AmadorArts fetes students, encourages registry

The popular AmadorArts “Student Arts Showcase” is open from 2:30 to 6 p.m. May 7 and 8 at St. Katherine Drexel Catholic Parish, 11361 Prospect Drive, Martell.

Each year, AmadorArts brings standards-based classes taught by professional artists to Amador County elementary schools. In the 2018-2019 school year, more than 2,200 students have participated in classes facilitated by the nonprofit organization. Classes included kindergarten color wheel; adventures with George the Dot in first grade; doodle art in second grade; Matisse-inspired paper collages in fourth grade; watercolor techniques with fifth-graders; chalk pastels with sixth-graders; and Chinese history and art and an introduction to the Art Pilot Program at Ione Junior High School. Each of the participating children was invited to participate in the “Student Art Showcase,” and those who are part of the show receive certificates of achievement.

Works created in other children’s studios will be on exhibit, too. Plus, doodling, collage and watercolor art created by young men from the Pine Grove Youth Conservation Camp will be on display.

AmadorArts fetes students, encourages registry

A quilt-style portrait by an Ione Junior High School student is part of the show.

“No matter the age, arts education not only enhances students’ understanding of the world around them, but it also gives them a sense of emotional satisfaction when they are involved in making art,” said an AmadorArts release. “They have control over the materials they use, making decisions about form, color, etc. And, it brings joy.”

The show is free to view, and refreshments are served.

This Arts in Education Program finale gives the public a chance to see the results of students being immersed in the arts. The director of the AIEP is Sue Lagomarsino, and the curator of the “Student Arts Showcase” is Nan Muzinich, both members of the AmadorArts Board of Directors.

For more, visit or call 256-8166.

AmadorArts has also announced the Amador Artists Registry is open and free to artists and performers of all media and genres who live, work or actively create in Amador County. The registry will be compiled from the information provided by the artists.

The Amador Artists Registry is an ongoing project that will constantly evolve and be promoted.

AmadorArts fetes students, encourages registry

A dragon swoops through an art piece by an Ione Junior High School student in AmadorArts’ “Student Arts Showcase.”

“The goal is to connect artists of all ages with opportunities as a resource for art-loving individuals, businesses, community groups, festivals, galleries, collectors, schools and networking,” the release said. “It will make it easy to contact the many diverse, and sometimes isolated, artists that make up Amador County, such as musicians, bands, vocalists, writers of songs, poetry, novels, brochures, photographers, culinary artists, glass, metal and woodworkers, videographers, cartoonists, graphic designers and visual artists of all types.”

A form can be found at; click on “Get Involved,” then “Call to Artists,” and scroll down to the form to fill out and submit online. At the bottom is a “Tell Us More” button, where more information may be submitted.

“It’s also where to tell us what you think AmadorArts should be doing for the arts community,” a release said.

Hard copies of the form may be requested by calling 256-8166.

“Artists provide the creative soul to the county, and AmadorArts wants to be the catalyst. You don’t have to join the nonprofit, although that would be nice; just join the registry.”


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