Wednesday, October 25, 2017

18th Annual Festival of Carols - Nov 17, 18 & 19

Friday, November 17, 6 PM and Saturday, November 18, 5 PM
Cathedral of the Mother Lode - the Ione Community Methodist Church
150 West Marlette St, Ione, Ca. 95640

Sunday, November 19, 2 PM
Church of the Nazarene, 14050 Ridge Road, Sutter Creek, Ca. 95685.
All concerts are free of charge, with a monetary donation being accepted at the concerts which will go directly to the Food Bank and their diligent work in our community. Refreshments provided including soup, bread, and spreads. Children are welcome and encouraged to enjoy the music; however, childcare will available if the need arises.

On Friday evening, at 6 pm, at the Ione Methodist Church, the festival begins by welcoming back African Style. This special group of young men and woman will share stories about growing up during the trials of the Angolan civil war through their traditional and original songs. African Style’s rich blend of vocal harmony is transformative and inspiring, and usually, the audience is invited to sing along on a song or two!

Joining them and making their debut in Amador County will be the Weimar Institute Chamber Choir and Baroque Ensemble. Weimar Institute is a small Christian Medical College located near Auburn, CA. This group is a touring ensemble who are a must to come listen to and experience their spirited chamber and congregational singing directed by their highly acclaimed pianist/conductor, Erwin Nanasi, from Germany!

Weimar Institute Chamber Choir and Baroque Ensemble
If you are a pianist and/or lead worship on piano, you should make every effort to hear Mr. Nanasi play. A gifted concert pianist, Erwin studied piano performance at the State University of Music and Performing Arts in his hometown of Stuttgart, Germany as well as arranging and orchestration through Berklee College of Music. He has toured and performed in over 20 countries and has lectured on music cognition across three continents.  He currently serves as minister of music and NEWSTART® chaplain at Weimar Institute and enjoys helping others discover how music can enhance their life.

Erwin Nanasi
On Saturday evening, at 5 pm, both the Weimar College Chamber Choir and Baroque Ensemble and African Style will return to the Ione Methodist Church along with Amador County’s Moriah Heights Orchestra, the ICC Brass Ensemble and B4 the Throne Vocal Quartet. These ensembles meet regularly to present music to the Foothill and Sacramento region communities.  They are multi-generational ensembles with the musicians and vocalists ranging in age from high school into late adulthood.

As a result of all this wonderful musical talent and experience, the Moriah Heights Orchestra and the ICC Brass Ensemble will play some of the most outstanding musical literature for their instrumental groups.  B4 the Throne Vocal Quartet consists of four gifted young men, whose music is uplifting, positive and in excellent harmony; and their youthful voices and repertoire are healing to the soul.

B4 the Throne Vocal Quartet

The Festival of Carols' final concert will be Sunday, at 2pm, at the Church of the Nazarene, with a final program to continue enlivening the Thanksgiving spirit and bring gratitude to the organization that endeavors to give so much to this county, the Interfaith Food Bank.

To learn more about the Interfaith Community of Choirs, the Festival of Carols, or the Interfaith Food Bank, please visit Thank you and hope to see at this year’s Festival of Carols!

Friday, October 20, 2017

November 4 is the next First Saturday Amador Art Trek

Take a trip on the Amador Art Trek this month. The next First Saturday Amador Art Trek is on November 4, 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 12 galleries are open. Go to to find the details about each month’s specific gallery events. A brochure is out in the galleries that will highlight the gallery participants. It’s a quick reference guide -- map, names, addresses, and hours.

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

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 November:  Annual Holiday Adornments Show and Sale featuring 20 artists with great ideas for gift-giving and seasonal decorating. Lots of ornaments, cards, feather art, wood works, jewelry and more. Order your fresh holiday wreath at the free Art Trek reception on November 4 from 2-5 pm. The exhibit will run through Dec. 23 Hours: Sat. and Sun 11 to 4.  Call 209-267-9038 for weekday hours on Tues.- Friday.

