Monday, January 28, 2013

"The Artist's Sketchbook" - Sat Feb 2

"The Artist's Sketchbook"
an exhibition opening this Thurday with an artist reception on
 
Saturday, February 2, 4 to 7 pm.
Hanford St. Gallery
Sutter Creek
 
This will be a very unusual group show exploring the inner workings of the artist's process.
It would be wonderful to visit with you at the reception. 
Sincerely,
Katherine Venturelli

Wednesday, January 23, 2013

Sutter Creek Theater Presents: Tim Farrell & Michael Manring - Fri Jan 25

Tim Farrell & Michael Manring - StringSongs concert
Award winning fingerstyle guitar and bass
FRIDAY Jan 25, 8:00 pm
$18 adv / $20 day of show
Tickets: www.SutterCreekTheater.com

“One of the new trailblazers” - John Schroeter, Founder of Fingerstyle Guitar Magazine
With so many guitarists trying to make their mark these days, it’s not easy being a “trailblazer.” Yet, that perfectly defines Tim Farrell. His fingerstyle playing and original compositions display an elegant simplicity that celebrates the purity of the acoustic guitar. Tim is a rare kind of musician, with the ability to both entertain an audience and inspire future generations of players.


 

 
Hailed by many as the world's leading solo bassist, Michael Manring has been pushing back the boundaries of what's possible on the bass guitar for over two decades. While his technical skill and innovations always make an impression, it is his ability to communicate on a profound emotional level that most touches listeners. As editor Tom Darter wrote in Keyboard Magazine, after sseing one of Michael's solo concerts, "Forget his astounding technique and musicality, forget his absolute command of his instrument, forget how seamlessly the musical ideas and the performance of them were wedded together, the enlightenment came most from feeling the joy Michael felt to be playing his brand of transcendental chops and musical understanding."


Amador's Got Talent - Sat Feb 16


Grand Opening of AmadorArts Office & Gallery set for February 2

It may be small, but from small acorns, big oaks grow.  That could be the slogan of AmadorArts’ effort to have a bit of storefront visibility in the region. The non-profit, which began in 1982, is holding its Grand Opening of its gallery and office on Saturday, February 2. The public is invited to celebrate by dropping by 11-A Randolph St. in Sutter Creek from 1:00 – 7:00 pm.  Those are the hours of First Saturdays Art Trek, a monthly event they can now participate in.  If you come by between 4:00 – 6:00 pm, you’ll be part of the premiere Artists Reception honoring the first three artists to exhibit. Guitarist Keith Evans will be performing, wine will flow, and there’ll be finger food for all. 


The new office/gallery of AmadorArts is adjacent to the historic Monteverde Store, now a museum, a block off Main Street; turn at Back Roads Café. The front room of arts council’s space is surrounded on all sides by a mural painted by long-time Amador artist and high school art teacher Rand Huggett.  The history of Sutter Creek is cleverly depicted on a backdrop of the natural scenery of the Motherlode. The second room of the space is where local artists will be featured on an ever-changing basis. It’s also the office of new Executive Director Terra Forgette who’ll be present February 2 to meet and greet.
The first artists asked to show their works have been involved for many years with various aspects of the growth of AmadorArts. Sharon Galligan, whose colorful watercolors reflect many places around the world, has been on the Board of Directors of the council for over 20 years. She once organized the many exhibits at the old Sutter Creek Schoolhouse when the council occupied that large historic building in the 1990s. Her style ranges from realism to impressionism to occasional abstracts. Galligan has been in many juried shows and group exhibitions including in the Crocker, Triton, and Haggin Museums.
 
Likewise, Howard Rees has been helping AmadorArts nearly as long. His media is watercolor and oils. Rees loves painting and working with other artists. He conducts fun-filled, informative workshops in his studio, and “Plein Air” classes throughout the United States and Europe. He has produced three instructional videos on painting with watercolors, oils and painting from photographs, which will be available at the show.
Sarah Dixon, of the same generation as Galligan and Rees, is a relative newcomer to the region, but she’s offered her assistance at many events and planning meetings. Dixon, who works in oils and watercolor, divides her time between the San Francisco Bay Area and Atlanta. She brings to her work a background in dance and floral design that produces lyrical and whimsical paintings rendered precisely in vibrant colors.

Many events are planned to keep the gallery a center for arts activities, including arts-related meetings, art receptions and as the seasons change, surprises for guests. Regular hours are Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays, Fridays, 9:00 am to 2:00 pm.  Plus, on the First Saturdays Art Trek, hours will be 1:00 – 7:00 pm. AmadorArts mailing address is P.O. Box 206, Sutter Creek. Phone is (209)267-9038, Email info@amadorarts.org and website is www.amadorarts.org


Tuesday, January 22, 2013

February 2 is the next Art Trek - Now in 10 Galleries

The February 2nd Art Trek will see the addition of another gallery! AmadorArts will have its Grand Opening of its gallery and office at 11-A Randolph St. in Sutter Creek. The gallery is small in this space that’s adjacent to the historic Monteverde General Store, but it will feature an ever-changing roster of local artists. The monthly 1st Saturday Art Treks are scheduled from 1:00 – 7:00 pm. 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, or simply staying open a little longer. Maps are available on each gallery.

