Mother Lode Art Association Hosts 67th Annual Exhibit During Tuolumne County Art Week | News

Nearly 200 works of art were on display at the Mother Lode Art Association’s 67th Annual Fine Arts Show at Sonora Opera Hall on South Washington Street.

The show, which ran from April 8 through Thursday, coincided with Tuolumne County Art Week which will continue through Saturday. It was also the first time the association was able to hold the event since 2019 due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

“There was a lot of pent up interest because there was no show in 2020 or 2021,” said association president John Sharum.

Although the show had taken place in October in previous years, Sharum said the association had secured an earlier timeslot at the Opera Hall and “the schools liked it, especially because it combined with Art Week, the second week of April”.

Fifty students from Sonora and Summerville and 28 participants from the WATCH Art Guild presented works in the exhibition.

The exhibition featured works of art in acrylic and oil, watercolour, mixed media and graphics, three-dimensional wooden and ceramic objects, pastels and photography.

Regular arts association meetings will resume at the library on April 18 after a two-year hiatus due to COVID.

This is the second year that the Tuolumne County Visitors Bureau has hosted Local Art Week, which was created to promote and celebrate the many local artists in the community.

Andrew B. Reiter