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“Guineas Among The Grapes,” by Sandra Campbell. Photo courtesy to the Amador Ledger Dispatch

Spring is just around the corner, so Sandra Campbell is highlighting florals for her show at the Sutter Creek Gallery where she will be the featured artist for March. Landscapes and abstracts will also be represented. Some images are pastel paintings while others are mixed media and collage.

Campbell began to study art after retiring from teaching. She always had an interest in art, just not the time to pursue it, so she incorporated the arts into her middle-school English classes at every opportunity. After retirement, she...

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The eclectic work of David Camardo includes this sculpture titled, “Skrit Form.” Photo courtesy to the Amador Ledger Dispatch

David Camardo, of Sutter Creek, has been an artist for more than 50 years, but the works he’ll be exhibiting at AmadorArts Gallery for the month of March will be unusual pieces that, as he said, “will stretch people’s imagination, no matter what.” The public is invited to meet him and discuss his thought-provoking art at the artist’s reception, at 11-A Randolph Street, Sutter Creek, on Saturday, March 7, between 3 and 6 p.m., coinciding with the monthly 1st Saturday Art Trek. The show will continue until March 31.

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Artist Anje Olmstead poses next to in-progress collage. Photo courtesy to the Amador Ledger Dispatch

A portrait of Margaret Dalton, by collage artist Anje Olmstead, was installed just outside of Margaret’s Cafe, at Jackson Rancheria, on Friday, Feb.6. The portrait was unveiled on Feb. 9, to tribal members only, and went on public display Feb. 10.

In March, 2014, tribal leaders commissioned Anje Olmstead to create the portrait of their leader, Margaret Dalton.

The original idea was to create a portrait made of casino chips and be nine feet by nine feet in size. While working on a sample of this type of portrait, it was discovered...

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Desert “Sunset,” by Doug Lawler. Photo courtesy to the Amador Ledger Dispatch
Tap into your subconscious on an art sojourn in oil pastels with Doug Lawler, on Feb. 21, from 1 to 5 p.m. In Lawler’s class, Creativity With Oil Pastels, participants will examine new ways to tap into the creative self, exploring the role our subconscious plays in creating art. Discover new and innovative ways to use oil pastels on paper. Class is open to all levels. The Quarry Hill Studio, at Petroglyphe Gallery, where the class meets, is a lovely room with an abundance of natural light. Participants will receive plenty of... [Read more]
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Laugh Out Loud! How about tuning in this Friday to TSPN TV, at 8:30 a.m., for “LOL! Laugh Out Loud with Ed Tracey!” Tracey, manager of the Volcano Union Inn, is also a former stand-up comedian and entertainer who has appeared on such shows as, “Tonight Show with Jay Leno,” and has opened for comedians Sinbad, DL Hughley, Andrew Dice Clay and others. “Laugh Out Loud with Ed Tracey!” is a comedy and variety show with a different co-host each week. The show is one hour long each Friday in front of a live audience. If you wish...

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02/05/2015 10:17 AM
Above are examples of collages reflecting the gems others see. Photo courtesy to the Amador Ledger Dispatch

Women Who Sparkle present a Playshop Series, “Loving Your Whole Self: Peace By Piece.

Life is a puzzle. From the beginning of our lives, we strive to uncover and discover ourselves piece by piece. Often we are so busy in the busy-ness of life that we forget or never have the chance or take the time to uncover the treasures within us. We may have others tell us that we possess certain qualities that we may not acknowledge. Perhaps its time to reveal those qualities, those gems that make up the whole of us. It’s time to recognize...

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01/29/2015 9:13 AM
Get a good look at the detail of this comprehensive diorama in the window of Hein & Co. Photo courtesy to the Amador Ledger Dispatch

Amador County author, lecturer and dioramist, Joseph W. Svec III, is once again displaying an exciting diorama at Hein & Company Books & Vintage Goods, on Main Street, in Jackson. To commemorate the 187th birthday of novelist, poet and playwright, Jules Verne, the author’s most famous novel, “Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea,” is recreated as a miniature diorama depicting many scenes from the novel.

“Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea” was published in 1870, and tells the story of Captain Nemo and his futuristic submarine,...

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01/29/2015 7:31 AM
The Pacific Guitar Ensemble. Photo courtesy to the Amador Ledger Dispatch

Calaveras Arts Council’s third show for the Ovations 2015 Performing Arts Series brings The Pacific Guitar Ensemble to Dr. Elliott Smart Performing Arts Center, located at Bret Harte High School, 323 Highway 49, in Angels Camp, on Sunday, Feb. 8, at 3 p.m.

An immediate hit with its audiences, the Pacific Guitar Ensemble was founded in 2010 by classical guitarist, David Tanenbaum, and steel string guitarist, Peppino D’Agostino. Together, it is a mixed guitar ensemble able to perform a wide variety in its repertoire. Made up of...

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01/29/2015 7:23 AM
Asparagus centerpiece. Photo courtesy of blog.bellaroma.net

When designing an event’s decorating scheme, never underestimate the asthetic value of fruits and vegetables. Made perfectly in nature, fruits, vegetables, nuts and herbs can create ambiance ideal for any celebration. Whether your wedding theme is strictly elegant, leans toward down-home country charm or a bit of whimsy, fruits of the Earth are design stunners and the ideal, inexpensive alternative to traditional floral centerpieces and decorative accents.

You do not have to possess a lot of artistic ability to set the tone for...

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01/23/2015 10:14 AM
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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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01/23/2015 10:12 AM
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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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01/23/2015 10:01 AM
“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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01/22/2015 3:38 PM

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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01/16/2015 11:31 AM
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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01/16/2015 11:28 AM
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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01/16/2015 10:57 AM
"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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01/16/2015 10:31 AM
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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01/09/2015 10:35 AM
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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01/09/2015 10:25 AM
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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01/09/2015 10:14 AM
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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