Blue Belle Studio – Pioneer.  Deb Wright has closed her working art studio for the winter. Open again in the spring. Visit

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 – For November: Andy Byrne and Lorra Lee Rose. Using scrap metal in an untraditional manner, Andy Byrne makes provocative pieces out of simple components.  Design elements are derived from his fascination with Euclidian and Fractal Geometry; each piece is exceptional and one of a kind.   it can take years for Lorra Lee Rose to collect enough feathers to make one of her signature masks. she places them, one at a time, with painstaking detail, using hot glue. Her monumental 3-year project the feather fairy is now on display in the gallery.  Open daily 10-5:30.
"Fairy Wings" by Lorra Lee Rose
Hearts/metal sculpture by Andy Byrne
Gallery 10 - Sutter Creek. For November: Sharon Galligan  will be showing her collection of watercolors, acrylics and oil paintings with subjects of California and European scenes. A reception will be held in Sharon’s honor at Gallery 10 on November 4, 2-5 pm. Everyone is welcome to stop by, meet Sharon, enjoy her beautiful work, and have refreshments.  The gallery is open Thursday-Monday, and some Wednesdays, 11-5 throughout November.

Art by Sharon Galligan
Gifted –Local & American Made - Jackson. Gifts and goods for everyone, including Charleen Tyson’s colorful and whimsical painted furniture and cheese and cake stands. Let owner Jeannette help you find the perfect gift for the holidays and 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 retail boutique is at 42 Main St. Daily 10–4 pm. (209) 256-9702.

Little City Studio and Gallery- Amador City.  Welcoming in the Season with a display designed to recognize ART as the perfect Holiday gift!  Featured are many popular local artists with works at very affordable prices. In addition, there’s jewelry, knitting and crochet, weaving, pottery, cards, scarves, etc. Carefully chosen consignment clothing will please as well! Show continues through Dec. Gallery hours are: F,S,S 10-5. Main Street, Amador City. Info at 209-256-0781.

Petroglyphe Gallery - Mokelumne Hill. For November: Works by Dale Laitenin in a show called, “Crossing California – Sierra to the Sea.” See the culmination of his years of zigzagging the state in mediums as diverse as the scenes. Also in the gallery are many gift items and works from fine artists known nationwide. 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 November : painter and photographer Wendy Ward whose art centers on concepts she feels compelled to explore, such as “peace” and “sensuality.”  She applies her images to prints, tiles, small collages and tote bags and pillow. Meet her 2-5  pm on Nov. 4 during the 1st Saturday reception. Enjoy refreshments too. Open daily 10 am – 5 pm, but closed Tuesdays.

"Raven" by Wendy Ward
These businesses also have art on their walls, so drop in while you’re on the Art Trek:  Full Circle Trading Co. in Jackson; Amador 360 Collective on Hwy 49 in Plymouth; Gateway Sotheby’s International Realty – Sutter Creek…come see a stunning variety of art at 54 Main St.; and in Rosebud’s CafĂ© Farm to Fork at 26 Main St. in Jackson.

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

Robyn's Piano Room Open House - Sat Oct 21

ROBYN’S PIANO ROOM OPEN HOUSE - Sat Oct 21 from 1-4pm at 17B W. Main St., Ione (located off back parking lot near the train park). Find out more about piano lessons with Robyn or just drop by to say hello and share a treat. All are welcome!

