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Dedicated to our mission…

to encourage, support, and promote The Arts in our schools and community.

Amador Arts Council is the designated Local Partner to the California Arts Council, a state agency. Established in 1982, Amador Arts Council is a 501(c)3 with the mission to encourage, support, and promote the arts in our schools and community. Our work is rooted in the principles of Inclusion, Diversity, Equity, and Access specific to our unique, rural region. We uplift our mission by putting local artists to work in our community and schools. Our work includes:
  • Arts Education
    • Hundreds of annual, FREE classes for public school kids
    • Annual student arts schowcase
    • Educational exhibits in partnership with non-profits and county offices (Heart of Hope, Safe Space, Roots, Miwok Patriots)
  • Events
    • FREE summer concerts in Amador County parks
    • Wine Fest annual art and wine celebration
  • Artist Resources
    • Scholarships
    • Grants
    • Artist Directory and Calendar
    • FREE Grant application help
    • Emergency assistance
    • Advocacy
      • Alliance for Arts Education
      • Rural Advocacy for Racial Equity
At Amador Arts Council, we believe that every human needs the enriching benefits of The Arts throughout all stages of life. Amador Arts Council is committed to keeping the arts central to our rural community by putting artists of all kinds to work for our community at-large. When you become a donor, you bring more free classes, arts events, and resources to our community.

Amador Sons Bring Modern Country Melodies Back Home

After performing at leading venues in Nashville and New York City, Lee and Luis Hurtado are bringing their sound back to Amador this summer as part of Amador Arts’ TGIF concert series.

It started with a trumpet in Ione. 

Then came a trombone in the middle school band, before a smattering of other brass instruments. 

Yet nothing had a greater influence on Amadon Sons founders and Amador natives Lee and Luis Hurtado than the guitar. Their serendipitous introduction to the six-stringed melody-maker came at Amador High School, when a teacher pulled out his guitar during class. “My brother and I were instantly obsessed with it,” recalls Lee. “We thought it was the coolest thing ever, and literally from that day forward we didn’t stop thinking about it. We had our own guitar that year, and we just started playing and haven’t looked back.” 

Born and raised across Amador County, Lee and Luis are homegrown artists in every sense. After developing their musical talents as members of the Ione Junior High School band, the Hurtado twins expanded their range by composing and performing music with a diverse selection of musicians, including stints in rock and cover bands. Crossing the genre divide repeatedly, Lee and Luis now exclusively perform original music, which draws on their diverse musical experiences and history.
“We’ve been playing music together for over 20 years,” says Lee. “Today we definitely lean into the modern country category, but we draw influence from across genres including country, pop, soul, and R&B.” 

This season, Amador Sons made their debut local performance as part of the Amador Arts Council’s 24th annual TGIF concert series. The series not only provides free access to live music to Amador citizens of all ages and backgrounds, but simultaneously upholds the Arts Council’s core tenet to support local working artists. Lee and Luis’ innate talent and success showcase the value of arts education in our county and the potential for successful arts careers that abound in our special foothills communities.“Sometimes it’s easy to take the place where you grew up for granted, but when you come back you can appreciate it for what it is,” says Lee. “It’s really great to be able to play for our friends and family, and give everyone a show that’s not far away.” Though the brothers’ June 17 show at Sutter Creek Gardens marked their inaugural Amador performance, the Amador Sons has graced stages nationwide – including those in New York City and at Nashville’s renowned Whiskey Jam. Anyone can access a preview of the brothers’ soulful original sound on their website, www.amadorsons.com, or by following the group on Instagram under the handle @Amador_Sons. The Amador Sons will play in Amador City on July 23, as part of the Dancing in the Streets series, a free concert sequence supported in part by grants from Amador Arts. The duo will also be on stage at the Folsom Hotel Saloon on July 2.

