The artists in residence at the Folsom City Zoo Sanctuary took a walk on the wild side and created a number of art works now on exhibit at the Gallery at 48 Natoma in Folsom. Courtesy photo

Spotlight Columns

Folsom fascinations: Curiosities, critters and vineyards

By From page B3 | September 23, 2011

It may be autumn, but things are only picking up on my calendar … how about yours?
Four exciting events in Folsom are on my list to share this week, with exciting connections to our El Dorado Hills community and El Dorado County.

June Carey workshop
The first is a major “heads-up!” for local artists — an opportunity to attend a three-day workshop taught by El Dorado Hills resident and nationally-renowned landscape painter, June Carey. The workshop will be taught at American Visions Art Gallery in Folsom, Oct. 6-8.

“This is a first for June and promises to be an extraordinary experience for artists from beginners to professionals,” wrote Jack Hailey of American Visions on his Facebook page. “Out-of-towners might just want to come to Folsom for the three days.”

Carey is nationally known for her serene paintings of California’s wine country (including our local wine country in El Dorado and Amador counties) and the California missions. My personal Carey favorites are of the hillsides of El Dorado Hills before the construction of the Town Center.

Those interested in this unique opportunity should call (916) 351-1623 for registration details.

Collections and Curiosities
And now, for something completely different … (to quote from the Monty Python lexicon).

The Folsom History Museum has an eclectic exhibit that opened last weekend called “Collections and Curiosities.”

“When word got out into the community that the Folsom History Museum folks were thinking about doing an exhibit featuring ‘stuff that people collect,’ Pam Conrad, the exhibit curator, became inundated with calls from people wanting to share their collections,” said Melissa Pedroza, spokeswoman for the museum.

“It is amazing what people collect,” Conrad added. “It has been such fun putting this exhibit together.”

There is something for everyone: jewelry, toys, military memorabilia and more. Collections come from local communities, including El Dorado Hills. The exhibit runs through Nov. 6. Visit folsomhistorymuseum or call (916) 985-2707 for admission details and museum hours.

Vineyard Vistas
Finally, Folsom’s Gallery at 48 Natoma brings us “Vineyard Vistas,” an exciting exhibit of regional artists’ interpretations of vineyards and harvest themes.

Oil and acrylic paintings by acclaimed artists Leslie Toms, Bob Miller and Stephen Ward will be accompanied by raku ceramic vases by Mary Mendlein. These artists from Napa, Sacramento and Placerville portray scenes as local as nearby vineyards in El Dorado County to far away destinations in France and Italy. This exhibit runs through Nov. 3.

Animal art
In addition to the “Vineyard Vistas” exhibit, the Community Gallery at 48 Natoma will also feature art work by some very unique artists — the residents, er, animal artists in residence at the Folsom City Zoo Sanctuary. Pieces are offered for sale and the proceeds benefit the zoo. The animal art will be on exhibit through Oct. 27.

Group and free school tours of the Gallery at 48 Natoma can be arranged by appointment. To request additional gallery information or to schedule a tour call the gallery coordinator Cindy Abraham at (916)351-3506, or e-mail her at [email protected].

Submit your arts or entertainment event for consideration in Susan’s column by emailing her at [email protected].

Susan Laird


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