Wednesday, November 25, 2015
Tuesday, November 24, 2015
It’s Not too Late to Donate Small Rubble to Butte Fire Art Project
“Pieces” is the title of the Community Healing Art Project now underway in the aftermath of the Butte Fire. The date to turn in small pieces, no larger than 12 inches, especially pieces of dishes, pottery and many small rocks, from the rubble of your burn area has been extended to January 15, 2016. Mosaic artist Robin Modlin, of Murphys, in collaboration with the Calaveras County Arts Council, is going to create a commemorative mosaic wall as a way to mark this historic and significant event and to honor both the courage of the victims to face their losses and the strength of the community to rebuild.
Modlin says, “Taking the broken and damaged from the rubble as materials for a mosaic and putting the pieces back together by creating something whole and beautiful from what has been lost represents the healing process." She and members of the arts council are currently looking for the site on which to erect the mosaic wall, the place where people can go to remember and receive strength from the idea that the pieces from their lives can be refigured. Since the area encompassing Mountain Ranch suffered the greatest losses, it makes sense that the wall be visible here. The project will take nearly a year to create, with plans for the unveiling to be on September 9, 2016, the first anniversary of the start of the Butte Fire.
Art heals whether for an individual or a community. Artist Modlin explains, “Using creativity and imagination we can re-envision our lives when disaster strikes and we have lost so much.” In order to create this mosaic, the need is for Butte Fire victims to help by donating items to be used. Out of the rubble, look for broken dishes, pottery, flower pots, trinkets, small rocks, small pieces of metal, spoons and forks, small hand tools, and other things found while sifting through your burned out homes. Large items cannot be accepted. The project will honor these precious pieces of your lives that hold so many memories. Please save these broken shards, scraps and treasures in a box or bag.
Mark your donation with “Pieces” and include your name and/or contact information only if you wish.
Donations to this art project “Pieces” can be dropped off at the Calaveras Arts Council office and gallery, 22 Main Street, San Andreas. For hours please call the office at 209-754-1774, or behind the office off California St., is a “Pieces” collection area. You can also drop them off inside at the Mountain Ranch Resource Center, 754-4073, located at Whiskey Slide Road and Mtn. Ranch Roads. In Amador County call AmadorArts at 267-9038 for the hours of its office/gallery in Sutter Creek .
|Robin Modlin, mosaic artist, looks over the first collection of mementos donated to the “Pieces” Community Healing Art Project.|
From left, Anne Cook and Mary Jane Genochio of the Calaveras County Arts Council
are joined by mosaic artist Robin Modlin in discovering what Butte Fire victims
have donated to the “Pieces” Healing Art Project.
Thursday, November 19, 2015
Wine And Music in Amador City!
November 2015 - Amador City, CA: Thursday, December 3 and Friday, December 4 Grammy Award winner Sean Watkins of Nickel Creek will play Feist Wines in Amador City. The show begins at 7 p.m. both nights.
Sean Watkins co-founded Nickel Creek when he was 12 years old, kick starting a career that’s taken him from the stage of the Grammy Awards to the top of the bluegrass charts.
Along the way, he’s become an award-winning guitarist, a singer/songwriter and one of the early pioneers of a genre now known across the world as Americana. After 25 years, Watkins is throwing his full weight behind a new solo album, All I Do Is Lie.
“It’s a culmination of the past 10 years,” he says of the record. “It was borne out of a drive to step out of supportive roles in bands.”
Folk fans are familiar with Nickel Creek’s story. Formed decades ago as a bluegrass trio, the group expanded its sound and its popularity with albums like the Grammy winning This Side, which became a crossover hit on the bluegrass, country and pop charts in 2002. Meanwhile, Watkins played with musicians from many genres, even joining the touring bands of legendary songwriters like Jackson Browne and Lyle Lovett.
Working with those icons felt like going to music school, and Watkins learned all the lessons he could. By 2012, he’d grown into a considerably different player. His songwriting, too, had grown. It was time to do something new, something that redefined him by showcasing his skills not only as a player, but as a songwriter and singer.
|Grammy Award Winner Sean Watkins|
“It’s always good to learn new ways of playing and new ways of looking at music,” he says. “I started with bluegrass, at this point, I’m a musician who has taken on influences from the people I’ve been around over the years. I’ve finally got a sound that I feel like I can own. I can put my finger on it. I want to keep myself honest with who I really am, and despite the title, that’s what All I Do Is Lie is all about.”
The acoustics in the Feist tasting room are great, the wine is good and both the crowd and the artists love their most often sold out shows. Feist will offer artisan cheeses and charcuterie to complement the show both evenings and Friday night will host a farm to table pre order dinner on prepared by Lucy’s Spice Box. Visit lucysspicebox.com to order.
Tuesday, November 17, 2015
Tuesday, November 10, 2015
A Christmas tradition since 1963, the Amador Choraliers will once again bring the holidays home with their Winter Concert Series, “Christmas Gifts”. From the original Christmas gifts of gold, frankincense and myrrh, to the traditional fruitcake, the holiday season brings a bounty of riches! The exuberant voices of the Choraliers are sure to delight audiences with their renditions of December Child, We Three Kings, The Twelve Groovy Days of Christmas, Jingle Bells, and many more holiday favorites.
The first concert of the series is Dec 10th , 7:30 pm at the Cornerstone Church in Ione and then concludes with 2 matinees at Argonaut High School on Dec. 12th & 13th at 3:00 pm.
Tickets are just $10.00 and are available at the door. ( Advance tickets available to Foundation Members only) If you would like more information on becoming a Foundation Member, call Carole at 209- 743-9258.
Doors open ½ hour before performances and seating is limited, so arrive early!
Let the Amador Choraliers bring you the gift of song this holiday season and find out why their audiences all agree, “It’s just not Christmas without the Choraliers!”
Sunday, November 8, 2015
Monday, November 2, 2015