Friday, December 26, 2014

Major Art Exhibition, "River Reflections" to open in Sutter Creek - Reception on Jan 10

What happens when you ask some of the best artists in two counties to create work around a common theme? You get a major art exhibition that’s entirely provocative, different and new. Called “River Reflections,” the prodigious show brings together 40 original works of art, mostly paintings and photography, which offer different perspectives on the one and only Mokelumne River. It can be seen during the month of January in Sutter Creek in the Banquet Room of the Hotel Sutter, open seven days a week.

The opening reception will be on Saturday, January 10, from 2 to 5 pm. The public is invited to attend the event showcasing art, music, and poetry. Don’t miss the outrageous human fountain of water that will beckon guests in front of the hotel.  The River Reflections exhibition, which also features ceramics, jewelry, glass, mounted poetry, will run here until the end of January.

River Reflections is a landmark arts endeavor created by AmadorArts from a grant funded by the California Arts Council. Project partners are the Calaveras County Arts Council, the Foothill Conservancy, and East Bay Municipal Utility District. The goal is to call attention to the significance of the Mokelumne River, which, besides supplying drinking water for 1.4 million people in the Bay Area, is a vital public resource for irrigation, power, recreation, and inspired beauty.

The works in the exhibit have been judged by a panel of experts, resulting in cash prizes in the discipline categories of visual art, literary art, music, dance and performance art. Additional awards will come from a Popular Choice Vote whereby the public attending the exhibits may cast votes for their favorites. Most artwork is for sale and will prove to be highly regarded collector items.

In February the total exhibit will be installed the EBMUD Headquarters in Oakland, with the reception on Friday, February 6, from 11 am to 1 pm.  In March it will be installed in the Historic Hotel Leger in Mokelumne Hill, with the reception on March 14, from 2-5 pm.  Save the date of May 9 for the River Reflections Grand Finale Event to be held at Pardee Reservoir. 

For more information contact AmadorArts at 209-267-9038 or visit

PHOTOS: Exhibition Preview showing the diversity of styles to be appreciated:  Daybreak Ritual by Cate Culver; Rainbows Over the River by Mary Anderson; A River For All Seasons by Vickie Chew. Photo Montage by Tyler Childress

Friday, December 12, 2014

Melissa Doyel is Sutter Creek Gallery’s Featured Artist for January

Melissa Doyel has drawn, painted or hand crafted most of her life as she loves exploring and challenging herself.  Since moving to Fiddletown in 2008 she’s been primarily focused on painting in watercolor but has added oil and soft pastels to the list of media in which she now works.  While not formally trained, she feels incredibly fortunate to have found amazing teachers and artists in Amador County who have helped her explore new ideas and techniques.   

“I learn something with every painting and like to push myself to keep growing as an artist,” explained Doyel.  She will be Sutter Creek Gallery’s featured artist for the month of January.  Doyel enjoys painting a variety of subjects and has won numerous awards from Amador County fairs including a Best of Show for her watercolor portrait “Tyler” in 2011 and a Best of Division for her oil portrait “Easton” in 2013.     These are in addition to first- and second-place awards at the fair.  Doyel’s work was also accepted into the 2013 Stockton Art League Fall Juried Show and the 54th Annual Lodi Spring Art Show in 2014.  

Sutter Creek Gallery invites you to meet Melissa Doyel at the reception in her honor on Saturday, January 3, from 4 to 7 p.m., as 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

Friday, December 5, 2014

New ACAA Member Colleen Williams displays art at two local venues

Photographer Colleen Williams now has two venues displaying her art for your viewing pleasure.
They are Amador 360 located in Plymouth, 18590 State Highway 49, and Uphill Vineyards in Amador City, 14196 Old Highway 49.

Amador 360 in Plymouth

Uphill Vineyards in Amador City