Wednesday, May 28, 2014

Calaveras County Announces Free Music in the Parks for 2014

For over two decades Calaveras Arts Council has hosted free summer concerts. Music in the Parks 2014 will be another great music series.
The “first day of summer” starts a week earlier in Calaveras County.  On Wednesday, June 11, the Calaveras Arts Council begins its 23nd year of providing free music in the county parks from Copperopolis to Arnold, and Valley Springs to West Point.  This fun fill musical road show is called Music in the Parks.  Residents and visitors pack up their favorite picnic treats, pull together their lawn chairs and blankets, and set out for ten weeks of great music, family friendly environments, and kick back to savor the experience.  MIP performers hail from the foothills, Stockton, Alameda County, Oregon, Texas, and as far away as Paradise.  We have brought back favorites and first timers will soon become favorites as well.
The Calaveras Arts Council’s mission is to support, awaken, and nourish the arts in our community.  This is done because of the financial support we get throughout the year from our membership, advertisers, and fund raisers.  Without financial support free events would not happen so during MIP arts council volunteers dance throughout the parks with colorful buckets welcoming audience donations as well.  The donations help pay for the bands, the hospitality, and for the all around good time. This summer’s musical road trip starts June 11 in Copperopolis, Town Square with Snap Jackson & the Knock on Wood Players.  They sing folk Americana bluegrass, soul and old time music.
On June 18 Delta Wires comes to Angels Camp, Utica Park.  The town will ring out with horns and harmonica, guitar, drums and keyboard their very own expression of rhythm and blues.
To change the tunes a bit, Men of Worth, a Celtic duo entertain us at Angels Camp, Greenhorn Creek’s CAMPS Restaurant outdoor grassy area on June 25.  Sit back and enjoy the sounds and humor of Ireland and Scotland.
The Hot Dark (pictured below) bring us post, new-wave sax, rock music at West Point on July 2.  This six member band will turn up the heat when they perform and get us ready for fireworks.  They like to say, their music is a little bit indie rock mashed with 1960’s TV sound.
Foothill favorites, JoAnn Ebbett and Don Barker make up a super, secret rock and roll band called Suprecret.  You may not be able to pronounce their name but you’ll be familiar with their music when they play on July 9 at Valley Springs Ball Field.  They play it all.
Summer kicks into mid season with Murphys musician Grover Anderson appearing on July 16 at Mokelumne Hill’s Shutter Tree Park.  Grover will get us dancing and swinging to his original folk and rock.
Moving right along through the summer heat but in a cool environment, Soughdough Slim and his side kick, Robert Armstrong, return to us on July 23 at Arnold’s Cedar Center.  You will laugh with this entertaining cowboy duo and yodel till the cows come home.
Newcomer, The Lemon Hammer play their own sound adaptation of the blues and rock on July 30 at Mountain Ranch Community Park.  Folks coming to this lovely park always take a turn or two on the dance floor so be prepared to kick up your heels and groove to the tunes.
Rounding out the full music genres of rock and roll, folk and the blues, on August 6 at Turner Park, Pipp Gillette comes back to MIP with his cowboy stories and song.  He truly is one of our favorite cowboy minstrels.
We say good bye to summer in Murphys at the Community Park on August 13.  Local favorites, Black Irish, will take us to Italy, Ireland and back home to America with their music, talk, and tales.  

For a downloadable schedule of Music in the Parks, artist links, art and music classes, and other events presented by the Calaveras Arts Council, log on to or call (209) 754-1774.  

Monday, May 26, 2014

Main Street Theater Works opens its 2014 season with Moliere’s “Tartuffe” - Mardi Gras-style - June 20 thru July 19

JACKSON, CA – Main Street Theatre Works (MSTW) launches its 11th season at the Kennedy Mine Amphitheatre with Mardi Gras fun in Moliere’s Tartuffe, running Friday and Saturday nights, June 20th picnics; show starts at 8:00. Patrons are encouraged to come early with their picnic dinners, chairs and jackets. The Kennedy Mine Amphitheatre is located on North Main Street in Jackson, next to the Country Squire Motel.thru July 19th

The story takes place in the wealthy home of Orgon (Jim Lane), where the pious imposter, Tartuffe (Bradley Moates), has been welcomed in. Tartuffe easily wins the respect and devotion of both Orgon, and his mother, Madame Pernelle (Hazel Johnson), as he tries to marry Orgon’s daughter Marianne (Sara Matsui-Colby) while seducing Orgon’s wife, Elmire (Amanda Goldrick). But the maid, Dorine (Julie Anchor), Orgon’s son Damis (Matt Kozak) and Elmire’s brother Cleante (Shane Galloway) are onto the scoundrel and hilarity ensues as supreme justice is served.

