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In search of Art, start with the new gallery in town. Opened less than a year, the White Wolf Gallery is popular with artists and art aficionados for their ever rotating selection of pieces from photographs to sculptures and nature oils with homemade frames that are as much about the piece as the picture itself. They carry works from every price range from under-a-$1 postcards to sculptures in the 4 figures. In season White Wolf Gallery is open later on the weekends providing a great pre-dinner activity for those staying the night. You can contact the gallery at 209.962.0342.
Mountain Sage, on the west side of town, is not only the home gallery for owner-artist, Rob Hirsch and his brilliant photographs, but the business itself is a work of art. Rob, with his wife Regina, has dedicated five years to creating a setting that is a rightfully a destination; from the eclectic Hammock Garden to the natural outdoor amphitheater, the map room, crafts center, book nook, free WiFi access, organic coffee impromptu sing-a-longs, movie marathons and so much more. One can quickly lose themselves nestled here with visions of Rob's photographs, a few daydreams and a Frisbee. 209.962.4686.
The Sierra Professional Artists have long held their annual show at the Groveland Hotel, now scheduled for the Sunday of 4th of July weekend. The garden space provided by the Groveland Hotel is a perfect setting for the many pieces you will find on display and for sale. Funds from the art raffles benefit the local school's art programs. The Groveland Hotel provides a warm setting for lunch, art, music and wine in the garden. 209.962.4000.
The permanent gallery for the Sierra Professional Artists is at the Charlotte. The monthly rotation in the front lobbies of works by various member artists of the Sierra Professional Artist has yielded some lovely original watercolors, oils and collage pieces.
SPA just installed a show in Yosemite Bank that rotates every 4 months. Stop in on your way to Yosemite and see the great talents of our local artists.
Expanding on Art in Groveland with the backing of the Yosemite Chamber of Commerce, we orchestrated the first Groveland Art Stroll (GAS). This event was held on the Sunday of 4th of July weekend and matched local artists with retailers and with a good marketing blitz, got folks out and about mingling, browsing and buying. The event was given 5 stars by participating retailers, artists and participants. In 2006 the program was expanded to include all the Sundays of the big holiday weekends: Memorial Day, 4th of July and Labor Day. For the 2007 season this tradition continues on the Sundays of May 27th, July 1st and September 2nd. With White Wolf Gallery, in their unique position of drawing on a broader field of artists, visitors can expect more artists, bigger canopies & tents, refreshments and specials from local restaurants and retailer discounts. Interested artists, crafts persons, jewelers, sculptors and retailers are encouraged to get involved.
As long as one is on an Art tour, make a cap off your trip with a stop at the Yosemite Museum and Gallery. Free Ansel Adams walking photography tour led by Park Rangers is another grand activity, hands on!