Thursday, June 26, 2014

Sponsors sought for Annual Open Studios Tour in September

Save the Date for Amador County Artists Association Annual Open Studios Tour September 20th & 21st, 2014.
Each year the Amador County Artists Association (ACAA) hosts a studio tour to showcase the richness and variety of artistic talent in Amador County.  Another goal of the tour is to raise money for scholarships, the student art show and other art related projects.  Because the tour is free to the public, ACAA generates funds through artist fees and a raffle of works submitted by participating artists.  To defray printing and other costs, the ACAA is looking for business or organization to help sponsor the event.  Anyone interested in doing so or obtaining additional information is invited to contact Fundraising Chair Janet Piccola at 209-304-6795 or

AmadorArts Receives California Arts Council “Creative California Communities” Grant

AmadorArts is among 24 projects funded statewide in support of transforming communities through the arts
Sutter Creek, CA —The California Arts Council announced it plans to award $40,000 to AmadorArts as part of its new Creative California Communities program. This award will support AmadorArts’ “River Reflections” project, to showcase the arts to build awareness and appreciation of the Mokelumne River among the 1.4 million people who depend on its water including two Sierra foothill counties and the East Bay Area.

Projects supported by the Creative California Communities program represent a wide range of arts disciplines, and aim to revitalize neighborhoods through the arts, foster new arts engagement, stimulate tourism, create jobs for artists, invest in young people, and build relationships between local arts, business, and government entities.

In this collaborative “River Reflections” project, the Arts Councils of Amador and Calaveras Counties, situated on either side of the Mokelumne River, the Foothill Conservancy, a local environmental non-profit, and the East Bay Municipal Utility District, will work together to highlight - through the arts - the beauty of the river, as well as the environmental and water use issues, and encourage visitors to the region to experience the watershed for themselves.

To draw attention to the Upper Mokelumne Watershed, juried works of artists inspired by the river will be showcased in three one-month-long exhibits this coming winter, and at a grand finale event in the spring of 2015.  The “River Reflections” project will give artists of all disciplines from Amador, Calaveras and the East Bay region, the opportunity to draw inspiration from the river at a series of events and then to produce new work to be exhibited in all three regions. The California Arts Council grant funds will be used to compensate artists, create inspirational events and art exhibitions, and pay for project coordination, promotion and documentation.

When Terra Forgette (pictured below), Executive Director of Amador Arts, heard the news, she said, "I am so excited about this project. I grew up on the Mokelumne River and look forward to seeing how the many talented artists in Amador and Calaveras and beyond are inspired by it."

“The Creative California Communities program supports many significant projects in large and small communities across California, demonstrating the power of the arts to transform our state,” said Wylie Aitken, Chair of the California Arts Council. “Our Council was inspired by the overwhelming response to this program, which revealed the scope of unmet needs for the arts in our communities.”
The California Arts Council received 157 applications for this highly competitive grant program, which is supported by one-time funds from the California State Assembly. After an open application process, a peer advisory panel reviewed all grant applications, followed by a review and vote from the Council at a public meeting in Los Angeles on June 18, 2014. The twenty-four projects supported by this grant program will reach nineteen counties across California.
For a complete listing of projects supported by the Creative California Communities program, visit the California Arts Council website at

Main Street Theater Works' "Tartuffe" opens, runs through July 19

After a wonderful opening weekend, Main Street Theater Works’ is off and running!

Dorine (Julie Anchor) and Orgon (Jim Lane)
Tartuffe (Mark Manske) and Elmire (Amanda Goldrick)

Tartuffe runs Friday and Saturday nights, through July 19. Doors open at 6:30 for 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.

Performance Dates and Times
Fridays and Saturdays
Gates open at 6:30pm for picnics; Show starts at 8:00pm

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 online at

Monday, June 16, 2014

Laurie Williams is July’s Artist of the Month at AmadorArts Gallery in Sutter Creek

Atist’s Reception: June 5 from 3-6 pm during the 1st Saturday Art Trek.
At AmadorArts Gallery, 11-A Randolph St., Sutter Creek

Laurie Williams’ love of domestic and wild animals translates to the paintings and sculptures she creates, and these works will be the focus of the July show and sale in the AmadorArts Gallery of Sutter Creek. Williams’ solo exhibit will run from July 5 – 29th, with a Reception for her on July 5, from 3-6 pm during the 1st Saturday Art Trek.  The gallery is at 11-A Randolph St., Sutter Creek, and is open weekends 1:00 to 4:00 pm and weekdays 9:00 am – 2:00 pm, except Wednesdays.

