Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Finalist Artists Selected for River Reflections Arts Project

After a month-long Request for Qualifications, 50 artists have been selected to submit work for the next phase of “River Reflections,” a major arts project, funded by the California Arts Council, that will call attention to the Mokelumne River, source of drinking water for 1.4 million people, locally and in the East Bay. The artists listed below, who are from Amador and Calaveras Counties, and the East Bay, will now have until December 5th to deliver their final creations to AmadorArts or Calaveras Arts Council for inclusion in month-long exhibits that will travel to three locations starting in January, 2015.
Artists will submit works which reflect the significance of the Mokelumne River, whether for water, irrigation, power, recreation or beauty.  They have been encouraged to push the limits of creativity. “Think outside the river.” To inspire artists in the coming months, complimentary guided river experiences will be provided, including a boat tour of Pardee Reservoir and a Plein Air day at Middle Bar Bridge.  Finalists will each receive a $200 stipend, potential cash awards, and the opportunity to sell their works during the exhibits and at the Grand Finale event in May, 2015.  The project and its artists will be documented in a video produced by Cole Productions and distributed statewide.
River Reflections 2014 Artist List
2-D Visual Art - Ruth Andre, Sarah Berweger, Paul Bourgeois, Kevin Brady, Sandra Campbell, Cristi Canepa, Vickie Chew, Tyler Childress, Susan Conner, Judy Day, George Allen Durkee, Libby Fife, Dave Gano, Krista Glavich, Sarah-Anne Graham, Marilyn Hinsdale, Randy Klassen, Gayle Lorraine, Ruth Morrow, Brenda L. Nasser, Judy Regnier, Ray Roberts, Connie Romano, Susan Smith, Pru Starr, Julie Trail, Leslie O. Vasquez, Marcy Wheeler
3-D Visual Art - James Aarons, Mary Anderson, Marianne Bourgeois, Danielle Brodie, Karen Crane, Rod Hanchett, Marie Martz-Mort, Edie Schembri
Dance - Cara Agustin; Literary Arts - Ed Cline, Kevin Fritson, Marilyn Pinnow, Monika Rose, Linda Toren, Muriel Zeller; Music - Grover Anderson, Lee Davis, Kat Everitt, Adam Gottstein, Meghan OKeefe, Jimbo Scott; Other Performance Art - Leslie O. Vasquez

The “River Reflections” project is a unique collaboration of local agencies, including the Calaveras Arts Council, the Foothill Conservancy, the East Bay Municipal Utilities District, and AmadorArts, the lead agency.  For information, phone Terra Forgette, River Reflections Project Coordinator at 209-267-9038.

The Mokelumne River is going to become a celebrity as 50 artists start to make it the subject of their works of art which will eventually be presented to the public starting in January.


"Save Water, Drink Wine" - AmadorArts' "Winefest" in Sutter Creek - Sat Nov 8

The 17th annual Winefest in Sutter Creek, the popular walk-about wine-tasting event sponsored by AmadorArts, is just around the corner! On Saturday November 8th, stroll historic Main Street while tasting a huge selection of Amador County Wines in Sutter Creek’s shops.  
Guests can check in to pick up their wine glass, wristband and tasting map at the Sutter Creek Auditorium starting at 4:00 pm. Take a look at the silent auctions, one for Art, for Wine and a Table of Premier Gifts and Travel Packages. Start bidding while sampling some early hors d’oeuvres. Then begin your journey from 4:30 -7:00 pm walking up and down the three blocks of historic Main Street visiting 25 shops which each will be offering tastings of a different fine Amador County winery.

At 7:00 pm, return to the Auditorium for the Winefest festive Grand Finale, which will feature live music by guitarists Duncan Herring and Hal Gamble (also the vocalist), desserts and dessert wines, the silent auctions’ final biddings, and the popular Mystery Wine-in-a-Bag Auction. The Winefest event will end at about 8:30 pm.

