, peaceful valleys, and winding rivers offer fertile ground for the creative imagination. And so the talent grows, nurtured and sometimes hidden in the isolated rural landscape – Home Grown Talent. The Sierra County Arts Council is pleased to present Home Grown Talent and Art Show at the Sierraville School this October 20 beginning at 5:30pm. This is an opportunity for all Sierra County artists and musicians to come and show their work and for everyone to come celebrate and discover the incredible talent that we have right here in our own community.
The historic Sierraville School is a centrally located at the juncture of Highways 49 & 89 and easily accessible to the entire county and neighboring communities. The event includes a juried art show. The deadline for entrance to the show has been extended to October 16, in an effort to reach as many artists as possible. There will also be a talent show on the stage of the multi-purpose room at the school. Vendor tables are available for $5 per table. Entry forms may be downloaded and information found at the Art’s Council website: www.sierracountyartscouncil.org. The talent show begins at 7:00pm. Call (530)289-9822 or (530)961-2188 to sign up to perform, to request an entry form for the art show to be mailed to you, or to sign up for a vendor table.
Food will be a fund raiser for the Treasure Mountain 4H club and will include chili, corn bread, drinks, and dessert. Special thanks to the Sierraville Recreation Association and to the Bourgeois Gypsies who provided a PA system for the event. Thank you to all the event volunteers, the artists, musicians, and art show judges. A huge thank you to Dianne Bruns, Arts Council board member, who has worked so hard to make this dream a reality. Home Grown Talent is a presentation of the Sierra County Arts Council, State-Local Partner with the California Arts Council.