Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Local photographer Larry Angier is the featured artist for ACAA's October meeting

The October 8 meeting of the Amador County Artists Association will feature nationally-recognized photographer Larry Angier who will discuss his own photography and help improve yours.  His remarks will be of benefit whether you make a living from photography or simply want to take better family and vacation shots. 
Join us for this informative presentation at the Senior Center, 229 New York Ranch Road, Jackson. The meeting begins at 7 p.m; Angier’s presentation will take place following a short business meeting.
Visitors and new members are always welcome.

Thursday, September 11, 2014

Watercolor Artist Wendy Rogers is October's Featured Artist at Sutter Creek Gallery

Watercolorist Wendy Rogers will be featured by the Sutter Creek Gallery for the month of October. She will be honored with a reception—open to the public—on October 4, from 4 to 7 p.m., as part of the region’s First Saturday Art Trek.

Fiddletown painter Wendy Rogers is an award winning watercolorist and blogger with work in private collections throughout the country. A member of the California Watercolor Association, Rogers has been painting for over thirty years, half of those in watercolors. Most recently, two of her paintings were juried into the Stockton Art League’s 58th Exhibition at the Haggin Museum. One of these,“Jackson Butte,” received the Shirley Parkinson Memorial Award for Watercolors.

Rogers is the featured artists for the month of October at the Sutter Creek Gallery. Working with careful drawings and a limited palette of transparent hues, she often enhances her paintings with layers of prismacolor pencil—deep sky blues and purples, shadows of inky indigo, soft highlights of lightest grays and periwinkle—all serving to communicate her passion for her craft and her growing love of Nature.

With deep roots in her Native Californian soil, Rogers is inspired by the natural world, by color, and by patterns of light and shadow. “I am fascinated by complex subject matter,” she explained. “I love crisply defining sepia lines that play against soft washes of glowing light, enhancing depth and adding a sense of the mysteries of Nature. The dramatic lighting effects, foliage shapes and varying textures create vibrant contrasts.” She enjoys painting portraits and landscapes equally.

Sutter Creek Gallery invites you to visit with Wendy Rogers at the October 4 reception in her honor and view her paintings along with prints of her artwork and hand-painted cards. The reception, from 4 to 7 p.m., is part of the region’s First Saturday Art Trek. She is one of 30 local artists exhibiting at the cooperative 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 or email suttercreekgallery@gmail.com

Jackson Butte
Mount Diablo
Lake Tahoe Sunset
Soccer Pals

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Nationally-acclaimed Watercolor artist Dale Laitinen opens up Abstract Painting world in Mokelumne Hill in Sept and Oct

(Calaveras, Sept 7 2014) – Dale Laitinen, a nationally-acclaimed watercolor artist, will teach "Basic Design Strategies for Abstract Painting" from 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 20 from 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m, and "Expanding Watermedia Boundaries: Painting and Collage", October 17-19 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Petroglyphe Gallery, 8317 Main St., Mokelumne Hill.

During the Abstract Painting workshop students will learn how to use shapes to create simple abstract compositions and create an abstract painting using the cruciform composition (a cross as its base design). “This strong design scaffolding has unlimited potential in painting, and we’ll uncover its potential in watercolor,” explained Laitinen. Students should bring their own watercolors and materials, as well as a sack lunch.

Cost for the one-day workshop is $85 and advance reservations are required. Seating is limited. Expanding Watermedia Boundaries: Painting and Collage will use watercolor, gesso and collage materials to experiment with abstraction. “This three-day workshop will expand your way of thinking about watermedia,” explained Laitinen. “We’ll broaden our creative thinking and explore the use of materials in entirely new ways. We’ll start with transparent watercolor and build surfaces and space relationships to create exciting paintings. Gesso is used to create opaque layers and surface texture, while collage is added to dramatically change design and create interesting painting surfaces.”

Cost for the three-day workshop is $295. For reservations or more information, call 286-1387. Laitinen has been painting for more than forty years, thirty five of which have been in watercolor. He is a signature member of the National Watercolor Society and Watercolor West. He is a graduate of San Jose State University with a BA in Art and has been a juror of many national and regional exhibitions. He recently was the sole judge at a prestigious national show at Haggin Museum in Stockton.

A native of northern Minnesota, Laitinen has lived and traveled across the American West and this figures prominently in his work. After college he spent eight years as an independent trucker hauling freight across country. In 1985 he turned to painting full-time.

His work has been featured in The Artist’s Magazine, Watercolor Magic, Watercolor Magazine and Drawingboard Magazine and in several books including The Splash Series, Painting with the White of Your Paper and The Transparent Watercolor Wheel. An active workshop instructor, Laitinen teaches workshops around the United States and in Europe, and enjoys teaching his classes at Petroglyphe Gallery every year.

Monday, September 8, 2014

ACAA Meeting - Wed Sept 10

Just a reminder that this Wednesday, Sept 10 there is an ACAA meeting at the Senior Center in Jackson.

Our featured artist will be Katherine Venturelli. Katherine is known locally for her monoprint technique in print making, and she is known nationally for her one-of-a-kind books that include her etchings and monoprints.  Katherine teaches at Los Rios Community College, and she shares her skills with students and children freely and willingly.  Her work has been shown in many galleries nationwide, including the Crocker Art Museum in Sacramento.

Katherine will share her monoprint style of print making at the meeting.  She is vivacious and enthusiastic, so you don't want to miss this demonstration!
Please find more information about Katherine on the Amador Arts Council page:

Sabina Turner will be hosting the fall paint out for the California Art Club at her studio in Fiddletown. For landscape painters there will be many options nearby. The fall color in the hills, “downtown” Fiddletown, the fall vineyards nearby. There will also be a tractor and horses. For figurative painters Ron Scofield has been kind enough to agree to model for us. The space for figurative painting is limited so please let me know ahead of time if you intend to come. There is a $10.00 charge to cover expenses and tips for the model will be gladly accepted. We will start at 10:00 AM on October 11, 2014. This is an uninstructed paint out. Please RSVP to sabina@sabinaturner.com or 209-245-6581. This should be a fun day. Bring a lunch. Coffee and muffins will be available.

Enjoy the meeting and all the other events you can find on our website, Facebook Page, and through AmadorArts!