Thursday, December 18, 2014

Holiday Open House with Old Soles at the Hotel Leger - Fri Dec 19

Whew!  We're kicking back and relaxing after an incredibly busy & fun year.

How much fun, you ask?  Well, at one of our gigs we had the bus-boys singing along and the cooks tapping rhythms out on their pots & pans, we joined in a revival of the Winter Night's Yeow! tour, we got to play on the main stage at the Strawberry Music Festival, and to top off the year we played music for what turned into a grape war!

Our next gig will be tons o' fun:

Friday night, December 19,  9:00pm - 11:30pm
Old Soles will be playing at  the  HOTEL LEGER 
Whitewater Grill & Saloon, Mokelumne Hill, CA. 
 The building is historic, the bar is gorgeous, there's sandwiches or gourmet meals if you're hungry.  The mood is moderately rowdy and the music will be humorously harmonic.  This is our first gig at the Leger, so come out and help us celebrate the season with some songs and strong spirits!

We're starting to book for the coming year, so if you'd like to add some  Harmonies, Hoedowns, and Humor to your event, please contact us now.  Restaurants, wineries, weddings, private parties, festivals, historic events, barn dances, cattle drives, grocery store openings, grocery store closings....

In the meantime, here are some videos:
I'm Getting Ready To Go:
Roscoe (fiddle and banjo):
Pig, Duck, and Bucket ( © Old Soles) :

- Masha & Geff

Free Holiday Open Mic at Rosebud's Cafe - Fri Dec 19

FREE HOLIDAY OPEN MIC! All are invited to read from the new Wine, Cheese & Chocolate book just released, or listen to others read, share favorite holiday poems or personal poems and prose, sing, recite,– sign up upon arrival. There is a piano for caroling.
Rosebud’s will offer delectable tapas and festive beverages for sale and the public can sample the signature recipe featured in the new literary publication.
Holiday shopping opportunities will abound at the adjoining Celtic Knot. Join friends and help celebrate the festive celebration. Writers from several counties are invited for the party, so come meet and greet and get your Wine, Cheese & Chocolate book signed – there will be plenty of copies available to purchase as holiday gifts for the special people in your life.
Where: Rosebud’s CafĂ© & Celtic Knot – 26 Main Street in Jackson, CA
Date:  Friday evening, December 19, 2014
Time:  6:30 PM – 9 PM
Sponsors:  Rosebud’s and Celtic Knot; and Manzanita Writers Press (member of the Calaveras County Arts Council Literary League)
Contact: Monika Rose, Manzanita Writers Press Editor at  Phone: 209-754-0577
Manzanita Writers Press  web site:
RSVP by phone or email for reservations recommended, but not required.

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Major Art Exhibition, "River Reflections" to open in Sutter Creek; Reception on Jan 10

What happens when you ask some of the best artists in two counties to create work around a common theme? You get a major art exhibition that’s entirely provocative, different and new. Called “River Reflections,” the prodigious show brings together 40 original works of art, mostly paintings and photography, which offer different perspectives on the one and only Mokelumne River. It can be seen during the month of January in Sutter Creek in the Banquet Room of the Hotel Sutter, open seven days a week.

The opening reception will be on Saturday, January 10, from 2 to 5 pm. The public is invited to attend the event showcasing art, music, and poetry. Don’t miss the outrageous human fountain of water that will beckon guests in front of the hotel.  The River Reflections exhibition, which also features ceramics, jewelry, glass, mounted poetry, will run here until the end of January.

River Reflections is a landmark arts endeavor created by AmadorArts from a grant funded by the California Arts Council. Project partners are the Calaveras County Arts Council, the Foothill Conservancy, and East Bay Municipal Utility District. The goal is to call attention to the significance of the Mokelumne River, which, besides supplying drinking water for 1.4 million people in the Bay Area, is a vital public resource for irrigation, power, recreation, and inspired beauty.

