Dec
10
to Dec 30

My WATERCOLOR book is now available

"Watercolor - It's just a piece of paper" written and designed by Sonja is a watercolor reference book, in its 2nd printing, was published and printed in Oregon.  176 pages of information with Sonja's paintings and exemplars from her teaching experiences in the classroom.  Some of the subjects you will find: mixing green, mixing gray, how to paint boats, lace, rust, trees, yellow trees, waterfalls, oceans, color theory,containers, wood, linear perspective, flowers, reflective surfaces, moving water, snow, how fix and repair paintings, matting and framing, and how to exhibit and show your work.  There is a 2-page index to help you find your subject.  $34.95 + tax, where applicable.  To purchase your copy, contact sonja via email:  sonjaswa@aol.com or you may visit her studio, by appointment, to pick up your personalized copy.  The book is also available at Auburn Old Town Gallery, 218 Washington St, Auburn, CA 95603 and at Dawn's Hallmark & Art Co, 13384 Lincoln Way, Auburn, CA 95603 and on Amazon.com  (Look for it under Sonja Hamilton/watercolor book.)  

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Sep
18
to Oct 25

Placer School for Adults classes

The first 6-week series of watercolor classes has begun. Classes are held on Tuesday evenings and Thursday mornings. The second 6-week series begins October 30 (Tuesday) and ends Dec 13 (Thursday). Please call the school to see if any openings are available at this time for the second series. If not, put yourself on the Waiting List.

The classes are for Intermediate and Advanced students. In each class there will be a lesson followed by a demonstration. The following week, the class begins with a critique of paintings from the previous lesson. The newest innovation is that I do a demonstration that is projected on a large, HDTV screen so everyone can see what I am doing. Hooray to the school for creating this advantage for all.

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Nov
1
to Dec 31

Student exhibit!

My talented intermediate/advanced students will be exhibiting at the Placer County Library on Nevada Street, Auburn (Beecher Room) for two months. Please visit during daytime work hours to see what they have proudly painted. All works will be for sale.

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Jun
17
to Jun 24

2019 Painting in the French Alps!

Sonja's 10th tour with French Escapade will take you to the French Alps.  Imagine opening your hotel drapes to see Mont Blanc welcoming you to a week in beautiful France.  Each day we will be visiting and painting in a different location, among which will be Chamonix, Annecy, and Chanaz, where we will watch walnut oil being made on an old "grist" mill run by a waterwheel outside the small stone building.  We'll go to an open market to see how the locals shop and try their food and wines.  

You will be picked up (and dropped off at the end of the 8 days) at a designated destination in Geneva, Switzerland.  Included are your accommodations, most meals, entrances to sites, air conditioned van, transfers, interpreter, and your watercolor lessons.   Not included are airfare, gratuities, and personal expenses.  

For more information, please send an email to contact@frenchescapade.com.  Your $600.00 deposit with a $200. discount before Nov 30, 2018, will hold your space for this popular tour.  

Information: https://frenchescapade.com/painting-tours-teacher-sonja

 

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Oct
6
8:30 PM20:30

KVIE Art Auction

One of my paintings has been selected for the KVIE Art Auction to benefit public television. The piece is one I painted in Yosemite Valley. To preview all art, you can go to www.kvieartauction and click on “artists”. I have been placed in the 8:30 PM time slot on October 6. Take a look. Should be a fun few minutes!

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Sep
21
6:00 PM18:00

Watercolor Demonstration

I will be doing a demonstration to help celebrate the 23rd Anniversary of Auburn Old Town Gallery, 218 Washington Street, (Old Town) Auburn. The theme is “Abstractions” so I will be painting abstractions. This date also begins an annual sale (20% off everything in the gallery) that runs through Sept 30. The Reception on the 21 will have live music, food, cake, several art demonstrations, (the sale) and lots of fun. Come on down!

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Jun
27
to Aug 22

Watercolor Classes at Dawn's Co. in Auburn

Summer classes at Dawn's Hallmark & Art Company, 13390 Lincoln Way, Auburn.

5 lessons, every other Wednesday, $75.00.  

