May 6th is the Next First Saturday Amador Art Trek
The next First Saturday of the monthly Amador Art Trek will be May 6th. This is a free self-guided walk or drive-and-walk tour that provides easy public access to where art is located, whether in galleries or businesses that hang unique art on their walls. Part of Art Trek is the monthly “1st Saturday” when many participating galleries have receptions in the afternoon to kick-off their new shows.
Within Amador County and south, just across the Mokelumne River, is a thriving creative art community, and this is the best time to experience it, even meet artists. Can’t make Saturdays? You can go on the Art Trek ANYTIME that the galleries are open. Go to to find the details about each month’s specific gallery events. A brochure is available that acts at a quick reference guide –a map, names, addresses, and hours of the participants.
Here is a brief listing in alphabetical order of participating galleries:
Add Art– Jackson. Fine art framing services and the colorful original work of the late John Johannsen are featured. This world renowned artist’s vibrant and whimsical canvases are sought after by many collectors. We are saddened that his home/studio where he once lived and stored his work in Jackson burned to the ground last year, but here, you can still see and buy Johannsen’s rare works. 20 Main Street, 209-223-3339, M-F 10:30-5
AmadorArts Gallery – Sutter Creek. for May: The “1st Saturday” ArtTrek show will open May 6th in the Amador Arts Gallery and will feature Watercolorist Jeannie Vodden and glass artist Malcolm Nicoll. Vodden uses textures and patterns in natural and man-made objects, adds natural light, sometimes a figure, or a dash of fantasy, and pulls it all together with a limited palette. Malcolm Nicoll’s fused glass pieces are made of multiple layers of translucent color glass, often in the mosaic style, and fused together in a kiln, as seen in his one-of-a-kind bowls, plates, and jewelry. A reception that day will honor the artists from 2:00 to 5:00 pm. The show will run until May 31st. The AmadorArts Gallery is located in Sutter Creek at 11-A Randolph St. Hours on weekends are 11:00 am to 4:00 pm. Normal hours are Sats. and Suns. 11 am to 5 pm. Call 209-267-9038 for weekday hours.
BlueBelle Studio – Pioneer. NEW! A working art studio encompassing an eclectic gallery of original art, prints, beaded jewelry, vintage items and curiosities. 22594 #7 Highway 88. 209-768-8157. Spring-late Fall, M-T-W, 10-4, First Saturday Reception hours 10-4. BlueBellefarm.com, Facebook.com/LeapinMoon
Chaos Glass Works – Sutter Creek. Art Glass Gallery and Hot Shop: David and Heather Hopman make a wide variety of art glass items. Live glassblowing demonstrations happen all day on weekends. Using a state-of-the-art electric furnace, the artists melt glass from batch, add colors, and working the glass at over 2100 degrees, they blow and hand shape the pieces to achieve a unique array of forms. 121A Hanford St., 209-267-9317, W-F 11-5 (often open earlier); Sat 10-7, Sun 10-6; Mon & Tues by appt. chaosglassworks.com
Charles Spinetta Winery & Wildlife Art Gallery – Plymouth. The tasting room includes one of Northern California’s largest wildlife art galleries with original watercolors, sculpture, pottery, and hundreds of framed prints. Sip wine while you gaze at this amazing collection. 12557 Steiner Rd., 209-245-3384, Mon, Thurs, Fri, 8-4; Sat & Sun 10-4:30. charlesspinettawinery.com
Fine Eye Gallery – Sutter Creek. For May: Honoring Mothers everywhere, featuring items that moms like these day – handpainted silk scarves by artist Kavita Singh, jewelry by Devorah Richardson, and special soaps, and lavender soy candles made in Sutter Creek. Art abounds in this gallery of sophisticated selections from America’s foremost artists and craftsmen. 71 Main Street., 209-267-0571. Daily 10:30-5:30 fineeye.com
Full Circle Trading Company – Jackson. The “Fantasy Zone Art Gallery” featuring fine art by local artists, along with authentic Native American art and crafts, jewelry, beads and much more. 15 Main St. in Old Town Jackson, (209) 223-1214. Mon.10-3; Wed.-Sat.10-4; Sun.11-3; closed Tuesdays.
