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Confidence Lab is a dedicated space for a variety of arts projects including installations, temporary “pop-up” arts projects, student works, play readings, live music, and other activities. The space occupies the bottom level of Main Street’s historic Confidence Hall, and is managed and programmed by Arts & Culture El Dorado in a public-private partnership with the City of Placerville.

Confidence Lab is merely the newest tenant of Confidence Hall, a building that has housed everything from fire engines to city council members 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.

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The Confidence Lab Gallery is currently closed to the public, but will be re-opening on Thursday, April 29th.

Thursday through Sunday, 11 am - 4 pm

Current and Upcoming Events in the Confidence Lab

Birds of a Feather: Native California Indian Art – April 29 – June 13, 2021

Birds of a Feather features the works of local Native California Indian artists Jeremy Peconom, Meyo Marrufo, Kai LaPena, and Jaime Lanouette. Brought to you in partnership with concept: art + movement, a project of Arts and Culture El Dorado’s Arts Incubator program, Birds of a Feather offers a glimpse into the practice of Traditional…

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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.

Past Confidence Lab Events

Taylor Graham Book Signing and Reading Thursday, September 19th from 6-8 pm

  Taylor Graham served as Poet Laureate from 2016 to 2018 in El Dorado County and although her tenure ended over a year ago she has not stopped serving the written word and her community. Windows of Time and Place, Graham’s eighteenth book, is an homage to all things El Dorado County and includes many…

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Convoy 1919: Centennial of the 1919 Transcontinental Motor Convoy – August 29, through October 6, 2019

On July 7, 1919, a transcontinental motor convoy organized by the U.S. Army departed Washington, D.C. for San Francisco, California to demonstrate the motorized capability of the armed forces in the shadow of World War I. The convoy – consisting of 81 vehicles, including 31 heavy cargo trucks, 4 kitchen trailers, a wrecker, 4 motorcycles…

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Connected: Contemporary Works by Native American and Indigenous Artists – May 23 through Sunday, July 7

This exhibition is produced in partnership with concept: art + movement and the Exhibits and Collections Department of the Shingle Springs Band of Miwok Indians, and brings together recent works of Native American and Indigenous artists from throughout the Sacramento region. While examining the ways in which the artists are connected – to the environment…

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Improv Workshops

These sessions are intensive improvisation workshops for the initiated and beginner alike. They will cover basic introductions to Improv techniques and tools then move through Team-Based Competition, Long-Form Narrative Improv, Prop and Object Work, Characterizations, and Improvisational Monologue Work. The three-hour sessions will be mostly hands-on improvisational exercise working at the pace of the participants.…

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Wildcraft: Handmade Works by El Dorado Artisans – March 28, 2019 – May 12, 2019

Arts and Culture El Dorado (formerly El Dorado Arts Council) has announced the opening of its newest exhibition at Confidence Gallery. Wildcraft will celebrate the artisans of El Dorado County with a display of handmade works in a variety of mediums—ceramic, wood, metal, glass, fiber, pigments—that showcases unusual techniques and approaches to form. As part…

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Classes: Modern Dance/Contemporary Dance & Improvisation – Saturday 9-10:15 am, 10:30-11:45 am

Start 2019 with a movement practice that expands your creativity. Ongoing dance/movement classes for teens & adults with Tiffany Van Camp. Starting January 19th, Confidence Lab will be hosting classes every Saturday. Sign up for Intro to Modern Dance (9-10:15am) or Contemporary Dance & Improvisation (10:30-11:45am). Class sizes are limited to 10 students so pre-register…

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The Lumberjack’s Dove – Sunday, February 24, 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm

See The Elephant is thrilled to present visiting artist Gennarose Nethercott on her United States tour. Join us for an enchanting evening of live poetry reading from her recently published “The Lumberjack’s Dove” accompanied by a shadow play. Gennarose’s performance will be followed by a Q&A. And special guest performance from Gavin Sellers. Tickets ($15…

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Cloront Play Reading – Thursday, January 17, 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

A public reading of a new play written by students of El Dorado High School’s Collaborative Playwriting class, made possible by El Dorado Arts Council & California Arts Council. Students presented their play, “Cloront: A Dream Play” publicly for the first time followed by a Q&A with the playwrights and teaching artists. This event was…

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Resilience: A Living Room – November 16, 2018 – January 10, 2019

Friday, Nov. 16, 2018 – Thursday, Jan. 10,  2019 Gallery Open: Thursday-Sunday  11 am – 4 pm Public Event, Artist Talk with Kim Abeles,   Thursday, January 10, 2019, from 6- 8 pm Kim Abeles will talk about her experiences as an artist in residence at the Institute of Forest Genetics (IFG) and ideas gained exploring…

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Hangtown, a Ghost Play

Black Ice Theatre Presents Hangtown, A Ghost Play by Rae Mathews and Richard S. Sargent On a stormy night in Placerville, a woman accused of murder squares off with a detective who might just be guilty of a few crimes himself. As the night progresses and the tension between the two builds, strange occurrences begin…

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