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325 N. Main St., P.O. Box 247, Lakeport, CA 95453
Phone 707 263-6658
Fax 707 263-7165

Hi, poetry friends! Mark your calendars for a Summer Poetry Series presented by the Saw Shop in Kelseyville and hosted by yours truly. Events will take place on the last Wednesday of the month, June 24, July 29, and August 26, in the lovely outdoor back courtyard. Each reading will feature two local poets, a local musician, and an open mic. $10 admission includes a glass of wine, an appetizer and $20 in Saw Shop bucks to be redeemed at your convenience. More details to follow as performers are confirmed.


From Casey Carney
August 6

Writing Workshop With Mary McMillan, former Poet Laureate of Lake Co; Main Street Gallery, Lakeport, 6:30 ~ 8:30, free.
August 7
5:30 PM
Main Street Gallery,
325 N. Main Street,

Friday August 7


Full Summer Schedule here...


Tallman Hotel and Blue Wing Saloon Restaurant
9550 Main St., Upper Lake CA

Tickets are limited to 100 each evening and may be purchased directly at the Tallman Hotel, located on Main St. in Upper Lake, or by calling the Hotel reception desk at 707-275-2244 ext. 0.  Ticket prices are $50 plus tax if purchased in advance and $55 at the gate. More information including the barbeque menus for each night can be found at
6:30 each evening.
Opening each evening of the August dates is LA-based blues guitarist Bernie Pearl accompanied by Mike Berry on bass.
opening night, Friday August 7 The Ford Blues Band
Saturday, August 8  Harriet Lewis & the Family Band
Sunday August 9 Rick Estrin and the Nightcats
The Ladies of the Lake Quilt Guild Falling Leaves Quilt show will be held Saturday & Sunday, October 3 & 4, 2015.  If you would like to enter your quilt, an entry form must be submitted by August 8, 2015.  There is no limit on the number of quilts you may enter but each quilt entered must have it's own entry form.

Saturday, August 9,
Reception 12 - 2 PM.
The Lower Lake Historic School Preservation Committee is pleased to host its 21st Annual Quilt and Textile Exhibition from August 2 through August 30, 2014, in the Weaver Auditorium of the Lower Lake Schoolhouse Museum, 16435 Main Street, Lower Lake, CA. Works include quilts, weavings, tapestries, and hand knitted and hand crocheted items from handspun yarn. Stop by the museum to enjoy all the items that range from soft and subtle pastels to bold colors and textures.

Hours: Wednesday through Saturday 11am to 4 pm.

Tuesday, August 11, 2015

2nd Tuesday
Classic Cinema

Sponsored by John H. Tomkins Tax Consultant

Made in 1954, this non-combat WWII courtroom drama has complex themes.  Stars Fred MacMurray, Van Johnson, and Humphrey Bogart who etches another unforgettable character.

Enjoy your favorite classic movie on the big screen in the beautiful Soper-Reese Theatre.

Donations graciously accepted at the box office.
(Tickets are not available online.)

Doors open at 12:30. Movie begins at 1:00 pm.

Evening Show
Doors open at 5:30 pm. Movie begins at 6:00 pm

Friday August 14


Full Summer Schedule here...


Main Street Gallery

Don't Forget the First Friday Fling
at the Main Street Gallery in Lakeport.
See the new art, meet the new artists,
enjoy refreshments and entertainment,
always free, and savor the quality wines available for
a small charge.

More information here...

The Lake County Arts Council is a self-funded non-profit volunteer organization dedicated to:

  • Assist artists of all disciplines to create and market their work;

  • Assist residents of Lake County to find and enjoy local art and artists;

  • Assist in the creation and marketing of entertainment
    and entertainment venues in Lake;

  • Create a positive image in California and around the world
    for the arts in Lake County.

In addition, we seek to have fun with and inform our membership. Being a member of the LCAC has its own rewards. Being a volunteer is more satisfying yet.

 Diana Liebe classes for adults at the Main Street Gallery

  Wednesday afternoons from 1-4:00pm ONGOING Beginning watercolors
Adults and teens age 12 and up are welcome.
Space is limited so please preregister with the Main Street Gallery at 263-6658
 OR email or call Diana at  707-245-7512


Earth and Fire Pottery, est. 1982

Functional Pottery
Ongoing classes in throwing and hand building
Classrooms in Upper Lake and Kelseyville.

More info at

or call 490-7168

Page for Sherry Harris' email arts newsletter 7/22/2015 here...

If you have the time between 1-2pm please be sure to listen to "Big Art" radio show to get information about what's happening with art in our county.
This show is on the last Tuesday of each month so take advantage of this opportunity for yourself, your business or your organization. Even if your event already happened you can call in and give it a good review or talk about what you want to do in the future to make it even better.
More information including telephone numbers is found on this page...

