Wednesday, December 31, 2014

Local songwriter to release and perform original music to honor Mokelumne River for "River Reflections" event

SATURDAY JANUARY 10, 2015. 2-5 PM.

SUTTER CREEK CALIFORNIA. River Reflections showcases the works of 50 artists, inspired by the Mokelumne River, to bring understanding and appreciation to the source of water for 1.4 million people. River Reflections project is a partnership of Amador and Calaveras Arts Council, Foothill Conservancy and East Bay Municipal Utility District. In addition to performances by other local artists, Meghan Joy OʼKeefe will perform her new original song, “The Mokelumne River.” Her new album, entitled RIVER REFLECTIONS, highlights “life lessons, summer days, childrenʼs play, and The Mokeʼs ancient yet continuous contributions to humanity,” said OʼKeefe.

Meghan Joy OʼKeefe grew up in Amador County and has performed her original music at local venues including The Amador County Fair, AmadorArts Free Concert Series, ACRAʼs New Yearʼs Eve Bash, Farmerʼs Markets, Fundraisers, and on TSPN. Since 1999 OʼKeefe has continuously taught a variety of arts education workshops to private and public schools throughout California and Ohio. RIVER REFLECTIONS consists of Piano, Vocals, and two songs written in collaboration with three of OʼKeefeʼs workshop attendees. This will be OʼKeefeʼs second independent album release. The covers are 100% biodegradable, hand-folded, and hand-labeled. RIVER REFLECTIONS, by Meghan Joy OʼKeefe, will be for sale at all River Reflections Artist Receptions and additionally at Rosebudʼs Cafe, 26 Main Street, Jackson CA. 30% of profits will go to AmadorArts.

Tuesday, December 30, 2014

Creative Self-Exploration Class - Sat Feb 21

Creative Self-Exploration Class
  Join Wendy Ward, Certified Intentional Creativity Coach in this exploratory class where you will collage 5"x8" cards rich with symbolic imagery based on the SoulCollage(R) mehtod developed by Seena B. Frost.
***No artistic experience needed!
*Sat. Feb 21, 10am - 2pm
*10877 Conductor Blvd. Sutter Creek
*Cost $55 pre-registration
$8 material fee
Call Barbara at 256-1365 or email

Friday, December 26, 2014

A weekend of Americana Music on Highway 49 - Jan 17 & 18

Music all weekend in Amador County’s smallest towns
Saturday January 17 and continuing on Sunday January 18, Amador City and Drytown will be full of live music from one in the afternoon until nightfall.
At 1 pm Saturday, Feist Wines releases their 2014 Amador County Viognier to the backdrop of The Church Street Sinners singing their raw, original Americana porch music.  Also playing is award winning winemaker Tony Feist, with local legend Allen Frank sitting in for an eclectic mix of country, rock and folk.

The Feists, long committed to the ethic of farm to fork, will pair their wines that day with a myriad of local cheeses. Their 2012 Viognier, made from the same vineyard received a best of class award at the El Dorado County Fair.

The Church Street Sinners
As things wind down in Amador City at 4pm the music moves down the street to the Drytown Club.  They host Chris O’Connell, called the “greatest female country singer of her generation,” onstage at 7 pm.  Her reputation is permanently safe as a charter member of Asleep at the Wheel. She was a major force in establishing that band as the world's great touring western swing band. She proves effective at tearing out hearts with wrenching ballads and raising the roof with smoking big band dance numbers.

Chris O’Connell
O’Connell remembers her first winter touring, a frozen winter traipsing through the snow, learning the songs of Hank Williams, Loretta Lynn, and Moon Mullican. "Those songs, those hills, that cold old snow, that was my higher education" says O'Connell. The Drytown Club show starts at 7 pm and there is a $10 cover charge. This intimate, authentic venue fills up quickly.
To finish the weekend Feist Wines hosts The South Sac Jooks from 1p.m. to 4pm Sunday. Rudy Cunyo, Darius Houshmand and his son Jake play riveting jug band blues that are exciting and infectious. The gypsy guitar of Cunyo is reminiscent of the Buena Vista Social Club and their energy is top notch.

