Amador County Arts Council promotes artists and connects the community with innovative creators.


Harrah’s Norther California is searching for mural proposals for their main entrance wall! AmadorArts is facilitating the application process. Proposals must compliment the Harrah’s colors and artists with roots in Amador County will be given priority. Read the entire press release HERE.




Deadline: No deadline, will continue throughout COVID-19

Show dates: Ongoing

We want YOU to create and share your masks with us in this online art show! Make masks that are safe AND fashionable, fun, and industrious!

AmadorArts is putting on an online art show titled ‘MASK UP,’ which brings together fashion, safety, and creativity. Artists of ALL modalities are welcome to enter and create a mask that expresses their individual talents – painting, sculpting, writing, crafts and collage – the sky is the limit! Submissions can even be in video or film format, so if you are a performance artist or have a song about masks and safety you’d like to share, we encourage you to enter! Find out more information regarding this show on our MASK UP Online Art Show page.

Masks can be used to celebrate your cultural heritage, your individual style, and your commitment to a SAFE AMADOR. Masks can accentuate and spotlight your unique personality, as well as expand your opportunities for individual expression.

There is no deadline for this show, as it will continue throughout COVID-19. Artists may include an artist bio and statement, maximum 500 characters. No fee to enter show. A signed show entry form will need to be submitted for entry. Local artists who wish to sell their work in this show must have a profile on the AmadorArts Directory. Artists outside of the area who wish to sell their works must also be donors in addition to having a profile on our directory.

Questions can be directed to Program Coordinator, Alyssa Vargas at This show is made possible by the Amador County Arts Council, the National Endowment for the Arts, and the California Arts Council, a state agency.

MASK UP Online Art Show Entry Form PDF

Miwok Patriots Art Show

Show dates: 5/25-7/01/2021

Reception: 5/25/2021 and 7/04/2021

The Miwok Heritage Center,  in partnership with The Amador County Arts Council, is excited to announce an exhibition of Miwok artifacts from May 25th, 2021 – July 4th, 2021. The Miwok Heritage Center, located in Ione, was founded to preserve, promote and interpret the history and culture of the Miwok people. AmadorArts invites you to learn about the role Miwok people played in the war efforts in history. This exhibit will include pictures and information about the Miwok people and patriotic acts in which they participated. Little is known of these acts or that, in many instances, they were not citizens of the countries that they represented in these skirmishes. Miwok people were proud of their participation and were happy to serve.

From the MHC website, here is an interesting excerpt on the superstitions & taboos of the Miwok people:

The Northern Miwok people were very superstitious people. Superstitions and taboos were the heart and soul of the culture. Every aspect of Northern Miwok culture had some component of superstitions and taboos. Unfortunately, I’ve witnessed this aspect of the Northern Miwok culture die out in my lifetime. Some aspects of superstitions still exist today, but not to the same extent that it had existed in the 1970s and 1980s. My grandparent’s generation, people born prior to the 1930s, really were the last generation where superstitions were part of everyday life. The families that lived in native communities were the last one’s to retain the superstitions and taboos. Families who assimilated and lived amongst non-Indian people did not retain these superstitions and taboos to the same extent they survived in the native community setting. A revival of sorts has taken place with the sharing of knowledge that transpired in the 1970s and later through venues and organizations like the Amador Tribal Council and Chaw Se Indian Grinding Rock State Park. For ther most part however, the true belief in these things has died out. What I mean by “true belief” is when you talked to people like my grandpa you could see it in their eyes and hear it in their voice, that they really believed in it. Even though they never personally saw Chihilumche or Yawlu they believed it existed whole heartedly. To them it was as real as a mountain lion not something from a story like a unicorn.

The belief and fear of superstitions and taboos controlled the entire way Northern Miwok people lived their lives. Fear of getting sick from not following the rules or fear of someone else getting sick from you not following the rules governed every aspect of life. From gathering materials for making things such as baskets and tools to getting doctored before eating newly ripened foods, every aspect of Miwok culture was impacted by superstitions and taboos.

Read more here.

Questions can be directed to, 209-256-8166. This show is made possible by the Amador County Arts Council, the National Endowment for the Arts, and the California Arts Council, a state agency.

Answer the Call for These Outside Art Shows & Competitions!

Magnum Opus 2021
For International artists
Location: Carmichael, CA

Submit a large and important work of art. Enter your Magnum Opus into our premier annual exhibit, reflecting the most recent outstanding art achievement for participating artists.

ENTRY DEADLINE: December 22, 2020

Show Dates: January 26 – February 21, 2021

ENTRY FEE: (non-refundable)
Members $20 each or 3 for $50
Non-Members: $25 per work or 3 for $65;


Enter Here

Deadline: 12-22-2020
Sacramento Fine Arts Center
Carmichael, CA

Contact: Angelia Gordon
Phone: 916.971.3713

Into the Blue
For International artists
Location: Cathedral City, CA

Artists from around the world are invited to create textile pieces interpreting their relationship or appreciation of water. Textile pieces should be no larger than 12″ x 12.” Finished works will be assembled as a design element of the H2O Today exhibition at the S.C.R.A.P. Gallery in February 2021. Pieces will also displayed at outdoor public events per COVID-19 requirements.

Artists are encouraged to reuse materials, incorporate found materials and/or can request textile scraps from the Gallery.

Deadline: 12-31-2020
S.C.R.A.P. Gallery
Cathedral City, CA

Contact: Karen Riley

Spring Obsession Annual Art Competition & Sale – Celebrating 24 Years
Ironstone Vineyards
Location: Murphys, CA


Theme Division “An Obsession with Daffodils” – Application & Images due by 3:30 pm, January 1st, 2021
Accepted work HAND DELIVERY Sat., January 30th & Sun., January 31st, 2021 11am – 3pm
Accepted work SHIPPED must arrive by 3:00 pm, Fri. January 29th, 2021


Open Division – Application & Images due by 3:00 PM, Sunday, January 31, 2021.
Accepted work HAND DELIVERY Sat., February 27 & Sun., February 27, 11am – 3pm.
Accepted work SHIPPED must arrive on site no later than 3:00 PM, Fri. February 26.


Please Mail Applications To:
Spring Obsession Art Show * Att: Chris Gomez *
1894 Six Mile Road , Murphys, CA 95247

We are building an Artist Directory!

Get your info on the AmadorArts Artist Directory
It is free for any artist or arts organization to be listed in the AmadorArts Directory. You are encouraged to become a DONOR for an added benefit! Your DONOR Directory profile includes your active web link.

AmadorArts is here to promote the vibrant professional artists working creatively in Amador County. Artists of all modalities will be featured in our Artist Directory. If you’d like to be included in this directory, please register HERE. If you need any help with the directory, there is a Directory Tutorial, or you can email Program Coordinator Alyssa Vargas at and she would be happy to assist you.




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