August 2018 Newsletter
In This Issue
Mother Lode Show
A Word of Thanks
Save The Date
Pastels On High
Art On The Divide Gives Back
PAA Studio Tour
Amador Artists Open Studio
From the Editor
Odds and Ends
Workshops and Shows to Enter
Dates to Remember
no Board or General Meetings this month due to the Mother Lode Show
Linda Heath Clark
Cathy Keil
Debra Appleby
Pen Slade
Sylvia Saxon and
Lynell Phillips
Kaaren Poole
Celeste Bunnell
Member Show
Julia Swain
Mother Lode Show
Gloria Vernon

The News
aug2018mls 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

Honorable Mention
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

-Lynelle Phillips

aug2018thanks 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.

aug2018savedate 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 or call me at  (530) 672-0943.

-Kaaren Poole

aug2018poh 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. 

-Gloria Vernon

aug2018aodc 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 AODC is located at 6295 Main Street, between the fire station and the American River Inn.

aug2018tour 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

jul18aa 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, or contact Cynthia Dunn-Selph at

From the Editor
Being at the Mother Lode Show Opening Reception on Sunday was such an inspiring experience.  Both the quality of the art and the professional presentation of the show made me so proud to be a part of this organization.  And that pride reminds me how important it is to keep participating in PAA's events, especially behind the scenes.  After all, these show don't just spring into being - they're the result of so many people's work and dedication.

And Frank Ortaz's talk gave me much to think about, especially his advice about receiving the "I like your art comment."  Don't just respond with a "thank you" - that ends the conversation.  Respond with "what do you like about it?" - which begins the conversation. 

Along those lines, I was somewhat surprised at the piece that I liked best.  It's Jennifer Eubank's pastel "Beer of the Month"  (I think that was the title.  Forgive me if I remember incorrectly.)  It's an interior of a bar, all ready to open, but no customers yet.  This is not a subject that would ordinarily appeal to me, but I was just captivated by this painting.  Why?  As I thought about it, I realized that I was drawn into the painting.  The space was so warm and inviting.  I could imagine it being bitterly cold and snowing outside and walking into the glowing warmth of this place.  Jennifer created a place I wanted to be.  Congratulations, Jennifer, for bring such a beautiful piece into being!

-Kaaren Poole

July Meeting Minutes
Meeting was called to order at 1:30 pm.
The Pledge of Allegiance and welcoming of guests and new members opened the meeting.
PAA welcomed and introduced our new Publicity Chairs, Sylvia Saxon and Lynell Phillips.
Mother Lode Show 2018: Gloria Vernon, August 5 thru 20, 2018. Show hours will be 10:00 am to 4:00 pm daily. Show opening day on Sunday, August 5th, at 1:00pm will be our show judge talk. This gathering at the Shakespeare Club will take the place of our monthly members meeting for the month of August. Hope to see you all there.
2018 Studio Tour: The Studio Tour weekend is scheduled for Sept. 22 & 23, and 29 & 30. The website for this event is now active.
July Meeting challenge was a "Color Challenge" the rules for this challenge was to pick a color, your base color that you don't usually work with along with a few of its analogous colors and its complementary color. Base your work on those colors with the base color predominating. This was a fun challenge thank you all for your participation.
Raffle: Gloria Vernon donated a very colorful glass art piece (Fish). Thank you Gloria for your donations to our raffle.
Our Demonstrator for this meeting is Laura Schofield, Laura demonstrated colored pencil techniques, and materials available for this medium.
Community Outreach Program
  • Donations are needed for the "Community Outreach Program" Bring donated art supplies to each meeting to be purchased by our members and guest. This is one way money is collected for the "Community Outreach Program." If you have extra supplies, art books please consider donating them for this cause. Please take home any unsold items, for we have no storage in our meeting room.
  • Donate cards to PAA to be sold at the general meetings. The money will go to the outreach program.
There are weekly art meeting on Tuesday mornings, at the Senior Center, starting at 9:30 am, in the craft room, free to participate. On Thursday, at 10:00 am to 12:30 pm, Coloma St., Church of Our Savior, $5.00 fee is charged to participate.
Meeting was adjourned at 3:30 PM
Debra Appleby
Placerville Art Association Secretary

August Program
The Opening Reception for the Mother Lode Show was in lieu of a program this month.
Odds and Ends
Member News
Ron Hall will be participating in the Sac Open Studios Sept. 15/16, 3008 Portsmouth Drive, Rancho Cordova, with Patience Mabray of Nor Cal Art Glass.  All the best at the tour, Ron!  

On September 15th Steve Ellenburg will be presenting his art at t he Barbera Festival. It is an outdoor wine and food festival focusing on Barbera wines from among vineyards and rolling hills .  More than 70 wineries from all over California will be there.  Steve will be showing his acrylic and pastel Wine Works paintings. He has focused on painting still life wines and wine related scenes.  Come out and enjoy the day.  For more information on the festival, visit their website

Workshops and Shows to Enter
Beverly Fields invites you to her new and exciting six (6) week transparent watercolor classes.  Unleash the "Artist" within while participating in these inspiring six (6) week no fear classes.  This popular hands-on series is for all artists, both beginner and intermediate/advanced. 
Fee is $162.00. 
Dates:  Thursdays, September 6 through October 18, and Fridays September 7 through October 19.  There will be a 7th week complimentary class for make-up.  Time:  9:00AM through 12:00PM is my introductory class, where there are chances to learn basic painting techniques, tools, and tricks to becoming the artist you always wanted to be.  1:00PM to 4:00PM we will continue accumulative elements from your painting experience along with new techniques.  For more information call Beverly Fields at (530) 622-4440. 

Joyce Martin brings a special workshop to our attention:  Charles Muench, an acclaimed plein air artist, will be giving a workshop in Placerville November 5, 6, and 7.  Joyce has been working with him to set up the workshop and is excited that he is coming to the area.  You can find more information  here.

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