Tuesday, November 13, 2018

December at Gallery 10: Paintings and Drawings by Steve Holler

“It is the responsibility of the visual artist to make a connection with his subject and then to translate that connection to the emotional experience of his viewing audience.”
Steve Holler, Artist

Gallery 10, in Sutter Creek, welcomes Steve Holler as the featured artist for the month of December.

The concept of connection is fundamental in the execution of Holler’s acrylic paintings and graphite drawings. The connection between the painter’s interpretation of a subject and the emotional connection made by the viewer is at the essence of the artistic experience. It is the artist’s goal to interpret his subject with a unique and personal point-of-view. Selecting the subject, may come through a long period of evaluation or it may be an instantaneous moment of inspiration. Perhaps the most magical connection is made when the work of art is viewed by an audience. Each viewer will bring an individual response to the same painted image. The color, texture, shapes, subject matter, etc. may have unique interpretations by each member of the audience. The viewer will make an individual connection with the image or have no response at all. This is the challenge for the artist and an opportunity for the viewer.

The December show at Gallery 10, “Recent Connections”, will introduce a new direction that the artist has been exploring. These new images combine acrylic paint and graphite in one image statement. One image composition has been segmented and translated in both media to form a single image statement. These new works will give the viewer an opportunity to experience “connection” through an unexpected visual.

Steve Holler has been forming these visual connections with viewers for over 30 years during a successful career as a graphic designer. He is now redirecting his professional focus to the field of fine art with a concentration on acrylic painting and graphite drawing. Holler works primarily in the interpretation of the northern California landscape. His paintings are expressively representational with bold color and an optimistic personality. See more of Steve Holler’s work on his web site:  steveholler.com

Mr. Holler holds a BFA degree from the Kansas City Art Institute, an MFA degree from the California College of the Arts, and has completed additional graduate study at Yale University.

A reception for Steve will be held on Saturday, December 1, 2-5 P.M. at Gallery 10, 15 Eureka Street, Sutter Creek. The show will hang all of December. Gallery hours during the holidays will be 11-5 every day!

Attached Images:
Image A:  “Local Stream”, Acrylic on panel
Image B:  “River Runs Wild”, Acrylic on canvas

"River Runs Wild"

"Local Stream"

Thursday, November 1, 2018

Local watercolor artist Jeannie Vodden will demonstrate at November's ACAA meeting - Wed Nov 14

Well known local artist Jeannie Vodden will be our demonstrator for November. Jeannie, whose media is most often watercolor, is a versatile painter of portraits, still life, floral, landscape and fantasy. Her method is to use a glazing process, in which she applies layer upon layer, changing color and letting it mix on the paper.

Jeannie says she uses a very limited palette., starting with only three colors, and then sometimes broadening the choices to six or eight, very seldom using more. The demonstration will be after the business meeting on Wednesday, November 14 at the Amador Senior Center, and the public is welcome to attend.

"Geared Up"

"Lace Cap"
Jeannie Vodden

Monday, October 15, 2018

November at Sutter Creek Gallery: Judy Day

Judy Day loves the outdoors and has hiked and sketched in the high Sierras most of her life.  “My paintings are inspired by my trips into the Sierras, vacations around the world, majestic landscapes, historical sites and almost everything in my neighborhood,” she explained.  “I never know what will catch my eye and inspire me.” 

Watercolor is the favorite medium of the artist, having explored a variety of media throughout her career.  Most of the time she paints on traditional watercolor paper.  More recently Day has rendered paintings on newer surfaces such as Yupo and Aquabord, which provide a more fluid look.  Visitors to Sutter Creek Gallery will have an opportunity to view her work on all these surfaces during November when Day will be the featured artist. 

Day teaches art locally to both children and adults.  During the school year, she teaches watercolor painting to local fourth graders as part of the Arts Council’s elementary arts education program. In the summer she returns to her former Southern California home to direct a week-long children’s art camp. She has illustrated three educational children’s books as well as numerous posters and brochures.  Day also handles framing duties at the gallery. 

Sutter Creek Gallery invites you to spend some time with Judy Day at a reception in her honor on Saturday, November 3, beginning at 2 p.m. She is one of 25 artists exhibiting at the gallery located in the heart of Sutter Creek at 35 Main Street. The gallery is open Sunday, Monday, Wednesday and Thursday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Friday and Saturday 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.  For additional information, call 209-267-0228, email suttercreekgallery@gmail.com, or visit www.suttercreekgallery.com.

