Art due in gallery
June 16, 2022
Show In Gallery and online
June 20 to August 18
June 23, 2022
5 to 7 p.m.
Join us to showcase the art of Calaveras-based rural LGBTQIA+ artists and their allies, friends and families for Pride Month.
Anyone can enter artwork that celebrates, amplifies, and normalizes LGBTQAI+ lives in our rural California community. Let your art shine a light on a safe Calaveras County where everybody is welcomed, respected, and loved.
This show is a partnership with the Tri-County LGBT Alliance, #out4mentalhealth, Amador and Tuolumne Arts Councils, and Rosebud’s Café.
We look forward to your submissions!
Artists from Calaveras County explore the beauty of the Northern California Motherlode
The gold you find in the Motherlode isn’t only rocks dug from the dirt. Gold in Calaveras County comes in the form of paintings, photos and sculptures, mined by local artists from the depths of their own creativity, and love of where they live.
That creative gold is on display in the show Calaveras Gold at the Calaveras County Arts Council for the month May into June, a show of artwork and paintings that explores the landscapes and characters of the Northern California Motherlode. An artist reception will be held on May 3 from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Everyone is encouraged to attend and have a good time meeting artists and enjoying artwork. Snacks will be provided.
All the artists bring a strong sense of place to their work, that feeling of belonging to the Northern California Motherlode. Landscape paintings by Linda Lawrence celebrate two Highway 4 landmarks: Board’s Crossing and Mosquito Lake. Marilyn Hinsdale’s watercolors examine artifacts like picturesque barns and antique cars found in the county. Painters Barbara Hall and George Dillon put people in the landscape—you can feel the heat in Hall’s painting of a woman under a blazing sun, while Dillon’s colorful golf course gives you a bird’s eye view of the state of golfing in the county.
Deborah Marlene and Terry Richardson each concentrate on forests. Marlene’s watercolor called Moonshine over the Gold Rush shimmers in its golden frame. Terry Richardson invites the viewer to follow a flowery path through dense trees. Detailed photography by Elizabeth Seeley describes her loving and familiar relationship with the Sierra.
But this show isn’t all landscapes. Images of frogs from artist Victoria Fout and photographer Katie Turnbeaugh reference the Mark Twain story that is classic Calaveras. Calaveras County events provide inspiration for two artists. Rars Shoemaker’s painting in marker pen of a person in a domino mask was inspired by Mark Twain Days in Angels Camp, while Nancy Tanner has created a moody impressionistic pastel painting of a Santa at Murphys’ Holiday Open House.
Portraits by Dave Manousos, in his distinctive “big eye” style hold stories about characters in Calaveras history. Connie Bowser’s round gourd decorated with painted poppies and pine needle collar supports another character in Calaveras County: A California Quail.
Executive Director Kathy Mazzaferro invites everyone to come see the show and support our local artists. “We are so fortunate to live in such a beautiful county with so many talented artists. Our spring show has something for everyone.”
You can see select paintings online at www.calaverasarts.org, but you really shouldn’t miss this special show about the place where we live.
Gallery is open Monday through Thursday, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Call 209/754-1774 to confirm hours.
Calaveras School kids make glorious art
A show by and for Calaveras teens
Awards reception on April 4 from 3:30 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.
The Calaveras County Arts Council Gallery is open Monday-Thursday 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.
22 North Main Street, San Andreas
After a two-month hiatus for cleaning and painting, the Calaveras County Arts Council Gallery in San Andreas is once again filled with artwork. The popular show ArtSpirit is on view during the month of March. Executive Director Kathy Mazzaferro couldn’t be happier.
“Having artwork back in the gallery is like having the kids come home for the holidays,” she said. That’s a particularly poignant observation, since ArtSpirit is dedicated to the work of Calaveras County teens.
The show spotlights more than 100 artworks from the students of three Calaveras County high schools—Bret Harte, Calaveras, and Sierra Hills Education Center—and includes paintings, drawings, collage and ceramics.
While some of the works are serious artistic explorations—for example, Elias Harrison’s single flower gazes longingly at it’s reflection in a darkened window—other works are sheer explosions of joy—Calaveras High School ceramics collection features hilarious pieces like “monster” sculptures, a winsome frog on a box, and a smiling winged “snitch.”
Much of the work is done by students in their classrooms. According to Mazzaferro, “ArtSpirit is back because of the teachers. The show happened because the teachers took the time to bring it all over.” Mark Waelty of Bret Harte, Devon York of Calaveras High, and Lynn Lynn of Sierra Hills Education hung the show.
“The kids made the art and the teachers made the show.”
Arts in Education is one of the Arts Council’s signature programs. At their behest, March has officially been designated Arts in Education month by the Calaveras County Board of Supervisors.
"Calaveras County is so fortunate to have the support of our Board of Supervisors,” Mazzaferro said. “They understand the importance of all of the arts, be it music, dance, art, theater, etc. in the quality of life and the economic advantages the arts provide for Calaveras County. The Board's Resolution acknowledges the importance of arts education as part of the foundation for our future.
ArtSpirit will be on display through April 4, when it ends with a reception from 3:30 p.m. to 6 p.m., and an awards ceremony at 4:30 p.m. You can view select pieces from the show at www.calaverasarts.org.
“I love all our art shows, but this is my favorite show of the year,” Mazzaferro said. “It’s alive, vibrant. There’s a fresh energy. There’s a newness. The kids are consumed with the joy of making it, and they’re excited to see their art in a real gallery.”
Mazzaferro encouraged everyone to visit the gallery and enjoy the show. "I cannot stress enough how much community support of the arts means to our kids. Please take the time to come to the Gallery and celebrate their accomplishments. Vote for your "People's Choice Award".
“These students will be our legacy, the ones who tell our stories in years to come."
And oh, what stories they already tell.
Celtic band Golden bough
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