Monday, January 26, 2015

"Be My Valentine" Valentine Card Workshop - Feb 8 & 14

A VALENTINE WORKSHOP . . . for all ages!

Make a unique greeting card for a special loved one.  Sutter Creek Gallery invites you to come in on Sunday, February 8, and Saturday, February 14, between the hours of 10 a.m. and 2 p.m., to create a one-of-a-kind Valentine card.  This is a free workshop with all supplies included.  Children are to have an adult in attendance.
Sutter Creek Gallery, a cooperative of local artists, is located at 35 Main Street in the heart of Sutter Creek.  For more information on the card workshop or the gallery, call 209-267-0228 or email  Also visit our website at
Sandra Campbell

Monday, January 12, 2015

MLFM Chamber concert features Oboist Jesse Barrett - Sun Jan 25

The Mother Lode Friends of Music, the regional organization offering classical music performances, opens the new year with a concert of chamber music on Sunday, January 25, starting at 2 pm at the Church of the Nazarene, 14050 Ridge Road, in Sutter Creek.  There is no admission charge and the concert is open to the general public.

Oboist Jesse Barrett from San Francisco is the featured performer in a program of music for oboe, strings and piano.  Barrett received his undergraduate training at the Conservatory of Music of the University of the Pacific in Stockton and a Master’s of Music from Boston University.  He plays regularly with orchestras throughout Northern California and Nevada, and is principal oboe with the Merced Symphony and Townsend Opera in Modesto.  He recently was the soloist in a performance of the Double Concerto for Oboe and Violin of J.S. Bach with the Merced Symphony.

Oboist Jesse Barrett featured at the next Mother Lode Friends of Music
concert on Sunday, January 25
Joining him are violinist Gil Carroll of Milpitis, violist Raphael Gold of Oakland, cellist Russ Bartoli of San Francisco and Friends of Music President, pianist Ron Brickman of West Point.  All are seasoned performers of chamber music and veterans of the Friends of Music series.

The program includes the Quartet for oboe and strings of W. A. Mozart, the Trio No. 1 for violin, cello and piano of contemporary American composer Lowell Liebermann, the Capriccio for oboe and piano of 19th century Italian composer Amilcare Ponchielli, and the Quintet for oboe, violin, viola, cello and piano of French Romantic composer Théodore Dubois.

For more information, contact the Friends of Music web site at or call (209) 293-4227.

Monday, January 5, 2015

Unique Living Statue to Call Attention to January 10 Art Reception

The date is drawing near and the excitement is building, as final touches are being tweaked for the opening of the Mokelumne River Arts Project called “River Reflections” on Saturday, January 10 in Sutter Creek. Many are already intrigued to see the living human water fountain which will be spouting Mokelumne River water synchronized to music on the sidewalk in front of the Hotel Sutter.  The public is invited to come to the hotel at 53 Main Street, between 2:00 and 5:00 pm  for a reception to celebrate this major event, a month-long exhibition of original artwork that showcases the 97-mile-long river that is the source of water for 1.4 million people.  The 40 pieces of visual and literary art were recently created by artists from Calaveras and Amador counties who followed up on a Call for Artists by Amador Arts.

The human water fountain, titled “The River is a Woman,” is the creation of Pine Grove artist Leslie Vasquez who entered the project in the Performance Arts Category.  Her large granite-looking statue incorporates hidden tubes and mechanisms to hold and spurt water.  Like the fountains in Las Vegas, hers will also move to music that her husband musician David Vasquez composed, performed and recorded.

“The River is a Woman" fountain statue by local artist Leslie Vasquez
The reception on January 10 will be the first opportunity to view the final visual art submitted which includes paintings, photography, work in ceramics, glass, and jewelry, and most will be for sale.  Featured will be an entry in the Literary Arts category, a poem created and read by Kevin Fritson. Music, as well, is a category in the project, and Meghan O’Keefe will be performing her original River Reflections composition.  The premier of a short video which has been produced about the project and its artists will also be featured at the reception.

The River Reflections exhibition will continue at the Hotel Sutter, open seven days a week, through January. In February, all the artwork will be moved to be showcased in the headquarters building of EBMUD in Oakland, and will return in March for a showing at the historic Hotel Leger in Mokelumne Hill.
River Reflections is a landmark arts endeavor created by AmadorArts, aka Amador County Arts Council, as a “Creative California Communities” Project funded by the California Arts Council.  Project partners are the Calaveras County Arts Council, the Foothill Conservancy, and East Bay Municipal Utility District.

