|Sun Peek at Wakamatsu – Pastel by Judith Perry|
|Brother Oaks – Photograph by Doug Parks|
A Bit of History
|Morning Has Broken (Wakamatsu)|
Linocut by Katie Caulk
The site has a rich cultural history, dating back to its first inhabitants - the Nisenan tribe. A group of Japanese immigrants - fleeing Japan after their losses in the Boshin War - settled on the property in 1869 and began operating a tea and silk farm plantation. It is believed to be the first permanent Japanese settlement in North America.
Unfortunately for the Japanese, their stay on the ranch was short-lived. After two years, the tea and silk colony farm faded away. Shortly thereafter, the local Veerkamp family worked the land and established a family farm and dairy that remained until the American River Conservancy (ARC) bought the culturally-rich site in 2010.
Gold Country & ARC Collaboration
The collaboration between members of Gold Country Artists Gallery and the American River Conservancy came about because of the wonderful scenery that beckons artists at the Wakamatsu site.
During the last two months, Gallery members produced a vast array of incredible artworks (jewelry, painting, photographs, woodwork, pottery) that will not only be on display and for sale at Gold Country during the month of May, 2013, but also on display and for sale at the Wakamatsu Farm Festival at the Wakamatsu site on Saturday, May 18. See a flyer about the GCA Wakamatsu Art Show here.
We hope you come by the Gallery during the month of May and see the incredible Wakamatsu artworks by our members AND the incredible works of our two Featured Artists for May, Linda Soos and Soroush.
Featured Artist: Linda Soos
|Mr. Robins Neighborhood – Stained Glass by Linda Soos|
Linda uses stained glass to create artwork from the natural scenery around her at her home in the Sierras. Flowers, insects, birds, trees, beautiful vivid blue skies and Lake Tahoe provide a wealth of ideas and inspiration for Linda's glass creations.
See more of Linda's work on her Gold Country Artists Gallery web page.
Featured Artist: Soroush
|Sunset at Jack's Pond – Photograph by Soroush|
Soroush's photographs cover a range of natural as well as artificial subjects, His main interests are unusual and captivating color and composition. His subjects are located mainly in northern California as well as southwest England.
Soroush asks "what was it that made me take a second look?" He then recreates that unique feature in each photograph. His most recent works are often high-dynamic range (HDR) photographs that capture all the available light, tone and color through multiple exposures.
The fine art photographs by Soroush are available at Gold Country Artists Gallery in frames, gallery-wrapped canvas, and matted prints.
See more of Soroush's work on his Gold Country Artists Gallery web page.
Third Saturday ArtWalk
The Third Saturday ArtWalk on Placerville's Main Street is on Saturday evening, May18, 5pm-9pm. Make sure to plan your Saturday so that you can stroll Main Street and stop by Gold Country Artists Gallery to not only view the works of our Featured Artists Linda Soos and Soroush, but also view our Wakamatsu Art Show.
Main Street Events in May
Not only is the Third Saturday ArtWalk on May 18, but there are also several other events downtown during May on Main Street that you might enjoy:
- The Motherlode Century Bike Ride will be coming through Placerville on Saturday, May 11, roughly between the hours of 11am and 1pm. See more info here.
- On Saturday afternoon, May 18 from 12pm to 4pm, Davey Wiser will be giving FREE stagecoach rides on Main Street. "Catch the stage" at the Bell Tower and see more info about that here.
- On Sunday, May 19, the Hangtown Car Show will be happening on Main Street from 9am-3pm.
- The Flower Baskets will be going up on Main Street in late May.
GCA Members Win Awards at PAA Show
The Placerville Arts Association had their annual spring art show at the Placerville Government Center in early April and we had many artists enter art into the show and many won awards:
- Bruce Gruenzel – Best of Show and Honorable Mention in landscape/seascape
- Ramona Beckwith – 1st Place and 3rd Place in abstract/experimental
- Isabella Jeanette Ryder – 2nd Place in abstract/experimental
- Isabella Jeanette Ryder – 3rd Place in miniatures
- Doug Parks – 2nd Place and 3rd Place in Photography
- Craig Koski -- Honorable Mention in Photography