South Sac Jooks

And for more blues to finish the weekend, Allen Frank’s Doghouse Blues plays their Sunday gig at the Drytown Club starting at 4 p.m. Combine soulful blues with local wine and cold beer for a transcendent experience.
Between Drytown and Amador City there has been a lot of great music lately, and there is about to be some more.

Tuesday, December 23, 2014

Save the Date for "A Taste of the Arts" - Registration begins Jan 1

SAVE THE DATE FOR “A TASTE OF THE ARTS” - Save the Date for “A Taste of the Arts” Sat March 7, 2015.

Don’t miss this opportunity to take three 90-minute workshops of your choice given by some of the area’s top artists!

For adults, it costs $30, or for junior and high school students, $15. This is the total for 3 classes, supplies included. 

This fun mini arts institute begins at 8:00 am and ends at 2:00 pm at Amador High School in Sutter Creek.

Pre- Registration is required. Classes will be filled first-come, first-served.

Visit to submit your on-line registration starting Jan. 1, through the deadline date of Feb. 15, 2015.

The 2015 A Taste of the Arts Menu will be ready in January. For more info, call 209-267-9038.

Belly Dancing Class offered - Jan 20 through Feb 17

Taught by Amel Tafsout
Have fun tapping into your feminine while getting into shape! Awaken your body. Nurture your Spirit. Socialize, Celebrate and have fun while building strength and balance.
Where: At the HUB, 206 Main St. Jackson.
When: Tuesdays Jan 20 - Feb. 17 from 5:30- 7pm
Cost: $75
Call Barbara at 256-1365 or email:

California State Summer School for the Arts seeks Teen Artists, Writers and Performers - Application Deadline is February 28

Summer 2015 Applications must be completed on or before February 28, 2015.
For 29 years, the California State Summer School for the Arts has sought the most talented high school aged visual, literary, media and performing artists in California.  The teenagers who are selected are designated California Arts Scholars and attend one of the country’s premier summer arts programs on the campus of the California Institute of the Arts in Valencia, this year from July 11 – August 7, 2015.

Over its history, CSSSA has provided its exemplary four-week summer arts program to more than 14,000 talented high school students.  Instruction is offered in the fields of Animation, Film/Video, Creative Writing, Dance, Music, Theater, and the Visual Arts.  For 520 high school students accepted each year, CSSSA represents a unique opportunity to spend four weeks studying and working with professional artists, writers and performers of national stature. The talented teenagers who successfully complete the program are eligible to receive three units of California State University course credit.

CSSSA provides the highest quality professional artistic training to the most deserving teenagers regardless of their economic situations. More than 30 percent of the students receive financial aid.  CSSSA expects to equal or surpass that record in 2015.  No student who has the drive and talent to succeed in the applications process will be denied admission, solely on the basis of inability to pay.
California students are charged a comprehensive fee of $1,500 to cover room, board and tuition for the four-week 2015 summer session.  Students from outside California must pay a comprehensive fee of $5,000.

CSSSA is also able to help some of its students with college aid through the distribution of Herb Albert Scholarships for Emerging Young Artists.  An agreement between CSSSA and the Herb Albert Foundation, which committed $1.6 million in funds for this project, means that 21 students each year are designated Scholarship recipients. The scholarships are awarded every summer to three students in each of the seven categories: Animation, Film/Video, Creative Writing, Dance, Music, Theater, and the Visual Arts.  In 2015 in each category, one outstanding student will receive $40,000 to be awarded over the course of four years, and two students will receive single-year awards of $2,500.

Alumni of the program include actors Zac Efron, star of the High School Musical series of films and film Me and Orson Welles; Golden Globe recipient James Franco, featured in the Spiderman movies, Milk and 127 Hours; Craig McCraken, the Emmy Award-winning animator; singer and actress Katharine McPhee, and actress Kirsten Vangsness, seen as Penelope Garcia on the CBS series Criminal Minds.
Applications to CSSSA are due on or before February 28, 2015, for the Summer 2015 program.  To learn more about CSSSA or to apply on-line, visit, or call the Sacramento headquarters at


Thursday, December 18, 2014

Holiday Open House with Old Soles at the Hotel Leger - Fri Dec 19

Whew!  We're kicking back and relaxing after an incredibly busy & fun year.