French playwright, Moliere, used humor to examine the prevalence of religious zeal and hypocrisy in the 17th banned almost immediately by powerful members of the Catholic Church in France for its wicked satire, still relevant and engaging to modern audiences. In 1963, U.S. Poet Laureate Richard Wilbur translated Tartuffe into English verse, which is the version MSTW will be presenting this summer. MSTW first produced Tartuffe in 2002 at the century, and after Tartuffe was first performed in 1664, it was Sutter Creek Theatre, and this summer will reprise this classic at the Kennedy Mine Amphitheatre. Director Scott Adams sets the play in the late 1700s, in the New Orleans French Quarter, so bring out your Mardi Gras beads and enjoy some classic comedy under the stars. Tartuffe opens at the Kennedy Mine Amphitheatre June 20th and runs thru July 19tht

Main Street Theatre Works is a professionally oriented, rural theatre company performing in the heart of Amador County. Now in its 19th season, and its 11th season at the amphitheatre, MSTW continues its dedication to bringing professional and community theatre artists together to produce classical and contemporary plays, striving for a balance that stimulates both artists and audiences. An ensemble of gifted actors, directors, and designers lend their vision and skills to create rich seasons of comedy and drama.

The setting for the amphitheatre is truly spectacular. Located on the Kennedy Mine property, patrons walk past an old tailing wheel (used when the mine was in operation), across an old bridge, onto a grass-covered, terraced bowl, surrounded by majestic oaks. There the stage is set for picnicking and enjoying professional quality productions from Main Street Theatre Works, awarded in 2012 as “Best Theatre Company in the Motherlode.”

Performance Dates and Times:
Fridays and Saturdays
Gates open at 6:30pm for picnics; Show starts at 8:00pm
June 20st – July 19th
Ticket Prices:
Adults - $17.50
Students/Children 18 & under - $12.00
Family Pack (2 adults/2 students) - $49.00

Tickets available at the gate, at Hein & Company in downtown Jackson, or on line at

Monday, May 19, 2014

Wicked Sisters Season Two

Wicked Sisters

Hey there!

Happy Spring 2014! 
So..we've been mixing things up a bit and have a brand new look!  Simplifying and streamlining is where it is at!  We love it, and we think you will too!  We've also been working on an exciting new Kevin original called Lonely Man  as well as a handful of fun new covers..feels good to be playing again!
We have a few spring and summertime gigs to tell ya about!  I'm probably just going to send this one email, so write these dates down if you have a hankerin' to come see us!  Looking forward to seeing  ya'll! 
Trash to Treasures    Sutter Creek Street Fair
Saturday, May 24th  11-2pm  (these are our hours..the street fair is all day)
I think we will be in front of Susan's Place.  Come on by and say hi!

Roaring Camp Saturday Night BBQ
Saturday, June 28th
Call Kim at 296-4100 to make reservations and get more info

Bella Grace Friday Night Music and Pizza Plus Pizza
Friday, September 5th   6-9pm
not sure the cost...

Camp out for Cancer
Saturday, September 6th
not sure the time...
 On second thought, I think that I will be sending out a September email after all  since I'm a bit shy with my important info!!   :)  It's all good!
Enjoy this lovely weather, and we'll see ya soon!

