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What is NCA? Northern California Arts © by KC Moore

October 29, 2015

After talking with Tom Thompson, current president of NCA and several others, I rediscovered a gem in the midst of our Sacramento arts community. It was a grass-roots movement begun over 75 years ago.  It was started by Harold Morse Ward (‘Morse Code’ family) in 1939.

MIxed Media on Board, 24"x24" with black wood frame. "Perplex' by KC Moore $250

MIxed Media on Board, 24″x24″ with black wood frame. “Perplex’ by KC Moore $250

The original group of 5-6 men wanted to promote the European, realistic method of painting.  It started in homes and moved to the Rose Shack of McKinley Park in downtown Sacramento.  It evolved over the years including some noteworthy locals such as Wayne Tiebaud and Greg Kondos This organization hosts monthly shows, art demonstrations, and has a vibrant program to certify master level painters

This month they hosted an International Show entitled “Bold Expressions” juried by Margot Schulzke of Auburn , CA.  She is a renowned artist in Europe and America.  The competition was stiff as only 30% of the entries were accepted.

Oil on Canvas 8"x24" unframed  'Intimate Connections' by Adriana Paoletti  $1,200

Oil on Canvas 8″x24″ unframed ‘Intimate Connections’ by Adriana Paoletti $1,200

Opening Night was October 10th and the award ceremony on October 24th.  I was privileged to be accepted and enjoyed the evening.  During the opening celebration, Sean O’Connor provided classical guitar music as a backdrop

Posters express the some of the organizational statements including “Supporting Cultural Life” and “Encouraging All Artists”.  This organization was developed by artists, for artists, it survives to this day run by volunteers who believe in the vision.

Today the NSA is housed in the Fine Arts Center in Carmichael, CA.  Located at 5330 Gibbons Ave in Carmichael, CA.  Hours of operation are 11 am – 3 pm Wed through Sat and for special occasions.

Call 916.971.3713 for information or

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One Comment
  1. Dianne Mattar and permalink

    Hours for SFAC on Tuesday 11am – 9 PM

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