These are the participating 1st Saturday Art Trek galleries, with descriptions of what some of them are featuring February 2nd:
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

AmadorArts Gallery  Kicking off its first exhibit will be award-winning artists Sharon Galligan, Howard Rees, and Sarah Dixon. On Feb. 2 enjoy live music by guitarist Keith Evans, wine and appetizers, and meet the non-profit agency’s new Executive Director Terra Forgette. Don’t miss marveling at the wrap-around murals painted by Rand Huggett in the front room depicting the history of this Motherlode gem. 11-A Randolph St., Sutter Creek. 95685. Turn off Main St. one block by the Back Roads Café. www.amadorarts.org

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

Fine Eye Gallery – Nature’s Call – an exhibition featuring the work of watercolor painter, Rebecca Ryland of Davis and furniture maker, Andy Trinkle of Calaveras County. Looking into one of Ryland’s watercolors is like riding a skiff out into the delta wetlands and floating amidst the opalescent liquidity of morning’s dewy air. Trinkle has been transforming dead and felled trees into fine furniture for more than 30 years.  Each table, chair or bench is carefully considered, honoring the role nature has played in the figure of the wood.  71 Main St., Sutter Creek, CA 95685 www.fineeye.com

Gallery 10   Alice Duke Retrospective – Alice passed away this past November and in her honor a show of her work will be featured in February. She was one of 10 women who founded Gallery 10 in 1995. Starting the early 1960s, Alice, who had a great sense of humor, created watercolor paintings and etchings, and those works have been collected by many throughout the world. A reception honoring Alice will be held Feb. 2, from 2-4 pm. 15 Eureka St., Sutter Creek, CA 95685 www.gallery10suttercreek.com  

Hanford St. Gallery  - The Artist's Sketchbook - From handmade books to spiral wound pads it is all grist to the artist's mill, and here is your chance to look at the occasionally messy sketch creations of the art by about 20 local artists that you have long admired.  Some have agreed to allow purchase of reasonably priced prints, custom-made from your selection in their sketchbooks, and some artists will be displaying examples of finished work created from the sketches. A reception for the artists will take place Feb. 2nd, from 4 - 7pm. 291 Hanford St. (old Highway 49), Sutter Creek, CA 95685 www.hanfordstgallery.com
 
Little City Studio & Gallery  - There’ll be some new art on the high brick walls of this cozy authentic Gold Rush building along with other eclectic objects d’art, including woven shawls, jewelry, original paintings, collage, pottery, sculpture and more…at very reasonable prices. Open on Feb. 2nd  until about 5pm. Best to call first 209-267-9257. 14180 Main St., Amador City, CA 95601.

Petroglyphe Gallery  - Glass hearts by Robert Held will be featured in February. The distinctive hand blown art glass of Robert Held, who’s been producing art glass for 37 years and is soon retiring, are unique designs of colored glass which contain minerals such as copper, cobalt or gold.  His work has been chosen for many prestigious awards and collections.  See his many special glass hearts, just in time for Valentine’s Day.  8317 Main St.,  Mokelumne Hill, CA 95245www.gallerypetroglyphe.com

Sutter Creek Gallery -  Being a co-operative of about 30 local artists, the variety of art here is awesome. In February, the gallery is proud to present two new artists: Janet Piccola and her pottery of many styles, and  Julie Muela-Farris who is a charcoal and conte pastels artist, winner of ribbons at the Lodi Grape Festival for the last two years. Horses and the country life are her favored themes. Celebrate their joining the gallery at the First Saturday open house, February 2.  Gallery hours are 10 - 7 that day, with the featured artist reception beginning at 4pm.   35 Main St., Sutter Creek, CA 95685 www.suttercreekgallery.com

Valley View Interiors  - A design resource located in historic Sutter Creek. Current artists on display are Tricia Rissmann, contemporary abstracts and Kathryn Venturelli, mixed media and copper plate prints.  VVI specializes in residential and hospitality interiors. With 25 years of design experience, their goal is to assist customers in creating a space that reflects their style and sensibilities.They represent many well known manufactures of quality home furnishings, lighting, area rugs, drapery, art work and accessories. Offering space planning and design consultation for both remodel and new construction. Come by Feb. 2nd and meet Larry Shaw, interior designer. Refreshments will be served. 48 Main St., Sutter Creek, CA 95685.

Remember, “Art Enhances Life.”  


 The sketchbooks of 20 local artists will be the focus at the Hanford St. Gallery; “Transitions” by Tricia Rissmann will be featured in Valley View Interiors;


Calaveras Arts Council Presents The Joe Craven Trio for Ovations 2013 Performing Arts Series

Calaveras Arts Council’s second performance for the Ovations Performing Arts Series 2013 brings The Joe Craven Trio to the Dr. Elliott Smart Performing Arts Center in Angels Camp on January 27.  The theater is located at Bret Harte High School, 323 Highway 49, in Angels Camp.  These three very talented musicians, Joe Craven, John R. Burr, and Kendrick Freeman make up this power trio of key boards, key bass, drums, fiddle, mandolin, found instruments, and vocals.  Adult tickets are $25 and Youth 18 years and younger at $10.00.  This year the Calaveras Community Foundation is underwriting a limited number of youth tickets to help expose them to a variety of music and dance performances.  Free tickets are available for youth while they last. 
 
