Thursday, February 25, 2016

Award-winning Western singer-songwriter Dave Stamey returns for FACL's "Boots ‘n Books" – Sun Mar 13

Dave Stamey, award-winning Western singer and songwriter, will bring his unique blend of cowboy poetics, humor and mellow-toned ballads to The Call Church, 18400 Ridge Road, Pine Grove on Sunday March 13, 2016 at 3:00 pm in support of the annual Friends of the Amador County Library fundraiser concert.

Dave Stamey has sold out at past Friends’ fundraisers, so you won’t want to miss this show! The Western Music Association has voted Dave Stamey Entertainer of the Year six times, Male Performer of the Year six times and Songwriter of the Year five times. In 2010, 2011 and 2013 True West Magazine named him Best Living Western Solo Musician. He also received the Will Rogers Award from the Academy of Western Artists.

There will be door prizes, a silent auction, a raffle, and refreshments will be served. Tickets are $22 in advance and $25 at the door (if available). Tickets are on sale now, and can be purchased in person at:

Hein & Company, 204 Main Street, Jackson
Brent & Jeff’s Upcountry Hardware, 19689 Hwy 88 # A, Pine Grove
Mother Lode Music, 11310 Prospect Dr. Ste. 80, Jackson
By mail at: FACL Boots ‘n Books, 13910 Rose Quartz Court, Pine Grove, CA 95665 (checks payable to FACL)

Call 209-296-1267 for more information about the concert. “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.               ****

Serving the Library since 1976   ∙   A 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, Tax ID# 942374918
PO Box 701, Jackson, CA 95642

Monday, February 22, 2016

The Mermaid News - Wendy Ward Studios - Feb-April 2016

Here's What's Happenin' at the Mermaid Love Shack...
Pre-registration Required. Click on button below to Register.
BUY NOW: Time for Love ~ Feb 20 - $75
Introduction to SoulCollage
with Wendy Ward

... is what we use to create collaged cards rich with imagery and deep personal meaning.

Join me in this exploratory class where you'll learn the basics of SoulCollage and create several 5x8" cards.
No artistic experience needed.

You will learn ways to work with your cards and how to continue the process at home.
Friday   Feb 26th   10am-4pm
$65 includes a SoulCollage Starter Kit ($18 value)
pre-registration required. You can REGISTER online here:
A second INTRO class is scheduled for:
Saturday   March 26th   10am-4pm
$65 includes a SoulCollage Starter Kit ($18 value)
pre-registration required. You can REGISTER online here:
Once you've taken Introduction to SoulCollage® you can join our growing SoulCollage community:
Open Studio SoulCollage® Card-Making
Sat.,  MARCH 5  from 9:00-12:30
$20 includes supplies to make 3 cards

Private SoulCollage Readings
I offer privately facilitated SoulCollage readings. You must have at least 4 cards and have taken the Introduction to SoulCollage class. $45 for 1 hour.

at Wendy Ward Studio/Creative Center  or call 295-2224
EVERY MONDAY from 9-12 

Make a date for YOURSELF and join us in a relaxing, creative space. Bring a project you've been working on or start a new one. Need some ideas to get those creative juices flowing? This is the place to explore!

Schedule a regular PLAY DATE for YOU!
Basic supplies/tools provided.  $15 gets you a spot!

Wendy Ward's Creative Studio at the Red Corral
22594 Hwy 88, Studio #18, Pioneer
Cynthia Dunn-Selph:
ATC Group
(Artist Trading Cards)
3rd Wednesday of each Month
Encaustic Basics
with Cynthia Dunn-Selph
Thursday   MARCH 24

Encaustic means "to burn in" in Latin and is the process of painting with pigmented beeswax that is melted and fused to a hard surface. This ancient art form is seeing a resurgence of appeal because of its unique look, texture and compatibility for use in mixed media. In this class we will discover what tools will get you started and learn the basic techniques to explore this diverse medium.
$40 class fee. Materials list will be provided upon registration.
Student can purchase a starter kit for $55 from instructor with pre-registration.

Contact Cynthia Dunn-Selph at; on facebook at Cynthia Dunn-Selph or call 623-703-3806.

