Yuba Lit Celebrates Bold Women Artists, Featuring Author Bridget Quinn and Five Local Artists May 31st

Yuba Lit, the popular reading series celebrating great live literature, will spotlight visual artists past and present for its May presentation, “She Persisted: Bold Women Artists.” Visiting from San Francisco, author Bridget Quinn will read from Broad Strokes: 15 Women Who Made Art and History (in That Order). Quinn’s book, which NPR hails as “spunky, attitudinal, smart writing,” has entered more than five printings and is sold in museums around the world. Joining Quinn, local artists Deborah Bridges, Lee Ann Brook, Ruth Chase, Amanda Paoletti, and Jerianne Van Dijk will share their personal stories of how they have persisted in making their art. The evening begins at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, May 31st, at the Stone House in Nevada City. The reading will be emceed by Yuba Lit founder Rachel Howard.

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Oprah Magazine wrote of Broad Strokes, “Your Art History 101 syllabus just got a lot more fun.” The Christian Science Monitor says of the book: “As its title suggests, Broad Strokes isn’t stuffy. There’s plenty of scholarship here about women artists over the centuries, but Quinn combines her research with a lively, breezy tone that turns her subjects into more than feminist symbols. They’re masters in their own right, bold and brilliant despite the limits they faced – getting trained, finding buyers and being taken seriously.” The book includes full-color art reproductions, and portraits of each woman artist by acclaimed illustrator Lisa Congdon.

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Author Bridget Quinn

The artists sharing their stories alongside Quinn represent a range of media, aesthetics, and experiences.

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Artist Deborah Bridges.

     Grass Valley resident Deborah Bridges trained in monumental scale bronze sculpture, established a career in classical bronze figuration, then developed a line of garden sculpture carried in galleries across the U.S. In her current work creating ceramic figurative sculpture, Deborah runs a studio that includes three apprentices. Her work has won awards from the Off-Center International Ceramic Competition, the Utah Arts Festival, and La Quinta Arts, and she is represented by the Alexander Gallery in Nevada City, as well as Basic Space Gallery in Portland, OR.

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Artist Lee Ann Brook

Lee Ann Brook graduated from Paier College of Art near New Haven, Connecticut in 1973 with a double major in fine art and graphic design, studying under the influences of trompe l’oeil painting master Ken Davies. At age 23, she was accepted into the prestigious Connecticut Society of Women Painters. She is a five-time award winner in the California State Fair and a four-time winner in the nationally recognized Wild & Scenic Film Festival’s juried art competition, including Best Of 2D in 2018. Her gallery, Lee Ann Brook Fine Art, is located in downtown Nevada City.

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Artist Ruth Chase.

Raised in Venice, California, Ruth Chase started out as an oil painter and has evolved into an artist who creates multi-media installations that include paintings, audio, social media, slideshows, video, and social engagement. A graduate of the San Francisco Art Institute, she is an Artist in Residence at Nevada County Arts through a grant from the California Arts Council funding the BELONGING project, which asks community members how they belong to Nevada County.

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Artist Amanda Paoletti.

Founder of ASiF—the Artists’ Studio in the Foothills—Amanda Paoletti is a ceramic sculptor who attended the Portland School of Art in Maine. She continued her arts education at the California College of Arts and Crafts, studying with prominent Bay Area ceramicists Art Nelson, Dennis Gallagher, Arthur Gonzales, and Viola Frey.

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Artist Jerianne Van Dijk.

Jerianne Van Dijk works mostly in watercolor with some gouache, ink and crayon, in an impressionistic style. A resident of the Northern California foothills for the past 30 years, she finds inspiration in the small town community and natural beauty of our area. Besides creating art, she’s a music broadcaster for community radio KVMR.

Doors for “She Persisted: Bold Women Artists” will open at 7 p.m., with the Stone House offering a light-bites menu and no-host bar. The Stone House is located at 107 Sacramento St., Nevada City. A $10 donation payable by cash or check at the door supports Yuba Lit’s production costs. Patrons are encouraged to reserve a seat by writing to yubalit@gmail.com with their name and number of guests.

Yuba Lit is a fiscally sponsored project of the Nevada County Arts Council, a not-for-profit organization, and donations are tax deductible to the extent allowed by law. For more information, visit http://www.yubalit.org. The series also has a Facebook page at http://www.facebook.com/yubalit.

