Tuesday, May 31, 2016

Dinner & Show at The National Hotel featuring Guitarist Gordon Rowland and Jazz Harpist Motoshi Kosako - Sun June 5

Dinner & Show at the National Hotel 

Beautiful Acoustic Harp & Guitar Music!
Sunday June 5th from 2PM until 7PM.
Chef Chuck Swisher, Guitarist Gordon Rowland and Jazz harpist
Motoshi Kosako team up for a dinner show

at the National Hotel Sunday June 5th from 2PM until 7PM.

To reserve a VIP table on the balcony
call (209) 257 2595 other details (209)256 9906

Monday, May 23, 2016

The Mermaid News: Art & Activities for May/June 2016

We've got a variety of classes coming up at Wendy Ward's Studio that I hope catch your interest.  If you have a workshop suggestion, please send it to me by replying to this email. As working artists, we are grateful for your support whenever you take a class, purchase artwork, come to a show, or just pass the word on about what's goin' on here at the Studio!

I'm opening this Mermaid News with a poem I wrote about the Mermaid Muse as I painted her. She recently sold and is now living in Florida (what better place for a Magical Mermaid?)

Wishing you Mermaid Magic!
Cheers, Wendy
Studio Play Dates
Join us ~ we love seeing new faces!
Every Monday
10am - 1pm  (**new times**)

~ Enjoy Community & Space for Creative Play ~
Bring a project you're working on or come for inspiration & ideas. See what others are working on and try new materials & techniques.  
$15 basic tools & materials available for use

Wendy Ward Studio & Creative Center
at the Red Corral  22594 Hwy 88 Ste 18, Pioneer
Register NOW for this Fun class - Just a few spots left! 
Class held at Amador Yoga ~ 218 Water St., Jackson
Images ~ Imagination ~ Intuition

Join our growing community!
Introduction to SoulCollage®is a pre-requisite for the following: 

1st saturday Card-Making
Sat.,  June 4th   9:00-12:30
not a structured class, it's time & space for you to create cards. Optional time at end of workshops to explore meanings of new cards.
$20 includes loads of images & 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.
Introduction to SoulCollage
Sat.  July 9   10:00am - 4pm

Join certified SoulCollage facilitator, Wendy Ward, in this exploratory workshop where you'll learn the basics of SoulCollage and create several 5x8 cards. You will have several opportunities to practice "reading" some of the cards you make.

$65 fee includes SoulCollage starter kit ($18 value!)
Register with the BUTTON BELOW or
mail a check to: Wendy Ward, PO Box 536, Pioneer, CA 95666

All SoulCollage workshops held at Wendy Ward Studio at the Red Corral
Register INTRO SoulCollage
$55 per session;   Pre-registration required
Wendy @ 209-295-2224 or Theresa @ 209-295-2003
Register JUNE 14 ~ 2nd Chakra class
NEW class offered in JULY!   June class is FULL! 
Register Sip 'n Paint Mermaids ~ July 15
More Classes!
Register NOW - only a few spots left in Karen's class!
June Series ~ special rate for 5 classes!
Class size very limited for this fun class ~ register now!
Painting with Encaustics
with Cynthia Dunn-Selph
Sat.  June 18th ~  10am - 3pm
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 has a unique look and texture and is compatible for use in mixed media. In this workshop you'll discover what tools will get you started and the basic techniques to explore this diverse medium.

Class size limited; Pre-registration required!
$50 class fee. Materials list provided with registration; starter kit can be purchased from instructor for $55.

