Ideas: art

By November 18, 2010


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Fusion Gallery and Findleton Estate Wine Tasting, 440 Main St., this Saturday, Nov. 20, from 6 to 9 p.m. will be hosting a special Holiday Art Show and Sale. Fusion Gallery is excited to announce the opening of their first annual 10 inch x 10 inch show, with participating artists creating a thematic body of work. This is a wonderful opportunity for guests to purchase an original piece of work in a unique size by one of their favorite artists at Fusion Gallery. Award-winning Findleton Estate Wine and hors d’oeuvres will be offered for the enjoyment of Fusion Gallery guests. Fusion Gallery represents over 20 local artists, offering a diverse selection of beautiful artwork, textiles and jewelry for their guests to choose from, with many new items just for the holidays and offered in every price range. There is something for everyone. Exclusive Holiday pricing will be in effect on all 10 inches x 10 inches work. The musical guest on Saturday is John Martin.For more information call Fusion Gallery at 530-295-1968.

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Gold Country Artists Gallery, through Dec. 5, is featuring the creative, original jewelry of Lorrene Davis. Davis’ elegant designs are formed in gold, titanium and copper and also fabricated in polymer clay in an art form that is functional as unique wearable jewelry. Also sculptor, Deborah Bridges, is featured this month. Her dramatic monumental sculptures are presented in stone, clay or bronze. Bridges has been a professional artist for 24 years and has also taught the art of figurative sculpture. She spent four years studying in the classical tradition of an apprentice to master sculptors of large scale works. Her works evoke a strong emotion and feeling in the viewer. Beginning this week and through December, the gallery is displaying small and miniature art works in painting and other mediums just in time for your holiday gift giving. We also have a wonderful selection of original holiday greeting cards. Hours are daily 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. with extended hours until 9 p.m. for Third Saturday Art Walk on Nov. 20, when the gallery will honor its featured artists and Gold Hill Winery of Placerville will pour wine for us. For more information call 530-642-2944. Visit the Website and the blog

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Upstairs Gallery, 420 Main St., is showing art by Mark Spanjian. Uninhibited by traditional boundaries of realism he combines fantasy and his very own unique sense of color to express nature. Whether painting seascapes with sweeping lyrical waves, spectacular mountain ranges that draw the viewer into the realm of light or underwater scenes of peaceful ambiance. Visionary artist Spanjian continues to enthrall and create art that reflects his passion for open spaces and his respect for the power and majesty of nature. For more information call 530-672-8121.

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Vanda Lavar is in a studio at the Upstairs Gallery, 429 Main St. Her newest book “Pillowland Puppies” is out. View her newest works including “A Newf in NaNa Land” at her studio. Her work is also at Art on the Divide in Georgetown. For more information call 530-919-3964.

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Rocky’s Art and Framing, 404 Main St., is having a giant inventory consolidating reduction sale just in time for the holidays. Rocky’s has discounts on everything in the gallery. There is a wide selection of framed artwork as well as unframed pieces on paper and canvas. The sale is in effect until Christmas. At the end of the year Rocky’s will be consolidating the two locations into one at the original location, 384 Placerville Drive in Placerville. Stop by the gallery to find the perfect gift. Rocky’s is open Monday 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., Tuesday – Friday 10:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., Saturday 10:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., Sunday noon to 4 p.m., and every Third Saturday Art Walk from 5 to 8 p.m. For more information call 530-621-9901 or go to

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Tracy Lewis Art Studio, 429 Main St., offers watercolor classes ongoing every Wednesday, 1:30 to 4 p.m. and 5:30 to 8 p.m. Learn Lewis’ techniques for clean and luminous watercolors. The class is limited to only six students, so sign up for October today. Tracy Lewis Art Studio is open for Third Saturday Art Walk 6 to 9 p.m. or by appointment. For more information about this and other classes/workshops, please visit or call 530-306-2595. There are new workshops at EDAC’s ArtSpace. For more information go to event calendar.

Placerville Flowers On Main, 318 Main St., welcomes Goldie Delsman, water colorist and long time El Dorado County resident, as well as, John Hines, an incredible photographer. Their work is absolutely outstanding and is available along with other artists at the shop. For more information call Judie Stewart at 530-622-1121.

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Zia’s, 312 Main St., is proud to be a participant in Third Saturday Art Walk and is hosting resident artists in an open house. This will include music, print and media art, as well as wine tasting. The artists Lana Grace, Bud Bradley and Mark Niebauer will be on hand to meet patrons and talk about their works. They will also bring additional pieces and art works for display and sale, including jewelry and boxes. Synapse winery will be on hand for wine tasting and local musicians Hickory Wind will be on hand to entertain guests as they peruse the art and sample wine. For more information call 530-642-9427.

El Dorado Arts Council’s ArtSpace, 459 Main St., is presents “Creating Hope.” Peace, healing, compassion, non-violence, motorcycles and tattoo design. Inspired by “Kacie’s Ride for Hope” For more information call 530-295-3496.

Winterhill Olive Oil, 321 Main St., presents the art of Stephanie Nickel. For more information call 530-626-6369. The local award winning watercolorist will be creating watercolors inside Winterhill’s tasting room. Visitors will experience the artist at work and possibly be lucky enough to take home one of her originals.


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Hartwick House, 6237 Pleasant Valley Road, is featuring Sweet Silver Three by Tina Ackley. All items are created from authentic vintage silverplate — mostly made from 1900 to the 1960s. The silver plate lamps, napkin rings, bud vases and key rings make beautiful and wonderful gifts. Hartwick House specializes in home and garden decor and is open Sunday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Closed Saturdays. For more information call 530-622-2840.

Bennett Gallery, 6200 Pleasant Valley Road, has a rich tapestry of “connected” work from local artists, including sculpture by Bob and Tom Bennett of Sculpture, Terrie Bennett, MK Shannon, Keith Shannon and Kim Eckert-Bennett; paintings by Ashley Bennett-Stoddard; art glass by Nicholson Blown Glass; ceramic art by Kurt McCracken; and jewelry by Bob Bennett, Tom Bennett and MK Shannon. Bennett Gallery is open weekdays from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., and weekends by appointment. For more information call 530-621-1164 or visit

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Sherry Huntting’s award-winning oil painting “Patris, Gentle Beauty” may be viewed by appointment at her art academy in Cameron Park. Learn to paint museum quality realistic portraiture, figurative, still life, landscape and seascape paintings. For information on the classes and workshops call 530-677-1282 or visit the Sherry Huntting Academy of Classical Realism Website at Or go to YOU and search Sherry Huntting Studio/Covino Workshop.

Art on the Boulevard is the first Friday of the month in Town Center. Join Hang It Up Gallery and Town Center’s other merchants for First Friday Specials that include merchandise specials, wines and munchies, art, clothing, home decor and more from 6 until 9 p.m. For more information call 916-939-1845.

Hang It Up Gallery, 4359 Town Center Blvd., Suite 113, is featuring a full line of cards by Diane Sewell that are perfect for that gift or special occasion or for that time when you just need a card to speak to someone special. All the cards have images that she has created. There are more than 30 images available. The gallery also takes part in Art on the Boulevard on the First Friday of the month. There will be specials, wines and munchies. For more information call 916-939-1845.

Mimi Escabar

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