 

Save the Date for Bold Women Artists: Thursday, May 31st

We hope you can join us for:

Yuba Lit Presents

She Persisted: Bold Women Artists

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Featuring Bridget Quinn, author of Broad Strokes: 15 Women Who Made Art and Made History (in That Order)

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“Your Art History 101 syllabus just got a lot more fun.” —O, the Oprah Magazine

Pithy profiles of famous and not-famous women artists. Spunky, attitudinal, smart writing . . .” –NPR 

Reading with Bridget Quinn:

Nevada County Artists

Deborah Bridges

LeeAnn Brook

Ruth Chase

Amanda Paoletti

Jerianne Van Dijk

Sharing stories of how they persisted making art.

Thursday, May 31st

7:30 p.m.

The Stone House, 107 Sacramento St., Nevada City

$10 at the door

No-host bar and small bites menu

RSVP to save your seat by writing yubalit@gmail.com

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Yuba Lit with Krys Lee: Photos

What a special opportunity to host novelist Krys Lee in Nevada City. Thank you to the full-capacity audience that came out! We’re so grateful to photographer Andrea Roach for these shots. If you weren’t able to join us for Krys Lee, these photos are also a great preview of our elegant and cozy new venue, the Stone House, where you can enjoy a no-host bar and small-bites menu as you listen to our readers. Don’t forget to join us March 15th, 8 p.m., at the Stone House in Nevada City for the launch of Sands Hall’s memoir, Flunk.Start: Reclaiming My Decade Lost in Scientology.

Thank you again for your photography, Andrea Roach!

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The Art of Memoir with Sands Hall, March 15th, 8 p.m., at the Stone House

Thank you to all who came out for Krys Lee’s reading! We were so thrilled to introduce Krys to our area and the Yuba Lit community, and heartened by the appreciative audience feedback. We will soon post photos. In the meantime, please mark your calendars for:

Yuba Lit Presents: The Art of Memoir

With Sands Hall

Celebrating the release of her acclaimed new memoir

Flunk. Start.: Reclaiming My Decade Lost in Scientology

Plus five audience flash-readers chosen by raffle

Thursday, March 15th

Special time: 8 p.m.

The Stone House, 107 Sacramento St., Nevada City

$10 at the door

No-host bar

RSVP to save your seat by emailing yubalit@gmail.com

An early candidate for memoir of the year, this is a thrilling story of one woman’s search for truth and her place in the world.

–Library Journal

In Flunk. Start., Sands Hall chronicles her slow yet willing absorption into the Church of Scientology. Her time in the Church, the 1980s, includes the secretive illness and death of its founder, L. Ron Hubbard, and the ascension of David Miscavige. Hall compellingly reveals what drew her into the religion―what she found intriguing and useful―and how she came to confront its darker sides.

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SANDS HALL is the author of the novel Catching Heaven, a WILLA Award Finalist for Best Contemporary Fiction, and a Random House Reader’s Circle selection; and of a book of writing essays and exercises, Tools of the Writer’s Craft. She teaches at the Iowa Summer Writing Festival and at the Community of Writers at Squaw Valley, and is an associate teaching professor at Franklin & Marshall College in Lancaster, Pennsylvania.

RSVP to Save Your Seat for Acclaimed Novelist Krys Lee, February 22nd at the Stone House

Dear literature-loving friends,
We don’t normally hold a Yuba Lit reading in February, but when Krys Lee told me she would be visiting I could not pass up the opportunity to present her. Author of the internationally acclaimed novel How I Became a North Korean, Krys will read her work and answer audience questions on Thursday, February 22nd, at 7 p.m., at the Stone House in Nevada City. Seats for this reading—a rare U.S. appearance by a writer who lives in Seoul, South Korea, where she teaches at Yonsei University—will be limited to 40. We are requesting that audience members RSVP to save their seat by emailing yubalit@gmail.com with name and number of attendees. The $10 donation will be payable by cash or check at the door.

 
How I Became a North Korean received widespread and even solemn praise. Said the San Francisco Chronicle, “The more confusing and horrible our world becomes, the more critical the role of fiction in communicating both the facts and the meaning of other people’s lives. Krys Lee joins writers like Anthony Marra, Khaled Hosseini and Elnathan John in this urgent work.”

