Art Trek

October 7th is the Next First Saturday Amador Art Trek

The next First Saturday of the monthly Amador Art Trek will be October 7th. 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.

You can go on the Art Trek ANYTIME that the 13 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 operation.

Here is brief listing in alphabetical order of participating galleries and if they have featured art in October:

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. Even though 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 October: an unusual show of two artists who have taken photography and glass art to new levels. Featured will be encaustic photo art by Sacramento artist Dianne Poinski and recycled glas aret by Sheri Kindsvater from Rancho Cordova. A free ArtTrek reception on Saturday, October 7th, with refreshments and friendly conversation is from 2:00 to 5:00PM. The exhibit will run through Sunday, October 29th. The AmadorArts Gallery is located in Sutter Creek at 11-A Randolph St. Hours on weekends are 11:00 am to 5:00 pm. Call 209-267-9038 for weekday hours, Tuesday-Friday. For information on the Open Studios on September 16-17th, visit

BlueBelle Studio – Pioneer. Deb Wright operates 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. Additional information about weekly workshops and hours can be found by following on Facebook at:

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.

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.

Fine Eye Gallery – Sutter Creek – For October: Themed show, “Plays in Mud”, featuring several hand-picked clay artists from across the state and a Canadian. A favorite Mokelumne Hill artist James Aarons will be among them. Quality work, from functional pottery to sculptures and ceramic wall panel paintings. 71 Main Street., 209-267-0571. Daily 10:30-5:30

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 October: Themed show, “Orange and Gold”, featuring paintings and photography by gallery members and consignors. Several of the artists will be at the reception on Saturday, October 7th, 2-4 pm during the Amador ArtTrek. Gallery 10 is located at 15 Eureka St., a short block off Main St., 209-267-0203. Gallery hours are Thurs-Mon 11-5. Starting in October they will make every effort to be open on Tuesdays as well. 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.

Gifted “Local & American made” – Jackson. Gifts and goods for everyone! They help customers find the perfect gift for any occasion. 8 Main Street., 209-223-1558, Mon-Sun 10-6.

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., Instagram: @soul42, Email:

Little City Studio and Gallery – Amador City. The show features many popular local artists with artworks at very affordable prices. In addition, the gallery offers a complement of wonderful jewelry, knitting and crochet, weaving, pottery, cards, scarves, etc. Carefully chosen consignment clothing will please as well. 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 October: Opening on Sunday, October 8th will be works by Dale Laitenin in a show called “Crossing California – Sierra to the Sea’. See the culmination of years of zigzagging the state in mediums a diverse as the scenes. Also in the gallery are many works from fine artists known nationwide, and their Copper & Willow gift selection. 8317 Main St., 209-286-1387. Open Thursday through Sunday 11:30-4:00.

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. The owners and their family have created an art-filled experience in their tasting room. 12300 Steiner Rd. 209-245-4455, Daily 10-4:30

Sutter Creek Gallery “Art for Everyone” – Sutter Creek. For October – Cynthia Dunn-Selph whose photography and encaustic paintings will celebrate Beauty in Decay. Ask her about what encaustic art entails, beginning at 2pm on October 7th, during the 1st Saturday reception. Enjoy refreshments. 209-267-0228, 35 Main Street., Open daily 10-5; closed Tuesdays.

Click here for a Google Map of Art Trek!