Wednesday, June 22, 2016

Los Angeles Rock Americana comes to Downtown Sutter Creek - Fri July 9

Los Angeles Rock Americana comes to Downtown Sutter Creek
Music Scene Thrives in Amador County
Feist Wines welcomes the Los Angeles Rock-Americana band, The Americans, to their new tasting room at 15 Eureka Street in Sutter Creek on Friday, July 9 at 7 p.m.

T. Bone Burnett terms the Americans, “genius twenty-first century musicians that are reinventing American heritage music…it sounds even better…”  and Greil Marcus says of the group, "From the first rolling guitar notes, carrying sadness and defiance like dust, this sweeps me up: I want to know everything about where that feeling came from, and where it's going."

With credits such as performing on the Late Show with David Letterman and playing the first dance at Reese Witherspoon’s wedding, the Americans are rising stars in original rock and roll with deep roots in traditional American music.

“These guys are awesome,” says Tony Feist, proprietor at Feist Wines, “They bring an energy and vitality at the forefront of the music scene today. It is amazing to host musicians of this caliber.” The Americans are first in a summer concert series at Feist Wines that features Sean Watkins, The Lowest Pair and Smooth Hound Smith who are currently on tour with the Dixie Chicks.

General admission tickets are $20 and are available at the Sutter Creek tasting room or at

Monday, June 6, 2016

Sutter Creek Provisions Presents: The Carolyn Sills Combo - Fri June 10

The Carolyn Sills Combo


Join us in welcoming The Carolyn Sills Combo to the Provisions stage Friday, June 10th 2016!

"With The Carolyn Sills Combo’s debut disc, fans of ‘proper country’ have some new heroes," says Country Music People Magazine. A roots music group with a vintage sound older than its years, The Carolyn Sills Combo is breathing fresh life and heartfelt twang into the timeless sounds of post-war American music.  Nominated for a 2016 Ameripolitan Award for Western Swing group, fans of classic country and western swing are falling in love with the band's original songs, written and produced by Sills and her longtime guitarist and husband, Gerard Egan.   The Carolyn Sills Combo received 4 nominations from the Academy of Western Artists in 2014 for western swing group, western swing album, western swing song (Bad for You) and western swing female singer, all for their 2013 debut album release.

The cowboy loving duo attracted top Monterey Bay area players for their combo, featuring Charlie Joe Wallace on steel guitar, Jim Norris on drums and Sunshine Jackson on harmony vocals and percussion. Sills and Egan are heavily influenced by spaghetti western films as well as their vinyl record collection, citing a wide range of influences from Bob Wills, Patsy Cline and Merle Travis and Les Paul & Mary Ford. Word of their authentic live show is spreading quickly throughout California, chock full of three part vocal harmonies, dueling guitar and steel instrumentals and tight arrangements of their own distinct brand of Americana.  "This is real, swinging, juke box music," says Sills.  "We're tipping our hats to the music that made us want to play, and hoping our original takes on these classic styles will keep the genres moving forward.'

The Carolyn Sills Combo’s debut is available through their website and iTunes, CD Baby and Amazon.
Their second release, Dime Stories Vol 2, will be out May 27th, 2016.
"Bad for You"
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Tuesday, May 31, 2016

Dinner & Show at The National Hotel featuring Guitarist Gordon Rowland and Jazz Harpist Motoshi Kosako - Sun June 5

Dinner & Show at the National Hotel 

Beautiful Acoustic Harp & Guitar Music!
Sunday June 5th from 2PM until 7PM.
Chef Chuck Swisher, Guitarist Gordon Rowland and Jazz harpist
Motoshi Kosako team up for a dinner show

at the National Hotel Sunday June 5th from 2PM until 7PM.

To reserve a VIP table on the balcony
call (209) 257 2595 other details (209)256 9906

Monday, May 23, 2016

The Mermaid News: Art & Activities for May/June 2016

We've got a variety of classes coming up at Wendy Ward's Studio that I hope catch your interest.  If you have a workshop suggestion, please send it to me by replying to this email. As working artists, we are grateful for your support whenever you take a class, purchase artwork, come to a show, or just pass the word on about what's goin' on here at the Studio!

I'm opening this Mermaid News with a poem I wrote about the Mermaid Muse as I painted her. She recently sold and is now living in Florida (what better place for a Magical Mermaid?)

