Arts and Culture El Dorado’s mission to promote, connect, and empower arts and culture throughout the county is achieved by targeted programs and services; a vibrant gallery exhibition series; and a focus on initiatives which support and sustain the cultural life of the region.

Placerville Historic Renovation

Currently at Switchboard Gallery

A Picture’s Worth: NEA Big Read at the Gallery. This exhibition of illustrator Gavin Sellers-Norman’s original work features illustrations inspired by community-sourced oral histories and original audio recordings by personal historian Mariah Padilla. The exhibition opened with a reception on May 23 at 6 pm and runs through to June 30, 2024.

Fundraising Underway for Camino Roundabout Sculpture


The Camino Roundabout Sculpture Project represents an exercise in community self-definition and an elegant exploration of the culture, economy, and values of the Camino/Fruitridge Ag District. Join us in supporting this gateway project!

NEA Big Read

Showcasing a diverse range of themes, voices, and perspectives, NEA Big Read aims to inspire meaningful conversations, artistic responses, and new discoveries and connections in each community. El Dorado County will be participating in NEA Big Read by sharing in the experience of reading Can't We Talk About Something More Pleasant?, by Roz Chast.

As part of NEA Big Read, Arts and Culture El Dorado is partnering with the El Dorado County Library and will host programming events at each branch library in the county. Programming will include book talks, self-portrait workshops, a conversation exchange, oral history collecting, and film screenings.




Arts and Culture El Dorado is partnering with the Sacramento Office of Arts and Culture on the California Creative Corps. ForestSong, a CCC project from local artist Andie Thrams; was created as a response to recent devastating wildfires in the region. ForestSong is a collaborative art project that investigates grief, beauty, and interconnection, shares images and science, invokes the sacred while bearing witness to the effects of natural disasters, and invites action to preserve, protect, and celebrate our natural wonders.

Full Schedule of Events:

-June 29, 10 am to 2 pm, at Grover Hot Springs State Park Picnic Area, 3415 Hot Springs Road, Markleeville, CA. 


-September 22, 1 pm to 5 pm, at Pioneer Park, 6740 Fairplay Road, Somerset, CA. 


-September 29, 1 pm to 5 pm, at Camp Lotus, 5461 Bassi Road, Lotus, CA. 

County Supervisors Chamber: Fabienne Sowa-Dobkowski

Arts and Culture El Dorado works with local arts associations to select and install artworks for the County Board of Supervisors meeting chamber.

Fab (Fabienne) Sowa – Dobkowski is a California-based, art historian and fine art photographer who explores the intricate relationship between humankind and nature.

Currently, Fab balances her career as an art historian, imparting her knowledge and passion to students, while also pursuing her artistic aspirations in the serene setting of the Sierra Nevada Foothills alongside her husband and beloved pets.

Fabienne's landscape photography is on display at the County Supervisors Chamber through late July and you can find more about her work on her website.

New Incubator Partners

Red Paint Collective advances wellness, reclamation, and sovereignty of Native, Indigenous and Latino Cultural Arts. Click to read more.

The Black Rock Philharmonic is an all-inclusive orchestra, with musicians from around the world, who come together every year at Burning Man to bring beautiful classical concerts to the Burning Man community. Click to read more.

Indigenous Art+Med of California's intention is to provide programming and space-centering contemporary and traditional arts, culture, and wellness knowledge. Click to read more.

The Native American Center for Arts and Culture was founded to support the cultural, spiritual and creative needs of the Native American and Latino communities, by providing a space to gather for sharing and the creation of art that strengthens us as individuals and as a community. Click to read more.




Artist Anton Nemeth at his ceramics bench

Pine needle basket by artist Nettie Fox

Poetry Out Loud contestant Michaela Yack

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