Tuesday, June 4, 2019

June at Sutter Creek Gallery: Jeweler Sandy Morgan

We’re all familiar with recycling, putting empty water bottles or junk mail into a special bin to be turned into another product.  While useful, the new products are often of lesser quality than the original.  Upcycling, on the other hand, transforms old or castoff materials into higher quality items, such as what jeweler Sandy Morgan achieves with her one-of-a-kind designs.  Her necklaces, bracelets and earrings are made from sterling silver, silver plate and copper that have been repurposed.  Come see these outstanding items in June when Morgan will be the featured artist at Sutter Creek Gallery.

Upon retiring from teaching elementary students, Morgan started making wire wrapped jewelry as a hobby and eventually progressed to metalsmithing and lapidary work.  While she was a teacher she learned to function with a limited or nonexistent budget.  As a result, she had turned “making do” as a jeweler into an art form.  Her creativity led her to use such objects as silver plated trays, serving utensils and silverware from flea markets and thrift stores. Morgan’s inspiration comes not from what these objects are but what they can become to adorn the wearer.  This vision extends to rocks, shells, beads and other found objects.  Many of her pieces have won awards at the Amador County Fair.

To further her expertise, the artist joined the local Gem and Mineral Society and enrolled in metalsmithing courses at Folsom Lake College.  She has also participated in workshops by known silversmiths Al Bolshazy and Aleris Hart.  In addition to working with silver and silver plate, Morgan enjoys creating with copper as its rich, warm color lends itself to nature-inspire pieces.  One not-to-be-missed item is a copper purse etched with a sunflower motif.  The remarkable 5.5 x 6-inch purse is lined and is carried by a chain.

Sutter Creek Gallery invites you to meet Sandy Morgan at her reception on Saturday, June 1, from 2 to 5 p.m., and to view her upcycled jewelry and other pieces.  She is one of the many local artists exhibiting at the cooperative located in the heart of Sutter Creek at 35 Main Street.  Beyond artwork, the gallery offers a diverse array of frame styles and a large variety of mat colors for all your framing needs. Layaway 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 suttercreekgallery@gmail.com or visit www.suttercreekgallery.com.


Copper sunflower purse

Silver tray hearts

Upcycled broken pottery and tray necklace 
Forged necklace


June at Gallery 10: Oil Painter and Instructor Judie Cain

Gallery 10 is delighted to have Judie Cain as our featured artist for June. Judie Cain has been a consignor at Gallery 10 in the past, and her oil paintings were a wonderful addition to our collection, so we are thrilled Judie will have a show with us. 

Her new paintings will hang the whole month of June at Gallery 10, 15 Eureka Street, Sutter Creek.  Gallery hours are Thursday-Monday, 11-5.

A native of Burlingame, CA, Judie studied at California College of Arts, after high school. Family responsibilities behind her, and taking early retirement from the business world, Cain returned to painting by attending college, numerous workshops and taking private lessons.

Painting from life as much as possible, or from her own reference photos, Ms. Cain strives to capture the light and mood of the moment using brush and/or palette knife.

“My wish is for my paintings to capture the light and life of the moment in an uplifting or inspiring way. The fleeting moments of light on a magnificent natural vista or on the petal of a rose; a simple smile, the still reflections on a pond. The joy of life”.

She has taught her workshops, “Basic Nuts & Bolts of Oil Painting” and “Color Demystified” in the western states as well as other local venues, She currently teaches adult summer classes and private lessons covering painting fundamentals and color.

Primarily an oil painter, Judie has begun also to use gouache, an opaque watercolor. An award winning artist, Ms. Cain has been represented in galleries in Washington, Oregon, New Mexico and California, including Murphys, Sonora, Copperopolis and Carmel. She has several works in print, Giclee and on home products and is collected world wide.

Judie lives in Murphys, CA where she has a working studio, “The Art Studio”, which is open by appointment, classes and special events.

For information about her paintings, gallery representation, classes, please go to www.cainart.com or call 209 559-3345 cell. Email: cainart@goldrush.com