Welcome to Manzanita Arts Emporium

Art Gallery.

Bookstore, Gifts, Music, Publishing, and Arts Center

Home of Manzanita Writers Press

An arts support center for artists, writers, musicians, historians, and creative people in our community
musicians, historians, and creative people in our community
Manzanita Writers Press, the nonprofit 501(c)3 corporation is a literary publisher and nonprofit arts organization located at Manzanita Arts Emporium, a creative community center in historic downtown Angels Camp. We bring creative people together–writers, readers, musicians, and artists–through classes,  receptions, workshops, anthologies, book publishing, classes, lectures, and events in the Mother Lode region of California. Our location in the scenic, rural Sierra Nevada foothills of Calaveras County is inspirational to the many writers and artists who reside here and in the surrounding rural counties.
Manzanita Writers Press has published 25books, with ten more in the works for 2019, and a lineup for 2020, already. We host author readings, workshops, events, publish books, and promote the literary and visual arts in Calaveras, Amador, and Tuolumne Counties. Manzanita publishes works by regional writers and those with a connection to the Mother Lode and Sierra, but we are not limited in that scope. MWP also prints Manzanita: Poetry and Prose of the Mother Lode and Sierra, a series of literary community anthologies that represent writers across the nation writing about this region. Our latest anthology, Out of the Fire, reflects poignant and inspirational writing and photography based on the 2015 Butte Fire, the 7th most destructive fire in California history.

Special thanks to our major sponsor of the Manzanita Arts Emporium and Manzanita Writers Press for their dedication to the arts in Angels Camp and Calaveras County:

Signal Service

Mission Statement

Manzanita Writers Press nurtures and sustains the literary and arts community of Calaveras County and the foothill region of the Mother Lode and Sierra.


The Manzanita Writers Press at its Manzanita Arts Emporium location in Historic Downtown Angels Camp, CA, a Creative Community Arts Center, offers a dynamic community center for arts, education, literature, benefiting the rural culture of Calaveras County and local foothill region. It operates exclusively for charitable and educational purposes, including but not limited to:

  1. Operating a center for the arts;
  2. Conducting and hosting educational, cultural, artistic, literary, and research programs;
  3. Engaging in all activities that will further, and are consistent with, the mission of the Corporation, including, but not limited to, lectures, workshops, events, exhibits, conferences, presentations to groups, panel discussions, education, publishing projects, and public relations.

        MWP Services:

  • Facilitate the Writers Unlimited critique group. Organize readings, events, and workshops. Network with writing communities across the state.
  • Publish local, regional, and other area writers, whether in launching a career, or nurturing a more experienced writer.
  • Assist selected project writers in procuring funding, editing and promotional services, and other needs of the publishing process.
  • Train/Mentor Volunteer Editors and staff members.
  • Sponsor and host Writers Workshops and Conferences in our region
  • Maintain a Writers Network with organizations across the country to assist our members
  • Conduct writing classes and provide educational lectures, workshops, and classes for the public

Interview with Monika Rose & Suzanne Murphy, MWP Directors and Editors 

Another interview on KQBM with Kat Everitt, about MWP

 Board of Directors

Monika Rose . . . President, Director, Editor-in-Chief

Mary Sexton . . . Vice-President & Gallery Director

Joy Roberts . . . Treasurer, Finance Director, Editor

Stephen Archer . . . Secretary, Program Director

Chrys Mollett . . . Music Director

Patricia Grant . . . Budget Director

Sherri Bloomer . . . Social Media Director

 Joyce Dedini . . . Graphic Designer, Book Layout Designer

 Sally Kaplan . . . Grants Consultant

Manzanita Arts Emporium is filled with the works of these fine artists . . .

Jan Alcalde, Murphys – Photography, watercolor, giclee, fine art prints and cards

Shay Baker, Sheep Ranch – oil pastels, watercolor, acrylic, mixed media, photography, fine art cards & prints

Irene Baldwin – Frog prints and memorabilia – live frog poses in the most unlikely places! You will have to see these to believe it. Amazing antics of frogs.

Sherri Bloomer, Arnold – silversmith, jeweler

Kevin Brady, Mokelumne Hill – watercolors, cartoon art & illustrations, acrylic – framed work, prints, cards

Bobbette Budworth, Arnold – Fused glass artist, pendants, plates/bowls and more

Rory Erbeck, Vallecito – Hardwood Cutting Boards, one-of-a-kind, made from exotic and local hardwoods, intricate designs, food-grade ready.

Victoria Fout, Angels Camp – abstract whimsical fantastical acrylic paintings, all sizes from the very large to miniature.

Angela Harmon, Arnold – acrylics, oils, watercolor, mixed media

Vicki Mannix, Angels Camp – hand-crafted knits & textiles from many types of fibers – wool, angora, camel, silk, acrylic, and more. Hats, scarves, wraps, shawls, caps, and more.

Chrys Mollett/Aeolian Harp, Murphys  – Piano and music lessons, ukuleles, guitars, violins, strings, music, CDs and more – fine art, oils, acrylics, prints, cards.

Twyla Olsen, Sonora – acrylic artist; Southwestern colors; landscapes, cards, prints

Patty Payne, Sheep Ranch – Equestrian and bovine framed art – abstract acrylics, fine art photography, large canvas/acrylic paintings, with natural frames from Mother Lode wood, prints, cards

Gary Rose, Mountain Ranch – Hard-edge Design acrylic wall sculptures – Large, geometric abstract paintings, cards.

Mary Sexton, Murphys – Acrylic, watercolor, oils – prints and framed pieces. Whim paint parties available. Contact Mary at 770-5818 or marysexton@comcast.net

Shelley Thorene, Angels Camp – Photographer

Also in the gallery as consignment:

Paul Neal, Valley Springs – Photography – landscape, Mother Lode scenes, nature’s captured moments

Susie Hoffman, Copperopolis – Watercolor, oil, prints, cards

Judie Caine, Murphys – Watercolor prints, cards

Cate Culver, Tuolumne City – large abstract acrylics, cards, matted prints

Pete & Barb Conroy – photography & art

Ty Childress – Photography

Gordon Long, photography cards

Norm Comer – Native American, original handcrafted drums & rattles