Thursday, October 23, 2014

“Affordable Gifts” by 14 Artists Featured in AmadorArts Gallery

Starting November 1st and continuing to the end of the month, you will have a chance to find that perfect artsy gift for your favorite friends and relatives, perhaps even for yourself. The show and sale at the AmadorArts Gallery in Sutter Creek is titled “Affordable Gifts,” and for good reason. You can shop locally for items created by artists who have gone out of their way to present examples of their work at prices to fit your holiday gift-giving budget. All artists but one are from Amador County so you can proudly write on the card, “made in Amador County, USA.”

Here are November’s featured artists and their work: Laureen Shimmon, hand painted silk scarves; Janet Piccola, pottery; Karen Crane, jewelry; Penny West, fuzzy head wreaths; Dianne Epperson, mosaic vases; Lora Lee Rose, feather art; Bruce Peccianti, notecards, collage and doodle art; Sharon Galligan, Julie Trail, Lynn Slade, watercolor paintings; Howard Rees, oil paintings; Curtis Stromme, abstract acrylics; and Leslie and David Schupp, photography.

Since Saturday, November 1st is the monthly free Art Trek event in nine galleries, make an afternoon of gallery-hopping from 1:00 – 6:00 pm.  At AmadorArts, from 3-6 pm a reception will take place for guests to meet many of these artists while enjoying refreshments.  Members of AmadorArts receive a 10% discount on their purchases.  AmadorArts Gallery is located one block off Main Street in Sutter Creek at 11-A Randolph St. next to the historic Monteverde General Store Museum.

The gallery, operated by the non-profit organization AmadorArts, is open weekends 1:00 to 4:00 pm and weekdays 9:00 am – 2:00 pm, except Wednesdays.  Exhibits change each month curated and staffed by volunteers. In December the theme will be "Holiday Adornments" featuring ornaments and jewelry made by local artists. Visit  for more information.

Silk scarves by Laureen Shimmon
Jewelry by Karen Crane
Painting by Howard Rees
Photo by David Schupp
"Perched" by Lynn Slade
Painting by Julie Trail

Monday, October 20, 2014

Watercolor demonstration by Jeannie Vodden featured at ACAA’s November’s meeting

Jeannie Vodden is known for her luminous watercolors. She paints in glazes of transparent color that give life to the simplest motifs from eggs to portraits. She teaches in many locations regularly and will be giving a demonstration at the next meeting of the Amador County Artists Association on Wednesday, November 12 at 7PM at the Senior Center on New York Ranch Road in Jackson. This is an opportunity to watch one of the premier watercolorists in California ply her amazing craft to create beautiful artwork. Visit Jeannie's website to learn more: The ACAA meets each month on the second Wednesday; the public is invited, and new members are always encouraged to join.

Friday, October 17, 2014

New Artists at Gallery 10 in Sutter Creek

Gallery 10 is pleased to announce the addition of two new artists to the gallery.
Jenn Norpchen is a wildly creative whimsical gourd artist who produces birds, animals, and bugs that will be a delight to see and own.
Lisa Bone creates stunning raku fired pottery, horse hair vesselas and functional ceramic pieces.
Drop by to see their work and the works of other fine gallery artists.  Perhaps you'll find something for your home or a gift for someone on your holiday list.
Gallery 10, 15 Eureka Street in Sutter Creek,  is open Thursday thru Monday from 11 to 5.

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Sutter Creek Artist Ted Smith is November's Featured Artist at Gallery 10

Gallery 10 will honor local artist Ted Smith as its November Artist of the Month.  For years Ted painted local and distant scenes in impressionistic and realistic styles, a few of which will be in his show.  Recently, Ted expanded his creative talent into exploring abstract paintings.  Using vivid color in a variety of media has provided him an outlet for greater self-expression.
Mr. Smith has been painting for the better part of his 79 years beginning with scenes from his Monterey Bay birthplace.  Painting is "in his blood" as his grandfather, an accomplished artist, was his first mentor.  Upon retiring from teaching, Ted has been influenced by studying under painter Howard Rees and participating in workshops with Barbara Neches, Lynn Slade and Jeannie Vodden.  He shows with the Art in Public Places Program and has won numerous awards at the Amador County Fair Art Show.  For Ted, facing a blank canvas "is always a challenge" and finishing a painting that satisfies him emotionally is a great experience.
Ted's studio serves as his painting space as well as the storing of found objects and artistic supplies he enjoys collecting.  It also functions for his expert framing business of more than 30 years.
Gallery 10 invites you to meet with one of Sutter Creek's local characters at a reception in his honor on Saturday, November 1, between 2 and 5 pm.  Appetizers, wine and/or punch will be served.

