Thursday, September 13, 2018

October at Sutter Creek Gallery: Potter Marcus Tikotsky

Artistic or functional, potter Marcus Tikotsky can do it all.  He creates decorative vases, urns, and raku vessels as well as sets of mixing bowls, coffee mugs and candy dishes.  Tikotsky and his unique collection will be featured in October at Sutter Creek Gallery.

While attending high school, Tikotsky was introduced to ceramics which became an outlet for creativity and expression as well as a lifetime passion.  “I enjoy making functional pottery and pay close attention to form, fit, and function, striving for balance and beauty in simple forms and shapes. I focus on the little details that most might not notice, always aiming for perfection.”  He has also found great joy in the expressive and creative process called raku, developed by the Japanese around 1600 BC.  Modern American raku differs although the basic firing process is similar. American raku uses a variety of vibrant glazes applied to traditional and altered forms. Here again, Tikotsky strives for simplicity using minimal visual elements.  Rather than attempting to impose a specific statement, he wants the observer to provide his or her own interpretation and emotional connection with the pottery.

Tikotsky earned a Bachelor of Art from Sonoma State University. Over the years he has taught recreational pottery while serving in the United States Air Force and through a local community recreational facility. Currently, he volunteers four days a week at the pottery studio located at Chabot Community College in Hayward. He provides background support, managing and maintaining such areas as the chemical and glaze rooms, loading and firing the cone 10 gas kiln and assisting students in the development of their throwing skills.

Sutter Creek Gallery invites you to meet Marcus Tikotsky at his reception on Saturday, October 6, starting at 2 p.m., and to view his ceramic creations.  Twenty-five artists exhibit at the cooperative located in the heart of Sutter Creek at 35 Main Street.  The gallery offers original paintings, photographs, fiber and glass art, gourds, jewelry, prints and cards.  Framing is also available.

The gallery is open Sunday, Monday, Wednesday and Thursday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Friday and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.  For additional information, call 209-267-0228, email, or visit

Thursday, August 30, 2018

Fiber Artist Sarah Wagner is the featured artist for September's ACAA meeting

Sarah Wagner will demonstrate at the next ACAA meeting on Wednesday, September 12 at 7pm. Sandra is a fiber artist, a fabric hand dyer, surface designer, and designs wearable art. Fabric has been in her life as long as she can remember starting with doll clothes. She is a past quilt shop owner and now teaches workshops in fabric art, one of a kind garment and fabric dyeing. She has taught private classes, at guilds and Houston International Quilt Festival.

   Wagner has shown nationally and internationally, in galleries, and has pieces in private collections throughout the United States. She is a member of Studio Arts Quilt Association, STASH Art Group, Art Focus Quilt Group, Sierra Gold Quilters Guild, Sutter Creek Gallery, Mendocino Art Center, Amador Arts Council, Amador County Artist Association, and International Quilt Association.

The demo will start after the business meeting on September 12.
For more information on Sarah, visit her web site at:

"Fire & Wind"
"Misty the Magic Seal"

Monday, August 13, 2018

Gallery 10 features Bruce Barton Hancock in September

The September featured artist for Gallery 10, 15 Eureka St., Sutter Creek, will be guest artist Bruce Hancock. A reception in Bruce's honor will be held on Saturday, September 1, 2-5 P.M. at the gallery as part of the Amador Art Trek.

We are delighted to have Bruce as a guest artist, as he often paints foothill scenery en plein air here in our own backyard. The quality of his work is outstanding and his enthusiasm for painting local scenes is boundless!

Bruce is a 4th generation native Californian. He was born in San Francisco and grew up in the Great Central Valley towns of Modesto and Fresno.  Following his discharge from the Air Force in 1968, Bruce located in Sacramento where he has lived ever since.

Although interested in art as a child, Bruce did not begin a serious study of painting until late in life.  Approximately 15 years ago he attended a workshop in Amador City presented by well-known Western and Gold Country artist Howard Rees.  That started a passion for painting that persists to this day.

Bruce has studied with many gifted artists and art instructors including Dan Edmondson, Qiang Huang, Fongwei Liu, Kathleen Dunphy, Michael Siegel, Suchitra Bhosle, Craig Nelson and Terry Miura.

