Monday, May 21, 2018

ACAA's June meeting features Sandra Campbell - Wed June 13

Pastel artist Sandra Campbell will be demonstrating at the Wednesday June 13 meeting of the Amador County Artists Association.  The business meeting will start at 7 p.m. in the Jackson Senior Center at 229 New York Ranch Road, with the demonstration to follow. Campbell works in soft pastels on sanded surfaces which allow for multiple layers of color.  Her subjects include landscapes, florals and animals.  She is a member of the Sierra Pastel Society, the Artists Association, and exhibits her work at the Sutter Creek Gallery.  The public is invited, and refreshments will be served.

Sutter Creek Pond

Sierra View from Ridge Road

Puffy Posies

Monday, May 14, 2018

June at Sutter Creek Gallery: Mixed media artist Jim Glanton

"Acrylic Rose"
Jim Glanton became passionate about drawing and painting at an early age.  His older sister was an artist and the two would color and paint together.  And his interest in art was encouraged by both parents and his teachers.  These early experiences must be when his whimsical side came to the fore, which is now expressed through his cards and small mixed media pieces.  The artist will be featured in June at the Sutter Creek Gallery.

Glanton took a couple of art classes in college but most of his training came from working as an architectural illustrator following a stint in the Air Force.  He learned a lot by watching what the other illustrators were doing as some were quite inventive.  At this time, he started to work with and love acrylics and watercolor.  He and one of the other illustrators would paint plein air on the weekends. 
Following retirement, he began developing his art and has taken part in shows throughout the San Francisco Bay Area.  His subjects range from realistic landscapes to abstract flora and fauna to fanciful mixed media works.

Glanton joined the gallery several years ago and is a member of the Amador County Artists Association.  His work has drawn many awards at the Amador County Fair.

Sutter Creek Gallery invites you to meet Jim Glanton at his reception on Saturday, June 2, starting at 2 p.m., and to view his unique artwork.  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, 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

"Childhood Memories"

"Time to Boogie"

"I Love Color"

Friday, April 27, 2018

May at Gallery 10: Watercolor Artist Lynn Slade

Lynn Slade has created a new collection of watercolor collages for her show as featured artist at Gallery 10 in May.

New Subjects.  New Color Choices.  New Textures.  New Ways of Seeing.

Lynn’s Watercolor Collages always have multiple layers of paper, texture and color.  This new collection springs more from Lynn’s imagination than from real life.  Colors are chosen to convey the feeling of a place using unusual textures, all hand-made especially for each piece.  Colors also add to the depth and richness of her work.

Lynn’s Watercolor Collage paintings have won many awards in both local and national exhibitions, most recently in the 2017 San Diego International Exhibition.  Her new painting “Snags 6” has been included in the upcoming 60th Juried Exhibition at the Haggin Museum.

Lynn’s work has been published in Watercolor Artist magazine, Splash 12, Celebrating Artistic Vision, and Eyes On: Landscapes from Blaze Hill Press.

A reception in Lynn’s honor will be held during the Amador Art Trek on Saturday, May 5, 2-5 P.M. at Gallery 10, 15 Eureka Street, Sutter Creek.  The show will hang the month of May. You may visit the gallery Thursday-Monday, 11-5, to see these wonderful new paintings.

"Snag Down"

"Lunch by the River" 

"In the Grove"

Friday, April 20, 2018

May at Sutter Creek Gallery: Multimedia, collage artist Annie Hughes

For 20 years, Annie Hughes was a stitcher and quilter. She later switched from fabrics and yarns to paper, canvas and paints. The images that were originally stitched began to appear using paper and brush—houses, flowers, trees and people.  At this point, Hughes has been a painter for as long as she was a quilter.  This versatile artist will be featured in May at Sutter Creek Gallery.

Hughes is now a studio artist working with such materials as paper, fiber, watermedia and oil pastels.  She wears another hat as the Executive Director of a nonprofit located in Lodi working with underserved youth in the arts.  Through music, dance, theater and visual arts, participants build leadership skills, develop life skills, and find their passion and possibly their future. Working with these young people ties in with Hughes’s personal art.

As she explains: “All of this informs my abstract, expressionistic works which are a mixture of fantasy and imagination, spontaneity and creativity.”  As she paints, Hughes feels the quilter/fiber artist is still there but is now working in collage and multimedia.  “Fabric, fiber, paper or paint, I love it all; and the common thread through 40 years is color and joy.”

Sutter Creek Gallery invites you to meet Annie Hughes at her reception on Saturday, May 5, starting at 2 p.m., and to view her unique artwork.  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, 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

Tuesday, March 20, 2018

April at Sutter Creek Gallery: "Opposites"

Horizontals playing off verticals, abstraction paired with realism, images with complementary colors—opposites and unexpected juxtapositions will be on display in April at the Sutter Creek Gallery.  The group exhibition by gallery members will open Saturday, April 7, with a reception from 2 to 5 p.m.  