For more information call the gallery at 209-267-0203 or visit the website at  Hours are 11 am to 5 pm Wednesday through Monday.  The gallery is located at 15 Eureka Street, just off Main and next to Susan's Place.

PHOTOS: 1. "Sun Spot"
3. "Fjord Village"
4. "Autumn Walk"
5. Ted Smith "en plein air"

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Finalist Artists Selected for River Reflections Arts Project

A “Creative California Communities” Project funded by the California Arts Council, implemented by AmadorArts, in partnership with Calaveras County Arts Council, the Foothill Conservancy, and East Bay Municipal Utility District.
Project Goals:
•        Encourage artists from Calaveras, Amador and the East Bay to learn about and explore the Upper Mokelumne Watershed.
•        Raise awareness about, and appreciation for, the Mokelumne River among the 1.4 million people who depend on its water.
•        Encourage visitors to come to the region to enjoy the river and area themselves
•        Create new collaborative relationships between local arts councils and community organizations
•        Bring grant funding, arts opportunities and economic development to our region
Finalist Artists Selected for River Reflections Arts Project
After a month-long Request for Qualifications, 50 artists from Amador and Calaveras counties and the East Bay have been selected to submit work for the next phase of “River Reflections,” a major arts project, funded by the California Arts Council, which will call attention to the importance of the Mokelumne River to our communities.  The artists will now have until December 5thto deliver their final creations for inclusion in month-long exhibits that will travel to three locations starting in January, 2015.
Artists will submit works which reflect the significance of the Mokelumne River, whether for water, irrigation, power, recreation or beauty.  They have been encouraged to push the limits of creativity. “Think outside the river.” To inspire artists in the coming months, complimentary guided river experiences will be provided, including a boat tour of Pardee Reservoir and a Plein Air day at Middle Bar Bridge.  Finalists will each receive a $200 stipend, potential cash awards, and the opportunity to sell their works during the exhibits and at the Grand Finale event in May, 2015.  The project and its artists will be documented in a video produced by Cole Productions and distributed statewide.
Six members of the Amador County Artists Association are finalists for this event:
Jewelers Marie Martz-Mort and Karen Crane
2-D artists Judy Day, Julie Trail, and Sandra Campbell; and Leslie Vasquez,
who will be submitting in both the 2-D and performance art categories.
On October 5, Crane, Day, Campbell and Vasquez
participated in the first of two day trips along the Mokelumne
in order to gain inspiration for their creations.

Leslie Vasquez

Monday, October 6, 2014

Judy Day is Sutter Creek Gallery's Featured Artist for November

Judy Day loves the outdoors and has hiked and sketched in the High Sierras most of her life. “My art is inspired by my trips into the Sierras, vacations around the world, majestic landscapes, historical sites and almost everything in my neighborhood. You never know what will catch your eye and inspire you.” Day has been selected to be the featured artist for November at the Sutter Creek Gallery. Although she works in a variety of media, watercolor is her favorite.

The artist holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Graphic Design and a K-12 California Teaching Credential in Art Education and Math from Art Center School of Design and Cal State Northridge. She recently retired from 20+ years teaching in Burbank, California and moved to Jackson in April 2010.

Day’s art credits include illustrating three educational children’s books; designing numerous brochures, posters, paintings and cards; and constructing three by twelve-foot long cut-paper banners that hang seasonally in the First Christian Church of North Hollywood’s Sanctuary. Each summer, she directs a week long art camp for children in grades 3 through 8 in Studio City, California. She is currently serving as the President of the Amador County Artists Association.

Throughout her career, Day has received numerous awards and ribbons for her paintings at the Amador County Fair, Ironstone winery and the Lodi Art League Show. In addition, she was  named 1994 Burbank Woman of the Year and received the 1996 Outstanding Teacher Award  given by the LA Times and CSUN School of Education. In 2002 Day was nominated for the California League of Middle Schools Educator of the Year.