DATES: June 27, July 11 & 25, Aug. 8 & 22

Register with Sonja at sonjaswa@aol.com.

The series of 5 lessons will be on painting different types of water, beginning with reflective and ending with moving water.  A demonstration in each class will explain and show you the sequence of doing this sort of painting.  Your homework will be to paint something that exemplifies the lesson; a group critique follows the next week.  A new lesson will commence after critique, etc.  Since classroom space is very limited, painting will be done at home. When payment is received, it will be confirmed by email.

CLASS IS FILLED, BUT SIGN UP FOR THE WAITING LIST.

 

 

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Jun
1
to Jun 3

Outdoor Art Adventure in Yosemite National Park

June 1 - 3, 2018

 

Join Sonja in this NEW art program sponsored by the Yosemite Conservancy.  Sonja will take non-beginner watercolor painters to a different location in the Yosemite Valley to paint the late springtime.  You will be shown the many techniques she uses and can follow along with her daily demonstration.  As you paint, she will help you find shortcuts to improve and finish your painting.  

Times to be confirmed, but each day should begin at 9:30.  Day one will be held at Happy Isles.  The succeeding days schedule TBA at this time.  Register online with the Yosemite Conservancy to assure your space in this Outdoor Art Adventure.  Prior the start of classes, you will be sent more information from the Yosemite Conservancy.  Entrance to the Park is included in the price of the workshop.

For information, please contact Yosemite Conservancy at this direct link to the program:  https.//www.yosemiteconservancy.org/happy-isles-art-and-nature-center-outdoor-adventures/spring-yosemite-intermediate-plein-air

 

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May
12
to May 13

North Auburn Art Studios Tour

The annual Mother's Day Studio Tour by North Auburn Artists will be two days, each from 10 AM - 5 PM.  Prior the tour, please check the website for map and information about the artists.  Go to:  www.northauburnartists.com.  Sonja's studio houses her many recent paintings, many of which are filed in her flat file drawers in categories.  So if you want to see oceans, still life, food paintings, flower paintings, landscapes and more, come over and open those flat file drawers.

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Apr
30
to Jun 30

Another NAAST exhibit

See more of the 2D artist from the North Auburn Artists group.  Sonja has 4 original watercolors in this showing at Placer County Library, 350 Nevada Street, Beecher Room.  Other artists will include their pastels, oils, etchings, collages, and fiber art.  Something for everyone.  All art is for sale.  NAAST tour dates: May 12 & 13, 10 AM - 5 Pm each day.  Maps found at this location.

 

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Feb
17
2:00 PM14:00

Preview Show #2

A second Preview Show of works by the North Auburn Artists Studio Tour artists (NAAST) will be from March 21 for 2 months at Baked & Brewed Cafe, 958 Lincoln Way, Auburn, CA.  Hours: 6:01 AM - 4:01 PM daily.  Mostly 2D artists are represented.  Look for a watercolor by Sonja.

 

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Feb
6
to May 3

Classes - Placer School for Adults

Spring registration will be in early January.  You may register as soon as the Online catalogue is out or when you receive the Spring catalogue in the mail.  To check the schedule Online, go to www.placeronline.org.  

There will be 2, 6 week sessions for both the Tuesday evening class and the Thursday morning class.  You may register for one or both sessions at one time.  The price for each 6-week session will be posted Online and in the catalogue.  For more information, call the school, (530) 885-8585.  Be sure that if you register Online that you get an e-receipt.  If not, call the school to confirm your registration.  If the class is filled by the time you register, call the school to be placed on the waiting list.  The school will contact you when there is an opening before each session begins.

Classes are at 3775 Richardson Drive across the street from the gym at Regional Park.  There is plenty of on-street  parking as well as in the lot in front of the school office.  The classroom is directly behind a gazebo near the school office.    Beginning dates are: February 6 (Tuesdays) and February 8 (Thursday mornings) - (No classes during Spring break - as listed in the catalogue.)

There will be a lesson, lecture and demonstration in each class.  The second class will begin with a critique of homework from the previous week after which there will be a new lesson, lecture and demonstration and homework. (One painting per critique, please.)

