Art in Amador

September 14 -15, 2019

On September 14 and 15, the Amador Artists will bring their annual Art Show back to the Sutter Creek Auditorium at 18 Main Street. More than 20 Artists will show their work and many will demonstrate their craft during this FREE exhibition.

Produced by the Amador County Artist Association, the art show will feature a raffle of fine art items from each of the participating artists. Proceeds from the Raffle directly benefit the ACAA Scholarship Fund.

Information will be updated on their website or contact Cynthia Dunn-Selph at

September at Sutter Creek Gallery: "A Few of My Favorite Things" Exhibition


Every so often Sutter Creek Gallery mounts a member show rather than highlighting one artist.  For September, the group exhibition is entitled “A Few of My Favorite Things.”  This show will open on Saturday, September 7, and run through the rest of the month.

One of the things that sets the gallery apart is that it is staffed by local artists. Another is the diversity of artistic media and styles as the show entries demonstrate. Rick Wise’s photograph of “Morning Oysters” is printed on metal instead of paper, as is all his work.  Abstract artist Annie Hughes will show one of the new acrylics created during a recent stay at Lake Tahoe. Sandy Morgan has submitted a necklace and cuff fashioned from wild abalone.  Ree McLaughlan-Brown, who primarily works in alcohol ink, will show a piece called “Neighborhood Watch.”  “Chess Vineyard” in oil is John Peck’s offering.  Collage artist Sandra Campbell has entered “Tuscan Cypress,” created in part from marbled papers purchased in Italy. These are just a few of our favorite things.

Come meet the gallery’s artists September 7 at the reception beginning at 2 p.m. The cooperative is located in the heart of Sutter Creek at 35 Main Street.  Besides original paintings and photography, the gallery offers numerous affordable items including prints, cards, jewelry, pottery, as well as gourd, glass and fiber arts.  Framing and layaway services are also available.

The gallery is open Sunday, Monday, Wednesday and Thursday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Friday and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.  For additional information, call 209-267-0228, email or visit


Apollo 11: First Steps Edition IMAX 2D

11am only time, Sept 5 to Sept 18 

Timed to the 50th anniversary of NASA’s celebrated Apollo 11 mission, Apollo 11: First Steps Edition is a thrilling cinematic experience that showcases the real-life moments of humankind’s first steps on the moon. In this special edition created exclusively for IMAX® and giant screen theaters in science centers and museums of Todd Douglas Miller’s critically acclaimed Apollo 11 documentary, the filmmakers reconstruct the exhilarating final moments of preparation, liftoff, landing and return of this historic mission—one of humanity’s greatest achievements and the first to put men on the moon. With a newly-discovered trove of never-before-seen 70mm footage and audio recordings, Apollo 11: First Steps Edition joins Neil Armstrong, Buzz Aldrin and Michael Collins, the Mission Control team and millions of spectators around the world, during those momentous days and hours in 1969 when humankind took a giant leap into the future.


It: Chapter Two The IMAX 2D Experience
Sept 5 - Sept 18
Twenty-seven years after their first encounter with the terrifying Pennywise, the Losers Club have grown up and moved away, until a devastating phone call brings them back.

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EDMT at The Harris Center

EDMT is an award-winning, regional theatre company based in El Dorado Hills, Calif. featuring performers aged 5-22. It is a 501(c)(3) non-profit arts education organization founded in 2001. The company’s focus is helping young people build confidence for life through excellence in theatre production. Shows in the 2019-2020 season include Seussical the Musical, Roald Dahl’s Matilda the Musical, Disney’s Newsies the Broadway Musical, and Disney’s Aladdin, Jr. For more information about El Dorado Musical Theatre’s shows; classes through EDMT’s Performing Arts Institute; tap companies, FanTAPulous and SpecTAPular; or its premier performing group, High Voltage, visit

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The California State Fair has always been a place to celebrate the best the state has to offer in agriculture, technology and the diversity of its people, traditions and trends that shape the Golden State's future. There were a number of free and discounted options for seniors, first responders, and military veterans. There were even kids discount days. Although temperatures reached triple digits the last weekend of the fair, it was still well attended; many made use of the Cooling stations with misters. We enjoyed the food, although we didn't go on the $2 fair days where select foods were available. New food offerings this year delighted the crowds. The award-winning cinnamon rolls, Bacon Habit's Rice and grilled chicken in a carved pineapple, the churro and the Vegan PHILLY CHEESESTEAK sandwich by Frik’n Vegan were all Award winners!

So many improvements have been made to the state fair that it is really enjoyable and exciting to see new exhibits and events such as the first-ever Bear Cup Esports Tournament that was full every day of the Fair; it's a new and booming video game competition that featured professional esports teams Kings Guard Gaming, San Francisco Shock and NRG Esports. One could play in tournaments against other fair-goers, watch professionals play, learn about gaming careers and see high-tech equipment. This was a really happening place to check out.

