Monday, November 1, 2021

Amador County Art in Public Places Program

Have you seen artwork in local venues around Amador County?  The Amador County Artist Association (ACAA) “Art in Public Places” program has been in place since the mid ‘80’s!
Artwork and photography by ACAA program artists exhibit work for three months at a time.  Fifteen artists are exhibiting work at nine places from October through December 2021. 
You are welcome to attend the ACAA next meeting at the Senior Center on Wednesday, November 10, 2021 at 6pm followed by an art demonstration. Enjoy the Amador County Artist Association Art in Public Places!

Barn Owl - Claudi Schwalm

Butterfly World - Marlene Olive

California Delight - Fiber Art by Sandra Wagner

Running Gold - Rob Ramey

Sunflower and Honey Bee - Michael Maloney

October - December 2021 Artwork

Public Places

Leslie and David Schupp

Amador College Connect

Sandy Campbell, Michael Maloney

American River Bank

Mary Sue Palmquist

Caddy's Restaurant in Castle Oaks Clubhouse

Bob Clevenger, Marlene Olive

Jackson Paint Spot

Judy Day, Claudia Schwalm

Mother Lode Deli

Joann Ogburn, Ree McLaughlan Brown

Mountain Grille in Mace Meadows

Sandra Wagner

Rosebuds Cafe

Donna Bohlin Sammons

Senior Center

Rob Ramey, John Peck

Sierra Eye Care

November at Gallery 10: Anje Olmstead

Anje Olmstead has been an artist since childhood. She earned a degree in Interior design at American River College and went on to become a Certified Floral Designer. At age 35 she started doing “serious art.”  She entered county fair art shows, which led her to a contract designing Needlepoint.  Anje continued to find new and unusual ways to express herself artistically, including studying figure drawing at the Sacramento Fine Arts Center, where she met up with other artists. She began to explore paper mosaics. Anje’s mosaics won her several awards, including the “Best of Show” at the 75th Amador County Fair.

Anje continues to work in mosaic and recently was awarded a contract to do a portrait of Margaret Dalton for the Jackson Rancheria.  Currently, Anje is working on a mosaic mural for downtown Ione.  The mural will be 16 3x3 panels for a total of 48 linear feet, to be installed on the street and sidewalk sides of the half-wall in front of Ione City Hall.

Anje considers herself an artist in transition, planning new projects all the time. Now she is working on small stained glass paintings.

Gallery 10, at 15 Eureka St., Sutter Creek, is delighted to welcome Anje as a Guest Artist for November.  You will be treated to a variety of artworks highlighting several of Anje’s stops along her artistic journey.  A reception honoring Anje will be held on Saturday, November 6, 2-5 P.M. Everyone is invited to come, meet Anje, hear about her artistic adventures and enjoy a sip and a snack.  Anje’s show will hang all of November. The Gallery is open Thursday-Monday, 11-5.

November at Sutter Creek Gallery: Laurie Williams

Animals, both wild and domestic inspire Laurie Williams’ art.  “Since early childhood I have loved animals,” she said, “and have made them the subject of my paintings.”  Sutter Creek Gallery’s featured artist for November grew up on a ranch which allowed her the opportunity to learn about the goats, horses, deer and other creatures which are the focus of her art.  Each year at the county fair, Williams sits in the animal enclosures making life drawings, which are later turned into bold-colored acrylic paintings. Her show will open on Saturday, November 6, with a reception starting at 2 p.m. 

Williams was inspired by the great colorists—Gauguin, Van Gogh, the Fauves and the German expressionists—while studying art at Sonoma and Humboldt State Universities and the San Francisco Art Institute.  Because of these influences, her paintings of animals are depicted realistically but often against abstract backgrounds that are richly colored and patterned. In addition to paintings, the show will feature painted clay necklaces of animals augmented with beads. 

Sutter Creek Gallery invites you to meet Laurie Williams on November 6 and to view her vibrant creations at 40 Main Street, Sutter Creek.  Besides original paintings and photography, the gallery offers many affordable items including prints, cards, jewelry, pottery, gourds and fiber arts as well as custom matting and framing.  The gallery is open Thursday through Monday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.  For additional information, call 209-267-0228, email, or visit

Fish Fantasy


Chicken Fiesta

Fallow Deer

Sculpy clay necklaces