Monday, November 19, 2018

Annual Holiday Arts Mixer & Grand Opening of Amador Arts Center - Thurs Dec 6

“Jingle and Mingle”, the annual Holiday Mixer and Volunteer Party presented by AmadorArts, will be on Thursday, December 6 from 6:00 – 8:00 pm. It’ll also be the Grand Opening of the AmadorArts Center, and everyone is welcome to drop by the Mother Lode Plaza at 617 South Highway 49 in Jackson and celebrate.

Kicking off with the official Chamber of Commerce ribbon cutting at 6:00 pm, the event will also feature many guest performances and, as part of the recognition of many people who give of their time, the presentation of a new annual award, “AmadorArts Volunteer of the Year.” 

The first-ever Amador Poet Laureate Kat Everitt will share her craft, and the Leggett Family will perform on the piano that it recently re-homed to the AmadorArts Center.  Other local musicians will showcase our new space with their skills on the piano. Several AmadorArts Board Directors will be entertaining, including Hal Gamble and Sid Cohen, as well as Student Directors Deja Douglas, Lulu Briggs and Emily Ann Hopkins.

Light refreshments and beverages will be offered.  The event is free and open to all; donations accepted.  The new AmadorArts Center will be a place for music, classes, performances, gallery shows, meetings, creating, and all sorts of artsy things, even sewing. The Center will be for the community and its direction will be guided by what the community wants. Located in the back southwest corner of the Plaza, convenient free parking is available.

AmadorArts, aka Amador County Arts Council, is a private, public benefit non-profit organization that has served the region with arts-related events and arts education since 1982.  It operates with funding from donors, grants, and as an annually- awarded State-Local Partner with the California Arts Council, a State agency.  Phone: 209-256-8166, or visit its website

Back by popular demand, this group at last year’s “Jingle & Mingle” will be caroling again December 6, along with many others including poets, pianists and eclectic performers.
*Pictured left to right:  Deja Douglas, Sid Cohen, Emily Ann Hopkins, Nan Muzinich, Meghan O’Keefe, and Lulu Briggs.  

Sunday, November 11, 2018

Amador Choraliers: "Holiday Traditions" - Dec 6, 8 & 9

Let Amador Choraliers help you get in the holiday spirit with their annual Christmas concert.  From the traditional “White Christmas” and “Deck the Hall” to the new take on “Jingle Bells” and Kelly Clarkson’s popular “Underneath the Tree”, the Choraliers are sure to be singing one of your favorites.
Thursday, December 6 finds the group at a new location – Ione Community Methodist Church, 150 W. Marlette, Ione (elevator available).  Doors open at 7 p.m. and the concert begins at 7:30.
Saturday, December 8 and Sunday, December 9, concerts will again be held at the Margaret Dalton Children’s Center, 975 Broadway, Jackson.  Doors open at 2:30 and the concert begins at 3 p.m.
Tickets are $10 and can be purchased on the group’s website or at the door.  Be sure to join us for this Amador County Christmas tradition.
For more information call (209) 743-9258. Advance tickets available on line at

Tuesday, November 6, 2018

Amador Makers - November 2018

So what are you making for November? Mulling wine spice packs? Turkeys in you chosen medium, be it bronze, wood or watercolors? Maybe cobbling together some authentic Pilgrim-style shoes? 

Whatever you're making, Amador Makers is here to help and encourage. Our monthly meet-up is coming up this Sunday, November 11th. As part of the meeting we are going to be taking a shop tour of Carla Fry Creations jewelry workshop and learn about making jewelry. The meet-up location is 12855 Irishtown Road, Pine Grove 95665. The Board of Directors meeting starts at 2 pm if you want to talk business, fundraising, organizing and such. General Membership meeting, i.e. the fun stuff, starts at 3 pm. 

Speaking of business, Amador makers are now taking donations at the following PayPal link. Kick in a few bucks if you can; any amount will help as we setup and grow the group.

Save the Date! Amador Makers will have an entry in the Sutter Creek Parade of Lights. If you want in on the action, be there 5 pm on December 15.

Our featured video: Homemade. Pumpkin. Catapult. 

Be sure to forward this on to those who should know about it, and follow us on Facebook for updates.

Keep Making!

Friday, November 2, 2018

21st Annual Winefest - Sat Nov 10

Kick-off the Holiday Season on Saturday, November 10 by visiting historic Sutter Creek. Twenty-five shops on Historic Main Street will be decorated and open, offering you wine tastings and cheery camaraderie.

From 4:00 to 9:00 pm, the 21st Annual Winefest, benefitting AmadorArts, will feature over 25 family wineries of Amador County and a chance to win many auction items donated by people who see the arts as a vital resource in schools and the community.

First, starting at 4:00 pm visit the Sutter Creek Auditorium, at 18 Main St., to check in – tickets are $40 --and pick up your Winefest Map, wristband, and commemorative wine glass.  Start bidding on the many enticing silent auction items, including fine art, fine wines, deluxe packages of stays, trips and unique surprises. Then at 4:30 pm begin your journey up and down historic Main Street sipping and shopping, remembering to finish your glass before going to the next store (ABC law!).

By 7:00 pm when the shops close, return to the auditorium, alive with Latin rhythm music by “Primitivo” and jazzy decorations. Indulge in samplings of desserts and dessert wines. Partake in the “Mystery Wine” grab bag for $20 and finalize your bids in the silent auctions, which have been known to get wild and crazy.

With a huge crew of dedicated volunteers, this annual major fundraiser benefits Amador County Arts Council’s year round arts programming and its core outreach to youth arts education. Buy and print your tickets in advance online at . Do it early, as Winefest has sold out in recent years because it’s so much fun. For more info, phone 209-256-8166.

Amador County Library Exhibit: Brian J. Shea, In Remembrance - Through Nov 30

Now on exhibit at the Amador County Library in Jackson:
  Brian J. Shea, Amador County Artist, in remembrance.

Brian's sister, Terry Pappas, has mounted a memorial exhibition of
some of Brian's exquisite origami artwork. Brian previously displayed his
art in 2012 in  "The Art of Paper Exhibition", Hanford St. Gallery. 

The pieces will be on display through November 30, 2018
The library is open: M-W: 10-6, Thu & Fri: 10-5
Brian J. Shea
February 1945 - January, 2018