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Masters of the Arts ~ Meet Our Artisans

The #makersmovement is thriving in Amador County and for good reason. We've always been a supporter of the arts and believe no matter what the talent ~ painting, acting, sculpting, photography, music or whatever it may be ~ art is meant to be celebrated and shared.

For the month of December we're showcasing some local talents at our tasting room. After all, why go to a box store when you can find a unique gift and support our local businesses? Here's just a few of their stories...

Brenna Merchant

Born and raised in a small California art town by the ocean, Brenna was influenced by the infinite beauty around her.

For as long as I can remember I have found pure joy in gifting my handmade cards and art to loved ones. From hand-carved prints to wire-bended hoop earring it's a pleasure being able to share these gifts with you. I hope to spread some joy to you and your loved ones this holiday season. Happy Holidays!"

Sheila Dials

Shelia is the owner and designer of MAE Leather Goods specializing in hand-dyed leather accessories. Born in the Philippines and raised in Los Angeles, she moved to San Francisco to attend SFAI for Fine Art. Each item incorporates her love of painting to create bold and unique leather accessories using the ancient marbling technique.

John Landis

John moved to Pine Grove approaching retirement and became a member of the Gold Country Woodworkers.

I had my shop built in 2003 and have been woodworking on and off for most of my adult life, doing a lot of wood turning on a lathe, but a bit of everything! Woodworking has brought a lot of joy into my life. From making toys for Christmas, repairing free little libraries and having my family enjoy a meal from my bowls.

Katherine Venturelli

Katherine is known for creating unique mixed media artist’s books and fine prints produced from her Amador County printmaking studio. Her works are held in numerous museums and special collections throughout the United States.

Barbara Funk

Barbara has been creating art inspired by Northern California for 36 years ~ for hand stenciled fiber art to home decor with nature and wildlife designs.

Natural fibers are hand painted and will vary slightly . All the work is done in my studio and produced by me. Designs are inspired by nature, using wildlife for a great cabin look.

Ray Beldner

Ray is a sculptor and mixed media artist whose work has been exhibited both nationally and internationally and can be found in many public and private collections. Born in San Francisco, Beldner received a BFA from the San Francisco Art Institute and an MFA from Mills College. We welcome him to his new home in Sutter Creek!

Mean Pony

Artists Wendi Spiers and Carolos Oropeza-Legorreta are a husband-and-wife team who create high-fired pottery, sculpture and functional art objects.

We have a passion for creating things. Sometimes for beauty, sometimes for function, sometimes for both — always for fun.

Rebecca Bozzo

After spending the majority of the last 20+ years in Southern California, earning my Film and Media degree at UCSB and then working in Los Angeles as a television producer, Rebecca finally decided to make Amador her "home."

I've spent most of my life studying and creating images, moving or still. My Mom and Dad raised me on classic films from the 30s-50s and my Grammy gave me my first film camera in high school. I enjoy shooting candid portraits and landscapes the most. There's something fascinating about capturing a genuine moment in time where you get a glimpse of someone's true self despite the presence of a camera, or, you simply remind someone of how gorgeous the world is beyond the length of their desk.

Buy one of her photos and she'll donate 25% of proceeds to Hospice.

You can shop their wares at our tasting room in Sutter Creek starting December 4th-18th during our normal weekend tasting hours Saturday-Sunday, 11am to -4pm.

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