Friday, January 31, 2014

Call to galleries and business owners for monthly Amador Art Trek

As you may know, ten local galleries are currently collaborating to create Art Trek, a gallery tour with Openings and Artists Receptions the 1st Saturday of each month. AmadorArts, Hanford Street Gallery, AddArt, Chaos Glass Works, Fine Eye, Gallery 10, Sutter Creek Gallery, Little City Studio & Gallery, Valley View Interiors and Petroglyphe Gallery have had a fairly successful year of featured artists and receptions. 

However, we think that the Amador Art Trek has a great deal of untapped potential, and we would like to expand the event to include other local destinations that feature fine art in their places of businesses.  We would like to invite Amador County restaurants, wineries, tasting rooms, and retail shops which feature art to join Art Trek.

In 2014, AmadorArts and Amador Council of Tourism will be working together to coordinate and promote Amador Art Trek.  As a collaborative project, Art Trek can be publicized  throughout the surrounding region as a way to enjoy the many things that Amador County has to offer, including Unforgettable Art, Great Wine, Delicious Food and Unique Shops! 

Art Trek is a self-guided tour of Amador County with stops at a variety of art-enriched locations. We will draft a brochure which includes a complete map of all Art Trek stops and business contact information. The brochure will also act as an Art Trek Passport, with places to stamp or hole-punch the brochure at each location visited.  Once a visitor has received all of the Art Trek stamps, they can turn their brochure in for a special Amador County prize.

The 1st Saturday of each month, is a day of special art openings and receptions.  1st Saturdays will be promoted as a premier day to visit Amador County and participate in Art Trek.  Participating locations will be expected to host a reception from 3-6pm on the first Saturday of each month.  Your reception can include anything that will make visitors feel welcome and feature your place of business, such as finger food, wine, music or guests artists.

If you would like to participate in Art Trek we ask that you:
  • Feature the work of local or regional artists in your place of business
  • Contribute an amount to be determined (probably around $50) to a publicity fund
  • Provide information and photos about your business and featured artists in a timely manner for press releases
  • Remain open and provide refreshments on the 1st Saturday of each month from 3-6pm.

If you would like to participate in Amador Art Trek please contact me by February 19th.  We will be designing a new brochure in February and launching the new Art Trek on Saturday April 5th.

Terra Forgette
Executive Director
AmadorArts

Saturday, January 25, 2014

We Heart the Arts! AmadorArts Events & Activities

Here are some of the arts activities coming up around Amador County
Register Now for A Taste of the Arts!

Special Event on February 19th.  
“From Juneau to Jackson”
A Day with Ken Waldman, Alaska’s Fiddling Poet.
Free Writing Workshops and Public Performance.

Ken Waldman, well known throughout the U.S. as “Alaska’s Fiddling Poet” will be making a stop in Jackson on Wednesday, February 19, to present “From Juneau to Jackson” -- an afternoon of Writing Workshops and an Evening Performance, all free and open to the public.  His visit is presented by AmadorArts in partnership with the California Arts Council and Poets & Writers, one of the largest non-profit literary organizations in the nation. 
The free Adult Writing Workshop will be held at 5:00 pm at Hein & Co Bookstore, 204 Main St., Jackson. The class is titled Four Writing Prompts. You'll not only begin four new pieces, but will learn strategies to begin many more. The session is open to writers of all levels and experience.  It will be limited to the first 20 who sign-up either by sending an email toinfo@amadorarts.org  or by calling 267-9038. 
The Ken Waldman Evening Performance will take place at the National Hotel at 7:30 pm and will include fiddle tunes, storytelling, and original poetry. A newspaper in Louisiana says, “He's been compared to Garrison Keillor, and the comparison fits.” The Boston Globe wrote, ". . . might tempt you to plan a road trip with a journal under one arm and a fiddle under the other."
Earlier in the day Feb. 19, Waldman will be presenting a free Youth Workshop for the after-school HubArts Program that ACRA and AmadorArts co-administer. For more details, visit www.amadorarts.org.