Gallery 10 – Sutter Creek. For May: The photography Invitational featuring 4 photographers, David and Leslie Schupp, David Lindquist, and Mike Sweeney. This gallery is at 15 Eureka St., a short block off Main St., 209-267-0203. Gallery hours are Thurs-Mon 11-5. First Saturday Reception hours are 2-5 each month. Gallery10suttercreek,com
Gateway Sotheby’s Intl. Realty – Sutter Creek. Gateway is a customer driven Brokerage dedicated to achieving results and providing exceptional service to our clients in the purchase and sale of single-family residences within Amador, El Dorado, and Placer Counties. Being affiliated with Sotheby’s has sparked our interest in art and when renovating our office space we were able to create expansive walls to feature art. We are grateful to have been raised in the gold country area and proudly support local artists. Our featured artist is Sarah Dixon with a rotation of various local artists including Cynthia Dunn-Selph. 54 Main St., 209-267-8233, M-F 9-5, S-S-10-4. gatewaysir.com
Gifted “Local & American made” – Jackson. Locally made and American manufactured gifts and goods. They help customers find the perfect gift for any occasion. 8 Main Street., 209-223-1558, Mon-Sun 10-6. shopgifted.net
Heart & Soul Studio – Sutter Creek. We offer classes in our studio by appointment but please visit our shop at 21 Badger Street. Open 10-4 daily. www.facebook.com/suttercreeksoul, Instagram: @soul42, Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Little City Studio and Gallery – Amador City. For May: Local artists ringing in Spring: Bruce Peccianti has two new “Zen Doodle” pen and ink collages. Indigo Carlton has four brand new feminine themed acrylics. Owner Carol Sethre created a fun fabric collage and a woven rug hot off the loom. Print and book maker Katherine Venturelli has “Love Letters in the Sand” on display. And fabric artist Roxi Berlin has new work. This colorful and eclectic working studio and gallery is filled to the brim with intriguing works by local artists – painting, prints, photo collage, decorative and wearable textiles, jewelry, pottery and unique gift items. Plus we carry a collection of carefully chosen consignment clothing. In the heart of historic Amador City. We have beautiful handmade things at very reasonable prices.14180 Main St., 209-256-0781, Fri, Sat, Sun, 10-5 (or by appt.). Google: “little city studio & gallery” for information.
Petroglyphe Gallery – Mokelumne Hill. For May: See many works from fine artists known nationwide, and the inspired gifts in their Copper & Willow section of the gallery. Their clever greeting card selection includes cards for Mother’s Day and Father’s Day. Check out the unique gifts to go with the cards. This gallery features unique handcrafted jewelry as well as original contemporary works of art in oil acrylic, watercolor, ceramic, glass and textiles. 8317 Main St., 209-286-1387. Open Thurs 11:30-5:30, Sundays 11:30-4:00. gallerypetroglyphe.com
Rosebuds Café “Farm to Fork” – Jackson. Family-run farm-to-fork café featuring local ingredients and great art on the walls, even occasional live music. Rosebuds is part of the Amador Artists Association Art in Public Places Campaign, so you can catch a different local artist’s work every couple of months. Rosebud’s is also home of the AmadorArts Open Mic Night, held the 3rd Thursday of every month at 5:30pm. Artists of all kinds are encouraged to come and share their work! 26 Main St, 209=257-0227. Sun, Mon, Thurs 8-3; Fri & Sat 8-8
Shenandoah Gallery at Shenandoah Vineyards – Plymouth. NEW 100% estate, organically grown grapes made in a broad range of varietals bottled on the premises. Tasting room boasts an art gallery. 12300 Steiner Rd. 209-245-4455, email@example.com. Daily 10-4:30
Sutter Creek Gallery, “Art for Everyone” – Sutter Creek. For May: Melissa Doyel, who paints in a variety of media and a variety of subject matter, including portraiture. Her own reference material of special people, places and nature inspire her work. The show opens on Saturday, May 6, with a reception between the hours of 2 and 5p.m. There is always new artwork to see at the gallery,a cooperative of 25 local artists showing original paintings, prints, cards, jewelry, fiber art, glass art, pottery,sculpture, photography, etchings, and prints. Winter hours are now in effect: 209-267-0228, 35 Main Street., Mon, Wed, Thurs, Sun. 10-5; Fri & Sat 10-6. suttercreekgallery.com