Sunday, March 7, 2021

Meet Artist Terry Richardson

 Terry Richardson

O-049 -Aspens-by Terry Richardson -oil  20-x 10- $350

I began doing art at an early age while in grade school. I can remember spending hours in my room drawing, copying other artist’s work.  I studied it formally in High School and college but abandoned it to pursue a career in Occupational Therapy and to raise my 2 girls.  At some point in my adulthood I mentioned to my husband that I would like to start painting again and that year, for my birthday, he bought me an easel, paints and paint brushes. There was no turning back now! I needed to refresh my skills so I enrolled in an art class through Columbia College taught by Gereon Rios.  I was hooked!

O-050 -Life Gives You Lemons-by Terry Richardson - oil 12-x 14- $325

I continue to be inspired by the beautiful world around us and other artists.

O-051-Princess- by Terry Richardson oil 15x17-$475

Thank you and enjoy the show.

Terry D. Richardson

Saturday, March 6, 2021

Meet Artist Sandra Campbell



O-039 Mountain-Stream by Sandra Campbell pastel 12x16 $225

 I love color and experimentation.  My subjects include landscapes, florals, still life and animals.  Initially, I worked only with soft pastels but since have branched out into collage and acrylics, often combining these into mixed media pieces.  Lately, I’ve created some abstract works, a complete departure for someone who used to produce only realistic art. 

O-042 Red-Blue-Birds-Against-Striped-Sky by Sandra Campbell collage 12x15 $210


For pastels, I like to work on sanded surfaces, which allow for more layers of color.  When people hear the word ‘pastel,’ they may think of soft colors.  But what attracts me to this medium is the possibility for vibrant oranges, brilliant yellows, and intense purples and reds. 


O-041 At-the-Beach by Sandra Campbell collage 14x14 $185

Mixed media pieces utilize traditional canvasses, canvas panels or boards, both cradled and flat.  Many of my collage pieces are fabricated from rice or similar-type papers, which come in a variety of textures. Others utilize papers out of discarded picture books or atlases.


Landscapes are created both from my own photographs and by working plein air with fellow artists in a group that meets twice monthly for critique and support.  Many of the finished products are featured at an annual art show sponsored by the Amador County Artists Association (ACAA).    

O-040 Flowers-in-Blue-Vase-by Sandra Campbell pastel 16x18 $250


Amador County is alive with artists who inspire me and support my efforts.  Periodically, I take a college class or an artist’s workshop which may send me in a new direction.  Membership in the ACAA and Amador County Arts Council provides collegial support as does my informal art group.  My work is on display at the Sutter Creek Gallery at 40 Main Street, Sutter Creek.  View additional images on my website at and the gallery’s website,    

Meet Artist Jan Atwood-Ramey



Jan Atwood-Ramey


O-017 Xan by Janice Atwood-Ramey wc 12x14 $1200

One picture, one idea, can send me on a journey of creativity. I love that journey!


I have always been interested in portraiture. My mother was an artist and I was always fascinated by her oil portraits of my sister. I spent hours drawing faces.


Now I try to expand my horizons with a floral or landscape and have some success but I am always happy to return to portraits.


I have developed some skill in pastels as well as watercolor and use both depending on what the subject seems to be best suited for.


This portrait is of my grandson, Xan, at age 14. He is changing so rapidly that each portrait that I do of him seems to be of a different person.


                             Jan Ramey

Meet Artist Margarita Anderson

O-069 Tucked Below the mountains by Margarita Anderson acr 9x12 $250

 I am a Tracy, CA artist, motivated by the natural beauty of California and influenced by both French and California Impressionism. I paint in acrylic both outdoors and in the studio. I have been a member of the Tracy art community for nine years and am currently on both the Tracy Art Commission and the board of the Tracy Art League.

Please visit my website to view more of my artwork at

You can follow me on Instagram at margaritaanderonfineart

You also can find my work online at The Grand Galleries in Tracy 


In the New Dawn online exhibit published by the Livermore Art Association

Meet Artist Kristina S. Anderson

 Artist Bio

Kristina S. Anderson, is an impressionist painter based in the Central Valley of California. She i a protege of award winning artist Vincent Walsh, who was himself a disciple of Can Waldron. Kristina holds an Art Minor from Trinity Western University in Langley, British Columbia, and has since studied with Viacheslav Korolenkov.

Our creator romances each one of us everyday. His way to my heart is through color, nature, and the people in my life. As an artist I am drawn to capture this encounter I have with Him, and I choose to express it through color and flowing strokes.  As I am but an instrument, I can only hope that these pieces will spark moments of peace, solace, and joy to those who view them.