Galleries

Remember, there is no Art Trek in January, but here’s what is happening at some of our local galleries:

“Oil and Water DO Mix” –Exhibit by Howard Rees at AmadorArts Gallery in February.
Howard Rees, a well-known figure in both the statewide and local art scene, will have a show of his recent smaller works in the AmadorArts Gallery for the month of February.  Many artists only stick with one medium, but since Rees creates in both oil and watercolor paints, he titles this show, “Oil and Water DO Mix.”  The show opens Saturday, February 1, during the 1st Saturday Art Trek event, and continues until February 25. Rees and his wife Janey will be hosted at a reception in his honor on Saturday, February 1, from3 to 6 p.m.  The gallery is at 11-A Randolph St., Sutter Creek, and is open weekends 1:00 to 4:00 pm and weekdays, except Wednesdays, 9:00 am – 2:00 pm.  Remember, Amador Arts members receive 10% off on all Gallery purchases!  One more reason to seek out our little gem of a gallery. 
Upcoming Months
Judy Day will be featured in March with her watercolors, acrylics, and unique cut-out paper tapestries.  Jim Glanton, watercolors, and Janet Piccola, ceramics, will be featured in April.  Bruce Peccianti, with works in three genres of media, will be the May featured artist. All shows open on the First Saturday of each month to coincide with Art Trek receptions, always 3:00 – 6:00 pm.

Diversity Thrives at Gallery 10

Sutter Creek's Gallery 10, which recently was named the town's best art gallery in 2013, will feature an assortment of its member's creations for January.  The Gallery prides itself on the dynamic diversity of its members.  Visitors frequently proclaim their admiration for the different works adorning the gallery walls.

Julie Trails scenes of the town and surrounding landscapes, as well as Marie Mort's enticing photos,  will insure viewers to explore the marvels of Amador County.  Colorful works ranging from Ted Smith abstracts, George Dillon's eclectic pieces and Annie Hughes story behind each painting will bring a smile to your face.  Sculptress Anne Marie Fielding's latest venture into wall art further enhances what a creative artist can do.  Looking for deep meaning behind each painting?  Jerry Kidd's productions will fire up your braincells and make you think of life's mysteries.  Finally, Gallery 10's Grand Dame of Art, Maggie Soegaard, will once again demonstrate why she is considered one of our areas greatest painters.

Each member will have several pieces on display as part of a group featured art show.  The show runs from January 1 to January 28with a very special reception on Saturday, January 4 from 2 to 4 pm. at  Gallery 10.   The Gallery is located at 15 Eureka Street just off Main and next door to Susan's Place.  For further information, contact the Gallery at 209-267-0203 or check the website at www.gallery10suttercreek.com.  The Gallery is open Thursday through Monday from 11 am to 4 pm.  

Don’t miss the colorful abstracts of Curtis Stromme at the Sutter Creek Gallery!


Music Events

Mother Lode Friends of Music Concerts

Ragtime pianist Mimi Blais from Montreal will be performing at Chip Lusby’s home on Friday, January 24, at 7 pm.  The classically trained pianist always puts on a great show, and this time she will be joined by Hungarian violinist Tamas Ittzas.  The address is 60 Gold Dust Trail, next to the Jehovah Witnesses Church in Sutter Creek.  Call 626-806-3021 for more information.

Sunday, January 26, 2 pm.  Chamber music concert of the Mother Lode Friends of Music.  Music for soprano, flute and piano with Alexis Magarò, Sandra Betti and Ron Brickman.  Program includes La Flûte de Pan of Jules Mouquet, The Four Last Songs of Richard Strauss, Le Rossignol of Leo Delibes, and “Good Night” of Henryk Gorecki for soprano, alto flute, piano and tamtams (Chinese gongs).  Free admission.  Sutter Creek Church of the Nazarene, 14050 Ridge Road.  Go to www.mlfm.org or call 209-293-4227 for more information.
Calaveras Arts Council Announces Ovations 2014 Schedule and Performing Artists

