Friday, April 18, 2014

Passport is a ticket to wine

El Dorado wine country’s Passport weekends in April provide the oenophile and the wine novice an opportunity to meet the winemakers, taste award-winning wines and enjoy music, art and other wine associated activities at the members of the El Dorado Winery Association members. The association’s Passport 2014 weekends are April 5-6 and 12-13, and this […]

Sierra Symphony salutes spring and youth

Spring is in the air, so what an opportunity to share the beauty of nature and the glorious sounds of a symphony orchestra and a young soloist from the foothills. The Sierra Symphony Orchestra will present its annual “Young Artist Concert” on Sunday, April 6 at 3 p.m. at the Placerville Seventh-day Adventist Church. Admission […]

Tarbet to demonstrate at Sierra Pastel Society

Mark your calendars for Sunday, March 23 at 1:00 p.m. at the El Dorado Hills Senior Center, 990 Lassen Lane in El Dorado Hills for a special art occasion. After a brief business meeting, there will be a pastel demonstration and lecture by Urania Christy Tarbet on the joy of painting and teaching art workshops […]

Flowers are the focus of workshop

“Spring Flowers” with artist Tracy Lewis is a one day watercolor workshop where participants will learn to paint vibrant and luminous flowers in watercolor using wet into wet and glazing techniques. The focus will be on keeping colors pure and fresh using a limited palette. Participants may follow along step by step or work from […]

Hansen conducts concert

The Mother Lode Friends of Music, the classical music performance organizing serving the central region of the Sierra foothills, presents its Spring Symphony Concert on Sunday, March 16, at the Church of the Nazarene, 14050 Ridge Road in Sutter Creek. The concert starts at 3 p.m. The program is devoted to the music of Franz […]

Photographer captures Placerville after dark

Photographer Paul Cockrell is showing his new release of “Placerville at Night” photographs at Gold Country Artists Gallery, 379 Main St. in Placerville, during the month of March. Recently, Cockrell has been photographing Placerville, mostly at night, to document how the town looks before the upcoming makeover. While some of the buildings have faded and […]

Spring is sprung

In early spring, more than 15,000 daffodils now bloom in Amador City. The gorgeous display can be seen on both ends of town as well as in planters throughout. The town sponsored Daffodil Festival is held Saturday, March 15 from 11 a.m.-4 p.m. In its second year, this triumph of spring conceived of by Ashley […]

Blues and rock at the Harris Center

On Friday, March 14, at the Harris Center for the Arts, fans can watch what happens when a blues and rock icon, a living legend of the blues and a rising roots music star unite forces. It will be a night of good music and great vibes all presided over by the good-humored and congenial […]

The Straits to swing at Tahoe’s MontBleu

Members of the iconic 1980s rock ‘n’ roll band Dire Straits have launched a 25-city 2014 tour as The Straits with a March 28 stop at Lake Tahoe’s MontBleu Resort Casino and Spa for a one-night-only jam session featuring the legendary group’s best-known songs. Reformed as The Straits and featuring members of the original lineup, […]

The future of jazz is in folsom

“I’ve heard the future of jazz and it is Grace Kelly” (NPR) and audiences at Harris Center for the Arts will have a chance to hear for themselves as the Grace Kelly Quartet comes to Folsom on Friday, Feb. 28 at 7 and 9 p.m. and Saturday, March 1 at 7 and 9 p.m. Kelly’s […]

Paint and pour with artist Pam Findleton

Paint and pour with artist Pamela Findleton at a unique afternoon workshop on Saturday, Feb. 22. The workshop is for beginners and experienced artists alike. Workshop participants will complete a finished canvas artwork to hang on a wall and enjoy Findleton Estate wines available for purchase by the glass or bottle. Findleton is known for […]

Randy Honerlah to demo at PAA

Randy Honerlah, a local award-winning artist will be Placerville Arts Association’s February guest speaker and demonstrator. Young or old, accomplished artist or beginner, if you are an art lover, you will enjoy learning more about painting with acrylics from this talented artist. The public is invited to join PAA at the Sunday, Feb. 16 meeting […]

