Thursday, August 30, 2018

Fiber Artist Sarah Wagner is the featured artist for September's ACAA meeting

Sarah Wagner will demonstrate at the next ACAA meeting on Wednesday, September 12 at 7pm. Sandra is a fiber artist, a fabric hand dyer, surface designer, and designs wearable art. Fabric has been in her life as long as she can remember starting with doll clothes. She is a past quilt shop owner and now teaches workshops in fabric art, one of a kind garment and fabric dyeing. She has taught private classes, at guilds and Houston International Quilt Festival.

   Wagner has shown nationally and internationally, in galleries, and has pieces in private collections throughout the United States. She is a member of Studio Arts Quilt Association, STASH Art Group, Art Focus Quilt Group, Sierra Gold Quilters Guild, Sutter Creek Gallery, Mendocino Art Center, Amador Arts Council, Amador County Artist Association, and International Quilt Association.

The demo will start after the business meeting on September 12.
For more information on Sarah, visit her web site at:

"Fire & Wind"
"Misty the Magic Seal"

Monday, August 13, 2018

Gallery 10 features Bruce Barton Hancock in September

The September featured artist for Gallery 10, 15 Eureka St., Sutter Creek, will be guest artist Bruce Hancock. A reception in Bruce's honor will be held on Saturday, September 1, 2-5 P.M. at the gallery as part of the Amador Art Trek.

We are delighted to have Bruce as a guest artist, as he often paints foothill scenery en plein air here in our own backyard. The quality of his work is outstanding and his enthusiasm for painting local scenes is boundless!

Bruce is a 4th generation native Californian. He was born in San Francisco and grew up in the Great Central Valley towns of Modesto and Fresno.  Following his discharge from the Air Force in 1968, Bruce located in Sacramento where he has lived ever since.

Although interested in art as a child, Bruce did not begin a serious study of painting until late in life.  Approximately 15 years ago he attended a workshop in Amador City presented by well-known Western and Gold Country artist Howard Rees.  That started a passion for painting that persists to this day.

Bruce has studied with many gifted artists and art instructors including Dan Edmondson, Qiang Huang, Fongwei Liu, Kathleen Dunphy, Michael Siegel, Suchitra Bhosle, Craig Nelson and Terry Miura.

Now retired, Bruce dedicates full time to oil painting.  He regularly paints landscapes, figures and portraits and still life subject matter.  The practice of plein air painting – painting outdoors from life – is a favorite pursuit.

“I have to admit that I feel the pressure of time. There is so much to learn, to experience and to paint.  But the artist’s journey never truly ends, no matter when it started. 

How blessed I am to have each of these days at the easel. “ 
- Bruce B. Hancock

Many of Bruce’s paintings are now in private collections.  In addition, he has regularly participates in juried art shows and has garnered a number of awards and growing artist recognition. Some recent recognitions includes the following:
  • Haggin Museum Stockton California:  60th Annual National Juried Exhibition. June, 2018   "Backstreet Locke"
  • Bold Brush Fav15% Award, "Al's Place." April, 2018
  • Bold Brush Fav15% Award, "Home From the Sea." October, 2017
  • Bold Brush Fav15% Award, "Zane's Braids" September, 2017
  • Honorable mention for "Elizabeth Winthrop Chanler, after John Singer Sargent".  Sacramento Fine Arts Center, In the Style of the Old Masters Show 2017
  • Bold Brush Fav15% Award, "In The Forest, Ft. Bragg, CA." July, 2017
  • Best In Show, for "Campaspe, after John Godward".  Sacramento Fine Arts Center, In the Style of the Old Masters Show, 2015
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Old Well Grill & Motel

Drytown Shopping Mall

Sutter Creek Gallery's September Artist features Michael Maloney

After a distinguished 37-year career as a photojournalist, most of which was with the San Francisco Chronicle, Michael Maloney is now retired and living on 12 acres of land in the nearby community of Volcano. Since the fast-paced, always-a-deadline world of news and sports photography is behind him, Maloney is enjoying the slower tempo of the Sierra foothills where he is focused on his passion, using his camera to capture all the beauty he sees in nature.

Maloney is self-taught in photography, starting back in the days of film and darkrooms to his current use of the latest in digital cameras and photo processing. His first love was landscape photography which took a back seat when he landed a job in 1973 as a staff photographer at a small newspaper in the San Francisco Bay Area.  His striking images eventually attracted the attention of the Chronicle which offered him a staff position in 1980. While there, Maloney embarked on a wide variety of assignments which took him literally around the world. Sports photography is what he enjoyed the most, covering many Super Bowls, the World Series, World Cup soccer and the Olympics. In 2009 he retired and has now returned to landscape photography.

Many of Maloney’s scenes are suffused with inky blues set off by vibrant pinks and oranges.  Some feature the rising moon or the Milky Way, as in “Bonsai Moonrise” and “The Arch and the Milky Way.”  Photographing the natural world has taken Maloney to the top of mountain peaks and down to the seashore.  He’s recorded animal images both around his home and farther afield, such as the dramatic “Coyote Eyes” taken in Yosemite.  Deer and turkeys, which flourish in this area, are captured in other shots. 

Sutter Creek Gallery invites you to meet Michael Maloney at his reception on Saturday, September 1, starting at 2 p.m., and to view his unique photography.  Twenty-five artists exhibit at the cooperative located in the heart of Sutter Creek at 35 Main Street.  Besides, Maloney’s photographs, the gallery offers original paintings, fiber and glass art, gourds, 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

The Arch and the Milky Way
Coyote Eyes

Heads or Tails

Nature's Jewels

Bonsai Moonrise
Snowy Treat