The works in the exhibit have been judged by a panel of experts, resulting in cash prizes in the discipline categories of visual art, literary art, music, dance and performance art. Additional awards will come from a Popular Choice Vote whereby the public attending the exhibits may cast votes for their favorites. Most artwork is for sale and will prove to be highly regarded collector items.

In February the total exhibit will be installed the EBMUD Headquarters in Oakland, with the reception on Friday, February 6, from 11 am to 1 pm.  In March it will be installed in the Historic Hotel Leger in Mokelumne Hill, with the reception on March 14, from 2-5 pm.  Save the date of May 9 for the River Reflections Grand Finale Event to be held at Pardee Reservoir. 

For more information contact AmadorArts at 209-267-9038 or visit

PHOTOS: Exhibition Preview showing the diversity of styles to be appreciated:  Daybreak Ritual by Cate Culver; Rainbows Over the River by Mary Anderson; A River For All Seasons by Vickie Chew. Photo Montage by Tyler Childress

Monday, December 8, 2014

Summer Theatre fits perfect in those holiday stockings!

Main Street Theatre Works is thrilled to offer the perfect gift for the holidays ~ Season Tickets to our Spectacular Summer Season! MSTW subscribers can purchase a 4-pack of tickets for $60 ~ a savings of 15% off the regular adult ticket price! The 4-pack of tickets can be used for one show, or split between our two summer shows ~ A Chemical Imbalance: A Jeykll and Hyde Play and Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike. Or, you can keep two for yourself and give the other two as gifts.

And, if you order before December 31st, you’ll also receive a voucher good for a free bottle of water or a free cup of coffee with each ticket. Subscribers can also take advantage of chairs provided upon check in. It’s a great way to take advantage of a great money-saving deal, star treatment, and free goodies. And, you’ll never miss a show. Plus, you can take care of your holiday shopping with just a click of a mouse or by picking up the phone.

Subscriptions are available through our website at, or at Hein & Company on Main Street, Jackson. Gift certificates are also available. Regular priced tickets are $17.50 for adults, $12.00 for students 18 and under. You can also buy a Family 4-pack (2 adults, 2 kids) for just $49.00, and this year is a great year to introduce the kids to live theatre.

A subscription, or a gift certificate, is the perfect solution to your holiday shopping for everyone on your list. Main Street Theatre Works offers professional quality theatre under the stars. Enjoy theatre under the stars this summer with A Chemical Imbalance: A Jekyll and Hyde Play (6/19 – 7/18), a comedic look at a classic tale, the Tony Award-winning Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike (8/7 – 9/5), a hilarious spoof on several of Chekhov’s best known characters, though you don’t need to be a Chekhov fan to enjoy this zany comedy.

For more information on our Holiday Subscription offer, gift certificates and our Spectacular Summer Season, please visit our website at

Thursday, December 4, 2014

“Holiday Adornments” New Show Opens at AmadorArts Gallery on December 4

AmadorArts announces that the brand new December  “Holiday Adornments” show and sale begins the day of the Arts Networking Mixer which is Thursday, December 4, held  at Driven Cellars Tasting Room in Sutter Creek. The Amador Arts Gallery, just a block away, will be open during the mixer, 6-8 pm, and will feature 11 local artists and their reasonably priced jewelry, mini-paintings, one-of-a-kind tree ornaments, and living wreaths.  The gallery will also be open Friday, December 5th, in time for Sutter Creek’s Holiday Open House and will stay open until 7:00 pm this night.  The next day, December 6, the gallery will open at 1:00, and for the 1st Saturday Art Trek, you’ll be able to meet artists and sample refreshments from 3-6 pm.
Check out Millie Butler’s handmade living wreaths, pictured above. The 24" diameter circles have fresh cedar, eucalyptus, madrone, and pine with copper, gold or silver accents.  Or, decorate your tree with hand painted mini gourds by Cathleen Berglund; hand painted Christmas balls including some with local scenes by Laureen Shimmon; and copper bird nests by Karen Crane.
Jewelry artists include Roberta Hughes, Lynn Keever, Kathy Martinez, and Edie Schembri.  Adornment of spaces can be accomplished with the mini paintings offered in this show. Sarah Dixon will display oils on 6”x12” panels titled  “Christmas Stockings”, and Cathleen Berglund’s colorful images.  Year round, members of the Amador County Arts Council receive 10% discount on gallery items.  
AmadorArts Gallery is operated by the non-profit Amador County Arts Council and is located one block off Main St., at 11-A Randolph St., adjacent to the historic Monteverde General Store Museum. Hours are 1-4 pm Saturdays and Sundays  and on weekdays, except Wednesdays, 9-2 pm  Phone:  209-267-9038. Visit for all the galleries participating in 1st Saturday Art Treks.

