Placerville artists celebrate spring

“PANSY PARADE” by Sonja Hamilton

What better way to celebrate spring than to go the Placerville Arts Association Spring Membership Show?

The PAA has 180 members who are active in El Dorado County in various art projects, shows and local galleries.

The show runs from Monday through Friday, April 9 to 13, and is open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily at the El Dorado County Government Center, Building B, 360 Fair Lane in Placerville.

The PAA is honored to have Sonja Hamilton, judging this year’s show. Hamilton is an award-winning San Francisco-born artist, teacher, art show judge, demonstrator and calligrapher.

She is noted for her fluid, concise watercolors, landscapes, seascapes and florals. She is exhibited widely, and has paintings in corporate and private collections throughout the world.

Hamilton is affiliated with Auburn Old Town Gallery in Auburn, Yosemite Art and Education Center, and is listed in “Who’s Who of Business and Professional Women, 1999. Among her numerous awards are several Best of Show, first awards, and the 1996 Grumbacher Gold Medallion Award.

“Although I draw and paint in many mediums, I find watercolor exciting, spontaneous, and challenging. When I paint, my cares leave, and I become totally immersed in what I’m doing. Watercolor is a joy — exhilarating, yet most relaxing for me. It is who I am,” she said.

To learn more about Hamilton visit sonjahamilton.com.

The April show will display diverse works of art from realism to abstract and experimental.

Works of art created in watercolor, oil, pastel, charcoal, acrylic, pencil, photography, digital art, and mixed media in categories of seascape, landscape, portrait, still life, animals, miniature and experimental will enhance the walls of the government center.

Most works of art will be available for purchase. Greeting cards will also be available for purchase.

At the close of the show, the winner of the drawing for a donated painting will be announced. Proceeds from the drawing go to PAA’s scholarship fund which supports an annual scholarship for a local graduating senior continuing in art studies.

Even though the membership show is professionally judged, the visiting public is encouraged to choose a favorite piece of art for the People’s Choice Award. The artists treasure this award according to the organizers.

The artists invite the public to set aside some time during the week of April 9 to 13 to come and enjoy the PAA show and cast a vote.

Check the Website placervillearts.com for more information.

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