Enrich your summer with art and attend the 46th annual National Mother Lode Art Exhibition which opens Sunday, Aug. 12 at the Placerville Shakespeare Club, 2940 Bedford Lane in Placerville.
The show runs through Sunday, Aug. 26 at the spacious Placerville landmark close to Main Street.
The Placerville Arts Association sponsors this very prestigious show and receives entries from throughout the western United States.
The PAA members invite the community to see this exceptional show.
There will be a wide-range of art mediums, including three-dimensional, to enjoy.
Admission is free.
The exhibition is open daily from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. including Sundays. It closes at 3 p.m. the final day of the show.
Ample parking is available on Spring Street across from the club.
This year’s show judge is Randall Sexton, a California-based artist. Sexton is nationally known for the use of color and expressive brushwork in his oil paintings of “everyday” scenes.
Raised in rural Connecticut, Sexton moved to San Francisco in 1980 after completing a BFA from the University of Connecticut. The Bay Area has proven to be a good home, where he has earned a great reputation for being an educator as well as a fine artist.
In 2008, Randall was honored with the coveted “Artists’ Choice Award” in the annual Laguna Beach Plein Air Event at the Laguna Museum of Art.
He won the same award in Telluride, Col. and in Napa in 2009.
He has been featured in national journals including “American Artist,” “Southwest Art,” “Plein Air” (currently “Fine Art Connoisseur”), and is associated with a number of artists groups committed to working on environmentally sensitive projects.
The juror for this year is Manette Fairmont.
She received her BA in fine art from Principia College, Ill., and has studied abroad in England and Italy.
She has won a number of awards and has served as a fine art judge for many prestigious art exhibitions including the 2009 National Watercolor Society Exhibition.
She has exhibited her work in many museums and national exhibitions, and her work has been published in a number of fine art books published by Rockport Publishers, Kennedy Publishing and Watson Guptill.
Her paintings have been featured in “American Artist” magazine, “Watercolor,” “International Artist” and “Artist” magazine.
Fairmont is an elected signature member of the National Watercolor Society, the National Watercolor Honor Society, Watercolor West and a “master” signature member of the California Watercolor Association.
She has had solo exhibits of her work in Carmel, Cape Cod, San Francisco and her own gallery, The Fairmont Gallery in Sonoma.
During the 15 day exhibition, there will also be a variety of art-focused mini workshops. Aug. 1 was the deadline to sign up for these.
The public is invited and encouraged to participate in the People’s Choice Award selection.
Please check the Placerville Arts Association Website for additional information at placervillearts.com.