Reclaiming the Sierra

Art at the Edge of Extraction Reception

Wednesday, October 16, 2019, 5:30 – 8:30 pm

Gold Miners Inn Conference Room

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Who: The Sierra Fund warmly invites community members and the interested public to join us alongside multidisciplinary technical experts and creatives for an evening of art at the nexus of science as we work to address legacy impacts of the California Gold Rush.

What: Evening art reception to launch the fifth biannual Reclaiming the Sierra (RTS) Conference being convened by The Sierra Fund. RTS 2019: Headwater Mercury Source Reduction is a conference to catalyze action around a regional strategy to abate the impacts of mercury from the Sierra to the sea. The evening reception will include appetizers and a no-host bar. Donation at the door of $25 is requested from non-conference attendees.

When: Wednesday October 16, 2019, from 5:30 – 9:30 pm.

Where: The Gold Miners Inn Conference Room, located at 121 Bank Street, Grass Valley, California.

Why: The 19th century Gold Rush forever changed the trajectory of what it means to live in California’s headwaters. Greed, brutality, and brilliance reshaped the people, the culture, and the land of the Sierra Nevada. From genocide to environmental destruction, the raw display of how human ingenuity can pull gold from living earth humbles and awes – and inspires creativity across disciplines as communities work to restore ecosystem and community resiliency to a place of unsurpassed beauty and ecological value.

Details: Art at the Edge of Extraction is an opportunity to experience painting, sculpture, photography, song, and written and spoken word of artists who aim to provoke audience contemplation and commentary on the effects of resource extraction. Featured works reflect on the splendor of forests and watersheds ravaged in the quest for gold, force introspection about cultural resilience, and challenge our ability to connect abstract data to visual and figurative representations of watershed-wide impacts.

Future: Art at the Edge of Extraction is The Sierra Fund’s inaugural art event, aimed to expand the dimensionality of discourse about Gold Rush impacts and provoke community reflection on how the legacy of mining has shaped the land and people of the region. The reception is an opportunity for local artists to connect their work to a larger movement and upcoming international art event, Extraction: Art on the Edge of the Ruckus. The “Ruckus”calls for and lays out the case for an international creative statement by artists about extraction. The Ruckus is planned for the summer of 2021, Please visit htps:// for details.

Featured Artists Include: Franceska Alexander, Ruth Chase, Ashley Church, Shelly Covert, Jorie Emory, Jenny Hale, Graham Keeble, Alex Keeble-Toll, Lewis Paul Toll, San Juan Ridge Tapestry Project

Guests of Honor: Malcolm Margolin, Heyday Books, California Institute for Community, Arts, and Nature, and Shelly Covert, Nevada City Rancheria, California Heritage: Indigenous Research Project


5:30-6:00 pm Registration Open

6:00-7:00 pm Cocktails and Networking

7:00-7:30 pm Art Program

7:30-8:30 pm Reception