Annie Hughes’s primarily red and green abstract is overwritten with lines and squiggles illustrating the opposing concepts of over/under and through/around.  She was inspired by a quote on finding solutions to overcoming obstacles.  Helen Wilkinson designed a fused glass plate in purple and overlaid it with dots and a diagonal in its complementary yellow. JoAnn Ogburn’s watercolor celebrates the one-in-a-million find in Alabama of a yellow cardinal among the red. A wall hanging by Sandra Wagner highlights undulations of black and white fabric punctuated with touches of red.  These and other art on the theme will be shown. 

Sutter Creek Gallery invites you to meet the artists at the reception, starting at 2 p.m., to view these unique creations. Twenty-five artists exhibit at the cooperative located in the heart of Sutter Creek at 35 Main Street.  The gallery is open daily, except Tuesday, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.  For additional information, call 209-267-0228, email or visit  

Abstract by Annie Hughes

Detail of Yellow Cardinal spotted in Alabama by JoAnn Ogburn

Ruffle Plate by Helen Wilkinson

"Powerful Visions" by Sandra Wagner

Wednesday, March 14, 2018

April at Gallery 10: Julie Trail's “The Mountains are Calling…”

Julie Trail invites everyone to see a new collection of paintings she has created to celebrate her love of the mountains just up the hill from her home in Sutter Creek.  “The Mountains are Calling…”,   words from John Muir, speak to Julie every time she picks up a paintbrush, as she has loved mountains ever since her first view of the Rocky Mountains when she was 17 years old. 

“To live within an hour’s drive of such beautiful mountains as the Sierra is a dream come true,” Julie says.  She moved to California from the east coast in 1992, and since then has spent every minute possible in the Sierra, hiking, fishing, camping, skiing, and painting!  In 2001, after moving to Sutter Creek, Julie began to fulfill her lifelong wish to become a serious artist.  Watercolor is her first love, and she paints daily. 

Julie has won many awards for her watercolors, and she continues to learn new ways to express in watercolor the beauty of the world that surrounds us in the Sierra Foothills.  When painting en plein air, Julie often uses her oil paints, a medium she also enjoys, and she often brings her plein air paintings back to the studio to use as reference for a larger watercolor painting. 

Julie’s new collection of watercolors reflects her love of the high country landscape.  Be sure to take time and see these beautiful paintings. A reception in honor of Julie will be held at Gallery 10 on Saturday, April 7, 2018, 2-5 P.M. This wonderful new show will hang the month of April at Gallery 10,  15 Eureka St., Sutter Creek.  Gallery hours are Thursday-Monday, 11-5.

Misty Afternoon Half Dome

Path to Roundtop

Wandering the Sierra

Old Barn near Red Lake

Horsetail Falls

Wednesday, February 28, 2018

March at Gallery 10: Ree McLaughland Brown "Alcohol Ink Art and the Unexpected"

Paintings by Ree McLaughlan Brown will be on exhibit at Gallery 10, 15 Eureka Street, Sutter Creek, during March 2018.  A reception in Ree’s honor as guest artist will be held at the gallery on Saturday, March 3, 2-5 PM.

“My art paints itself while I play,”  McLaughlan Brown likes to say.  “I blend alcohol inks with air, heat, encaustic wax, pure alcohol, chemical compounds, resin and a mix of media.   I love to paint on unexpected surfaces such as stone, aluminum, plastics, porcelain, cast vinyl, exotic wood and new discoveries.  Each piece of art shares an emotion and story to engage you.”

Ree earned a Bachelor of Arts with a minor in Women’s Studies from Sac State during an era of activism.  She sketched during her travels and visited countless galleries in 15 European countries, setting the stage for her current work.  Ree creates art at her studio on five acres in rural Amador County where she lives with her husband, Jeff, and a lovable basset hound.

On a mission to “make a difference” through her art, Ree raised funds for numerous local benefits after she retired from Cal Fire.  She is a member of the Amador County Artists Association, the Alcohol Ink Art Society, and the online Artist Collective.  She also participates in Art in Public Places, and several of her pieces are currently on view at the Amador Senior Center.

All are welcome to attend the reception in Ree’s honor on Saturday, March 3, 2-5 P.M., to meet Ree, and to see her fascinating collection of Alcohol Ink projects. “ Alcohol Ink Art and the Unexpected” will hang the month of March.  Gallery 10 hours are Thursday-Monday, 11-5.

Intersecting Paradise

Rhino Granite