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Grab your cowboy boots and join us on Saturday August 22nd at the Italian Picnic Grounds for the Boot Scootin' BBQ for the Arts! The evening will feature live music by Slade Rivers Band, Free Line Dancing Lessons, full buffet dinner by Dickey's BBQ and a no-host bar with local beers and wines. Enjoy a beautiful evening of music and fun under the stars while supporting AmadorArts School and Community programs. Tickets are $40 each and include, dinner, one complimentary drink and all the fun!
“New Directions” is the title of the George Dillon exhibit that will be featured for the month of August in the AmadorArts Gallery in Sutter Creek. Dillon has been working for the past year on a new series of paintings that combine human and animal figures in a contemporary-abstract theme. Dillon says he hopes each of these paintings “will carry the viewer into the artist’s soul and give a sense of his inner being.” Dillon will be honored at an opening reception on August 1st, from 3 -6 pm. The public is invited to come by, meet Dillon, and enjoy refreshments while taking in his new art pieces.
August 1st is the Next Amador 1st Saturday Art Trek
Most galleries are air-conditioned, so step inside and enjoy looking at art! Saturday, August 1st is the 1st Saturday Amador Art Trek, time to visit galleries and businesses that are featuring new or continuing shows for this monthly event. Gallery-hop to 12 galleries from 1- 6 pm and you’re likely to meet artists, see and buy their new works, while enjoying refreshments and mingling with otherart-lovers. Pick up a handy tri-fold brochure at one of the galleries to guide you to other locations. You can also find one on-line atwww.amadorarts.org where the addresses are listed and the monthly special 1st Saturday receptions. The free Art Trek can be experienced anytime –reference the brochure for hours of operation of each gallery.
Here is what some of the galleries are featuring in August starting on the 1st Saturday, the 1st of August:
“Gifted” – Home of Local & American Made Goods – and the Painted Piano Fundraiser for the Arts
This unique retail place on Main Street in Jackson is owned and operated by Jeannette McDonald and Terry Scott, two creative women who have an eye for fun artistic things and a desire to give back to the community. Following on the success of raising $1,500 for the Interfaith Food Bank through the sales of their limited edition shopping bags, their current project is “Painting the Piano to Raise Funds for the Arts.”
They’ve asked West Point artist Charleen Tyson to paint her unique designs on an old upright piano that has been cleaned up after Jeannette conducted a long search that resulted in a local woman named “Tommie” donating one. Charleen has completed the bench and is now in residence at the shop working on the piano itself during designated days. Raffle tickets are being sold and when the winning ticket is drawn on July 4th, the proceeds will be donated to AmadorArts.
At its final T.G.I.F. concert of the season (Aug.22) AmadorArts announced the 2014 Patrons the Arts awards. The prestigious honor this year was presented to two local residents, Sue Lagomarsino and Leslie Vasquez. Each year, since 1999, AmadorArts has recognized community members who stand out for what they have done for the arts in our county, giving time and energy to promote, encourage and support the arts in Amador County.
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