Looking to explore art in Calaveras? Calaveras is a hidden gem for the art lover in all of us. Surrounded by never ending natural inspiration, great food, and live music, from art events available throughout the year on our on-line calendar of events, to art galleries and workshops, there is a lot to explore. Feeling overwhelmed? We’re here to help you find the right art experience for you with the Calaveras Art Gallery Guide–your all access pass to the top art lover destinations in our town.
Summer/Fall Tip: Farmers markets are a great way to meet artists in person, and sometimes even see them at work. Available from late Spring through early Fall, you can explore local Calaveras farmers markets here.
1. Art Gallery Guide to Angels Camp
Manzanita Arts Emporium
Manzanita Arts Emporium is not only an art gallery and artists co-op, but is also a bustling center for the arts. Featuring everything from storytelling and other literary arts to artisan musical instruments, jewelry and visual arts. Offering monthly and annual events, classes, and workshops, you can also buy Manzanita Writers Press published books by local authors.
Located in charming, historic downtown Angels Camp next to Crusco’s Ristorante, Prestidge Gallery and framing shop features local photography and art. Bring in your photos, prints or art to be framed and choose from their wide variety of mats and framing styles.
Local’s Tip: Find additional art hidden throughout Angels Camp. From Mark Twain statues at Utica Park and Camps restaurant and murals in historic downtown to art pieces for sale in businesses such as Stories in Stones and Vino Metate. You can also meet the artists selling their wares at seasonal events like the Angels Camp Farmers Market, Mark Twain Wild West Fest, and the Calaveras County Fair and Jumping Frog Jubilee.
2. Art Gallery Guide to Arnold
Poulson Studios and Gallery
Master Craftsmen William Poulson and Bobbette Budworth, of Poulson Studios and Gallery, design and produce exquisite examples of fine art, stained glass murals, panels, screens, domes, and hand-crafted wood furniture that reflect the beauty of the natural form – all appropriate for the finest interior environments. This is the place where you can commission custom pieces to be produced by world-class craftsmen and artists to enhance your home or office.
Timeless Home Gallery
Timeless Home Gallery is available by appointment. A showroom featuring home décor by local artisans and craftsman Lynn and John Glocke, TImeless Home Gallery provides an opportunity to take a piece of Calaveras County home with you in the form of custom made furniture and art, all sales go directly to the artists.
Here you’ll find custom made furniture, as well as everything to compliment your home decor, including locally made pottery, fused glass, wall hangings, water colors, photography, hard wood flooring, mantels, locally milled wood slabs, reclaimed wood heirloom furniture, vintage textiles, and much more. The theme here is functional and artful home decor. At Timeless Home Gallery you can find unique pieces you won’t see anywhere else.
3. Copperopolis Art Gallery Guide
Town Hall Arts/Gallerie Copper
Town Hall Arts / Galerie Copper is an art gallery, artist supply store and art studio, featuring the work of more than 40 local artists, located in the beautiful clocktower building in Copperopolis Town Square.
Besides the beautiful collection of paintings which are available for purchase, visitors may also observe art in progress in their art studio, or pick up top quality art supplies of your own (including brushes, watercolor, oil and acrylic paints, stretch canvases, easels, watercolor paper and much more). Galerie Copper also offers a wide range of art classes – available for adults and kids – where you can learn everything from life drawing to mosaics, paper-making collages, oil painting, watercolor painting, and pastels, which you can find on our online calendar of events.
4. Mokelumne Hill Art Gallery Guide
Acme Art – Moke Hill
As a creative playground, ACME Art offers art classes and workshops for all age groups and all skill levels. Many of the classes are intended for those with an interest in the arts, but with little or no art experience. You can find upcoming Acme Art events on our on-line calendar of Calaveras events.
Set amid the intimate township of Mokelumne Hill, a charming historic gold mining town, Petroglyphe Gallery is known as one of the finest boutique art galleries in Northern California. The gallery represents leading California and nationally known award winning artists in a wide variety of subject matter and mediums.
A perfect setting for art, Petroglyphe Gallery is filled with natural light and elegant architectural detail. Admire unique handcrafted jewelry as well as original contemporary works of art in oil, acrylic, watercolor, ceramic and glass. Petroglyphe Gallery also features monthly artist demonstrations and workshops as well as seasonal classical music concerts.
5. Mountain Ranch Art Gallery Guide
Mountain Ranch Youth Alliance Center
Mountain Ranch Youth Alliance Center (MRYA) hosts an ongoing art exhibit showcasing the works of local artists, with an artists reception offered every other month. In addition to showcasing local art, MRYA’s primary mission is to support the emotional and physical well-being of children and families through the establishment of community based programs and activities. Experience some of MRYA’s community collaboration at work through the community led Mountain Ranch Community Market, as well as by visiting their resource center. Exploring MRYA you can catch a rare glimpse into a small rural communities commitment to honor and maintain their thriving heritage and celebratory way of life. Before you make the trek, feel free to get an insiders peak into the Mountain Ranch Community, by checking out the lovely Mountain Ranch Community Market Instagram account here.