Thursday, May 15, 2014

Arts Networking Mixer on May 29 to Spotlight HUBArts

AmadorArts’ next Arts Networking Mixer will occur on Thursday, May 29, from 6:00 to 8:00 pm, in Jackson at The Hub, 206-B Main Street, on the top floor above Hein & Co. Books. The public is invited to enjoy a couple of fun hours of socializing with a variety of local residents and participate in the Open House and Showcase of the HUBArts program, which has been a successful year-long venture with AmadorArts and ACRA bringing afterschool arts to junior high school students.
The evening will feature an original play written, produced and performed by HUBArts students under the guidance of Laurie Story Vela. Enjoy the display of art projects created by students in HUBArts workshops, such as chalk pastel, ceramics, poetry, mask, journals and more. Finger food and non-alcoholic beverages will be provided. Everyone is invited to this free public event.
The HUBArts project came about as a result of a grant from the California Arts Council. AmadorArts was one of only84 arts organizations selected based on its innovative proposal to provide free arts workshops for junior high youth to run 3 days a week from October, 2013, through May, 2014. ACRA (Amador County Recreational Agency) was the designated partner and shared in the implementation. Local artists who were a part of the program included Pam Sharp, Linda Toren, Bruce Peccianti, Edie Schembri, Ted Toren, Lorra Lee Rose, Laurie Story Vela, Leslie Vasquez, Kate Allen, Sonja Castoe, Arvada Fischer, and guest artist from Alaska Ken Waldman.
For more information call AmadorArts at 209-267-9038 or visit

Sutter Creek Gallery's June Artist of the Month is Christie Riley

Artist Christie Riley fashions creatures, castles and masks from gourds. She joins a long line of artisans who have turned this hard-shelled relative of pumpkins and squash into something beyond its original use as food. Her artwork is on display at the Sutter Creek Gallery which will host a reception in her honor on Saturday, June 7, from 4 to 7 p.m.

Riley started using gourds because she could see the endless possibilities for creativity. For the past fifteen years, she has developed her own style to construct magical and mystical dwellings for fairies and other wee folk that would look at home in one of Tolkien’s tales. Her inspirations generally come from storybook themes and fairy tales.

She then designs the structures in amazing detail, including the use of rock masonry, real glass windows, and flowering vines. Her studio is full of found and collected articles, such as bark, seeds and pinecones, all of which enrich her artwork.

In addition to the dwellings, Riley also fabricates dragons, wizards and masks from gourds. The latter showcase her latest interest in steam punk compositions, fusing items from the steam era with present day materials to create retro-futuristic designs.

Gears, old watch parts, feathers and Harley motorcycle parts transform gourds into fictional characters.Sutter Creek Gallery invites you to spend some time with the artist at the June 7 reception which is part of the region’s First Saturday Art Trek. Riley is one of 30 local artists exhibiting at the cooperative 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

Wednesday, May 14, 2014

Amador County Artists Association announces 2014 High School Student Art Show winners

The 2014 High School Student Art Show, sponsored by the Amador County Artists Association, opened with a reception and announcements of the top winners.  Juror Sharon Galligan, in her remarks prior to announcing the awards, said that it was difficult to judge the show due to the quality and diversity of the entries.  She congratulated both the students and their teachers for their fine work.  She then presented the following with ribbons and cash prizes:
       Best of Show - Matt Conrardy's "Balancing Nature and Industry." Matt, who was not present, took first place in painting for Amador High School, and Best of School for Amador. PHOTO 1: Flanking his painting are, from left,   show coordinator Karen Crane, Argonaut art teacher Millie Butler, show Juror Sharon Galligan, and Amador art teacher Nicole Bommarito.
       Best of School for Independence High School - PHOTO 2: Mercedes Black's "Pit Bull Puppy" which also placed first in the drawing category for her school. She was not present.
       Best of School for Argonaut High School and first place in the painting category for Argonaut - Tanielle Wolin's "Through the Leaves." (PHOTO 3)
Over 100 entries were submitted from the three high schools.  The artwork will be available for viewing at the Amador County School District Office, 217 Rex Avenue, Jackson, through May 30, Monday through Friday, 8 to 4:30. The best of school and best of show awards are sponsored by Ardyce and Cal Terhune.  The annual show is organized by the Amador County Artists Association and funded, in part, by the organization's fall Open Studios tour.

Tuesday, May 6, 2014

Amador County Artists Association Student Art Show held on May 7 - 30

“And the winner is…” Those are the words every art show entrant hopes to hear. On Wednesday, May 7, awards will be announced for the winners of the Annual Juried Student Art Show for Amador, Argonaut and Independence high schools.