Now retired, Bruce dedicates full time to oil painting.  He regularly paints landscapes, figures and portraits and still life subject matter.  The practice of plein air painting – painting outdoors from life – is a favorite pursuit.

“I have to admit that I feel the pressure of time. There is so much to learn, to experience and to paint.  But the artist’s journey never truly ends, no matter when it started. 

How blessed I am to have each of these days at the easel. “ 
- Bruce B. Hancock

Many of Bruce’s paintings are now in private collections.  In addition, he has regularly participates in juried art shows and has garnered a number of awards and growing artist recognition. Some recent recognitions includes the following:
  • Haggin Museum Stockton California:  60th Annual National Juried Exhibition. June, 2018   "Backstreet Locke"
  • Bold Brush Fav15% Award, "Al's Place." April, 2018
  • Bold Brush Fav15% Award, "Home From the Sea." October, 2017
  • Bold Brush Fav15% Award, "Zane's Braids" September, 2017
  • Honorable mention for "Elizabeth Winthrop Chanler, after John Singer Sargent".  Sacramento Fine Arts Center, In the Style of the Old Masters Show 2017
  • Bold Brush Fav15% Award, "In The Forest, Ft. Bragg, CA." July, 2017
  • Best In Show, for "Campaspe, after John Godward".  Sacramento Fine Arts Center, In the Style of the Old Masters Show, 2015
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Old Well Grill & Motel

Drytown Shopping Mall

Sutter Creek Gallery's September Artist features Michael Maloney

After a distinguished 37-year career as a photojournalist, most of which was with the San Francisco Chronicle, Michael Maloney is now retired and living on 12 acres of land in the nearby community of Volcano. Since the fast-paced, always-a-deadline world of news and sports photography is behind him, Maloney is enjoying the slower tempo of the Sierra foothills where he is focused on his passion, using his camera to capture all the beauty he sees in nature.

Maloney is self-taught in photography, starting back in the days of film and darkrooms to his current use of the latest in digital cameras and photo processing. His first love was landscape photography which took a back seat when he landed a job in 1973 as a staff photographer at a small newspaper in the San Francisco Bay Area.  His striking images eventually attracted the attention of the Chronicle which offered him a staff position in 1980. While there, Maloney embarked on a wide variety of assignments which took him literally around the world. Sports photography is what he enjoyed the most, covering many Super Bowls, the World Series, World Cup soccer and the Olympics. In 2009 he retired and has now returned to landscape photography.

Many of Maloney’s scenes are suffused with inky blues set off by vibrant pinks and oranges.  Some feature the rising moon or the Milky Way, as in “Bonsai Moonrise” and “The Arch and the Milky Way.”  Photographing the natural world has taken Maloney to the top of mountain peaks and down to the seashore.  He’s recorded animal images both around his home and farther afield, such as the dramatic “Coyote Eyes” taken in Yosemite.  Deer and turkeys, which flourish in this area, are captured in other shots. 

Sutter Creek Gallery invites you to meet Michael Maloney at his reception on Saturday, September 1, starting at 2 p.m., and to view his unique photography.  Twenty-five artists exhibit at the cooperative located in the heart of Sutter Creek at 35 Main Street.  Besides, Maloney’s photographs, the gallery offers original paintings, fiber and glass art, gourds, ceramics, prints and cards.  Framing is also available.  The gallery is open Sunday, Monday, Wednesday and Thursday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Friday and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.  For additional information, call 209-267-0228, email, or visit

The Arch and the Milky Way
Coyote Eyes

Heads or Tails

Nature's Jewels

Bonsai Moonrise
Snowy Treat

Thursday, July 19, 2018

ACAA Open Studios 2018 - September 8 & 9

In September, the Amador County Artists Association (ACAA) will be holding its Open Studios Art Show in one location. Instead of a driving tour around the county, this year artists will be centered at the American Legion Hall in Sutter Hill on Saturday, September 8, and Sunday, September 9.