To Register contact: Cynthia Dunn-Selph at dunn-selphc@yahoo.com; facebook at Cynthia Dunn-Selph or call 623-703-3806
no refunds on cancellations less than 2 days prior to class

Class held at Wendy Ward's Studio at the Red Corral Plaza
I'll have an Artist Booth at the Barbera Festival for the first time on June 11th, so if you're going to the festivities, stop by and say 'hi'! 
In closing I'd like you to introduce you to "Phyllis", my latest painting. Phyllis started out as a Water Baby and during the painting process, her story revealed she had dove deep into the sea and swam with the Mermaids. Now, she has surfaced refreshed and sees things with new eyes.

til next time ~ all the best!  
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Friday, May 20, 2016

Main Street Theater Works: Join the Adventure with "The Explorers Club" - June 24-July 23

Main Street Theatre Works kicks off their Summer Season at the Kennedy Mine Amphitheater
Jackson, CA – Main Street Theatre Works (MSTW) kicks off its 2016 Summer Season at the Kennedy Mine Amphitheatre in Jackson, with The Explorers Club, by Nell Benjamin. The Explorers Club is a comedic look at Victorian adventurers who ponder the mysteries of science and nature, while genteelly getting blotto. What better opportunity for you to pack a picnic dinner, your favorite beverage and take in all the crazy adventures of these infamous explorers. The Explorers Club runs every Friday and Saturday, June 24th - July 23rd. Doors open at 6:30 for picnics; show starts at 8:00. Patrons are encouraged to come early with their dinners, chairs and jackets. The Kennedy Mine Amphitheatre is located at 1127 North Main Street in Jackson.

It’s 1879 and London’s prestigious Explorers Club is in crisis ~ Their acting president, Lucius Fretway,  (Christopher Celestin), wants to admit a woman explorer, a Miss Phyllida Spotte-Hume (Amber Lucito). True, this female candidate is brilliant, beautiful, and has discovered the legendary Lost City of Pahatlabong, but the decision to let a woman into the club would shake the very foundation of the British Empire. Phyllida brings with her one of the tribesmen from the Lost City, a very wily and colorful Luigi, (Scott Divine) to meet the Queen. This in and of itself is most impressive to the other explorers (Scott Taylor, Mike Sicilia, Paj Crank and Brandon Rapoza), but things get out of hand, literally, at the royal presentation. When Sir Bernard Humphries (Earl Victorine), private secretary to Queen Victoria, comes to the club to investigate this international incident, war of sorts is declared. A deserted explorer (Joshua Behn), an Irish assassin, an angry mob, and lots of mixed cocktails fly in the face of civility and tradition in the Explorers Club.

Time Out NY raves: “. . .the most impressive act of mixology belongs to playwright Nell Benjamin, whose comedy recipe goes a little like this: two parts Blackadder, one part Monty Python, a dash of Shaw, shake wildly and garnish with fresh feminist ire."

The Explorers Club runs June 24th - July 23rd.

Hand kissing ~ Christopher Celestin as Lucius, Amber Lucito as Phyllida, Scott Taylor as Percy
Fainting ~ Christopher Celestin as Lucius, Scott Taylor as Percy, Amber Lucito as Phyllida
Main Street Theatre Works is a professionally-oriented theatre company, performing in the heart of Amador County. Now entering its 22nd season, MSTW continues to be dedicated to bringing professional and community theatre artists together to produce classical and contemporary plays, striving for a balance that stimulates both artists and audiences.
Kennedy Mine Amphitheater
The setting for the amphitheater 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, into a grass-covered, terraced bowl, surrounded by majestic oaks. There the stage is set for picnicking and enjoying professional quality productions. You are truly sitting on a gold mine, enjoying theatre under the stars.

Performances are Friday and Saturday nights, with gates opening at 6:30, show starting at 8:00. Patrons are encouraged to come early with picnics, chairs and jackets. The Kennedy Mine Amphitheatre is located at 1127 N. Main Street in Jackson.

Performance Dates and Times
Fridays and Saturdays
Gates open at 6:30pm for picnics. Show starts at 8:00pm.
The Explorers Club
June 24th - July 23rd
Ticket Prices
Adults - $20.00
Seniors: $17.50
Students/Children 18 & under - $12.00
Family Pack (2 adults/2 students) - $54.00
Tickets available at the gate, Hein & Company in Jackson,
Amador Chambor of Commerce, Amador Council of Tourism, or online at

Wednesday, May 18, 2016

AmadorArts Announces Free Summer TGIF Concerts Line-Up

It’s a summer tradition 18 years strong - going to outdoor concerts every Friday evening in Amador County is gearing up once again. “TGIF” was created by AmadorArts to be a community-oriented concert series, and that value remains true today, even though many other summer concerts have come on the scene.

