Wednesday, January 24, 2018

Arts Summit Amador 2018 - Sat Mar 24

Arts Summit Amador 2018
Saturday March 24th, 2018
9am to 3pm
Jackson Rancheria Casino Resort

"Beginning the Conversation about the future of the Arts in Amador"

AmadorArts will hold the very first annual Amador County Arts Summit on Saturday, March 24 from 9:00 am to 2:00 pm at the Jackson Rancheria Conference Center. Invitations have been sent out for the event which will convene arts stakeholders, students, and business and community members to discuss topics and issues relevant to the cultural future of the county. Issues like the local arts community, education, the creative economy, tourism, a center for the arts, and more. The idea is to bring together as many thinkers, movers and shakers as possible to find strength as a group to tackle issues important to Amador County. The Summit will begin a conversation and action that will continue for years to come.

Executive Director Terra Forgette is lining up the Keynote Speaker, representatives from the California Alliance for Arts Education, local leaders, distinguished local artists, and student performances to inspire the audience to literally move ideas and concepts onto the discussion table.  Dynamic small group discussions and panel presentations will be a part of breakout sessions.

A focus will be on three topics:
  • Turning the Arts from Survive to Thrive: Building our Amador County Creative Economy
  • Planning a campaign to develop a Center for the Arts, a venue to present concerts, classes, varied events and more.
  • Partnering in Public Education
Another highlight will be the recognition of Giles Turner for his 50 years involvement in the arts, particularly in drama and music for young people.  A closing Mixer will be the celebratory time for networking with fellow colleagues.
Be a part of an important conversation about the future of the Arts in Amador County. No charge.  Please contact Terra Forgette if you’d like to receive an invitation: 209-267-9038 or  RSVP’s will be accepted until March 15.

Thursday, January 18, 2018

February 3 is the Next First Saturday Amador Art Trek

The new year is a great time to start the habit of taking a monthly trip on the Amador Art Trek. The next First Saturday Amador Art Trek is on February 3, 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 “First Saturday”, when several participating galleries have receptions in the afternoon, 2-4 pm to kick-off their new shows.

You can go on the Art Trek ANYTIME that these 11 galleries are open. Just so you know, a new 2018 brochure is in the works produced by the non-profit AmadorArts that will highlight the gallery participants. It’s a quick reference guide -- map, names, addresses, and hours.

Here is a brief listing in random order of participating galleries:

Fine Eye Gallery- Sutter Creek –Open daily 10-5:30 at 71 Main St.

Gallery 10 - Sutter Creek.  - Open Thurs.- Mon. 11-4 at 15 Eureka St.

Little City Studio and Gallery- Amador City.   After 19 years, Owner/Artist Carol Sethre has decided to close her doors so she can experience art and life like the rest of us, teach classes and rest on her laurels. Everything currently has a 20% discount and that will continue, with some items even further discounted in Feb. Also for sale are a few 'fixtures' and other art related materials, fabrics, and yarns. She plans to be completely out by Feb. 28. 14180 Main Street, Amador City 209-256-0781. Hours: Fri, Sat, Sun 10-5, or by appt.

Petroglyphe Gallery - Mokelumne Hill - Open Thursdays through Sundays at 11:30 – 5 at  8317 Main St., Moke Hill.

Sutter Creek Gallery “Art for Everyone”- Sutter Creek.  Open daily 10 am – 5 pm, but closed Tuesdays at 35 Main St.

Add Art- Jackson.  Open M-F 10:30 – 5; Sat. 10:30-4.

Chaos Glass Works- Sutter Creek. Open Wed – Fri 11-5; Sat, Sun 10-6, at 121A Hanford St.

Charles Spinetta Winery & Wildlife Art Gallery- Plymouth.  Daily 10-4:30 at 12300 Steiner Rd.

Gifted Local & American Made – Jackson. Daily 10-5 at 8 Main St.

Heart & Soul Studio – Sutter Creek. Retail boutique:  Daily 10 – 4 pm. 42 Main St. (209) 256-9702. Warehouse:  21 Badger St

Shenandoah Gallery at Shenandoah Vineyards – Plymouth. Daily 10-4:30, 12300 Steiner Rd.