For over 30 years, Calaveras Arts Council has brought a variety of concerts to the rural residents and guests of the Gold Country.  Ovations 2014 Performing Arts Series features five high quality, affordable performances at Dr. Elliott Smart Performing Arts Center located at Bret Harte High School, 323 Highway 49, in Angels Camp.  Four of the performances are on a Sunday at 3:00 pm and one ison Saturday at 2:00pm.              http://www.calaverasarts.org

Sunday February 9, 2014
The Family Crest
Calaveras grown, Liam McCormck and his “The Family Crest” members, John Seeterlin, Charlie Giesige, Laura Mergmann, George Mousa Samaan and Charly Akert fuse rock, classical, folk, and jazz together creating a versatile style that has become a favorite of music lovers around the world.  The Family Crest harbors affection for Burt Bacharach-style swingin’ romanticism that is sure to impress lovers of classical pop.

For a Complete Schedule of Music Events in Amador County please go to Amador Student Music Fund


Arts Education Opportunities

HUBArts After School Program with a new Spring Schedule!
Classes FREE and open to 5th, 6th, 7th & 8th Grades
go to www.amadorarts.org for details.




CHINA PAINTING WITH MARGARET ANWAY
NOW IS THE TIME TO PAINT YOUR CHRISTMAS GIFTS.  PAINT ON FINE CHINA OR GLASS.
MARGARET ANWAY HAS DECADES OF EXPERIENCE PAINTING AS WELL AS  TEACHING CHINA AND GLASS PAINTING .  SHE HAS BEEN PUBLISHED IN "THE CHINA DECORATOR" MAGAZINE.  SHE IS HAPPY TEACHING BEGINNING ARTISTS AS WELL AS PROFESSIONAL AND IS FLEXIBLE TO YOUR NEEDS.
CLASSES ARE:  TUES MORNINGS 9-12
MARGARET ANWAY'S HOUSE 26601 HIGH TREE AVE. PIONEER 95666
$7/CLASS

PLEASE CALL MARGARET AT 295-8836 TO SCHEDULE YOUR FIRST CLASS OR IF YOU HAVE QUESTIONS REGARDING THE CLASS.

Ball Room Dancing!
Beginning January 11 ballroom dance lessons will be held at the Pine Grove Town Hall from 1 - 2:30 p.m. 

For further information and sign-ups, please respond to hohohough@volcano.net or 296-1207.


HURRY! Tickets On Sale for Boots ‘n Books

Back by popular demand and always a sell-out, award-winning Western singer and songwriter Dave Stamey will hold center stage at the Friends of the Amador County Library fundraiser, “Boots ‘n Books” on Sunday, February 9, 2014, 3:00 p.m., at Calvary Chapel, 18400 Ridge Road, Pine Grove.  Calvary Chapel, a new and larger location than in previous years, will accommodate Stamey’s numerous loyal fans.

Dave Stamey has been twice voted Entertainer of the Year, three times Male Performer of the Year and twice Songwriter of the Year by the Western Music Association.  He also received the Will Rogers Award from the Academy of Western Artists.

There will be door prizes, a raffle, a split-the-deck drawing and refreshments will be served.  Tickets are $20 in advance and $25 at the door (if available).  Tickets can be purchased at Hein & Company, 204 Main Street, Jackson and by mail at P.O. Box 701, Jackson, CA 95642 from December 1, 2013 until January 31, 2014.  Make checks payable to FACL. Call 209-296-1712 for more information.

“Boots ‘n Books” benefits the Friends of the Amador County Library, a non-profit organization dedicated to supporting the Amador County Library.  This event is sponsored by the Jackson Rancheria Casino Resort.

Artist Opportunities


Amador County Artists Association February Meeting

The next meeting of the ACAA will be February 12, at 7 p.m., at the Senior Center in Jackson.  The program will consist of a presentation by Website Chair Shari L. Schreiber and Webmaster Carol Harper on the many features of the ACAA website.  The main focus will be to demonstrate the power of the website in bringing recognition to local artists.  Do not miss this important presentation to learn what information is contained on our website and how it can benefit you as an artist. 