The LA Times writes, “The Joe Craven Trio is swinging inventiveness and authenticity. They present a celebration of surprisingly full sound for a party of three, paying tribute to traditional American Folk, Blues, New Orleans, Swing, Funk, as well as the music of Brazil, Haiti, Ireland, Cuba and Puerto Rico. The music is crisp, tight and full of groove.”  Their sound is unlike anything you’ve ever heard.
 
 
 
Joe Craven, a remarkably intuitive musician, has made music with many folks ranging from multi-string instrumentalist David Lindley to Blues slide guitar master Roy Rogers to Grateful Dead guitarist Jerry Garcia and with groups from Psychograss to The Persuasions to The Horseflies. He was percussionist and fiddler for mandolinist David Grisman for almost 17 years and was special guest with fusion banjo player Alison Brown and her Quartet for almost 7 years. “Virtuosic” says the LA Times and Jambands.com declares “The man recognizes no boundaries. He just won’t accept that no one is supposed to be that good at everything.”
 
“Joe Craven is one of the most creative and insightful musicians on the planet. With Craven's delightfully twisted sense of humor, his ability to play on anything with strings is nothing short of stupendous,” writes www.wildmansteve.com
 
John R. Burr is a rare pianist who combines jazz technique with a genuine love for folk music. He’s played and recorded with the likes of Maria Muldaur, Paul Chambers, Robben Ford, Paul Brady and fusion banjo player Alison Brown, The Philadelphia Weekly said, “Pianist extraordinaire John R. Burr has the most sparkling style since former Allman Brother turned Rolling Stone hired hand Chuck Leavell.” Discology wrote, “John R. Burr ranks with the best of the elegant jazzers.”
 
Kendrick Freeman’s continuing study of the drums has resulted in a versatility and skill that crosses many musical borders both as a player and teacher. Kendrick encountered African music in 1976 and has studied and performed with artists from Congo, Ghana and Haiti ever since.  Pulsewave.com writes “from outside to in the pocket, Kendrick brings insight and understanding coupled with contemporary feel and precision.”  A founding member of the project ToKenKi, Kendrick also worked for five years as Musical Director with San Francisco’s premiere Haitian dance company Group Petit La Croix, and maintains a connection to Haitian culture in New York and San Francisco.
 
Tickets are on sale now by going on line to www.calaverasarts.org or by calling (209) 754-1774.
 
The next Ovations performance is Sunday, February 24 with Chinyakare Ensemble Zimbabwe Dancers.
 
The non-profit Calaveras County Arts Council operates Gallery Calaveras at 22 Main Street in San Andreas.  Hours are weekdays, 9:00 am to 4:00 pm and Saturdays, 11:00 am to 3:00 pm. The gallery offers free parking both in front and in back and is handicapped accessible. The current Gallery Calaveras gallery art show is CopyCats, an artist interpretation of three images, a garden and white fence, a basket of vegetables, and a forest of trees.  Also on display are over 30 entries for the January 26 Chairs for Charity fundraiser in San Andreas.  For more information, call the Calaveras Arts Council at (209) 754-1774 or visit www.calaverasarts.org. END

Thursday, January 17, 2013

AmadorArts Free Friday Concert features Meghan O’Keefe - Fri Feb 1

Pianist/ vocalist/ songwriter Meghan O’Keefe is one of Amador County’s hottest rising stars, and you can catch her performance at AmadorArts’ Free Friday + Two concert on February 1st.  Get together some friends and head to Jackson to Teresa’s Place Banquet Room, in the back.  The fun starts at 6:00, ending at 8:00 pm, and it’s free, and  a great way to kick-off the weekend. 
 

O'Keefe's repertoire is soulful soft rock with the occasional surprise like when she belts out a powerful dose of Janis Joplin or Melissa Etheridge.  She likes to react to the audience and knows when to lay on the rock and when to play it soft.  In 2010 she won Amador’s Battle of Bands and she’s been performing like crazy ever since, building up a substantial fan base.  Her new album “27” will be available at this Feb. 1st event. O’Keefe currently teaches at Amador High Drama and sits on the boards of Main Street Theatre Works and the Amador Student Music Fund.

Teresa’s Place Banquet Room is located at 1235 Jackson Gate Rd. in Jackson. Remember, this is free. Drop by to enjoy the appealing personality and songs of this extraordinary young woman. Settle in with some of Teresa’s Italian fare and drinks, and think about how lucky we are to live in a place where good music and fun is so accessible, thanks to AmadorArts. For more information visit www.amadorarts.org or phone 209-267-9038.


Wednesday, January 16, 2013

Sutter Creek Theater Presents: Tom Rigney and Flambeau - Sat Jan 19

Tom Rigney and Flambeau
Electrifying cajun, zydeco, and more!
Saturday, Jan 19, 8:00 pm
$19 adv / $21 day of show
Tickets sold at: www.SutterCreekTheater.com
 
Tom Rigney, the fiery, electrifying violinist/composer, joins forces with some of the finest musicians on the San Francisco roots music scene to form Tom Rigney and Flambeau, a band that will tear the roof off of anyplace that has one and raise the spirits of everyone around. Rigney, after fifteen years at the helm of The Sundogs, has stepped out into the spotlight with a vengeance. Flambeau showcases his passionate, virtuoso fiddling, his commanding stage presence, his range, depth, and originality as a composer, and of course, those notorious red boots. His bandmates are veterans of the great bands of Charles Brown, Queen Ida, Roy Rogers, Clifton Chenier, and others, and together they generate enough heat and energy to ignite a dance floor or lift an audience to its feet.




