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Crocker Art Museum transcends with ‘Summer of Impressionism’

It is hard to believe, but summer is nearly over, and autumn will be here before we know it. Like the beautiful delicious fruits of summer some art exhibits will come to a close in September. Among these art events are two exhibits running concurrently at the Crocker Art Museum in Sacramento: “Transcending Vision: American […]

Comments Off / August 29, 2011 | Posted in Spotlight Columns | Read More »

Local flavor at regional festivals goes well beyond food

The more time you spend in El Dorado Hills and the surrounding region the more you realize: this place is extraordinary. Extra, as in “more than.” Remarkable, as in “worthy of commentary.” This place we call “home” is one of the most unique places in the country. It is larger than just the sum of […]

Comments Off / August 19, 2011 | Posted in Spotlight Columns | Read More »

Rescue teen a Grand Champion

Some girls collect dolls. Others collect stuffed animals. Emily Piland collects metal. And what a collection this 14-year-old has: in the form of silver and gold belt buckles (over 20), medals (too many to count), trophies, plaques and even a silver tea service. But Emily is really a metal “collector by default,” because her focus […]

Comments Off / July 22, 2011 | Posted in 4-H Results | Read More »

California State Fair is still fun … even if it’s not as ‘big’

It’s time for the annual California State Fair and, if the weather on opening weekend was any indicator, the fair is off to a good start, financially. Cooler than usual July temperatures helped the fair enjoy its first year in the black last year, and fair officials hope to duplicate that record this year. No […]

1 Comment / July 18, 2011 | Posted in Spotlight Columns | Read More »

Be inspired by ‘Pastels in Light’ at 48 Natoma

"WATER LANDSCAPE,"€ a pastel by Gerald Boyd, will be on display at the €œPastels in Light€ exhibit at The Gallery at 48 Natoma in Folsom, July 15 through Sept. 1.

Pastel as an art form gets a bad rap. First, because the average person thinks that pastel is chalk. And second, because its name, “pastel,” is often connected with light, watery and pale colors. An upcoming exhibit by the Pastel Society of the West Coast at The Gallery at 48 Natoma will set the record […]

Comments Off / June 30, 2011 | Posted in Spotlight Columns | Read More »

Folsom History Museum’s 31st annual Quilt Show best in years

BRODERIE PURSE was created in 1820. It is an extremely old quilt, and highly unusual because of its excellent condition. It was obviously well cared for these past two centuries. It is on display at the Folsom History Museum's annual Antique Quilt and Vintage Fashion Exhibit through Sept. 5. Photo by Susan Laird

The 31st annual Quilt and Vintage Fashion Exhibit at the Folsom History Museum this summer is one of the best shows for vintage quilts in Northern California — ranking it “up there” in the world of quilt shows in the Western United States. As a dabbler in quilting who grew up with a mother, grandmother […]

Comments Off / June 27, 2011 | Posted in Spotlight Columns | Read More »

Summer is alive and swingin’ at Folsom’s Thursday Night Market

The warm — hot — days of summer are here, at long last. And Old Town Folsom’s Sutter Street renovation project is also complete (at long last). So there’s only one thing to do: check out all the improvements and new shops during the summer Thursday Night Market. The Folsom Thursday Night Market goes back […]

Comments Off / June 20, 2011 | Posted in Spotlight Columns | Read More »