STOCKTON, CALIFORNIA    (Deadline: June 12, 2014)
The 58th Juried Exhibition at The Haggin Museum sponsored by Stockton Art League.  August 7 – September 28, 2014.  Cash awards over $5000. 
Open to all US artists.  No photography or computer art.  Smarter Entry deadline  June 12, 2014.  Website:https://client.smarterentry.com/sal.
 Click on “Haggin Museum 58th Juried Exhibition”.  It is under the heading “Available  Shows”.  Prospectus:www.stocktonartleague.org 
Juror: Dale Laitinen.  Inquiries:  58thhagginshow@comcast.net


Bring creativity back to the classroom and make a difference through your state tax return. The Keep Arts in Schools Fund allows individuals to support arts education programs by making tax-deductible contributions through the Voluntary Contribution portion of state tax returns. The Keep Arts in Schools Fund can be found in Voluntary Contribution Section 110 (425) of the “540” individual state tax return forms. Arts supporters who use accounting services should tell their tax preparers about contributing to the "Keep Arts in Schools Fund," and encourage others to pursue this opportunity to support California arts education programs. 


Thanks for supporting the Arts in Amador County!
To become a member of AmadorArts visit:
www.amadorarts.org

Tuesday, January 21, 2014

ACAA encourages Amador County artists to join in 2014 events and activities

Amador County Artists Association (ACAA) is off to a productive start for 2014.  The new board, under the leadership of President Judy Day, met in January to determine programs for the year.  “One of our goals,” said Day, “is to increase the name recognition of our organization and get across to the public how our programs benefit the community.  Plus, there is some confusion about the two county arts organizations.”  While ACAA focuses on the fine arts, the mission of the Arts Council also encompasses dance, music and theater.

The Artists Association meets monthly on the second Wednesday at 7:00 p.m. in the Senior Center, 229 New York Ranch Road, Jackson Most months a recognized artist demonstrates a different medium.  All meetings are open to the public and new members are encouraged.  

ACAA’s major fundraiser is Open Studios, a free, self-guided tour of local artist studios during the third weekend in September.  Included is a raffle of artwork donated by participating artists.  Proceeds from the raffle fund scholarships awarded to area students. 

Other programs include the annual high school art show for which ACAA awards cash and ribbons, the fine arts and photography show at the July fair, the yearly Arts in Education in county elementary schools in conjunction with the Arts Council, and museum field trips.  

ACAA has brought together a band of talented people dedicated to not only pursuing their individual visions but also raising awareness within the community of the importance of art in the lives of all.  This diverse group paints, sculpts and weaves; creates wearable art, jewelry and collage; decorates gourds and scarves; and takes photographs.  Artists work with paper and clay, pastels and paint, metal and yarn, and much more.

On the Artists Association’s website, amadorcountyartists.org, visitors can read monthly newsletters, learn about upcoming events and exhibitions, and view artwork produced by member artists.  Please watch for announcements regarding future events and join ACAA in supporting the arts in the community.  




Friday, January 17, 2014

We Heart The Arts! Arts activities in Amador County

Happy New Year Friends of the Arts!

A letter requesting your 2014 membership with AmadorArts  went out during the holidays. If you have not already renewed your membership, or if your letter was lost in the holiday scuffle, please consider joining on our websitewww.amadorarts.org, or simply use the attached form and return by mail.  Your support is essential in helping us support, promote and encourage the Arts in our schools and community. 

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

Register Now for A Taste of the Arts! 