One of the most important positives of TGIF is that admission is free to all. The 10 weekly concerts, each at a different outdoor setting, provide an experience for locals and visitors to unite around good music and picnicking, enjoyed in a variety of beautiful environments. Being able to spread out your blanket and your chairs, eat and sip whatever you want, and invite friends and family to join you, is a real summertime joy!

The popularity of TGIF has grown dramatically. To pay the musicians and other costs, the 34-year-old non-profit AmadorArts relies on sponsorships, ads in the Program, and individuals when the “buckets are passed” at each concert.

For more details, contact AmadorArts Executive Director Terra Forgette at 209-267-9038 or by emailing info@amadorarts.org

Get ready!  Here is the schedule of the AmadorArts 2016 TGIF Free Summer Music Series:
June 10th - Preston Castle, Ione - Slade Rivers Band
June 17th- Plymouth City Park - The Hot Dark
June 24th- Minnie Provis Park, Sutter Creek- Black Irish Band
July 1st- Detert Park, Jackson - Dennis Johnson & the Mississippi Ramblers
July 8th- Hanford Court, Sutter Creek  - Jeramy Norris & the Dangerous Mood
July 15th- Volcano Amphitheater, Volcano - Juke Box Gumbo
July 22nd - Pioneer Park, Pioneer - Darcel & Company
August 5th - Kennedy Gold Mine - Coyote Hill
August 12th- Italian Picnic Grounds, Sutter Hill- The Esquires
August 19th - Terra d’Oro Winery, Plymouth - Blow Daddy

Fabric Art Quilts of Schatzi Brimer will be Featured in AmadorArts Gallery for month of June

Award winning Photographer and Multimedia Fiber Artist Schatzi Brimer will have her works in the AmadorArts Gallery for the month of June. At the First Saturday Art Trek on June 4, meet the artist at the reception starting at 3:00 pm and enjoy appetizers and wine. The gallery, which is operated by the non-profit AmadorArts, is located at 11-A Randolph St., a block off Main Street, in Sutter Creek. The gallery also offers items such as jewelry by Ron and Carol Kamerlink and Karen Crane and assorted artists’ cards and small works of local scenes. Hours are 11 am to 4 pm on Saturday and Sunday, and during weekdays, it’s best to call ahead, 267-9038.

Schatzi Brimer earned a BS in Computer Science from Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo and a Masters in Organizational Leadership.  However she starting sewing at the age of 12 and for years she made her own clothing and as an adult sewed her own formal wear. When she retired after a 30+ year career in the technology field, she looked for a way to combine her love of photography and sewing. She found it through Fiber Art. Many of her Art Quilts are based on her own photographs. She continues to explore various surface embellishment and design techniques and uses paints, colored pencils, inks, dyes and fabrics in her work as well as non-traditional materials.

Brimer comments: "One of things I really enjoy about my work is the endless creative opportunities that come from working with fabric, both traditional and non-traditional, thread, paint and other media. I especially love the three-dimensionality and texture that are possible when using fabric and thread. For example, you can not only see the texture of the bark, you can actually feel it too...in fact, I encourage people to touch my work. I am drawn to nature - especially the linear, repetitive, and geometric qualities that can be found there."

