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AmadorArts and Blue Mountain Players present “Cookin’ with Gus,” running until February 27 at the Blue Mountain Theater in West Point. Photo courtesy to the Amador Ledger Dispatch
AmadorArts and Blue Mountain Players present “Cookin’ with Gus,” running until February 27 at the Blue Mountain Theater in West Point. This laugh-out-loud comedy, by Jim Brochu, follows chef and cookbook author Gussie Richardson as she tries to secure her own television cooking show. Unfortunately, Gus’s stage fright gets in the way of her dream. No one escapes the mess that ensues as her friends try to help her overcome her fears. Cookin’ with Gus is directed by Terra Forgette, and features a great cast of Blue Mountain Players... [Read more]
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Alice Wallace. Photo courtesy to the Amador Ledger Dispatch

After months of preparation, several Amador artists will be debuting their works for the exhibit called “AnimalScapes,” in which 50 artists and poets will explore the diverse animal world found in the Sierra foothills. This is the perfect exhibit for art and animal lovers, and it is on display at Ironstone Winery, in Murphys. The exhibit, which is free, will continue there daily through February 15.

February 6

Alice Wallace

The Sutter Creek Theatre presents Alice Wallace playing award-winning Americana, blues and country on...

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See ‘Balancing Act’ and other paintings by Sandra Dixon at the AmadorArts Gallery in Sutter Creek during the First Saturday Art Trek. Photo courtesy to the Amador Ledger Dispatch

The new year sees the expansion of Amador Art Trek, the fun, free self-guided tour that provides easy public access to where art is located, whether in galleries or businesses that hang unique art on their walls. A new brochure is in the works which will act at a quick reference guide for the Amador Art Trek. Widely available in February, this will provide a map, and list the names, addresses, and hours of the participating “Art Trekkers. “ If you’re a visitor, you’re an Art Trekkie.

Part of the Art Trek are the monthly “1st...

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Gallery 10 will be showing artwork in February related to the theme, “All Things Wine.” Our artists are busy with painting vineyards, still life and many creative ways to express our love of wine. Amador County is developing into a premier wine destination for people from all over the world, and Gallery 10 wants to showcase our beautiful location and award-winning wines.

Visit the gallery at 15 Eureka St, Sutter Creek, open Thursday through Monday, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., during the month of February, to see what we have in store...

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Jewlery by Karen Crane (right). Photos courtesy to the Amador Ledger Dispatch
Three artists are in the spotlight during AmadorArts Gallery’s February show. Don’t miss Sarah Dixon’s “Cat Exhibition,” Karen Crane’s ”Pretty Baubles, All in a Row,” and new photography of local scenes by Cynthia Dunn-Selph The opening date is 11 a.m. Saturday, February 6 during the 1st Saturday Amador Art Trek, with a free and open-to-the-public reception for the three artists, from 3 to 6 p.m. Meet the artists, enjoy refreshments and be the first to buy their newest works. AmadorArts Gallery is located one block off Main Street... [Read more]
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01/14/2016 11:40 AM
Paper mosaic collages are Anje Olmstead’s favorite medium. Photo courtesy to the Amador Ledger Dispatch

Anje Olmstead, a multi-faceted artist, has designed needlepoint tapestries, painted with watercolors and colored pencils and created paper mosaic collages. The latter medium is her favorite and will be prominently displayed during her show in February as featured artist at Sutter Creek Gallery. The show, titled “Up and Over, Down and Under, and Within,” explores how we view the world.

Olmstead has been exhibiting her varied media works at Sutter Creek Gallery for the past several years. In her first year there, she presented a...

