Wednesday, April 10, 2019

April at Gallery 10: Pastel Artist Patricia Prendergast

Patricia Prendergast is a new artist at Gallery 10.  She will be Featured Artist during April, showing a beautiful collection of pastels.

Patricial is retired from a career as a computer programmer in 2004 and is now able to indulge in her love of art and nature.  She chose pastels as the best medium to portray the serenity of the landscape of her native California.  She draws inspiration primarily from various locales along the American River, the hills of Marin, and North Lake Tahoe.

She has studied with many master pastel artists:  Richard McKinley, Glenna Hartmann, Gil Dellinger, Clark Mitchell, Richard McDaniel, Kim Lordier, and Bill Cone.

Most of her work is done in the studio, but she does enjoy painting out in nature to hone her ability to see the light and colors. “In fact, I feel the greatest benefit I derive from painting is how it changes how I see the world when I’m not painting!  Everything is more vivid- the beauty of light and shadow in the trees, the subtlety of the color of clouds, the sparkle and reflections in water.”

Patricia works on sanded paper or board.  For some paintings she preps the surface with a texturing agent or she may create a watercolor underpainting that peeks through the pastel.  She lets the painting process determine how the scene will unfold. 

“My goal is to create a sense of depth that allows the viewer to enter into a little moment with nature,” Patricia says.  “My paintings are more an evocation of an emotional response  to the transcendence found through nature thatn a rendering of a specific place.”

Patricia’s pastels will hang all of April at Gallery 10.

Morning Meditation

Still Waters

Cloudy Day at the Point Mai

April at Sutter Creek Gallery: "Things with Wings"

Birds and bees and skydivers, too.  These are just a few of the images in the “Things with Wings” show in April at Sutter Creek Gallery.  You might also spot an angel perched on a crescent moon and a number of our feathered friends.  Gallery members were invited to stretch their wings for this show which runs throughout the month of April.

Since this is a group show, a variety of media will be represented:  encaustics, gourds, watercolors, alcohol ink, pastels, collages, photography and more.  Among these are Michael Maloney’s “Flight” depicting a skydiver being pursued by a bird, a “Gossamer Wings” angel on aluminum by Ree McLaughlan-Brown, Sandy Morgan’s butterfly and bird jewelry, an ocean-wading egret by Melissa Doyel, and a watercolor rendering of rare snow geese by JoAnn Ogburn. 

Besides original paintings and photography, the gallery offers many affordable items including prints, cards, jewelry, pottery, and gourd, glass and fiber arts.  And this is the place to get all your matting and framing needs handled. 

The gallery is open daily, except Tuesday, from 10 a.m. to 5 pm. For additional information, call 209-267-0228, email or visit   

"Flight" by Michael Mahoney
"Rare Blue-morph Snow Geese" by JoAnn Ogburn
"Sprite" by Wendy Ward
Peacock necklace by Sandy Morgan

Plein Air artist Marilyn Egers featured at April's ACAA meeting - Wed Apr 10

Plein air painter Marilyn Egers will be the featured artists at ACAA’s Wednesday, April 10 meeting. Marilyn earned a Bachelor of Arts in 1987 from California State University, Stanislaus in Art. Later in 1990, she received her teaching credentials from Chapman College enabling her to instruct future artists at Bear Creek High School, where she teaches teach many levels of art. She also has an have an M.F.A. from the Academy of Art in San Francisco.
You can view her art on her web site at:
The meeting begins at 7PM.
For more information about the ACAA, visit:

“I am primarily a plein air painter. When this is not possible I work from my own photos as a point of departure. I am inspired by the area I live in and things around me, such as Acampo landscape, old tractors and cars, curious cattle, and the flowers from the garden. I am also drawn to reflected color in all kinds of items especially, bottles. I have a deep passion for vibrant color. My media of choice is oil, pastel and acrylics in that order. I feel like a sculptor when painting because I can chisel out the images as though they were stone. Throughout my life I have continued to value a strong art education and will never stop learning." - Marilyn Egers

"Church on Church Street"

Devries Chicken Barns

Wednesday, March 20, 2019

ACAA Student Art Show - Mar 25-29

The Amador County Artists Association (ACAA) Student Art Show will be on display at the AmadorArts offices, 617 South Highway 49, in the Motherlode plaza, Jackson.  The art of high school students from Amador and Argonaut will be open to the public starting Monday, March 25 and will run until Friday, March 29. The office hours to view the work are daily from 11am until 2pm and 4 to 6pm.

