2018 Mother Lode Show - Gorgeous!
The 52nd Annual Mother Lode art show, sponsored by the Placerville Arts Association, opened Sunday August 5th with a reception and the announcement of the winners. In her opening remarks, show chairperson, Gloria Vernon, spoke of the challenge this year's juror and judge, artist Frank Ordaz experienced choosing the 100 pieces from the over 300 entries submitted by local artists as well as entries from New York, Texas, Montana and Colorado.
Mr. Ordaz's presentation included high marks to both the artists and the folk who hung the show, stating he was impressed by the quality of the art displayed as well as the skill with which it was presented. By hanging complimentary pieces for display in each area the show is enhanced.
In his critique of some of the winning pieces, Mr. Ordaz expressed enthusiasm for artists who "capture a lifestyle in the image" and touted Barbara Kempe's Best of Show, a watercolor, Kaleidoscope Koi II, as "a celebration of life, a feel-good piece with wonderful spirit".
Steve Walter's watercolor Far Above Sabrina received an Award of Excellence. Mr. Ordaz called it a "wonderful positive piece".
Two scratchboard artists received high praise. Mr. Ordaz awarded Shirley Isola's Apalo an Award of Excellence, saying the piece "captures a wonderful spirit".
Linda Heath Clark also received an Award of Excellence for her scratchboard piece, Catalyst. This piece is "what a super hero would paint" Mister Ordaz enthused, "it visually has that wow factor".
Bringing forward Randy Honerlah's acrylic, Wahi Nini (winner of the Placerville Arts Membership Award) Mr. Ordaz remarked that this piece is sophisticated in its re-inspired "paint by number's style", taking it further than the kits we enjoyed as children.
Susan Wickersham's piece, Our Hands, Ourselves was the one Award of Merit highlighted by Mr. Ordaz. Noting that "assemblages are cool", he went on to say Ms. Wickersham's piece "is very sophisticated" and her "creativity is off the charts".
Congratulations to all the winners of the 52nd Mother Lode Show!
Best of Show: Barbara Kemp, Watercolor, Kaleidoscope Koi II
Placerville Arts Membership Award: Randy Honerlah, Acrylic, Wahi Nini
Award of Excellence Winners:
Linda Heath Clark Scratchboard, Catalyst
Shirley Isola, Scratchboard, Apalo
Steve Walter, watercolor, Far Above Sabrina
Award of Merit Winners
Susan Wickersham, Found objects, Our Hands, Ourselves
Lisa Aikenhead, Photography, Dream Back the Bison
Melinda Vahradian, Watercolor, Dinner Party
Joyce Campbell, Gourd Fine Art, Reflections
Barbara Gerard-Mitchell, Watercolor, In Formation
Myra Holmes, Steel Shadow Sculpture, Aarya, the Brave
Pam Little, Digital, Mallow Ninebark Fall
Marina Smelik, Stone, Mystery Within
Sierra Pastel Society Awards
Matt Lister, Soft Pastel, November, Award of Excellence for Best Pastel of the Sierra Nevada
Gloria Vernon, Soft Pastel, October Geranium, Award of Excellence
Anita Wolff Award:
Kaaren Poole, Mixed Media, Fallen Petals
A Word of Thanks
So many of our members contributed to the success of the Mother Lode Show.
Gloria Vernon's work as show chairman was never done, and her dedication and hard work is now embodied in this show of beautiful art, well hung and well displayed.
Phil LaChappelle, Bruce Gruenzel, and Sherry Morris were instrumental in hanging the show, and Marshall Brewer led the displaying of the 3D pieces.
Lucia Rothgeb, Marilyn Jassowski, and their team provided a stunningly beautiful and tasty array of treats for the reception.
Vesla Greenwood's work on the website, graphics, and the program has been invaluable.
Although all of these heroes deserve special mention, everyone who participated in organizing and producing the show is a hero. PAA is lucky to have you! And there are not enough words to express our thanks.