The Tallman Hotel in Upper Lake has a new outdoor Sculpture Walk exhibit of 14 sculptures in their gardens.

 All of the artists have participated in the Middletown EcoArt Sculpture Walk. Be sure to stop by the Tallman Hotel and take a tour and see the sculptures.

Middletown Art Center

SUM OF ITS PARTS Assemblage and Collage,

on view June 27 thru August 9
Collage is widely familiar to most viewers and yet is a
relatively new technique, pioneered
a little over 100 years ago by Georges Braque and Pablo Picasso. Assemblage was cham
pioned by Joseph Cornell and informed by Marcel Duchamp’s readymades in the early
1900’s, and futhered by artists Robert Rauschenberg and Jasper Johns among others.
Assemblage and collage are t
he intersection between fierce originality and the
contradictory appropriation of objects and designs created by others.
Each new piece is
an opportunity to combine and organize found or discarded objects and materials, photos
and other media into a unique original whole that is greater than the sum of its parts.
Middletown Art Center’s current exhibit highlights these contradictions, drawing on
popular culture, historical ideologies and the human capacity for puzzles.
Vist the exhibit Thurs. 12-6, Fri.-Sat. 12-7, Sun. 1-6 or by appointment until 8/9

Every Friday Night Live and Local has begun in Middletown! 

Community Market - Art - Music 

4:30-7:30 pm May thru October. 

Lovie's Garden Supply and Golden Rocks Farm invite you to a local Farmer's Market

The Spot Juice Bar hosts a variety of musicians

Middletown Art Center features poetry, music and art activities


An opportunity to draw from a live model ~ no instructor
Group meets from 1-4pm on the 2nd Sat and the 4th Wed of every month.

Wake the Creativity Within

Free Workshops…
Join us in exploration of self, releasing inner talents shy about coming out. Follow the labyrinth to a more content self through the means introduced using crayons, paper mache, batting and other simple “tools”. Discover how sharing in a safe, non-threatening environment opens one to unrealized possibilities; from chrysalis to butterfly.

Facilitated by Karen Davis (aka julia regina) artist of many years.

Funded by Mental Health Services Act Prevention & Early Intervention mini-grant to benefit underserved older adults.

PLACE: Middletown Senior Center Creativity Room
DATE: 3rd Tuesday monthly
TIME: 10:00 am to 12:00
CONTACT: Karen at 707/987-9642 or

Hi All,
The month of July's theme was flowers. There were 17 wonderful entries! Please stop by the Gallery to vote for your  favorite entry. 
August will feature Summer events : water sports, summer activities, etc., through out Lake County!
September's theme will be Skyscapes --- sunrise, sunsets, clouds, etc.

Join the fun and enter our Theme Shows...$5 entry fee per piece,
See ya,

Lake County Wine Studio and artist/teacher Anna Sabalone
are presenting monthly Wine and Art classes through September


Learn how to create art in various mediums step by step with Anna during the 2-1/2 hour class while you enjoy sipping on a glass of fine Lake County wine.  Each class will focus on a different art medium.  Classes will be held monthly at $40/pp.

More info here... 

Art Center Ukiah   Artist Opportunities 2015


 Juried Show.  Original work can be paintings, mixed media, fiber, sculpture, ceramic and photography with the requirement that finished works do not exceed 12” x 12” in size. All work must be ready to hang or display. Deadline for art submissions September 3, 2015.  Opening reception Friday, September 4th.  Entry fee is $10 per piece.  Entry forms available at the Corner Gallery 201 S. State St., Ukiah or email Art Center Ukiah 201 S. State St. Ukiah, Ca, 462-1400

That's right 30!  

It's time again to convene the Monthly Salon at the Hillcrest Studio.


Get together with local Lake County Artists away from the Gallery Scene...just kick back and enjoy each others company.

You will meet a few new people.  Use the studios materials to make a little art.  Enjoy some music... perhaps dance.  Bocce Ball and Badminton are ready to challenge your competitive urges.


Sunday, July 12 from one until dark.

.Potluck and a small donation are suggested.

The Lower Lake Historical School Preservation Committee will host its annual Quilt and Fiber Arts Show from Aug. 8 through Sept. 5 in the Weaver Auditorium.

The show is open during regular business hours, Wednesday through Saturday, 11 a.m. until 4 p.m.

Featured artists this year are Sheila O’Hara and her students as well as other fiber artists from throughout Lake County. Antique quilts and an 1807 spinning wheel also will be on display.