Special Event on February 19th.  
“From Juneau to Jackson
A Day with Ken Waldman, Alaska’s Fiddling Poet.
Free Writing Workshops and Public Performance.
Ken Waldman, well known throughout the U.S. as “Alaska’s Fiddling Poet” will be making a stop in Jackson on Wednesday, February 19, to present “From Juneau to Jackson” -- an afternoon of Writing Workshops and an Evening Performance, all free and open to the public.  His visit is presented by AmadorArts in partnership with the California Arts Council and Poets & Writers, one of the largest non-profit literary organizations in the nation. 
The free Adult Writing Workshop will be held at 5:00 pm at Hein & Co Bookstore, 204 Main St., Jackson. The class is titled Four Writing Prompts. You'll not only begin four new pieces, but will learn strategies to begin many more. The session is open to writers of all levels and experience.  It will be limited to the first 20 who sign-up either by sending an email toinfo@amadorarts.org  or by calling 267-9038. 
The Ken Waldman Evening Performance will take place at the National Hotel at 7:30 pm and will include fiddle tunes, storytelling, and original poetry. A newspaper in Louisiana says, “He's been compared to Garrison Keillor, and the comparison fits.” The Boston Globe wrote, ". . . might tempt you to plan a road trip with a journal under one arm and a fiddle under the other."
Earlier in the day Feb. 19, Waldman will be presenting a free Youth Workshop for the after-school HubArts Program that ACRA and AmadorArts co-administer. For more details, visit www.amadorarts.org.

Galleries

Remember, there is no Art Trek in January,
but here’s what is happening at some of our local galleries.

“Oil and Water DO Mix” 
Exhibit by Howard Rees at AmadorArts Gallery in February.
Howard Rees, a well-known figure in both the statewide and local art scene, will have a show of his recent smaller works in the AmadorArts Gallery for the month of February.  Many artists only stick with one medium, but since Rees creates in both oil and watercolor paints, he titles this show, “Oil and Water DO Mix.”  The show opens Saturday, February 1, during the 1st Saturday Art Trek event, and continues until February 25. Rees and his wife Janey will be hosted at a reception in his honor on Saturday, February 1, from 3 to 6 p.m.  The gallery is at 11-A Randolph St., Sutter Creek, and is open weekends 1:00 to 4:00 pm and weekdays, except Wednesdays, 9:00 am – 2:00 pm.  Remember, Amador Arts members receive 10% off on all Gallery purchases!  One more reason to seek out our little gem of a gallery. 
Upcoming Months
Judy Day will be featured in March with her watercolors, acrylics, and unique cut-out paper tapestries.  Jim Glanton, watercolors, and Janet Piccola, ceramics, will be featured in April.  Bruce Peccianti, with works in three genres of media, will be the May featured artist. All shows open on the First Saturday of each month to coincide with Art Trek receptions, always 3:00 – 6:00 pm.

Diversity Thrives at Gallery 10

Sutter Creek's Gallery 10, which recently was named the town's best art gallery in 2013, will feature an assortment of its member's creations for January.  The Gallery prides itself on the dynamic diversity of its members.  Visitors frequently proclaim their admiration for the different works adorning the gallery walls.

Julie Trails scenes of the town and surrounding landscapes, as well as Marie Mort's enticing photos,  will insure viewers to explore the marvels of Amador County.  Colorful works ranging from Ted Smith abstracts, George Dillon's eclectic pieces and Annie Hughes story behind each painting will bring a smile to your face.  Sculptress Anne Marie Fielding's latest venture into wall art further enhances what a creative artist can do.  Looking for deep meaning behind each painting?  Jerry Kidd's productions will fire up your braincells and make you think of life's mysteries.  Finally, Gallery 10's Grand Dame of Art, Maggie Soegaard, will once again demonstrate why she is considered one of our areas greatest painters.

Each member will have several pieces on display as part of a group featured art show.  The show runs from January 1 to January 28 with a very special reception on Saturday, January 4 from 2 to 4 pm. at  Gallery 10.   The Gallery is located at 15 Eureka Street just off Main and next door to Susan's Place.  For further information, contact the Gallery at 209-267-0203 or check the website at www.gallery10suttercreek.com.  The Gallery is open Thursday through Monday from 11 am to 4 pm.  

Don’t miss the colorful abstracts of Curtis Stromme at the Sutter Creek Gallery!