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Feb
2
to May 2

Preview Show - Group Exhibit

A select group of North Auburn Artists Studio Tour (NAAST) artists will be displaying their art at Tango Frozen Yogurt, 940 Lincoln Way, Auburn (@ Central Square).  See a small sampling of Sonja's work during these two months.  (The yogurt is great, also!)  Hours: 11 AM - 10 PM daily. NAAST tour: May 12, 13, 10 - 5 PM  Free maps at this location.

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Nov
10
to Nov 12

Placer Arts Studio Tour (PAST)

You are welcome to visit Sonja's watercolor studio (at her home) Nov 10, 11, & 12, and peruse her many paintings, cards, calendars, and prints.  Since Sonja paints between 80-100 paintings a year you can open her flat file drawers and see the category you are most interested in: Ocean, Flowers, Landscapes, Snow, Trees, Still life, People, and a lot more.   Hours are 10 - 5 PM each day. Most everything will be for sale.

PAST Exhibit at Roseville Galleria: October 18 - November 15. 

PAST Preview Exhibit: General Gomez Building 808 Lincoln Way, Nov. 3 - 14.  Most of the participating artists will be at the reception: Friday, November 1, 6 - 8 PM.  

 

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Oct
6
to Oct 8

KVIE Auction

My painting that has been accepted to the KVIE (PBS) Art Auction.  It can be viewed any time now online at  KVIE.com/artauction.  The actual auction date for my piece will be Saturday, October  7, in the 6:30 - 7 PM hour on TV channel 6 - PBS.  Last year my painting was the first one to be auctioned right on the hour.  If you weren't looking at that specific time, it was almost too late.  So this time, tune in before 6:30 PM and please watch.   Support your local artists and the station.

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Sep
1
6:00 PM18:00

Watercolor Demonstration

Sonja will be demonstrating "Trees"in watercolor for the Auburn Old Town Gallery's Reception for their "Wood and Pysanky" artists.  218 Washington Street, (Old Town) Auburn.  This is a co-op gallery of 57 local artists.  Drop by and say hello to all the artists present and enjoy their work this evening.  Light refreshments will be served.  

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Jun
28
to Aug 22

Classes at Dawn's Hallmark & Art Co.

3rd Annual Summer Classes at Dawn's: Raley's Shopping Center, 13384 Lincoln Way, Auburn.  Each class, every other week beginning in June, is from 9 - 12 noon.  There is a lecture, lesson and demonstration followed by a critique of everyone's homework during the next class meeting.  Then another lecture, lesson, demo, and critique.  For more information, please contact Sonja Hamilton, sonjaswa@aol.com.

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Jun
9
to Jun 16

2017 Painting in Loire Valley, June 9 - 16

This popular watercolor painting teacher will do an 8 day workshop June 9 - 16, 2017 for a small group of eager and excited people.  We'll visit castles, gardens in the wine region of France.  Home base is near Tours, France, in the Loire Valley.  We will visit the last home of Leonardo di Vinci who was offered a castle by the (then) King of France if he would leave Italy and come to France.  Here he invented, painted, and created many masterpieces; we will tour the museum and paint in the gardens plus sketch/paint in a different location every day.   Fees include hotel, most meals, sightseeing, van, driver, interpreter/guide and entrance to sights.  Not included: air fare, gratuities,some meals, and personal expenses.  For more information, please visit www.frenchescapade.com/painting trips 2017/Loire Valley/Sonja Hamilton, instructor!

Two spots left!

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May
22
to May 27

2017 Spring in Yosemite - watercolor classes

I am returning, for perhaps the last time, to volunteer-teach watercolor painting at Yosemite National Park.  Each day, just before 10 AM, I will take people to a different location to paint; in inclement, cold or damp weather, we will meed indoors at the Art Center (near the Yosemite Village Store).  You may register in advance or at the Art Center for as many days as you wish - from 1 - 6 days.  Registration fee is $15.00 per day.  Classes are from 10 AM - 2 PM, but I usually am back at the Art Center around 3:40 or 4 PM.  Bring a sack lunch, art supplies (you may purchase additional supplies at the Center), hat, chair, sunglasses, a drink and painting water.  Check Online with Yosemite Conservancy for more information.  See you there! 

