Amador Artists

Visual Arts


 CathleenCathleen Berglund

A native San Franciscan and now a resident of Amador City, Cathleen Berglund studied art primarily with Maurice Lapp, at Santa Rosa Junior College. Her distinctive paintings, drawings and sculptures were first shown in Sonoma and Mendocino county galleries in the late 1970s. Her art has appeared in the Mendocino Art Center Gallery, Artrium Festivals in Sonoma County, the San Francisco Art Festival, The California State Fair Art Exhibit and in her own gallery on Orcas Island, Washington. She has had one woman shows in the Santa Rosa City Council chambers, private galleries in Santa Rosa, Locke, Minneapolis and in Sutter Creek, including Gallery 10, which she co-founded almost two decades ago with nine other local women artists. Her art can be found in private collections from the West Coast to Australia. She has recently illustrated two books of her poetry, written as “Mrs. Coyote.” The poems offer a four-footed, poignant and humorous view of life, similar to her painted subjects. Quirky realism, sophisticated primitivism, hard edge sentimentalism: all of these phrases have been used to describe Cathleen’s style. She favors telling an implied story with her art, with a little humor hidden in isolated details.


CamardoDavid Camardo

David Camardo, of Sutter Creek, has been an artist for more than 50 years. The theme of slight-of-hand magic has long penetrated Camardo’s art. He explained, “With magic, something has to appear from nowhere and then disappear before your very eyes. So, for me, life has been a live performance of art and magic. I’ve spent my time on both sides of that looking glass.” As a painter, Camardo first produced work in the Bay Area, then Provence, France, and eventually in Amador County. He created 30 paintings alone of the town of Volcano, some of which will be in this exhibit, alongside oil paintings on the theme of magic. As a sculptor, Camardo has created in wood, French limestone, alabaster, Carrara marble and bronze. In the 1970s when his day job was working with horses in Woodside, he used a barn for his sculpture studio. There, he created the molds for eventual bronze casting, leading to his first show at Stanford University.


SandraSandra Campbell

Sandra Campbell, a former teacher of English who enjoyed incorporating art into the curriculum, began studying art once she retired. Following a number of classes in drawing and other media, she concentrated on pastel painting for three years with master pastelist Thelma Davis. Later she attended workshops with other recognized artists as well as taking art classes at local colleges. Most recently Sandra has branched out into collage and multimedia in addition to pastels. Subjects include landscapes, florals, still lifes and, occasionally, animals. In any media, color is of paramount interest. Her paintings are generally representational but often with intensified colors. A number are inspired by her travels, where she is accompanied by a digital camera. She belongs to a painting group which meets twice monthly to paint, critique, and support one another. Sandra is also a member of the Sierra Pastel Society and the Amador County Artists Association through which she has participated in open studio tours.


Judy-Day-RedBarnJudy Day

Judy attended Art Center School of Design and Cal State Northridge, where she received a Bachelors Degree in Graphic Design and a K-12 Teaching Credential in Art Education and Math.  She recently retired after 25+ years of teaching at David Starr Jordan Middle School in Burbank, Ca.  Judy taught Beginning Art, Cultures through Art, Photography, Cartooning, Animation, and Algebra.  IN April of 2010 Judy moved to the foothills of Jackson and began studying with several local artists and concentrating on her painting. Judy’s art credits include: illustrating three educational children’s books, “My first Word Search”, “Beginning Sounds Word Hunt” & “Fun Faces Fun Days”, illustrating numerous brochures and posters, paintings, cards and two cut paper banners (3×12 ft) that hang seasonally in the sanctuary of First Christian Church of North Hollywood.  For the last five years Judy has directed a week long children’s art camp each summer in Studio City.  She is currently serving as the President of the Amador County Artist Association. Judy’s awards and honors are: 1993-1994 Jordan Middle School Teacher of the Year, 1994 Burbank Woman of the Year, 1995 Outstanding Teacher Award given by the LA Times and CSUN School of Education, and 2002 California League of Middle Schools Educator of the Year Nominee. Judy’s art work is displayed at the Sutter Creek Gallery in Sutter Creek, Ca.