The Amador County Artists Association (ACAA) holds an annual art competition among the high schools. Organized by ACAA member Karen Crane and judged by Sharon Galligan, this year’s entries will hang at the Amador County School District Office, located at ­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­217 Rex Avenue, Jackson, from May 7 through 30, and can be seen between the hours of 8 a.m. and 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday. The winners at each school will receive ribbons and cash prizes, which are funded by the ACAA, the Arts Council, and the generosity of Ardyce Terhune and her late husband. Thanks also go to the teachers who encourage students to enter the competition and who will hang the show.

The annual show is one of the ACAA’s projects, funded by the annual fall Open Studios tour, its only fundraiser. The 2013 tour was made possible by the generous support and donations from local artists, the Amador Community Foundation, the Amador County Arts Council, Gallery 10, Mother Lode Printing, Hein & Co. Bookstore, Hanford Street Gallery, Jackson Paint Spot, Steve Holler, and St. Katharine Drexel Men’s Club. Gift Certificates for the tour were provided by Add Art, Brett & Jeff’s Upcountry Hardware, Fine Eye Gallery, Gifted, The Hole Affair, JB’s Awards, Petroglyphe Gallery, Pine Grove Video, Richard and Sherry’s Collectibles, Ridge Road Nursery and Sutter Creek Gallery.

The Amador County Artists Association cordially invites those interested in supporting the art community and the county’s young people just starting their artistic journeys to contact Janet Piccola at 209.­304­.6795 to help with this fall’s Open Studios.

BELOW: Student Art Show photos:
1. Horse, acrylic painting, by Makenzie Johnson
2. Grayscale Still Life, charcoal pencil drawing, by Monique Salinger
3. Radial Design, watercolor pencil drawing, by Lydia Barnes
4. Rustic Cabin, acrylic painting, by Justin Gabe
5. Zebra Eye, soft pastel drawing, by Sydney Waltall

All of these will be entered in the 2014 show; all are from Argonaut High School.  

Monday, May 5, 2014

Support the Amador Student Music Fund on Tues May 6


As many of you know, I am a board member of a wonderful organization here in Amador County, called the Amador Student Music Fund (ASMF). The purpose of this group is subsidize individual music lessons for kids in the county whose families are financially challenged. We don’t often fund 100% of the lessons for each student…asking the parents to pay whatever they can…whether it is only a few dollars up to $10.00 or more--if they can afford it.

As a musician here in the county, it is HUGELY rewarding for me to see the next generation of young musicians coming up..eventually to push myself and my band mates (Over the Edge) off of the map to make room for the next wave! (Gives “Over the Edge” new meaning, I guess.  J )

So on May 6ththis Tuesday, there is a national undertaking to support non-profits (see below) and we at the ASMF hope you will consider making a donation that will boost our efforts to have every young person who desires to learn an instrument…do so. It isn’t like it was when I was young…music taught for free in the schools.

A couple of assurances…your name has NOT been added to some list. You won’t receive repeated requests from us. This is a one-time shot only, but an important one. Many of you live outside of Amador County and I know that we all are asked to donate to a multitude of worthwhile causes. So, there is absolutely no pressure here. Only if you are inclined…of course.

I’m all in.

I hope you’ll consider it too.

Kind thanks,

Adam Gottstein
Amador Student Music Fund

Amador Student Music Fund
May 2, 2014

May 6th is just three days away and the ASMFund is gearing up for the huge event! See our own page at:  



Every Person ~ Every Community


Be part of a historic event!

AMADOR COUNTY has been so good, so caring, and so supportive
of the efforts of the ASMFUND for almost six years now.  
The residents of our county including nearby and adjoining counties
have attended our fundraisers, given us their dollars,and have taken
advantage of the lessons and instruments provided for their children. 
This has shown us that music for children is really important
to our community. You know that we cannot continue to give children
music in their lives without YOU!!

Please don't forget us at GIVE LOCAL AMERICA DAY ON TUESDAY
MAY 6 and remember too, that our donations benefit our entirecommunity.

TO LEARN MORE ABOUT THE ASMFUND visit our website at

Lynnette Lipp, Adam Gottstein, Marie Bedard, Ben Price, Debbie Wolfbrandt, Jim Guidi