Tuesday, August 25, 2015

Call for Artists to submit applications for Spot in “AnimalScapes” Art Project

Poets and Visual Artists of ALL disciplines, (including painters, photographers, jewelry artists, sculptors, ceramists,) who live in  Amador, Calaveras, and Tuolumne Counties are invited to participate in the professionally juried show, “AnimalScapes of the Sierra Nevada Foothills.” Those selected as Final Artists will have the opportunity to go on a guided 4 hour “inspirational” field trip to the Performing Animal Welfare Society (PAWS), one of AnimalScapes project partners, as well as on a bus tour to view wildlife and habitats hosted by Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW), also a project partner.

Qualifications, application, and samples of work must be submitted ONLINE  (no drop-offs) by Sept. Sept. 25, 2015.  The $25 application fee must be received by the Calaveras County Arts Council also by September 25, 2015

Details about the project, and application to participate can be found at www.calaverasarts.org/animalscapes.html.   

The Final Artists will be selected by a panel of jurors and will be notified October 5th. These artists will then have three months (deadline Jan.4) to deliver their final work. All submissions must depict animals (domestic/wild/stock), in a Sierra foothill setting.

AnimalScapes of the Sierra Foothills is an Art Event conceived by the Calaveras County Arts Council (CCAC), funded in part by a select State Grant awarded to CCAC, and is slated for statewide attention.  The Event includes three month-long rotating shows, opening with Artist Receptions in Calaveras, Amador, Tuolumne Counties.  Exhibits are expected to draw 1,000+ visitors.  There will be cash awards to winning artists, in several categories, and 70% commission from sales of artwork.   The Final Artists will benefit from valuable exposure via print and social media, local radio and TV, and inclusion in the 2017 “AnimalScapes of the Sierra Foothills” Wall Art Calendar, which will be enjoyed and collected by countless art and animal lovers.
Please visit the Calaveras Arts Council website www.calaverasarts.org.  If you need further information, contact Project Coordinator Sandra Peterson, animalscapes@gmail.com209-728-9048. 

Sunday, August 23, 2015

9th Annual Open Studios Tour offers tour of high quality art at 18 locations throughout Amador County

It is a little less than a month away for the September 19 and 20 Amador Artists Open Studios Tour.  Below is information on participating artists along with images of some of their works.  The tour this year will feature 41 artists at 18 locations, many more than in previous years, providing visitors with both new and returning faces.
This is the Amador County Artists Association’s only fundraiser which benefits local students through college scholarships and an annual high school art show.  The ACAA website provides information on all of the participating artists along with their locations.
We hope you will help support this event which promotes local artists and the appreciation of art in Amador County!

The Ninth Annual Open Studios Tour, scheduled for September 19 and 20, is shaping up to be the best ever.  With 41 artists, half of whom are returning and the others new to the tour, there will be something for everyone.  Many of the returning artists will be familiar to the art-going public:  Howard Rees, Julie Trail, Ted Smith, Lynn Slade, Sabina Turner and Sharon Galligan, to name just a few.  There are familiar names as well among the artists new to the tour:  Anje Olmstead, Wendy Rogers, Brad Deveraux, Donna LaVecchia and Melissa Doyel.  Also on offer are lots of new faces with new techniques and interpretations who may soon become favorites.

The art is high quality and includes watercolor, acrylic, oil, pastels, mixed media, photography, jewelry, gourd art, sculpture, metal art, and more. The public is invited to visit many of these artists in their working studios, where the artist is available to show where they work and talk one-on-one with visitors.  Group locations, with 3-6 artists gathering to show and demonstrate their techniques, are also on the tour.  Current original works are for sale at all locations, and many artists also offer prints, greeting cards, and other items related to their work.

The Open Studios Tour has 18 locations this year, spread throughout Amador County.   New this year are studios in Pioneer, Amador City, and a group of four artists working in downtown Jackson. Returning locations are in Fiddletown, Pine Grove, Sutter Creek, and Jackson.  A tour map, with all locations and artist information, will soon be posted on the ACAA website, www.amadorartists.org.  After Sept 1, a printed map/booklet can also be picked up at many places around the county, and these places will be listed on the website.  During the Tour weekend, copies may be picked up at the studios and group locations. The map/booklet is designed to be used both during the event and afterwards, and includes information about ongoing fine arts activities in Amador County.

The Fine Art and More Raffle, featuring art donations from all the tour artists, other artists, and donations from local businesses, is held at the same time.  Proceeds from the raffle are used to fund student art scholarships, a student art show, and demonstrations of art techniques at ACAA monthly meetings.  In 2014, over $4,000 was spent on these programs.  The tour and the raffle are the ACAA's only fundraiser. 