Amador Arts invites all community members to attend the remainder of the TGIF concert series, which will run every Friday until August 19. Every concert is produced free of charge for attendees thanks to the generous support of community donors and Amador Arts Council supporting partners. A full event schedule is available here

To learn more about the Amador Sons, the Amador Arts Council, or to support the TGIF series directly please contact Deja Douglas at (209) 256-8166 or via email at deja@amadorarts.org.

Burger Art Experience in Amador City lead by Artist Greg Traverso

 

A Fine Art Collection by Greg Traverso

Amador City Presents Burgers At The End Of Nowhere… a Burger Art Experience! Amador City is a small town located inside of Amador County, which is home to artist Greg Traverso and his first ever burger art collection.

Greg has a variety of graphic design experience that spans over 20 years. On April 2nd, 2022 he displayed his fine art collection of mixed media burger art in the close-knit, warm welcoming town. It was most definitely a vibe, featuring Matt the DJ’s awesome music from Small Town Food and Wine located right across the street!

Traverso did a wonderful job of not only sharing his art with us but truly excelling in creating an art experience.

Greg is also one of Amador Arts newest team members. You’ll see his graphic design work on our social media page as well as our flyers! He is a pleasure to work with and is an important piece to our creative puzzle. His pieces are currently still up if you’d like to get in on the burger fun and buy some art.

 

BURGERS AT THE END OF NOWHERE
Open Thurs 5- 8pm
Fri & Sat Noon – 8pm
Sun Noon – 6pm
End of Nowhere, Amador City CA

 

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burger art on walls

Artist Statement from Greg Traverso

“The burger project is a collaboration with End of Nowhere Winemaker, Chris Walsh. He not only offered me the space, but he donated several of his used canvas’. I had previously painted and sold a couple of burgers paintings out of the tasting room, so this was an opportunity to a) paint more burgers and really explore the process of painting a full collection. And b) Have an event around bringing back the End of Nowhere’s popular Burger menu for the summer.

I started painting burgers, the first time I had painted on canvas since college, during the 2020 Election coverage. I think the anxiety and the intense air around politics just opened a window for me to step away from reality and express – it was kind of done in my mind. Using what I had in my house ( spray paint, watercolors, stencils, acrylic) I started painting. And this is where it has taken me.

With my background in graphic design and event design, I took this opportunity to create a full art experience with merch, music, vibe, and space. Hope this is the first of many!”

 

Blog written by Sarah Stepney,

-Artist, Spiritualist & Amador Arts Community Catalyst

The Cabaret Fundraiser & What’s to come!

What an event! If you missed our Cabaret fundraiser you definitely missed out. This fundraiser, in partnership with the Amador Senior Center, helped Amador Arts raise money for arts programs in Amador County.  Local Artists donated to the auction and raffle and a few lucky winners got to go home with beautiful art pieces. 

 

Amador Arts events feature amazing creative people from all over Amador County. Amador Arts is here to showcase the artwork of local artists and creatives alike. Together, we build a stronger community based in love, creativity and oneness. We hope to see you at our upcoming reception for the Student Art Show, featuring art from local students in grades TK through 12, from all over the county. The reception is on March 26 from 2 to 4 PM at the Amador Arts Center, inside the Amador Senior Center at 229, New York Ranch Road in Jackson. Come support our talented youth and raise awareness of the need for art education in our local schools.

WineFest 2021 was a success!

Winfest 2021 Thanks for Support

The Amador Arts Council extends our sincere thanks to all the individuals that graciously donated their time, products, resources, and overall love for the arts to help ensure the success of Winefest 2021! 

We are constantly reminded of the generosity of the volunteers, businesses and community in Amador County with each outpouring of support for programs that enrich the lives of our youth and budding artists. We are thrilled to be able to provide grants, local events, exhibits, arts education classes at our local schools, and much more – all focused on creativity, our local economy, and quality of life. 

Thank you for helping to make our primary fundraiser WineFest 2021 a success!

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Phone:  209-256-8166 | E-Mail:  amadorarts@gmail.com

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