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Gourd artist Heather Hopman will be demonstrating at the February 11 meeting of the Amador County Artists Association. She has been an artist her entire life and has been creating gourd art since 2005. Her gourds are enhanced by a variety of techniques including painting, dyeing, burning, carving, and surface embellishments.

She has won awards at both the local and state levels. Heather has been a member of the Amador County Gourd Artists chapter of the California Gourd Society since 2006. Her other media include glass beads,...

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Mother Lode Bonsai Club will get back-to-basics at its free public demonstration on Saturday, Feb. 7. The technique of wiring and styling will be presented by Frank Garcia, of Sonora, as part of the club’s monthly agenda. The demonstration will follow the member meeting, which starts at 10 a.m., at the former Calaveras County Water District office, located at 423 E. St. Charles Street (Highway. 49), in San Andreas.

“The purpose of wiring is to direct a part of the tree into a new position for visual appeal or for corrective...

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“Joy,” by gourd artist Joyce Campbell. Photo courtesy to the Amador Ledger Dispathc

Amador Gourd Artists are delighted to Host Nationwide winning Gourd Artist Joyce Campbell at their meeting on February 12, at the Ag Bldg 12200B, on Airport Rd. The general meeting will start at 9 a.m., and Campbell will share some of her knowledge from 10 to a.m.

Campbell started Gourd Art some 29 years ago, on the East Coast, where she won numerous Best of Shows at gourd and art shows. She came to California several years ago to be with family and has continued her winning ways; winning numerous ribbons in the Masters...

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Make a unique greeting card for a special loved one. Sutter Creek Gallery invites you to come in on Sunday, February 8, and Saturday, February 14, between the hours of 10 a.m. and 2 p.m., to create a one-of-a-kind Valentine card. This is a free workshop with all supplies included. Children are to have an adult in attendance.

Sutter Creek Gallery, a cooperative of local artists, is located at 35 Main Street in the heart of Sutter Creek. For more information on the card workshop or the gallery, call 209-267-0228 or email...

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Artist Julie Trail's upcoming show features barns. Photos courtesy to the Amador Ledger Dispatch
Just a few weeks ago, Julie Trail, of Sutter Creek, was awarded First Place in the two-dimensional category in the River Reflections Exhibit. Her watercolor called, “A Mighty Being,” captured the judges’ critiques among 30 other works. Now, she is being honored as the featured artist for February in the AmadorArts Gallery, in Sutter Creek. The public is invited to meet her at a reception at 11-A Randolph Street, on Saturday, Feb. 7, between 3 and 6 p.m., coinciding with the monthly 1st Saturday Art Trek. The gallery will also be... [Read more]
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Glanton’s body of work features a range of styles and subjects. Photo courtesy to the Amador Ledger Dispatch

Jim Glanton, Sutter Creek Gallery’s featured artist for the month of February, has always been interested in drawing and painting and was encouraged by both parents and teachers. He attended art classes in college prior to joining the Air Force.

After his Air Force stint, Glanton landed a job in a Southern California architectural studio as an illustrator. “A fellow artist and I would illustrate during the week,” he remembered, “and paint plein air on the weekend.” After moving to Northern California in 1976, he worked for another...

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"Winter Bird" by Stella Stevens. Photo courtesy to the Amador Ledger Dispatch

Gallery 10 will be offering a group show during the month of February, titled, “Winter is For the Birds!” All our member artists and several consignment artists are participating as we show paintings and photographs to brighten up the dull days of midwinter.

Join us at the reception for the artists and friends on Saturday, Feb. 7, from 2 to 5 p.m., at the gallery. Gallery 10 is located at 15 Eureka Street, in Sutter Creek, next to Susan’s Place. The reception is catered by Susan, of Susan’s Place.

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Leslie Vasquez presented her living statue on Jan. 10 titled, “The River Is A Woman.” Photos courtesy to the Amador Ledger Dispatch
The River Reflections Grand Opening in Sutter Creek on Saturday, Jan. 10, drew an estimated 300 people to celebrate this first-of-its kind arts project. Many showed up starting at 2 p.m., when traffic on Main Street came to a standstill while drivers stopped to check out the living water fountain, along with many others gathered on the sidewalk in front of the Hotel Sutter to watch the performance art of Leslie O. Vasquez. When she ended her first of three sets, synchronized to music and poems titled, “The River is a Woman,” everyone... [Read more]
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The subject of Doug Lawler’s “Boy In Straw Hat,” inspires the question, “What does he see?” Photo courtesy to the Amador Ledger Dispatch

Nurture the artist within at Petroglyphe Gallery’s Winter Art Workshops. Located in quaint, downtown Mokelumne Hill, Petroglyphe is a museum-quality gallery offering juried art superior art workshops, as well as an intimate fine art concert series. Students enjoy the pleasant studio atmosphere located inside the gallery, where finished works of art fuel the creative juices of budding artisans.

Accomplished watercolorist and teacher, Dale Laitinen, launches the 2015 series on Jan. 31, with “Introduction to Aquabord.” The...

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The beloved author and humorist, Mark Twain. Photo courtesy to the Amador Ledger Dispatch

Samuel Langhorne Clemens is returning to Northern California’s Gold Country. The acclaimed American author and humorist, best known by his pen name, Mark Twain, who spent nearly three months in this historic Gold Country town during the winter of 1864 to1865, will reappear via the world film premiere of, “88 Days in the Motherlode: Mark Twain Finds His Voice.”

To celebrate the 150th anniversary of Sam Clemens’ visit to Angels Camp, This ‘n That Films, in partnership with Greenhorn Creek Resort and CAMPS Restaurant, will present...

