Friday, December 27, 2013

Hanford Street Gallery closing

Hanford St. Gallery is very sorry to announce that we have had to cancel our 2014 show schedule. The recurrence of effects from an old injury makes it difficult to give the gallery the effort and attention the artist’s work deserves. We very much appreciate our artist’s willingness to show with us and regret that we cannot continue; but, retiring from the field seems the better part of valor.

We will remain open thru late January, Thu/Fri/Sat, from Noon to 5pm with all remaining art on sale at 25% off and good prices on office/art supplies and furnishings. The gallery space will be available for rent soon.

The many new friends we have made these last three years have been a delight and we are very grateful for the support we have received.

Thanks to all and may you have a very HAPPY NEW YEAR.

Al & Lois Herrick

Friday, December 20, 2013

Happy Holidays from AmadorArts!

Dear Members and Friends,
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We would like to thank everyone who has helped us to support the Arts in our community in 2013. 

It has been a big year for AmadorArts!  
Our Arts in Education program is growing.  This year we added a new class to our Artists in the Classroom series. Now, 5th graders in Amador County have a Chalk Pastel class with Bruce Peccianti in addition to 4th grade watercolor, 3rd grade paper collage, and school-wide performances by the B Street Theatre.  We are also collaborating with the Amador County Recreation Agency on an after-school arts program for 5th, 6th, 7th & 8th graders.  In 2013, well over 1,000 Amador County students participated in one of our Arts Education Opportunities. 
  • 2013 was our 15th year of TGIF Free Summer Concerts.  Featuring a lineup of local favorites and new regional bands performing in parks and venues throughout the county, TGIF continues to be a summer staple of Amador County.
  • The 16th annual Winefest on November 9th, 2013, was one of our largest events ever, with more than 800 attendees from our area and beyond!
  • This year, AmadorArts awarded two $1,000 scholarships to graduating high school seniors pursuing higher education in the Arts.  We also contributed to a number of local schools, PTOs and organizations for arts-based projects within our community.
We are proud to continue supporting, promoting and encouraging the Arts in our Schools and Community.  In 2014, we expect to see our programs and events grow even more.  To make this happen, we can use your support now more than ever!  
You will be receiving our membership renewal letter over the holidays.  If you would like to get a jump on supporting the Arts, and take your tax deduction for 2013, please feel free to renew your membership on our website, or complete the attached form and mail it back to PO Box 206, Sutter Creek, Ca 95685.

      With our Wishes for a Merry Christmas and a Very Happy New Year!
Terra Forgette & The AmadorArts Board of Directors
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Thursday, December 19, 2013

Sutter Creek Gallery features Abstract Artist Curtis Stromme in January

Abstract artist Curtis Stromme will be featured at the Sutter Creek Gallery during the month of  January 2014. He earned a B.A. from the University of the Pacific Art Department following a stint in the army during the Vietnam War. Despite occasional excursions into representational art, inspired by numerous trips to Portugal, Stromme realized quite early that creating acrylic abstract paintings was what brought him pleasure. Utilizing paper rather than canvas, he applies acrylic paint with blocks to create vivid compositions. He says that “knowing when to stop is the most difficult part of painting.” Stromme utilizes simple chrome frames so as not to detract from the artwork. This makes the paintings seem “to go on into infinity.”

Another type of artwork Stromme produces is what he calls art trading cards. These 2.5 x 3.5-inch abstracts were previously painted on card stock, but he has recently switched to mat board. Some of these cards come mounted on paper and can be framed for display.

Curtis Stromme is a member of the Amador County ArtistsAssociation and currently sits on its board. Sutter Creek Gallery invites you to spend some time with the artist at a reception on Saturday, January 4, from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m., as part of the region’s First Saturday Art Trek. Stromme is one of 30 local artists exhibiting at the gallery located in the heart of Sutter Creek at 35 Main Street. The gallery is open Sunday, Monday, Wednesday and Thursday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Friday and Saturday 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. For additional information, call 209-267-0228 or email

Thursday, December 5, 2013

Kids on Stage! Performing Arts Group Annual Auditions – Sat Jan 18

Do you love to dance and perform on stage? If so, come audition for Kids on Stage!
Kids on Stage was created by Sue Brumet in 1984 to give young dancers an opportunity to perform in their communities and hone their skills as dancers and artists. The group will focus primarily on musical theater, but will also include jazz, tap, hip hop and modern dance forms. Kids on Stage is a free program, open to everyone who is between 7-18 years old. No formal dance training is required to audition, although a strong desire to dance and perform on stage is essential!

What: Audition to become a member of the Kids On Stage dance troupe!
When: Saturday, January 18, 2014 7-11 year old dancers: 2pm-4pm
12-18 year old dancers: 5pm-7pm
Where: The Studio, 12275 Martell Rd., Suite 17, Martell, CA
Preparation: In the audition, all students will be taught a short musical theater and/or jazz combination. Students will then be divided into small groups to perform the combination for a panel off our judges. For those who are tap dancers, an additional combination will be taught and performed. Those who audition are also expected to prepare 15 seconds of any additional talent they wish to share with the judges (singing, acrobatics, drama, dance, etc.).

While formal dance attire is not required, please wear semi-fitted clothing that you can move freely in. Long hair must be pulled back away from the face. Jazz shoes are recommended, but if you do not have any, please wear light weight tennis shoes (no black rubber soles).
Upon arrival to The Studio, you will need to fill out a brief audition application.
Please bring a small picture of yourself (head/face only) to attach to your application.

If you have any questions, please call Cara Agustin at (209) 304-7361.

Wednesday, December 4, 2013

ArCreations! Free Art Show on December 7

The tradition of raising funds to support residents with disabilities goes deep in Amador and Calaveras County. Saturday, December 7, 2013 repeats a tradition over 40 years in the making as The Arc hosts its annual fundraiser at the American Legion Hall in Sutter Hill while highlighting local Artists in ArCreations!

The event raises money for programs and services provided to adults with disabilities. Local business, Terra d’Oro Winery, will highlight the amazing annual ArCreations! event by being one of the title sponsors supporting The Arc of Amador and Calaveras, pouring their local wine.

ArCreations! is one of the many creative attractions of The Arc’s programs. Unique gifts of arts and crafts created by unique people will be featured and on sale at the 2013 ArCreations! event, Saturday, December 7 at the American Legion Hall in Sutter Hill.

To draw attention to the rich culture of local artists there will be “Paint by the Glass”. A creative way to learn to paint alongside friends and family, while artist/instructor Judy Day shows step-by-step how to paint a local wine country landscape on canvas, and painters enjoy local wines and hors d’oeuvres at a “Paint by the Glass” workshop.  The tax deductible ticket for the class is $45 and includes two beverage tickets for wine, canvas and art supplies.  Don’t forget to register and reserve your easel.

ArCreations! is FREE and everyone is welcome to enjoy hors d’oeuvres and no-host wine while they view and shop for affordable gifts of art and crafts, beginning at 5 pm. Select pieces will be sold by silent auction, closing at 6 pm.

Members of The Arc are invited to the popular hour of “early bird” shopping from 4 – 5 pm (non-members can join at the door and support The Arc with a $25 individual membership).

ArCreations! is a unique arts education program developed by The Arc of Amador and Calaveras to enhance self-esteem and expression in the people served by The Arc, a local non-profit organization serving people with intellectual and developmental disabilities in the two counties.

Proceeds from ArCreations! go to the individual artists and to a fund that supports the ArCreations! program at The Arc.

For more information about ArCreations! and The Arc, visit or call The Arc at (209) 267-5978.