Thursday, March 30, 2017

Julie Trail's “These Golden Hills” is Gallery 10's theme for April

A show of new watercolors by Sutter Creek artist, Julie Trail, will be at Gallery 10 for the month of April.

Julie found time after retiring from classroom teaching to pursue her love of painting. She studies with accomplished artists to discover what makes a quality work of art and to learn the many techniques that make watercolor a fascinating and exciting medium for a painter.

“It’s an ongoing process, learning to be a painter,” Julie reminds herself and her watercolor students every day.  “And its hard work!”  It’s a work Julie loves.  She pays close attention to artwork throughout history to learn why some paintings strike us with their power and influence.  Exploring new ways to allow watercolor painting to celebrate a landscape motif is Julie’s ongoing pleasure.

She is a committed landscape painter, and she feels very fortunate to live in such a beautiful area as the foothills of Northern California. “Natural beauty surrounds us!  Do we pay attention as we go about our daily lives?”  Julie asks. She hopes to draw everyone’s attention to the views, large and small, wilderness, wildlife, or historic structures that are part of our everyday travels throughout gold country.

Julie invites you to visit Gallery 10, 15 Eureka St., Sutter Creek, to see her newest paintings.  A reception will be held at the gallery on Saturday, April 1, 2-5 P.M. as part of the Amador Art Trek, and everyone is welcome.  Gallery hours are Thursday-Monday 11-5.  The show will hang all of April.

"These Golden Hills"

"Morning on Sutter Creek"

"Looking East"

Wednesday, March 15, 2017

Abstract landscape artist Jaya King will be at April's ACAA meeting

AMADOR COUNTY ARTISTS ASSOCIATION APRIL MEETING - Artist Jaya King will be demonstrating her abstracted acrylic landscapes at the Wednesday April 12 meeting of the Amador County Artists Association, commencing at 7 p.m. in the Jackson Senior Center, 229 New York Ranch Road. King is a California native based out of Sacramento who has been showing, teaching, and demonstrating her artwork in Northern California since 2003.

Jaya has a passion for color and finds excitement exploring the nuances of color relationships while painting. Her powerful acrylic landscapes and dynamic encaustic abstracts both share the theme of using a limited color palette.  The public is invited and new members are welcome.  For more information about ACAA, visit

For more information on Jaya's art, visit:

"Big Sky Sunrise"
"Summer Trees"

A New Kind of Call to Artists: Calaveras Arts Council's "Salute Local Veterans"

Calaveras Arts Council to 
Salute Local Veterans
A New Kind of Call to Artists!
Come to the gallery to paint, photograph, draw, or write about American veterans on the first Sunday of every month, spring through summer.
At the back of the Calaveras Art Council's Gallery is a staircase reminiscent of the staircase in Norman Rockwell's The Homecoming G.I. Beginning the firstSunday of April (April 2) the staircase at the gallery will be decorated and models in period uniforms and costumes. The models will create a scenes saluting our veterans. Music of each period will add to the mood. 

Each successive first Sunday--April 2May 7June 4July 2, and August 6--will feature a different war, starting with World War I up to the current conflicts.  All artists, writers, and musicians are invited and encouraged to create work based on the models and decorations. 
April 2         World War I
May 7          World War II
June 4          Korean War
July 2           Vietnam War
August 6     Current conflicts
September 30-November 11   Artwork in gallery
September 30  Save the date for a special event!
November 11 (Veterans Day)   Artist and veterans reception at the Council Gallery

Time:  10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Cost:   Free

While as RSVP of your interest would be appreciated it is not required. There is no charge to participate (although tipping the models would be appreciated). You may come any time after 10:00 and stay as long as you want until 4 p.m.

Artwork created from the inspiring scenes will be displayed in the Council Gallery from Saturday, September 30 through Saturday, November 11, in honor of our Veterans. On Saturday, November 11-Veterans Day-we will host a reception honoring Veterans and artists.

Veterans are especially invited to attend and create art. 

Homecoming G.I.
Norman Rockwell
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Kathy Mazzaferro, Executive Director  | Calaveras County Arts Council

Calaveras County Arts Council, 22 N Main Street, PO Box 250, San Andreas, CA 95249

Saturday, March 11, 2017

"Spring Fling" is the theme at Sutter Creek Gallery for April

Spring has arrived.  The days are warmer and our surroundings are brighter. Trees are budding, grape vines are sprouting leaves, and colorful blossoms dot the landscape.  Sutter Creek Gallery is marking the season with its “Spring Fling” member show in April.

The exhibition will open with a reception on Saturday, April 1, from 2 to 5 p.m., as part of the region’s Art Trek.  During the reception, we will hold a drawing for a gift certificate for 20% off a framing order.  You need not be present to win but entries will only be accepted from 2 to 5 p.m. on April 1.

Two new artists have recently joined the gallery.  Mary Sue Palmquist offers watercolor sea creatures.  Former San Francisco Chronical photographer Michael Maloney is showing his vivid California scenes.  You can preview some of their work on our website 

This cooperative of local artists is located in the heart of Sutter Creek at 35 Main Street.  Besides original paintings and photographs, Sutter Creek Gallery offers many affordable items including prints, cards, jewelry, ceramics, gourds and fiber arts.  The gallery is open daily, except Tuesday, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.  For additional information, call 209-267-0228, email, or visit

"Late Spring in Sutter Creek" by George Lambert
"Fuschia Delight" by Melissa Doyle

"Spring is in the Air" by Loretta Armstrong

"Bubbles, the Love Faerie" by Wendy Ward

"Spring Flowers" by Cynthia Dunn-Selph