AnnieAnnie Fountain

Annie Fountain is a plein air painter dedicated to capturing the essence of the great outdoors near her Sierra Foothill home and elsewhere. Enamored by painting on location, she can be found regularly along old roads, ranches, lakes and rivers in the mountains and foothills. Whether outside or in the studio, Annie’s design and color instincts have a permanent outlet at the easel. With its vast beauty and warm climate, the foothills of the Sierra have shaped her art. The first thing she sees in choosing her subject is usually the reflection of light followed by color. Then she interprets what she sees and communicates it visually in her oil paintings. It is the impression of that moment that people relate to – something special they’ve seen and experienced before – that draws their attention. For her it makes the effort exciting, satisfying and worthwhile.

SharonSharon Galligan

Painting professionally since 1975, Sharon Galligan was an art major in both high school and college. She has studied with nationally noted artists and teachers, including Ted Goershner, Frank Webb, Jane Hofstetter, Helen Caswell, Marilyn Simandle, and others. Sharon works in watercolor, oil, mixed media and monoprint. She chooses the appropriate medium to suit her subject matter. Some of her favorite subjects are California European scenes, boats and fishing villages, buildings, windows and their reflections and children. Her travels are a constant source of inspiration and subject matter for her art. Her style ranges from realism to impressionism to occasional abstracts. Galligan has many juried shows and group exhibitions to her credit, including Crocker Art Museum, Triton Art Museum, Haggin Museum, Women Artists of the West, and many others. She serves on the Board of Directors and is past president of Amador County Artists Association, and is a member of Society of Western Artists. Sharon’s awards are numerous, the most prestigious in 1998, when she was chosen as part of the traveling exhibition by the American Watercolor Society’s 131st International Exhibition, Dagmar Tribble Award. Sharon sits on the AmadorArts Board of Directors and is a member of the Amador County Artists Association.


Anje Olmstead 1_1Angie Olmstead

Anje Olmstead has been an exhibiting artist for 35 years, the last five in Sacramento at the 20/20 Gallery. Her mediums have ranged from watercolor pointillism to mosaic collage to the current needlepoint “tapestry” art. Her work can be seen in commercial business centers, restaurants and in private collections. Even the “Encyclopedia of Living Artists in America” contains examples of her creations. She’s a unique artist with an eye for creating in and with very small pieces, like painting dots, cutting and adhering minute textured paper shapes, or darning many vibrant colors of yarn in tiny needlepoint holes. The resulting “big picture” is fascinating.  Some times she’ll make a design in one medium and then replicate it exactly in another. Seeing the two next to each other makes for wondrous appreciation.


Bruce Peccianti

Bruce is a retired school teacher and  administrator who is now actively pursuing his passion for the visual arts.  Being severely color blind made painting out of the question so Bruce  discovered the art of collage using elegant textured papers for his creations.  He has recently discovered photography as well and creates both collage and  photographic art pictures as well as hand made cards. His studio in Sutter  Creek is always open to visitors, just call ahead.  To contact Bruce, email at or via phone at 209-267-9390.


RegnierJudy Regnier

Judy Marquardt-Regnier is a Northern California artist from Amador County who has been painting for over 40 years.  She has studied at Northern Illinois University, Illinois State University, and has Associate of Arts and Associate of Science degrees from Polk State College in Winter Haven, Florida.  She has studied painting in Florida with Bob Morrissey, in the San Francisco Bay Area with Bobbie Dixon, Sara Loesch Frank, in Sonora with Doris Olsen and with Julie Trail in Sutter Creek.  She is a retired RN, having worked in hospital ICU’s, then in home and hospice care for over 30 years.  Judy and her husband Ken are now enjoying the beauty of the Sierra Foothills. Although experienced for many years in unique art through watercolor and other media, she continues to learn and create in her new life.


PamPamela Sharp 

PhD Art Educator, Director and Teacher, Children’s Studio, Sutter Creek, CA. Dr. Sharp has a long history of teaching  art from pre-schoolers to adults. She recently retired from the School of Art & Design at San Jose State University.  She was on the Commission of Teacher Credentialing that created Art Teacher Preparation in California. She has developed numerous models of Art Education Programming,  including After School Art, the Noon Art Studio Drop-in Project, LAEP and Art Path, On-Line Teacher Educ. In Art, Meet the Master, and Read It Again for Art.


