San Juan Ridge Tapestry Project Reception | Friday, September 5, 2014

The San Juan Ridge Tapestry Project – a series of embroidered tapestries expressing the recent cultural landscape of the San Juan Ridge – is conducting a crowd-sourced campaign to raise funds for this community-based project sponsored by the North Columbia Schoolhouse Cultural Center.

The fund raising campaign began in conjunction with the recent Sierra Storytelling Festival and will continue through Sunday, September 7. Donations will be used to fund the next two tapestries in the series: “The Yuba River” and “The Blue Cradle”.

A reception will be held on Friday, September 5, from 5 to 8 p.m., to celebrate the completion of the campaign and to thank all donors. Current tapestries will be on display inside the North Columbia Schoolhouse. You must be a backer of the campaign to attend and may become a backer at the door for as little as $5. All backers will have their name on “The Yuba River”.

Over one hundred community volunteers have embroidered for more than 4,680 hours on the first six tapestries using wool yarns on linen fabric to portray animals, plants, celebrations, performances and events.

All donors will have their names included on fabric sewn to the back of the tapestries, as has been the custom with all the completed tapestries. Other perks for early donors include greeting cards, jigsaw puzzles, and posters featuring tapestry images as well as signed Broadsides by Gary Snyder and a private reception hosted by the tapestry team.

To contribute to the project, visit, or search for “San Juan Ridge Tapestry Project” at

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