Guitar Man

Barbera Grapes

Woods Lake

November at Gallery 10: Marilyn R. Eger

Gallery 10 is pleased to present “Seeing Color in Clements, Ca.” featuring Marilyn R. Eger. The show will occur October  31st through November 25, 2018 at Gallery 10, 15 A Eureka Street, Sutter Creek, California. There will be an opening reception for the artist on SaturdayNovember 3rd from 2 to 5 P.M. The event is free to the public and is sponsored by Gallery 10. For more information, call (209) 267-0203 or visit gallery10.org.
 While Eger’s media of choice is oil, as well as pastel and acrylics, she feels like a sculptor when painting because she can chisel out the images as though they were stone. Marilyn is also drawn to reflected light and she has a deep passion for vibrant color. Her intent is not to be a camera but to convey her feelings and sensations at that moment in time. Color notes laid down, one against another, without hesitation is a perfect moment in time. Marilyn’s paintings are impressionistic in style as she tries to catch the fleeting light of the golden hour.
Antique relics recur in Eger’s work in the form of old, rusty cars and tractors. Those items bring back moments on her Grandma’s farm when life was sweet and simple. Since Eger retired from teaching art a year and a half ago, she is now painting, or in the fields with her husband. Sometimes she is on the tractor and other days she is driving the Kawasaki Mule to trees that need tending as well as landscaping the garden with her husband Jerry leading the way. Marilyn’s paintings are a part of her everyday life. They are an extension of her identity. The small farmer is vanishing and these paintings document this vanishing past.

Eger believes art and the creative process is a force of consistency in her life. Her work allows her to endure life’s difficulties. Marilyn Eger is a survivor, of not only cancer, but of life. These small interpretations of rural life, take you back to a childhood memory, as well as the blood, sweat and tears the land demands of its inhabitants.

 “I am primarily a plein air painter. When this is not possible, my own photos are used as a point of departure. I am inspired by the area I live in and things around me, such as the Clements landscape, old tractors and cars, curious cattle, the sunsets/sunrises and the flowers from the garden. I am also drawn to reflected color in all kinds of items especially, bottles. I have a deep passion for vibrant color.” explains Marilyn Eger. All she ever wanted to do was create art. Her media of choice is oil, pastel and acrylics in that order. She feels like a sculptor when painting because she can chisel out the images as though they were stone.

As a young girl Marilyn’s parents encouraged her, by enrolling her in art courses and creating a studio in the back of their antique shop where she would spend hours painting. Antique relics recur in her work in the form of old, rusty cars and tractors, as well as antique lanterns and jars.

 Throughout her life she values a strong art education and will never stop learning.   Eger earned a Bachelor of Arts from California State University, Stanislaus in Art.  She also received teaching credentials from Chapman College and her M.F.A. at the Academy of Art in San Francisco, Ca. in 2013.

She believes art and the creative process is a force of consistency in her life. 

Her work allows her to endure life’s difficulties. Eger is a survivor, of not only cancer, but of life. Marilyn Eger lives in Clements, California with her husband Jerry, their chocolate lab, “Hot Chocolate” and their Great Pyrenees, Sandy.

For more information, call Julie Trail at (209) 267-5490, or visit gallery10.org or call Marilyn Eger at  (209) 357-8518 cell, or visit www.marilyneger.net.

Friday, September 28, 2018

ACAA's October meeting features gourd and bead artist Robert Swedsen - Wed Oct 10

Robert Swendsen will Demonstrate at October Meeting Robert Swedsen’s beadwork on gourds will be the demonstration at the monthly meeting on Wednesday, October 10. He has won numerous awards for his work and has had his pieces featured in magazines.

Robert says of his designs, “My work spans over 40 years of my life. Though I am not of Native American descent, my interest in their beadwork influences much of my work. I truly hope you enjoy viewing my work and can see the time and effort that goes into the making of each piece.”

The demonstration will be after the business meeting on October 10th and the public is welcome to attend. www.amadorartists.org

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 suttercreekgallery@gmail.com, or visit www.suttercreekgallery.com.

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. www.amadorartists.org.
For more information on Sarah, visit her web site at: http://www.sandralwagner.com

"Fire & Wind"
"Misty the Magic Seal"