Advance tickets, now available, are $25 each, or $30 the day of the event at the auditorium starting at 4:00 pm. By using a credit card through www.amadorarts.org , your printed PayPal receipt will be your ticket to save time at the auditorium’s check-in.  These local locations have just received their tickets to sell: Amador Council of Tourism Office in Sutter Hill; Sutter Creek Wine Tasting Shop; Clarks Corner in Ione, Dr.Curry's Dental Office in Plymouth, and Up Country Hardware in Pine Grove.
Proceeds of the 17th annual Winefest provide much-needed funds for arts in education in local schools and in the community. AmadorArts is a non-profit organization that has been serving the county for 32 years. Visitwww.amadorarts.org or phone 209-267-9038.

PHOTOS: 1. Each shop on Sutter Creek's historic Main Street will serve one of the fine Amador County Wines;  2. One of the most popular silent auctions is the one where you can bid on bottles of wines; 3. Remember, "Save Water, Drink Wine" and no better place is Winefest to sample them all in one fun evening in Sutter Creek.




Monday, September 15, 2014

Ragtime pianist Brian Holland and percussionist Danny Coots in Concert - Sun Sept. 21

I'm pleased to announce and promote a concert here at SKUNK HOLLOW VICTORIAN GARDEN for Brian Holland and Danny Coots on Sunday, September 21st, @2pm.

Tickets in advance: $20, at the door $25.  ALL PROCEEDS GO TO THE PERFORMERS. Send your check for either Brian or Danny to: Arlo Lusby, POB 431, Sutter Creek, Ca. 95685; a call to my home phone will serve as advanced purchase: 209-267-8193209-267-8193; please leave a message if I'm not available.


Our usual format of potluck refreshments are encouraged; I will be serving light refreshments and my famous  SKUNK HOLLOW VICTORIAN GARDENS wine with Brian and Danny's name on the label; you may to purchase a bottle for them to autograph as a memento for $8.00.


Brian Holland
Brian Holland, having performed ragtime, jazz and stride piano for over 30 years, continues to be one of the most sought after artists in the country. Classically trained, but with a keen ear for improvisation, Brian’s approach to the piano is marked by a dynamic, driving style that has been described as clear as Waterford crystal.
Beginning his musical existence at the age of three, Brian grew up living a “Ragtime Life.” His grandparents raised him to love all kinds of music; however, styles from the early 20th century became his passion. He quickly learned his way around an organ keyboard and had a repertoire of old standards that would shock most professionals - all before the age of six. It was then that he turned his attention to the piano. During twelve years of intense classical studies, Brian decided that it wasn’t a concert stage he wanted to perform on, but the ragtime stage. Since then he has performed all across the US, first on majestic pipe organs in pizza parlors, and then on the uprights and concert grands at ragtime concerts and festivals.
Brian has the distinction of being a World Old-time Piano Playing Champion (1997-1999), winning his third title at only twenty-seven years of age. He has subsequently served as a judge three times since retiring. In 2007, Brian earned a Grammy nomination for his work
with Bud Dresser as B-Square with their “Ragtime-Goodtime-Jazz” CD, and continues to play locally in the Dallas / Ft. Worth area with Bud.
Brian has taken his love of music globally several times - from Switzerland to Africa - and will be heading to Buenos Aires, Argentina with his good friend Danny Coots to play a series of concerts for the first ever Buenos Aires Ragtime Encounter in Fall 2014.


Danny Coots
Danny Coots started playing drums in 1964 in northern New York at the tender age of 6 years old. From that time he has studied with Nick Baffaro, Rich Holly, Alan Koffman and Jim Petercsak in percussion. He continued his education at Crane School of Music and St. Lawrence University.
Danny became adjunct faculty at St. Lawrence, Clarkson University and Potsdam State University from the mid-1970’s into the 1990’s while traveling and performing with David Amram, Ray Shiner, Daniel Pinkham, Herb Ellis, Will Alger, Jack Mayhue, Speigle Wilcox, Mimi Hines, Phil Ford, Bob Darch, Pearl Kaufman and Spitznagel Arthur Duncan.
In 1996 Danny moved to make his home in Nashville, TN. There he joined the Jack Daniel’s Silver Cornet Band for 5 years and helped to found the Titan Hot Seven. During this time he has played and recorded with Johnny Varro, Jeff Coffin, Tim Laughlin, Harry Allen, Dave Hungate, Jerry Krahn, Bill Allred, John Allred, Randy Reinhart, Ron Hockett, John Cocuzzi, John Sheridan, Dan Barrett, Vince Giordano, Rebecca Kilgore, Ken Peplowski, Duke Heitger, Neville Dickie, Bob Shultz, Nicki Parrott, Bucky Pizzarelli, John Pizzarelli, Yve Evans, Chuck Hedges and Allen Vache to name a few.