O-066 Alleyway Curiosity by Kristina Anderson acrylic 8x10 $200

Juried Shows

2021 Spring Obession Ironstone Vineyards Murphys, CA

2020 Carnegie Art Showcase Carnegie Arts Center, Turlock, CA

2020 Expressions Tracy Art League, Tracy, CA

2019 Expressions Tracy Art League, Tracy, CA

O-067 BC Memories by Kristina Anderson acrylic 9x12 $250


Grand Theater Center for the Arts

Cultural Arts Division

715 Central Avenue

Tracy, CA 95376 209.831.6TKT (6858)

O-068 Autumn Trail by Kristina Anderson acrylic 8x10 $200

Friday, March 5, 2021

Ironstone Vineyard's 24th Annual Spring Art Show & Competition


Saturday March 6, 2021 through May 23, 2021

Exhibit Open for Private Tours of 4—6 persons

Thursday—Sunday, 11:00—3:00

Advance reservation required.

Contact: to book a Gallery Tour

Closing Gala Weekend Event

May 22 & 23, 2021 11:00 - 3:00

Artist Meet n Greet, Art in Action Free admittance

Artist Reception / Food & Wine Pairing 3:00 - 6:00 $25 pp

Reservations required: 209-728-1251

More information:

Ironstonevineyards facebook


Friday, February 26, 2021

Meet Artist Suzanna Young


Suzanna Young

A little about me...

I've drawn and painted since childhood.

Received my first set of oil paints at 10 years old for my Birthday... l would draw from magazines and whatever l saw; people, animals, nature in its many seasons.  Always fascinated with my surroundings.

O-058 Fancy Dancer by Suzanna Young acrylic 16x19 $198

I love color and am fortunate to see so many shades of a "color".  Also love movement...

I was an art student all through school and won many awards on my works at local, county and state competitions. 
Upon  Graduation  from high school, l received a full ride scholarship and invitation  to Hallmark in Kansas City as an artist.

O-057 Whooo's That! by Suzanna Young acrylic 16x19 $325 1

Took a 20 year break while raising my 3 girls and now have time to resume my passion...

Meet Artist Lorna Ho


A Spiritual Journey Through Art


A strong influence in my work is my Chinese cultural background. I was born in Hawaii and although I don’t speak or write Chinese, I have a great respect for Asian culture.  I particularly admire calligraphy and use It in some of my work.


T-008 Spring Impressions by Lorna HO acrylic 22x18 $1950.

As I paint, I feel that it is a meditative process where I get in touch with my inner being.  It is a spiritual practice for me regardless of the subject or result.


Brush strokes are freeing for the body.  My goal in art is to make it a spiritual practice which engages my mind, body, and soul. What drives me to create are the inner visions that come from the soul.  The process and resulting painting id the combination of mind, body, and spirit.


Lorna Ho

Meet Artist Victoria Fout


Victoria Fout

O-056 Show-your-feathers by Victoria Fout mm 16x20 $450

Life can be very hard, so I try to add a splash of color and whimsy by imagining my own fantastical worlds and beings, exploring the duality between fantasy and reality, light and darkness, life and death, expressing emotion, and reimagining nature. I create fantastical creatures and surreal landscapes using acrylic on canvas as my main choice of medium. I love a colorful palette, and creating different textures so much that in some pieces, I often manipulate acrylic mediums, sew raw canvas, include 3dimensional elements such as fabric to elevate the painting experience to bring my fantastical worlds even more to life.

I grew up in Angels Camp, California. I found my love for art at Columbia Community college during the most difficult time in my personal life. Art became a life-raft; I found comfort, escape, therapy, and a creative outlet. Art allows me to express myself. I am a local artist with a fresh and unique colorful perspective. I earned my BFA from the San Francisco Art Institute in 2016. My artwork has been shown at the Calaveras County Arts Council, Ironstone Vineyards, Crafty Chicks Road Show, Manzanita Arts Emporium in Angels Camp, and at the Calaveras County Fair. I also serve as a Board member for the Calaveras Arts Council.

Lost within my own darkness I find the colors of expression and joy when I paint. My art is an invitation into my world, welcome.

Thursday, February 25, 2021

Meet Artist Angela Harmon



   Angela Harmon


Angela Harmon is a 1999 transplant from the Bay Area.  She and her husband Don have transformed their property on historic Main Street in Douglas Flat including an art studio with origins from an 1850’s cabin, orchard trees and gardens of inspiration and joy.  Angela’s art studio was the original home on the property. 

