Why is this important?
Tuolumne County spectacular natural landscapes attracts many painters,
photographers and others are attracted to the county, finding it
an appealing place to visit, reside, and practice their art. This
setting and an abundance of historic buildings and communities,
and agricultural lands consistently inspired the creation of visual
What is the measure?
We note the number of formal art galleries in the county, most
of which are located in downtown Sonora.
We track the number of artists entering works in the annual art
exhibit at the Mother Lode Fair.
The Mother Lode Art Association, more than 50 years old, represents
mostly visual artists (primarily painters). We provide membership
numbers for this organization as an indicator of the importance
of visual arts to Tuolumne County residents.
How are we doing?
Growing awareness of the importance of the practice and appreciation
of the visual arts is indicated by plein air painting (a style of
painting produced outdoors in natural light) and photography events
and studio art tours.
An abundance of fairs and festivals occurs throughout the year.
Many of these include art exhibits and sales.
Ceramics, jewelry, metal, textile and other arts and crafts are
also well represented in the county through organizations, shows
Although formal retail art galleries are few and sometimes short-lived,
hotels, restaurants and other businesses regularly display and sell
art by local artists.