May 2-July 30, 2018


Opening Reception & Film Premiere

May 20, 2018 from 2:00pm-5:00pm

Summer Thymes

231 Colfax Avenue, Grass Valley, CA 95945

why belonging?

We recognize that artists are integral to healthy communities and that the arts are a societal cornerstone that bring people together, build community, and foster social progress.

With funds from an Artists Activating Communities grant from the California Arts Council, we can now reach deeper into our into our community through a sustained artistic residency with Artist Ruth Chase. During this year and next, Ruth will be reaching out and making contact with you!


Belonging is about our vulnerable mountain home and the people who tend it, love it and depend on it. Artist Ruth Chase and Cinematographer Radu Sava are mobilizing perspectives on our most sensitive issues, whether climate change or cannabis farming, land ethics or displacement - and what it means to be indigenous. A series of paintings and a film will emerge, manifesting as public art and tools for activism and bridge-building.

who is ruth?

My work is about the environment and the human spirit. I am drawn to subjects that are self-aware and who hold a strong belief system. Nothing gives me greater joy than to work in collaboration with people from all points of view.
— Ruth Chase

Ruth Chase Boudreaux lives and works in Nevada County. Currently she is completing the West of Lincoln Project, a painting series portraying the powerful relationships individuals have with their history. She was awarded a grant to an individual artist, an Artist in Residence at the Millay Colony for the Arts in NY, was published in Catapult Art Magazine, Huffington Post, and has taught at the Crocker Art Museum. Most recently she was a featured sketch artist on the Dead Files TV program, and had a solo exhibition at Venice Arts. She is graduate of the San Francisco Art Institute.

  Ruth Chase Boudreaux

Ruth Chase Boudreaux


Ruth Chase is primarily a project based artist whose award winning series, West of Lincoln Project, probed into the lives of individuals who grew up in Venice, CA, sharing stories of adversity transformed into valuable life wisdom. She is a California-based painter that uses biographical portraiture to communicate stories of compassion, and valuable insight that promotes positive social change. Her work includes the use of social media in her creative process to stimulate conversation around human value, as well as engaging the public to actively participate in the final outcome of her work. Ruth's website: https://ruthchase.com/projects/belonging/

want to participate?


During the year to come there will be many ways to get involved:

  • Become an ambassador for belonging to support the planning of workshops, forums and an online presence
  • Attend Ruth’s creative workshops - open to the community at large - to learn through storytelling and art
  • Participate in a group exhibit as part of our main public installation

Ruth invites you to join her by clicking on the following links where you can submit images, stories, opinions, as well as be informed of classes, events and live opportunities to participate in this award winning project!

Please join our Belonging Facebook group, a forum that allows you to participate in the conversation about our home, the forest, how we tend the land, how we live and eat here, and on issues that concern us all, such as climate change, farming, land ethics, as well as our indigenous and historic family roots that have existed here for many generations and perhaps more than a thousand years.

Artist Ruth Chase will post a daily photo on Instagram documenting the journey of Belonging. You are encouraged to comment, and engage!

become a benefactor

The terms of our grant with California Arts Council require that we raise funds proportionate to the sum received as a match. Your support - big or small - will be of tremendous value as Belonging develops. We thank you for your generosity.