O-081 Margarita-Time by Angela Harmon mm 12x14 $200

Recently retired, Angela is now enjoying a renewed avocation in floral art designs.  Drawing upon her experience and design concepts from competitive flower show arrangements and flower creations for weddings, Angela is creating floral arts in watercolor, collage and mixed media.  Participating in oil painting workshops given by local artist Janette Jones, Angela was encouraged to pursue her passion for flowers in new creative artistic mediums.  Her abundant floral gardens are a continual source of inspiration in creating designs of bright color and detail.  She also creates dried floral wreaths, which she has done for over 15 years, utilizing flowers and ornamental herbs she grows in her garden.

Although primarily self-taught and continually learnO-082 Anybody Home by Angela Harmon mm 16x20 $295ing from published artists via books and video tutorials, Angela has been fortunate to learn fundamental design and value techniques from local fine artist Judie Cain.  She recently attended a painted papers collage class by fine artist Elizabeth St. Hilaire, a signature member of the National Collage Society, and an award-winning collage artist. 

O-083 Celebrate! by Angela Harmon mm 12x18 $400

Angela has exhibited her paintings at the Carnegie Arts Center in Turlock, Ca., Ironstone Spring Obsession show in Murphys, Ca., and gallery shows of the Calaveras County Arts Council.  She is a member of the Arts Council and has participated in their open studio tours. Prior to the Covid-19 pandemic, she was an exhibiting artist at the Manzanita Arts Gallery in Angels Camp, Ca.  Follow Angela on her Instagram account @angelaharmoncreativearts.  

Meet Artist Ron Miranda

  Ron Miranda

O-019  Orange Crush  by Ron-Miranda  oil 28x22 $2500


Ron was born in the island of Guam, an unincorporated and organized territory of the United States in Micronesia in the western Pacific Ocean. His parents are of Chamorro and Filipino descent. Ron currently resides in Southern California where he studied art at the California State University, Long Beach, earning a Bachelor's in Fine Arts degree graduation with honors.

Ron began working as a graphic artist receiving state and national awards and accolades for his work.  As a graphic artist, it had set him up on his lifelong journey to find his own unique style and language, to create amazing paintings pulsating with the light and energy that emanates from his heart and soul. Now his focus is as a full-time art painter to grow and discover new visual boundaries.

O-020  Pond-Sunday  by Ron-Miranda  oil 20x16 $1700

Most of Ton's inspirations and influences are from fond memories of Guam; romanticizing visions and memories of the rich tropical vegetations, fauna and some of the amazing color, textures and patterns that channel their way into his paintings. Heightened color is paramount in Ron's paintings with exaggerated hues to push boundaries and strike a chord with the viewers.

Many of Ron's works range from realism to abstract. The concepts for his abstract works run deep from his island culture and music. Ron finds incentive for his representational pieces from a collection of images via his personal digital library that he photographed throughout his life.

Very well versed in computer graphics design programs, Ron applies his computer skills to conjure up his painting compositions. He works mainly with oils and sometimes uses acrylic, charcoal, color pencil, gouache and pencil.

Ron hopes his paintings resonate with a broad spectrum of people, engaging the viewer in present time with a modern beauty crested through his imaginations and life experiences.

meet Artist Paula Tooman

 Paula Tooman

O-035 Hope by Paula Gale Tooman wc 17x14 $175

My name is Paula Tooman. I really love doing watercolor painting. The colors intrigue me and the techniques always present interesting challenges. In my thirties I started painting – but was busy raising two children so could not paint as often as I desired. In my forties my husband and I adopted fourteen children – thirteen Ethiopians and one handicapped girl from the United States. The children were and are a joy – and sometimes a sorrow. We certainly felt emotions parallel to those experienced by parents all over the world – multiplied by fourteen! As was expected they did keep me very busy and I found time to paint only sporadically. Now I’m in my early seventies and we only have three children at home. My husband prepared a home studio for me and I am enjoying the freedom to regularly paint again with my beloved watercolors. It is such a luxury to have time to paint again and I’m having great fun doing it!

O-038 Barn-in-the-Woods by Paula Gale Tooman wc 23x29 $350

I enjoy most of all painting flowers, people, and landscapes. They lend themselves to the use of a great variety of painting materials, many color variants, and a host of presentation and brushing techniques. I am always reading books and watching DVDs or YouTube  tutorials by other artists to encourage myself to try new ideas and to look at each new blank paper as a new and interesting challenge.

O-036 Hawaiian-Daydream by Paula Gale Tooman wc 20x24 $225

O-037 Daisies-in-the-Morning by Paula Gale Tooman wc 20x16 $205

Meet Artist John Turnbeaugh


My name is John Turnbeaugh and I am a painter. 

