Ebbetts Pass Fine Arts

Artists, Galleries, Workshops, Shows and Sales

Ebbetts Pass Fine Arts

The Ebbetts Pass region attracts many talented artists. Active art communities have developed around Murphys, Bear Valley, and Markleeville. Annual shows, art associations, workshops, and a diverse group of artists creating extraordinary pieces of art make the Ebbetts Pass area a wonderful place to enjoy and participate in the arts.

Annual Art Shows

Spring Obsession Art Show - March 3-4, 2018

The annual Spring Obsession Art Show is traditionally held in early March at Ironstone Vineyards near Murphys.

Golden Palette Art Show

The Golden Palette Art Association's 2018 Art Show will be held at Brice Station, 4 miles east of Murphys, June TBA, 2018, from 11:00 AM to 6:00 PM.
Golden Palette Art Show

Bear Valley Summer Art Show

The Bear Valley Summer Art Show aligns its exhibit with the Music Festival, which runs from late July through the first two weeks of August. The art show is held in the Perry Walther Building in Bear Valley, across from the music festival tent.
Bear Valley Summer Art Show

Big Trees Fall Art Show

The Big Trees Fall Art show is sponsored by Arts of Bear Valley. It is held every year at Calaveras Big Trees State Park, usually from late August through early September.


Art Galleries and Displays


The Art Gallery in Murphys

432 Main Street, Murphys
Open Friday through Monday 11:00 AM to 5:00 PM, featuring art by George Allen Durkee and Sharon Strong. George's oil paintings include landscapes, cityscapes, still life, and junkscapes. Sharon is best known for her masks.

Allegorie Art Gallery and Tasting Room

432 Main Street, Murphys
Displays work by sculpturist Staria Stine and jewelry artists Elie Frey & Florent Guillon.
Allegorie Art Gallery and Tasting Room

Misty Redwood Glen

263A Main Street, Murphys - Features local artists, artisans and photographers.

Murphys Bead Gallery

88 W. Highway 4, Suite 5, Murphys - Locally made jewelry art and beading supplies
Bead Art by Sue


207 Main Street, Murphys - Displaying works local and Bay Area artists. Features oil paintings by Jennie Balisle.


Arts of Bear Valley Window Display

Meadowmont Shopping Center, Arnold

Snowflake Lodge

Blue Lake Springs, Arnold


Markleeville Art & Soul

Reported to be closed.


Art Workshops

Oil Painting with George Allen Durkee

Sign up for a June workshop by clicking the link on his website. Outdoor Oil Painting Workshop

Oil Painting Workshops with Kathleen Dunphy

Capturing the Light workshops in Murphys, April 20-22, 2018.
Painting in Hope Valley, August 1-4, 2018

Kathleen Dunphy Workshops


Ebbetts Pass Artists

Depicting Scenes or Flora from along the Scenic Byway

Judie Cain

Judie Cain's oil paintings depict people and animals, structures, landscapes, and florals. Her work has shown at the Haggin Museum in Stockton and the Lasting Impressions Gallery in Carmel. Locally it can be seen at the Marisolio Tasting Bar in Murphys and the Ventana Gallery in Sonora. She teaches classes at her Forest Meadows studio and gallery.
Judie Cain - Oil Painter

Nancy Calhoun

Nancy Calhoun's striking watercolors depict local scenes from the Carson River and Markleeville to Lake Alpine. The Sierra's bears are one of Nancy's favorite subjects. She is a member of Arts of Bear Valley.
Nancy Calhoun Watercolors

Margarit Carlsen

Arnold resident Margarit Carlsen studied under acclaimed artist Dorner Schueler. Margarit's watercolors depict local scenes such as Tryon Peak along with graceful florals. She is a member of Arts of Bear Valley.

Vickie Chew

Vickie Chew has won numerous awards for her charcoals and acrylics at shows. She also works with oils and pastels, painting on various surfaces from canvas to quartzite stone. Among her work is an acrylic of Mosquito Lake done on quartzite stone. You can view her work at Victoria's in Angels Camp.
Vickie Chew Fine Art.

Kathleen Dunphy

Kathleen Dunphy's oil landscapes depict scenes from the Sierra to the seashore. Find among her work pictures of aspens, barns, mountain lakes, grazing cattle, and vineyards. Her art is displayed in galleries across the country. Locally her work can be seen in the Knowlton Gallery in Lodi.
Kathleen Dunphy Fine Arts

George Allen Durkee

George Allen Durkee is a self-taught artist who began his career as a street artist in San Francisco. He is now an acclaimed landscape artist living in Murphys. His oil landscapes depict scenes around the Mother Lode, while his cityscapes and junkscapes illustrate his distinctive style and his San Francisco roots.
George Allen Durkee

Sarah Evans

Sarah Evans is an impressionist oil painter from Murphys. Beautiful colors and rich textures characterize her garden landscapes. Included in her work are scenes of Lake Alpine and other Mother Lode locations. Her work can be seen at the Iron Door Gallery in Murphys. She is a member of Arts of Bear Valley.

Rick Harray

Landscape photographer Rick Harray has been capturing images of the Gold Country and High Sierra for over 28 years. He is drawn especially to Carson, Ebbetts, Sonora and Tioga passes. Among the photographs on his website gallery are images of Highland Lakes, Upper Tryon Meadow, Scossa's Cow Camp, and Murphys in winter. His work can be seen at the Prestige Gallery and Frame Shop in Angels Camp.
Rick Harray Photography

Bambi Papais

Bambi Papais is a self-taught watercolor artist. Her mostly floral paintings can be seen at Harbinger Gallery in Murphys. Her work is available in limited edition prints, giclee, and as note cards or holiday cards.
Bambi Papais Watercolors

Bonita Paulis

Bonita Paulis's stunning pastels depict scenes ranging from Lake Tahoe and the Carson River to Markleeville and Ebbetts Pass. She is a signature member of the Sierra Pastel Society. Her work can be seen at the Markleeville Art Gallery.
Bonita Paulis Fine Art

Elaine Staben

Elaine Staben paints in various medias, including watercolors, acrylics, and pastels. She also known as a talented mural painter. Among her paintings are scenes of Boards Crossing and Big Trees State Park. She is associated with Art & Soul Gallery in Arnold's Cedar Center. Elaine is a member of Arts of Bear Valley.

Monika Stattner

drawing of dog

Monika's skill represents years of traditional academic training mixed with self-taught talent, inspiration and patience. She earned an AOS degree (with Honor) at Pratt Institute Manhattan. In her presentation drawings she developed a style using the many shades and layers of the silvery graphite grey usually with a single subject - there are few exceptions where high contrast is very evident. The drawings love to show texture, highly detailed and lifelike but not photorealistic. She is a self represent artist known locally for her pet portraits. She is also an instructor at the Town Hall Arts Galerie Copper art classes in Copperopolis, California.
Contact her at monikastattner@icloud.com
Website: Monika Stattner


Ebbetts Pass Art Clubs and Associations

Arts of Bear Valley

Arts of Bear Valley develops and promotes the visual arts with events and programs that encourage an appreciation of art. This association of about 40 members from along the Highway 4 corridor offers programs for children, seasonal plein aire paint-outs, and an annual Arts of Bear Valley Exhibit which corresponds with the Bear Valley Music Festival. They also hold an annual Big Trees Fall Art Show at Calaveras Big Trees State Park. Arts of Bear Valley

Golden Palette Art Association

Since its inception in 1966, the Golden Palette Art Association has provided a nurturing environment for many artists to explore and express themselves creatively in a number of mediums.