Wednesday, October 11, 2017

AmadorArts Gallery's Holiday Adornments Show & Sale opens November 4

The fourth annual Holiday Adornments Show and Sale in the AmadorArts Gallery in Sutter Creek offers a wide variety of clever and affordably-priced gift ideas including ornaments, fresh wreaths, holiday decorations and cards, jewelry, wearable accessories, even candy, and much more. Twenty-two local artists have been selected. Get a head start on the season because this event opens November 4 and continues through December 23. The AmadorArts Gallery is located just a block off Main at 11-A Randolph. That’s the street where the orange/red door of the Buffalo Emporium is on the corner.
Saturday, November 4, is not only the 1st Saturday Art Trek Artist Reception from 2-5 pm, but the time to place special orders for Millie Butler’s wreaths for pick-up later. On Saturday, December 2, there will be another reception, 2-5 pm. Normal open hours will be on weekends, 11 am to 4 pm.  Usually on weekdays, excluding Mondays, the gallery is also open when the admin. office is open, generally 10-3. Best to call ahead. Remember, AmadorArts members receive 10% discounts, and you can join the day you shop.
The gallery’s best selling artists from last year’s Holiday Adornments show are returning and many new ones have been added in order to offer the most exciting choices for the home and personal gift giving needs.
Check out these artists and see what they’ve come up with for artsy gifts, 2017 versions: Pamela Rose, Gayle Mayhew, Sandy Delehanty, Carol’s Candies, Moana Bailey Hendrix, Lorra Lee Rose, Ella, Evan Py, Carole & Ron Kamerlink, Lynn Keever, Mary Nahhas, and Jim Bass
The following artists have made quality holiday decor: Millie Butler, Helen Wilkinson, John Haedrich, Kathryn Devlin, Cynthia Dunn-Selph, Wendy Ward, Shelly Cook, Karen Hale, and Judy Day.
AmadorArts Facebook or website has the latest details. Put AmadorArts Gallery on your list of where to holiday shop for unique, affordable items. Call 209-267-9038 to talk to a real person.

PHOTOS: Among the many specialized, locally made items in the Holiday Adornments Show and Sale at AmadorArts Gallery are ornaments by Michelle Cook and Wendy Ward; ceramics by Kathryn Devlin; jewelry by Carole and Ron Kamerlink; tiny dioramas by Cynthia Dunn-Selph; and fresh wreaths by Millie Butler.

Monday, October 9, 2017

The Mercury Theater on the Air, in Sutter Creek! “Around the World in 80 Days” - Nov 4 & 5

Main Street Theatre Works presents their 7th Annual Live Radio Show Fundraiser
3 Performances Only!
Jackson, CA  (October 8, 2017) – The finest radio dramas of the 1930’s was The Mercury Theater On The Air, founded by Orson Welles and John Houseman. Together, they presented many classic pieces of literature, and shook the country with its terrifying staging of “War of the Worlds.” Main Street Theatre Works (MSTW) is re-creating one of these literary classic radio plays, Around the World in 80 Days, complete with live sound effects. This limited-engagement fundraiser will have two matinee performances ~ Saturday & Sunday, November 4th & 5th, and one evening performance on Saturday night, at the Native Sons Hall in Sutter Creek. Tickets are $25 and include a dessert bar, coffee or tea, and the show. A no-host wine bar will be available Saturday night. There will also be a raffle prize for a two-night stay in a beautiful home in Wawona, a private property surrounded by Yosemite Park. The house has 4 bedrooms, 2 baths, sleeps 10; The prize is valued at over $1000. Raffle tickets will be sold at the 3-day event, and the winning ticket will be drawn at the close of the last show. Ticket holders need not be present to win.
MSTW Company Member, Allen Pontes, has produced, directed and starred as Mr. Welles in the past six productions ~ The War of the Worlds (2 years in a row), Dracula, Treasure Island, The Count of Monte Cristo and The Immortal Sherlock Holmes. The show adheres to the same time constraints (60 minutes), same script, and live sound effects, just the way Orson would want it. It’s a fun flashback to the days when people “watched” their radios, and sound effects were done live. Other cast members include Julie Anchor, Thomas Dean, Mike Sicilia, Scott Taylor, and Richard Williams, who share the duty of portraying the more than 15 different characters and producing the sound effects live.
Join us for this special event and see how the magic is really made, while supportting Main Street Theatre Works. Seating is limited, so get your tickets early.
Performance Dates and Times
Saturday & Sunday Matinee Performances
November 4th & 5th
Doors open at 1:15pm for dessert, show starts at 2:00pm
Saturday Evening Performance
November 4th  only
Doors open at 7:15pm for dessert, show starts at 8:00pm
Ticket Prices:
$25 per person
Native Sons Hall
56 Main Street, Sutter Creek, CA
Tickets available:
Hein & Company, 204 Main St., Jackson, CA
On line at MSTW.ORG
For more information, please visit our website at

