El Dorado Arts Council

Arts Council presents author reading

G. Weston DeWalt, who co-authored “The Climb: Tragic Ambitions on Everest” with head expedition guide Anatoli Boukreev, will read from his New York Times bestseller at El Dorado Arts Council’s Fausel House Gallery on Wednesday, Feb. 10. The reading and Q&A are part of a speaker series to accompany the current gallery exhibition “Such Great […]

Poets to speak out

El Dorado Arts Council invites the public to its seventh Poetry Out Loud county finals. On Tuesday evening, Feb. 9, eight El Dorado County high school Poetry Out Loud winners will step into the Imagination Theater spotlight and vie for the title of Poetry Out Loud County Champion. The El Dorado Arts Council hopes everyone […]

El Dorado Arts Council expands Art in Public Places

Art in Public Places began in the El Dorado County Board of Supervisors chambers at 330 Fair Lane in Placerville two years ago. The program provides an opportunity for local artists to showcase their work in a solo show bringing art to the community. With the program’s success at the Board of Supervisors, El Dorado […]

February’s forecast is for poetry and more poetry

El Dorado County has been participating in Poetry Out Loud — a national arts education program that encourages high school students to learn about great poetry through memorization, performance and competition since 2016. In its seventh year, the program is a partnership of the National Endowment for the Arts, the Poetry Foundation and state and regional […]

EDAC to hold annual Holiday Art Gifts Showcase

El Dorado Arts Council is hosting its annual Holiday Art Gifts Showcase featuring the craftsmanship of local artists. Affordable and unique gifts for sale will include fine art, ceramics, jewelry, cards, accessories and more. Special sip and shop Saturdays will be held on Saturday, Dec. 12 and Dec. 19. Patrons will be treated to complimentary […]

EDAC to launch Veterans Road series

El Dorado Arts Council has announced the launch of Veterans Road — a triennial literary reading series by writers who are military veterans. Created as a fundraiser and companion program to EDAC’s Veterans’ Voices — a free six-week writing workshop series offered to all veterans — the first Veterans Road reading will be held on […]

Free writing workshop open to all veterans

Veterans’ Voices, a program of the El Dorado Arts Council, begins its fourth six-week writing workshop the second Thursday of October. Led by award-winning screenwriter, poet and teaching artist Shawn Pittard, this free two-hour workshop provides all veterans with the opportunity to write their experiences — military or not — in a comfortable setting amongst […]

Toast the arts and the creative process

What: Apassionato — A Toast to the Arts Who: El Dorado Arts Council When: Saturday, Oct. 3 from 5:30-9:30 p.m. Where: Cold Springs Golf and Country Club, 6500 Clubhouse Drive, Placerville Cost: $60 per person Information: or (530) 295-3496   On Saturday, Oct. 3 arts supporters from around the region will gather at Cold Springs Golf and Country […]

El Dorado Arts Council welcomes new executive director

El Dorado Arts Council (EDAC) announced that it has hired Terry LeMoncheck as its new executive director. LeMoncheck has worked in arts management in the Los Angeles area for more than 20 years, serving as executive director of the Pasadena Arts Council (PAC) since 2002. Prior to joining PAC, she held administrative positions at the […]

EDAC hosting National Dance Day

El Dorado Arts Council is hosting National Dance Day on Saturday, July 25. The biggest dance event of the year, this free festival promotes dance and health in the community. Performances by local dance studios, including Jammin’ Dance and Fitness at 3 p.m. and Sarpika Tribal Dance, will showcase the many different styles of dance […]

Summer art opens at Fausel House

Escape to the Fausel House for a Summer Holiday Art Show presented by the El Dorado Arts Council. Featured artists include: Kassandra Allen, Kritike Bala, Joey Cattone, Jennifer Eubanks, Agi Gillespie, Shirley Mandfredi, Donna Sisley, Teri Meyer and Sherry Young. Held at the historic Fausel House, 772 Pacific St. in Placerville, Summer Holiday runs from […]

Art ‘n’ Bark spotlights pets

The El Dorado Arts Council is proud to present Art ‘n’ Bark, a dog and pet-themed art show spotlighting local artists and dog-friendly activities for pet owners and their four-legged friends to enjoy together on Saturday, June 20. There will be a novel Third Saturday artists’ reception spotlighting a variety of canine curiosities, crafts, and fanfare. The […]

Writing coach to present Voices for Veterans workshop

Veterans’ Voices, an ongoing writing workshop for veterans, will resume on Thursday evening, April 30 at Placerville’s historical Fausel House. This six-week workshop is an opportunity for veterans — in particular those who’ve served in Iraq and Afghanistan — to write their stories, whether service related or not, vis-à-vis memoir, letter, poetry, fiction or drama. […]

