Saturday, February 27, 2016

March ACAA meeting features Ceramic Artist Kathryn Devlin - Wednesday, March 9

Ceramic artist Kathryn Devlin will be demonstrating her techniques at the Wednesday March 9 at 7PM meeting of the Amador County Artists Association (ACAA).  During the 2015 Amador County Fair, Devlin won the fair theme Best of Division with a vignette featuring a guitar-strumming cow accompanying singing flowers and animals.  Her first ceramic show was with friend Cathleen Berglund at the Amador County Arts Council in September 2014. Her second show was at The Artistic Edge in Sacramento in October 2015, where her current work continues to be shown.  “It is my belief that every person is an artist in some form or another.   I’m thrilled to have found my passion in clay where the possibilities are virtually endless!” she exclaimed.   

Devlin’s interest in art began in Southern California as a child digging in clay deposits in her family’s orange grove. After attending college at San Francisco State, she moved to Calaveras, then Amador County, teaching primary grades at San Andreas Elementary School for thirty-one years. Her interest in ceramics was encouraged by two colleagues, Ken Winebrenner and Lori Kelly.  After retiring, Devlin began working in clay in earnest, taking various classes from local artists as well as several in Tucson, Arizona.

“My work is influenced by all my years of being with children, seeing the world through their eyes.  Whimsical, detailed, fanciful are words used to describe my style,” she explained.   

The ACAA meets the second Wednesday at the Senior Center, 229 New York Ranch Road, Jackson.  The public is invited and new members are encouraged. For more information about the ACAA, visit

"Black-Headed Grosbeaks in Spring"
"Peter Rabbit"
"Sam Scarecrow" Vignette
"Miss Kitty"
"All Dressed up for Trick or Treating"

Local Plein Air Artist Denise Gilroy is Gallery 10’s Featured Artist in March

Local artist Denise Gilroy will be the featured artist for March at Gallery 10, 15 Eureka St. in Sutter Creek. A reception in her honor will be held on Saturday, March 5, 2-5 P.M. at the gallery. Her paintings will hang throughout the month. The gallery is open 11-5 Thursday-Monday during March.

About Denise Gilroy...
In a sense, fine art had to knock twice before Denise opened the door. She had always loved art, but as a young woman chose the practical over the creative, spurning art school for a finance degree. But art kept tugging at her, and most of the “jobs” she held over the years had a decidedly creative bent to them—first as a graphic designer with clients throughout California and later as a decorator and owner/operator of two furniture stores. None, however, satisfied her completely.  So, in the summer of 2006, she closed her furniture boutique and started painting full time realizing that was what had been missing for so long. With no formal training in painting she took a workshop in plein air painting, which both embraces the beauty of the natural world and allows her to work outdoors.
Denise currently lives in Pioneer, California which provides easy access to the Sierra Nevada where she paints the majority of her work.

University of Massachusetts, Bachelor of Business Administration

Exhibitions and Awards
2014 Small Works Holiday "Deck the Walls" Segil Fine Art, Monrovia CA
2014 Honorable Mention Stockton Art League, Haggin Museum
2014 Yosemite Renaissance, Yosemite Museum, Yosemite Valley, CA
2014 Best & The Brightest, Scottsdale Artist School, Scottsdale, AZ
2013 Holiday Treasures, Debra Huse Gallery, Balboa Island, CA
2012 Honorable Mention Stockton Art League, Haggin Museum
2012 Honorable Mention SourceTek Online Catalog Cover Contest
2012 Salon International at Greenhouse Gallery, San Antonio, TX
2011 Award of Merit, Mother Lode Juried Art Show, Placerville Art Assoc., CA
2011 "Less Is More" LPAPA Show at the Randy Higbee Gallery, Costa Mesa, CA
2011 Honorable Mention 7th Annual "Best of Plein Air" Juried Show, Laguna Beach, CA
2011 Salon International at Greenhouse Gallery, San Antonio, TX
2011 Best & The Brightest, Scottsdale Artist School, Scottsdale, AZ
2010 Stockton Art League Exhibit at The Haggin Museum, Stockton, CA
2010 North Tahoe Plein Air, Northstar At Tahoe, CA
2010 Salon International at Greenhouse Gallery, San Antonio, TX

"A New Path"
"October Moon"

Sutter Creek Gallery presents "Spring Ahead" Show in March

"Colors of the Rainbow"
Jim Glanton
Are we finally leaving winter behind?  While we’re grateful for all the rain and snow, the arrival of spring and warmer weather is welcome.  To celebrate the new season and time change, Sutter Creek Gallery has mounted a member show entitled “Spring Ahead.”  A reception to mark the opening of this exhibition will be held Saturday, March 5, from 4 to 7 p.m.

March is when sports enthusiasts turn from hitting the slopes to rigging the sails.  When spring birds return and baby animals make an appearance.  When flowering trees blossom and poppies dot the landscape. Daylight Savings Time returns and Easter is celebrated.  It’s a good time to head outdoors and breathe in the new sights and scents. It’s also a good time to stroll through Sutter Creek Gallery to see the unique pieces created by member artists to celebrate this theme.

This cooperative of local artists is located in the heart of Sutter Creek at 35 Main Street. Besides original paintings and photographs, Sutter Creek Gallery offers many affordable items including prints, cards, jewelry, gourds and fiber arts.  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, or visit

"California Poppies" - Judy Regnier
"At Play in the Bay" - Sandra Campell
"Almond Blossoms" - Wendy Rogers
"Doe & Fawn" - Laurie Williams

Tuesday, February 9, 2016

February ACAA Meeting features Jewelry Artist Karen Crane - Wed Feb 10

Karen Crane will be demonstrating her jewelry designs at the February 10 meeting of the Amador County Artists Association.  The designer and owner of Karen Crane Jewelry Designs creates jewelry from gemstones and wire, using a technique that makes her pieces unique.  ACAA meets each month on the second Wednesday at 7 p.m., in the Senior Center, 229 New York Ranch Road, Jackson.  The public is invited and new members are encouraged.  For more information visit