Everything Art at Wild & Scenic

We love showcasing amazing artistic talent at Wild & Scenic! So, we’ve partnered again with Nevada County Arts Council to bring you the best from our region and beyond during the Wild & Scenic Art Show.

Throughout the Festival, juried art can be viewed at venues in both Grass Valley and Nevada City. You can view the art and meet the artists during the Art Strolls in our twin cities, home to more than 100 arts-related organizations producing upwards of a thousand events a year, scores of annual festivals, street fairs, art walks and studio tours, and a generous base of artists and makers. All this and much more is happening in the Grass Valley-Nevada City Cultural District, designated by California Arts Council as one of 14 cultural districts for our thriving cultural diversity and unique artistic identities within California.

To get the Wild & Scenic Art Exhibition started, please join us for an Art Reception and Award Ceremony from 4:30 to 6:30pm on Thursday at our Grass Valley Headquarters, Gold Miners Inn, 121 Bank Street! On Friday, you can take an Art Stroll in Nevada City from 4 – 6pm, and another in Grass Valley from 3:30 – 5:30pm on Saturday.

Be sure to stop by any SYRCL (South Yuba River Citizens League) booth or Fest Headquarters to pick up a Wild & Scenic Art Guide.

For those of you who can’t wait until the official program is released, here’s a sneak peek of the art schedule:


Kimberly Carlson, Bison and the Swan Mountains

Art Reception & Awards

Thursday, Jan. 17, 4:30 – 6:30pm

Gold Miners Inn, 121 Bank Street, Grass Valley


Art Strolls

Downtown Nevada City: Friday, Jan. 18, 4 – 6pm

Downtown Grass Valley: Saturday, 3:30 – 5:30pm


Congratulations to our 2019 Selected Artists! 

Kari Anapol, Gary Anawalt, June Anderson, Jim Bair, Don Baldwin, Jude Bischoff, Richard Blair, Carolyn Bloom, Elaina Breen, John Bridge, Deborah Bridges, LeeAnn Brook, Kimberlee Ellen Brown, Suzanne Burr, Kimberly Carlsen, Geolyn Carvin, Carol Chambers, Ruth Chase, Lisa Chipkin, Carol Crockett, Carol Dalton, Alexander Diederich, Donna Eck, Frederick Finney, Frank Francis, Linda Galusha, Henry Goodman, Kathleen Goodwin, Jenny Hale, William Jacobson, Becky Jaffe, Michelle Jewett, Kirk Keeler, Lori Lachman, Cynthia Leeson, Karon Leigh, Donna Levreault, Stephen Linsteadt, Betsy Lombard, Peter Mason, Nadine McCary, Martha Meredith, Barbara Michelman, Davis Olsen, Louise Preston, Kerstin Ronsiek, Janice Rosner, Jennifer Rugge, Eli Rush, Hilary Sanders, Michael Shea, Michel Snegg, Steve Solinsky, Lily Vitavec, Judith Vrooman, Denise Wey and Jim Wilson.

Thank you to our 2019 Art Judges: Kathleen Gallegos, William L. Fox, and Steve Solinsky. You can read their bios HERE.


Nevada City Art Venues

Broad Street Bistro, 426 Broad Street

Camelot Gallery, 225 Broad Street

LeeAnn Brook Fine Art, 231 Broad Street

Miners Foundry, 325 Spring Street

Nevada City Winery, 321 Spring Street


Grass Valley Art Venues

Avanguardia Wines Tasting Room, 163 Mill Street

Cork 49, 149 Mill Street

Gold Miners Inn, 121 Bank Street

Lucchesi Winery Tasting Room, 128 Mill Street

Courtyard Suites, 210 N. Auburn Street– From the Archive: A Wild & Scenic look back at our festival art over the years. For the first time ever, we will be exhibiting official posters and other memorabilia from our archive. Stop by Courtyard Suites, 210 N. Auburn Street, in Grass Valley for this special trip down memory lane.


Michael Killigrew des Tombe, Moon Setting in Morning Dream

This year’s featured artist is Michael Killigrew des Tombe (1941-2003)

Michael was born in The Hague, Netherlands. After living in Connecticut, London, and New York, he moved to the San Juan Ridge in 1971. Michael fell in love with the South Yuba River canyon and spent many blissful hours hiking and discovering the best places to view the water, hills, and sky. A renaissance man with many talents, he painted large canvases reflecting his reverence for the land surrounding him and the Yuba River surging below.

Michael’s devotion to the sacredness of wild lands and water led him to decades of environmental protection work, both internationally and locally. He was instrumental in SYRCL’s hard fought and successful battle for designation of the South Yuba River as a Wild and Scenic River, and in his later years he served as president of the SYRCL board. In 2002, Michael’s work was cut short when he was diagnosed with a malignant brain tumor. Nevertheless, his legacy lives on in his art, his family, his many relatives, colleagues, and friends, and through the positive and successful actions of local environmental organizations, especially SYRCL

You can view Michael’s work at Gold Miners Inn during the Wild & Scenic Art Exhibit. Prints will be available for purchase, benefiting SYRCL’s conservation of the Yuba River watershed.


And be sure to visit art happenings in partnership with the Nevada City Rancheria:

Visibility Through Art ~ Invisible No More (on view in partnership with California Heritage: Indigenous Research Project)

Originally curated for Nisenan Heritage Day Art Reception 2018, this exhibition was conceived to open and engage in conversation about this land and its Native People, the Nisenan.

Akashic Visions Gallery, 513 Searls Avenue, Nevada City Friday, Jan. 18,  5-10pm; Saturday, Jan. 19, 5-10pm: Sunday, Jan. 20, 11am-4pm


Featured Image:

Edward’s Crossing, South Yuba River, by Gary Anawalt, Official Art Selection