Flowers and trashy art

El Dorado Arts Council is proud to present Flowers in the Fausel and the Trashy Art Experience, a flower-and-recycled-art-themed gallery show featuring local artists Agi Gillespie, Audrey Keebler, Art Wendorf, Cindy Stephens, Joey Cattone, Joyce Mason, Lara Gularte, Oran Miller, Ramona Kaye Beckwith, Pam Henderson and Sue Costa. Flowers in the Fausel and the Trashy […]

Flowers and recycled art

El Dorado Arts Council is proud to present “Flowers in the Fausel and the Trashy Art Experience” gallery art show featuring a student juried show from participating El Dorado County high schools. “Flowers in the Fausel and the Trashy Art Experience” is a flower and recycled art themed exhibit, spotlighting local artists and students from […]

Quilt show at EDAC to celebrate state parks

El Dorado Arts Council, Pacific Street in Placerville, hosts the State Parks Quilt Show brought to El Dorado County by the Quilters’ Sew-Ciety of Redding. Crafted to commemorate the 150th anniversary of the California State Parks, these 56 Art Quilts celebrate the parks’ incredible beauty and diversity. The State Park Quilt Show is also sponsored […]

A way with words win the day

El Dorado County students took to the stage at Imagination Theater to recite poems during the Poetry Out Loud finals on Tuesday, Feb. 10. Poetry Out Loud is sponsored by the El Dorado Arts Council, California Arts Council, California Poets in the Schools, the Poetry Foundation and the National Endowment for the Arts Each student […]

Poetry Out Loud season has arrived

The scent of poems is in the wind. This year, seven El Dorado high school programs are participating in El Dorado County’s sixth Poetry Out Loud season. During January hundreds of students are feverishly memorizing and reciting their poems, hoping to perfect their performances before school competitions, scheduled to take place in late January and […]

Veterans’ Voices presents workshop

The El Dorado Arts Council, in partnership with churches and veterans service organizations, is excited to announce that Veterans’ Voices II, the second in a series of ongoing writing workshops for foothill and El Dorado County veterans, will begin on Thursday, Feb. 5. The workshops are an opportunity for all veterans, especially those returning from […]

Art show at Fausel House

El Dorado Arts Council presents Focal Point, a photography and 3-D juried art show through March 3. Participating artists include Agi Gillespie, Anca Statescu, Anton Nemeth, Ashley Pfister, Betty Sederquist, Cindy Stephens, Jennifer Lotery, Ken Mahar, Paul Cockrell and Terri Crisp. Artist Cockrell received the Best in Show award for the photography category with his […]

Arts Council celebrates move with open house

After five years at 459 Main St. in Placerville, the El Dorado Arts Council has packed up ArtSpace and moved across town to 772 Pacific St. — the Fausel House — one of the most fetching buildings in downtown Placerville. Before its 2007 renovation, the Fausel House was Placerville’s oldest residential building, built by Frederick […]

Apassionato offers a toast to the arts

Tickets are now on sale for El Dorado Arts Council’s Apassionato — a Toast to the Arts on Saturday, Sept.27. Tickets are $50 per person. This includes a wine and champagne reception, Farm to Fork hor d’oeuvres by Table Nectar, and don’t forget those dancing shoes as live entertainment will be presented by the swinging […]

EDAC and Faith Episcopal launch Veterans’ Voices

The El Dorado Arts Council in partnership with Faith Episcopal Church is launching Veterans’ Voices-a series of writing workshops designed to help El Dorado County veterans heal through writing. Concerned about the escalating rates of suicide and PTSD for returning combat vets, Father Sean Cox, rector of Faith Episcopal Church and chaplain for the U.S. […]

Apassionato—A toast to the arts

The El Dorado Arts Council will host its annual fundraising event  Apassionato — A Toast to the Arts 5:30-8 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 27, at the Manzanita Kitchen in Diamond Springs. Tickets are $50 per person and all proceeds will go toward funding community art programs as well as funding arts in education. Ticket price includes a wine and […]

Art goes wild on Main

El Dorado Arts Council, in partnership with the Placerville Downtown Association, will celebrate May-Be Something Wild!, a deliciously feral event funded in part by the California Arts Council and the National Endowment for the Arts on Third Saturday Art Walk, May 17 in Placerville. May-Be Something Wild! commemorates the 50th anniversary of the Wilderness Act […]