Monday, November 24, 2014

We Heart the Arts! AmadorArts Events & Activities

Here are some of the arts activities coming up around Amador

Thurs. Dec 4  AmadorArts Mixer in Sutter Creek at new Driven Cellars Tasting Room Celebrates our Volunteers

Don’t miss the next AmadorArts Networking Open House on Thursday, December 4th, from 6:00 to 8:00 pm, at the new Driven Cellars Tasting Room located at 76 Main Street in Sutter Creek. This quarterly event is described as a Mixer for the Arts bringing everyone together, and this one will honor the many volunteers whose support keeps the non-profit ticking throughout the year. There’ll be music performed by Manny Sosa, guitarist/vocalist.  Join in the merriment while enjoying complimentary sumptuous appetizers catered by Cavana’s Deli, a new eatery in Sutter Creek, and a no-host wine bar.  There’s always a raffle and other surprises.  For AmadorArts members and volunteers the event is FREE; for all others the cost is just $5 a person.

Previous quarterly Arts Networking events, very well-attended, have featured the visual arts, theatre arts, and young students in the arts. At any of these arts mixers, expect to see a variety of people. Of course artists of all types attend, but also business folks, retirees, young residents and more.  Driven Cellars wine tasting room is located at Main and Randolph Streets, conveniently close to the AmadorArts Gallery which will be open during and after the mixer to show off its new “Holiday Adornments” show and sale.

You can still catch the November Gallery shows through the end of November, including Karen Crane demonstrating her wrapped wire jewelry art at the AmadorArts Gallery November 29th & 30th, from 1-4pm.
& Start your Christmas Season off with the December Art Trek.

First Saturday Amador Art Trek December 6 will spotlight featured artists in nine galleries whose works will be the focus at receptions in several of them. Remember, you can take the Art Trek anytime. A map of Art Trek galleries can be viewed  

Notable for your free gallery-hopping fun on December 6 are artists NEW in the galleries this month, while other galleries will be extending their shows.  

The monthly 1st Saturday Art Treks are scheduled from 1:00 – 6:00 pm. Usually the receptions are from 3-6 pm; some are earlier. Going on the Trek is FREE, a time to have fun seeing what nine galleries are currently exhibiting. There might be an artist's reception, cookies and punch, wine and cheese, and lively conversation.  

AmadorArts Gallery  -“Holiday Adornments” - 11 local artists  share their jewelry, mini-paintings, one-of-a-kind tree ornaments, and living wreaths, all reasonably priced to fit your holiday budgets.  On 
December 6, the gallery will open at 1:00, and for the 1st Saturday Art Trek from 3-6 pm, you’ll be able to meet artists and sample refreshments.  Year round, members of the Amador County Arts Council receive 10% discount on gallery items.   Prolong the season’s cheer with Millie Butler’s handmade living wreaths. The 24" diameter circles have a variety of fresh boughs, with copper, gold or silver accents.  Tree ornaments include hand painted mini gourds by Cathleen Berglund; hand painted Christmas balls including some with local scenes by Laureen Shimmon; and copper bird nests by Karen Crane. Adornment of spaces can be accomplished with the mini paintings offered in this show: Sarah Dixon’s oils on 6”x12” panels titled  “Christmas Stockings”, and Cathleen Berglund’s colorful acrylic images.  These jewelry artists will be showing:  Roberta Hughes, Lynn Keever, Kathy Martinez, Edie Schembri, and Karen Crane. 