Class size is limited, pre-registration required.
no refunds or cancellations less than 2 days prior to class.
Marleen Olive:
Gel & Suction Printing
Saturday   Feb 27th 
12noon - 4pm
This is a fun class with no prior art experience needed!
Gel printing is easy and you can use many tools for different effects . Suction printing can be added to the gel print surface or cutting and tearing it for use in collage.
A great way to kick-start your creative juices...
$35 includes all materials

Contact Marleen Olive at 209-293-7810 or email

Class size is limited, pre-registration required.
Matting & Framing 101
with Marleen Olive
Thursday  MARCH 3
10am - 2pm

Want to show your art in galleries, art shows & fairs?

Learn the Do's & Don'ts of Framing

Demonstrations & Tips Include:
  • Cutting Mats
  • Mounting Artwork
  • Applying hooks/wire/dust covers
$35 class fee
Contact Marleen Olive at 209-293-7810 or email
Pre-registration required.

Jeannie Vodden:
Exploring Watercolor
Jeannie will demonstrate & teach watercolor techniques using a limited palette with transparent staining color.

Workshop will include plenty of painting time, individual attention & gentle critique. 
This class is for beginners & intermediate students interested in learning how to use, refine & expand their skills in this beautiful fluid medium. 
Students will gain skill in Jeannie's special techniques including:
  • use of a limited palette
  • wet on dry with mingled colors
  • wet into wet
  • how to pick colors for limited color scheme
  • glazing multiple layers without getting muddy color
  • how to paint what you see.. value, shape & color
You'll always learn something new from Jeannie whether it's your first class or you're a seasoned pro. 
Thursday,   MARCH 17   10am-4pm
$50  class fee;  student will receive materials list after registering.
pre-registration required 

Mail check to: Jeannie Vodden, PO Box 512, Jackson, CA 95642. For more info call 209-257-0534
Saturday,   APRIL 9   10am-4pm
$50  class fee;  student will receive materials list after registering.
pre-registration required 

Mail check to: Jeannie Vodden, PO Box 512, Jackson, CA 95642. For more info call 209-257-0534
Upcountry Spring Fling
Artists & Artisans at the Red Corral
selling their art & craft

 Custom Goddess Bags
Custom Bags by BFF

Mary Nahhas, quilter & bag-maker extraordinaire, is creating gorgeous custom bags using my Goddess/Muse designs. Each one unique and well constructed, these totes are rich and eye-catching because of the materials Mary selects.

Priced at $55 each tote has plenty of pockets on the inside and magnetic snaps for closure. They measure aprox. 18"L x 19"W x 6"deep and sit flat when set on the floor. Each one is embellished with crystals to add a touch of Goddess Bling!

Contact Mary directly to order your custom bag:
email or call 209-256-3693
Thank you for supporting our local Art!
Only from the Heart
Can you Touch the Sky

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Intentional Creativity Coach

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Color of Woman Methodology Instructor
22595 Hwy 88 in Pioneer (Red Corral)


Thursday, February 18, 2016

March's 1st Saturday Art Trek features various galleries and businesses throughout Amador County

The First Saturday of the monthly Amador Art Trek will be March 5. This is the fun, free self-guided tour that provides easy public access to where art is located, whether in galleries or businesses that hang unique art on their walls.  Part of the Art Trek are the monthly  “1st Saturdays” when some participating galleries have receptions in the afternoon to kick-off their new shows.

Since within Amador and part of Calaveras County is a thriving creative community, this is the best time to experience it, even meet artists. Can’t make Saturdays? You can go on the Art Trek ANYTIME that the galleries are open. Go to to find the details about each month’s specific art events. A new 2016 brochure is in circulation that acts at a quick reference guide --a map, names, addresses, and hours of the participating Art Trekkers.