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12/29/2015 10:34 AM
Sarah Switek (above) and Dave Gano (below) putting the finishing touches on their artwork for “AnimalScapes.” Photo courtesy of Calaveras Arts Council
What happens when you ask some of the best artists in three counties to create work around a common theme? You get a major art exhibition that’s entirely provocative, different and new, called, “AnimalScapes of the Sierra Nevada Foothills.” The show brings together artists from three counties with over 50 original works of art including paintings, photography, ceramics and poetry, to celebrate the animals that live in the Gold Country. “AnimalScapes” debuts January 16 at Ironstone Winery in Murphys, where it can be viewed daily... [Read more]
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12/29/2015 11:48 AM
Feel like it’s time to express yourself by doing a little art? But don’t know how or what’s right for you? AmadorArts is providing a way. Don’t miss the opportunity on Saturday, March 12, to take three 90-minute workshops of your choice given by some of our area’s top artists. This sixth-annual “mini arts institute” is open to residents in Amador and Calaveras Counties, or beyond, and specifically targets adults and junior high and high school students. From a menu of 15 classes, attendees may select three courses to “take a taste”... [Read more]
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Jack Mitchell
12/30/2015 8:46 AM

Sign-Ups for “A Taste of the Arts” Begin January 5

Feel like it’s time to express yourself by doing a little art? But don’t know how or what’s right for you? AmadorArts is providing a way. Don’t miss the opportunity on Saturday, March 12, to take three 90-minute workshops of your choice given by some of our area’s top artists. From a menu of 15 classes, attendees may select three courses to “take a taste” of the arts, either for the first time or for further exploration. The cost for three classes, supplies included, is $35 for...

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Jack Mitchell
12/30/2015 8:55 AM

After months of preparation, several Amador artists will be debuting their works for the exhibit called “AnimalScapes,” in which 50 artists and poets will explore the diverse animal world found in the Sierra foothills. Join artists like Lynne Slade, pictured, as well as art and animal lovers for the Opening Reception at Ironstone Winery in Murphys, on January 16 from 3 - 5 p.m. The exhibit, which is free, will continue there daily through February 15 .

Awards and prizes in several categories will be revealed at the reception, and...

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Eric Winslow
12/10/2015 11:54 AM

I am crashing down. I am falling

Without wings upon an angel with whom I aim

That with her winds enthralling

Updrafts my heart and can crack the frame

Of the portrait guarding the man within

Painted with sorrow and hurt,

That with a spin

Can take this man and avert

Him from whites, grays, and blues

And can bring him back around as a tapestry

With many colors and hues

Of flame and earth with many a filigree

Of gold and silver in that, with a beat

Of her wings, I may fly and never fall to my...

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12/03/2015 11:18 AM
An art scholarship in memory of Victoria Robinson has been established for students of Amador High School. Contributions may be made to Amador High School, Victoria Robinson Scholarship Fund, c/o Mel Jagoda, 330 Spanish Street, Sutter Creek, CA 95685. For questions, contact Barbara Wells, (209) 223-1170, or wellsbr@comcast.net. [Read more]
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12/03/2015 12:18 PM
Fresh wreaths by Millie Butler can be ordered at AmadorArts Gallery. Photo courtesy of AmadorArts

Want to escape the frantic scene of more urban areas right now? Consider Amador County and it’s thriving art scene to for enrichment and relaxation. This month, local galleries are decked out for the season. The first Saturday is a good time to take it all in. Saturday, December 5 is the 1st Saturday Amador Art Trek, time to peacefully stop in from 1-6 p.m. to see what’s happening and consider giving the gift of art this year.

Free and easy parking makes it all worthwhile, besides the complimentary refreshments offered at some of...

