Julie Trail has been captivated by the beauty of the foothills since she first visited Sutter Creek in the early 1990s. Her new show at Gallery 10 in Sutter Creek is titled “A Song for Amador,” and it opens with a reception on May. 4.

This year, Trail looked closely into some of the reasons Amador County is so enticing: an old tree on New Chicago Road, the rock wall that edges old Eureka Street, ducks resting in an eddy on Sutter Creek at Minnie Provo Park.

She says that watercolors are still her first love.

“The way the colors merge and mix in a wash is magical, unlike any other medium,” she said. “The paint has its own mind, and the artist is always challenged to encourage lovely results. I am always chasing the perfect interaction between water and color, a never-ending pursuit!”

Always learning and always looking for new ways to express the beauty that surrounds her, Trail studies other artists’ works, and pays particular attention to why some paintings are considered classics while others are not. Why does one painting capture our imagination? What is it that makes a painting beautiful?

She continues to take workshops and travels with her paints to outdoor locales so she can really see what the colors and values are in real life. She continues to teach watercolors to adults in her studio, and in classrooms full of fourth-graders as part of the AmadorArts Arts in Education Program.

Trail’s new show opens with a reception in her honor from 2 to 5 p.m. May 4 at the gallery at 15 Eureka St., Sutter Creek. The reception is free to attend.

The gallery is open from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Thursdays through Mondays. For more, visit gallery10suttercreek.com or call 267-0203.

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