Writers bring new biz to Angels

Artist Cate Culver paints a work titled ‘Manzanita Maiden.’ Culver’s paintings are now available in the new Manzanita Arts Emporium in Angels Camp.

Manzanita Writers Press, an organization that publishes works by Calaveras County authors, announced it will open a new arts center in downtown Angels Camp.

Manzanita Arts Emporium will open for business at 10 a.m. Saturday in the Cornerstone Professional Building, 1211 S. Main St., Angels Camp. The Arts Emporium offers books by local writers, art and jewelry crafted by area artists and seminars on topics ranging from literature to healthy living.

Author and English instructor Monica Rose is leading the effort. Rose is a long-time Calaveras County writer and adjunct instructor at San Joaquin Delta College.

Rose founded Writers Unlimited in 1984. This Calaveras writers group has published five “Manzanita” volumes and three other volumes. Manzanita Writers Press formed in 2009 and now publishes the “Manzanita” series and other books. Manzanita Writers Press is a member of the Calaveras Arts Council Literary League.

In addition to Manzanita Writers Press books, the Arts Emporium will have for sale fine art by Gary Rose, Cate Culver, Patty Payne, Janet and Andy Trinkle, Folkmanis puppets and Berta’s Beads jewelry by Roberta Hughes.

Emporium managers also plan to offer regular storytelling by Tuolumne County’s Cynthia Restivo and other area tellers.

The Manzanita Arts Emporium will host a formal celebration of its opening at 4 p.m. Nov. 28 during the Angels Camp Holiday Open House and Parade. That day, the gallery will be open until 8 p.m. and there will be refreshments.

The gallery will normally be open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesdays through Mondays and will be closed on Tuesdays.

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