How much fun, you ask?  Well, at one of our gigs we had the bus-boys singing along and the cooks tapping rhythms out on their pots & pans, we joined in a revival of the Winter Night's Yeow! tour, we got to play on the main stage at the Strawberry Music Festival, and to top off the year we played music for what turned into a grape war!

Our next gig will be tons o' fun:

Friday night, December 19,  9:00pm - 11:30pm
Old Soles will be playing at  the  HOTEL LEGER 
Whitewater Grill & Saloon, Mokelumne Hill, CA. 
 The building is historic, the bar is gorgeous, there's sandwiches or gourmet meals if you're hungry.  The mood is moderately rowdy and the music will be humorously harmonic.  This is our first gig at the Leger, so come out and help us celebrate the season with some songs and strong spirits!

We're starting to book for the coming year, so if you'd like to add some  Harmonies, Hoedowns, and Humor to your event, please contact us now.  Restaurants, wineries, weddings, private parties, festivals, historic events, barn dances, cattle drives, grocery store openings, grocery store closings....

In the meantime, here are some videos:
I'm Getting Ready To Go:
Roscoe (fiddle and banjo):
Pig, Duck, and Bucket ( © Old Soles) :

- Masha & Geff

Free Holiday Open Mic at Rosebud's Cafe - Fri Dec 19

FREE HOLIDAY OPEN MIC! All are invited to read from the new Wine, Cheese & Chocolate book just released, or listen to others read, share favorite holiday poems or personal poems and prose, sing, recite,– sign up upon arrival. There is a piano for caroling.
Rosebud’s will offer delectable tapas and festive beverages for sale and the public can sample the signature recipe featured in the new literary publication.
Holiday shopping opportunities will abound at the adjoining Celtic Knot. Join friends and help celebrate the festive celebration. Writers from several counties are invited for the party, so come meet and greet and get your Wine, Cheese & Chocolate book signed – there will be plenty of copies available to purchase as holiday gifts for the special people in your life.
Where: Rosebud’s Café & Celtic Knot – 26 Main Street in Jackson, CA
Date:  Friday evening, December 19, 2014
Time:  6:30 PM – 9 PM
Sponsors:  Rosebud’s and Celtic Knot; and Manzanita Writers Press (member of the Calaveras County Arts Council Literary League)
Contact: Monika Rose, Manzanita Writers Press Editor at  Phone: 209-754-0577
Manzanita Writers Press  web site:
RSVP by phone or email for reservations recommended, but not required.

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Major Art Exhibition, "River Reflections" to open in Sutter Creek - Reception on Jan 10

What happens when you ask some of the best artists in two counties to create work around a common theme? You get a major art exhibition that’s entirely provocative, different and new. Called “River Reflections,” the prodigious show brings together 40 original works of art, mostly paintings and photography, which offer different perspectives on the one and only Mokelumne River. It can be seen during the month of January in Sutter Creek in the Banquet Room of the Hotel Sutter, open seven days a week.

The opening reception will be on Saturday, January 10, from 2 to 5 pm. The public is invited to attend the event showcasing art, music, and poetry. Don’t miss the outrageous human fountain of water that will beckon guests in front of the hotel.  The River Reflections exhibition, which also features ceramics, jewelry, glass, mounted poetry, will run here until the end of January.

River Reflections is a landmark arts endeavor created by AmadorArts from a grant funded by the California Arts Council. Project partners are the Calaveras County Arts Council, the Foothill Conservancy, and East Bay Municipal Utility District. The goal is to call attention to the significance of the Mokelumne River, which, besides supplying drinking water for 1.4 million people in the Bay Area, is a vital public resource for irrigation, power, recreation, and inspired beauty.

The works in the exhibit have been judged by a panel of experts, resulting in cash prizes in the discipline categories of visual art, literary art, music, dance and performance art. Additional awards will come from a Popular Choice Vote whereby the public attending the exhibits may cast votes for their favorites. Most artwork is for sale and will prove to be highly regarded collector items.

In February the total exhibit will be installed the EBMUD Headquarters in Oakland, with the reception on Friday, February 6, from 11 am to 1 pm.  In March it will be installed in the Historic Hotel Leger in Mokelumne Hill, with the reception on March 14, from 2-5 pm.  Save the date of May 9 for the River Reflections Grand Finale Event to be held at Pardee Reservoir. 

