Editor’s note: Robert Davila of the Sacramento Bee has written a wonderful obituary about Nevada City artist Charles Woods in Tuesday’s paper. Robert contacted me on Friday after he saw my post about Charles’ passing, and I put him in touch with Paul Matson. A blogging network is very powerful to help showcase our community and its residents to the region.
“Charles F. Woods, a longtime Nevada City resident and cultural force who helped revitalize the historic mining town as a haven for artists, alternative-radio listeners and teddy bear lovers, has died at age 79.
“He died Thursday of complications related to a recent stroke, former Nevada City Mayor Paul Matson said.
“Mr. Woods and his longtime business and life partner, David Osborn, were Bay Area graphic artists who settled in Nevada City in 1957. They opened Osborn/Woods, a shop where they designed, created and sold silk-screened cards and lithographs.
“The pair supported the arts and preservation of the region’s mining heritage. In 1972, they bought and converted the historic Miners Foundry into the American Victorian Museum to display a trove of 19th-century architectural and cultural artifacts.
“The former industrial site became a lively downtown center for civic and cultural activities. Besides performances by local theater groups, the museum hosted appearances by poet Allen Ginsberg and Gov. Jerry Brown and concerts by Buffalo Springfield, Tower of Power and Kate Wolf.”
The rest of the article is here.
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