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4 days ago
Kaitlin Maxedon. Photo courtesy to the Amador Ledger Dispatch
Kaitlin Maxedon, of Pine Grove, won the prestigious “Golden Bear” award for placing Best of Show at the California State Fair’s Youth Arts Expo.Kaitlin’s photograph, titled “I Am Paint”, also took home Best of Class and First Award ribbons. Out of over 650 entrants, only four artists were selected for Best in Show awards in this highly competitive juried exhibition.

Kaitlin is in the sixth grade at Pine Grove Elementary, and also studies art with Pam Sharp of the Children’s Studio in Sutter Creek. She is the daughter of Jon and...

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5 days ago
This is Raffle Art number 4. It is titled "Sierra Gold II," by Lori Sturdivant. Photo courtesy to the Amador Ledger Dispatch
The 23rd Annual Arts of Bear Valley Summer Show will be held at he Perry Walther Building (Next to the Bear Valley Music Festival Tent). Come on up and enjoy the music and an art show with over 23 participating artists. The show starts Friday, July 25th and runs through Sunday, August 10th, 2014. The Show will be open on all Concert Days, 11 AM through intermission of the nightly Music Show. Entry to the show is free. The Artwork is juried for quality and technique. This year our juror is well known Artist Barbara Conley. She... [Read more]
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2 weeks ago
The Mokelumne River has been the source of inspiration for innumerable works of art, and will serve as the inspiration for AmadorArts’ “River Reflections.” Photo of Jan Freischlag's "Wet and Wild" is courtesy to the Amador Ledger Dispatch
Artists of all disciplines who live in Amador and Calaveras counties are invited to submit qualifications and samples of work for an opportunity to participate in a project called, “River Reflections.” The deadline to submit an application online is midnight, Aug. 22. Artists selected as Finalist Artists will be invited to create work inspired by the Mokelumne River, and they will have until Dec. 1, to do so. Visual artists — in both two- and three-dimensional genres — dancers, musicians, composers, actors, literary and video artists... [Read more]
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Tessa Marguerite
2 weeks ago
"The Adventures of Bella and Harry, Let's Visit Maui"
“The Adventures of Bella and Harry, Let’s Visit Maui!” is the 12th installment in this children’s series, and follows a pair of cute and cuddly Chihuahua pups as they visit a dormant volcano, attend a luau and learn to hula. Author Lisa Manzione based this series of children’s books on the premise that geography is one of the most important parts of learning, and aims to help children think globally, not only about the area in which they live. “I do not believe that there are enough books for children between the ages of five and ten... [Read more]
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Tessa Marguerite
3 weeks ago
Linda Bottjer's new compliation of historical ghost stories is brimming with "spirited" tales.
Fueled by the dream to strike it rich, prospectors flocked to California during the Gold Rush. However, the harsh lifestyle and backbreaking work led many to early graves. Join author Linda Bottjer on a tour through the Gold Country’s most chilling, and true, ghostly tales. In her recent book, “Gold Rush Ghosts of Placerville, Coloma & Georgetown,” read about tales of haunting interest: The hangman of Placerville, whose distinctive wheeze is a sign of his continued presence; the Georgetown miner whose unrequited love for a much... [Read more]
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3 weeks ago
Terra Forgette, Executive Director of AmadorArts. Photo courtesy to the Amador Ledger Dispatch
The California Arts Council announced it plans to award $40,000 to AmadorArts as part of its new Creative California Communities program. This award will support AmadorArts’ “River Reflections” project, to showcase the arts to build awareness and appreciation of the Mokelumne River among the 1.4 million people who depend on its water, including Amador, Calaveras and the East Bay Area.

The California Arts Council received 157 applications for this highly competitive grant program, which is supported by one-time funds from the...

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3 weeks ago
The Amador County Fair is holding a photography contest to highlight and promote Indian Grinding Rock State Historic Park and Chaw’se Regional Indian Museum as part of the State Parks of California Sesquicentennial. Scenes of Indian Grinding Rock State Historic Park and Chaw’se Regional Indian Museum taken in Amador County will be accepted.

Since 1864, grassroots activism and legislation have made it possible for all Californians to take pride and ownership of their unique and diverse landscapes with the State Park system.

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3 weeks ago
At Chaw’se Day this year, children of all ages enjoyed the natural and historic Native American landmarks. Amador Ledger Dispatch photos by Carolyn Schmitz
The Amador County Fair is holding a photography contest to highlight and promote Indian Grinding Rock State Historic Park and Chaw’se Regional Indian Museum as part of the State Parks of California Sesquicentennial. Scenes of Indian Grinding Rock State Historic Park and Chaw’se Regional Indian Museum taken in Amador County will be accepted.

Since 1864, grassroots activism and legislation have made it possible for all Californians to take pride and ownership of their unique and diverse landscapes with the State Park system. ...

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Carolyn Schmitz
4 weeks ago
This Saturday, July 5, plan to take the 1st Saturday Art Trek — a self-guided tour of nine participating area art galleries, each with featured artists and exhibits that change monthly.

Visit galleries in Amador and Calaveras counties, and plan to attend the artist receptions, from 3 to 6 p.m., at selected galleries. It is a great opportunity to meet the artists, discuss their works, and maybe even purchase a favorite piece and take it home.