CurtisCurtis Stromme

Abstract artist Curtis Stromme earned a B.A. from the University of the Pacific Art Department following a stint in the army during the Vietnam War. Despite occasional excursions into representational art, inspired by numerous trips to Portugal, Stromme realized quite early that creating acrylic abstract paintings was what brought him pleasure. Utilizing paper rather than canvas, he applies acrylic paint with blocks to create vivid compositions. He says that “knowing when to stop is the most difficult part of painting.” Stromme utilizes simple chrome frames so as not to detract from the artwork. This makes the paintings seem “to go on into infinity.” Another type of artwork Stromme produces is what he calls art trading cards. These 2.5 x 3.5-inch abstracts were previously painted on card stock, but he has recently switched to mat board. Some of these cards come mounted on paper and can be framed for display. Curtis Stromme is a member of the Amador County ArtistsAssociation and currently sits on its board.


A Mighty Being Watercolor by Julie TrailJulie Trail

Painting landscapes in watercolor and oil is the joy of my life as a retired teacher.  I’ve been studying and painting for over 10 years in the foothills and mountains of Amador County.  I’m a member artist at Gallery 10 in Sutter Creek, and I hang paintings at Story Winery and The Volcano Union Inn.  I also teach basic watercolor techniques in a weekly class, an endeavor that teaches me as much as it teaches my students new ways to see the world as a painter. Watercolor landscapes are my first love, but I also enjoy thoroughly spending mornings painting in oils en plein air in the surrounding countryside.  Two or three times a year I travel to paint.  Favorite locations are the Eastern Sierra, the Northern California Coast, The Grand Tetons of Wyoming, Zion National Park, and Europe, where I’ve painted in England, France and Spain. Visit my website at or email me at


LeslieLeslie Vasquez

Leslie Vasquez first  picked up a paintbrush in 2009 to encourage her daughters to do art. She  figured if art wasn’t in the schools, she’d better step up and do  something. While showing her daughters, she caught the passion for  painting too — wanting to do it all the time which surprised  her. Within a year of picking up her first brush, she was asked  to teach it for Amador County Recreation Agency and volunteered  giving art demonstrations in the schools. Six months later her art hung in a  show at Clark’s Corner, it won a first, second and third place ribbon at  the County Fair 2011, and she sold her first painting at Clarks Corner in the  Spring.  When another artist couldn’t make it at the last minute, Leslie was asked  to paint the set of the Volcano outdoor Amphitheatre for The Phantom  Tollbooth and discovered she loves to paint large … sets,  murals, ceilings, floors, walls. In October of 2011, a facepainter  cancelled three days before the school carnival so Leslie was approached   to fill in at the last minute and discovered she has a  talent for painting the human canvas as well. Artistically  speaking, Leslie went from zero to 100 in just two years and the  discoveries are still unfolding. Contact  Leslie directly at or 775-303-5844.  Visit her web site at

KatherineKatherine Venturelli   

An artist and teacher, Katherine is recognized both nationally and internationally for her distinctive and varied edition artist books and fine prints. She produces them from her spacious printmaking studio in Sutter Creek. The space, with its 12-ft ceilings and giant windows, a multitude of work tables, printing presses, shelves of brushes, tools, burnishers, inks, and an eclectic collection of other artists’ works, would inspire even the most art-challenged.   Crocker Art Museum, Sacramento, has just acquired one of her artist books, “House On Fire,” for their permanent collection. Also, her new work, “Lunar Calculations,” was selected for a juried book arts exhibition at a major gallery in Portland, Oregon. To reach Katherine, phone her studio at 209-267-0567 or at

ThalaThala Wolin

Thala majored in Art with an emphasis in interior design at Long Beach State College. For many years she dabbled in various forms of art. About eight years ago Thala got serious about re-entering the art field and took many classes from Jerry Iller who perfected some of her skills. Thala is currently working in her studio continuing to hone her skills.


Michi Watanabe

Michi is an award winning photographer who has the eyes to capture the essence of photography. She tries very hard to photograph one of a kind images that other photographers have a difficult time imitating. She is a dying breed of photographers with minimal use of Photoshop.  Her aim is to capture images that evoke viewers’ emotion in some way as seen in the works of Rodin. She started photography in 2011 after falling in love with the beauty of a flying Red-tailed Hawk. Then it became her passion. Photographing birds is difficult due to their quick and unpredictable movements but she had a divine help from above and captured amazing moments. She was also given an opportunity to photograph more amazing images other than birds that led her to win numerous awards in a short period. Consequently she donates all proceeds to worthwhile causes.




