The Sierra Nevada foothills are a haven for painters, sculptors, designers and photographers. Literally drawing inspiration from the spectacular surroundings, local artists—some of them world-famous—find that the region is a great place to live and work. In addition, many organizations and galleries support the local art communities.

Amador County Arts Council features a calendar of events, artists' directory, and more.

The El Dorado Arts Council supports the artists of El Dorado County.

Nevada County Arts Council supports both visual and performing arts. P. O. Box 307, Nevada City CA 95959 (530) 798-5955.

The Arts Council of Placer County supports many art-related activities.

In Calaveras County, you'll find art and music resources at The Calaveras County Arts Council. Also, the Gold Rush town of Murphys features the Murphys Gallery Association. Here you'll find a dozen galleries. Stop here on the second Sunday of each month for artists' demonstrations and refreshments.

The Central Sierra Arts Council serves the Tuolumne County area. 208 South Green Street, Sonora CA 95370 (209) 532-2787.

The Mariposa County Arts Council is a non-profit organization designed to support all forms of the cultural arts.


Many artists have sketched, painted or photographed this old truck in Gold Hill, a few miles north of Placerville on Cold Springs Road.
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