 Visit or call 209-267-9038 for information. Operated by the non-profit AmadorArts, the gallery is at 11-A Randolph St., Sutter Creek;  open weekends 1:00 to 4:00 pm and weekdays  9:00 am – 2:00 pm, except Wednesdays.

 Little City Studio & Gallery  - "Artful Giving and...Nifty Gifties,  Current - Dec 22.  A great collection of affordable handmade works of art for your Holiday shopping.  A wonderful selection of paintings, prints, collage, quilted pieces, jewelry, scarves, hats, wearables, pottery, turned wood, photos, cards- everything that Little City has become known for: "Beautiful handmade things at very reasonable prices."  The show remains through Dec 22. Regular hours are 10-5 on Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays.  Located in the very center of Amador City, 14180 Main Street, Amador City  95601, right across from Buffalo Chips. For info, call Carol at 267-9189.

Sutter Creek Gallery  Randy Klassen and his renowned painting “To Such Belongs the Kingdom of God.” This work, which has inspired thousands in Europe, America, and even China, will be on exhibit at the Sutter Creek Gallery during the month of December. By accomplished California watercolor artist, Randy Klassen, the painting is considered his best, inspired in 1981 by the idea of how “child-like faith can open the biggest door.”  An edition of 750 quality lithographs, now all sold, found their way into homes, schools, churches, hospitals, and other venues around the globe.  Various evaluations made by critics and gallery owners have placed the value as high as $30,000.00. Klassen is now ready to give this painting a new home for $7,500.00. The artist will be present at the Sutter Creek Gallery for the opening of the show on Saturday, December 6, where more of his paintings will be displayed. From 4 to 7 p.m., a reception to honor Klassen will be held and you will have a chance to talk to the artist about his work.  He’s one of 30 local artists exhibiting at the cooperative located in Sutter Creek at 35 Main St.  The gallery is open Sun., Mon., Wed. and Thursday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Friday and Saturday 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.  For more info, call 209-267-0228 or email  

Fine Eye Gallery – Liz Collins – Giclee Prints and Anthony Hansen –Metal Sculpture.  
A new collection of giclee prints by Liz Collins will be featured in December.  Each work is a travelogue of adventure containing maps, cues and clues leading us into her whimsical world of exotic color and perspective. 
Anthony Hansen has been in our hearts for years.  His patchwork sculptures, made from found automotive parts, license plates, signs and other sheet metal scraps, weave together warm, patinated stories of how distant lives and journeys are interconnected by the character of time.  

The works of many fine artisans from across the country can be seen here, such as contemporary paintings, prints, glass, homeware, artsy clocks, furniture, lighting, jewelry, clothing, and more.  71 Main St., Sutter Creek, CA 95685.   Gallery Hours:10:30am – 5:30pm daily. 

Petroglyphe Gallery  -“Small Treasures” - works 8”x8” or smaller are being created by many of the gallery’s artists + Photo Stones by Cynthia Biles. Until January this artist’s newest project, born from a fusion of film photography, the alternative darkroom process of silver emulsion, digital photography, Photoshop, matting, and framing skills, will be on exhibit.  In short, she’s printing black-and-white photos from a film negative onto stones.  Additionally, “Light and Motion” -work by Doug Lawlerwill remain until Dec. 14

The gallery represents North American artists, many from California, who have impressive credentials with works in private, corporate, and public collections, such as  unique  original contemporary works of art in oil, acrylic, watercolor, glass, ceramic and jewelry.  Located in Mokelumne Hill, at 8317 Main, Petroglyphe Gallery is in a newly renovated historic building.  Regular gallery hours: Thurs –Sat  11:30am–5:30pm; Sun. 11:30am– 4pm209-286-1387.