Save the Date - 3X3 Show in December
Many of you will remember the 3D shows we used to have at the old El Dorado Arts Council location on Main Street Placerville, as well as the 3X3 collections that we had on the walls. A few weeks ago our Member Show Chairman, Julia Swain, mentioned that the calendar for the Government Center was pretty empty and I asked her to see if the week of December 10th was available. It was! And now it's reserved for PAA! So, in addition to our regular Fall Member Show we will have a new show - Small Works - the week of December 10th - perfect for Christmas shopping.
Watch for more details. But it will probably include the 3X3 collections (9 paintings - or photos or tiles or anything that is 8x8 and can be hung from a picture hook - by a single artist around a theme, each 8"x8", not framed, and hung together as a group) as well as individual small works and probably one or two other collection formats.
I think this is exciting, and I hope you do too! I'll be working on the details and get more information out soon. If anyone is interested in working with me on this, please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org or call me at (530) 672-0943.
SPS' "Pastels on High" Show
"Summer Pears" by Gloria Vernon
Sierra Pastel Society's "Pastels on High" Show is now underway at Sacramento Fine Arts Center on Gibbons Drive in Carmichael. Dates are July 24 through August 12. Hours are Tuesdays, 11am to 7pm, Wednesdays through Fridays, 11am to 3pm, and Saturdays and Sundays, 11am to 5pm. When we hung the show we were gobsmacked at the amazing pastels that were accepted into the show. This is an international exhibit with entries from as far away as Athens, Greece. Also represented are Wisconsin, Oregon, Colorado, Vermont, Illinois, New York, South Carolina, Virginia, Rhode Island, New Jersey, and Missouri.
Several PAA members participated in the show: Mary Ann Broddrick, Garry Drake, Tracy Sirbello, Jean Stiles, Pat Stoddard Aragon, and Gloria Vernon.
AODC Gallery Gives Back
The new facade of the Art on the Divide Gallery
Take a stroll through the historic rose garden, linger over the new art on the walls and pedestals that line the Art On the Divide Cooperative gallery, and enter to win a $100.00 Gift Certificate towards a purchase of a lovely piece of art.
August is the gallery's month to give back to our loyal customers, the community and new visitors that walk through our metal doors. Enjoy historic Georgetown as you walk the raised sidewalk and take in the history of the area. Perhaps a meal out in one of our local eateries will be part of your day. There is also a "Walking Guide to Georgetown" available for pickup in the gallery to enhance your explorations.
Entries for the Gift Certificate Give-Away will be collected during the month of August with a drawing on August 26th. No purchase is necessary and you do not need to be present to win.
AODC Gallery is open 11-4 on Thursday and 10-6 Friday through Sunday. The phone number is 530 333-2787 and the website is artonthedivide.com. AODC is located at 6295 Main Street, between the fire station and the American River Inn.
Open Studio 2018 - Art Tour, Placerville Arts Association
Local artists invite you to come, see and enjoy Open Studios 2018. Placerville Arts Association Artists' Studio Tour will be held the last two weekends in September. This year's tour includes 12 locations from Placerville to Shingle Springs with 43 artists showing their work from 10 AM to 5 PM on September 22, 23, 29 and 30. Examples of the artist's work, their location and map for the free self-guided tour can be found at
Amador Artists Open Studios
September 8 and 9 will bring an Open Studios with a difference. Instead of a driving tour as in the past, the event this year will be held in the American Legion Hall at Sutter Hill where 20 artists will show their work, and many will demonstrate their craft. This free exhibition, produced by the Amador County Artist Association, will be open from 9am to 6pm on Saturday and 10am to 4pm on Sunday, with food available for purchase.
The increased hours on Saturday and the change from a driving tour is an effort to maximize the number of people who see our art and fund our scholarship raffle. Each participating artist donates a piece of artwork for the raffle. Additional information will be updated on our website, www.amadorartists.org or contact Cynthia Dunn-Selph at