Danny has recorded extensively in Nashville, New York and L.A. having played on over 70 recordings one of which won a Grammy in 2005. Danny has appeared in over 90 countries.


Brian Holland and Danny Coots perform "What A Wonderful World"


Brian Holland playing "Ragtime Dance"

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Nationally-acclaimed Watercolor artist Dale Laitinen opens up abstract painting world in Mokelumne Hill in Sept and Oct

(Calaveras, Sept 7 2014) – Dale Laitinen, a nationally-acclaimed watercolor artist, will teach "Basic Design Strategies for Abstract Painting" from 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 20 from 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m, and "Expanding Watermedia Boundaries: Painting and Collage", October 17-19 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Petroglyphe Gallery, 8317 Main St., Mokelumne Hill.


During the Abstract Painting workshop students will learn how to use shapes to create simple abstract compositions and create an abstract painting using the cruciform composition (a cross as its base design). “This strong design scaffolding has unlimited potential in painting, and we’ll uncover its potential in watercolor,” explained Laitinen. Students should bring their own watercolors and materials, as well as a sack lunch.


Cost for the one-day workshop is $85 and advance reservations are required. Seating is limited. Expanding Watermedia Boundaries: Painting and Collage will use watercolor, gesso and collage materials to experiment with abstraction. “This three-day workshop will expand your way of thinking about watermedia,” explained Laitinen. “We’ll broaden our creative thinking and explore the use of materials in entirely new ways. We’ll start with transparent watercolor and build surfaces and space relationships to create exciting paintings. Gesso is used to create opaque layers and surface texture, while collage is added to dramatically change design and create interesting painting surfaces.”


Cost for the three-day workshop is $295. For reservations or more information, call 286-1387. Laitinen has been painting for more than forty years, thirty five of which have been in watercolor. He is a signature member of the National Watercolor Society and Watercolor West. He is a graduate of San Jose State University with a BA in Art and has been a juror of many national and regional exhibitions. He recently was the sole judge at a prestigious national show at Haggin Museum in Stockton.


A native of northern Minnesota, Laitinen has lived and traveled across the American West and this figures prominently in his work. After college he spent eight years as an independent trucker hauling freight across country. In 1985 he turned to painting full-time.

His work has been featured in The Artist’s Magazine, Watercolor Magic, Watercolor Magazine and Drawingboard Magazine and in several books including The Splash Series, Painting with the White of Your Paper and The Transparent Watercolor Wheel. An active workshop instructor, Laitinen teaches workshops around the United States and in Europe, and enjoys teaching his classes at Petroglyphe Gallery every year.




Monday, September 8, 2014

Unique musical Organ Rally comes to Jackson's Main Street - Sept 27 & 28

(Jackson, CA)  The annual Musical Organ Rally comes to historic Jackson the weekend of September 27 – 28, 2014. Strolling Main Street from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, this free musical treat features beautiful vintage organs ranging from “monkey grinder” size to majestic. The instruments play a variety of melodies, from dance tunes and marches to carousel and classical pieces.
On Sunday at 1 pm, the musical organs will assemble for a free indoor concert at Jackson United Methodist Church, just two blocks from Main Street at 120 Church Street, Jackson. The Sunday concert is a musical highlight of Jackson’s Days of 49 living history day that begins at 11 am with a Main Street parade and continues with Gold Rush era activities until 5 pm.
Known as nickelodeons, music boxes, pianos, and dance hall organs, musical organs were programmed to play perforated punch cards, “books,” or player piano rolls and were featured attractions at fairgrounds and dance halls.
Thanks to Jackson antiques dealer and organizer John MottoRos, and the Automatic Musical Collectors’ Association, music lovers of all ages and fans of all things antique have a chance to see, hear, and learn about these mechanical instruments that have entertained people for centuries. Their colorful musician-operators are always happy to answer questions about the music and the instruments.
The organs heard today are based on instruments produced in France, but more popularly thought to have originated in Holland or Germany. In the eighteenth century, the first mechanical organs, turned by a crank, were invented to teach canaries to sing. Soon owners realized they could earn money playing outside. That was the beginning of organ grinders.
In the U.S., Wurlitzer Co. manufactured player organs for merry-go-rounds that are still a favorite in parks and at county fairs.
For more information, visit www.VisitJacksonCA.com or call Jackson Business & Community Assoc. president Lucy Hackett at 209-223-4603.



