Monday, June 19, 2017

July 1 is the Next First Saturday Amador Art Trek

The next First Saturday Amador Art Trek is on July 1, a free self-guided walk or drive-and-walk tour that provides easy public access to where art is located. Part of Art Trek is the monthly “1st Saturday” when many participating galleries have receptions in the afternoon to kick-off their new shows.

You can go on the Art Trek ANYTIME that the 13 galleries are open. Go to to find the details about each month’s specific gallery events. A new brochure is now out in the galleries that will highlight the gallery participants. It’s a quick reference guide -- map, names, addresses, and hours. Or, visit

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

Add Art- Jackson.  Fine art framing services and the colorful original work of the late John Johannsen are featured.  This world renowned artist’s vibrant and whimsical canvases are sought after by many collectors. Even though his home/studio burned to the ground last year, here is where you can still see and buy Johannsen’s rare works.

AmadorArts Gallery-  Sutter Creek.  For Juy: New mixed media works, including some interesting ink-pour pieces by Pine Grove artist Marleen Olive, and ceramic sculptures by Michele Fisher, who combines clay with different elements of re-purposed furniture and wood elements. Her exposure both to the art of European Catholicism and the art of the Middle East are strong influences. The Art Trek and opening reception is on Saturday, July 1, from 2:00 to 5:00 pm. Go by for refreshments and friendly conversation. Hours: Sat. and Sun 11 to 5.  Call 209-267-9038 for weekday hours, Tues.- Friday.

Blue Belle Studio – Pioneer.  NEW! Deb Wright operates a Working art studio encompassing an eclectic gallery of original art, prints, beaded jewelry, vintage items and curiosities. First Saturday Art Trek: 10 -2 pm. 22594 #7, Highway 88, Pioneer Ca 95666 (209) 768-8157.  Additional information about weekly workshops and hours can be found by following on Facebook at:

Chaos Glass Works- Sutter Creek. Art Glass Gallery and Hot Shop: David and Heather Hopman offer a wide selection of art glass items. Live glassblowing demonstrations happen all-day on weekends. Using a state-of-the-art electric furnace, the artists melt glass from batch, add colors, and working the glass at over 2100 degrees, they blow and hand shape the pieces to achieve a unique array of forms.

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 – Featured for July:  Rustic Garden.  Fun and whimsical metal garden stakes, tables, sculptures and wall art. Judy and Doug Marcoe are the artists from central Oregon.  Open daily 10-5:30.

Gallery 10 - Sutter Creek.  For July: Susan Hayne, accomplished printmaker who has a BFA from The Academy of Art College in San Francisco.  Showing will be a large variety of her works, including linocut, woodcut, copper plate etching, monotype and embossing. She’s lived in El Dorado County for 38 years and finds most of her inspiration right outside her door!  A reception in Susan’s honor will be held at Gallery 10, 15 Eureka St., Sutter Creek, on Saturday, July 1, 2-5 pm. Gallery hours are Thurs.-Mon. 11-5.

Gifted –Local & American Made - Jackson.  Gifts and goods for everyone. They help customers find the perfect gift for any occasion.

Heart & Soul Studio – Sutter Creek. This  3,800 sq ft warehouse is the setting for a variety of fun on-going workshops and is also available to rent for public and private events. 21 Badger St. The small retail boutique is at 42 Main St.  Daily 10 – 4 pm. (209) 256-9702.

Little City Studio and Gallery- Amador City.   July:  Go to Little City Studio & Gallery on Friday, July 21, from 5-8ish, for “a very interesting show opening!” Theme: "What Can I Do With an Old Book?" Artists have been asked to use an old book, in some form, as the basis of their new artwork -- pages, binding, the whole kit and caboodle. See what creative imaginations can come up with! Gallery/studio hours: 10-5 on Fri, Sat, and Sun. Info at 209-259-0781.

Petroglyphe Gallery - Mokelumne Hill. For July: see many works from fine artists known nationwide, and the inspired gifts in their Copper & Willow section of the gallery. Their clever greeting card selection includes cards for every occasion. Check out the unique gifts to go with the cards. Open Thursdays through Sundays at 11:30.

Shenandoah Gallery at Shenandoah Vineyards – Plymouth.  The owners and their family have created an art-filled experience in their tasting room. 12300 Steiner Rd. Daily 10-4:30.

Sutter Creek Gallery “Art for Everyone”- Sutter Creek. For July: Oil painter Vickie Chew’s show. She likes to work with a palette knife, but in addition to paintings, the artist paints murals and accepts commissions. Vickie’s show will open on July 1 with a reception starting at 2 p.m.  Visit for refreshments and conversation with the artist.  Open daily 10 am – 5 pm, but closed Tuesdays.

These businesses also have are on their walls, so drop in while you’re on the Art Trek:  Full Circle Trading Co. in Jackson; Gateway Sotheby’s International Realty – Sutter Creek. Come see a stunning variety of art at 54 Main St.;and Rosebud’s Café Farm to Fork in Jackson.

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

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

"Heart" - Michele Fisher

"Koi" - Susan Hayne

Metal Cat - Fine Eye Gallery

"Morning Light" - Vickie Chew MacKerriche

"Fancy Feathers" - Maureen Olive

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