Past Gallery Exhibitions

Ars Vinifera: The Art of the Wine Label

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Youth Art Month

In honor of National Youth Art Month, Arts and Culture El Doradois excited to launch our first annual Youth Arts Exhibition, showcasingartworks created by El Dorado County youth, grades 9-12. In Spring of 2024, El Dorado High School students took over Switchboard Gallery, curating a show of their own works. Successive years will feature artworks…

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SENDING IT: Climbing El Dorado

SENDING IT: Climbing El Dorado examines the unique and world-renowned climbing features perched along Hwy 50. The exhibition focuses on Lover’s Leap, Phantom Spires, and Sugarloaf – three large granite outcroppings that attract climbers from around the globe. Taking a grass-roots curatorial approach, the exhibition combines community sourced photographs with images from the personal archives…

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Sugar Skull Art Walk: Honoring Our Ancestors

The Sugar Skull Art Walk is a community project that engages local artist-designers in creating Day of the Dead “ofrendas” on Main Street. The goal of this project is to help unify communities through art, music, and the shared human experience of loss. The ofrendas are on view in Switchboard Gallery from October 15 to…

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Details + Materials: Works by Claudine Granthem

Details + Materials: Works by Claudine Granthem honored the work of long-time El Dorado County resident Claudine Granthem. With a strong oeuvre that consists of painting, wood and metal sculpture, and drawings, Granthem’s work is at once architectural and deeply human. Her use of materials is lavish in its embrace; she doesn’t attempt to transform or…

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Fire/Land: The Exhibition

FIRE/LAND: The Exhibition was an installation of Ameera Godwin’s digital prints and video, representing the artist’s creative journey into local forest lands in response to wildfire and climate grief, vulnerability, and responsibility.   Opening Reception: Thursday, June 8, 6 – 8 pm Artist Talk: Thursday, July 13, starting at 6 pm Author Talk: Wednesday, July…

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Antepasados: Those Unseen

This exhibition, which was the first in Arts and Culture El Dorado’s new gallery space, featured the original prints of Sigrid Benson and sculptural works of Marisa Sayago. Antepasados: Those Unseen examined the complexity of human relationships, kinship, and the invisible presence of those who have come before us. Opening Reception: Friday, May 5, from…

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Dark Mountain, Deep Valley: New Works by Loren Christofferson 

Painter Loren Christofferson was the subject of this exhibition presented by Arts and Culture El Dorado at the Confidence Firehouse Gallery. Dark Mountain, Deep Valley, was a series of monochromatic paintings and works on paper that dive into the artist’s nebulous connection to Yosemite’s remarkable landscape. The exhibition, which evolved from a collaboration with the…

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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 teamed up with Motherlode Board Supply Co. and artist Nate Reifke to create a visual…

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A Room of Their Own: Women Artists of the Sierra – September 30, 2021 – December 12, 2021

Women artists took the lead in this exhibition at Confidence Firehouse Gallery. The exhibition featured artworks by over ten local artists working in a diverse array of mediums. Photographs, watercolor paintings, mixed media works, ceramics, block prints and plant-based sculpture were all counted among the works on display. . A Room of Their Own was…

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Out There

May 25 –  August 12, 2018 Public Event: Thursday, July 12th from 6:00 to 8:00 pm, Teri Smoot, photographer, aerospace engineer and amateur astronomer, will be giving a talk on her process for capturing the night sky. Smoot will explain how her images on display were generated and the physical significance of the objects themselves. Attendance…

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Native Roots

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Friday, March 16 – Sunday, May 20, 2018 Within the borders of El Dorado County there exists a vast array of biodiversity; from tiny flowers to tall pines, the abundant variety of plant life within the county’s 1,786 square miles is astounding. Partnering with the El Dorado Chapter of the California Native Plant Society, the…

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The Games of Winter

January 12 – March 9, 2018 Public Event: Thursday, February 22, 2018 David Antonucci, author of Snowball’s Chance: The Story of the 1960 Olympic Winter Games Squaw Valley & Lake Tahoe, will discuss the 1960 Winter Olympics, with a special focus on the games that took place in El Dorado County. The event will be held at…

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Small Wonders

December 6, 2017 – January 7, 2018 Sierra Pastel Society returns to the Fausel Gallery with their exhibition entitled Small Wonders, featuring small pastel artworks. Small Wonders is an opportunity to give the gift of art and shop local this holiday season. The exhibition offers original and affordable creations by members of the Sierra Pastel…

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DEEP BLUE LEAD

June 9 – August 26, 2017 Free Events Open to the Public Gallery Reception: Thursday, June 15, 6:00 – 8:00 pm Featuring Hors d-oeuvres from Smith Flat House and Wine from Lava Cap Winery Geology talk by George Wheeldon P.G., Emeritus Professor of Geology: Thursday, July 13 at 6:30 pm Local photographer Caitlin Thompson will…

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Tea/Silk/Gold: The Enduring Legend of America’s First Japanese Colony

March 10 – May 29, 2017   Wakamatsu Farm 1869 – 1871 and Japanese Woodblock Prints 1931 – 1957 An exhibition of Japanese arts and culture that celebrates Wakamatsu Tea and Silk Colony Farm, the first Japanese settlement in North America as colonists fled shogun-era violence in mid-19th century Japan. Includes a special collection of…

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Art From the Horizon, El Dorado County Student Exhibition

January 14 -February 27, 2017 El Dorado Arts Council hosts an El Dorado County Student Exhibition entitled Art From the Horizon, showcasing artwork from local high school students.  

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Small Wonders Holiday Art Exhibition Presented by the Sierra Pastel Society

December 2, 2016 through January 11, 2017 Member Miniature Art Exhibition featuring small pastel paintings.

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Back to the Future: Fifty Years of Amazing Automotive Concept Art

September 30 through November 27, 2016 Vintage automotive design art from the 1930’s through the 1970’s from the private collection of Patrick Kelley, never before seen by the public.

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