My favorite medium to work in is acrylics but I also enjoy drawing and illustration. I have lived in Calaveras County my whole life and currently live in Valley Springs with my wife Katie and our five children where we own and operate our own preschool. In my free time I love to paint and illustrate my own stories. Ever since I was a child it has been a dream of mine to be an artist. I have never been formally trained in  art but feel that I have been influenced in many styles and techniques over the years from my admiration of some of my favorite artists, whether those are masters in fine art, or prolific illustrators in the comic book genre. However, I believe my biggest influences have been my parents, my mother is a watercolorist and muralist and my father is amazing with pencils and charcoal, Growing up and seeing their art whether that was in drawings my father did for me, or paintings left out on my moms desk,  I was always inspired by them and feel a great deal in whatever art education I have is owed to them and their eagerness to give me a pencil and paper and let me create what I want and how I want.

            In 2009 I was awarded a high school scholarship through the Calaveras County Arts Council. In the years since I have painted murals at Jenny Lind Elementary and  several large scale murals including a series of murals for  The Resource Connection at their Children's Advocacy center in San Andreas I have also painted dozens of commissioned pieces of art and illustrated multiple graphic novels. Along with that I have also created and painted sets for numerous theatrical productions at Calaveras Sings Theater Arts Reparatory for Kids (CSTARS). I have also won several awards including 1st place in the Professional art division for Portrait Painting at The Calaveras County Frog Jump in 2019. 

            Art is such a crucial part of who I am and something I hope in some way I can pass to my children. I know in being a parent and a teacher that Art is absolutely essential and how important and even therapeutic it can be in life. I have always strived to communicate emotion through my art and try to convey a sense of drama or meaning in what the viewer sees. I believe the greatest achievement that an artist can have is to make someone believe in something they didn't before, whether that is the presentation of a scene that could never exist in real life or an idea or a feeling they have never had. In all, I believe art is a way to share beauty, and it is the duty of every artist to leave the world a little more beautiful than it was when you found it.

O-076 Native American Chief by John Turnbeaugh acr 24x36 $500

Saturday, February 20, 2021

Meet Artist Barbara Wells




O-087 Posey 1 by Barbara Wells encaustic 3.5x8 $150

Retired from healthcare and education, and having lived in Amador County for 50 years, I have a deep appreciation for the beauty and caring community of our foothill communities. I strive to represent that appreciation in my art.

As a mixed media artist, I am fascinated by texture, color and flow. When I paint, every painting is an experiment, often with surprising outcomes.  Encaustics allow me to push the limits of my artistic expression with strong bold colors and forms. My encaustic journey, supported by luminous waxes, inks and mixed medium products, offers me an endless creative license, that hopefully will evoke an emotional response from the onlooker while enjoying the beauty of the piece.

O-084 Energy for Two by Barbara Wells encaustic 12x12 $400


Crocker Art Museum: Wonderous Wax Exhibit 2020 – featured on Crocker video presentation.

Sacramento Fine Arts Center: 54 National Obsession Art Competition, 2020, award winner.

The Gallery 48 at Natomas:  Movement, Mastery and Medium, Sierra Wax Artist Exhibit, 2021

Sacramento SMUD Art Gallery Show Exhibit: 2018

Amador County Fair: Prize winning art for 10 years

Lodi Crane Festival: 2017, 2018, 2019. Award winner and sale of art.

O-085 Meadow Bloom by Barbara Wells encaustic 6x6 $150

GIVING BACK: Donated art for fund-raising auctions.