Gallery 10 welcomes back former member/owner Molly Kohlschreiber of Jackson as its featured artist for December. Kohlschreiber creates her art in watercolor, oil, graphite, and photo/watercolor, with   her subjects ranging  from desert petroglyphs, landscapes, European subjects to her first love, horses.  Now in her mid-seventies, she has spent her entire life devoted to art, with the longest time spent as an art instructor in Victorville, CA.  A reception in Kohlschreiber’s honor will be held at Gallery 10, 15 Eureka St., Sutter Creek, on Saturday, Dec. 6th2-5 pm, Delectable treats will be provided by Susan’s Place.  Unfortunately Molly’s health will prevent her from being present at the reception, but she hopes you will come to enjoy seeing her work. The gallery is open Thursdays through Mondays between 11 and 5.  For further info, contact 209-267-0203 or

Add Art  Provides fine art framing services and displays the colorful work of the late John Johannsen who first showcased his vibrant whimsical canvases in a one-man show at the California Palace of the Legion of Honor. 20 Main St., Jackson, CA  209-223-3339.

Chaos glassworks   - Using a state-of-the-art electric furnace, David Hopman blows and handshapes one-of-a-kind exquisite art glass pieces, from bowls, to lights, and more. 121 Hanford St, Sutter Creek, CA 95685 209-267-9317.

Valley View Interiors  - A design resource located in historic Sutter Creek. Current artists on display are Tricia Rissmann, contemporary abstracts and Katherine Venturelli, mixed media and copper plate prints.  VVI specializes in residential and hospitality interiors, with 25 years of design experience. 48 Main St., Sutter Creek, CA 95685.

Remember, “Art Enhances Life”  so give the gift of art. 

Calaveras Arts Gallery Store is Open for Business with Locally-Created Art Gifts 
Calaveras Arts Council’s Gallery Store located in historic downtown San Andreas is open for business this holiday season with a grand assortment of art collectibles beginning Monday, November 10.  Gallery Store hours are MondayThursday, 9:00am to 4:00pm and Friday-Saturday, 10am to 3:00pm. 
The creative talents of Calaveras artists are on display and for sale at Calaveras Arts Council’s Holiday Affordable Gifts of Arts Boutique.  Share their creativity and their spirit with your family and friends this year by selecting original gifts.  Over 50 artists will have a variety of items available for purchase beginning Monday, November 10 and ending Friday, January 9, 2015.  The Gallery Store is located at 22 N. Main Street in San Andreas.  
Why spend more time in your car and out of county?  Shop local.  Unlike on-line shopping, you can touch and see the items you’re buying. Fine art, ceramics, music, books, photographs, cards, fabric art and more are made in Calaveras by locals you may know. Artists and craft professionals have painstakingly put their hearts into each creation. What more could you ask for?  Free gift wrapping and free parking?  They’ve got that too. Parking is easily accessible behind The Gallery Store where there’s a parking lot off of California Street.  Arts Council members receive a 10% discount off their purchases.  The Calaveras Visitors Bureau VIP discount is also available. 
From small paintings to ceramic vessels to artsy cards, the variety of affordable art is endless.  Among the items are original watercolors, oil and acrylic paintings, photographs, pottery, hand crafted jewelry, candles, gourds, fabric purses, painted scarves, fabric bolas, diachronic glass, ornaments, CD’s, books, gallery gift certificates, note cards, personal and home products, and so much more. Keep on giving through March and purchase Ovations Performing Arts 2015 Season or single tickets as well.

