Art Trek

December 2nd is the Next First Saturday Amador Art Trek

The next First Saturday of the monthly Amador Art Trek will be December 2nd. 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 12 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 November:

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 December: Annual Holiday Adornments Show and Sale featuring 20 artists with great ideas for gift-giving and seasonal decorating. Lots of ornaments, cards, feather art, wood works, jewelry and more. Order your fresh holiday wreath at the free Art Trek reception on November 4 from 2-5 pm. The exhibit will run through Dec. 23. 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 has closed her working art studio for the winter. Open again in the spring. She 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 December: Beautiful glass sculptures and glass ornaments by Glass Artists Tim Lazer and Filip Vogelpohl. Lazer of Sacramento uses a technique  to create specific glass shapes by using multiple layers of glass, often using glass powders and precious metals which are fused or melted onto the glass surface to achieve lustrous, iridescent, opalescent, opaque, or transparent glass pieces. Vogelpohl of Boise was born in Prague and practices traditional glass blowing every day. His custom ordered chandeliers can be found in many restaurants and homes. 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 December: “Fine Art in Small Packages” offering a collection of Small Works by member and consignor artists. These paintings will be 12×16 inches or smaller, perfect for a holiday gift or a special corner in your home. Stop by the Holiday Open House Dec. 2nd, 2-5 pm. 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! Gifts and goods for everyone, including Charleen Tyson’s colorful and whimsical painted furniture and cheese and cake stands. Let owner Jeannette help you find the perfect gift for the holidays and 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 December: Ringing in the Holiday Season with a gallery full of new work by some of their most popular artists! From pottery to prints, paintings to photos.  Also, textile arts and wearables, jewelry, and Holiday cards, plus two very different Advent Calendars by Myrtille Bonnifacy from France; lighthearted and precious, these can be used year after year. Saturday, Dec 2, Amador City holds Calico Christmas, a truly old fashioned and gentle celebration of the Holidays to thank our customers and visitors alike. Town is all spruced up and you’ll enjoy the goodies and libations available in the shops. A great day to visit Little City Studio & Gallery’s Holiday Show. Gallery is located at 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 December: Doug Lawler’s Island of Za, Chapters 2 & 3 from his soon to be published book.  The exhibit is a collection of over 50 dry point etchings “a fable…..of a mythical island, a girl with magical powers and a dog that continually loses friends.”  Exhibit opens Sunday, December 10 with a reception from 5-7, serving wine from 1850 Winery, Sutter Creek, and a variety of cheese. 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 December. “Joyful Celebration,” featuring affordable art gifts, some whimsical, some practical, and all of them unique. Plus, a selection of new winter and holiday paintings to celebrate the season. For the show’s opening on Saturday, December 2, starting at 2 pm, the gallery will be decorating a tree with ornaments for sale and providing refreshments. Enjoy holiday cheer and meet artists who have contributed their talents to this member show.  Gallery is locate at 35 Main Street., 209-267-0228. Open daily 10-5; closed Tuesdays.

Click here for a Google Map of Art Trek!