Art Trek

August 5th is the Next First Saturday Amador Art Trek

The next First Saturday of the monthly Amador Art Trek will be August 5th. 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 operation or visit

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. 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 August: Photography by Justin Allen of Sutter Creek. He makes boring things interesting and finds things in the world around him that no one else really sees. His “Norcal” and “Socal” photos make up a body of work iwth a distinctly Caliufornia flavor. Also in the show, ceramic sculptures by Michele Fisher, who combines clay with different elements of re-purposed furniture and wood elements. A public reception will be held on Saturday, August 5th, from 2:00 to 5:00PM. Go by for refreshments and friendly conversation. 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.

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.,

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 August: Rustic Garden. Fun and whimsical metal garden stakes, tables, sculptures and wall art. Judy and Doug Marcoe are the artists from central Oregon. 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 August: David Thimgan. He discovered pastel painting upon his retirement from a Sacramento area architectural practice. Through 50 years spent in various aspects of architecture, he has developed a keen working knowledge in the use of perspective, and finds that experience very useful to his pastel paintings. “Pastels bring subject themes to life”, David says. A reception in his honor will be held at Gallery 10 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.

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. For August: “What Can I Do With an Old Book?” Artists have been asked to use an old book, in some form, as the basis of their new artwork – – pages, binding, the whole kit and caboodle. See what creative imaginations can come up with! 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 August: Barbara Conley, longtime Calaveras County artist whose medium is acrylic in meticulous detail, she paints rural landscapes and wildlife and likes to be referred to as a “historical realist”. Also in the gallery, see many works from fined artists known nationwide, and the inspired gifts in their Copper & Willow section of the gallery. Their clever greeting card selection includes cards for every occasion. Check out the unique gifts to go with the cards. Their clever greeting card selection includes cards for every occasion. 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 August: A themed show iwth works from many of the member artists on “Dog Days of Summer”, celebrating mutts and pure-breds in paintings, photos, stained glass and more. Invited are well – behaved – and leashed – pooches to accompany their owners to the opening of the exhibition on Saturday, August 5th. A donation box to benefit our local A-Pal Humane Society will also be on hand. Enjoy the fun and refreshments beginning at 2 pm. 209-267-0228, 35 Main Street., Open daily 10-5; closed Tuesdays.

Click here for a Google Map of Art Trek!