Sutter Creek Gallery invites you to meet Judy Day at the reception in her honor on Saturday, November 1, from 4 to 7 p.m., as part of the region’s First Saturday Art Trek. She is one of 30 local artists exhibiting at the cooperative located in the heart of Sutter Creek at 35 Main Street. 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 or email

"Sutter Creek Way"

"Fort Bragg"

Watercolor by Judy Day

Doug Lawler showcased at Petroglyphe Gallery through December

Petroglyphe Gallery, 8317 Main St., Mokelumne Hill, celebrates the innovative creations of Doug Lawler with his Light and Motion Show, A Study in Light, Movement and Color, starting at 11:30 a.m. Sunday, Oct. 26 and running through Sunday, Dec. 14 until 4 p.m. An opening reception in his honor will be held from 3 to 5 p.m. on opening day, Oct. 26, with Metzger Family Wines and light appetizers. There will be a free drawing for a $100 gift certificate to the gallery at the end of the reception.

“The gallery has been displaying Doug’s drypoint prints since opening in 2011, and his work has become very popular with customers,” said Denise Ebbett, gallery owner. “We are really excited about this show as it is an opportunity to display his oil pastels, which is a newer direction for him.”

Lawler will be teaching a special workshop, Oil Pastels: A Study of Possibility, on Saturday, Nov. 1 from 1 to 5 p.m. for all levels of artists in the gallery’s adjacent Quarry Hill Studio. Cost is $85 with a $45 material fee to the instructor.

“My work centers around the study of what I call ‘complex color,’” he shared. “Color in nature is really a composite of environmental elements. We are capable of perceiving many things with our eyes. Light changes our perception of color – light can reflect, penetrate or transmit through surfaces. When we observe color, we are really seeing layers of interconnected influences, each adding an element to the whole.”

Born and raised in Detroit, Michigan, Lawler started his art career with oil painting. At a young age he was involved in group showings and eventually one man shows in the Detroit area. As a young artist he was intrigued with the romance of painting in the tropics and found himself living in Hawaii where he eventually had several one-man art shows including showings at The Gallery of Fine Arts (Hilo) and the Unitarian Gallery (Honolulu). After winning the top prize in the Hilo art fair two years in a row, the state purchased one of his paintings to add to their collection at the Hawaii State Art Museum in Honolulu.

The allure of the ‘60s brought Doug to the San Francisco Bay Area where he had several one-
man shows and was an invited artist at the San Francisco Art Festival. During this time he founded a printmaking collective in Berkeley where he, for several years, was involved in designing and printing anti-war leaflets and posters.

During the 1970s, Lawler traveled to a tiny Mexican fishing village, Yelapa, where he lived and produced a series of pastel drawings that were later exhibited in the U.S. He eventually moved to Spain where, for 12 years he worked and exhibited in numerous galleries such as The Galeria La Cortina in Barcelona, The Galeria Internacional in Ibiza, and Galeria Torres Begue and Galeria Kandinski in Madrid. He also worked as a freelance illustrator and was published in several periodicals in Barcelona.

Upon his return to the United States, Lawler became interested in art conservation and worked as a free-lance fine arts conservator for many years at Bay Area museums including the Oakland Museum and the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art. During this time he restored the Jade Pagoda at the Oakland Museum and was awarded a contract for the renovation of the San Francisco Palace of Legion of Honor Museum, including the conservation/installation of the Spanish ceiling.

Over the last 20 years, Lawler has been focusing on dry point print- making in limited and numbered editions. More recently, he has created two new series oil pastels on paper entitled “Painted People” and “The Human Tribe.”

Petroglyphe Gallery, one of the finest art galleries in the Sierra, is open from 11:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Thursdays through Saturdays and 11:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sundays. For additional information on all upcoming classes and showings, call 286-1387 or visit

Fiddletown Paint & Sculpt-In - Sat Oct 11

New Logo with tile
Sacramento Chapter Paint-Out      
 Saturday, October 11       

Sabina Turner Studio & Downtown Fiddletown    


Saturday, October 11, 9 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Sabina Turner Studio
20100 Quartz Mountain Road North
Fiddletown, CA  95629

Click here for a map
$10 Model fee for studio painting/sculpting
Artists will meet and check in at Sabina Turner Studio at 9 a.m. A cowboy model will be available for painting and sculpting in the studio. Outdoors, this old mining town has old stores and houses in the two-block downtown area, and rolling hills and vineyards a few minutes away. The fall colors will be at their peak!