Talented Oak Ridge grad awarded visual arts grant

Oak Ridge High School graduate Bryan Valenzuela was awarded $5,000 in recognition of his exceptional talent and demonstrated ability by The Leff-Davis Fund for Visual Artists. “Being a professional artist isn’t necessarily a traditional route with clear sign posts. There’s a lot of feeling your way in the dark, piecing together a living from various […]

Artist Connie McLennan to demonstrate at PAA meeting

Placerville Arts Association is bringing in the new year with a very talented guest speaker/demonstrator Connie McLennan. She will be discussing and demonstrating the art of painting in oil. With each guest speaker, members of PAA say that they find personal inspiration, new insights to the art media and are challenged to return to their […]

Black Irish Band to play in Sutter Creek

The Black Irish Band, America’s only Irish-Italian band making for double the fun, is having a CD release party on Saturday, Jan. 4 at 8 p.m. at the Sutter Creek Theater, 44 Main St. in Sutter Creek. The band celebrates the release of its 24th CD album, “This Summer” (The songs of our youth). The band […]

Sierra Rep to offer youth workshop

Sierra Repertory Theatre Junior starts the new year with its first Youth Theatre Workshop, a month of live theater exercises, games, songs and dances led by new education director Ralph Krumins (“Buddy: The Buddy Holly Story” and “Jason and the Argonauts”). Classes begin Tuesday, Jan. 7 and continue every Monday, Tuesday and Thursday through Jan. […]

Petroglyphe Gallery celebrates Christmas

Celebrate the spirit of the season at Petroglyphe Gallery’s annual Christmas Reception on Sunday, Dec. 15 from 5 to 8 p.m. when the works of more than 27 artists will be illuminated by a festive holiday atmosphere. Enjoy wine and light appetizers while discovering the wide range of art that the gallery has to inspire […]

Calvin Canepa to host art show

Calvin Canepa is hosting a celebration of his recent works on Saturday, Nov. 23 from 6-9 p.m. at the El Dorado Hills Inn Express, 4360 Town Center Blvd. This is Canepa’s first show in five years and will feature more than 20 unique and beautiful paintings. Canepa is a premier landscape and still-life artist who […]

Tom Rigney concert a night to remember

What: Tom Rigney and Flambeau concert Who: El Dorado County Community Concert Association Where: Theater at the Mine at Union Mine High School, 6530 Koki Lane in El Dorado When:  Tuesday, Nov. 19 at 7 p.m. Cost: $25 Information: Normadene Carpenter at 530-622-4218   The El Dorado County Community Concert Association is pleased to present Tom Rigney (electric violin) […]

Santa to ride the rails at Railtown

Santa is taking some time out of his busy schedule to make special daytime and nighttime appearances at Railtown 1897 State Historic Park in Jamestown this holiday season. Special train rides with Santa will operate over the three-day Thanksgiving weekend, Nov. 29, 30 and Dec. 1 and again the weekend of Dec. 14 and 15. […]

DSAA presents winning art

The Diamond Springs Art Association’s annual Fall Art Show and Sale is on display through Friday, Nov. 8 at the El Dorado County Government Center, Building B, 360 Fair Lane in Placerville. The show is open to the public from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Judith Jackson was the judge and selected the following winners. Best of […]

Art and antiques to benefit Crocker

Since 1971, the Art and Antiques Show and Sale has been a local treasure where visitors can find collector items, from vintage jewelry to antique furniture and more, while supporting the exhibition and education programs of the Crocker Art Museum. Regional and national dealers will showcase one-of-a-kind wares and exceptional heirlooms at this year’s event […]

Become a better artist

The Placerville Arts Association is delighted to have Randall Tillery, a national award-winning oil painter and PAA member, share his expertise on Sunday, Oct.20, at the Placerville Senior Center, 935 Spring St. in Placerville. The meeting begins at 1:30 p.m. Tillery will be studying a number of PAA members’ art work — offering positive critiques […]

