October marks National Arts & Humanities Month

September 30, 2010
By BZ Smith

While we're surrounded by natural beauty, we also enjoy rich arts & cultural opportunities

Here in the Sierra Foothills we enjoy rich arts and cultural resources!  From the strong presence of the Sierra Nevada and the MeWuk People to the increasing vibe of a Nex-Gen arts presence, we have every opportunity to delve deeply into our abundant cultural life.

This October is a great time to make sure that you and your family get out to enjoy our local arts and cultural offerings.  And what a lot of offerings you’ll find!


Duende Drama

Meyer Hideout Youth Theatre

Pine Cone Players in Groveland

Sonora Children’s Theatre

Sierra Repertory Theatre

Stage 3 Theatre


Groveland Yosemite Gateway Museum

Tuolumne City Memorial Museum

Tuolumne County Museum


Columbia State Historic Park

Railtown 1897


At the Library: If you haven’t been to the Tuolumne County Library to see the new mural by Tracy Knopf, then get there THIS MONTH!  ”From Pastures to Pines” is Tuolumne County’s largest public art project ever!  This beautiful rendering of our rich natural heritage will take your breath away!  Go enjoy picking out your favorite animals as you travel our hills from morning light to moonlight.  Also at the library you can take time to visit Tuolumne County’s cherished Vietnam War Memorial with its haunting bronze relief scultpures, created by artist Gereon Rios.

At the Veterans’ Affairs Clinic and HQ: Recently dedicated is another piece of public art by veteran Gereon Rios.  This contemporary piece remembers all of our community’s war veterans, who have served throughout the 20th century and now into the 21st century.

At Sonora Union High School: Stop by the school office to ask permission to visit the library to see a piece of art history.  The school’s library is home to George Post’s Depression Era mural of Tuolumne County’s economic resources and activities.  Painted during the Great Depression, Post was employed by the PWPA to paint murals for Coit Tower.  He lived in Tuolumne County for a great deal of the time, and we are lucky that he was given an additional commission to paint this mural for our community in the 1930′s.


In downtown Sonora you’ll find a rich opportunity to peruse a variety of galleries that can help enhance your own art collection or help you select a perfect gift:

Aloft Art Gallery–On South Washington Street near the traffic light.

Backspace Boutique & Gallery–Midtown on Washington Street.

The George Post Gallery–Across the street from Backspace in Midtown on Washington Street.

New Resolution Photography--North End near the Red Church on Washington Street.

Studio B–Third floor of the Historic Bradford Building on Bradford Avenue

The Ventana Art Gallery–In the Historic Bradford Building on Bradford Avenue.



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