The unique Bank of America sponsored a Selfie Experience produced by Stage 9 Exhibits where fair-goers took pictures with a myriad of eccentric installations such as a Willy Wonka inspired candy land, the dinosaur-themed “Jurassic Dark,” a giant rainbow ball pit and more. The exhibit was free with fair admission. There were other new and exciting exhibits that drew new crowds besides the familiar fair areas we always look forward to.

The state fair recognized artists from across California and showcased their work at the Fine Arts Exhibit. With art and photography displayed together this year, and with submissions from all over California, this Exhibit building was a pleasure to see. Ranging from intricate digital composition to beautiful paintings and sculptures, it's one of the largest and most prestigious juried art shows. We enjoyed beautiful paintings, astounding sculptures, and intricate drawings. Jim Ralph won Best of Division for his Carnival Motordrome circa 1946 model which was amazing! Cathy Odonnell won an Award of Excellence for her Every Old Guys Garage submission. Fernando Socorro won the Juror's Award for his New Tower photograph. A new addition to the Fine Arts exhibit included the addition of youth art (ages 13 -18) to the Plein Air contest. You can already tell the great artists to be. We must have spent close to an hour in that one building alone.

An innovative Drone Light Show produced by The Great Lakes Drone Company, followed by a traditional fireworks show wrapped up the CA State Fair's events the last weekend of the fair. The combination of the old, beloved fireworks and the new drone light show symbolized the innovation and nostalgic activities the Fair provides and thousands enjoyed the show. Next year we will make time for the horse races, the animal cavalcade, and the midway. So much to see, and just not enough time. 



The League for Hope


I was so excited to see a number of costumed super heroes outside the Esquire IMAX theater in Sacramento on Opening Day as we picked up our tickets for Marvel... not only Marvel movie characters but others in the Marvel Cinematic family. Later, after the second showing which was sold out, they also were in the lobby entertaining and thrilling the younger kids. The League for Hope is a charity costuming group that specializes in going to children's hospitals and kids charity events. Outstanding! Perfect addition for an Opening Day film. 

Gina von Damm, Event Coordinator says, "The League for Hope regularly visits children who are going through health issues at local Sacramento children’s hospitals, like the UC Davis Comprehensive Cancer Center’s pediatric infusion center, UC Davis Children’s Hospital, Sutter Children’s Hospital, and Ronald McDonald House Charities. We also work with the Esquire IMAX in Sacramento to take a patient from one of the hospitals we work with to the movies with their favorite superheroes. We believe that hope heals and that any happiness we can bring to those who so desperately need some laughter to distract them is important. Checkout our Facebook page for more of our adventures.

League for Hope and Esquire IMAX Theatre teamed up again to bring joy to one of our pediatric patients at the UC Davis Comprehensive Cancer Center. Alec Dorn (in red) and his brother Kody had the winning raffle ticket and were treated to Aquaman on Dec 22, 2018. They even went home with a poster! Thank you League of Hope and IMAX for your generosity! Visit the UC Davis Facebook page. 

Some background information on the League For Hope beginnings per Gina von Damm:

The League for Hope was officially formed in September of 2018. My co-founder and partner, Gary Martin, and I have volunteered for years, organizing visits independently or as part of other groups. What we both really wanted was a group that encompassed all the different sorts of characters that kids would enjoy interacting with, so that we could visit hospitals on a regular basis and bring them something different and new.

I’d gotten my start visiting hospitals in 2013, when I was the Event Lead for Relay for Life of Davis, an American Cancer Society fundraiser. The American Cancer Society arranged an introduction for me with the UC Davis Comprehensive Cancer Center so that I could do art projects in the lobby with the kids while they waited for treatment. After my first visit, I wanted to make those visits a regular thing, so I used the connections I had been making with various social costuming clubs to bring characters to do art with the kids.

Gary started volunteering for children’s charities in 2000 when event coordinators began inviting him to charity events as a pirate or Santa; however, his visits to children’s hospitals began when he went to Shriner’s Children’s Hospital as part of Little Buccaneer’s day back in 2010 with a group of pirate reenactors. We met in 2014, when I started inviting him to some of my costuming and art visits to UC Davis, and we have been working together ever since.

Our members are 100% volunteers. None of us are professional actors, just good hearted people with regular jobs or students, who find it fulfilling to go and do these sorts of visits. We make or buy our own costumes and try to do as high a quality job on them as we can afford. We want the kids to believe, at least for a second, that we could be the real deal.

Thank you Gina, and thank you readers, for spreading the word about this awesome group!

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