Flambeau specializes in fiery Cajun and zydeco two-steps, low-down blues, funky New Orleans grooves, and heartbreakingly beautiful ballads and waltzes. Most of the repertoire is composed by Rigney, but they also mix in a few classics from the Cajun/zydeco/New Orleans songbook. And if, along the way, you pick up a trace of Rigney’s Irish roots or a little Swing and roots Rock and Roll, it just makes the musical gumbo that much tastier. In the past few year’s Rigney’s skills as a composer have broadened and deepened, and he is today writing some of the most evocative and uplifting music you will hear anywhere. And Rigney’s charismatic stage presence and high-energy delivery draw the audience into his performances and make them feel that they are an integral part of the music and the show.



Upcoming Amador County Arts Activities

Here are some of the arts activities coming up around Amador County


Music Events

"Free Fridays" Concert Series sponsored by AmadorArts Begin January 18
Get ready, Amador, to get down….to having a good time.  This winter, on Fridays every two weeks  AmadorArts will once again be presenting live local music from 6-8 pm. The first of the season will be January 18 in Ione at Castle Oaks Golf Club, and the four subsequent concerts will be at Teresa’s Place in Jackson. 
Kicking off the 2013 season will be Unkl Bean, a four-member band who will be performing in Caddy’s, the Bar & Grill at Castle Oaks. Unkl Bean plays tight arrangements of their original music, plus unique cover tunes spanning Western Swing, Country Rock, Rock-A-Billy, Rock & Roll, Blues. They also love to work out on killer jams, and we don’t mean marmalade.
No cover; it’s free!  The fun starts at 6:00, ending at 8:00 pm. The bar at Caddy’s will be open and available will be a limited menu of hamburgers, turkey or chicken tenders sandwiches, all served with fries.
Get a group of friends together; it’s a great way to kick-off the weekend.  The next “First Friday + 2”” will be February 1st at Teresa’s Banquet Room in Jackson featuring Swing Gitane. On Feb. 15, Electra Road will be on stage at Teresa’s, and two weeks later on March 1st, Carpe Duo – Kevin Fritson and Barry Duncan—will wind up the season.  Be sure to visit www.amadorarts.org., which is always updated with the latest info on these concerts and other events. Or, call the office of AmadorArts at 209-267-9038
Mother Lode Friends of Music Chamber Music Concert
Sunday, January 27, starting at 2 pm in the Sutter Creek Church of the Nazarene.  As always in this series, there is no admission charge.

Two of the Friends of Music’s favorite performing couples, violinist Corina Stoian and cellist Alexandru Dumitrache, and violinist Joseph Gold and violist Debbie Dare, who have thrilled our audiences separately on so many memorable occasions, will be performing together as a quartet for the first time.  Rather than a single opus, they have chosen four very attractive short works, one from each of the major periods of classical music:  Baroque, Classical, Romantic and Contemporary.  Then in the second half they join pianist Ron Brickman in a performance of the Quintet in A Major for piano and strings of Antonin Dvorak, one of the truly great masterpieces in the chamber music repertoire.

Open Mic Fridays at Rosebud’s Cafe
26 Main Street, Jackson 8:00 p.m. - 9:30 p.m. ALL AGES. Original works and Public Works (published before 1923) ONLY.  
Dinner is served until 8:30 p.m. on Fridays We serve Beer, Wine, and Coffee beverages as well as dessert all night.
This open mic is not only for music, but also stories, poetry, and any form of performance art. The dinning room was completely full last week and we stayed late sharing more music and stories (we were here until 10pm).

January 19: Kirkwood Inn - Live music from Old Soles with special guest Miche Baker-Harvey from Seattle!  Masha Goodman & Geff Crawford are "Old Soles", playing fiddle, banjo, guitar, ukulele, and serving up funny songs, love songs, cowboy songs, bluesy songs, songs about whiskey, wine, and waddling stampedes (you'll have to come hear for yourself, won't you?)
No cover, all ages, great food, friendly staff, blazing fire.
Saturday, 6:00-8:00pm, Highway 88 across from the Kirkwood Mountain Ski Resort.
   
January 27: Volcano Union Inn - Live music with Amador's foremost behind-the-times duo, Old Soles.  It was a full house for our last date at the Union.  Come see & hear (& taste) what all the fuss is about!  Fiddle, banjo, guitar, ukulele, funny songs, love songs, bluesy songs, cowboy songs, songs about beautiful Winding Streams.
Sunday 4:00-6:00pm. 
                    
January 15: House Concert near Sonora/Jamestown - Kevin Carr solo.
Kevin Carr will perform fiddle tunes, stories, and wonderful piping in his presentation is called "My Grandfather’s Fiddle".  This house concert offers a rare chance to hear a wonderful, unusual performance in a relaxed, intimate setting.
7:00-10:00pm, $15 includes light refreshments. Reservations required: Sam Greenberger: willoz@sbcglobal.net, 209-536-0391.
           
