The Calaveras County Arts Council invites you to participate in the Calaveras Artist Studio Tours, which takes place over one weekend in September each year, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. each day.
Artist Studio Tours gives artists the opportunity to develop relationships with new customers, make sales, secure commissions and share their artistic process and vision with visitors. It's a chance to let others to meet you and see your art in a personal setting.
The tour is free to the public, and visitors create their own self-guided tour using the printed or downloadable brochure.
Benefits of participating
You may host the event in your own home or studio. We are encouraging grouping up, so that no one is left alone unless desired; it's more fun with multiple artists and visitors like seeing multiple artists at each site. If you are hosting an Open Studio, limit the exhibition to your own work and the work of other Open Studio participating artists. There is a maximum of 6 artists per location, including host. All participating artists must pay the application fee; please do not invite artists who have not payed the application fee.
This year we will be exhibiting the artwork of participating artists at the gallery in San Andreas.
We plan a robust advertising campaign in print and social media that will include:
We look forward to your participation in this event, and we will do all we can do to help you make it a successful weekend.
Calaveras County Arts Council, Conifer Communications, and Calaveras High school create mural in San Andreas
This spring we partnered with Conifer Communications and Calaveras High School to create a bright mural for the wall along their parking lot below the fire station. Three high school students--Emma Hohn, Summer Cummings, Sarah Araujo and Elizabeth Metzger--designed and painted it under the direction of retired teacher Dusty Dustyn.
The mural is at the corner of Highway 49 and Main Street. Stop when you’re driving through San Andreas to see it!
Read more about it at the Calaveras Enterprise.
Gallery will be closed Tuesday June 25, 2019
California Arts Council meeting
When: June 25, 2019 9 a.m. to 4 or 5 p.m.
Where: Calaveras High School Performing Arts Center Theater
The public is invited to attend.
The Calaveras County Arts Council is deeply honored to be invited to host a meeting of the California Arts Council (CAC), a California state organization whose mission is to advance California through the arts and creativity. The CAC, through grants and initiatives, helps support arts programs that benefit communities like Calaveras County.
This will be an all-day working meeting for the CAC board and staff; one of the agenda items scheduled will be a vote on allocations for two grant programs—State-Local Partners and Statewide and Regional Networks—for the 2018-2019 fiscal year.
The public is invited and encouraged to attend. According to Kathy Mazzaferro, executive director of the Calaveras County Arts Council, “It’s a great opportunity for our citizens to find out more without having to travel to Sacramento. I’m a firm believer that the more transparency in government, the better. If you want a better understanding of the inner workings of the California Arts Council, this is your chance.”
The members of the California Arts Council meet throughout the state approximately five times each year. All meetings are open to the public and are held in various locations around California to encourage broad and diverse attendance. The meetings are governed by the Bagley-Keene Open Meeting Act of 2004. Agendas are posted on the California Arts Council website no later than ten days prior to the meeting date, and minutes are posted once approved by the Council (minutes for each meeting are normally approved at the next meeting).
“We welcome the opportunity to share the challenges of the arts in rural California,” Mazzaferro said. “We have unique challenges with our rural economy, such as the lack of industry and jobs, limited public transportation. At the same time, we are so blessed with the talent of our artists and performers in Calaveras County.”
“To know that the state arts council is not only willing, but that they want to take the time to visit different areas so that the entire state can better understand what they do is inspiring.”
The meeting will be held at the Calaveras Performing Arts Center (CPAC) at Calaveras High School in San Andreas on Tuesday, June 25, from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
CALAVERAS COUNTY ARTS COUNCIL'S WRITER'S GRANT AWARD AVAILABLE NOW
Deadline: April 1, 2019
Recipient notified: April 4, 2019
Goldrush Writer’s Workshop: May 3rd, 4th, & 5th 2019
Are you a serious writer who wants to take the next step into writing? The CCAC is pleased to offer a grant for one to attend the 14th Annual Gold Rush Writers Conference on May 3 to 5 in Mokelumne Hill. We’re looking for a writer who is committed to the art and craft of writing.
The Gold Rush Writers Conference is an intimate weekend in Mokelumne Hill led by professionals who guide you through a series of panels, specialty talks, workshops and celebrated author lectures. Go one-on-one with successful poets, novelists, biographers, memoirists, screenwriters, playwrights and short story writers. The conference also includes a picnic supper in a Victorian garden Friday evening followed by an open-mic reading, Saturday dinner and Sunday lunch at the historic Hotel Leger.
For more information on this year’s conference, go to www.goldrushwriters.com
Grant application is open to all Calaveras County residents of any age. Submissions are by email only. Please include all requirements in one document that is attached to your email.
1. A 100-200 word bio about you and your experience and goals for your writing (it’s not necessary to be a published writer, but we’d like to see intent). Do NOT go over the 200 word limit.
2. A short cover letter detailing why you’re applying for the grant, including your need and interest.
3. A 250-500 word essay answering the question, “Why the arts are necessary.” The essay may be a personal essay about why the arts have been necessary in your life, or it may be a researched creative non-fiction piece, or it may be poetry or fiction. Do NOT go over the 500 word limit.
