Thursday, July 19, 2018

ACAA Open Studios 2018 - September 8 & 9

In September, the Amador County Artists Association (ACAA) will be holding its Open Studios Art Show in one location. Instead of a driving tour around the county, this year artists will be centered at the American Legion Hall in Sutter Hill on Saturday, September 8, and Sunday, September 9.

Twenty artists will be on hand to not only show and sell art but also to demonstrate their craft at this free event. On Saturday, the exhibition will run from 9 a.m. until 6 p.m. Sunday hours will be 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. A variety of artwork will be on display: paintings, photographs, jewelry and more. Visitors can choose among watercolors, acrylics, collages, charcoal and pastels. Some are representational and others abstract. Two media that may not be familiar are paintings using encaustics and alcohol ink.

Participating artists—and a few others—will be donating a piece of artwork or other item to be raffled off on the last day. Tickets are $1 each and all of the money raised from the raffle benefits ACAA scholarships and the spring high school student art show. Last year, two $1,200 scholarships were awarded.

Having Open Studios in one spot will allow residents and out-of-towners to see more work by more artists and maximize the number of people who can visit the exhibition. Entry into the hall is free so come enjoy the wealth of artistic talent Amador County has to offer. 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. Additional information is available at our website,, or by contacting Cynthia Dunn-Selph at 623-703-3806 or

Thursday, July 12, 2018

Sutter Creek Gallery: Cooperative Artists feature Amador County scenes in August

Customers often come into the gallery seeking local scenes to memorialize their visits to the area.  Many of our artists regularly produce such scenes with the creek that flows past our southern flank a long-time favorite. Instead of featuring one artist for the month of August, members of the cooperative have been invited to create artwork depicting locations around the county for a show entitled Impressions of Amador.

Some of the art may depict historic sites, such as the delicate pink and green watercolor rendering of the Chichizola Store by Mary Sue Palmquist. Photographer Michael Maloney has captured the moon ascending into a pink and blue sky over St. Sava Church. Silver Lake, another artistic favorite, will be represented by JoAnn Ogburn’s watercolor of the majestic Thunder Mountain towering over the lake.  At a recent plein air session at the Flower Farm, Wendy Rogers painted rows of multi-hued day lilies backstopped by oaks.  In a nod to whimsy, the quirky Ridge Road carnival rides and parade of animals is captured by Cynthia Dunn-Selph’s camera.  And, yes, we will have scenes of our creek—several versions, in fact—along with Nancy Robinson’s photographs that she calls Sutter Creek Treasures.

All these and many more will be on display with an opening reception on Saturday, August 4, starting at 2 pm.  Come join us for refreshments and to meet this talented group of artists and view their work.  Twenty-five artists exhibit at the cooperative located in the heart of Sutter Creek at 35 Main Street.  Besides original paintings, the gallery offers photographs, fiber and glass art, gourds, encaustics, ceramics, prints and cards.  Framing is also available.  The gallery is open Sunday, Monday, Wednesday and Thursday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Friday and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.  For additional information, call 209-267-0228, email, or visit

"Moonrise over St. Sava" by Michael Maloney
"Sutter Creek Sunset" by Melissa Doyel

"Amador Flower Farm" by Wendy Ward
"Thunder Mountain, Silver Lake" by JoAnn Ogburn

"Chichizola Store" by Mary Sue Palmquist

"Shenandoah Vineyard No. 2" by Sandra Campbell

Tuesday, July 3, 2018

July ACAA meeting features renowned local photographer Larry Angier - Wed July 11

Larry's editorial work has appeared in National Geographic Traveler, Nevada, VIA, and RANGE. His commercial and industrial photography is used regularly by AT&T, Amador Council of Tourism, and Amador Vintners Association. His books include America's Heartland (2002)California 24/7Nevada 24/7, Portrait of the West (2004)Cowboys and Country (2007)This Land of the Free (2008), Revisions: Mission San Juan Bautista (2013), The Sacred Expedition (2014).

His work is featured annually in the Browntrout line of calendars. Larry's fine-art photography has been exhibited throughout California and The West and in Belgrade, Serbia. His work is in many museum, corporate and private collections including the Museum of Northeast Nevada, University of the Pacific, The National Steinbeck Center, El Dorado Savings Bank, American Airlines and others. He will be sharing his expertise at the meeting on Wednesday, July 11 at 7pm, and visitors are welcome.

A New Allegory - By Larry Angier

Wedding, Arlije, Serbia  - By Larry Angier