Thursday, March 12, 2015

"April Showers Bring May Flowers" is the theme for Consignment Artists at Sutter Creek Gallery

“April Showers Bring May Flowers.”  That is the theme at Sutter Creek Gallery for the month of April.  Rather than featuring a single artist, all of the cooperative members have been challenged to create a piece of art related to this theme. Group exhibitions will alternate with shows highlighting individual artists.
Gallery members create paintings in all media, produce photographs of wild and domestic animals as well as local scenes, fabricate jewelry from handmade beads and natural materials, turn gourds into works of art, and so much more.  Come see the unique pieces created by these talented artists.
The gallery will hold a reception to celebrate the theme on Saturday, April 4, from 4 to 7 p.m., in conjunction with the region’s First Saturday Art Trek.  Floral arrangements will be on display and for sale at this time. Created by local florists and gallery artists, the arrangements will interpret various artworks on exhibit.
This cooperative of local artists is located in the heart of Sutter Creek at 35 Main Street.  Besides original paintings and photographs, Sutter Creek Gallery offers many affordable items including prints, cards, jewelry, gourds and fiber arts.  The gallery is open Sunday, Monday, Wednesday and Thursday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Friday and Saturday 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.  For additional information, call 209-267-0228, email, or visit

"A Rainy Day in Ione" by George Lambert

"Lily of the Valley" by Julie Muela-Farris

"Almond Blossoms" by Wendy Rogers
"White Roses" by Judy Day

Monday, March 9, 2015

"Painting the Piano" continues at Gifted in Jackson in March

Gifted has invited artist Charleen Tyson to apply her unique painting techniques to a 1924 Gulbransen piano in residence as a fundraising effort for AmadorArts. A raffle will be held offering a lucky ticket holder the chance to win the one of a kind piece. Gifted's proceeds from the ticket sales will be donated to AmadorArts to help support their continuing efforts to promote the arts in Amador County.

Piano, before...

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A little about the parties involved:
Charleen Tyson is a treasured local artist that has lived in West Point, California since 2002. Her whimsically painted furniture and domed pedestals on display at Gifted were inspired by the work of New York company, MacKenzie-Childs. Charleen says, “Loving their products but not loving their prices I decided to try to do something similar myself. The result is just FUN!” Charleen, who has been showing at Gifted since the first year they opened, also designs two lines of unique jewelry made from semi-precious stones and Chinese gaming tokens. 

Gifted is a one of a kind shop that exclusively carries locally made and American manufactured gifts and goods. In addition to Charleen Tyson, some of the artists and artisans showing at Gifted include Rosemarie Silva, Leon and Cheryl Parkey and Christy McAdams. The shop is operated out of the ground floor of the majestic three story Odd Fellows building on Historic Jackson Main Street. Owners, Jeannette McDonald and Terry Scott feel strongly about supporting local needs where they can and have raised over $1,500 for the Interfaith Food Bank with sales of their limited edition shopping bags. They are excited to help raise funds for an organization like AmadorArts that speaks so directly to the spirit of their business.

AmadorArts, the Amador County Arts Council, is a non-profit arts organization dedicated to encouraging, supporting, and promoting the arts in our schools and community. In order to nurture the cultural vitality of Amador County, they offer arts education programs, free concerts, community events, gallery exhibits and arts mixers throughout the year, in addition to providing resources and opportunities to local artists.

Tommie Flint is the kind soul that donated the piano that is to be painted. None of this would be possible without her generosity.

Last chance to see River Reflections art is at AmadorArts Gallery in April

Selected works from the successful “River Reflections” Mokelumne River Arts Project will have a final showing in the AmadorArts Gallery for the month of April.  Because of size limitations in the “tiny gem of a gallery,” located in Sutter Creek on Randolph Street, the display will feature the art that best represents  the project’s mission of making the public aware of the value of the Mokelumne River and the vital on-going need for water conservation.

An open-to-the-public reception to honor the River Reflections project will be held Saturday, April 4, from 3-6 pm during which complimentary refreshments will be served.  Leslie Vasquez will mingle among the guests as a living statue between 3 and 5 pm, without the water element. This event coincides with 1st Saturday Art Trek, which has expanded. On April 4th the Amador Art Trek welcomes new galleries and business partners to the event which is meant to draw both residents and visitors to explore the local art scene.  A new tri-fold brochure has been created to act as a guide and can be found all around the county.  See a new list of participating locations at  and check back there for the monthly special 1st Saturday receptions.

The April show will features artists in all disciplines from both Amador and Calaveras counties who were juried into the original River Reflections exhibition that travelled from Sutter Creek to Oakland and Mokelumne Hill.  It will continue until April 28th. AmadorArts Gallery, located at  11-A Randolph St., Sutter Creek, has the following  hours: Noon-4 pm Saturdays and Sundays. Attempted hours on weekdays are  9-2 pm; call to confirm. Closed on Wednesdays. Phone:  209-267-9038.   

Leslie Vasquez: "Living Statue"

April's Arts Networking Event features Student Showcase - Thurs Apr 23

Mark your calendar for Thursday, April 23 for the time to view a wildly creative cross-section of art created by local students during the April Arts Networking Mixer from 6 to 8 pm. Transformed into an art gallery will be Thomi’s Banquet Room in the Amador Plaza in south Jackson. Student music will be featured too. Complimentary appetizers and tasty waters will be served, and wine by the glass will be available. The event is free to AmadorArts members and student artists; $5 for everyone else. This is usually one of the most well-attended mixers.  Be amazed by our youth’s creativity!

You may ask, why is art important? One answer is that kids feel a sense of emotional satisfaction when they are involved in making art. They have control over the materials they use, making decisions about form, color, etc. Building self-esteem is another result, because students are given opportunities to express what they are thinking and feeling.  One of the primary goals of AmadorArts is to provide some type of Arts Education to every elementary school classroom. A comprehensive program has been developed by Sue Lagomarsino, Chair of Arts Education, that that includes a variety of short workshops given by professional artists, as well as longer residencies by trained art and poetry teachers. The edu-performances by the acclaimed B Street Theatre to all schools is another component looked forward to every year by both students and teachers.

Visit for all the latest arts-related info in the region. Phone 209-267-9038 with questions.