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Saturday, April 4, will see the roll-out of a new expanded version of the Amador Art Trek. After three years of encouraging the public to visit local galleries to see new exhibits, the event has added new galleries and now, business partners where art can be viewed. A handy tri-fold brochure has been created to guide visitors to various locations to experience the vibrant local art scene. Pick up one at the first gallery you visit, or you can find one on-line by clicking HERE and check back there for the monthly special 1st Saturday receptions.
Take the free Art Trek anytime – checking the brochure for hours of operation - but on the 1st Saturdays of each month, from 1:00 – 6:00 pm, many galleries have receptions to celebrate new artists’ on exhibit. There may be cookies and punch, wine and cheese; always festive with gallery-hoppers.
These are the participating Art Trek galleries, with descriptions of what some of them are featuring in April starting on the 1st Saturday, April 4th:
The River Reflections exhibit completes its Journey with a Celebration Event on May 9th at Pardee Reservoir
After month long installations in Sutter Creek, Oakland, and Mokelumne Hill, the Mokelumne River Arts Project completes its journey this month. Selected works will be featured in the AmadorArts Gallery for the month of April. This will be your last chance to view and purchase about 20 selected works from this exhibit which reflects appreciation of the river, source of water for a million people.
Student Arts Showcase
Mark your calendar for Thursday, April 23 for the time to view a wildly creative cross-section of art created by local students during the April Arts Networking Mixer from 4 to 7 pm. Transformed into an art gallery will be Thomi’s Banquet Room in the Amador Plaza in south Jackson. Student music will be featured too. Be amazed by our youth’s creativity!
“Gifted” – Home of Local & American Made Goods – and the Painted Piano Fundraiser for the Arts
This unique retail place on Main Street in Jackson is owned and operated by Jeannette McDonald and Terry Scott, two creative women who have an eye for fun artistic things and a desire to give back to the community. Following on the success of raising $1,500 for the Interfaith Food Bank through the sales of their limited edition shopping bags, their current project is “Painting the Piano to Raise Funds for the Arts.”
They’ve asked West Point artist Charleen Tyson to paint her unique designs on an old upright piano that has been cleaned up after Jeannette conducted a long search that resulted in a local woman named “Tommie” donating one. Charleen has completed the bench and is now in residence at the shop working on the piano itself during designated days. Raffle tickets are being sold and when the winning ticket is drawn on July 4th, the proceeds will be donated to AmadorArts.
AmadorArts would like to thank everyone who helped us make Winefest 2014 a success ! All proceeds raised from this event help Promote, Support & Encourage the Arts in our Schools and Community.
A HUGE Thank You to all of the Artists, Wineries, Shops and People who donated to our Auction!
At its final T.G.I.F. concert of the season (Aug.22) AmadorArts announced the 2014 Patrons the Arts awards. The prestigious honor this year was presented to two local residents, Sue Lagomarsino and Leslie Vasquez. Each year, since 1999, AmadorArts has recognized community members who stand out for what they have done for the arts in our county, giving time and energy to promote, encourage and support the arts in Amador County.
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