Submissions invited for Out of the Fire Anthology of the Mother Lode: Butte Fire Memories

Cate Culver: Mixed Media art stemming from the Butte Fire in Calaveras County, 2015

Out of the Fire

Editors invite submissions of Butte Fire stories, poems, photography, art, and all media invited for inclusion in the website online ezine titled Out of the Fire. The September 9, 2015 fire destroyed over 500 homes and another few hundred structures, many of them dwellings, displacing families and individuals permanently, forcing them to relocate and to start all over. The collection commemorates a disaster that devastated several small communities in the beautiful foothill region of the Sierra, the Mother Lode, one that continues to reverberate change. Reflection and insight on the event, one of many historic fire events in our area, brings great art and writing and creativity into the mix, aiding the healing process and providing solace for many.  Go to the website, and find Cate Culver’s phoenix image. Below that mixed media art work are links that give more information about the project that nonprofit Manzanita Writers Press is sponsoring. There is a submission form, so just fill it out, scan it and send it back with your attached submission. Follow the instructions and send us work that adds to the many voices communicating a love for this region, its natural beauty and the wonderful people it nurtures,  and providing a sense of looking back and moving forward at the same time. Send us your inspirational creations. We will help you edit the work, so don’t agonize if you are nervous about grammar, usage, and whether your work is good enough. Call us if you have any questions, or email us.

Adult Coloring with wine and noshing at Manzanita Arts Emporium

Dear friends,

Come join us for relaxing coloring, a glass of wine, a bowl of hot nourishing old-fashioned soup with bread and salad and refreshments on Friday November 25, from 5:30 to 8:30 at Manzanita Arts Emporium.  Hot mulled cider, hot tea, cocoa, brownies for dessert, and nice people to hang with. Bring some munchies to share if you like. Come dressed for lounging as you will be among old friends and will most certainly make new friends. Over 200 prismacolor pencils to use and bring your own coloring book or share ours.  It’s free, but RSVP, please by calling 209-728-6171 or emailing  – see you then! We’ll keep the place lit for you. Address: Manzanita Arts Emporium, 1211 S. Main St., Suite 110, Angels Camp, CA 95222.

You may want to do some holiday shopping while you’re there, with gifts of fine art from the heart by Calaveras artists, jewelry, wood furniture, art and photography cards, Metzger scented candles, fine art prints and photography, Folkmanis puppets, wood alphabet puzzles (limited supply–the last ones available by the artist), children’s books, hand-blown glass ornaments, Mark Twain and Gold Rush historical books, local regional authors’ books, and more.