An artists' reception will be held Saturday, Aug. 8, from noon until 2 p.m. Quilt and textile artists will discuss their work, and O’Hara will demonstrate different weaving techniques, two spinners will spin yarn and Sherry Harris will demonstrate basket weaving.


JULY 16 -

exploration of the relationship between Nature and humankind.
(On view 8/15thru 9/27)


Portraits: An invitation to explore the identity of your subject
(On view 10/3 thru 11/15).

EXHIBITIONS in Nov. and Dec will show

case member’s work and Tibetan sacredart. More info TBA.
Call for outdoor sculptures
(3-4 mo. rotation)
Call for teaching proposals
Learn more at:
Life Drawing at the Middletown Art Center.....Children's art classes
Link to Middletown Art Center page on this site
Link to Middletown Art Center website

We have decided to continue having our Gala Art Reception on the 3rd Friday 6 pm as we have for the past 3 years. Thank you for supporting the gallery as so many of you have.

We look forward to seeing you either at our Art Reception or during our regular business hours Tuesday-Saturday 10-4. We are located at 15210 Lakeshore Drive Clearlake

Here is the list of Summer Art Classes for children being offered at The Art House Gallery.


Lucerne Alpine Senior Center is having a contest for a new logo featuring its new role as a community center.

The contest will be accepting entries through July 15 at 1:30 p.m.

Submission can be any size and should feature the colors of yellow and blue.

Work can either be dropped off at 3985 Country Club Drive, Lucerne or emailed to by the deadline.

Prizes will include $50, a $50 gift certificate for the thrift store, and a plaque. 

The center and thrift store are also actively recruiting volunteers to work mornings or afternoons Mondays through Saturdays. Training available.

For more information about the logo contest or to volunteer, call Lucerne Alpine Senior Center at 707-274-8779.

All artists and talented individuals are encouraged to participate by entering their work.

The decision on the logo will be made by the board of directors at the July 15 board meeting.

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Lake County Theater Company logo link
More LCTC news, here...
Soper-Reese Community Theater link

Lower Lake Schoolhouse Museum link
Theatrical Notices of various kinds
performances, auditions, meetings, etc. Please send us your information for posting

Community Theater Green Room... -

This is a website and blog you will probably value if you love theater and are interested in theater arts.

For listings of some of the area theaters

Theatre Bay Area

Family Movies showing at Lakeport Library and Redbud Library

Lakeport Library will show family-friendly movies on the first Saturday of each month at 10:30 a.m. and the second Wednesday at 3:00 p.m. except for holidays. The movie selection will feature current releases and old favorites, and will include both animated and live-action films. The free program is open to all ages, but children must be accompanied by an adult. For more details call the library at 263-8817.

Redbud Library shows family-friendly movies on the third Wednesday of each month at 5:00 p.m. For more details call the library at 994-5115

Library events are posted on the library's Google calendar

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Mendo Lake Singers meets at 7PM Tuesdays in the Four Square Church, 1125 Martin St., Lkprt. Ladies aged 16 and older are invited to learn to sing 4 part harmony, make new friends and have fun. Info: Chris, 263-5215 or Betty Lou, 263-4721.

Music Bulletins and Rhythmic Information


Link to CLPA site



Konocti Fiddle Club icon  
The Konocti Fiddle Club plays for all occasions. more...
The Old Time Fiddlers Association

Ely Stage Stop will be having a craft/art Market Place event along with their Fiddlers’ Jam on Sunday April 12th from 10am-2pm. 

The stage stop is located at 9921 Soda Bay Road (Highway 281) in Kelseyville, near Clearlake Riviera, just north of Highway 29 at Kit's Corner.

In March Ely Stage Stop had 28 musicians and about 150 attendees.  With the musicians and the added artists/crafters Market Place event they are looking forward to having even more attending this fun event. 


Please contact Vonn at or call 998-8018 to become involved, to get a copy of their flyer or have any questions.

Link to My Divas

Irish Music and More
Every First Tuesday at the Blue Wing Saloon and Cafe in Upper Lake
6 to 8 PM
With background music by

For information about the fun event and more great bands, click on the link to the "Rhythm & Brews" website

The duo of Native American Music Awards nominee flautist and composer Keving Village Stone and guitarist and singer Lindy Day

  • Kevin Village Stone and Lindy Day
    specializing in music for wineries, casinos, clubs, black-tie venues, and private parties.
  • The duo Lindy Day and Kayla Bell rocks out as:
  • Ailura Fate
    Indie rock alternative originals, covers, and dance music.
    NEW sound samples just posted!

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Media Notices
Art Media or Media About the Arts

KPFZ has a new website.

