Wednesday, July 26, 2017

Debbie Wolfe & Halfmoon Highway featured at August 11 TGIF Concert in Pioneer

The AmadorArts’ TGIF summer concerts heads upcountry to Pioneer and the Mollie Joyce Park on Friday, August 11. Featured that night starting at 6:00 pm will be Debbie Wolfe & Halfmoon Highway.  This 4-person band showcasing Debbie Wolfe’s heartfelt vocals has delighted and enchanted audiences throughout the U.S. with a distinctive blend of Americana, bluegrass, and old-time country.To reach Mollie Joyce Park, turn off Highway 88 in Pioneer oton Carson Drive opposite the post office. Turn left on Woodfern Drive, and the park will be on the left.

The band’s original compositions are filled with a charm and melodic style that is reminiscent of the Appalachian tradition. With years of experience, amazing harmonies, and exceptional musicianship, this band will provide a highly entertaining show for this next to the last TGIF concert.

The band is comprised of Debbie Wolfe (lead vocals/songwriter), JW Wolfe (guitar/songwriter), Russ Abraham (mandolin/banjo/guitar), and Jesse Guerra (bass). “My Hometown” album was released early in 2015 by Wolfsong Music. They are currently in the studio recording their second album, titled, “Love Don't Come Easy,” which is scheduled for release in 2017.

AmadorArts, a non-profit public benefit organization in the county for 35 years, is proud to bring these free concerts to the parks of Amador County, as it has for 19 years.  Next Friday, August 18, will the finale of the season. The event at Terra d’Oro Winery will feature music by Jeramy Norris & the Dangerous Mood and the presentation of the annual Patrons of the Arts Awards.  For more information, call 209-267-9038or visit     

Thursday, July 20, 2017

Free Mini Art Workshop - Sun July 23

Kit Carson Lodge invites YOU….
WHO: All ages, all levels and be ready to experiment
WHERE: at Kit Carson Lodge’s ping-pong table area
WHEN:  July 23 , Sunday, 1 0 :30 –  1  pm.
It's a fun art process!
You can also enjoy having lunch on the  lodge's deck.

For more information : 209- 258-8500

Wicked Sisters perform at TGIF Concert in Pine Grove Park - Fri July 21

The AmadorArts’ TGIF summer series heads to Pine Grove on Friday, July 21. Featured that night starting at 6:00 pm will be the Wicked Sisters who are three Amador teacher friends, Tami McBroom, Lynn Vasquez, Anne Jeffries, plus Harry Briggs rounding out the four-part harmonies the group creates. They also share their instruments which include guitar, ukulele, mandolin, percussion, and flute.

Around the region since 2007, the band is known for their feisty and edgy side and play acoustic folk, pop, country and blues, both originals and covers. Give this homegrown fun group an Amador upcountry welcome.

The FREE concert starts at 6:00 pm, but many arrive earlier to these TGIF free events to secure their spots, bringing friends, chairs and picnics. Pine Grove Park is on the south side of Highway 88, next to the fire station.

AmadorArts, a non-profit public benefit organization in the county for 35 years, is proud to bring these free concerts to the parks of Amador County, as it has for 19 years.  Next Friday, July 21, TGIF will be featuring the Church Street Sinners in Jackson’s Kennedy Mine Park, just a half mile off Highway 49, turning by the Linda Vista Motel. For more information, call 209-267-9038 or visit:





Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Amador City Arts Reception - Fri July 21

Please come meet the artist's at the opening art reception of
"What Can I Do With an Old Book?"
Friday, July 21, 5 to 8pm.
While viewing this unique exhibit, you will hear the music of Herb Boxhorn and enjoy some tasty treats!
Invite all your friends...
Little City Studio & Gallery
Main St.downtown Amador City
For more information: 209-256-0781

Monday, July 17, 2017

August Show in AmadorArts Gallery to feature photography by Justin Allen and ceramic sculptures by Michele Fisher

Two creative types who had earlier careers in not-so-creative fields will be featured in August in the AmadorArts Gallery in Sutter Creek. Justin Allen grew up in Amador County, went away, worked in Sony Electronics and now is a thought provoking photographer. Michele Fisher was a psychotherapist for 30 years and now creates unique combinations of ceramic sculptures with different elements of re-purposed furniture and wood elements. See this unusual show starting on the 1st Saturday Art Trek on August 5 and running until August 27. A reception on August 5 will honor the artists from 2:00 to 5:00 pm at the gallery located in Sutter Creek at 11-A Randolph St. Hours on weekends are 11:00 am to 4:00 pm.

After graduating from Fresno State, Justin Allen moved to San Diego and worked at Sony for 11 years. He didn’t quit or get laid off, but says he “retired.“  He lost his taste/smell in 2007 when he crashed on his bicycle.  This is when he began his photography career and discovered that “it’s possible to love what you do for a living.”   His compositions are very simple and he likes to make boring things interesting and find things that no one else really sees.  Justin says that photography is way more fun than being trapped inside a boring cubicle in front of a computer.  And claims his personality is inside his photos, like ”peaceful, carefree, colorful and nonsensical.” Justin adds he doesn’t want to be like anyone else. If he wanted to be a fashion photographer, he would have moved to Los Angeles.  He says the best artists are the ones who never grow up, and he recommends the book “The War of Art.”