Her works have exhibited at:
   ·     "Textiles and Tastings," Shenandoah Winery Gallery, Plymouth, CA - 2014, 2015
·         Pacific International Quilt Festival, Santa Clara, CA - 2014
·         Art Quilt Tahoe - 2014 (Best of Show Winner)
·         Fiber Arts Festival, Silver City, NM - 2015
·         Pennsylvania National Quilt Extravaganza, Philadelphia, PA - 2015
·         Olive Hyde Art Gallery, Fremont, CA - 2015
·         International Quilt Fest, Houston, TX - 2015
·         Hubbard Museum of the American West (a Smithsonian Affiliate) Ruidoso Downs, NM - 2016
·         NIH (National Institute of Health), Bethesda, MD – 2016

For more information, contact AmadorArts: phone 209-267-9038 or visit www.amadorarts.org

It Takes a Village
California Dreaming
Aspen Moon

Saturday, May 7, 2016

Kids On Stage Performing Arts Group 2nd Annual Fundraiser - Sat May 14

Kids On Stage (KOS) hosting its 2nd Annual Fundraiser Performance and Talent Show at the American Legion Hall in Sutter Hill on Saturday, May 14th , 2016 from 2pm-4pm. Tickets are sold at the door: $20 adults $10 kids. The event features performances by KOS, appetizers donated by local businesses, a silent auction, and bake sale.

The musical theater and dance base troupe was initially formed by Sue Brumet in 1984 and active for over 20 years, performing for Amador and Calaveras schools, the Amador County Fair, the California State Fair, and many other community venues.

Ten years later, the group was reborn with the help of its alumni performers, Cara Agustin, Sara Keene, Kate Allen, Jennifer Phillips, Meghan O’Keefe, and Caitlin Rubini who have joined Sue Brumet to form a new KOS Board of Directors. KOS is currently housed at The Studio Performing Technique Dance School located in Martell. It is a free program with open auditions from ages 7-18 years old.

KOS has non-profit status under the Amador Community Foundation’s umbrella. Our goal is to keep KOS a free program to Amador County and regional youth and to work to become an independent non-profit organization. They will also be holding performances at the following schools in May: Pioneer Elementary, Pine Grove Elementary, Sutter Creek Primary and Elementary, and Plymouth Elementary

For more information, call Please call Cara Agustin (209) 304-7361.

Tuesday, May 3, 2016

Annual AmadorArts Student Arts Showcase - May 26 & 27

A free community event with complimentary refreshments will be happening Thursday, May 26, from 4:00 to 7:00 pm, and Friday, May 27 from 3:00 to 5:00 pm.

It’s the annual AmadorArts Student Arts Showcase, the time to view a wildly creative cross-section of art created by local elementary school students.  On Thursday, the showcase will coincide with the May AmadorArts Arts Networking Mixer. The Heart and Soul Studio at 21 Badger Street in Sutter Creek will be the place, and AmadorArts will be the hosts and organizers of the Student Arts Showcase.

Each year AmadorArts brings in-depth standards-based instruction by professional artists into all of our local elementary schools. In the 2015-2016 school year, a total of 1,450 students will have participated in arts classes facilitated by the non-profit organization. Classes included: 1st grade Color Wheel, 2nd grade Doodle Art, 3rd grade Matisse-inspired Paper Collage, 4th grade Watercolor Technique and 5th grade Chalk Pastel.

Arts education not only enhances students' understanding of the world around them, but it also gives them a sense of emotional satisfaction when they are involved in making art. They have control over the materials they use, making decisions about form, color, etc.  And, it brings joy.

So, come see the students’ art that is the result of these programs. Be amazed by our youth’s creativity!  The Chair of the California Arts Council confirms the idea: “It is always exciting to see what creative minds attempt to do when being guided by professional working artists.”

Visit www.amadorarts.org for all the latest arts-related info in the region.
Phone 209-267-9038 with questions.

Sponsors sought for AmadorArts' TGIF Summer Concert Series

Friends of the Arts:

2016 is the 18th year of TGIF Free Summer Concerts. 
We have a great line-up of 10 concerts,
featuring local and regional bands
at a variety of parks and venues throughout Amador County.

As you know, the TGIF Concert Series is
a FREE Community Program,
organized to make good music accessible to everyone.  

Considering being a TGIF Sponsor!

Your name will appear in our program,
distributed all summer,
and your contribution will help us
continue to bring music to our community!

and return it to us with your check by May 25th.

Thank you for supporting the Arts in Amador!

Amador County Arts Council
11A Randolph Street
PO BOX 206
Sutter Creek, Ca 95685
209 267 9038