        "Big Art" is the name of the show.     The show relates to anything having to do with art and artists in Lake County.  I believe that there are a lot of artists in Lake County who could use a voice to represent them and inform Lake County listeners about local artists and art events.  
       I'm open to any suggestions on improvements or volunteers to help me with getting the word out. If any of you have information about art events or art education in Lake County that needs to be mentioned, feel free to call me during the show 263-3435. Also, for the future, you can email me with pertinent information that I can mention in future shows. Most of all, I would like to schedule artist interviews for the shows, either to be interviewed live at the radio station or live by phone.
       I hope you will be able to tune in and maybe participate by calling in with some interesting information about art happenings or just to talk about art and artists in Lake County. In advance, thank you for your support.
From Sherry Harris, last Tuesday of every month on KPFZ 88.1 FM. from 1-2pm.


Eugenie Steinman's interest in helping incarcerated people began 15 years ago when she began teaching poetry at the Lake County Juvenile hall, as a project of the Lake County Arts Council.

Now, she hosts a show called Radio Jail on KPFZ 88.1FM at 6PM every Suday except the last Sunday of the month.
The whole purpose of it is to bring the outside in, Steinman said.

Because of the program, children have been able to singhappy birthday to their fathers in jail and women have been able to "tell their lovers that they miss them."

"I call myself an ombudsman from the outside to inside," she said. "When people hear the words 'jail' or 'prisoners' they immediately don't want to see it or think about it."

"I am tryuing to shed some light to let people see what is going on," she added.

Writers' Circle

First Thursday of the month,
6:30-8:30 p.m. to share writings, give constructive feedback or just listen and enjoy.
With former Poet Laureate Mary McMillan

Main Street Gallery
325 N. Main St., Lakeport

Lake County Writers
meet from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. or 4 p.m. on the second Wednesday of each month
at the Lower Lake Historic Schoolhouse Museum.
The group welcomes interested writers of all levels and genres.
Also, do not forget the
Family Open Mics
Around Clear Lake!


Of course, all of these events are free and open to the public.
More information Here....


Casey Carney

Hi, poetry friends! Mark your calendars for a Summer Poetry Series presented by the Saw Shop in Kelseyville and hosted by yours truly. Events will take place on the last Wednesday of the month, June 24, July 29, and August 26, in the lovely outdoor back courtyard. Each reading will feature two local poets, a local musician, and an open mic. $10 admission includes a glass of wine, an appetizer and $20 in Saw Shop bucks to be redeemed at your convenience. More details to follow as performers are confirmed.


From Casey Carney
Every Sunday evening is the ELYSEUM Writers Workshop at Harbin Hot Springs, 6pm to 7:30pm
(with us usually having dinner/coffee together afterward).

Founded seven years ago in San Francisco,
ELYSEUM continues to feature wonderful,
stimulating writing exercises and prompts,
group critique/sharing, guest facilitators
and a monthly featured reader showcase.
As incentive to join us, Harbin offers a $10 discount off admission if attending the workshop.

Contact for more information. Visit us at http://elyseumwritersworkshop.


Library of Congress named him U.S. poet laureate. When he begins his tenure in September, he'll be the first-ever Chicano poet laureate, writing and speaking in both English and Spanish.
Juan Felipe Herrera

More information here....

Photo caption: Former and Current Poets Laureate (from the right): James Blue Wolf (2000 – 2003), Carolyn Wing Greenlee (2004 – 2006), Elaine Watt (2012 – 2014), Casey Carney (2014 – 2016), Russell Gonzaga (2010 – 2012), Mary McMillan (2008 – 2010). Missing from photo: Jim Lyle (1998 – 2000) and Sandra Wade (2006 – 2008).
According to Carney, “I passionately believe in the power of expressive language in helping an individual find one’s voice in the world, to strengthen that voice once found, and to share and connect that expression in the community. Originally from Southern California, I have been magnetized to live in Northern California and Lake County in particular. There is a powerful, creative and healing energy here, along with the profound need for it.  Lake County feels like home to me and I often reflect its beauty and complexity in my poetry.”
As the Lake County Poet Laureate, she will facilitate opportunities for poets and creative writers to share their work, through public readings in galleries, coffee shops, community centers, and other venues. She will also reach out to various community organizations and underserved populations to increase the access to and visibility of poetry in Lake County. And, utilizing her background as a special educator and her connections to Lake County schools through teaching, she will promote the experience of poetry workshops in the school setting, particularly with at-risk youth and children with special needs.
California poetry events, see this online calendar:

Theresa Whitehill Poetry, Writing,
Letterpress Broadsides
Web Log: Investigative Poetics

2nd Sunday in Willits
Willits Open Reading
7:00 pm, Every second Sunday
Open reading, any art form welcome
at the Muse, 30 East Francisco Avenue, Willits
Contact: David Partch, 707 459-7054

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