River Reflections: Mokelumne River Arts Project is set to open the first of three installations.
The date is drawing near and the excitement is building, as final touches are being tweaked for the opening of the Mokelumne River Arts Project called “River Reflections” on Saturday, January 10. Word is already out to several folks who are getting intrigued to see the living human water fountain which will be spouting Mokelumne River water synchronized to music on the sidewalk in front of the hotel. The public is invited to come to the Banquet Room of the Hotel Sutter at 53 Main Street, between 2:00 and 5:00 pm for a reception to celebrate this major event, a month-long exhibition of original artwork that showcases the 97-mile- long river that is the source of water for 1.4 million people. The 40 pieces of visual and literary art were recently created by artists from Calaveras and Amador counties who followed up on a Call for Artists by the Amador County Arts Council.
The human water fountain is the creation of Pine Grove artist Leslie Vasquez who entered the project in the Performing Arts Category. Vasquez is well known at local festivals for her face-painting while crazily costumed, but now she’s taken one giant step further to transform herself into an amazing creation, a large granite looking statue that incorporates hidden tubes and mechanisms to hold and spurt water. Like the fountains in Las Vegas, hers will also move to music that her husband musician Dave Vasquez produced on a concealed CD. You have to see it to believe it.
The reception on January 10 will be the first opportunity to view the final visual art submitted which includes paintings, photography, work in ceramics, glass, and jewelry, and most will be for sale. Featured will be an entry in the Literary Arts category, a poem created and read by Kevin Fritson. Music, as well, is a category in the project, and Meghan O’Keefe will be performing her original River Reflections composition. The premier of a short video which has been produced about the project and its artists will also be featured at the reception.
The River Reflections exhibition will continue at the Hotel Sutter, open seven days a week, through January. In February, all the artwork will be moved to be showcased in the headquarters building of EBMUD in Oakland, and will return in March for a showing at the historic Hotel Leger in Mokelumne Hill.
River Reflections is a landmark arts endeavor created by AmadorArts, aka Amador County Arts Council, as a “Creative California Communities” Project funded by the California Arts Council. Project partners are the Calaveras County Arts Council, the Foothill Conservancy, and East Bay Municipal Utility District.