BarryBarry Duncan

Barry Duncan, along with his wife Sue, and their business Mother Lode Printing, are long-time supporters of AmadorArts. Barry is a classically-trained and very experienced musician.  He plays with a number of local bands, including Tri-Tone subs and Carpe Duo.



KevinKevin Fritson

Kevin has been playing guitar for more than 30 years. He is an architectural engineer at Weatherby, Reynolds, Fritson, and recently joined the AmadorArts Board of Directors. Kevin currently performs with Barry Duncan in Carpe Duo and Tom McRee in the Dogish Duo



AdamAdam Gottstein

Adam Gottstein proudly hails from the Haight-Ashbury district of San Francisco. As one of the founding fathers, along with Dave Holob of Over the Edge, Adam couldn’t ask to come from a more historic, iconic and cultural location in terms of musical influences. At the age of eight, a guitar was given to him as a gift and lessons commenced immediately.  He sang with the San Francisco Boys chorus in 1966 and ’67, thereby firmly establishing a love for the vocal musical form. Teenage years were spent plying the SF coffee house music scene, honing his solo performance stage skills. Today, Adam fronts the dynamic and musically diverse band Over the Edge. Many of the  original compositions have been penned by him (in some cases, many years ago) and the current interpretation by fellow band members of his songs are simply brilliant. He is lucky to have found and collaborated with each of his musical mates.


Meghan O'KeefeMeghan O’Keefe

Meghan is a singer-songwriter and musician and one of Amador County’s hottest rising stars. She likes to react to the audience and knows when to lay on the rock and when to play it soft. In 2010 she won Amador’s Battle of Bands and she’s been performing like crazy ever since, building up a substantial fan base.



NedraNedra Russ

 Singer, Songwriter, Harmonica player, Nedra picked up a harmonica at an early age and just has never put it down.  Nedra, an active member of SPAH (Society for the Preservation and Advancement of the Harmonica) continues to perfect her chops through the educational opportunities afforded by this professional organization dedicated to nurturing excellence in players of this versatile instrument. Blues, gospel, pop, rock, Celtic, folk, country, Nedra’s harmonica sails all these musical seas, not to mention her imaginative and celebrated originals such as “Do Right,” “1 More Kiss,” Two Coins on the Counter,” “Sunny Day Blues,” and “Ramblin’ Girl.” Accomplished in SLS (Speech Level Singing), Nedra donates her time to the local youth in her rural home town, West Point, California, teaching singing and performance skills. In recognition of her selfless dedication to her beloved pupils, she was awarded the 2010 Teammagic award by the Blue Mountain Coalition for Youth and Families. Standing only 4 foot 10 inches tall, this larger than life harmonica player is also a recognized artist, having her work in canvas, prints, and photography on display coast-to-coast.


“Old Soles” – Geff and Masha Crawford 
Geff Crawford and his wife Masha play old-time traditional music on fiddle, banjo, guitar, ukelele, and Irish tinwhistle. Geff, an Amador county teacher for 32 years, is known for his funny, original songs.  Together they sing lovely harmonies with a repertoire ranging from early blues to bluegrass, Celtic to Americana. They’ve performed together for over 10 years at venues throughout the Motherlode, including restaurants, wineries, private parties, the Sutter Creek Theater, Fallon House Theater, the Strawberry Music Festival, and many more.




CaraThe Studio Performing Technique Dance School

Cara Agustin has  danced with Sue Brumet’s Dance Factory in Sutter Creek and Kids on Stage, a musical theater dance company; the Phares Theatre Ballet; University of Victoria Canada; Dance Aspen Colorado; Bolshoi  Ballet Summer Program; Santa Clara University; and UC Davis, where she gained valuable technical training in ballet, modern, jazz, and contemporary dance. Ms. Agustin has been teaching jazz, ballet, and contemporary dance for  the past seven years, choreographing many pieces, for the Sue Brumet Dance Factory, the Sierra Ballet School, and the Amador High School dance and drama departments.