Sutter Amador Hospital: Yearly event to support hospital needs

Amador County School:  Art sales to support education

Mexico Orphanages:  Yearly fund-raising auctions to support orphans and widow


O-086 Sunflower Dance by Barbara Wells encaustic 12x12 $250

Thursday, February 18, 2021

Meet Artist Stephen Testa


             Stephen Testa

is a geologist whose interests are in painting landscapes of geological interest, black and white images of iconic geological figures and landscapes from the great surveys of the 19th Century, and wildlife (including domestic pets).  For Stephen, the media of choice is watercolor and the transformation from an historic dark black and white photo to watercolor brings out a fresh perspective on such iconic individuals and images.  Stephen's other interests are in the painting of animal portraits and wildlife.  His initial inspiration for watercolors began in the early 1980s when he was working in the North Cascades.  It was there that he met Dr. Peter Misch, an iconic pioneering geologist of the North Cascades and professor at the University of Washington.  Dr. Misch also an accomplished mountain climber and during his many geological excursions would take his watercolor set with him as he explored the Cascades.  It was at his home where Peter showed Stephen his watercolors and encouraged him to pick up the brush along with a rock hammer.  Some of Stephen's earliest paintings were displayed at The Prince and Pauper Gallery in Seattle.  During this time, he also became a member of the Northwest Watercolor Society.  After a hiatus from painting in the late 1980s until 2017, Stephen resumed his desire to paint in watercolor.  Stephen is self-taught, and has developed his style from books on technique, observation of other artists' works, especially that of John Hunt and Robert Bateman, and workshops, albeit his geologic training is an advantage in sketching and 3-D visualization.  He prefers watercolor for the spontaneity and many challenges this media presents.  His works have been shown at several exhibitions throughout California.  Stephen lives in Mokelumne Hill and is a member of the California Watercolor Association and Mother Lode Art Association.

O-045 Bella-by Stephen Testa wc 26x21 $450

O-044 Big-Baby-Girl-by Stephen Testa wc 16x12 $450

O-043 The-Great-Hornbill-by Stephen Testa wc 22x18 $500

O-046 Ravens-at-Joshua-Tree-by Stephen Testa wc 24x30 $650

Sunday, February 14, 2021

Meet Artist George Dillon




O-011 The Flutists by George Dillon acrylic 18x24 $200.


Studio:  2857 Oak Court, Valley Springs, CA 95252                 


Phone:  (209) 772-2892

Cell:       (209) 608-0859



George has had an interest and a connection to art all his life but only in the last twenty years has been able to dedicate his full time to its pursuit.


His teachers include nationally renowned landscape artist Charles White, watercolorists Penny Soto and Joan Dougherty, Judie Cain, a frequent contributor to Artist Magazine and portraitist Gary Bergren.  Ben Kikuyama, an internationally known featured artist at the Lahaina Galleries in Maui has been his mentor in the field of mixed media and three-dimensional art.


O-012 In My Dreams by George Dillon acrylic 16x20 $200.

George’s style is most often surreal or modern and has been influenced by Picasso, Matisse and Georges Braque as well as his first encounters with African Art and travel.  His imagination and whimsy have all been inspiration to him and have encouraged his experimentation with color, theme and materials.  His 3-dimensional art, which recently was the subject of his presentation to the Lodi Council of Arts, is typically built from canvas or paper and then layered upon each other to form his interpretations of the subject.  He takes a more conventional approach to more traditional themes.


George’s art is typically both bold and colorful and challenges his viewers’ sensibilities with sometimes humorous and sometimes penetrating looks at culture and its surroundings.  Further adding to his art are his pithy titles that often reflect both innuendo and a healthy splash of irony. 


O-013 A Good Poker Hand by George Dillon wc 16x18 $155.

When asked what type of art he creates, Dillon responds, “It is hard to categorize, but I am known for color.  I want each observer to have an emotional response of some type to my paintings.  The vivid use of color causes a reaction as we tend to be internally stirred by the spectrum before us.  I can describe what a painting means to me, but I hope the viewer comes up with a meaning that conjures up his or her own inner feelings.”  


Dillon always starts a painting with the idea of where he wants to go but reflects that sometimes the creative process takes over and the finished product is something he never dreamed of.  He gets a great feeling looking at a painting and having no idea how he did it but great satisfaction in the accomplishment.  He offers a tip for viewers.  “Often my titles help to discover what the art piece is trying to convey”.  Many of his titles will challenge the observer to examine their own awareness.

Currently George is a member of the Calaveras County Arts Council, the Amador County Artists Association and the Lodi Council of Arts.  His works have been on display in several venues in the Bay Area, Sacramento and currently in the California foothills as well as the Lodi Community Art Center.



Saturday, February 13, 2021

Meet Artist Tabitha Kremesec


Tabitha Kremesec, Artist

O-005 venice by Tabitha Kremesec oil 16x20 $485

Tabitha Kremesec's preferred mediums are both oils and watercolors. 

Tabitha loves to create a variety of art such as animals, landscapes and portraits. Animals, landscapes and portraits are her passion. 

O-006 eveningrain by Tabitha Kremesec oil 16x20 $435

Painting is therapeutic in dealing with several disabilities and encouraging that she can overcome limitations. 

O-003 Qing Yuan deep water by Tabitha Kremesec oil 12x16 $285

Tabitha has a unique perspective and loves to focus on capturing the realism of a scene and she loves to paint impressionism art as well. 

O-004 New Wave by Tabitha Kremesec oil 16x20 $435

She is very creative and experimental with both mediums together