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Organic images by El Dorado County artists on display

“Green Venus,” Anton Nemeth, porcelain sculpture.

Two El Dorado County artists share the spotlight in the latest offering at the Gallery at 48 Natoma in Folsom, with stunning displays of organic art in “Organic Origins,” starting Friday. “Organic art? What’s that? Is it veggie art that’s GMO-free?” quipped my hubby. “Silly,” I told him. “Organic art is a vital new movement […]

No Comment / May 10, 2015 | Posted in Spotlight Columns | Read More »

Fire blight

By Kit Smith UCCE Master Gardener of El Dorado County Fire blight was very prevalent in El Dorado Hills last spring and summer. Fire blight is a bacterium that infects pome trees such as pear, quince, apple, toyon and crabapple giving the trees a scorched appearance. The first sign of the blight infecting trees is […]

No Comment / May 03, 2015 | Posted in Spotlight Columns | Read More »

‘Sports Night’ at the Folsom Symphony

Folsom Symphony celebrates American and international sports with Sports Night at the Symphony, June 6 & 7. Tin Pan Alley favorite “Take Me Out to the Ball Game” is just one of the treats at each performance. Photo public domain

What a season we’ve experienced with the Folsom Symphony. Our new maestro Peter Jaffe continues to amaze and delight. At the most recent concert, he conducted Stravinsky’s “Firebird Suite” without a score. Yes, he memorized it. The entire thing. So, it should come as no surprise that the Folsom Symphony is flexing its “muscles” at […]

No Comment / May 03, 2015 | Posted in Spotlight Columns | Read More »

Save the dates for local garden tours

The Folsom Garden Club hosts Gardens of Folsom later this month. The Assistance League of Sierra Foothills will host its sixth annual Gardens of the Hills in May. Photo courtesy of the Folsom Garden Club

Gardening, for the enthusiast, is a lifelong adventure. There are books covering every topic: landscaping, hardscaping, garden design styles, annuals, perennials … you name it. Then there are the tomes on the plant varieties within those categories. Drought-tolerant gardening is of special interest these days. Water restrictions in our community and in the surrounding area […]

1 Comment / April 12, 2015 | Posted in Spotlight Columns | Read More »

‘Menagerie’ brings a new twist to the healing arts

Packed with personality, these aren’t your typical jackrabbits. The ceramic sculpture art of Jeanette Morrow and the mixed media paintings of Mariam Pakbaz are on view at the Gallery at 48 Natoma in Folsom. Photo by Susan Laird

The arts are many things. Creative outlets, certainly. Expressions of the individual within. They can make us cry. And laugh. With the world as crazy as it is, it is especially important to find good things to lift the spirit. A genuine smile is a balm for the soul faced with daily worries. The Gallery […]

Comments Off / April 05, 2015 | Posted in Spotlight Columns | Read More »

Straw bale gardening

By Barbara Finley UCCE Master Gardener of El Dorado County Get a bale of straw. Add sun, water and fertilizer. Get it cooking. Plant and watch things grow. This is straw bale gardening (SBG). Maybe it’s not quite that simple; however, I have a young friend who had no prior gardening experience and her first […]

Comments Off / March 29, 2015 | Posted in Spotlight Columns | Read More »

Folsom Symphony grows with Rejuvenation

Backstories fascinate me. They can open up an unexpected world for any art piece. For example, in the movie “The Agony and the Ecstasy,” actors Charlton Heston and Rex Harrison had a quiet competition during the filming. Harrison, a tall man at 6 foot, 1 inch, put lifts in his shoes to bring himself up to Heston’s […]

Comments Off / March 22, 2015 | Posted in Spotlight Columns | Read More »