For more information contact AmadorArts at 209-267-9038 or visit

PHOTOS: Exhibition Preview showing the diversity of styles to be appreciated:  Daybreak Ritual by Cate Culver; Rainbows Over the River by Mary Anderson; A River For All Seasons by Vickie Chew. Photo Montage by Tyler Childress

Monday, December 8, 2014

Summer Theatre fits perfect in those holiday stockings!

Main Street Theatre Works is thrilled to offer the perfect gift for the holidays ~ Season Tickets to our Spectacular Summer Season! MSTW subscribers can purchase a 4-pack of tickets for $60 ~ a savings of 15% off the regular adult ticket price! The 4-pack of tickets can be used for one show, or split between our two summer shows ~ A Chemical Imbalance: A Jeykll and Hyde Play and Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike. Or, you can keep two for yourself and give the other two as gifts.

And, if you order before December 31st, you’ll also receive a voucher good for a free bottle of water or a free cup of coffee with each ticket. Subscribers can also take advantage of chairs provided upon check in. It’s a great way to take advantage of a great money-saving deal, star treatment, and free goodies. And, you’ll never miss a show. Plus, you can take care of your holiday shopping with just a click of a mouse or by picking up the phone.

Subscriptions are available through our website at, or at Hein & Company on Main Street, Jackson. Gift certificates are also available. Regular priced tickets are $17.50 for adults, $12.00 for students 18 and under. You can also buy a Family 4-pack (2 adults, 2 kids) for just $49.00, and this year is a great year to introduce the kids to live theatre.

A subscription, or a gift certificate, is the perfect solution to your holiday shopping for everyone on your list. Main Street Theatre Works offers professional quality theatre under the stars. Enjoy theatre under the stars this summer with A Chemical Imbalance: A Jekyll and Hyde Play (6/19 – 7/18), a comedic look at a classic tale, the Tony Award-winning Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike (8/7 – 9/5), a hilarious spoof on several of Chekhov’s best known characters, though you don’t need to be a Chekhov fan to enjoy this zany comedy.

For more information on our Holiday Subscription offer, gift certificates and our Spectacular Summer Season, please visit our website at

Thursday, December 4, 2014

“Holiday Adornments” New Show Opens at AmadorArts Gallery on December 4

AmadorArts announces that the brand new December  “Holiday Adornments” show and sale begins the day of the Arts Networking Mixer which is Thursday, December 4, held  at Driven Cellars Tasting Room in Sutter Creek. The Amador Arts Gallery, just a block away, will be open during the mixer, 6-8 pm, and will feature 11 local artists and their reasonably priced jewelry, mini-paintings, one-of-a-kind tree ornaments, and living wreaths.  The gallery will also be open Friday, December 5th, in time for Sutter Creek’s Holiday Open House and will stay open until 7:00 pm this night.  The next day, December 6, the gallery will open at 1:00, and for the 1st Saturday Art Trek, you’ll be able to meet artists and sample refreshments from 3-6 pm.
Check out Millie Butler’s handmade living wreaths, pictured above. The 24" diameter circles have fresh cedar, eucalyptus, madrone, and pine with copper, gold or silver accents.  Or, decorate your tree with hand painted mini gourds by Cathleen Berglund; hand painted Christmas balls including some with local scenes by Laureen Shimmon; and copper bird nests by Karen Crane.
Jewelry artists include Roberta Hughes, Lynn Keever, Kathy Martinez, and Edie Schembri.  Adornment of spaces can be accomplished with the mini paintings offered in this show. Sarah Dixon will display oils on 6”x12” panels titled  “Christmas Stockings”, and Cathleen Berglund’s colorful images.  Year round, members of the Amador County Arts Council receive 10% discount on gallery items.  
AmadorArts Gallery is operated by the non-profit Amador County Arts Council and is located one block off Main St., at 11-A Randolph St., adjacent to the historic Monteverde General Store Museum. Hours are 1-4 pm Saturdays and Sundays  and on weekdays, except Wednesdays, 9-2 pm  Phone:  209-267-9038. Visit for all the galleries participating in 1st Saturday Art Treks.