Wednesday, August 15, 2012

The Herrick’s and Jack Mitchell Named 2012 “Patrons of the Arts”

   At its final T.G.I.F. concert of the season AmadorArts announced the 2012 Patron the Arts awards. The prestigious honor was  presented to Al and Lois Herrick, owners of The Hanford St. Gallery, and to Jack Mitchell, publisher of the Amador Ledger-Dispatch.  Each year AmadorArts recognizes community members who stand out for what they have done for the arts in our county, giving time and energy to promote, encourage and support the arts in Amador County.

Al and Lois Herrick are a great team who have made Hanford St. Gallery not only a beacon for the arts in Sutter Creek, but for the entire region. Their gallery, which is located at 291 Hanford St., old Highway 49, next to Days Inn, features each month a different artist with unique quality.  They’ve been donating a percentage of their gallery earnings each month to ASAF which now has become part of AmadorArts.

The First Saturday Art Trek was their idea to foster a spirit of collaboration with other galleries, artists and the art community in general.  Their gallery hosted the Amador County Artists Assoc. Student Art Show for Amador High this year, and last year after Cabaret, our Art Deco Student Show. Lois participated as one of the Art X the Inch mural artists working with high school students.

The Herrick’s moved from the Bay Area 36 years ago settling in the Shenandoah Valley, taking one 3-year break to live in San Francisco. After helping their son open Chaos glassworks, they refurbished the old Sutter Diner which sat idle after a fire. The effort culminated with the opening in April of 2011 of the Hanford St. Gallery.  Lois has spent a lifetime in the arts, from studying art at UCLA, San Francisco Academy of Art, San Francisco Art Institute, plus many years in the commercial arts field in New York and L.A.  Throughout, she has continued drawing and exploring painting techniques. Al spent 30 years as a ship's engineer and another 10 years in the non-profit world of homeless shelters and hospice service and tries to find time to work on his digital photography.

Al & Lois Herrick - Jack Mitchell

Jack Mitchell is an innovative entrepreneur and an important arts supporter as he fills the pages of his papers and on-line sites with continuous year-round coverage of all the arts in our area.  He oversees the Friday Ledger-Dispatch, the mid-week Goldmine, and the which has over 300,000 pageviews and averages over 80,000 visits. The sister website, www.myachome, provides an interactive social media allowing businesses to connect and hold conversations with their customer. Jack is not one to just sit behind a desk. He’s out and about stating the case for Amador and changes in the world of communications. His paper earlier this year was named by Editor & Publisher as one of “10 Newspapers That Do it Right.”  Just a few days ago, Jack was quoted in the San Francisco Chronicle about the Lincoln Mine set to open this fall. He sees the value of community interaction by covering, among many subjects, the arts.  He and his competent staff provide invaluable assistance in helping AmadorArts and other arts organizations to get the word out about the good work we all do to enrich the lives of residents and visitors.

Amador County Arts Council

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