January 25 & 26: Say farewell to two much loved members of the Amador musical community Lynnette and Rick Lipp, who are moving to Southern California.
Friday and Saturday 5-10 p.m at the Jackson Rancheria Lone Wolf restaurant.      

Sunday Jan. 27 Speakeazy Jazz Orchestra at Senior Center
The 10-piece Speakeazy Jazz Orchestra will playing original vintage musical arrangements from the 20's and 30's on Sunday Jan. 27 starting at 2pm, featuring vocals by Chrissy Sleigh and Eric Johnson.$5 at the door, a portion of proceeds benefit the Senior Center. The High School Band Boosters will have a snack table and beverages.


Arts Education Opportunities

Experience “A Taste of the Arts” – February 23, 2013
Don’t miss this opportunity on Saturday, February 23, to take three 90-minute workshops of your choice given by some of our area’s top artists.  Presented by AmadorArts,  this third annual “mini arts institute” is open to residents in Amador and Calaveras Counties, or beyond, and specifically targets adults and junior and high school students.  From a menu of 15 classes,  attendees may select three courses that they would like to take.  To encourage folks to “take a taste” of the arts, either for the first time or for further exploration, AmadorArts has purposely kept the cost affordable. The cost is only $15 total for 3 classes, supplies included.
“ A Taste of the Arts” begins at 8:00 am for sign-in. Classes start at 8:30 and end at 2:00 pm at Amador High School in Sutter Creek. Pre- Registration is required.  A brochure is available that contains the Registration Form that can be mailed in with payment.  Or the website, www.amadorarts.org , has the entire Form that may be either printed and mailed in or filled in on-line and completed with a credit card payment through  PayPal.  
Classes will be filled on a first-come, first-served basis, with a maximum of 15 students for most classes.  Therefore it’s important to register early. The Registration Deadline is February 8. 
Regarding lunch at “A Taste of the Arts,” attendees will  be able to purchase on-site items catered by Clark’s Corner of Ione. Lunch will be from 11:45 to 12:30 ending with a 15-minute “Taste of…” Theatre Arts Performance.


Guitar Lessons with Matt Nestor

Matt Nestor has played guitar for over 10 years with a wide variety of musical experience.  Private 1/2 hour lessons available at the ACRA offices for $20.  Call 223 6349 to schedule, or go to www.goacra.org

Artist Opportunities

A call to artists who draw and keep a sketchbook:
As you may have heard we are forging ahead with an 
Artist's Sketchbook Show in February.
If you would like to participate please contact Al & Lois Herrick for more information.

Chairs for Charity returns to Calaveras County on Jan. 26, 2013
  Calling all artists!  Chairs for Charity is back.  Now is the time to put your creative thinking caps on and create the most unique chair, stool, bench, or artistic chair-like design that results in a “Work of Art”.
  Chairs for Charity returns to the San Andreas Town Hall on Saturday, January 26, 2013.  The fun starts at 5:00pm and runs to 8:00pm. The Town Hall has plenty of space for guests to sit and enjoy a delicious buffet dinner created by the Pickle Patch, enjoy a beverage from the no-host bar, visit with friends, participate in rounds of Xtreme Musical Chairs, select from the many valuable raffle prizes and, most importantly, bid on chairs and chair items in the live and silent auctions.
  Entry blanks showing specific deadlines for entries are now available at the Arts Council Gallery at 22 Main Street, San Andreas. Contact the Arts Council at 754-1774 or visit their website www.calaverasarts.org to learn more. 

The Path to Publication with Barbara McMahon
Bestselling ,award winning author, 80 novels, 16 million copies sold.
Three part series…
Feb.12th…The Path to Publication…Into to genre fiction, manuscripts basics, plot vs. characters and copyright basics.
Feb.19th…Traditional Publishing…Target publisher, agents, small press and contracts.
Feb.26th …Indie  Publishing , vs. Subsidy publishing… Strategies and expectations.
Cost: &45…
7pm… at the ACRA Conference Rooms 10877 Conductor Blvd. Sutter Creek Ca.
Contact ACRA at 223-6349,goacra.org or ktraverso@amadorgov.org for more info

Thank you for Supporting the Arts in Amador County!
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AmadorArts
Amador County Arts Council
11-A Randolph Street 
PO BOX 206
Sutter Creek, Ca 95685

Monday, January 14, 2013

Calaveras Arts Council: Who is the Best Copy Cat in the Gallery Calaveras?

White Fence and Garden photo taken by Ed Cline

Who is the Best Copy Cat in the Gallery Calaveras?

What could be more exciting and creative for both artist and art collector than
to see the imagery created by copying someone else’s work? Calaveras artists
were given the challenge to re-create in their own fashion works of art from one
of three, two of three, or three of three photos taken by Ed Cline, CCAC Board
President. Cline’s images that they are to interpret are a white fence and garden,
a wooded forest, or a basket of fresh, yummy vegetables.

