Sandra Campbell likes to try new things, which is a great advantage for an artist. Vibrant colors especially appeal to her as can be seen in her pastels and collages. She is the featured artist at Sutter Creek Gallery in November, with an opening reception on Saturday, November 5, from 2 to 5 p.m.
Campbell didn’t envision becoming an artist until much later in life. Like so many children, she enjoyed drawing, coloring and painting and, like too many children, she let it go by the wayside as she aged. In a college class Campbell discovered that she had some technical ability but still did not pursue it.
The desire to make art remained dormant until she retired and enrolled in a few classes in a variety of media. This led to a three-year stint studying pastel painting with master pastelist Thelma Davis of Placerville. She enjoyed the vivid colors and the control the sticks provided as opposed to working with brush and paint. Later, “I discovered collage which fired my imagination with the variety of papers to be used on any number of surfaces. And it can be combined with watercolor, acrylics, ink, pencils and all sorts of things to create mixed media pieces.” Her subjects include landscapes, sea views, florals, still life and animals in both media.
The artist joined the gallery in 2013 and is active in the Amador County Artists Association. Since the beginning of the year, she has taught a monthly class in collage under the auspices of the Amador County Arts Council. Campbell is one of 20 local artists represented by Sutter Creek Gallery, located in the heart of Sutter Creek at 40 Main Street. On display are original paintings of all types, photographs, prints and cards, jewelry, pottery and gourds. Custom matting and framing services are also available. For additional information, call 209-267-0228, email firstname.lastname@example.org, or visit www.suttercreekgallery.com.