The 13th Annual Winefest in Sutter Creek sponsored by AmadorArts promises to be yet another good time, so make plans now for this second Saturday in November event.
Visit the Sutter Creek Auditorium first, starting at 4:30 pm to check in and pick up your Winefest 2011 Map and commemorative wine glass. Take a look at the many enticing silent auction items and start your bidding. Then begin your journey up and down historic Main Street visiting businesses which are each offering tastings of a different fine Amador County winery and appetizers. Over 20 wineries will be represented.
By 7:00 pm when the shops close, you’ll want to return to the auditorium to indulge in desserts and dessert wines and to check on your bids in the silent auction, which will include many artworks, wines, seasonal items and several unique surprises. The auction closes at 8:00 pm.
Only 350 tickets will be sold to this always popular event. Advance tickets are $25 each and may be purchased below. PLEASE NOTE: Tickets purchased on-line will be available at the will-call at the event and will not be mailed.
Tickets purchased at the door will be $30 each.
Proceeds benefit AmadorArts programs that bring the arts to local schools, bring music to the free TGIF Summer Concert series, and provide scholarships for students pursuing the arts at the college level.
As for music at Winefest…
Guitarist / vocalist Herb Boxhorn is donating his performance in the Sutter Creek Auditorium, and Dennis Griffin, owner of the American Exchange Hotel, is sponsoring Harry Jordan. The popular crooner will be performing his favorite songs from the balcony of the hotel.
Thank you to these artists who are donating works to the Winefest Silent Auction:
Brad Devereaux, Judy Day, Dennis Dickman, Jewel Foster, Sharon Galligan, Lois Herrick, Judy Jackson, Dorothy McLaughin, Marie Mort, Brent Parsons, Bruce Peccianti, Howard Rees, Shari Schreiber, Laureen Shimon, Lynn Slade, Deane Slane, Ted Smith, Maggie Soegaard, Curtis Stromme, Sabina Turner, and Julie Trail. Others to be added.
Colorful Student Art to also be Included in Winefest Silent Auction Items
The Silent Auction at Winefest is renowned for its unusual choices, and this year on November 12, the items will be equally as enticing. Not only will there be works by professional artists and plenty of non-art things, but featured will be a pair of Matisse-inspired tables that were projects in Millie Butler's art classes, current art teacher at Argonaut High School. One table, Beasts of the Sea, was painted by Alyssa Vargas, 2010 graduate of Amador HS. The second one, Madame Matisse, was created by Kim Kearns and Jessica Larsen, AP Art History and Studio Art students and 2011 graduates of Argonaut HS. Students chose an artist, studied his background and style, then selected elements of his paintings that worked with fish and figure themes. Students received course credits creating them with the understanding that proceeds from their sale would benefit the arts programs in Amador County Schools. These special items will be auctioned as a pair.
Painted windows, also by Argonaut students, will make a fun addition to a garden or sunroom. The first was designed especially for the event and has a winery and vineyard in the background with Winefest and the date. This piece was done by Felicia Browder and Cody Smith, 2010 graduates of Argonaut HS. Felicia taught the other students how to re-glaze the panes. Phil Collins, a retired Argonaut HS teacher, donated the old windows and has also made many wooden items from barrel staves and donated them for the Silent Auction. Another window, full of butterflies, was painted by Morgan Johnson, 2011 graduate of Argonaut HS. Morgan was a student artist featured at the May, 2011 Arts Networking Event and has won many ribbons at the Amador County Fair and ACAA Student Art Shows for her work.
More chairs and windows painted by Argonaut students, are available at Tinker O'Brien, a new collectibles dealership in Jackson. Michelle Jensen, proprietor, has kindly volunteered to sell the items to benefit the Amador Schools Arts Foundation. AmadorArts and the Amador Schools Arts Foundation collaborate on many events to benefit arts programs in Amador County Schools.