Twenty artists will be on hand to not only show and sell art but also to demonstrate their craft at this free event. On Saturday, the exhibition will run from 9 a.m. until 6 p.m. Sunday hours will be 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. A variety of artwork will be on display: paintings, photographs, jewelry and more. Visitors can choose among watercolors, acrylics, collages, charcoal and pastels. Some are representational and others abstract. Two media that may not be familiar are paintings using encaustics and alcohol ink.

Participating artists—and a few others—will be donating a piece of artwork or other item to be raffled off on the last day. Tickets are $1 each and all of the money raised from the raffle benefits ACAA scholarships and the spring high school student art show. Last year, two $1,200 scholarships were awarded.

Having Open Studios in one spot will allow residents and out-of-towners to see more work by more artists and maximize the number of people who can visit the exhibition. Entry into the hall is free so come enjoy the wealth of artistic talent Amador County has to offer. The ACAA, a non-profit organization, is an active membership group for visual artists and art supporters. Its mission is to promote and encourage the production, cultivation and appreciation of art. Additional information is available at our website,, or by contacting Cynthia Dunn-Selph at 623-703-3806 or

Thursday, July 12, 2018

Sutter Creek Gallery: Cooperative Artists feature Amador County scenes in August

Customers often come into the gallery seeking local scenes to memorialize their visits to the area.  Many of our artists regularly produce such scenes with the creek that flows past our southern flank a long-time favorite. Instead of featuring one artist for the month of August, members of the cooperative have been invited to create artwork depicting locations around the county for a show entitled Impressions of Amador.

Some of the art may depict historic sites, such as the delicate pink and green watercolor rendering of the Chichizola Store by Mary Sue Palmquist. Photographer Michael Maloney has captured the moon ascending into a pink and blue sky over St. Sava Church. Silver Lake, another artistic favorite, will be represented by JoAnn Ogburn’s watercolor of the majestic Thunder Mountain towering over the lake.  At a recent plein air session at the Flower Farm, Wendy Rogers painted rows of multi-hued day lilies backstopped by oaks.  In a nod to whimsy, the quirky Ridge Road carnival rides and parade of animals is captured by Cynthia Dunn-Selph’s camera.  And, yes, we will have scenes of our creek—several versions, in fact—along with Nancy Robinson’s photographs that she calls Sutter Creek Treasures.

All these and many more will be on display with an opening reception on Saturday, August 4, starting at 2 pm.  Come join us for refreshments and to meet this talented group of artists and view their work.  Twenty-five artists exhibit at the cooperative located in the heart of Sutter Creek at 35 Main Street.  Besides original paintings, the gallery offers photographs, fiber and glass art, gourds, encaustics, ceramics, prints and cards.  Framing is also available.  The gallery is open Sunday, Monday, Wednesday and Thursday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Friday and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.  For additional information, call 209-267-0228, email, or visit

"Moonrise over St. Sava" by Michael Maloney
"Sutter Creek Sunset" by Melissa Doyel

"Amador Flower Farm" by Wendy Ward
"Thunder Mountain, Silver Lake" by JoAnn Ogburn

"Chichizola Store" by Mary Sue Palmquist

"Shenandoah Vineyard No. 2" by Sandra Campbell

Tuesday, July 3, 2018

July ACAA meeting features renowned local photographer Larry Angier - Wed July 11

Larry's editorial work has appeared in National Geographic Traveler, Nevada, VIA, and RANGE. His commercial and industrial photography is used regularly by AT&T, Amador Council of Tourism, and Amador Vintners Association. His books include America's Heartland (2002)California 24/7Nevada 24/7, Portrait of the West (2004)Cowboys and Country (2007)This Land of the Free (2008), Revisions: Mission San Juan Bautista (2013), The Sacred Expedition (2014).

His work is featured annually in the Browntrout line of calendars. Larry's fine-art photography has been exhibited throughout California and The West and in Belgrade, Serbia. His work is in many museum, corporate and private collections including the Museum of Northeast Nevada, University of the Pacific, The National Steinbeck Center, El Dorado Savings Bank, American Airlines and others. He will be sharing his expertise at the meeting on Wednesday, July 11 at 7pm, and visitors are welcome.

A New Allegory - By Larry Angier

Wedding, Arlije, Serbia  - By Larry Angier