Volunteers needed at Winefest!

Hello friends of the Arts,

Winefest is just around the corner, on Saturday November 8th, and we need all the help we can get.  Winefest has been our most popular benefit event for many years & we could not do it without you!  All proceeds from this event help AmadorArts continue to Support, Promote and Encourage the Arts in Our Schools and Community.

We depend on a small army of volunteers to put this event together and we would love to have you help.  Below is a list of the volunteer opportunities.  All volunteers will receive a complimentary wine glass and a chance to go out wine tasting.  If you would like to volunteer please let me know when you are available and what you would like to do.  Our volunteer coordinator, Lyla Osmundsen will follow up with you.  

Friday Setup:  Please meet at the Sutter Creek Auditorium at 10am on Friday
  • Set up tables, decorate auditorium, set up lighting, check bathrooms, hang signs, and set auction tables
Saturday:  Volunteers Please arrive at 3:30pm for Orientation
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3:30pm-5pm

  • Greeters: Direct attendees to correct check-in tables (2 -3 people)
  • Check-in
    • PayPal: Collect receipts, distribute wine glasses & wristbands (5 people)
    • Will Call: For people who do not have receipt, check list & give glass (2 )
  • Auction Monitoring: Help directors monitor auction tables (2-3 people)
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5-7pm

  • Street Monitors: Help keep an eye out on street for wristbands & wine leaving shops.                                                                                 (12-20 people)
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6:30-8:30pm

  • Silent Auction: Help monitor auction tables for correct bidding, close auctions & distribute items after payment.                                           (10-12 people)
Sunday Cleanup: Please meet at the Sutter Creek Auditorium at 9amfor Cleanup
  • Collect and sort Table Cloths
  • Wash AmadorArts Table Cloths
  • Take Down Decorations and Art Auction Screen
  • Separate Tables: Party Smart/ Auditorium Tables/ Amador HS Tables
  • Put Away Auditorium Tables
  • Check and Clean Bathrooms
  • Sweep Floor
  • Collect Buckets, Pitchers & Towels from Shops
  • Wash buckets, Pitchers & Towels

Thank you so much- we couldn't do it without you!
Sincerely,

Terra Forgette

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

Friday, September 5, 2014

September's 1st Saturday Art Trek in nine local galleries this weekend

1st Saturday Art Trek in 9 Local Galleries

First Saturday Amador Art Trek for September 6 will spotlight featured artists whose works will be the focus at receptions in most galleries. Remember, you can take the Art Trek anytime. A map of Art Trek galleries can be viewed at: www.amadorarts.org.  

Notable for your free gallery-hopping fun on September 6th 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 ten galleries are currently exhibiting. There might be an artist's reception, cookies and punch, wine and cheese, music, and friendship.