Music Events

Mother Lode Friends of Music Concert
Sunday, January 26, 2 pm.  Chamber music concert of the Mother Lode Friends of Music.  Music for soprano, flute and piano with Alexis Magarò, Sandra Betti and Ron Brickman.  Program includes La Flûte de Pan of Jules Mouquet, The Four Last Songs of Richard Strauss, Le Rossignol of Leo Delibes, and “Good Night” of Henryk Gorecki for soprano, alto flute, piano and tamtams (Chinese gongs).  Free admission.  Sutter Creek Church of the Nazarene, 14050 Ridge Road.  Go to www.mlfm.org or call 209-293-4227 for more information.
Calaveras Arts Council Announces Ovations 2014 Schedule and Performing Artists

For over 30 years, Calaveras Arts Council has brought a variety of concerts to the rural residents and guests of the Gold Country.  Ovations 2014 Performing Arts Series features five high quality, affordable performances at Dr. Elliott Smart Performing Arts Center located at Bret Harte High School, 323 Highway 49, in Angels Camp.  Four of the performances are on a Sunday at 3:00 pm and one is on Saturday at 2:00pm. 

Sunday February 9, 2014
The Family Crest
Calaveras grown, Liam McCormck and his “The Family Crest” members, John Seeterlin, Charlie Giesige, Laura Mergmann, George Mousa Samaan and Charly Akert fuse rock, classical, folk, and jazz together creating a versatile style that has become a favorite of music lovers around the world.  The Family Crest harbors affection for Burt Bacharach-style swingin’ romanticism that is sure to impress lovers of classical pop.

For a Complete Schedule of Music Events in Amador County please go to Amador Student Music Fund

Arts Education Opportunities

HUBArts After School Program 
Now Open!
Classes FREE and open to 5th, 6th, 7th & 8th Grades
go to www.amadorarts.org for a complete schedule of classes

Kids on Stage
Performing Arts Group
Annual Auditions
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 performthecombinationforapaneloffourjudges. Forthosewhoaretapdancers, an additional combination will be taught and performed. Auditioners are also expected to prepare 15 seconds ofany 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 ifyou 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.


CHINA PAINTING WITH MARGARET ANWAY
NOW IS THE TIME TO PAINT YOUR CHRISTMAS GIFTS.  PAINT ON FINE CHINA OR GLASS.
MARGARET ANWAY HAS DECADES OF EXPERIENCE PAINTING AS WELL AS  TEACHING CHINA AND GLASS PAINTING .  SHE HAS BEEN PUBLISHED IN "THE CHINA DECORATOR" MAGAZINE.  SHE IS HAPPY TEACHING BEGINNING ARTISTS AS WELL AS PROFESSIONAL AND IS FLEXIBLE TO YOUR NEEDS.

CLASSES ARE:  TUES MORNINGS 9-12
                           MARGARET ANWAY'S HOUSE 26601 HIGH TREE AVE. PIONEER 95666
                           $7/CLASS

PLEASE CALL MARGARET AT 295-8836 TO SCHEDULE YOUR FIRST CLASS OR IF YOU HAVE QUESTIONS REGARDING THE CLASS.


Ball Room Dancing!
Beginning January 11 ballroom dance lessons will be held at the Pine Grove Town Hall from 1 - 2:30 p.m. 

For further information and sign-ups, please respond to hohohough@volcano.net or 296-1207.



Tickets Now On Sale for Boots ‘n Books

Back by popular demand and always a sell-out, award-winning Western singer and songwriter Dave Stamey will hold center stage at the Friends of the Amador County Library fundraiser, “Boots ‘n Books” on Sunday, February 9, 2014, 3:00 p.m., at Calvary Chapel, 18400 Ridge Road, Pine Grove.  Calvary Chapel, a new and larger location than in previous years, will accommodate Stamey’s numerous loyal fans.