Besides her acrylic paintings done in bold colors and stylized shapes, Laurie Williams sculpts with clays and papier mache, her works influenced by the great colorists Gauguin, Van Gogh, and the Fauves and German Expressionists.  She studied art history and took art studio courses while attending Sonoma and Humboldt State Universities and the San Francisco Art Institute.  Locally, she derives inspiration from the drawings she sits and creates at the County Fair animal area and at other plein air locations.

The Gallery of AmadorArts is not located on busy Main Street of Sutter Creek, but quietly, one block off, near the Back Roads CafĂ© on Randolph St., adjacent to the historic Monteverde Store Museum.  It’s worth the short walk to see the monthly shows each featuring a unique local artist. Visit or call 209-267-9038 for information.

PHOTOS: Laurie Williams, featured at AmadorArts Gallery in July, loves to paint animals in colorful, stylized acrylics.

Saturday, June 14, 2014

Main Street Theatre Works re-casts Tartuffe

Jackson, CA (June 13, 2014) – Main Street Theatre Works (MSTW) announces a re-casting of their lead character in Tartuffe. “Due to an unforeseen illness of our previously cast Tartuffe (Bradley Moates), we were forced to recast our lead actor two weeks before we open. We are fortunate to have Mark Manske, who lives in the Bay Area, available to take over the role. Manske has years of experience and brings unbelievable talent and accessibility to the role. “We are fortunate to have him step in on such short notice,” says MSTW Artistic Director, Susan McCandless. Tartuffe opens next Friday, June 20 and runs Friday and Saturday nights, thru July. Doors open at 6:30 for 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.

The story takes place in the wealthy home of Orgon (Jim Lane), where the pious imposter, Tartuffe (Mark Manske), 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 it was 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 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.

Main Street Theatre Works is a professionally oriented, rural theatre company performing in the heart of Amador County. Now in its 19th season, and the 11th 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 online at

Friday, June 13, 2014

Amador County Artists award two scholarships to Amador HS students

At the May 15 awards ceremony at Amador High School, $1,200-scholarships were awarded by the Amador County Artists Association (ACAA) to two aspiring art students. Stefani Gelardi and Maria MacDonald not only excel in the field of art but manage to do so while taking part in extracurricular activities, working part time and maintaining GPAs of 4.0 or better.

Stefani plans to become an animator with the ultimate goal of working for an animation company. To further that goal, she has taken advanced art courses and recently exhibited several pieces in the Student Art Show organized by the ACAA. She voluntarily contributed to the design needs of the school’s theater department and her tennis team, including designing the team’s shirts for the past two years. Stefani also helped raise money to get the high school courts resurfaced. Over the four years at Amador she has achieved the rank of the No. 2 girl on the tennis team. And she works part time.

Maria is taking on a double major to study art and environmental studies and has worked extensively throughout her years at Amador in both areas. In the field of art, all of her classes have been advanced and her effort paid off in the recent Student Art Show. She placed first in ceramics and received an honorable mention in painting. Maria has taken numerous honors classes across the curriculum and yet has managed to devote time to martial arts, kickboxing, and ballet, earning a Second Degree Black Belt in karate. She also works part time, including a job painting murals at a dance school in Jackson.

The ACAA is pleased to award these exemplary students its 2014 scholarships and wishes them well on their artistic journeys. These scholarships are funded by the Open Studios tour held each September.

Tuesday, June 3, 2014

Ruth Andre is June’s Artist of the Month at AmadorArts Gallery in Sutter Creek

It’s not often that an artist who visited the White House by invitation of President George Bush and Laura Bush is exhibited in Amador County, but now the AmadorArts Gallery will have that honor. Ruth Andre will have a show of her oil paintings there from June 7 – 30th, with a Reception for her on June 7, from 3-6 pm during the 1stSaturday Art Trek.