The gallery show, Copy Cats, opens Saturday, January 19 with a reception from
1-3pm. The show ends Saturday, January 23. Gallery Calaveras is located in
the historic Odd Fellows and Masons building at 22 N Main Street, San Andreas.
Gallery hours are Monday through Friday, 9:00am – 4:00pm and Saturday
11:00am to 3:00pm.

Artists who have committed by press time include Lori Kelly, Pete Kelly,
Marilyn Hinsdale, Sumiko Mancinelli, Ann Nancy Macomber, Ruth Morrow,
Ken Winebrenner, Margaret Roberts, Maren Sampson, Cate Culver, Marilou
Cloudwalker, Helen Schofield, Jane Lucas, Antoinette May, Shay Baker, Susie
Hoffman and Judy Morgan. Others will also be stepping forward with their copy
cat imagery creation by the opening date. Gallery Group artist and volunteer Pat
Miltimore once said, “Creative people see that same thing differently and that is
why art is so expansive”. So, in other words expect a wide interpretation of the
white fence, wooded forest, and veggies.

The not-for-profit Calaveras Arts Council operates the Gallery Calaveras from
22 Main Street in San Andreas. The gallery offers free parking both in front
and in back and is handicapped accessible. The next show is ArtSpirit,
the high school art show. It runs from March 9 through April 20. For more
information, phone the Calaveras Arts Council at (209)754-1774 or visit
www.calaverasarts.org.




White Fence and Garden photo taken by Ed Cline

Friday, January 11, 2013

TSPN Interview: Amador Arts Executive Director Terra Forgette - "Open Mike" Friday



Amador Arts Executive Director Terra Forgette sits down with TSPN's Mike Spence in this week's edition  of "Open Mike" Friday.

Speakeazy Jazz Orchestra - Sun Jan 27

Sunday January 27 at 2pm at the Amador Senior Center, New York Ranch Rd,
Jackson

Come dance or listen to the smooth sounds of the 10-piece Speakeazy Jazz Orchestra.
The band will play tunes of the 1920’s and 30’s using original band instrumentation,
vintage music arrangements of the era, and will feature vocalists Chrissy Sleigh, Eric
Johnson, and others!

The Orchestra (SJO) has appeared this year at Ironstone Vineyard’s Concours d’
Elegance, the Dante Club in Sacramento, and made special appearance at the Berkeley
City Club. The band is a regular favorite at Sacramento’s Dante Club, making at least an
annual appearance by invitation.

There is only a $5 admission charge at the door. A portion of the proceeds will be
donated to the Amador Senior Center. Amador High School Band Boosters will have a
wonderful dessert table for your enjoyment as well as complimentary coffee. The Senior
Center has great parking and access! See you Sunday Jan.27 for a fun afternoon and set
your calendars back to the 1920’s! Classic cars and authentic attire are welcome

Visit Speakeazy Jazz Orchestra’s updated website at www.speakeazyjazz.com or call
295-4305 for more information.

Thursday, January 10, 2013

Old Soles: Special guests and events 2013

Happy New Year everyone! 

January 19: Kirkwood Inn - Live music from Old Soles with special guest Miche Baker-Harvey from Seattle!
            Masha Goodman & Geff Crawford are "Old Soles", playing fiddle, banjo, guitar, ukulele,
            and serving up funny songs, love songs, cowboy songs, bluesy songs,
            songs about whiskey, wine, and waddling stampedes (you'll have to come hear for yourself, won't you?)
            No cover, all ages, great food, friendly staff, blazing fire.
            Saturday, 6:00-8:00pm, Highway 88 across from the Kirkwood Mountain Ski Resort.
            www.OldSolesMusic.com  www.facebook.com/oldsoles
          
January 27: Volcano Union Inn - Live music with Amador's foremost behind-the-times duo, Old Soles.
            It was a full house for our last date at the Union.  Come see & hear (& taste) what all the fuss is about!
            (I'm not kidding - folks made reservations especially to listen to the music, and they
            were folks who had heard us before!  Fans?  Us? gee, garsh. aw, shucks.  Ya made us blush.)
            Fiddle, banjo, guitar, ukulele, funny songs, love songs, bluesy songs, cowboy songs,
            songs about beautiful Winding Streams to go with your Seared Salmon Fillet,
            and to go with your crispy Duck Wings we have a song about Duck Rodeos.  really.
            Sunday, 4:00-6:00pm.  www.volcanounion.com  www.OldSolesMusic.com  www.facebook.com/oldsoles

--- more music:          
          
January 15: House Concert near Sonora/Jamestown - Kevin Carr solo.
            Kevin Carr will perform fiddle tunes, stories, and wonderful piping in his presentation is called "My Grandfather’s Fiddle".
            This house concert offers a rare chance to hear a wonderful, unusual performance in a relaxed, intimate setting.
            7:00-10:00pm, $15 includes light refreshments. Reservations required: Sam Greenberger: willoz@sbcglobal.net, 209-536-0391.
          
January 25 & 26: Say farewell to two much loved members of the Amador musical community Lynnette and Rick Lipp,
            who are moving to Southern California.
            Friday and Saturday 5-10 p.m at the Jackson Rancheria Lone Wolf restaurant.          
          