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Krys’s novel follows three refugees—one the son of elite North Korean parents, one an American boy, and one a North Korean woman who sells herself into an arranged marriage—as they fight to survive in a small Chinese town just north of the North Korean border. The Guardian (UK) writes: “Lee has worked with North Korean refugees, and her hotly anticipated debut novel vividly captures the challenges faced by defectors.” The Financial Times calls How I Became a North Korean “a resonant response to political turmoil.”

Krys is also the author of the short story collection Drifting House, which was a finalist for the BBC International Story Prize. She is a recipient of the Rome Prize and the Honor Title in Adult Fiction Literature from the Asian/Pacific American Libraries Association. Her fiction, journalism, and literary translations have appeared in Granta, The Kenyon Review, Narrative, San Francisco Chronicle, Corriere della Sera, and The Guardian, among others.

But even with all her extraordinary accomplishments, Krys is first and foremost a warm and approachable person with a big heart. I was lucky to meet Krys when we both were studying in Warren Wilson College’s MFA Program for Writers and I’m so thrilled that our local community will have this special chance to meet her.

Doors will open at 6:30 p.m., with the Stone House offering a light-bites menu and no-host bar. The Stone House is located at 107 Sacramento St., Nevada City. The $10 donation payable by cash or check at the door supports Yuba Lit’s production costs. Patrons are requested to reserve a seat by writing to yubalit@gmail.com with their name and number of guests. Yuba Lit is a fiscally sponsored project of the Nevada County Arts Council, a not-for-profit organization. We’re tremendously grateful to our supporters. Donations can be made at this link: https://www.paypal.me/NevadaCountyArts/

I so dearly hope you can make it to hear Krys read and ask her your questions! She is an extraordinary human being and writer.

Yours in the love of literature,
Rachel
Yuba Lit founder

Photos of “Poets Among Us”

Th photos from last January 25th’s Yuba Lit with poets laureate Molly Fisk and Indigo Moor are in! Our Yuba Lit volunteer photographer Andrea Roach is a dear and a whiz–that was some tough mood lighting in the old dining room of the National Hotel (California’s oldest continuously operating hotel, and a gem of living history) and she managed to get lots of great shots. Thanks so much, Andrea. And thanks to all who came. Special thanks to the National and to our nonprofit fiscal sponsor, Nevada County Arts Council. Please mark your calendars for Feb. 22, 7 p.m., at the Stone House for novelist Krys Lee! Keep in touch with Yuba Lit here: https://www.facebook.com/yubalit/

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Save Feb. 22 for Krys Lee and March 15 for Sands Hall!

Such an absorbing Yuba Lit January 25th with Molly Fisk and Indigo Moor! A full-room crowd braved the snow and sleet, which speaks to the draw of our extraordinary featured poets. But I was also so moved by our “poets among us”–eight community poets who stood from the audience to read their work. Photos and more report coming soon, but for now, we are keen to get the word out on these exciting upcoming Yuba Lit events:

THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 22nd

7 p.m.

A Special Added-On Yuba Lit with Acclaimed Novelist Krys Lee

Visiting from South Korea and making a rare U.S. appearance!

Krys is the author of How I Became a North Korean.

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The Guardian writes: “Lee has worked with North Korean refugees, and her hotly anticipated debut novel vividly captures the challenges faced by defectors.” The Financial Times calls How I Became a North Korean “a resonant response to political turmoil.” Come hear Krys read, and ask your questions about her book and about North and South Korea.

Location: The Stone House, 107 Sacramento St. Nevada City. No-host bar and small bites menu. $10 donation at the door.

And then:

THURSDAY, MARCH 15th

8 p.m.

A Can’t-Miss Very Special Yuba Lit with Memoirist Sands Hall

Nevada City writer Sands Hall is garnering highest praise all over the place for her new memoir, Flunk.Start: Reclaiming My Decade Lost in Scientology.

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Raves Publishers Weekly in a starred review: “Hall reflects with brutal honesty on her decisions throughout this meticulously crafted book, which explores her negative experiences with Scientology and how her desire to please led her to believe in the unbelievable.” Library Journal calls Flunk.Start “an early candidate for memoir of the year.” Come hear Sands read and discuss her book and memoir writing in a Q&A with Rachel Howard.

Location: The Stone House, 107 Sacramento St. Nevada City. No-host bar. $10 donation at the door. Doors open at 7 p.m. for drinks and mingling.