Sunday, March 10, 2019

Northern California Daffodil Society Spring Show at Ironstone

Today marks the final day of the Northern California Daffodil Society Spring Daffodil Show at Ironstone Vineyards.  It always truly amazes me the variety of daffodils that grace this exhibit.  Below are just a few photos, as it is a show you must see in person.  If you haven't visited this free exhibit in the past, mark your calendars for the 2020 show, the second weekend of March.

Now, for my favorite section, the miniatures.  These are fascinating blooms no larger than a fingernail.  And even more amazing are Bob Spotts GREEN Daffodils!  Years in the making, Master of Daffodils, Bob Spotts has created a truly green daffodil.

The Calaveras Garden Club brought in a few arrangements highlighting daffodils.


Thursday, March 7, 2019

Saturday Dedication and Openin


Some exciting historical events are happening Saturday, March 9th in downtown Murphys. On the corner of Main Street and Big Trees Road (across from the red barn at the 4 way stop) The Malspina-Davies building was originally constructed in 1898 and the Native Sons will be officially dedicating it as a local historical landmark.  Recognition and celebration will 2be taking place at the historical property, currently the office of RE/MAX Gold and will be opening day for the brand new The Art Studio, hosted by local artist Judie Cain. 

Judie Cain is taking over the rear portion of the building (behind and between RE/MAX Gold and Robs Diner) as her working studio, classroom and show space.  It will be open by appointment and periodic special events only, such as classes and shows. Saturday will be a preview of things to come for Judie, with her first guest artist, Sarah Evans, as her show companion for this two-day event.

Several years ago Judie Cain had an art gallery in Forest Meadows (The Art Gallery) and well known artist, Sarah Evans had been one of her top selling artists.  So selecting longtime friend and fellow artist, Sarah Evans, as her first guest artist is a natural and a privilege.  Sarah has an impressive scholastic and professional career in the arts and in fine art and is highly collected.  She is represented locally by the Art On Main Gallery, in Murphys.

At Judies former Cain Art Studio in Forest Meadows she taught oil painting fundamentals and color demystified” classes and at various other venues.  She has been represented in galleries and has taught in the three western states.  She is represented by Town Hall Arts in Copperopolis, where she also has taught, and by Image Connection Agency, in Stockton. The larger studio space will allow Judie to hold classes and shows, as well as create.

Please join us for this impressive historical and arts event.  Tours of the historic building and book signing by Maureen Elliott, of her new book, They Walked The Streets of Murphys Camp, will begin at noon. The Native Sons impressive dedication ceremony begins at 1 p.m.  Everyone is welcome to this special event.

The Art Studio will open at 11 to 4 Saturday, Come meet artists Sarah Evans and Judie Cain and view their original artwork.  Intended hours for Sunday are noon to 4,

To contact Judie Cain about private lessons and to view her artwork at The Art Studio” at 209-728-2267 or 209-559-3345.

Gently In To Fall  by Judie Cain

Note:  Image by Sarah Evans unavailable at this time

Monday, March 4, 2019

Voices of Wisdom, FREE Workshop presented by Conrad Levasseur

Ironstone's own Conrad Levasseur will be the guest presenter at a free workshop in Creative Journaling. We are very proud of Conrad and hope you can join him!

VOICES OF WISDOM – GUEST PRESENTER CONRAD LEVASSEUR - Tuesday March 5, from 1-3 PM at Manzanita!

Conrad Levasseur, poet and writer, as well as Director of Community Relations and Development at Ironstone Vineyards, will be presenting a free workshop in Creative Journaling at the Tuesday, March 5, at the Voices of Wisdom free writing classes for seniors session from 1-3 pm. 

Location: Manzanita Arts Emporium in Angels Camp. The two-hour session will focus on opening channels of creativity, using art and the written word to stimulate personal ways to express artistic desire. Keeping a multimedia journal can be used to record emotions, memories, creative ideas—as well as trigger hidden images and language repressed by our busy lifestyle and workaday world. Conrad Levasseur has developed a method that will pique interest in one’s own artistic talents and may assist the writer, artist, or anyone interested in expanding their artistic desires, to experiment with images and language.

Journal writing, poetry and art have been important mediums for Conrad in helping to balance his outer explorations with his more inner ones. He has taught workshops in multi-dimensional journal writing, using these elements and others as a therapeutic way to put one’s business, or academic life, into a greater creative perspective. He has published seven books of poetry, and is currently working on several manuscripts and a complete collection of his poetry. He and his wife, Margaret, moved with their three children from San Francisco to Calaveras County in 1981. 

Conrad Levasseur has conducted groups through over a hundred and twenty countries in Africa, asia, Central and South America, the South Pacific, Indian Ocean and Europe. For sixteen years, he was West Coast Regional Sales Manager for Travcoa (Travel Corporation of America), designing and implementing global travel presentations around the United States. He directed Lodestar International Student Center’s summer program in Calaveras County for UC Berkeley’s International House. In the 1970s, Conrad was a wild River Rafting and Wilderness Guide for ARTA (American River touring Association) in California, Oregon, Idaho, and Utah. He directed an environmental Speakers Program for the San Francisco Ecology Center and conducted walking tours of the city. His work at Ironstone Vineyards as Director of Community Relations & Development for over 16 years continues his interest in sharing information about our community to visitors from all over the country and world.

Call Monika to let her know you are coming to this hands-on workshop as space is limited to 25. Participants are asked to bring printed photos that are memorable to them, old magazines of a topical nature, cut out newspaper headlines or other printed material , journals, their own writing in print, scissors, a glue stick, and any other media they would like to utilize and/or share at their table. Space limited to 25 participants. 

MUST RSVP! Thanks! 


Manzanita Arts Emporium                    
Home of Manzanita Writers Press

Sunday, March 3, 2019

And the Winners Are!

Judges Merit Awards

O-009 Pucker Up by Connie McLennan  oil  8x8  $150

“Pucker Up” by Connie McLennan 

O-046  Tulips! by Louanne Korver oil 24x36  $2400
“Tulips” by Louanne Korver 

O-051 Gently in to Fall by Judie Cain oil 24x36  $2200
Gently Into Fall”  by Judie Cain



O-052  4-Seasons-by Cali Roberson  pencil  28x32 $2500
Four Seasons” by Cali Roberson


O-172 Silver Fork River by Chris Knopp wc 15x22 $500
“Silver Fork Winter”  by Chris Knopp


O-068  La Vie en Rose by Janette Jones  oil  30x36 $1100
       “La Vie en Rose”  by Janette Jones

22nd Annual Spring Obsession Art Show


T-014 Flower Bed by Ron Miranda  oil  16x20  $1750

“Flower Bed”   by