Find treasures at vintage mercantile event

Save Saturday and Sunday, Oct. 19 and 20 to attend the second annual Peddlers and Pickers Antique Faire — a vintage merchantile event at the historical Lehman Barn in the Latrobe area. This celebration of fall is a great antiques and sundries sale and event that is akin to a mini-festival. Enjoy the day in a […]

‘David Hockney: A Bigger Exhibition’ at de young

The Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco present “David Hockney: A Bigger Exhibition” on view at the de Young Museum from Oct. 26 through Jan. 20. Assembled by Hockney exclusively for the de Young, this exhibition marks the return to California of the most influential and best-known British artist of his generation. More than 300 […]

Sacramento museums fall for October

In addition to its fascinating Gold Rush past, the Sacramento area is rich with an amazing array of state-of-the-art museums and historic sites that offer visitors the chance to explore California’s fine art, history, science and wildlife treasures all year long. In October, many of the 30 members of Sacramento Association of Museums (SAM) are […]

Stop Bullying Bootcamp to help communities learn

Children being driven to suicide to escape the pain, humiliation, fear and taunts of bullying from peers is becoming a regular headline. Earlier this month Rebecca Sedwick, 12, hid her school books under a pile of clothes, changed her “screen name” to “That Dead Girl,” walked to a cement plant tower nearby and jumped to […]

All aboard for ‘Ales on the Rails’

All aboard as California State Parks and the California State Railroad Museum celebrate the new fall season in rail-related style with a special, one-night-only “Ales on the Rails” brew sampling event. The second annual sunset train ride takes place on the Sacramento Southern Railroad on Saturday evening, Oct. 5, when adult passengers will have the […]

FLC art exhibiting at Harris Center

Harris Center for the Arts hosts the 13th annual exhibition of Folsom Lake College Visual Arts faculty in the Bank of America Gallery through Oct. 27, with a special artists’ reception set for Friday, Sept. 27 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. The Folsom Lake College visual arts faculty includes professional artists with diverse specializations encompassing […]

Art and energy meet at RinconArt

The featured artist this month at RinconArt Studio and Gallery, 440 Main St. in Placerville, is Aurora Aguirre. Aurora was born and raised in Hawaii and many of her paintings today are influenced by her love of the islands. Much of Aurora’s work focuses on her native land of Hawaii, its culture, flora, marine mammals […]

Artist reception for Tony Mindling

On Sunday, Sept. 8 Art On the Divide Gallery will be holding its monthly celebration of a featured artist. Tony Mindling is a photographer who has recently begun using photographs as inspirations for his watercolors. A few of his new photos and watercolors will be displayed side by side for comparison. Also on display will […]

Belly dancers to compete

Namira Productions will be hosting Jewel of the Sierra, a two-day belly dance competition on Saturday, Sept. 14 and Sunday, Sept. 15 at the Placerville Shakespeare Club. Each day begins with belly dance workshops from 10 a.m. to noon, with competition to follow from 1 to 10 p.m. on Saturday and 1 to 9 p.m. […]

Local quilters stitch it together

This year the Gold Bug Quilt Guild is holding its quilt show on Friday and Saturday, Sept. 6 and 7. The public is invited to come and see the collection of stunning quilts and the beautiful opportunity quilt made from batiks by the members of the guild. The guild has expanded the show this year […]

Join Arbor Day Foundation to help trees

Everyone from California who joins the Arbor Day Foundation in September will receive 10 free Arizona cypress trees as part of the Foundation’s Trees for America program. Through Trees for America, everyone is encouraged to plant trees for the benefit of the environment and quality of life. With one million members, the Arbor Day Foundation […]