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Lee Stetson plays John Muir. Photo courtesy to the Amador Ledger Dispatch

As part of celebrating its 25th Anniversary, the Foothill Conservancy is hosting critically acclaimed actor Lee Stetson portraying the renowned Yosemite naturalist John Muir on Friday, February 6, at 7 p.m. The performance will be in the historic Mokelumne Hill Town Hall, 8283 Main Street in Mokelumne Hill. Tickets are on sale now.

“We are excited to have Lee coming to our area to perform ‘Conversation with a Tramp: An Evening with John Muir,’” said Foothill Conservancy Executive Director Cecily Smith. “Muir’s life was extraordin...

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Color Fun Run, in Jackson. Photo courtesy to the Amador Ledger Dispatch

January 10

Robert Burns Supper: For all you fine Scots, Irish and Celts, there are only 12 places available for our annual Robert Burns Supper, on Saturday, Jan. 10. That is not 12 couples, but 12 people. Sign up now, at motherlodescots.com. There is a link to reserve your place(s) for the annual Burns Supper, held at Amador City’s historic Imperial Hotel, 14202 Old Highway 49. Plan to enjoy a lovely setting and terrific food provided by Chef Mary Ann’s staff, including full-flavored and hearty Cockaleekie Soup, salad, Rumpledethumps...

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Leslie Vasquez’s, “The River is a Woman.” Photo courtesy to the Amador Ledger Dispatch
The date is drawing near and the excitement is building, as final touches are being tweaked for the opening of the Mokelumne River Arts Project, “River Reflections,” on Saturday, Jan. 10, in Sutter Creek. Many are already intrigued to see the living human water fountain which will be spouting Mokelumne River water synchronized to music on the sidewalk in front of the Hotel Sutter. The public is invited to come to the hotel at 53 Main Street, between 2 and 5 p.m., for a reception to celebrate this major event, a month-long exhibition... [Read more]
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Celebrate the New Year in California with five free crape myrtles from the Arbor Day Foundation. Photo courtesy to the Amador Ledger Dispatch

Celebrate the New Year in California with five free crape myrtles from the Arbor Day Foundation.

Residents of California can ring in the New Year with five free crape myrtle trees by joining the Arbor Day Foundation any time during January 2015.

“These small flowering trees will provide any landscape in California with a splash of color for much of the year,” said Matt Harris, chief executive of the Arbor Day Foundation. “Members will experience pink and red flowers in the spring, green foliage in the summer and a mix of red,...

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Many beautiful pieces of art will be on display at Gallery 10. Photo courtesy to the Amador Ledger Dispatch
Gallery 10 is featuring a special show in January as a thank you to our wonderful customers. Members and consignors have donated works of art which will be featured as a Silent Auction. You are invited to bid on these pieces, with the excellent chance you’ll win a beautiful piece at a savings to you. We’ll have paintings, jewelry, raku, pottery, painted boxes and more. Bids will begin at a quarter of the normal asking price. All proceeds will benefit the gallery, to help bridge the gap during slow periods. You win, the gallery wins;... [Read more]
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When people think of bonsai, what generally comes to mind are miniature trees grown over rock in small pots or containers. In this style, roots flow into many interesting directions and patterns, giving the tree its unique appearance. The shape and texture of the rock is also an important consideration, for they add to the richness of the composition.

Mother Lode Bonsai Club will host a working demonstration on root-over-rock styling at its Saturday, Jan. 3, meeting. The demonstration, conducted by Frank Garcia, of Sonora, is...

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For 29 years, the California State Summer School for the Arts has sought the most talented high school-aged visual, literary, media and performing artists in California. The teenagers who are selected are designated California Arts Scholars and attend one of the country’s premier summer arts programs on the campus of the California Institute of the Arts, in Valencia, from July 11 through Aug. 7, 2015.

Over its history, CSSSA has provided its exemplary four-week summer arts program to more than 14,000 talented high school...

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12/26/2014 11:21 AM
“Glad Tidings,” by Deborah Marlene. Photo courtesy to the Amador Ledger Dispatch

“Aloha” is a great word, because it means both hello and goodbye, which is an appropriate sentiment as Deborah Marlene’s Gallery evolves. With New Year’s Eve rapidly approaching, gallery owner Debbie Marlene reflects on 2014, and reluctantly announces that business at its current Mokelumne Hill location will cease on Dec. 31.

Marlene recalled, “Mokelumne Hill was an excellent landing spot, and is a wonderful place to live as an artist. Since my start, on Sept. 28, 2013, I have been actively recruiting artists who have come into...

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12/26/2014 10:58 AM
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The date is drawing near and the excitement is building, as final touches are being tweaked for the opening of the Mokelumne River Arts Project called, “River Reflections,” on Saturday, Jan. 10. Word is already out to several folks who are getting intrigued to see the living human water fountain which will be spouting Mokelumne River water synchronized to music on the sidewalk in front of the hotel.

The public is invited to come to the Banquet Room of the Hotel Sutter, at 53 Main Street, between 2 and 5 p.m., for a reception to...

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12/19/2014 10:47 AM
“Snowman in Fiddletown,” by artist Melissa Doyel. Photo courtesy to the Amador Ledger Dispatch
Melissa Doyel has drawn, painted or hand-crafted most of her life, as she loves exploring and challenging herself. Since moving to Fiddletown in 2008, she’s been primarily focused on painting in watercolor, but has added oil and soft pastels to the list of media in which she now works. While not formally trained, she feels incredibly fortunate to have found amazing teachers and artists in Amador County who have helped her explore new ideas and techniques. “I learn something with every painting and like to push myself to keep... [Read more]
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