Confidence Firehouse Gallery showcases a curated rotating exhibition series which celebrates the unique culture of El Dorado County. The space occupies the bottom level of Main Street’s historic Confidence Hall, and is managed and programmed by Arts and Culture El Dorado in a public-private partnership with the City of Placerville.

The Gallery is merely the newest tenant of Confidence Hall, a building that has housed the Mountaineer Engine Company (later renamed to Confidence Engine Company), a roller skating rink, dance hall, El Dorado County fair, wrestling matches, religious services, a militia armory, meetings of service organizations, concerts, a public library, and Placerville City offices over the last century and a half. Built in 1857, and rebuilt in 1860 following a fire, Confidence Hall, which is listed in the National Register of Historic Places, is one of Placerville’s most recognizable and beloved historic buildings.

HOURS: Thursday through Sunday, 11 am - 4 pm

487 Main Street, Placerville, CA


The 2021-2022 Gallery Exhibition Series is funded in part by a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts.

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Click here to see what is happening with our renovations of the building.

Current Exhibition in Confidence Firehouse Gallery

Bad Apples – Skateboarding and the Misfit Culture of EDC

From fashion, to street art, to the Olympic Games – skateboarding is a fixture in pop culture worldwide. But at its core, it remains a fast-paced, gritty, DIY, risk-laden sport with its roots in rebellion. Arts and Culture El Dorado has teamed up with Motherlode Board Supply Co. and artist Nate Reifke to create a…

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Upcoming Exhibitions in Confidence Firehouse Gallery

Dark Mountain, Deep Valley: New Works by Loren Christofferson 

Inspired by the Japanese aesthetic concept of Yūgen – an experience of beauty that is beyond words – Christofferson’s newest series of paintings explores natural beauty in the abstract. Dark Mountain, Deep Valley moves beyond mimesis (representation or imitation of the real world in art and literature) to examine the ineffable experience of being immersed in…

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A Celebration of Latino Arts and Culture: Opening Thursday, September 15

Opening Thursday, September 15: A Celebration of Latino Arts and Culture.   Check back later for more information.

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The Intersection of Art and Technology: December 2022

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River: Spring 2023

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Forest: Summer 2023

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WHERE TO PARK: Street parking and parking in city lots is free for the first two hours. After the first two hours, cars must be moved to metered city lots. Parking fees enforced Monday- Saturday from 8:00 am - 6:00 pm.

Some options with walking times from our buildings include:

  1. Old City Hall/ W.S. Kirt Lot (closest parking, right behind our buildings)
  2. Mooney Lot - about 4  minutes
  3. Parking Structure - about 4-5 minutes (3rd floor is for permit parking only)
  4. Ivy  House Lot - about 5 minutes
  5. Street parking - varying distance, must move car  to a metered city lot after 2 hours

Click here for more information on parking in Placerville.