Wishing you Mermaid Magic!
Cheers, Wendy
Studio Play Dates
Join us ~ we love seeing new faces!
Every Monday
10am - 1pm  (**new times**)

~ Enjoy Community & Space for Creative Play ~
Bring a project you're working on or come for inspiration & ideas. See what others are working on and try new materials & techniques.  
$15 basic tools & materials available for use

Wendy Ward Studio & Creative Center
at the Red Corral  22594 Hwy 88 Ste 18, Pioneer
Register NOW for this Fun class - Just a few spots left! 
Class held at Amador Yoga ~ 218 Water St., Jackson
Images ~ Imagination ~ Intuition

Join our growing community!
Introduction to SoulCollage®is a pre-requisite for the following: 

1st saturday Card-Making
Sat.,  June 4th   9:00-12:30
not a structured class, it's time & space for you to create cards. Optional time at end of workshops to explore meanings of new cards.
$20 includes loads of images & supplies to make 3 cards

Private SoulCollage Readings
I offer privately facilitated SoulCollage readings. You must have at least 4 cards and have taken the Introduction to SoulCollage class. $45 for 1 hour.
Introduction to SoulCollage
Sat.  July 9   10:00am - 4pm

Join certified SoulCollage facilitator, Wendy Ward, in this exploratory workshop where you'll learn the basics of SoulCollage and create several 5x8 cards. You will have several opportunities to practice "reading" some of the cards you make.

$65 fee includes SoulCollage starter kit ($18 value!)
Register with the BUTTON BELOW or
mail a check to: Wendy Ward, PO Box 536, Pioneer, CA 95666

All SoulCollage workshops held at Wendy Ward Studio at the Red Corral
Register INTRO SoulCollage
$55 per session;   Pre-registration required
Wendy @ 209-295-2224 or Theresa @ 209-295-2003
Register JUNE 14 ~ 2nd Chakra class
NEW class offered in JULY!   June class is FULL! 
Register Sip 'n Paint Mermaids ~ July 15
More Classes!
Register NOW - only a few spots left in Karen's class!
June Series ~ special rate for 5 classes!
Class size very limited for this fun class ~ register now!
Painting with Encaustics
with Cynthia Dunn-Selph
Sat.  June 18th ~  10am - 3pm
Encaustic means "to burn in" in Latin and is the process of painting with pigmented beeswax that is melted and fused to a hard surface. This ancient art form has a unique look and texture and is compatible for use in mixed media. In this workshop you'll discover what tools will get you started and the basic techniques to explore this diverse medium.

Class size limited; Pre-registration required!
$50 class fee. Materials list provided with registration; starter kit can be purchased from instructor for $55.

To Register contact: Cynthia Dunn-Selph at; facebook at Cynthia Dunn-Selph or call 623-703-3806
no refunds on cancellations less than 2 days prior to class

Class held at Wendy Ward's Studio at the Red Corral Plaza
I'll have an Artist Booth at the Barbera Festival for the first time on June 11th, so if you're going to the festivities, stop by and say 'hi'!
In closing I'd like you to introduce you to "Phyllis", my latest painting. Phyllis started out as a Water Baby and during the painting process, her story revealed she had dove deep into the sea and swam with the Mermaids. Now, she has surfaced refreshed and sees things with new eyes.

til next time ~ all the best!  
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Friday, May 20, 2016

Main Street Theater Works: Join the Adventure with "The Explorers Club" - June 24-July 23

Main Street Theatre Works kicks off their Summer Season at the Kennedy Mine Amphitheater
Jackson, CA – Main Street Theatre Works (MSTW) kicks off its 2016 Summer Season at the Kennedy Mine Amphitheatre in Jackson, with The Explorers Club, by Nell Benjamin. The Explorers Club is a comedic look at Victorian adventurers who ponder the mysteries of science and nature, while genteelly getting blotto. What better opportunity for you to pack a picnic dinner, your favorite beverage and take in all the crazy adventures of these infamous explorers. The Explorers Club runs every Friday and Saturday, June 24th - July 23rd. Doors open at 6:30 for picnics; show starts at 8:00. Patrons are encouraged to come early with their dinners, chairs and jackets. The Kennedy Mine Amphitheatre is located at 1127 North Main Street in Jackson.