These are the participating 1st Saturday Art Trek galleries, with descriptions of what some of them are featuring for the month of September:

AmadorArts Gallery - Kathryn Devlin and Cathleen Berglund . The ceramics of Kathryn Devlin have been described as whimsical, fanciful, detailed, fun, imaginative, childlike, creative. This exhibit is her first formal show, made especially exciting to be showing with her dear, long-time friend, Cathleen Berglund. Quirky realism, sophisticated primitivism, hard edge sentimentalism: all of these phrases have been used to describe Cathleen Berglund’s style of painting. She likes to capture unique and colorful images, and she favors telling an implied story with her art.
Both artists will be hosted at a reception on Saturday, September 6 , from 3 to 6 p.m. coinciding with the First Saturday Art Trek. Operated by the non-profit AmadorArts, the gallery is at 11-A Randolph St., Sutter Creek, and is open weekends 1:00 to 4:00 pm and weekdays, 9:00 am – 2:00 pm, except Wednesdays. Turn off Main St. one block by the Back Roads CafĂ©, adjacent to the historic Monteverde Store Museum.www.amadorarts.org




Little City Studio & Gallery  - A kaleidoscope of local art:  There’s so much variety here it boggles the mind!  Featured for September are a couple of new playful mosaic mirrors from Karen Rovane, plus a handsome collection of Kimono-themed framed pieces and greeting cards by Bruce Peccianti.  Continuing: Steve Bennetts turned-wood pieces using regionally sourced materials, and Marilyn Baldwin's pottery, along with works by Little City's regular list of talented local artists. Designer jewelry. Hand-knit and crocheted accessories. Rugs. Quilts. Prints and paintings. Clever original creations at great prices!  They also have fabulous consignment clothing. Hours: Friday,Saturday, and Sunday  10-5.  Call 267-9189 for info. 14180 Main Street, Amador City  95601


Gallery 10 - Sabina Turner will display her nationally known art for the month of September. Sabina was one of the original ten founding members of the gallery. She will be showing some of her Native American series of paintings in oil, watercolor and charcoal. She will also be showing the painting “With Hands Of Love” that was exhibited this year at the Oil Painters of America National Show in Bennington, Vermont. A reception in her honor will take place at Gallery 10, 15 Eureka Street, Sutter Creek, on Saturday, September 6th , 2-5 pm.  The Gallery is open Thursdays through Mondays between 11 and 5.  For further info, contact 209-267-0203 or www.gallery10suttercreek.com.



Sutter Creek Gallery -  Laura Carpender, fiber and gourd artist who’s  discovered a way to combine two media.  As she explains, “The contrast between the soft fabrics and fibers and the toughness of the gourds is exciting and has endless possibilities.”  Carpender is a member of the Del Oro Spinners and Weavers Guild as well as the Amador Gourd Patch.  During her 30 years as a social worker, Carpender found the only way to save her sanity was to create art every day. Now that she is retired, she devotes hours each day to her designs.  A reception in will be held on Saturday Sept. 6th , from 4 to 7 pm, a part of the First Saturday Art Trek at the cooperative gallery of 30 local artists. It’s located in the heart of Sutter Creek at 35 Main Street.  The gallery is open SundayMondayWednesday 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 or email suttercreekgallery@gmail.com.  


Fine Eye Gallery – Three top artists from northern California were invited to show in the “Out of the Woods” exhibit:  Paula Wenzl Ballacera has a menagerie of ceramic sculptures that are delightful  studies of human foibles;Liz Crain created the Amador County Series beer cans and some great new TeaCans; and Courtney Johnson has painted portraits of wacky characters, animal spirits, and zany dreams. 71 Main St., Sutter Creek, CA 95685. Gallery Hours: 11:00am – 5:30pm daily. www.fineeye.com  or call 209-267-0571.


Petroglyphe Gallery  - Features original contemporary works of art in oil, acrylic, watercolor, glass, ceramic and jewelry.  Also on display, are limited edition bronze sculptures and copper plate etching prints. The gallery represents North American artists, many from California, who have impressive credentials with works in private, corporate, and public collections.  The basic techniques of Encaustic will be demonstrated by artist Suzanne Bell on Sept. 6th in a workshop from 10 am to 3 pm. The following day she will give another workshop in Encaustic Texture and Collage.  Located in Mokelumne Hill, at 8317 Main, Petroglyphe Gallery is in a newly renovated building originally constructed in 1858. www.gallerypetroglyphe.com  Regular gallery hours: Thurs –Sat  11:30am–5:30pm; Sun. 11:30am– 4pm209-286-1387 

Add Art  Provides fine art framing services and displays the work of 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 95642. www.addart.com  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  www.chaosglassworks.com 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.