Here is a brief listing in alphabetical order of participating galleries and if they have featured art in March:

Acme Art – Moke Hill  “A Creative Playground” features watercolor artist, Deborah Marlene, on Sat., March 5th. Her colorful work captures in detail what makes our region so special.  In time for Spring Break...KIDS CLASSES! Check out the calendar page at for details. And lastly - an April sneak peak - special guest artist, Anna Corba, is teaching artful journal making onSaturday, April 2nd. See her French inspired work at

Add Art- Jackson.  Fine art framing services and the colorful work of the late John Johannsen  are featured.  This world renowned artist’s whimsical canvases are still sought after by many collectors.
AmadorArts Gallery-  Sutter Creek.  For March: Paintings by Sharon Galligan, jewelry by Karen Crane, and photography of local scenes by Cynthia Dunn-Selph.  Sharon, from Jackson, is well known for her lushly layered oil paintings inspired by local and worldly sites. On March 5, gallery opens at 11 am, reception at 3-6 pm.  Normal hours are Sats. and Suns. from 11 am to 4 pm.  Call 209-267-9038 for weekday hours.

Chaos Glass Works- Sutter Creek.   Art Glass Gallery and Hot Shop: David and Heather Hopman make a wide variety of art glass items. Live glassblowing demonstrations happen all day on weekends.

Charles Spinetta Winery & Wildlife Art Gallery- Plymouth.  The tasting room includes one of Northern California's largest wildlife art galleries with original watercolors, sculpture, pottery, and hundreds of framed prints.  Sip wine while you gaze at this amazing collection.

Fine Eye Gallery- Sutter Creek.  From March 1- to April 15: “Assembly Required” Exhibit  features Mixed Media Collages by Anne Cook and Mixed Media Lamps and Collages by Mark Taylor, both from Mokelumne Hill, and they both transform diverse objects into something new.  Anne creates framed miniature worlds, and Mark crafts unique lamps with intricate stitched shades. Reception for the artists on Art Trek, 1st Sat., March 5, from 2-4 pm.

Full Circle Trading Company – Jackson.  Check out the art among the gifts, toys, and more.

Gallery 10- Sutter Creek.   For March: Denise Gilroy’s  plein air oil paintings, which embrace the beauty of the Sierra Nevada.  A reception in her honor will be held on Saturday, March 5, 2-5 pm at the gallery.  Her paintings will hang throughout the month.  The gallery is open 11-5 Thursday-Monday during March.

Gifted –Jackson.  Locally made and American manufactured gifts and goods. They help customers find the perfect gift for any occasion.

Little City Studio and Gallery- Amador City.  Great new art work is featured to usher in Spring! And lots of jewelry, photo cards, accessories, and pottery, too. Come spot the delights at this colorful gallery featuring local artists. You might even find something developing on the owner's loom! Fri, Sat, Sun from 10 am to 5 pm. In the heart of Amador City.

Petroglyphe Gallery- Mokelumne Hill.  For March, Eileen Downes’ intricately-interesting wildflower collage works will hold center stage. Petroglyphe Gallery represents contemporary North American artists, many from California, who have impressive credentials  working in oil, acrylic, watercolor, glass, ceramic and jewelry.

Shenandoah Gallery at  Shenandoah Vineyards- Plymouth.  Tasting room boasts an art gallery.
Sutter Creek Gallery- Sutter Creek.   For March, a member show entitled “Spring Ahead”  will celebrate this theme. Expect images of rigging sails, spring birds and baby animals, flowering trees and poppies dotting the landscape.  A reception will be held on Saturday, March 5, as part of Art Trek. Go by for refreshments between the hours of 4 and 7 p.m. while viewing the artwork and visiting with the artists.

Volcano Gallery – Volcano. This gallery, right across from the historic St. George Hotel, features an eclectic mix of contemporary local art, including works by Bob Benker and many others.
​Addiltionally, these are the businesses on the Art Trek which also offer on their walls a glimpse of the art found in the region.

Amador 360 Collective – Plymouth; Union Inn and Pub- Volcano; Sina’s Back Roads Café - Sutter Creek;  Rosebud’s Café- Jackson.; Uphill Vineyards Tasting Room- Amador City; and Valley View Interiors – Sutter Creek.

To obtain the addresses and hours of all the locations listed above go to and click on Art Trek.

1. Fine Eye Gallery will be featuring the unique lamps of Mark Taylor.
2. Jim Glanton's work shows off the Spring theme at the Sutter Creek Gallery.
3. Pendant by Karen Crane is from her Spring collection available at the AmadorArts Gallery.