There will be a closing reception and award ceremony on Friday, March 29th from 4 to 6pm and the public is invited.

The art is amazing and students were invited to enter work in seven different categories; pastel, watercolor, photography, acrylic, drawing, ceramics, and mixed media. Awards are given to the top students in each medium, as well as the Best of School, and Best of Show. The event is funded by donations from ACAA and AmadorArts and is a much anticipated yearly event.

For more information about ACAA visit the website or the Facebook page Amador County Artists Association.

"Son" by Sierra Gillet

“Last Guardian” by Elle Reeser

Tuesday, March 5, 2019

March at Sutter Creek Gallery: Cynthia Dunn-Selph - "Mixed Media Medley"

Cynthia Dunn-Selph has been creating art in a multitude of media her whole life: acrylics, ceramics, mosaics, photography, paper making and more. Her current focus is on printmaking and encaustics so she has titled her March show at Sutter Creek Gallery "Mixed Media Medley." Encaustic painting involves heating beeswax and applying it to a rigid surface. The wax can be colored and used to embed photographs, leaves and other objects.
Cynthia has created commissioned pieces and has shown and sold her work in California, Kansas, and Arizona, receiving numerous awards. She currently teaches classes to children and adults through the local recreation department, and at local art venues, focusing on the aspects of process and play rather than just technique. She believes we are all artists in need of an outlet for our creativity. Cynthia has participated as a teacher each year in A Taste of the Arts, a community outreach program sponsored by the Amador Arts Council.
The artist has curated shows at numerous small galleries over the years and is currently a member of the Amador County Artists Association, the Sierra Wax Artists, and the Sutter Creek Gallery where her work is on display. Additional art can be seen at her website and on her Facebook page, All Dunn Art.
Sutter Creek Gallery invites you to meet Cynthia Dunn-Selph at her reception and to view her unique creations.
Ex Libras

Black Circles

At Heart

Blue Sampler

Monday, March 4, 2019

Woodcarver Aaron Bullock to demonstrate at March ACAA Meeting - Wed Mar 13

ACAA March Meeting: Aaron Bullock
Wednesday, March 13 at 7PM
Amador Senior Center
229 New York Ranch Road
Jackson, CA

"I retired from CDF now CAL FIRE in 1996 and tried wood carving for about a year after which I started a second career in regulatory work. There went the art on the shelf for another dozen years. When I finally retired for the last time I came across a medium that suited me, the mighty gourd, nine years ago. I tried most of the mediums and am currently adding sculpting to my gourd art. I will demonstrate the materials I use and how to manipulate the clays and epoxy woods, as well as show different gourd and non gourd uses for the mediums including colors and tools of the trade. I hope to see you at the ACAA meeting in March."

-Aaron Bullock

March at Gallery 10: Daffodil Hill and More

Gallery 10 is celebrating the beauty of our local Favorite Place of Spring, Daffodil Hill, for our March show.  Daffodil Hill is a special location, fields of daffodils nodding their bright yellow and white faces in the sunshine. It’s a treat to the whole community and to visitors from afar.  We look forward to its opening, hope for sunny days to extend the bloom, and after missing the gift last March, due to late snow and bad weather, we are anxiously awaiting word for this March.

Gallery 10 has invited its members and consignors to contribute landscapes of Daffodil Hill and other springtime scenes. We will also have floral paintings to share. Come to celebrate spring at our reception on Saturday, March 2, 2-4 P.M. at Gallery 10, 15 Eureka St., Sutter Creek.  All are welcome!  We look forward to seeing you!