Friday, October 6, 2017

Sculpture made entirely from feathers will be the showpiece at Wine Fest on Nov 11

Lorra Lee Rose is perhaps the only artist in the world creating life-size human-like sculptures totally in feathers. Her work is internationally known and now, for this year’s 20th annual Winefest in Amador County she will show and have for sale her recently created life-size feather sculpture of a fairy. Global collectors have discovered and fallen in love with her art. One look on November 11 in the Sutter Creek Auditorium and you’ll see why Lorra Lee Rose’s feather works are so much in demand.

In her studio outside of Jackson CA in the Sierra foothills she’s been creating for three years the Feather Fairy, and she calls it her “monumental passion project.” The concept began in Oakland when she came upon a high-quality female mannequin that was in a sitting position, a rare find. She’s created male torsos, mermaids and even elaborate masks for the Seattle Museum’s Black and White Ball. She knew it was a no-brainer to transform the mannequin into a fairy using her vast 30-year collection of feathers.

Her earliest works were begun in Livermore in 1986 when she was just 23. They were small, but now her life-size human figures, masks and crystals, which form the base for her smaller works, can be seen in museums, prestigious arts festivals and in a limited number of galleries, such as in Palm Desert, Sedona and Sutter Creek. She uses only natural, top quality, legally sourced feathers of varieties that most people don’t see every day.

Where do to the feathers come from? Rose has cultivated a network of pet owners, parrot sanctuaries, and aviaries who gather the molted, natural color feathers for her purchase. Birds shed a small handful of feathers per season, seriously restricting the supply and thus requiring years of patience and preparation. Before they can be used, the feathers must be washed, sterilized, separated, and stored. Her remote, spotless studio is filled with at least 60 large clear bins of feathers, all categorized by type of birds, color and size.

To make the Fairy she built a paper mache form over the original mannequin. When dry, she cut the form off and then stitched the paper mache parts together. The armature for the massive wings was created by her husband Andy Byrne, a master metal worker. Next step was the painstaking process of applying with glue the thousands of carefully selected feathers to the fairy’s body.

For example, to create the dazzling wings which are best admired from the back, Rose used the extremely rare and hard-to-get Great Argus Pheasant feathers which average 28 inches in length. The colors and sizes of the feathers covering the rest of the sculpture result in a total design that is breathtaking. At Winefest you can even help artist Rose give the fairy a name. When asked if she has a motto, she replied with a laugh, “glue, time and patience.”

At the Winefest event on November 11 in the Sutter Creek Auditorium, a central spot by the far wall will be where the Feather Fairy will rest, revolving slowly around. No touching will be the rule, and roped stanchions will remind guests to only gaze and be amazed.

The November 11th Winefest is the annual popular walk-about wine-tasting that takes place in Sutter Creek in Amador County. Over 20 Amador County wineries will each be pouring in the unique shops on Main Street. Check-in starts at 4:00 pm in the Sutter Creek Auditorium, 18 Main Street to pick up your wineglass and wristband. Start bidding on the Silent Auctions of Art, Wines, and Premier Offerings of Gifts and Event Packages. At 4:30, walk Main Street, sipping and shopping, but returning to the auditorium at 7 pm for live music, tastings of desserts and after-dinner wines, and final auction bidding.