His advice is, “Regardless of what's going on in your life, channel it into your work. Try to be outdoors as much as you can. Take long walks.”
Above/below: Photography by Justin Allen

Sharing the exhibit will be Michele Fisher and her powerful and stunning ceramic sculptures, held over for another month. Iconography, mythology, symbolism are all represented in her work. Influences came from her experiences working with people in her career as a psychotherapist, her exposure to the art she saw in her youth while traveling in Europe and the Middle East.  The themes of nature and also of universal human struggle sometimes combine with archetypal forms and the influence of both Gothic and Byzantine art.
Ceramic sculpture by Michele Fisher
The AmadorArts Gallery is open during the week, Tuesday through Friday, but it’s best to call ahead, 209-267-9038, because the staff might be out for meetings. The next exhibit starting September 2 will be the Preview Show to the Open Studios Tour presented by the Amador County Artists Association.

AmadorArts TGIF concert series presents The Church Street Sinners - Fri Aug 4

The AmadorArts’ TGIF summer concerts head to the Kennedy Gold Mine Park (NOT the Amphitheatre) in Jackson on Friday, August 4. Featured that night starting at 6:00 pm will be The Church Street Sinners. The Kennedy Gold Mine Park is shady with a green lush lawn. The elevated stage has a backdrop of historic red brick. Turn off of Highway 49 by the Linda Vista Motel and drive down the hill a half mile where there’s plenty of free parking.

The Church Street Sinners are an Amador County band fronted by the captivating vocals of Sarah Hart with the instrumental talents of Steve Doss, Allen Frank. Playing together since 2011, The Church Street Sinners specialize in "American Porch Music", blending Americana, and Appalachian traditions with County Western Blues and Folk music.

An entertaining mix of co-written original songs and covers, The Church Street Sinners will cool you off this warm August night. Steve Doss is a hard-working bass player who loves Texas swing. Allen Frank is a guitarist and dobro player, and the owner of Drytown Club, the best local spot for your dancin' shoes. Both gentleman work with bands all over the U.S. Bryan Hart sings and plays the guitar and banjo. Sarah Hart, vocalist and fiddler, has a lifelong education in music and culture, intent on honoring the long tradition of rural American music.

Before the concert, if you want to take a guided tour of the historic Kennedy Mine, it will begin at the Change House from 4:00 pm. Adults are $10; kids 6-12 are $6. Also tonight, “burgers and bites” will be available if you don’t want to bring your own picnic. But still bring your own chairs.

AmadorArts, a non-profit public benefit organization in the county for 35 years, is proud to bring these free concerts to the parks of Amador County, as it has for 19 years.  Next Friday, August 11, TGIF will be featuring Debbie Wolfe and Halfmoon Highway in Pioneer at the Mollie Joyce Park. For more information, call 209-267-9038 or visit     

Amador County Arts Council
11A Randolph Street
PO BOX 206
Sutter Creek, Ca 95685
209 267 9038

Monday, July 10, 2017

Rehabilitative Arts Programs Expand To All State Prisons



Rehabilitative Arts Programs Expand To All State Prisons

Arts in Corrections contracts awarded for fourth year

SACRAMENTO – The California Arts Council (CAC) has awarded new contracts to 12 arts organizations providing rehabilitative services to California inmates through Arts in Corrections (AIC). Through a partnership of CAC and the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDCR), arts programming now reaches all 35 state adult correctional institutions – a significant increase from the 20 institutions served by the program in the previous fiscal year.

Administered by CAC, the program enhances rehabilitative goals, improves the safety and environment of state prisons and combats recidivism. Services provided span the full spectrum of art disciplines, with organizations offering instruction in theater, guitar, dance, creative writing and Native American beadwork, among many others.

"The state's continued support of Arts in Corrections is indicative of the positive change happening throughout California's prisons," said CDCR Secretary Scott Kernan. "We are proud to partner with the California Arts Council to provide these life-changing programs that promote positive expression while also guiding offenders to deeper understanding of their emotions and choices."

AIC is made possible by funding from the Division of Rehabilitative Programs at CDCR. Since the program's re-launch in 2013, CDCR's investment has increased from $2.5 million in the first two years to an $8 million commitment. California’s AIC program has become internationally renowned for its high-impact, innovative approach to addressing the state's critical public safety needs and rehabilitative priorities through the arts.

"It is a watershed moment to bring Arts in Corrections programming to all of California's state adult institutions, building upon the momentum of its success," said Ayanna Kiburi, Interim CAC Director. "Inmates have the opportunity to work with incredible California artists and arts organizations to find the power to effect change through creative expression – to change how they interact with others, how they see themselves, and the overall trajectory of their lives."
For more information, visit