It’s 1879 and London’s prestigious Explorers Club is in crisis ~ Their acting president, Lucius Fretway,  (Christopher Celestin), wants to admit a woman explorer, a Miss Phyllida Spotte-Hume (Amber Lucito). True, this female candidate is brilliant, beautiful, and has discovered the legendary Lost City of Pahatlabong, but the decision to let a woman into the club would shake the very foundation of the British Empire. Phyllida brings with her one of the tribesmen from the Lost City, a very wily and colorful Luigi, (Scott Divine) to meet the Queen. This in and of itself is most impressive to the other explorers (Scott Taylor, Mike Sicilia, Paj Crank and Brandon Rapoza), but things get out of hand, literally, at the royal presentation. When Sir Bernard Humphries (Earl Victorine), private secretary to Queen Victoria, comes to the club to investigate this international incident, war of sorts is declared. A deserted explorer (Joshua Behn), an Irish assassin, an angry mob, and lots of mixed cocktails fly in the face of civility and tradition in the Explorers Club.

Time Out NY raves: “. . .the most impressive act of mixology belongs to playwright Nell Benjamin, whose comedy recipe goes a little like this: two parts Blackadder, one part Monty Python, a dash of Shaw, shake wildly and garnish with fresh feminist ire."

The Explorers Club runs June 24th - July 23rd.

Hand kissing ~ Christopher Celestin as Lucius, Amber Lucito as Phyllida, Scott Taylor as Percy
Fainting ~ Christopher Celestin as Lucius, Scott Taylor as Percy, Amber Lucito as Phyllida
Main Street Theatre Works is a professionally-oriented theatre company, performing in the heart of Amador County. Now entering its 22nd season, MSTW continues to be dedicated to bringing professional and community theatre artists together to produce classical and contemporary plays, striving for a balance that stimulates both artists and audiences.
Kennedy Mine Amphitheater
The setting for the amphitheater is truly spectacular. Located on the Kennedy Mine property, patrons walk past an old tailing wheel (used when the mine was in operation), across an old bridge, into a grass-covered, terraced bowl, surrounded by majestic oaks. There the stage is set for picnicking and enjoying professional quality productions. You are truly sitting on a gold mine, enjoying theatre under the stars.

Performances are Friday and Saturday nights, with gates opening at 6:30, show starting at 8:00. Patrons are encouraged to come early with picnics, chairs and jackets. The Kennedy Mine Amphitheatre is located at 1127 N. Main Street in Jackson.

Performance Dates and Times
Fridays and Saturdays
Gates open at 6:30pm for picnics. Show starts at 8:00pm.
The Explorers Club
June 24th - July 23rd
Ticket Prices
Adults - $20.00
Seniors: $17.50
Students/Children 18 & under - $12.00
Family Pack (2 adults/2 students) - $54.00
Tickets available at the gate, Hein & Company in Jackson,
Amador Chambor of Commerce, Amador Council of Tourism, or online at

Wednesday, May 18, 2016

AmadorArts Announces Free Summer TGIF Concerts Line-Up

It’s a summer tradition 18 years strong - going to outdoor concerts every Friday evening in Amador County is gearing up once again. “TGIF” was created by AmadorArts to be a community-oriented concert series, and that value remains true today, even though many other summer concerts have come on the scene.

One of the most important positives of TGIF is that admission is free to all. The 10 weekly concerts, each at a different outdoor setting, provide an experience for locals and visitors to unite around good music and picnicking, enjoyed in a variety of beautiful environments. Being able to spread out your blanket and your chairs, eat and sip whatever you want, and invite friends and family to join you, is a real summertime joy!

The popularity of TGIF has grown dramatically. To pay the musicians and other costs, the 34-year-old non-profit AmadorArts relies on sponsorships, ads in the Program, and individuals when the “buckets are passed” at each concert.

For more details, contact AmadorArts Executive Director Terra Forgette at 209-267-9038 or by emailing

Get ready!  Here is the schedule of the AmadorArts 2016 TGIF Free Summer Music Series:
June 10th - Preston Castle, Ione - Slade Rivers Band
June 17th- Plymouth City Park - The Hot Dark
June 24th- Minnie Provis Park, Sutter Creek- Black Irish Band
July 1st- Detert Park, Jackson - Dennis Johnson & the Mississippi Ramblers
July 8th- Hanford Court, Sutter Creek  - Jeramy Norris & the Dangerous Mood
July 15th- Volcano Amphitheater, Volcano - Juke Box Gumbo
July 22nd - Pioneer Park, Pioneer - Darcel & Company
August 5th - Kennedy Gold Mine - Coyote Hill
August 12th- Italian Picnic Grounds, Sutter Hill- The Esquires
August 19th - Terra d’Oro Winery, Plymouth - Blow Daddy