Saturday, April 17, 2021

May at Sutter Creek Gallery: Sandra Campbell

Color and experimentation characterize Sandra Campbell’s art.  Variety plays a part as well in the type of images she produces as she switches between pastels and collage, her main art media. She enjoys trying new techniques whether punching up pastel colors to make an impact or creating a collage from maps.  Campbell’s artwork will be featured at Sutter Creek Gallery during the month of May.

Most of Campbell’s pieces reflect the natural world:  landscapes, trees, florals, and animals, especially birds.  “I’m inspired by the world around me,” she says, “but do not always express it in a straightforward manner.”  Landscapes are generally rendered in pastels and tend to be fairly realistic, with occasional abstraction.  Soft pastels are applied to sanded paper to allow for layering.  This is where her art journey began, after retiring from teaching, with a three-year stint with master pastelist Thelma Davis.

Campbell’s collages of trees, flowers and birds are abstracted and occasionally employ the use of watercolor, acrylic or ink as part of the process. “It’s fun to tear or cut up paper to create a bird or tree.”  A variety of papers are used including those she hand paints, as well as commercial rice or mulberry papers and discarded atlases and picture books.

“I make art to express myself and share my vision with others,” she says.  “The playful nature of collage is especially appealing.” Campbell is a member of the Amador County Artists Association (ACAA) and the Arts Council.  She participates in the ACAA’s Art in Public Places program through which artists exhibit in restaurants and other businesses throughout the county. 

Sandra Campbell is one of twenty artists represented by the Sutter Creek Gallery, located at 40 Main Street in the heart of Sutter Creek.  The business is open Thursday through Monday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.  On display are original paintings of all types, prints and cards, photographs, jewelry, pottery, gourds, and fiber arts.  The gallery also provides some of the best framing services in the area with competitive prices utilizing about 75 different styles of frames and a variety of mat colors.  While the gallery is currently unable to hold receptions for show openings, the public is invited to come by during open hours in May to view this show and all the other art on display.

"Bowl of Flowers"

"In the Pink"

"Mt. Shasta Sunrise"

"Darwin Sunset"



Thursday, April 15, 2021

May at Gallery 10: Howard Rees

Gallery 10 is delighted to feature Howard Rees as Guest Artist for May!  Howard painted, taught and lived in Amador County for many years and his local ties bind him to Gold Country as a source for many of his amazing works of art.

 Howard has spent 80 years doing what he loves best:  drawing, designing, painting, and sharing all he has learned through teaching.  Many local artists have Howard to thank for learning the skills required to successfully put paint to canvas or paper. 

Howard was born and grew up in a small town in Central Utah. As a boy he drew cartoon characters, inspired by Disney characters like Donald Duck.  He continued, much to his teachers’ dismay, to putting drawings of cars along the borders of his classwork.  He was admired by his peers and became the “Go To” person for posters, theater backgrounds and pin-striping cars.  

The intense desire to pursue art took Howard to the Los Angeles Art Center College of Design where he earned his BAFA.  From art school, Howard took a job in Detroit with Ford Motor Company, designing the ever-popular Mustang.  His work with Ford took him to England, where Howard began his love of Old World Atmosphere paintings, a love he continues to pursue today. 

From Ford, Howard went to Mattel, where he spent many years designing the original Red Line Hot Wheels cars.  He continues his connection with Mattel by attending international conventions where fans gather to meet the designers of these extremely popular toy cars.

In 1975 Howard put his corporate life behind him and devoted all his time to learning the skills to become a Master Painter.  He traveled to Europe to study the Masters. He painted and taught painting. When he returned to California, he began his career as a Professional Painter of Western Watercolors, notably using the motif of Plains Indians, their ponies and tepees, for which he gained renown.

Howard was drawn to California Gold Country for painting landscapes, primarily en plein air, in both watercolor and oil.  He also loves spending time on the north coast, painting boats, harbors and seascapes.  He continues to share his love of and skill for painting landscapes and seascapes with groups who gather to learn from him, en plein air, outdoors in beautiful locations. 

Howard has a collection of paintings to share with you during the month of May at Gallery 10, 15 Eureka St., Sutter Creek.  If you stop by the gallery on Saturday, May 1, 11-5, Howard will be delighted to share his work and his stories, (and his jokes) with you!  Although we continue to be cautious about groups gathering, Howard would love to visit with you.