Winefest is a benefit for the acclaimed arts education programs of the non-profit AmadorArts, established 35 years ago. Advance tickets of $40 may be ordered using PayPal at

At the door, if still available, $45. Limited tickets sales this year. 209-267-9038.

Thursday, October 5, 2017

Amador Gourd Artists: Annual Gourd Ornament Class - Sat Oct 21

The Amador Gourd Artists is holding its annual Gourd Ornament Class Saturday, October 21 from 9:00 am to 2:00 pm. at the Amador County Agricultural Building, 12200-B Airport Rd. Martell.

Registrants will make three items from gourds: a tabletop scarecrow, a bustier Christmas ornament, and a beaded ornament with their choice of adornment. This class gives you an opportunity to learn new artist techniques and take home 3 completed projects. Proceeds from the $45 class fee go to benefiting local artists. All supplies and materials are provided…all you need to bring is a sack lunch and an apron (or clothes you don’t mind getting paint on). This class is suitable for both beginner and experienced gourders.

Space is limited to hurry and send your check for $45 made out to Amador Gourd Artists along with your name, mailing address and phone number to: Carla O’Dell 14440 Sutter Highlands Dr. Sutter Creek, CA 95685. Any questions, call Carla at 209-267-9261 or Carole at 209-743-9258

Monday, October 2, 2017

October in AmadorArts Gallery to Feature Artworks, New Twists on Photography and Glass

Opening on October 7 during the 1st Saturday Art Trek will be an unusual show of two artists who have taken photography and glass art to new levels. The AmadorArts Gallery will feature encaustic photo art by Sacramento artist Dianne Poinski and recycled glass art by Sheri Kindsvater from Rancho Cordova. The AmadorArts Gallery, located at 11-A Randolph St., Sutter Creek, welcomes you to the Art Trek reception on October 7 from 2 to 5 pm. The exhibit will run through Sunday, October 29.

While attending college to pursue an accounting degree, Dianne Poinski took a black and white photography course to satisfy the art requirement. Passion for photography developed almost immediately and her goal of becoming a CPA quickly vanished. She loves any process that allows for a more "hands on" experience. For over 20 years, she hand-colored her black and white photographs. In 2014 she took a “photo encaustic” workshop and found a new way to create original art with her photographs.


In addition to framed photographs, this exhibit will also include “photo encaustic” pieces. These works are archival, color inkjet prints, mounted on a panel, then coated with encaustic medium (beeswax and resin). Fusing with a heat gun or torch is required for every layer of wax that is applied.  Different types of embellishments are added to create texture and depth.

Sheri Kindsvater is a kiln glass artist, as opposed to one who blows glass. The possibilities for the kiln artist are endless and Kindsvater has discovered it all, from fusing to slumping and experimenting with tempered glass.  She says, “Every time I look in the kiln it's like opening a present and being surprised.  It may have popped, bubbled, burst or heated perfectly; and you won't know until it's cool.” From normal art glass she has moved into recycled glass and takes broken windows, bottles, jars, cups, and any other glass you would throw out or recycle and makes it into something new.  She says Grandma’s old ugly glass dish gets a whole new look and use, but this kind of glass is even harder to work with because it doesn’t melt to any other kind of glass.

Glass Face
Recycled Glass Containers
Sheri will be showing a mix of old and new glass pieces.  Her hope is when someone sees her art, they’ll say, "I can't believe that was a broken window" or "Wow, look at that color."  She’s inspired by the glass itself, like she’ll smash some glass with a hammer to see how the shards’ fall and what they say to her.  Kindsvater has won many California State Fair ribbons over the years, this year winning first and second in fused glass, for which she submitted two pieces made from tempered glass.  She won Best in Division for a jewelry piece made from a Crown Royal bottle.

Gallery hours on weekends are 11:00 am to 4:00 pm. The AmadorArts Gallery is open during the week, Tuesday through Friday, but it’s best to call ahead,209-267-9038, because the staff might be out for meetings.