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May
13
to May 14

STUDIO TOUR, 2017

Our most popular studio tour happens again this Mother's Day weekend!  It will be the 20th year for the NORTH AUBURN ARTISTS group.  We have added a few new artists, so do check our website for the latest scoop.  www.northauburnaratists.com.

I will still be showing at my studio, 3500 Kimo Way from 10 - 5 PM each day.  Come to chat, look around, poke through my flat files to find the perfect painting for you home or office.  I will also have my Celebration Calendars (to help remember birthdays and anniversaries), cards, and a few prints.  The following week, I pack up my gear to teach in Yosemite, but I will have many original paintings in my studio that I have done on location in the past.  Just ask me to see the portfolios - Half Dome, Yosemite Falls, Merced River, blooming dogwood, and some lessor historical scenes from there.

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Apr
7
6:00 PM18:00

Flowers in Watercolor Demonstration

Watch Sonja paint her fast, loose flowers in watercolor at Auburn Old Town Gallery, 218 Washington Street, (Old Town) Auburn, during a reception for artists who portray "Flora and Fauna".  She will also be bringing several affordable, original, un-matted and unframed paintings ready for purchase during the demonstration (2 ½ hours only).  Come visit, see Sonja's flowers, and visit the other talented artists at this popular gallery.

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Mar
3
6:00 PM18:00

Seascape Demonstration

Watch Sonja paint the sea at Auburn Old Town Gallery, 218 Washington Street, Auburn (in Old Town).  As a bonus, Sonja will have a portfolio of affordable, original, un-matted seascape watercolors for sale during this 2 ½ hour demo.  Friday, March 3, 2017.

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Jan
31
to Apr 27

Placer Adult School - Watercolor Classes Spring Session

Two classes are offered each SPRING and FALL semesters. Look in the online catalogue for registration information at www.placeronline.org.  Sonja offers Intermediate and Advanced Watercolor Classes on Tuesday evenings and Thursday mornings. The SPRING 2017 semester will have 2, 6 week sessions beginning January 31 (Tuesday) & February 2 (Thursday).  Registration begins in January for all 6-week sessions after you receive the catalogue in the mail.  For additional information, go Online to www.placeronline.org or contact Placer School for Adults at (530) 885-8585.    

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Nov
11
to Nov 13

Placer (County) Art Studio Tour

Original paintings from Sonja's newly published book have just been installed in her watercolor studio. Visit Sonja from 10 - 5 PM each day to see where she works creating and framing her watercolor paintings, cards, calendars and more.  If you are interested in a particular subject, chances are that you will find it categorized in her flat file drawers - flowers, oceans, animals, people, landscapes, water scenes, trips, etc.  You may purchase framed, unframed and un-matted original paintings.  Sonja will also be selling and personalizing her new book for you, "Watercolor - It's only a piece of paper".  Credit cards accepted.

Pick up a map at Auburn Old Town Gallery, 218 Washington St, Auburn (Old Town).  This event is FREE and sponsored by the Arts Council of Placer County - PlacerArts.

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Sep
23
to Sep 25

KVIE Auction

One of my original watercolor paintings, "Fallen Log" (in Yosemite National Park) has been accepted in the 35th annual KVIE Auction to benefit Public Television.  To preview the painting, which will be auctioned on SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 24, 3 PM, go to Preview" on the KVIE Art Auction site and find me on the Saturday date..  For more information on the event, go to www.arts@kvie.org.  I hope you enjoy searching for my painting!  (It's pretty good, if I say so myself!)

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Sep
9
7:00 PM19:00

September 9, 2016

Auburn Gold Country Fairgrounds, 1273 High Street, Auburn, from 7 - 9 PM, inside the "Experience Placer" Building - bottom of the hill from the big parking lot and inside next to the Placer Arts Studio Tour booth.  Admission charge to the Faire, but the demo is free!

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