The show will hang all during the month of May.  You are welcome and encouraged to see these beautiful works of art!  Gallery 10 is open Thursday-Monday, 11-5.


Tuesday, March 16, 2021

Father and Daughter Artistic Duo Highlighted at Sutter Creek Gallery in April

Sutter Creek Gallery is home to a father-daughter artistic duo.  While they may belong to the same family, the art produced by each could not be more different.  Marcus Tikotsky’s specialty is ceramics, both functional and decorative; his daughter Chelsea paints abstract oils.  Their work will be highlighted during the month of April.

Marcus was introduced to ceramics in high school, resulting in the artform becoming an outlet for creativity and a lifelong passion.  He earned a Bachelor of Art from Sonoma State University and later served in the U.S. Air Force where he taught recreational pottery.  Currently, he volunteers at the pottery studio at Chabot Community College in Hayward, providing background support and assisting students in developing their throwing skills.  In his functional pottery, Marcus pays 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 striving for perfection.”  The artist also finds great joy in the expressive process called Raku, a modern version of the ancient Japanese artform. He strives for simplicity, using minimal visual elements.  “I prefer not to impose my specific statement but to allow observers to make an interpretation using their own emotions.”

Chelsea’s love for art started at a young age growing up in the San Francisco Bay Area.  Her parents’ recognition and encouragement of this passion is what led her to pursue her creative and artistic side.  She graduated from California State University, San Francisco, with a Batchelor of Art in studio art, emphasizing painting.  During her university years, Chelsea studied abroad in Florence, Italy, at the California State University of Florence and the Accademia di Belle Arti.  It was a unique experience that enabled her to travel and explore a variety of art and cultures throughout Europe. Chelsea’s abstract compositions, which often depict an open sky over water, employ vivid colors and strong contrasts.

“My work reflects fluidity and motion through different brush strokes, textures, and colors.”

Sutter Creek Gallery is located at 40 Main Street in the heart of Sutter Creek.  It is open Thursday through Monday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.  Twenty artists are represented showing original paintings of all types, prints and cards, photographs, jewelry, pottery, gourds, and fiber arts.  The gallery also provides some of the best framing services in the area with competitive prices utilizing about 75 different styles of frames and a variety of mat colors.  While we are currently unable to hold receptions for show openings, the gallery invites you to come by during open hours in April to view the show and all the other art on display.

Pitcher by Marcus Tikotsky

Pit fired vessels by Marcus Tikotsky

COVID cup by Marcus Tikotsky

"Restless Sea" by Chelsea Tikotsky

"Poseidon" by Chelsea Tikotsky

"Close of Day" by Chelsea Tikotsky

Wednesday, February 17, 2021

March at Gallery 10: Wendy Rogers

Gallery 10 is delighted to present a show of paintings by Wendy Rogers during the month of March. 

Fiddletown artist Wendy Rogers is an award winning painter and blogger, with work in private collections throughout the country. Working with careful drawings and a limited palette of transparent hues, she often enhances her watercolor paintings with ink, and layers of colored 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. 

Her acrylic pieces use the same palette of colors, the same strong drawings, and lovely contrasts.

Rogers was born and raised in the shadow of Mt. Diablo in the Bay Area of California~an area known for its wonderful fresh fruit and rich farmlands. She learned at an early age to love the land, to respect the hard work and determination of the small farmers, and craved a piece of land to plant and nurture. 

In college she studied Fine Arts and Horticulture. Figure drawings often included detailed studies of plant parts, leaves and bark textures. Text books always had illustrated borders.

“I am fascinated by complex branches and foliage patterns. 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. I enjoy painting portraits and landscapes, I love trees, animals and birds.”

In the last several years, her painting has blossomed. It has become richer and more expressive. 

“I like to think it is my happiness showing through. If it is true that an artist’s soul can be seen in her work, then my soul is sunshine and flowers and donkeys!”

Wendy’s paintings will hang at Gallery 10 the month of March.  The gallery is at 15 Eureka St., Sutter Creek, and is open Thursday-Monday, 11-4.  You are welcome to visit and see these wonderful works of art from one of our most valued Amador County artists.