Include your name, address, email, and phone number.
Email submission by midnight, April 1 to firstname.lastname@example.org with the subject line: workshop submission.
If you have questions, email email@example.com or call 209/754-1774
Touring for art
Calaveras County is rich with creativity. On September 22 and 23, you can experience that creativity up close and personal on the free, self-guided Artists Studio Tour presented by the Calaveras County Arts Council. Free guides are available throughout the county and at the Arts Council in San Andreas; a free map is available for download at calaverasarts.org.
There’s a lot to see. Thirty artists in nineteen locations will exhibit their artwork, opening normally private studios and homes to the public. You can meet the artists, learn about their artwork, and discover treasures that you’ll want to take home. And this year, some of the artists are participating in an abandoned art project; during the week before the tour, keep your eyes peeled for artwork left in public places as a free gift to the finders.
Every corner of the county will be represented. Starting in the Valley Springs area, you’ll find three artists conveniently located off Baldwin Street. Marlene Chapple fills her studio with oil paintings, hammered copper jewelry, ice-dyed scarves, and amazing encaustic work. From there, head over to Sue Carracedo’s studio to be charmed by her colorful watercolors and acrylics. Nearby, Brad Stone is a new addition to Artists Studio Tour, creating impressionistic landscapes and scenes of classic cars and horses in acrylic paint.
A short ride to Mokelumne Hill will bring you to Acme Art on Center Street, where four artists will show their work. Owner Ann Cook makes joyful collages and mosaics, as well as new jewelry she creates from repurposed older jewelry. Deborah Marlene’s glowing watercolors and alcohol ink paintings on tile will share the space, along with Lynne Sutton’s whimsical assemblages and watercolors. New this year, Kevin Brady brings his watercolor illustrations and paintings to Acme Art as well.
A few blocks away on Clark Street, oil painter Sue Smith opens her home and studio to show her strongly designed work, featuring landscapes, animals, and portraits.
It’s a bit of an adventure to Lower Dorray Road in Glencoe, but it’s worth making the beautiful drive to see the four artists on that street. Brenda Montelongo’s jewelry, made from glass beads, silver forms, and stamped metal would be tempting enough, but alongside Sonya Ziegler’s gorgeous paintings, photographs and decorated gourds, Andy Trinkle’s fancy woodworking and Janet Trinkle’s pressed flower pictures, it’s hard to resist.
Above Mountain Ranch, watch Steven Hall make fine pottery from porcelain in his studio as he demonstrates wheel techniques and glazing. And just a short hop away, Black Eagle and MB Black Eagle open their amazing hand-crafted hill top home and studio filled with turquoise jewelry, leather bags, masks, reclaimed artist furniture, and cultural craft work. They’re new on the tour this year; don’t miss this opportunity to meet them.
From Sheep Ranch, Dorrington to Murphys
In Sheep Ranch, Shay Baker is back again with her fanciful paintings and drawings in acrylic, pastel, and watercolor. From there, it’s a popular but twisty drive to Michael Gustavson’s ceramic studio near Murphys on Fullen Drive, where his giant sculptures punctuate incredible views of the mountains.
In Dorrington, Ann Nancy Macomber says that people say they like to start their tours at her studio, where they can see her award-winning acrylic and watercolor paintings. From there, it’s an easy drive down Highway 4 to Arnold, where Ruth Morrow, a venerable, well-known and well-loved artist holds court in her studio that’s chockablock with paintings and found-object assemblage. This year Heidi Gaissert joins the tour, displaying hand-built and wheel-thrown ceramics at her studio on Meadow View Road.
The historic Quyle Kilns will host four artists this year, and not all of them are clay workers. Victoria Fout covers canvases with thick acrylic impasto to create semi-abstract pieces that often have fairy princesses and demons on the same canvas; her miniatures of fantasy animals make terrific gifts. If realism is more your style, George Haskell’s tonalist landscapes and corgi paintings will please you. It’s reasonable to expect ceramics at Quyle Kilns, and Pamela Quyle and Amanda Sedgwick-Maule won’t disappoint with their functional pottery and sculptural pieces.
Just outside of Murphys you’ll find Susan King and Aaron Quinn on Coyote Drive. Susan’s studio will be full of her luminous watercolors and collage, and Aaron, new to the tour this year, will be showing his complex and colorful ink and watercolor drawings.
The elegance of letterpress printing is unmatched in our modern world, and Ryan Anderson aims to bring it back to Murphys in his print shop and studio off French Gulch Road. Come learn about this vintage art form and take home posters and cards that will inspire.
A special preview reception with light refreshments will be at the Arts Council Gallery on Main Street in San Andreas on September 15, 3 to 5 p.m.
At Michel Olson’s studio just off Appaloosa Lane between Angels Camp and Copperopolis, there’s more to see than art, although Sharon Strong’s otherworldly masks and sculptures will anchor the site in artwork. But Olson, a skilled blacksmith who will be demonstrating his craft, has created gardens of standing stones and outdoor assemblage, plus a collection of gypsy wagons. Vicki Burnham Wilson’s kinetic and motorized art vehicles will give the site, and the tour, plenty of zoom.
September 22-23, 2018
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