Photos of art below are the works of:
1. Brad Devereaux
2. Lynn Slade
3. Sharon Galligan
4. Ted Smith
5. Wendy Rogers


Wednesday, August 12, 2015

Call to Artists: City of Jackson Mural Project - Deadline is Oct 1

The City of Jackson is seeking Artist Proposals for a mural project to be completed on the concrete wall (128ft. long by 17ft high) behind Tressler's Kwik Serve at the intersection of Ca Highways 49 & 88.    
The mural should represent the culture and history of Amador County in general but may be specific to one or more geographic locations.
The mural submission may consist of one coordinated panel or several panels together. There has been no pre-determined vision of any final design.
Each artist may submit more than one rendering but each rendering must be a detailed and complete scaled version of the final product.
Artists are encouraged to include community and/or student participation in their proposal.
Responses due back to Amador Arts by October 1, 2015.
Project Partners:
The Jackson City Council has agreed to be the lead agency in overseeing and providing financial assistance to this project. The city will assist in obtaining the necessary infrastructure that may be required.
AmadorArts has agreed to join with the City Council to provide the necessary tools to request artist participation, to disseminate information to the artist community and the general public, to determine the final two artistic submissions that will be given to a committee comprised of two members of the Jackson City Council, two members of the Board of Directors of AmadorArts, and a representative of Boyett Petroleum (Owners of Property) that will make the final selection.
Please submit your proposal to AmadorArts at PO Box 206, Sutter Creek, CA 95685 (or call 209 267 9038 to arrange drop-off) no later than October 1st, 2015.
All artistic submissions must be accompanied by a statement identifying the specific steps the artist will take to complete the project. These must include site preparation, process for solicitation of student and community participation, equipment needs, expected material needs and estimated costs, and a completion timeline.
Completion of similar sized projects is not a requirement but will be a factor in artist selection.
Please include in a separate sealed envelope the minimum compensation acceptable.
This project will be totally funded by donations from both public and private sources and those donations are expected not to exceed $25,000.00
The selection will be based on the following criteria:
  • Is it an accurate rendering of Amador County’s culture and history?
  • Will it be visually appealing to the traveling motorist on Hwy 88 and Hwy 49?
  • Are students or community members allowed useful participation?
  • Can it be completed without interfering with the business operation of the site?
  • Has the artist completed similar projects in the past?
  • Is the project financially feasible?

Sunday, August 9, 2015

Judie Cain is September's Featured Artist at Gallery 10

Judie Cain, the featured artist at Gallery 10, 15 Eureka St., Sutter Creek, for the month of September. There will be a reception for Judie on Saturday, September 5, 2-5 P.M., at the gallery, catered by the gallery, during the Saturday Amador Art Trek.  Everyone is invited!

Judie Cains oil and gouache paintings will be hanging at the gallery all month.  Gallery 10 is open Thursday - Monday, 11-5.

Judie is an oil painter from Murphys, who paints from life or from her own reference photos.  She strives to capture the light and mood of the moment using a brush.  Her colorful paintings are uplifting and inspiring.

She offers workshops on such topics as “Basic Nuts and Bolts of Oil Painting,” and “Oil Painting Demystified.”  She has taught in the western states as well as local venues.  She currently has adult summer classes covering painting fundamentals and color.  Primarily an oil painter, she has begun exploring the use of gouache, an opaque watercolor.

Judie is a native of Burlingame, CA, studied at the California College of Arts and after raising a family returned to painting full time.  She has been represented in galleries in Washington, Oregon, New Mexico, California, including Murphys, Sonora, Copperopolis and Carmel.  She has works in print and has some giclee done on home products.  Her works are collected worldwide.

Judie lives in Murphys with her husband, Lou Papais, where she has a studio.

"Among Friends"

"Country Classic"


"Dorner's Barn"

Bruce Peccianti "Doodling Demo" for Artists Association meeting on September 9

Did you ever entertain yourself with making detailed drawings as a kid? Did you ever scribble on a note pad while being put on hold? Did you ever lazily draw circles and lines as you listened to a boring conversation? Well, you were doodling. Doodling has become a fast growing art form all over the United States. Intricate patterns, repetitive designs all combine to create beautiful and fanciful pictures while Doodling. It is even said that the art of doodling is way to relieve stress and bring you to an inner calm. Bruce Peccianti, a retired teacher and administrator from Sutter Creek will demonstrate the techniques and materials used in Doodling and how you can start enjoying this wonderful old-new graphic art form at the September 9 meeting of the Artists Association.  ACAA meets each month at 7 p.m. on the second Wednesday at the Jackson Senior Center, 229 New York Ranch Road.  The public is invited and new members are encouraged.  For more information, visit amadorcountyartists.org.

Amador County Fair 2015 Art and Photography Results

From well over 500 art and photography fair entries, a few were judged to be the best in their categories.  Adults (18 and over) enter the competition as amateurs, advanced amateurs or professionals, being judged against others in those categories. 

Best of Show winners for fine arts were Jeannie Vodden, in the professional category, for “Hannah;” Jan Ramey-Atwood, advanced amateur, for “Rolf;” and Nancy Chapman, amateur, with “Amorgos, the Cyclades, Greece.”  In photography, the professional winner was Larry Angier for “Anointing;” advanced amateur, Daniel Ryan, with “Fog in the Valley;” and Haley Coker, amateur, for “Enlightenment.” 