Music Events

Festival of Carols
Saturday Nov 22 at pm
Sunday Nov 23rd at 3pm
Grace Fellowship Church
The Foodbank's 15th Annual Festival of Carols fundraising choral/orchestra concerts under the direction of John Leggett are quickly approaching. These concerts will prove to be filled with beautiful music to prepare you for the holiday season. Yours truly will open the concerts with Handel's Eternal Source of Light Divine from "Ode for the Birthday of Queen Anne" for voice and trumpet solo. We had our first rehearsal with the orchestra and I'm always amazed at the talent of these young musicians. You will have two opportunities to attend these not to be missed performances. Saturday, November 22nd. at 7 p.m. and Sunday November 23rd. at 3 p.m. at Grace Fellowship, 8040 South Highway 49, Jackson, CA. Last years concerts raised $10,000 for the Foodbank's much needed coffers. The concerts are free and a donation will be accepted during the performances. I'd like to thank you for your continued support and hope to see you there!

The Amador Choraliers Bring You Comfort and Joy
In their 52nd holiday concert series the Amador Choraliers will be presenting a wide range of seasonal tunes.  As they sing traditional favorites like “God Rest You Merry Gentlemen” and “What Child is This” you will feel the comfort of the season like a visit from old friends.  With their renditions of new songs like ”Mozart’s Fa-La-La” and “Sparklejollytwinklejingley”, you will discover the joy of a brightly wrapped present under the tree.
The Amador Choraliers are a men’s and women’s chorus that have been entertaining audiences in the Motherlode for half a century.  With concerts in December and May, the group sings a wide range of musical styles.  This season features gospel, swing, jazz and more.
The first performance will be held at the Cornerstone Church in Ione on Dec. 11th at 7:30 pm followed by 2 shows at St. Katharine Drexel Parish in Martell on Dec. 13th at 7:00 pm and a matinee on Dec. 14th at 3:00 pm.  Tickets for all performances are $10.00 and may be purchased at the Amador Co. Chamber of Commerce in Jackson or by calling 209-223-0350.  Tickets are also available at the door although advanced purchase is recommended.  The doors open a half hour before each concert.  For more information go to
Don’t miss what has become a holiday tradition for many.  You will be sure to find the comfort of home and the joy of music. 

Arts Education Opportunities

Millie Butler Designs : 2014 FLORAL CLASS OFFERINGS

December Wreath or Swag  $30  Sat. Dec. 13    9-12 PM
Use fresh greens including fir, cedar, eucalyptus, magnolia, to make and decorate a beautiful custom holiday wreath for your front door or other holiday decor. Learn how to wire fresh materials to a steel frame or rope.  All materials provided.    

Location: 716 Pitt Street, Jackson, CA

Please enroll early; space is limited.  Classes must be prepaid to reserve your space.  
AmadorArts members receive a 10% discount.
Please contact me for details or questions at

Children’s Studio      
291 Hanford Street, Sutter Creek
Pamela Sharp, PhD  Director and Teacher  209 245 3910

The Children's Studio has moved across our parking lot to the recently vacated Chocolate Lady cottage.  New address:  293 Hanford Street, Sutter Creek.  Thank you to Lois and Al Herrick for continuing support. A few spaces are left in the Fall Schedule of Classes.  Pick up a flyer at the studio.

Community Theatre

Holiday “Greetings” from Stage 3
Stage 3 Theatre Company brings a story of faith, family and miracles, yes miracles, to downtown Sonora in the form of a play by Tom Dudzick called Greetings, beginning November 14 and running until December 21.
Going home for the holidays has never been quite like this. Andy has a sweet Catholic mother, a sour Catholic father and a developmentally disabled  younger sister named Mickey. When he brings his Jewish atheist fiance to meet the folks on Christmas Eve, his worst fears about family blow-ups are realized. But when Mickey, whose entire vocabulary has been limited to "oh boy" and "wow," suddenly spouts the word "Greetings!" the entire family's belief system is turned upside down. For it seems an ancient, wise and witty spirit who is set upon healing the family's wounds has borrowed Mickey's body.
Greetings opens November 14 and runs until December 21 and it’s a show for the whole family. For more information or reservations call the box office at 209 536-1778 or visit

Thanks for supporting the Arts in Amador County!
To become a member of AmadorArts visit

Happy Holidays 

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Amador County Arts Council
11-A Randolph Street 
PO BOX 206
Sutter Creek, Ca 95685