Tuesday, December 22, 2020

Sutter Creek Gallery opens in new location in January

Sutter Creek Gallery is returning to Main Street, Sutter Creek, after an absence of almost a year.  In January, the gallery will be displaying local art and offering custom matting and framing services at 40B Main Street. The cooperative members are excited to have a new home and, based on comments received from the community, others are also looking forward to our return. 

Moving in will take place in early January with an opening date as soon as displays are in place. Twenty artists will be showing original paintings, prints and cards, photographs, jewelry, pottery, gourds, and fiber arts. The cooperative believes that “art is for everyone” and the prices reflect that theme. New art is continuously brought into the gallery, making each visit a special experience.

The gallery provides some of the best framing services in the area with competitive prices utilizing about 75 different styles of frames and a variety of mat colors. The gallery will frame personal works of art, your favorite piece purchased elsewhere, or any artwork purchased at the gallery, all to match individual tastes and d├ęcor.

Once fully open, gallery hours will be from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Thursday through Monday. Personal appointments can be arranged to view the artwork or to order framing. For information or to make an appointment call 209-267-0228.  The gallery’s website,, features individual pages on each artist and provides news about upcoming shows. Updates are also provided on the gallery’s Facebook page.

"Mourning Dove Landing" by Michael Maloney

"MacKerricher Morning" by Vickie Chew

Dream Catcher Gourd by Leanne Kelly

Necklace by Sandy Morgan

"Across the Street" by Rick Wise

"Blossoms" by Judy Day


Tuesday, September 15, 2020

Gallery 10: "Anything but Ordinary" - A Show of New Paintings by Marleen Olive

“Anything but Ordinary” is a collection of new paintings by Marleen Olive to be shown during the month of October at Gallery 10, 15 Eureka St., Sutter Creek.  Marleen is an owner/member of the gallery and offers beautiful works in watercolor, acrylic and multi-media. 

Nature continues to be the ultimate inspiration for Marleen’s paintings, with a spontaneous effort towards abstract.  Marleen values diversity in subject matter and moves freely between genres and approaches.  She has come to the conclusion that the medium and technique used matters little; it is the result that is meaningful. She is never afraid to “break the rules.”

Marleen is a current President of the Amador County Artists Association, and a board member of Amador Arts.  She believes it is important to promote all the arts and artists in our community.

There will be no reception for this show, due to Covid-19 restrictions, but everyone is welcome to visit the gallery any time Thursday-Monday, 11-5, to see these exquisite new paintings. Since Marleen is a working gallery member, she may very well be sitting at the gallery and would be delighted to talk to you about her work!

Tuesday, July 28, 2020

Sac Fine Arts: Watercolor & Drawing Classes Starting this Fall


New Beginning Drawing & Watercolor Classes

12-Week Fall 2020 Semester

If you or someone you know can't draw, but wish you could, and believe you can't learn, these classes are for you. Drawing does not require giftedness or talent. When properly taught and practiced, drawing is a skill that can be acquired. 

Weekly Beginning Drawing Classes Begin September 17, 2020
Thursdays, 6:00 to 8:30 PM

Weekly Intermediate Drawing Classes Begin September 17, 2020
Thursdays, 2:00 to 4:30 PM

Classes are quickly filling. Register on-line ( to reserve a spot.
Drawing 1: Beginning
Drawing 2: Intermediate
Fundamental Approach
12-yo Through Adult
Classes Qualify for Home School Vouchers
12-week Semester

At Sacramento Fine Arts Center



Panels Due June 23

This fundraiser has been rescheduled for July. Floral painted 5"x5" panels are due on June 23. Additional donated canvas panels will be accepted.


Entry Deadline August 23

This years annual drawing and reception will be held on October 4. Art donations are accepted by appointment at this time. This is an important fundraiser for our center. 


Entry Deadline July 10

Any water-based medium, either transparent or opaque, is acceptable. These include: transparent watercolor, tempera, casein, gouache, watercolor inks and acrylic.

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Entry Deadline August 8

65th International Open Juried Art Exhibit.  “We need to be visionary to be bold.”  -Angela Hunt 

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Entry Deadline Sept. 23

54th National Mother Lode Exhibition. Open juried multi media art exhibit. 

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Entry Deadline December 22

Enter your Magnum Opus into our our premier annual exhibit. This reflects the most recent and outstanding art achievements of participating artists. 

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