Gold Rush Days brings history alive

Get ready to turn back time to the 1850s. Free to the public and a wildly favorite Sacramento heritage celebration, Gold Rush Days 2013 returns to Old Sacramento over Labor Day weekend running Friday, Aug. 30, through Monday, Sept. 2. Nearly 200 tons of dirt will transform the streets of Old Sacramento’s 27-acre historic district […]

Dallas Brass performs in Folsom

Renowned instrumentalists, the Dallas Brass, will perform its signature mix of entertainment and top-notch musicianship at the Harris Center — Three Stages at Folsom Lake College, 10 College Parkway in Folsom, on Sunday, Sept. 15 at 2 and 7 p.m. This unique performance will feature the Cordova High School Band, under the direction of Kevin […]

Visitors flock to Classic Wildlife Art Festival

America’s oldest art form will be celebrated in magnificent style when the top U.S. and Canadian professional and amateur birding enthusiasts, carvers and artists gather in Sacramento for the popular 43rd Annual Pacific Flyway Decoy Association’s Classic Wildlife Art Festival. Held at the DoubleTree Hotel Sacramento, 2001 Point West Way in Sacramento, on Saturday and Sunday, […]

Showcase Saturdays start in EDH

Back by popular demand, Showcase Saturdays on the fourth Saturday of each month, are returning to El Dorado Hills Town Center. On June 22, July 27 and Aug. 24, stroll down the boulevard from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. and enjoy wine and beer tasting, six local wineries, live music on the boulevard and Town Center […]

Rinconart Gallery Features Jan Shepherd

Rinconart Gallery and Studio, 440 Main St. in Placerville, is delighted to present Jan Shepherd as the featured artist on Third Saturday Art Walk, June 15. Hors d’oeuvres will be offered at 6 p.m. and Shepherd will be giving a presentation of her background, technique and style around 7 p.m. Shepherd is a self-taught artist […]

Gold Country Writers speak

Join the Gold Country Writers and Placerville author, Shawn Hansen, on Wednesday, June 19 from 10 a.m. to noon at the Arts Building, 808 Lincoln Way in Auburn. Learn how to create and locate powerful graphics for your Website, Blog, eBook covers and Social Media Marketing needs. This visual presentation covers ways to create graphics […]

Auto designer to full-time artist

The Placerville Arts Association welcomes Howard Rees, auto-designer turned full-time artist to this month’s meeting, Sunday, May 19. He will be demonstrating the special techniques of oil painting. The meeting is held at the El Dorado Senior Center (all ages are invited to the demonstration), 935 Spring St. in Placerville. The meeting begins at 1:30 […]

Student art on display

EL DORADO HILLS — Congressman Tom McClintock is hosting the 2013 Congressional Art Competition in California’s 4th District. High school students from throughout the district have submitted more than 40 pieces of art for judging. The art will be on display at BI Design Studio, 1004 White Rock Road in the Montano Business Center in El […]

Garleanne Mason is featured at Rinconart

This month’s featured artist at Rinconart Studio and Gallery, 440 Main St. in Placerville, is Garleanne Mason. The native Californian paints landscapes, still life, portraits, figures, Gold Country historical sites, Victorian houses, Mendocino cottages, water towers and gardens. Mason has been interested in art since a young age, experimenting with several different media before settling […]

All aboard for goodies and fun

All aboard for a dessert train trip. The V&T Wine, Cheese and Dessert Train, sponsored by the Carson Tahoe Health Auxiliary, will be taking a train run on Saturday, April 6. The train will depart the Carson City Eastgate Depot at 10 a.m. for a trip through the Comstock to Virginia City. The train is […]

Fabulous time at PJ’s

The Fabulous Liars returns to PJ’s Roadhouse, 5641 Mother Lode Drive in Placerville, on Friday, April 5, bringing their crowd-pleasing blend of rock ‘n’ roll hits and rarely heard rock gems, starting at 9 p.m.. “The Fabulous Liars are excited to perform again at PJ’s,” said Jim “Broadway” Riggs, drummer for the band. “Whether you like […]