Blue Belle Studio – Pioneer.  Open again in the spring. Visit

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.

For more arts-related info visit: or call 209-267-9038.

"Dancing Alone" Sue Palmquist, Sutter Creek Gallery

"Snowy Perch" July Trail at Gallery 10
Doug Lawler at Petroglyphe Gallery, Mokelumne Hill

Wednesday, January 17, 2018

Call for Stories spotlighted on new radio show focused on the "Arts Around Amador"

A new radio program has hit the local airwaves.  Called Arts Around Amador the first 30-minute episode premiered December 2 and will continue every Saturday at 9:00 am on KVGC Hometown Radio. Featuring Amador County students and artisans, this show is chocked full of newsy information about local students, organizations, artists, and cultural highlights throughout Amador County.

In a rural community where transportation often limits access to the arts, Arts Around Amador offers a lively and entertaining way to connect with and highlight the arts and artisans of Amador County culture and heritage. From watercolor to welding, no art form is off limits! This show is a great way to celebrate the vibrant culture and creative economy of the Mother Lode.

The public is asked to give on-going input so that this show is lively, timely and informative.  Tidbits about arts in the schools, artists in the visual, performing and literary fields, about organizations presenting events, a favorite or little known “art-i-fact” – these are the kinds of items AmadorArts would like to share on the air.  Contact AmadorArts to schedule an interview or provide information for the weekly Arts Around Amador Calendar featuring upcoming events.  Call 209-267-9038 or email

From your car or home or streaming, you can start listening every Saturday at 9:00 am on KVGC Hometown Radio, 1340AM, 96.5FM.  Make it an artful habit to kick off your weekend.
Arts Around Amador is made possible in thanks to the donation of KVGC Hometown Radio and the Guidi Family. The show is a production of AmadorArts and the Amador Alliance for Arts Education with funding from generous donors, members, and from the California Arts Council. AmadorArts is a non-profit organization, established in 1982, that actively promotes ALL the arts so that the region’s students, communities, and visitors thrive in a positive cultural environment.

Wednesday, January 10, 2018

AUDITIONS: Main Street Theater Works - Jan 28 & 29

AUDITIONS! Main Street Theatre Works is holding auditions for their 2018 Summer Season at the Kennedy Mine Amphitheatre ~ MAMA WON'T FLY and ESCANABA IN 'DA MOONLIGHT. Get paid to play with us at this beautiful outdoor venue. Rehearsals in Sacramento until tech week.
Date: January 28th and 29th, 2018
Time: 7 - pm
Place: Three Penny Theatre in the 25th & R Complex, SACRAMENTO.

Cold reads from the scripts.
MAMA WON'T FLY, by Jones, Hope & Wooten 
Directed by Allen Pontes
Runs Fri & Sat, 6/22 - 7/21
From the same people who brought you Doublewide, Texas,"
this ferociously funny, family-friendly comedy will have you
laughing your way across country.
Savannah's brother is getting married in four days and she's trying to get Mama to the wedding ~ from Alabama to California. But things get complicated when Mama won't fly...
All parts available
• 2 men ~ 35 - 50, and 50 - 60s (multiple characters)
• 6 women ~ 30s - 60s (3 of the parts are multiple characters)
For a copy of the script, contact Allen Pontes at
Directed by Julie Anchor
Runs Fri & Sat, 8/10 - 9/8
The Soady clan reunites at their cabin for Opening Day of deer season. Eldest brother, Rueben, has never brought home a deer, and if he doesn't this year, he'll be the oldest Soady to never "bag a buck." But Rueben's brought more than ammo with him this year. . .
This hilarious and heartfelt tale spins out of control as Rueben goes to any and all lengths to remove himself from the wrong end of the Soady family record book.
Parts available:
Albert Soady ~ 60s
Remnar Soady ~ 30s
Jimmer ~ age open
Ranger Tom ~ 30s - 40s
The parts of Rueben Soady and Wolf Moon Dance have been pre-cast.
For a copy of the script, contact Julie Anchor at

Foothill Indian Education Alliance: Creating Beaded Medallions - Sun Jan 21

Sunday, January 21
Jackson Elementary School
220 Church Street in Jackson