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"One cannot be pessimistic about the West. This is the native home of hope."
— Wallace Stegner

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Check out more of Kelly’s art and projects here.

33% of art sales will be donated to the Nisenan tribe via California Heritage: Indigenous Research Project

Support the Nevada City Rancheria Nisenan Tribe's ongoing quest for the restoration of federal tribal recognition.

Here are ways you can help:
  • — sign letters of support to local supervisors. Instructions can be found here.
  • — donate to the tribe at
  • — become part of the Ancestral Homelands Reciprocity Program and contribute a monthly donation

Further resources for supporting the Nisenan live here.

To visit Malakoff Diggins State Historic Park, check out

...and writings, and openings:

EXTRACTION: art on the edge of the abyss — A cooperative, synergistic, non-hierarchical, self-propagating network of individual and collective artists, poets, composers, choreographers, filmmakers, writers, editors, publishers, photographers, and curators creating a multi-layered, cross-institutional, trans-border multimedia ruckus over the single most urgent planetary concern of our time—the environmental costs of unbridled globalized extractive industry, including the negative effects of climate change; the deterioration of land, water, and air; and much else. Ruckus happening in Summer 2021.

Dust to Dust: A Geology of Color — An article by artist, philosopher, pigment worker and ore whisperer Heidi Gustafson about pigments as are co-directors of our creative, evolutionary process.

The Wild Pigment Project — created by paintor and educator Tilke Elkins, the Wild Pigment Project promotes ecological balance and regenerative economies through a passion for wild pigments, their places of origin, and their cultural histories. Check out their workshops on ethical foraging and Ground Bright pigment subscription club supporting land and cultural stewardship.