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.
The annual Spring Obsession Art Show is traditionally held in early March at Ironstone Vineyards near Murphys. In 2014 the show will be open to the public on March 1 and 2, 10 AM to 5 PM.
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. This year it will be July 22 - August 11, 2013. The art show is held in the Perry Walther Building in Bear Valley, across from the music
Bear Valley Summer 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. This year it will be held August 15 to September 2, 2013.
June 21 - 25, 2013 Watch artists at work at various locations such as Hope Valley, Markleeville, and among the mountains, lakes, and streams. You can obtain
information about the artists' locations at Markleeville Art & Soul.
A reception will be held on June 25 from 2:00 PM to 4:00 PM at Stone Fly Restaurant in Markleeville. All the art created over the previous days will be available
for purchase at Markleeville Art & Soul in Markleeville.
Markleeville Plein Air
More than a dozen local artists in the immediate Markleeville area open their studios for visitors to tour and
see their work. Artists include oil painters, stained glass, watercolors, pottery, wood turning, and more.
Also on the agenda are local authors at the library, live music, and great food. October 6-7, 2013
Markleeville Artists Autumn Open Studios
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.
432 Main Street, Murphys
Displays work by sculpturist Staria Stine and jewelry artists Elie Frey & Florent Guillon.
Allegorie Art Gallery and Tasting Room
263A Main Street, Murphys - Features local artists, artisans and photographers.
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.
Meadowmont Shopping Center, Arnold
Blue Lake Springs, Arnold
14841 Highway 89 - Markleeville Art & Soul, formerly Markleeville Art Gallery, displays works of art from a wide variety of regional artists, including
watercolors and oils, photography, sculptures and pottery, hand painted silks, and greeting cards.
Markleeville Art & Soul.
Outdoor class in Murphys, how to develop a painting from start to finish, one-on-one help. Outdoor Oil Painting Workshop
These classes will be taught in Murphys:
"Capturing the Light" - May 16-18 and May 30-June 1, 2014
Kathleen Dunphy Workshops
June 6, 7, 8 & 9th, 2014
Paint the beauty of the east side of the Sierra from the vast beauty of Mono Lake, the ghost town of Bodie to the sparkling magic of high Sierra lakes, forests and snow capped mountains. Each day we paint a different location; from tree covered Sierra views to high desert ghost towns. $250. (instruction only)
Call for lodging information: 530-277-5731
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'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
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 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'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 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 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.
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 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'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 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'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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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
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.