An affair to remember

What: El Dorado Hills Art and Wine Affaire Who: El Dorado Hills Optimist Club, El Dorado Hills Chamber of Commerce and El Dorado Arts Council Where: El Dorado Hills Town Center When: Saturday and Sunday, May 10 and 11 from 11 a.m.-5 p.m. each day Cost: No admission, fee for wine and beer tasting Information:   A spectacular display of […]

Say it out loud

For the second year in a row, Connor Ricketts, a sophomore at Charter University Prep in El Dorado, garnered first place honors at the El Dorado County Poetry Out Loud competition held at Imagination Theater in February. Ricketts, with his inspired performances of Matthew Arnold’s classic poem “Dover Beach” and Delmore Schwartz’s “The True Blue […]

Students to recite Poetry Out Loud for championship

The year 2014 marks the five-year anniversary of “Poetry Out Loud” in El Dorado County. High school students from across the county are among thousands of students state-wide who will be interpreting, memorizing and performing classical poetry for this nationally renowned competition run by the California Arts Council in partnership with the Poetry Foundation and […]

Ramsay Wood will tell stories

During Third Saturday Art Walk, Dec. 21, the El Dorado Arts Council and the Folklore Lounge are excited to co-host a reading by Ramsay Wood, author, photojournalist and founding member of the College of Storytellers. Wood will be reading from his two volumes of fables: “Kalila and Dimna: Fables of Friendship and Betrayal”and “Kalila and […]

Time to passionately support the arts

What: Apassionato For the Arts Who: El Dorado Arts Council Where: Serrano Country Club, 5005 Serrano Parkway in El Dorado Hills When: Saturday, Oct. 26 at 6 p.m. Cost: $100 per person Information: 530-295-3496 or   The El Dorado Arts Council’s signature event, Apassionato For the Arts will be held Saturday, Oct. 26 at Serrano Country Club, 5005 Serrano […]

Artist and author to sign books

El Dorado Arts Council ArtSpace, 459 Main St. in Placerville, is presenting internationally-known master artist Anita Wolff and award-winning author Suzanne Blaney from 3 to 5 p.m. Saturday Sept. 7. Together they will be autographing the award-winning “Adventure in Color — the Impressionism of Anita Wolff.” For more than 55 years, Wolff — a longtime resident […]

Region’s first Arts Day of Giving

More than 70 of the region’s arts organizations are participating in the first 24-hour online giving challenge for the arts on Monday, April 29 called Arts Day of Giving. As part of this effort, from 4:29 a.m. on April 29 to 4:29 a.m. on April 30, participating arts organizations will encourage residents to donate to […]

Poempalöoza celebrates the spoken word

Poempalöoza — a series of audacious poem events It is time to get your poem on. April is National Poetry Month and the El Dorado Arts Council is joining cities, libraries, schools and communities across the country as it engages in poetry revels large and small. Established by the Academy of American Poets in 1996, this […]

Poetry Out Loud winners stir emotions

On the evening of Feb. 7 at the Imagination Theater, Charter University Prep freshman Connor Ricketts dazzled the audience and judges alike with his poem performances for the El Dorado Arts Council’s fourth Poetry Out Loud County Competition. Ricketts’ clear, powerful recitations of “War Ballad” by Stanley Moss and “Cartoon Physics, part 1” by Nick […]

When poets speak, people listen

El Dorado Arts Council launches fourth season This winter El Dorado County high school students are among thousands across the state interpreting, memorizing and performing classical poetry for Poetry Out Loud, a competition run by the California Arts Council and launched by the Poetry Foundation and the National Endowment for the Arts. At stake are […]

EDAC needs poetry judges

The El Dorado Arts Council is seeking out volunteer judges and tabulators for its Poetry Out Loud program. This is the arts council’s fourth year sponsoring this thrilling, nationwide high school poetry competition. Each spring 53 high school state champions gather in Washington, D.C. to compete in the Poetry Out Loud National Finals. Last May, […]

Arts Incubator seeks new owner for big event

A premier event of the El Dorado Arts Council, Coloma Blues Live! has generated measurable funding for arts programs throughout El Dorado County. Now, there’s an opportunity for another business or organization to benefit from a seven-year track record. “Coloma Blues Live! has received the full force of the arts council’s dedication for seven years. […]

Support the arts

Apassionato means passion. It is also the name for a new event set for Saturday, Oct. 27 from 6 to 10 p.m. at Serrano Country Club in El Dorado Hills. Sponsored by the El Dorado Arts Council and open to the public, the signature event includes a reception, dinner and live auction. Guest will bid […]

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