The Popular Vote is always an outstanding feature of the exhibition in which those attending the fair can vote for their favorites.  This year’s winners were Kim Schmutzler-Agee in photography, Bill Porteous for his horse sculpture, and Loretta Armstrong in painting.  A more complete list of winners will be posted on the Amador County Artists Association (ACAA) website, www.amadorcountyartists.org.

The fine art and photography exhibition, a favorite at the fair, is organized by the ACAA.  Those members specifically responsible were Margo Carr and Judy Day for fine arts and Leslie and David Schupp for the photography division.  The ACAA also arranges for the art demonstrations during the fair.  Details about the organization can be found on its website, including information on monthly meetings, how to join, and upcoming events such as the September 19 and 20 Open Studios tour. 

2015 ACAA Members winning Ribbons for Fine Arts
These are in addition to those judged Best of Show or Division winners.
Cathy Alltucker:  1st, HM
Jan Atwood-Ramey:  1st (2), 2nd (2)
Janet Caccia:  1st, HM (2)
Sandra Campbell:  3rd, HM
Margo Carr:  2nd (2)
Nancy Chapman:  1st
Carolyne Cimino:  1st, 2nd
Susan Davis:  1st, HM
Judy Day:  1st (4), 2nd, 3rd (2), HM
Kathryn Devlin:  1st
Sarah Dixon:  HM (3)
Melissa Doyel:  2nd, 3rd, HM (2)
Cynthia Dunn-Selph:  2nd
Anne-Marie Fielding:  2nd
Jim Glanton:  1st (2) 2nd, HM (2)
Jeff Hipp:  1st, 3rd
George Lambert:  1st, 2nd (2), 3rd
Evelyn Lara-Lowe:  2nd, 3rd, HM (2)
Marleen Olive:  3rd (2), HM (3)
Bill Porteous:  1st
Anne-Marie Reber:  1st (2), 2nd, 3rd
Em Rojas:  2nd, 3rd, HM
Lynn Slade:  HM
David Schupp:  2nd, 3rd
Laureen Shimmon:  HM
Ted Smith:  1st (4)
Curtis Stromme:  1st
Julie Trail:  2nd (4)
Sabina Turner:  2nd, 3rd
Talis Turner:  HM
Laurie Story Vela:  3rd, HM
Jeannie Vodden:  1st (2), 3rd, HM
Wendy Ward:  2nd, 3rd
Laurie Williams:  2nd
Catherine Woodruff:  HM (2)

2015 ACAA Members winning Ribbons for Photography
These are in addition to those judged Best of Show or Division winners.
Cynthia Dunn-Selph:  1st, HM
David Linquist:  1st, 2nd (2), 3rd
Dorothy Magoffin:  HM
Michelle Melniczek:  2nd (2), HM (2)
David Schupp:  1st, 2nd, 3rd (2)
Leslie Schupp:  2nd, HM (2)
Laureen Shimmon:  3rd
Camille Waters:  2nd (3), 3rd (2)
Colleen Williams:  3rd, HM

Laurie Story Vela:  2nd (2), 3rd           

"Fog in the Valley" - Daniel Ryan

"Enlightenment" - Haley Coker

"Rolf" by Jan Ramey

"Hannah" by Jeannie Vodden

"Anointing" by Larry Angier

Nancy Chapman, "Best of Show, Amateur"

Sutter Creek Gallery presents special events at Phantom Gallery and "We Art You"

Sutter Creek Gallery (SCG) is pleased to announce the addition of two affiliated groups:  Phantom Gallery and We Art You.

These two groups of artists were formed as a result of a SCG members’ meeting held early in the spring, when members agreed it was important to reach out to the community.  It was decided that SCG would present exhibits that would result in     varying amount of sales being given to local charities. 

June saw Phantom Gallery’s first event held at Bellflower Garden Store in Amador City. Gold Pan Merchants received checks from the participating artists.  These monies will be used to enhance the garden atmosphere in Amador City. 

August will see the three groups (SCG, Phantom Gallery and We Art You) exhibiting as follows:

SUTTER CREEK GALLERY:  On “Hot August Nights” Art Trek on August 1 Sutter Creek Gallery featured artistic fans for sale for $5 each.  All of the proceeds went to Amador County Arts Council for its children’s art programs.

PHANTOM:  Petco’s special event is August 22, from 10 to 2.  Amador County artists paint and photograph to the venue, so all artwork will be animal related.  In addition, the 12 participating Amador County artists will produce a calendar of their work.  Up to 30% of proceeds from the event will go to the Animal Shelter in Martell.

WE ART YOU:  State Farm Insurance in Jackson will be part of the Art Trek for August and will show two “salon-style gallery walls” of scenes of Amador County by members of SCG.  Up to 30% of the proceeds will go to “Camp Out for Cancer,” the choice of Jim and Anne Lintz, owners of State Farm Insurance.

For additional information, contact Anje Olmstead, Affiliate Chair, at 295-6309.