At 12:30, we'll meet back at the studio for lunch and an informal critique of each others' work if desired. Return to the studio at 4 to regroup before heading home.

Cell phone reception is spotty; go to the top of the hill to get reception. Bring a sack lunch - the closest deli is 6 miles away in Plymouth.
RSVP to the California Art Club, (626) 583-9009. A reservation is highly recommended for studio painting/sculpting, as space is limited.

For more information, contact the CAC at, or Sabina Turner, (209) 245-6581 or via

Call to Artists for 2014 Small Works Show and 2014 Itty-Bitty Mini Show

This show is juried, but all entrants are guaranteed at least one work in the show. No limit on number of entries.
All works must be original, conceived by the artist rather than copied from some other work and also not a reproduction of the artist’s own original. Works may be in any art media. No copies.  Giclee is not a media. It is a form of reproduction and not allowable.
Paintings and drawings in the main Small Works Show must be wired for hanging. Works in the Itty-Bitty Mini Show may be submitted either ready to hang or with their own mini-easels to be sold along with the work.
Entries will be received on Friday, October 31, and Saturday, November 1, noon to 5 pm. Opening reception is First Friday, Nov. 7.  Awards presentation and judge’s critique will be Tuesday, Nov. 11, 7 pm.
All works must be for sale. The gallery commission is 25%. Payment is made early in the month following the sale.
Show ends November 30, but if you wish to leave the works in the gallery for an additional month to take further advantage of the holiday sales period, members pay $3 for 1-2 items, non-members $4;  for three or more items, members pay $5, non-members $6.
In addition to the awards listed with the individual show rules, there will be People’s Choice awards in both the main Small Works Show and the Itty-Bitty Mini Show.
Should you join to lower your fees? Consider this: Membership is $50 (the equivalent of $4.17 per month). Dues year runs July 1 to June 30. Membership provides discounts for our competitive shows and our classes, and only members can show work in our gallery except for certain open shows such as this one.
Lodi Community Art Center, 110 W Pine St, Lodi CA 95240
PO Box 878, Lodi CA 95241
Main Small Works Show:
Maximum image size: no larger than 80 square inches, i.e.,  8”x10”, 6”x12”, etc. It is okay to use a wide mat and larger frame.  There is no limit on minimum size. 3-D works should be no larger than 8” by 8” by 8”.
Works in this category must be hand delivered.
Entry fees: Members $10 for first entry, $5 for each additional entry; Non-members $15 for first entry and $7 for each additional entry.
Awards:  $150 Best of Show; $25 first place in each category; ribbons for Best of Show, first, second, third, & HM
1. The Great Outdoors (landscapes, gardens, wildlife, sports scenes, windchimes,  etc.)
2.  Faces & Figures (people & animals)
3.  World of Imagination (fantasy, abstract, free form sculpture,  jewelry, etc.) 
4.  Still Life & Interior (could include objects which belong inside)
5.  Holiday (will probably slant toward Christmas, but any holiday will do)
Email ___________________________________________________
Phone ___________________________________________________
By signing in your work you agree to all of the rules and regulations for this show and agree to hold the Lodi Community Art Center harmless in the event of damage or theft of work. It is the artists’ responsibility to insure work if they so choose.
Artist Signature:____________________________________________Date___________________________
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Special Show—Itty-Bitty Mini
May be hand delivered or mailed. If shipped, the sender must provide return shipping. Works must arrive no later than November 1.
Image Size: no more than 3”x3” or 9 square inches. Works that need to be matted and framed may be in a frame size up to 5” by 7”. 3-D pieces must be no more than 3” in any one direction to qualify for Itty-Bitty Mini.
Entry fees – Members $5 for first entry, $3 for each additional entry. Non-members $7 for first entry and $5 for each additional entry.
Itty-Bitty Awards: $35 Best of Show; Very Cute Itty Bitty Ribbons for first place in Oils and Acrylics; Watermedia; Drawing Media; 3-D; Mixed Media; and Photography.
Email ___________________________________________________
Phone ___________________________________________________
By signing in your work you agree to all of the rules and regulations for this show and agree to hold the Lodi Community Art Center harmless in the event of damage or theft of work. It is the artists’ responsibility to insure work if they so choose.
Artist Signature:____________________________________________Date___________________________
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