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.

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Tuesday, February 27, 2018

March at Sutter Creek Gallery: Fiber Artist Sandra Wagner

Fiber artist Sandra Wagner’s passion for free-form design and color drive her to make art quilts and design wearable art.  Living in the mountains with ever-changing views provides her with a daily abundance of inspiration.  “Being able to work in a home studio surrounded by tall pines, changing seasons, and views of wildlife keep the creativity flowing,” she explains.  Wagner will be the featured artist at Sutter Creek Gallery in March.

Fabric has been in Wagner’s life as long as she can remember, starting with making doll clothes.  It was a natural thing to go from sewing children and then adult clothing to making wearable art and art quilts, hand dyeing many of her fabrics. She is a former quilt shop owner who has taught workshops for many years.  She teaches and lectures for private groups and at quilt guilds, including the International Quilt Festival in Houston.  Her garments, hand-dyed batiks and art quilts have appeared in numerous magazines.

Wagner is an award-winning quilter with many pieces in private collections.  She has been juried into four Studio Art Quilt Association (SAQA) regional shows.  For the past eight years, the artist has been the curator for the annual five-month gallery show “Artistry in Cloth” at the Shenadoah Vineyard in Plymouth, CA.  Wagner is a member of numerous quilt guilds, including the local Sierra Gold Quilters Guild, as well as several art associations.

Sutter Creek Gallery invites you to visit with Sandra Wagner at the reception in her honor on Saturday, March 3, from 2 to 5 p.m. She is one of 25 local artists exhibiting 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

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