Participating galleries and artists featured in July include AmadorArts Gallery, Sutter...

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Tessa Marguerite
06/27/2014 8:48 AM
Six years ago, Kraig and Lou Clark sought to create a place for the community to gather and grow together in a relaxing and welcoming environment. Their goal has been accomplished through Ione’s favorite gathering place, Clark’s Corner. Not only does Clark’s Corner offer creative menu items and a varied selection of beverages, but it also hosts many community-focused events.

Every Tuesday morning at 9 a.m., Clark’s Corner welcomes children, along with their parents, grandparents and/or daycare teachers to Story Time. “Lou Clark...

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Carolyn Schmitz
06/20/2014 10:10 AM
Summertime at the Fine Eye Gallery brings together three exceptional artists for a new exhibition, Out of the Woods. Combining the antics of 19th Century relics with anthropomorphized, painterly creature portraits and a menagerie of avian and earthly ceramic figures, this show promises to enthrall all lookers with treasures for the home and garden alike.

Paula Wenzl Bellacera masterfully recognizes that we share traits and emotions with our animal kin. By using them as subjects for her sculpture, they become delightful studies of...

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Jenny Price
06/16/2014 8:20 AM
Rand Huggett continues to make progress on the Jackson Fire Department's exterior wall, painting the last of the seven letters he started earlier this year. The final letter, N, will depict the National Hotel as it is seen, today. More updates to come. [Read more]
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Carolyn Schmitz
06/12/2014 2:36 PM
Artist Wendy Ward, The Mermaid Muse, invites you to connect with your inner muse through the use of art journaling in a six-week series, beginning June 26 through July 31, from 3 to 6 p.m., at Yoga Moment, in Buckhorn.

Although an art major in college, Ward felt she couldn’t make a living at it, and redirected her emphasis to business as an applications programmer, financial consultant and in marketing. Although her weekdays were filled with business, she was constantly drawn to art in her free time, and stated, “I have always had...

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Carolyn Schmitz
06/12/2014 2:57 PM
Expectations are a constant in our life. They are interwoven into virtually every aspect of our lives, yet many of us have only scratched the surface when it comes to positively wielding this power. We may feel that we already know how to set our expectations, but could we do better? “Expectation Therapy,” by Art Costello, provides a framework for a new way of shaping, managing, and reaching your expectations. “We are constantly bombarded with negative expectations from every element of society, but we have the power to chose how we... [Read more]
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Carolyn Schmitz
06/06/2014 11:00 AM
Americana history is available to view and purchase at 1 Main Street, in Jackson. Wolf and Linda Hein are helping a dear friend in need as they sell an entire estate of national treasures.

Meander in to view an intricate Native American Osage beaded vest, circa 1900, detailed naval oil paintings by well known artists, along with historical national documents. Admire the beautiful Chippendale tall boy or the inspiring painting of JFK. The collection includes upwards of 100 oil paintings, ranging in price from $1,000 to $50,000...

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Carolyn Schmitz
06/06/2014 10:31 AM
Melanie Denman explores the role of faith, both positive and negative, through the fictitious chronicles of mother-daughter relationships set in the Bible Belt of East Texas. In her riotous debut novel, “Visiting the Sins,” Denman probes the myriad sacrifices of motherhood with unflinching honesty and warmhearted amusement. “I try to illustrate a simple truth: Motherhood is individual, and it’s hard, and none of us does it perfectly,” she said.

For any of our readers who are grandmothers, Pamela Conrad has written, “Grandma...

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Matthew Hedger
06/05/2014 9:39 AM
Coin-operated gaming devices in the late 1800s included games with large revolving wheels divided into color segments. Players wagered on which color the wheel would stop. They're considered the forerunners of modern slot machines, even though they didn't have reels. The first recognizably modern three-reel slot was the Liberty Bell, invented by Charles Fey in San Francisco in 1899. The machine was so popular that for many years all slot machines were referred to as bell machines.

The bar symbol used on modern slot machines is...

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06/03/2014 7:36 AM
This week marks the nationwide release of author Kat Stroud’s new fantasy and action-adventure novel, “The Lost Power.”

The story introduces readers to Gabriel and Kia, werewolf pack leaders who must learn to trust each other despite their pasts in order to save Jade, Gabriel’s sister. But not even they themselves could imagine the struggle they would face and how the fate of humankind would rest in their hands.

Gabriel Lykos was a deadly alpha-wolf, but unsure of himself. He was the leader of the werewolf pack residing in...

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Carolyn Schmitz
05/31/2014 2:50 PM
Ruth Andre's "Red Roan" will be among the featured works at AmadorArts Gallery in June.

On June 7, from 1 to 6 p.m., Amador's 1st Saturday Art Trek will feature Ruth Andre’s exhibit of both representational and abstract oil paintings in the AmadorArts Gallery. A reception in the artist’s honor will be from 3 to 6 p.m, AmadorArts Gallery is located at 11-A Randolph Street, in Sutter Creek. Come see why her work prompted an invitation to the White House. Her show will continue through the month of June. The gallery is open weekends,...

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Matthew Hedger
05/31/2014 11:01 AM
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