June 3rd is the Next First Saturday Amador Art Trek
The next First Saturday of the monthly Amador Art Trek will be June 3rd. 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. It’s a quick reference guide — map, names, addresses, and hours or visit www.amadorarts.org
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 June: The “1st Saturday” ArtTrek show will open June 3rd in the Amador Arts Gallery and will feature the “10-10-4-50” Show and Sale created by artists from throughout California, amateur to professional, all mediums. Each 10×10 work will have the same price, $50; half for the artist, and half for support of arts programs in schools. This AmadorArts fundraiser will be a great way to collect work at great prices. A public reception will be held on Saturday, June 3rd from 2:00 to 5:00PM to support this fundraiser and to meet the artists. The AmadorArts Gallery is located in Sutter Creek at 11-A Randolph St. Hours on weekends are 11:00 am to 4:00 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 June: Father’s Day and Graduation mark the beginning of summer in the gallery. Three excellent choices are featured for gifts for men: Mike Mikutowski and his handmade wooden boxes along with thought-worthy quotes; Rustico – a collection of wallets and copper canteens fit for an outback trek, each item made in their Utah-based studio; and personal accessories by a Rhode Island couple Mary Kesler and Tom Davin, including cuff links, money clips, business card holders and an array of desk necessities. 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 June: Sarah Dixon who works primarily in oil and believes that the purpose of art is to delight the eye and enrich the soul. Her show includes folk art and miniature flower paintings. Larger paintings, “The Seasons”, incorporate a variety of flowers and butterflies, with doll portraiture. A new series, entitled “Gardens of the Soul”, will be shown with female imagery combined with elegant flowers as an homage to women who have influenced the artist. 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. This 3,800 sq.ft. warehouse is the setting for a variety of fun on-going workshops, and is also available to rent for public and private events. They offer classes in their studio by appointment but please visit the 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 June: A new work by Bruce Pecciaanti, some interesting ink pour pieces from Marleen Olive, and three thought-provoking prints from Katherine Venturelli, among others. Sunday Baxter on her way to CSUF next fall, graces us with another well-done photograph and see springy crocheted work by Joan Winter. Owner Carol Sethre has competed an intriguing fabric collage, as well as a colorful interpretation of an old painting/collage by artist Jan Stevenson. 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 June: 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 Father’s Day and Graduation. 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 June: For those who love art and animals, Laurie Williams‘ June show is not to be missed. Her unique paintings and sculptures reflect her passion for both color and creatures. Her vivid acrylics depict deer, horses, foxes and other critters surrounded by abstract patterns. Also on display are clay animal figures and necklaces. Laurie’s show will open on June 3rd and a reception will begin at 2:00PM. Join us for refreshments and conversation with the artist. 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. 209-267-0228, 35 Main Street., Open daily 10-5; closed Tuesdays. suttercreekgallery.com