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11/24/2015 11:15 AM
Robin Modlin, mosaic artist, looks over the first collection of mementos donated to “Pieces.” Photo courtesy of Calaveras County Arts Council
“Pieces” is the title of the Community Healing Art Project now underway in the aftermath of the Butte Fire. The date to turn in small pieces, no larger than 12 inches, especially pieces of dishes, pottery and many small rocks, from the rubble of your burn area has been extended to January 15. Mosaic artist Robin Modlin, of Murphys, in collaboration with the Calaveras County Arts Council, is going to create a commemorative mosaic wall as a way to mark this historic and significant event and to honor both the courage of the victims to... [Read more]
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11/12/2015 10:25 AM
Artwork by Laureen Shimmon. Photo courtesy to the ALD
AmadorArts’ Holiday Adornments Show and Sale offers a wide variety of unique, artistic and affordable gifts for the home and special indulgences for you, created by 15 local artists. Get a head start on the season because this event is open now, and continues through December. The AmadorArts Gallery is located just a block off Main Street in Sutter Creek at 11-A Randolph. The extended hours in November and December will be from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. every Saturday and Sunday. The day after Thanksgiving, called Plaid Friday, the gallery... [Read more]
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10/29/2015 10:29 AM
Artwork by Ted Smith. Photo courtesy to the Amador Ledger Dispatch

Ted Smith, featured artist for November at Gallery 10, uses vivid colors in acrylic, oil, watercolor, various papers and found objects to create paintings in abstract design. Ted invites you to see his exhibit and join in the fun at his reception on Saturday, November 7, 2 - 5 p.m. at Gallery 10, 15 Eureka Street, Sutter Creek. Appetizers, wine and punch will be served.

Ted paints on large canvases in bold colors and creates paintings that invite the interpretation of the viewer. Recently Ted began experimenting with abstract...

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10/29/2015 11:45 AM
The Ancora Trio. Photo courtesy to the Amador Ledger Dispatch

Petroglyphe Gallery is resuming business as usual in the aftermath of the Butte Fire. We are offering three intriguing fall workshops with ceramic artist, James Aarons, Mendocino oil painter, Erin Dertner and Calaveras favorite watercolorist, Dale Laitinen. Be sure to register right away to hold your spot. With the fire, we’ve needed to cancel some workshops, so sign up early to ensure we have enough registrants to proceed. You’ll love these exciting classes.

James Aarons, October 31: Building Clay Canvases and Glaze Painting...

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10/15/2015 10:47 AM
Jackie Godinez wears a vintage wedding dress in preparation for Fashions of Yesteryear. Amador Ledger Dispatch photo by Eric Winslow
Those of you who attended the vintage clothing fashion show (“Remember When” in 2012) and the vintage hat fashion show (“Hats Off to Mother” in 2013), will enjoy this new program. Join the Sutter Creek United Methodist Church Saturday, October 24, at 11 a.m. for a vintage wedding gown fashion show at 14 Main Street, in Sutter Creek. The show will be followed by a luncheon in the social hall. Wedding dresses from the late 1800’s through the mid-1900’s will be modeled. Los Gatos resident, Lorraine Blackburn, from Fashions of Yesteryear,... [Read more]
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10/08/2015 10:44 AM
“Sunflowers” by Loretta Armstrong. Photo courtesy to the Amador Ledger Dispatch

Loretta Armstrong will be the demonstrator for the October 14 meeting of the Amador County Artists Association (ACAA), painting a fall scene. All Armstrong ever wanted to be was an artist. She has tried many different styles over the years, finally developing one of her own.

One of her primary influences was Anita Wolff. Not only was Wolff her teacher, they became lifelong friends, traveling together to France in the 1980s to study the Impressionists. A later influence from the ‘90s was New Orleans artist James Michalopoulos,...

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John Tuttle
10/01/2015 11:48 AM

“What a fabulous night for Hospice!” said Dan Riordan, Executive Director and “I would like to express my deepest gratitude to the sponsors, artists, volunteers, merchants and everyone in attendance who helped make the 17th Annual Art on the Lawn “Celebrate Life” fundraiser such an enormous success for our agency. With outstanding support by our community we were successful raising over $50k for the first time ever!”

“Amore Major Sponsors” of the 17th Annual Art on the Lawn event included the Jackson Rancheria, Karmere Winery,...

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