Wednesday, August 25, 2021

ACAA Art Raffle - Saturday, September 12, 2021

Amador County artists are supporting our community through donations to an art raffle, which is part of Art in Amador, an art show produced by the Amador County Artists Association. The free exhibition will be held on September 11 and 12 at the Sutter Creek Auditorium, beginning at 10 a.m. each day.   

A variety of media, styles, and subject matter will be on display in the art raffle.  Paintings, abstract and realistic, in watercolors, pastels, acrylics and encaustics.  Scenes far-flung and those close to home are depicted among the landscapes.  Florals in a variety of styles will be on display as well as various types of jewelry.  This is a chance to win a piece of art by your favorite artist. 

Each of the Art in Amador participants, as well as other area artists, has donated a piece of art or another item for the raffle (see below).  This is the Association’s only fundraiser and all proceeds benefit scholarships for local students and the spring high school student art show.  Tickets are only $1 each and you get to choose which items to take a chance on.  The drawing will take place at 3:00 p.m. on the 12th and you need not be present to win. We’ll call you. 

The ACAA, a non-profit organization, is an active membership group for visual artists and art supporters.  Its mission is to promote and encourage the production, cultivation and appreciation of art through monthly meetings, art demonstrations and annual projects such as the high school student art show.  Additional information about the event and its participants is available on our website,

Alyssa Vargas

Annie Hughes

Barbara Hoffman

Helen Wilkinson

Jo Ann Ogburn

Judy Day

Kirk Neiberger

Kristine Gunther

Maureen Olive

Ree McLaughlan-Brown

Sandra Campbell

Wendy Rogers

Monday, August 9, 2021

ACAA' "Art In Amador" Returns on September 11 in Sutter Creek

 Art in Amador returns after an absence of one year.  The art show, produced by the Amador County Artists Association, is scheduled for September 11 and 12 in the Sutter Creek Auditorium, 18 Main Street, where local artists will display, sell and demonstrate their art.

Entry into the Auditorium is free as the intent is to showcase the wealth of talent Amador County has to offer.  Hours on Saturday run from 10 am to 6 pm; Sunday hours are 10 am to 4 pm.  An important feature of the show is a raffle of artwork contributed by participating artists.  Supporters of the event donated additional artwork and other items. Tickets are $1 each and all the money raised from the raffle funds art scholarships and supports an annual high school student art show. 

A variety of artwork will be on display:  paintings from abstract to realistic, photographs, jewelry and more.  Visitors can choose among original watercolor, oil, acrylic, alcohol ink, collage and pastel paintings, as well as prints and cards. Information about the show will be updated on this site and on its Facebook page.

The ACAA, a non-profit organization, is an active membership group for visual artists and art supporters.  Its mission is to promote and encourage the production, cultivation and appreciation of art through monthly meetings, art demonstrations and annual projects, such as conducting the fine art and photography show at the county fair.

Kirk Neiberger

Jo Ann Ogburn

Judy Day

Julie Trail

Kristine Gunther

Ree McLaughlan-Brown

Sandra Campbell

Sunday, May 30, 2021

June at Gallery 10: "The Art of Friendship"

Gallery 10 is delighted to present “The Art of Friendship” for our June show.  Catherine Woodruff and Ginny Murray have been painting together for several years, having met at a Tuesday painting group here in Amador County.  Together they are proud to present artwork that represents the joy they each find in the process of painting.

Catherine is a member partner of Gallery 10 and very much enjoys being part of the gallery.  She does watercolor and collage, with mixed media drawing more and more of her attention.  Catherine portrays her love of birds and other animals in unique and interesting ways.  She also enjoys expressing the organic beauty of flowers using a variety of media.  Look for a tiny star in most of her collages.

Ginni started painting in watercolor many years ago, taking watercolor classes when she lived in El Dorado County.  While working as a psychotherapist, art became her therapy to unwind and relax.  Her nature-inspired paintings are filled with loose, bright, vibrant colors, sometimes with a hint of whimsy and an impressionistic flair.  Ginni loves the loose process of watercolor, and enjoys the challenge of filling her paintings with light, fluidity and fun.

With Amador County nearly ready to move to the yellow tier, with the Covid emergency winding down, we plan to offer a reception for these two artists on Saturday, June 5, 2-5 P.M.  Catherine and Ginni look forward to sharing their newest paintings with you.  The show will hang all of June.  Gallery 10 is open Thursday-Monday, 11-5, at 15 Eureka St., Sutter Creek.

"Catherine's Cows" by Catherine Woodruff

Watercolor by Ginni Murray

Watercolor by Ginni Murray

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.