Nevada City is about 120 miles southeast of Chico, 2500 feet up into the Sierra Nevada foothills. It's off the beaten paths to San Francisco and the north coast which is why I've never been there. I took my camera, expecting to take a frenzy of photos in this historic town, but it was super windy and nippy which made me just want to get indoors. The whole town was having a power outage, but there were a lot of people out on foot, trying to get some Christmas shopping done in dark stores. Thanks to the sun shining brightly through the Miner's Foundry windows, I was able to check out most of the artwork at the festival.
I bought this piece by Liz Collins. She named it "To The Volcano II." It's oil pastel/oil stick on a wood panel, approx. 12" x 12". She told me it was inspired by a hike she took to a live volcano in Guatemala. She described a crusty, black layer of ground that cracked open periodically to reveal the hot orange lava flowing at a snail's pace below the surface. She even straddled one of these cracks. That's pretty damn brave in my book.
Another artist whose work I was drawn to is Lissa Herschleb.