February 7-17: The 14th Annual San Francisco Bluegrass & Old-Time Festival http://www.sfbluegrass.org/
                The Crooked Jades, Paige Anderson and the Fearless Kin, Casey Dreissen, the Bee Eaters,
                the Toodala Ramblers, Belle Monroe and many, many more.

--- Reminder:  Our calendar is filling up fast!  From now through September we only have 9 weekends without bookings... yikes!
So email us now if you want Old Soles to play music, sing songs, or lead a barn dance at your 2013 wedding, party, festival,
campout, trail ride, fundraiser, house concert, grocery store opening, grocery store closing....

         
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Wednesday, January 9, 2013

Sutter Creek Theater Presents: Houston Jones - High Octane Americana - Sat Jan 12

Houston Jones
High Octane Americana
Saturday, Jan 12, 8:00 pm
$20 adv / $22 day of show

Tickets available at: www.SutterCreekTheater.com


“Houston Jones. You might be thinking, "yet another singer/songwriter," but, boy, would you be wrong. In reality, it's a high-energy quintet of acoustic musicians from the San Francisco Bay area who play an original blend of folk, blues, bluegrass, and gospel. The name comes from members Glenn "Houston" Pomianek (lead guitar) and Travis Jones (lead vocals, guitar), who are joined by Chris Kee (acoustic bass), Peter Tucker (drums). Both Pomianek and Kee were founding members of the Waybacks, and Tucker also passed through the ranks of that group.

They incorporate so many different influences and make it seem so easy. The songs are powered along by the high-energy drumming of Tucker and supportive, full-bodied arrangements. Jones' lead vocals are one of the group's strong features, with everyone else chipping in backing vocals. What separates Houston Jones from similar bands, though, is the high quality of the songwriting, with great hooks, melodies, and compelling lyrics.



These guys are stone pros, pushing every boundary possible, and creating something that is wholly unique, with layers upon layers of subtleties. You can hear bluegrass, delta blues, western, gypsy, swamp, spanish, rock, jazz, celtic, and God knows what other influences. They are surpassingly good and fun to watch live. This is the kind of human artistic endeavor that gets you an all-access pass in St. Peter's office. Truly accessible, intricate, and engaging music.

"Three crow town" (2005) - "Very highly recommended!"
Dirty Linen Magazine "One of my favorite CDs" KFOG-FM, San Francisco

"Calico Heart" (2008) - "Wonderful original tunes" Billboard.com

AmadorArts: Arts Activities in Amador County

Here are some of the arts activities coming up around Amador County

Music Events

"Free Fridays" Concert Series sponsored by AmadorArts Begin January 18
Get ready, Amador, to get down….to having a good time.  This winter, on Fridays every two weeks  AmadorArts will once again be presenting live local music from 6-8 pm. The first of the season will be January 18 in Ione at Castle Oaks Golf Club, and the four subsequent concerts will be at Teresa’s Place in Jackson. 
Kicking off the 2013 season will be Unkl Bean, a four-member band who will be performing in Caddy’s, the Bar & Grill at Castle Oaks. Unkl Bean plays tight arrangements of their original music, plus unique cover tunes spanning Western Swing, Country Rock, Rock-A-Billy, Rock & Roll, Blues. They also love to work out on killer jams, and we don’t mean marmalade.
No cover; it’s free!  The fun starts at 6:00, ending at 8:00 pm. The bar at Caddy’s will be open and available will be a limited menu of hamburgers, turkey or chicken tenders sandwiches, all served with fries.
Get a group of friends together; it’s a great way to kick-off the weekend.  The next “First Friday + 2”” will be February 1st at Teresa’s Banquet Room in Jackson featuring Swing Gitane. On Feb. 15, Electra Road will be on stage at Teresa’s, and two weeks later on March 1st, Carpe Duo – Kevin Fritson and Barry Duncan—will wind up the season.  Be sure to visit www.amadorarts.org., which is always updated with the latest info on these concerts and other events. Or, call the office of AmadorArts at 209-267-9038

Open Mic Fridays at Rosebud’s Cafe
26 Main Street, Jackson 8:00 p.m. - 9:30 p.m. ALL AGES. Original works and Public Works (published before 1923) ONLY.  
Dinner is served until 8:30 p.m. on Fridays We serve Beer, Wine, and Coffee beverages as well as dessert all night.
This open mic is not only for music, but also stories, poetry, and any form of performance art. The dinning room was completely full last week and we stayed late sharing more music and stories (we were here until 10pm).


Saturday January 12th 
MEGHAN O’KEEFE at ROSEBUD’S CAFÉ FOR ALBUM “27”CD RELEASE 

Down Home Music Productions is proud to present a local folksinger, Meghan O’Keefe, in concert on January 12, 2012 at Rosebud’s Café at 7:30p.m. Opening performers will take stage at 6p.m. Special guests include Darcel and Pat, as well as, nJr nedra and julio. 

Rosebud’s Café, farm to fork and market, will be serving dinner with limited seating and ample standing room. Beer, wine, espresso, and desserts also available for purchase. There will be no cover charge but album “27” will be available for purchase. 

Since 1997 O’Keefe has worked for professional theater company PCPA and Popular Cleveland based cover band, “MainStream”. For the last 15 years, O’Keefe has taught theater, movement, music and art courses to all ages. O’Keefe currently teaches at Amador High Drama and sits on the board of Main Street Theater Works, as well as, Amador Student Music Fund. 