Amel @ 3rd Coast Tribal by Latifa Lynda Wilkinson 2010

Amel Tafsout

The legendary Amel Tafsout, meaning ‘Hopes of Spring’, is an international and inspirational first source master dance artist, choreographer, instructor, frame drummer, singer, poet, a linguist, dance anthropologist, energy worker and one of the finest exponents of North African traditional and contemporary Maghreb Dance of our time.  Amel has lectured, danced, taught, sung and conducted anthropological research in many countries. She has been featured in various TV programs in Europe and North Africa. She explores the rich tapestry of movement and rhythm that has woven over time between Spain and the Maghreb, Africa and the Middle East, the Mediterranean Sea and Europe.




Volcano Theatre Company

Located in Historic Volcano, Volcano Theatre Company presents a broad range of high quality community theatre in the intimate Cobblestone Theatre during the winter months and in the beautiful Volcano Amphitheatre each summer.


Main Street Theatre Works

Main Street Theatre Works is a professionally-oriented, rural theatre company performing in Amador County, California. Now in our twenty-second year, we are dedicated to bringing professional and community theatre artists together to produce classical and contemporary plays, striving for a balance that stimulates both artists and audiences. An ensemble of gifted actors, directors, and designers lend their vision and skills to create rich seasons of comedy and drama.
Main Street Theatre Works performs in diverse venues, including summer theatre under the stars at the picturesque Kennedy Mine Amphitheatre. Throughout the years, MSTW has been continually nominated for regional theatre awards, and received outstanding reviews for their productions.




MillieMillie Butler Floral Design

My career as a floral designer began with Mother’s Day baskets with my 6th graders at Jackson junior High School.   My mother, Jean Schommer, a designer in the Bay Area, would buy the flowers at the San Francisco Flower Market. Together, we taught 60-90 students each May, how to make a beautiful arrangements for more than 12 years.  In 2001, I began actually teaching floral design at Amador High School in Sutter Creek.  I took Floral Design At Modesto Community College.  Later I earned certification as a Certified California Florist. I built a popular program, which at its peak, included 3 floral classes, one of which was advanced.  My students and I made bouquets, corsages and arrangements for Homecoming and for the Senior Nights for the sports teams, along with Proms and Graduation. At its peak we sold 90 Thanksgiving centerpieces one year.  Several of my students went on to get jobs in floral shops.  Many of them come back now, to ask me to do flowers for their weddings.  I have taught many adult floral classes also, and usually teach at Taste of the Arts.


KarenKaren Crane Jewelry

Karen Crane keeps a large collection of natural crystals and stones, shells and beads that provides a rich palette and allows her to choose colors like an artist. Since 1999, she has developed a unique technique using wire, stones and beads to make colorful pendants, rings and bracelets. Her style continues to evolve, usually in response to special requests from collectors. She sells from her studio in Jackson, at local shows, and on the internet. Karen Crane is an active member of both AmadorArts and the Amador Artists Association.  She is also a featured artist at the AmadorArts Gallery and a regular volunteer.


MarieMarie Martz-Mort Jewelry Design

Marie first discovered her love of the medium, metal smithing, at Cal. State Univ. Sacramento in the late 70’s. She has acquired her skills at the bench over the past 34 years by working with a custom jeweler in downtown Sacramento and a custom jeweler in Sutter Creek, Rene Cazenave, as well as the old trial and error process. She enjoys most aspects of the jewelry making process, from the first idea to sketches of the finished design, the actual construction or carving of a wax for casting of the piece to the final touches of setting the gemstones and polishing. Marie tends to look for interesting combinations of gemstones, utilizing some under appreciated varieties like natural spinel, fancy colored garnets, chrome diopside, natural zircons, and gold in quartz to name a few. Also included in her creations are moss agates, fossilized dinosaur bone, natural pearls and fire agate.


CaroleneCarolene Wiser Jewelry

Carolene Wiser is a long-time Amador County artist living at a remote setting near Volcano. For the past 15 years, Wiser has been designing pieces that are one-of-a-kind jewelry creations and include materials of gemstones, natural minerals, imported beads and focal pieces, ethnic charms, and mystical totems.  Living at a remote ranch setting in the historic mining area of the Sierra Nevada foothills, Carolene cherishes her close, personal connection with nature and its abundant beauty. The flow of a particular artistic aptitude has evolved into the jewelry design being called Wild Earth Jewels, a name which speaks clearly of her style.