For more information, visit or call 209-267-9038.

Wednesday, December 31, 2014

Local songwriter to release and perform original music to honor Mokelumne River for "River Reflections" event

SATURDAY JANUARY 10, 2015. 2-5 PM.

SUTTER CREEK CALIFORNIA. River Reflections showcases the works of 50 artists, inspired by the Mokelumne River, to bring understanding and appreciation to the source of water for 1.4 million people. River Reflections project is a partnership of Amador and Calaveras Arts Council, Foothill Conservancy and East Bay Municipal Utility District. In addition to performances by other local artists, Meghan Joy OʼKeefe will perform her new original song, “The Mokelumne River.” Her new album, entitled RIVER REFLECTIONS, highlights “life lessons, summer days, childrenʼs play, and The Mokeʼs ancient yet continuous contributions to humanity,” said OʼKeefe.

Meghan Joy OʼKeefe grew up in Amador County and has performed her original music at local venues including The Amador County Fair, AmadorArts Free Concert Series, ACRAʼs New Yearʼs Eve Bash, Farmerʼs Markets, Fundraisers, and on TSPN. Since 1999 OʼKeefe has continuously taught a variety of arts education workshops to private and public schools throughout California and Ohio. RIVER REFLECTIONS consists of Piano, Vocals, and two songs written in collaboration with three of OʼKeefeʼs workshop attendees. This will be OʼKeefeʼs second independent album release. The covers are 100% biodegradable, hand-folded, and hand-labeled. RIVER REFLECTIONS, by Meghan Joy OʼKeefe, will be for sale at all River Reflections Artist Receptions and additionally at Rosebudʼs Cafe, 26 Main Street, Jackson CA. 30% of profits will go to AmadorArts.

Tuesday, December 30, 2014

Creative Self-Exploration Class - Sat Feb 21

Creative Self-Exploration Class
  Join Wendy Ward, Certified Intentional Creativity Coach in this exploratory class where you will collage 5"x8" cards rich with symbolic imagery based on the SoulCollage(R) mehtod developed by Seena B. Frost.
***No artistic experience needed!
*Sat. Feb 21, 10am - 2pm
*10877 Conductor Blvd. Sutter Creek
*Cost $55 pre-registration
$8 material fee
Call Barbara at 256-1365 or email

Friday, December 26, 2014

A weekend of Americana Music on Highway 49 - Jan 17 & 18

Music all weekend in Amador County’s smallest towns
Saturday January 17 and continuing on Sunday January 18, Amador City and Drytown will be full of live music from one in the afternoon until nightfall.
At 1 pm Saturday, Feist Wines releases their 2014 Amador County Viognier to the backdrop of The Church Street Sinners singing their raw, original Americana porch music.  Also playing is award winning winemaker Tony Feist, with local legend Allen Frank sitting in for an eclectic mix of country, rock and folk.

The Feists, long committed to the ethic of farm to fork, will pair their wines that day with a myriad of local cheeses. Their 2012 Viognier, made from the same vineyard received a best of class award at the El Dorado County Fair.

The Church Street Sinners
As things wind down in Amador City at 4pm the music moves down the street to the Drytown Club.  They host Chris O’Connell, called the “greatest female country singer of her generation,” onstage at 7 pm.  Her reputation is permanently safe as a charter member of Asleep at the Wheel. She was a major force in establishing that band as the world's great touring western swing band. She proves effective at tearing out hearts with wrenching ballads and raising the roof with smoking big band dance numbers.

Chris O’Connell
O’Connell remembers her first winter touring, a frozen winter traipsing through the snow, learning the songs of Hank Williams, Loretta Lynn, and Moon Mullican. "Those songs, those hills, that cold old snow, that was my higher education" says O'Connell. The Drytown Club show starts at 7 pm and there is a $10 cover charge. This intimate, authentic venue fills up quickly.
To finish the weekend Feist Wines hosts The South Sac Jooks from 1p.m. to 4pm Sunday. Rudy Cunyo, Darius Houshmand and his son Jake play riveting jug band blues that are exciting and infectious. The gypsy guitar of Cunyo is reminiscent of the Buena Vista Social Club and their energy is top notch.

South Sac Jooks

And for more blues to finish the weekend, Allen Frank’s Doghouse Blues plays their Sunday gig at the Drytown Club starting at 4 p.m. Combine soulful blues with local wine and cold beer for a transcendent experience.
Between Drytown and Amador City there has been a lot of great music lately, and there is about to be some more.