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13 hours ago
In order to include more Calaveras and Amador County artists in the ground-breaking project, River Reflections, the deadline to submit qualifications has been extended by two weeks, to Sept. 6.

The “River Reflections –Mokelumne River Arts Project, which will include three shows in Amador, Calaveras and Oakland and a Grand Finale event in May 2015, is slated for statewide attention. Artists of all kinds — not just painters, but photographers, tattoo artists, jewelry artists, sculptors, dancers, musicians, composers, actors,...

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At Petroglyphe Gallery, “Pumpkin Eater,” by artist Barbara Conley
Amador’s 1st Saturday Art Trek for September 6 will spotlight featured artists whose works will be the focus at receptions in most galleries. Remember, you can take the Art Trek anytime. A map of Art Trek galleries can be viewed at amadorarts.org. Notable for your free gallery-hopping fun on Sept. 6 are artists new in the galleries this month, while other galleries will be extending their shows.

The monthly 1st Saturday Art Treks are scheduled from 1 to 6 p.m. Usually, the receptions are from 3 to 6 p.m. Some are earlier. Going...

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13 hours ago
At the awards banquet, presenters Millie Butler and DeDe Doran flank award winners Leslie Vasquez and Sue Lagomarsino
On Aug. 22, at its final T.G.I.F. concert of the season, AmadorArts announced the 2014 Patrons the Arts awards. The prestigious honor this year was presented to two local residents, Sue Lagomarsino and Leslie Vasquez. Each year since 1999, AmadorArts has recognized community members who stand out for what they have done for the arts in our county, giving time and energy to promote, encourage and support the arts in Amador County.

Sue Lagomarsino

The Arts in Education here in Amador County has been Sue Lagomarsino’s foremost...

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Beverly Huston Fisher
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Kids On Stage performing "Baby June" from the play, Gypsy.
Do you love to dance and perform on stage? If so, come audition for Kids on Stage.

Kids on Stage was created by Sue Brumet, in 1984, to give young dancers an opportunity to perform in their communities and hone their skills as dancers and artists. The group will focus primarily on musical theater, but can also include jazz, tap, hip hop and modern dance forms. Kids on Stage is a free program, open to everyone who is between seven and 18 years old. No formal dance training is required to audition, although a strong desire to dance...

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1 week ago
Sabina Turner will display her nationally known art at Gallery 10 during the month of September.
Sabina Turner will display her nationally known art at Gallery 10 during the month of September. Turner was one of the original ten founding members of the gallery. She will be showing some of her Native American series of paintings in oil, watercolor and charcoal. She will also be showing the painting, “With Hands Of Love,” that was exhibited this year at the Oil Painters of America National Show, in Bennington, Vermont.

Both her parents were interested in the arts: her mother as a ballet dancer and her father creating the sets...

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2 weeks ago
'Old Number 35" by Randy Klassen
As the year marches on, so does the artwork in Deborah Marlene's. "I belong to the Arts of Bear Valley. We have two back-to-back art shows in the Summer; the current one at the Perry Walther Building during the Bear Valley Music Festival and one at Big Trees State Park beginning on August 11. For this reason, it is with great pleasure that I welcome the Klassen's of San Andreas to show on all the walls of my Gallery this month. It is not often that you meet an "Artistic Couple". Randy and Joyce have been married for almost 33... [Read more]
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2 weeks ago
Photo by Michelle Melnizek
Come September, enjoy a get-away weekend in Amador County, combining a glimpse into artists’ lives admidst picturesque scenery and small-town charm. Wander at your own pace through working studios and visit with artists who have grouped together so you can see a variety of styles and media in one place.

For the seventh year, the Amador County Artists Association is sponsoring the Artists Open Studios Tour. On Sept. 20 and 21, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., a variety of locations will be open for visitors, featuring 25 artists, including...

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Carolyn Schmitz
2 weeks ago
Paj Crank, Linda Montalvo, Julie Anchor and Katie Husle make the unlikely seem plausible in “The Golden State.” Photo courtesy to the Amador Ledger Dispatch
Main Street Theatre Works presents, “The Golden State,” a hilarious comedy about wanting, getting, having, coveting and hoarding money, inspired by Molière’s original work, “The Miser,” originally published in 1668. “The Golden State” proves that some family concerns are timeless.

This story is about a mother of two grown children who are still “living off their parents’ generosity.” Sylvia, 38, played by Lisa Derthick, is in love with the gardener, but doesn’t seem to know much about herself. Cubby, 35, played by Paj Crank, is...

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Bill Lavallie
3 weeks ago
Amador Ledger Dispatch photo by Bill Lavallie
SUPERMOON! Here's couple of shots of the supermoon taken last night and this morning. The full moon black and white shot was taken by frequent contributor Bill Lavallie. The next shot was taken this morning just before sunrise by Jackson resident Pete Silva. If you have pictures you took last night of the supermoon, post them here. Be sure to add as much information as you can about where and when they were taken, and you just might see them published in the August 11, 2014 print edition of the Amador Ledger Dispatch. [Read more]
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Carolyn Schmitz
08/01/2014 9:57 AM
Brad Loffswald, Kristy Kendrick and Alex Sharp lead a swash-buckling cast in “Robin Hood.” Photo courtesy to the Amador Ledger Dispatch
AmadorArts will host another one of its fun quarterly open-to-the-public social get-togethers on Thursday, Aug. 28, from 6 to 8 p.m. The mixers rotate to different places each time, with the next Arts Networking event being at the Volcano Amphitheatre, in Volcano, home of outdoor play productions by the Volcano Theatre Company. For this month’s mixer, the stage will have members of the theater company giving short snippets of its current play “Robin Hood,” an hysterical and action-packed comedy filled with a crazy mix of scheming... [Read more]
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08/01/2014 9:53 AM
Main Street Theatre Works is proud to present the second show of its 2014 summer season at the Kennedy Mine Amphitheatre, in Jackson. “The Golden State,” by Lauren Wilson, a hot and spicy comedy, runs Aug. 8 through Sept. 6.

“The Golden State” is Wilson’s reinvention of the Molière classic, “The Miser.” Set in present-day Southern California, Gertrude Hopper (Linda Montalvo) rules over her children (Paj Crank and Lisa Derthick) and servants (Ernesto Bustos, Katie Hulse and Julie Anchor) with an iron hand, her fists clenched...

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08/01/2014 9:47 AM
Brad Loffswald plays Sheriff of Nottingham, whose schemes are thwarted by Marian and Robin Hood, played by Kristy Kendrick and Alex Sharp.
The tree-lined Volcano Ampitheatre is the perfect setting for Volcano Theatre Company’s second summer offering, “Robin Hood.” The legend of the infamous outlaw, his merry men and Sherwood Forest comes to life beginning Aug. 15.

Directors Joe Svec and Beth Barnard have infused Larry Blamire’s rollicking script with energy and humor. Blamire has synthesized the conflicting legends and ballads about the famous outlaw folk hero and created a hysterical, sprawling, action-packed romp.

VTC’s production includes a wise-cracking,...

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07/26/2014 6:35 PM
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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07/25/2014 5:00 PM
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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07/19/2014 1:55 PM
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
07/15/2014 11:48 AM
"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
07/09/2014 9:46 AM
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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07/10/2014 12:19 PM
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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07/10/2014 12:28 PM
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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07/11/2014 8:42 AM
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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