Dave Stamey has been twice voted Entertainer of the Year, three times Male Performer of the Year and twice Songwriter of the Year by the Western Music Association.  He also received the Will Rogers Award from the Academy of Western Artists.

There will be door prizes, a raffle, a split-the-deck drawing and refreshments will be served.  Tickets are $20 in advance and $25 at the door (if available).  Tickets can be purchased at Hein & Company, 204 Main Street, Jackson and by mail at P.O. Box 701, Jackson, CA 95642 from December 1, 2013 until January 31, 2014.  Make checks payable to FACL. Call 209-296-1712 for more information.

“Boots ‘n Books” benefits the Friends of the Amador County Library, a non-profit organization dedicated to supporting the Amador County Library.  This event is sponsored by the Jackson Rancheria Casino Resort.




Amador County Artists Association February Meeting

The next meeting of the ACAA will be February 12, at 7 p.m., at the Senior Center in Jackson.  The program will consist of a presentation by Website Chair Shari L. Schreiber and Webmaster Carol Harper on the many features of the ACAA website.  The main focus will be to demonstrate the power of the website in bringing recognition to local artists.  Do not miss this important presentation to learn what information is contained on our website and how it can benefit you as an artist. 

Thanks for supporting the Arts in Amador County!
To become a member of AmadorArts visitwww.amadorarts.org


Wednesday, January 15, 2014

Alaska's Fiddling Poet Ken Waldman presents free events in Jackson in February

Ken Waldman, well known throughout the U.S. as “Alaska’s Fiddling Poet” will be making a stop in Jackson on Wednesday, February 19, to present “From Juneau to Jackson” -- an afternoon  Writing Workshop and an Evening Performance, both free to the public.  His visit to the county is presented by AmadorArts in partnership with the California Arts Council, a state agency, and Poets & Writers, one of largest non-profit literary organizations in the nation.

Ken Waldman is a fiddler with nine CDs and also a writer with six full-length poetry collections. A former college professor with an MFA in Creative Writing, he's been a visiting writer at over 80 colleges and universities, a visiting artist at over 200 schools in 32 states, and has led workshops from Alaska to Maine. As a performer, he's played from the Kennedy Center Millennium Stage to Berkeley's Freight and Salvage. He’s produced  a memoir (about his life as a touring artist), a children's book, and over 400 of his stories and poems have appeared in such literary journals as Poet Lore, Beloit Poetry Journal, and Quarterly West.

The free Adult Writing Workshop will be held at Hein & Co Bookstore, 204 Main St., Jackson at 5:00 pm. The class is titled Four Writing Prompts: The Beginning of Four New Stories or Poems.  According to Waldman, the more you write, the luckier you get--and each time you start a piece, there's an opportunity to get luckier than ever. The trick is getting started. Here, you'll not only begin four new pieces, but will learn strategies to begin many more. The session is open to writers of all levels and experience.  It will be limited to the first 20 who sign-up either by sending an email to info@amadorarts.org  or by calling 267-9038.

The Ken Waldman Evening Performance will take place at the National Hotel at 7:30 pm and will include fiddle tunes, storytelling, and original poetry. If you ask, he'll even tell the story of his 1996 plane crash near Nome, Alaska, as part of the show.  A newspaper in Louisiana says, “He's been compared to Garrison Keillor, and the comparison fits.” The Boston Globe wrote, "...might tempt you to plan a road trip with a journal under one arm and a fiddle under the other."

Earlier in the day Feb. 19, Waldman will be presenting a free Youth Workshop for the after-school HubArts Program that ACRA and AmadorArts co-administer.

For more details, visit www.amadorarts.org.

EVENT DATE: Wednesday, February 19, 2014
LOCATIONS: Multiple, all in JacksonCA
·         Youth Workshop at the HUBArts after school program- 3:30pm
·         Free Adult Writing Workshop at Hein & Co Bookstore- 5pm
·         Free Public Performance at The National Hotel- 7:30pm

PHOTO: Ken Waldman, Alaska’s Fiddling Poet, will share his unique talents in Jackson on February 19 during several free events.