Andre, who lives outside of Drytown, studied art and design at California State Long Beach as well as printmaking at Otis/Parsons Art Institute. Fibre-sculpture and graphic design also became interests which led her to a career representing artists and photographers located in Los Angeles, San Francisco and New York.  But it was in 1992 when she took her first in a series of painting workshops.  Initially her subjects were landscapes and animals such as horses and cows. Recently, her paintings have transformed themselves from representational to abstracts. She says, “The new work has been an awakening, revealing the inner spirit of my heart.  From palette knife to canvas the releasing of the paint tells my own story.“ Both styles will be on exhibit and for sale.

Ruth Andre has participated in numerous western art shows. Most recently she took part in the Yellowstone Art Museum annual art auction. The Cowboy Classics 2010 show in Phoenix, the American Quarter Horse Museum Show in Amarillo, and the Dog & Pony Show at the Brandon Michael Fine Art Gallery in Santa Fe.

The gallery is at 11-A Randolph St., Sutter Creek, and is open weekends 1:00 to 4:00 pm and weekdays 9:00 am – 2:00 pm, except Wednesdays. or call 209-267-9038 for information.

PHOTOS:  1) Ruth Andre will be AmadorArts featured artist for June.  2) Horses are a favorite subject of artist Ruth Andre.  3)  A highlight of Ruth Andre's career was when she and her husband were guests of former First Lady Laura Bush.

Monday, June 2, 2014

Amador Choraliers perform at the Sacramento Choral Festival - June 13-15

AMADOR'S VERY OWN "AMADOR CHORALIERS" perform at The Sacramento Choral Festival at the Harris Center for the Performing Arts at Folsom Lake College, June 13 - 15, 2014. Tickets are on sale now through Harris Center, or by phone (916) 608-6888. Ticket Prices: Stage One: $25.00 & $35.00; Stage Three: $25.00.

Marie Martz-Mort and Ann Raglund Featured at Gallery 10 in June

Marie Martz-Mort and Ann Ragland will be the featured artists at Gallery 10 in Sutter Creek for the month of June. A reception for them will be held on June 7th from 2 to 5 pm. Their show will run from June 5th-30th, Thursdays through Mondays and an occasional  Wednesdays.

Marie, one of the most stalwart members of Gallery 10, will focus on her amazing variety of gemstones (photo below). She will have finished jewelry containing examples of freshwater natural colored pearls, rainbow moonstone, soft pastel colors of aquamarine and yellow chrysoberyl, color-change garnet, vibrant  rubies, opal, gold quartz, natural color zircon and more.   Also displayed will be some unset gemstones that can be purchased as they are, or make a date to collaborate with her on a special custom design for a unique piece of jewelry.

Marie considers the same elements as painters in designing her pieces; using color, value, composition, texture and balance combined with using her skill and craftsmanship to execute her creations.  Many new pieces will be on display.

The work of Ann Ragland (Bowns), a member of the Sacramento art community since 1959, has encompassed a variety of media, including oil, watercolor and acrylic paintings, printmaking, and batik (wax resist and dye on fabric).  She has had a number of commissions for large-scale batiks, including ten-foot renditions of four Bible stories for the McClellan Air Force Base chapel. The Sacramento Art in Public Places program commissioned a piece for the Ethel McLeod Hart Senior Center in 199l.  A related piece was purchased by the University of Davis Medical Center for their meditation room. Ann’s work has received numerous awards in juried shows, and was part of the Art in Action display at Cal-Expo for many years. Her work is included in the book The Best of Silk Painting by Northern Light Books.

Some of her most prized paintings encompass beautiful landscapes of Yosemite. Ann enjoys referring to herself as a saucy wench of 80 years who is still a threat to polite society.  Meet this amusing lady  and Marie at the reception on Saturday , June 7. Gallery 10 is located on 15 Eureka Street in Sutter Creek. For further information, call the gallery at 209-267-0203 0r visit the website at

"Half Dome" by Ann Ragland