6. Murphys Art Gallery Guide
Allegorie Art Gallery and Tasting Room
Allégorie, a boutique wine tasting room in historic downtown Murphys also serves as an art gallery featuring jewelry and art made by local artists, frequently from local gems and materials. If you’re an art and wine lover, this is the first tasting room you should visit in Murphys. Here, you can find hand-crafted jewelry by Elie Frey, sculpture by Staria Stine and paintings by Maren Conrad, among others. Despite their small size, they’ve won some big awards. Specializing in a handful of limited-production hand-crafted red and white varietals, their wine club gives members special benefits shared with their sister winery, Val du Vino, and to wine, dinner and art-themed special events. The building is easily identified by the beautiful mural created by local artists Staria Stine, and has become a popular landmark in Murphys.
Art on Main
Art on Main is a contemporary fine art gallery offering original art from local artists and fine art reproductions, including oils, watercolors, pastels, acrylics, etchings, photography, sculpture, glass, textiles, and jewelry. Also featured is a large collection of original and printed note cards, ready for sending or framing. Artists who display their art also meet and greet the public, providing personal knowledge of the artwork and their fellow artists. Visit often to see the transformation of the gallery: every four months new artwork is displayed and a new local artist’s work is featured.
Quyle Kilns is the oldest family owned and operated production business in Murphys, producing handmade pottery as well as mining and processing raw clays. Featuring beautiful, hand-crafted ceramics available for purchase in their showroom as well as pottery, winery and clay production tours and summer classes in blacksmithing, wheel throwing, mold making, as well as additional guest artist offerings. After touring the pottery and clay production facility, make sure to checkout the working blacksmith shop as well as their 1825 Columbian printing press. Afterwards, stroll across the way to award winning sister business, Brice Station Tasting Room and Vineyards for some refreshing nibbles and sips.
Visiting during the summer? Keep an eye out for Brice Stations’ Hilltop Summer Concert Series as well as the annual award winning Shakespeare on the Vine Theatre Company productions. With an unofficial connection to the Ashland Shakespeare Festival (through local company Director Tara Kayton’s curriculum vitae), and a 100+ year family connection to Shakespearean Theater, you won’t want to miss their outdoor out-of-this-world annual productions.
772 E. Murphys Creek Rd. Murphys, CA I 209.890.8986
Though it might not be an official art gallery, Artscape_Murphys is the perfect place to get your hands dirty in the name of art. A haven for art lovers seeking a place to build and share skills while growing community, Artscape_Murphys offers studio space and workshops year round. With classes ranging from figure drawing to fiber arts to kids slime-making and everything in between, the best way to find out what’s happening at the studio next? Checkout ArtScape_Murphys on Instagram, here.
7. San Andreas Art Gallery Guide
Calaveras County Arts Council Gallery
A non-profit collaboration promoting art appreciation throughout Calaveras County, the Calaveras County Arts Council Gallery showcases work by local artists at their rugged and historic San Andreas location. In addition to their beautiful gallery store and public education programs, the Calaveras Arts Council annually sponsors and organizes numerous great events throughout the year. Two of their most beloved events include the annual Music in the Park series during the summer and the Calaveras Artist Studio Tour each fall.
8. Valley Springs Art Gallery Guide
Artworks Studio California
Located in the heart of the Valley Springs tri-lake area, Artworks Studio features the work of husband and wife team Rory and Lisa Gage. Featuring decorative, functional art, pottery & sculpture, hand-blown glass, jewelry, and fine art commissions of landscapes, seascapes, portraits and wildlife studies, the gallery is one of the few locations in Calaveras that is open 7 days a week.
Oakwilde Ranch and Sculpture
Oakwilde Ranch and Sculpture invites you to say goodbye to white walls and the artificial lights of a gallery. Hello to trees, sun, wind and occasional cows as art meets Mother Nature. A yearly art show, and art park open to the public by appointment, Oakwilde Ranch and Sculpture also offers workshops and art projects designed to create a community of people willing to share ideas, participate, and create.
The rolling landscape is idyllic and the sculpture ranges from surreal and thought provoking to outright inspiring. Emerging artists are encouraged to create site specific work and large scale installations Selected sculpture is for sale upon inquiry.
9. Bonus: Annual Art Event
Calaveras Artists Studio Tour
Each fall, local participating artists throughout Calaveras open their studios for you to explore. This year the event takes place in September of 2018. Save the date and learn more about this epic annual Calaveras Artists Studio Tour here.
Love art in all it’s varieties? Explore the Calaveras music scene and Calaveras farmers markets ( a great place to connect with local makers) here. Did you know many wine tasting rooms throughout the county also offer locally made goods? Explore Calaveras wineries and tasting rooms here. Looking for something in particular? Our office is here to help 7 days a week. We are available by phone at 1-800-225-3764, email at [email protected] or in person at 1192 S. Main St. in Angels Camp, CA.
Happy art exploring!