Rosebud’s Café located at 26 Main Street in Jackson is open Thrusday-Monday 9am to 3pm and Friday evenings from 6pm-10pm with open mic starting at 8:15pm, 209-257-0227


Mother Lode Friends of Music Chamber Music Concert
Sunday, January 27, starting at 2 pm in the Sutter Creek Church of the Nazarene.  As always in this series, there is no admission charge.

Two of the Friends of Music’s favorite performing couples, violinist Corina Stoian and cellist Alexandru Dumitrache, and violinist Joseph Gold and violist Debbie Dare, who have thrilled our audiences separately on so many memorable occasions, will be performing together as a quartet for the first time.  Rather than a single opus, they have chosen four very attractive short works, one from each of the major periods of classical music:  Baroque, Classical, Romantic and Contemporary.  Then in the second half they join pianist Ron Brickman in a performance of the Quintet in A Major for piano and strings of Antonin Dvorak, one of the truly great masterpieces in the chamber music repertoire.

Arts Education Opportunities

Experience “A Taste of the Arts” – February 23, 2013
Don’t miss this opportunity on Saturday, February 23, to take three 90-minute workshops of your choice given by some of our area’s top artists.  Presented by AmadorArts,  this third annual “mini arts institute” is open to residents in Amador and Calaveras Counties, or beyond, and specifically targets adults and junior and high school students.  From a menu of 15 classes,  attendees may select three courses that they would like to take.  To encourage folks to “take a taste” of the arts, either for the first time or for further exploration, AmadorArts has purposely kept the cost affordable. The cost is only $15 total for 3 classes, supplies included.
“ A Taste of the Arts” begins at 8:00 am for sign-in. Classes start at 8:30 and end at 2:00 pm at Amador High School in Sutter Creek. Pre- Registration is required.  A brochure is available that contains the Registration Form that can be mailed in with payment.  Or the website, www.amadorarts.org , has the entire Form that may be either printed and mailed in or filled in on-line and completed with a credit card payment through  PayPal.  
Classes will be filled on a first-come, first-served basis, with a maximum of 15 students for most classes.  Therefore it’s important to register early. The Registration Deadline is February 8. 
Regarding lunch at “A Taste of the Arts,” attendees will  be able to purchase on-site items catered by Clark’s Corner of Ione. Lunch will be from 11:45 to 12:30 ending with a 15-minute “Taste of…” Theatre Arts Performance.

Square Dancing Classes
Start the New Year off square dancing with the Jackson Claim Jumpers! Beginning square dancing starts Monday, Jan 14, 6:30 pm at the Amador Senior Center, 229 New York Ranch Rd, Jackson. January classes are free and fun!  
For more information call Lucy, 223-4603.

Guitar Lessons with Matt Nestor

Matt Nestor has played guitar for over 10 years with a wide variety of musical experience.  Private 1/2 hour lessons available at the ACRA offices for $20.  Call 223 6349 to schedule, or go to www.goacra.org

Artist Opportunities

A call to artists who draw and keep a sketchbook:
As you may have heard we are forging ahead with an 
Artist's Sketchbook Show in February.
If you would like to participate please contact Al & Lois Herrick for more information.


Andis Seeks Musician
Andis Wines is looking for a musician/guitar player/violinist to play light background music for our new tasting room in Sutter Creek.  Gigs would most likely be Friday and Saturday evenings for approximately 3-4 hours, possibly more.  If interested please contact Jenae at (209) 245-6177, or emailjenae@andiswines.com.

Chairs for Charity returns to Calaveras County on Jan. 26, 2013
Calling all artists!  Chairs for Charity is back.  Now is the time to put your creative thinking caps on and create the most unique chair, stool, bench, or artistic chair-like design that results in a “Work of Art”.
  Chairs for Charity returns to the San Andreas Town Hall on Saturday, January 26, 2013.  The fun starts at 5:00pm and runs to 8:00pm. The Town Hall has plenty of space for guests to sit and enjoy a delicious buffet dinner created by the Pickle Patch, enjoy a beverage from the no-host bar, visit with friends, participate in rounds of Xtreme Musical Chairs, select from the many valuable raffle prizes and, most importantly, bid on chairs and chair items in the live and silent auctions.
  Entry blanks showing specific deadlines for entries are now available at the Arts Council Gallery at 22 Main Street, San Andreas. Contact the Arts Council at 754-1774 or visit their website www.calaverasarts.org to learn more. 

The Path to Publication with Barbara McMahon
Bestselling ,award winning author, 80 novels, 16 million copies sold.
Three part series…
Feb.12th…The Path to Publication…Into to genre fiction, manuscripts basics, plot vs. characters and copyright basics.
Feb.19th…Traditional Publishing…Target publisher, agents, small press and contracts.
Feb.26th …Indie  Publishing , vs. Subsidy publishing… Strategies and expectations.
Cost: &45…
7pm… at the ACRA Conference Rooms 10877 Conductor Blvd. Sutter Creek Ca.
Contact ACRA at 223-6349,goacra.org or ktraverso@amadorgov.org for more info


Thank you for supporting the Arts in Amador County!