Creative Artists From The El Dorado Adventure Loop

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A Call to Artists
for the 4th Annual Invitational Art Show—All Things Wild

Art On the Divide Cooperative Gallery invites local and regional artists to submit their artwork for the 4th Annual Invitational Art Exhibit, titled “All Things Wild” that will take place in September, 2017. This theme is open to your interpretation and therefore promises to be a very interesting show.

A committee of artists from the gallery will jury in the pieces. A “People’s Choice” award will be recognized by a ribbon at the end of the show. Click here if you want to submit a piece.  You can find more information and entry form online at  or contact or (530)333–2787

DFAHS Member Drive

Art on the Divide Gallery (AODC)  hosts workshops, artist receptions, and provides a place for visitors and the community to enjoy art. In addition, both Divide Friends of the Arts and Historical Society (DFAHS) and the AODC maintain the public historic rose garden, directly behind the gallery. DFAHS is currently welcome new members. Click Here if you are interested in becoming a member. 

June Garden Party at AODC Gallery

screen-shot-2017-05-22-at-9-52-19-am screen-shot-2017-05-22-at-9-52-08-amArt On the Divide Cooperative Gallery in Georgetown celebrates the beginning of its eighth year with our “Annual Garden Party” on Sunday June 11th, from 1 to 5 p.m.  Our member artists wish to extend a big thank you to all our customers and supporters, and invite everyone to the gallery’s biggest event of the year.  Take a break and visit the historic rose garden for lots of food and drinks, while enjoying musical entertainment provided by local musicians.

The gallery is located at 6295 Main Street, between the fire station and the American River Inn.  Our summer hours are Friday through Sunday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Thursdays 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.  For more information, call 333-2787 or visit the website at

AODC Gallery has an exciting lineup for the rest of 2017

June…AODC annual Garden Party and Anniversary, celebrating the start of our 7th year.  Mark your calendar for June 11, 2017.

July…Danalee Mahrie, our newest ceramic artist, will be featured for the month.  Reception date to be posted at a later date.

August…”Hot August Art”.    Hmmm…could be interesting art.

September…Our 4th Invitational Art Show, “All Things Wild”.

October…”Fall into Art” and also “Breast Cancer Awareness Month”.  Fall themed art will have special tags that will help to bring awareness to the fight against Breast Cancer.

November…”Dia de los Muertos” (Day of the Dead).   Also watch for holiday workshops, TBD during this month.

December…AODC celebrates the Holiday along with the rest of the Divide.  Watch for a repeat of “Music, Munchies and Marvelous Art”.

Additional information will be posted and updated regularly. 

We are also taking requests for possible workshops in 2017.  Suggestions to date:  More Stained Glass, jewelry, painting, textiles, and mask-making.  Stop in and let us know what you would like.

Interested in History or Art?

server415.webhostingpadIf your answer to either of these questions is yes, you might want to join the The Divide Friends of the Arts and Historical Society (DFAHS).   This Georgetown organization is presently having its yearly membership drive, and information on how to join (with a tax deductible donation) can be found on AODC’s website,

The officers of DFAHS invite all who may be interested to the next general meeting which will take place April 12th at 2:30 in the Art On the Divide Gallery, 6295 Main Street, Georgetown.   This will be a short meeting, no longer than 30 minutes, and will precede AODC’s regular monthly meeting.  Business to be conducted will include nomination and election of officers for the next year and discussion/decisions regarding the continued vision for DFAHS.      

DFAHS  plays an important part in the Divide community.   This nonprofit organization donates scholarships each year to graduating seniors who are interested in the arts, and has published the Georgetown Historical Walking Tour booklet.  DFAHS gave a grant to the Art On The Divide Cooperative five years ago that helped finance the beginning of the gallery and then two years ago took the AODC Gallery under their non-profit umbrella, allowing the gallery to qualify for grants.  These grants have helped the Gallery become successful in achieving its goal of supporting the arts on the Georgetown Divide though workshops and artist receptions, hosting juried invitational shows, displaying student work, awarding student scholarships and improving the gallery’s historical rose garden. 

Divide Friends of the Arts and Historical Society looks forward to welcoming new members who can help move the organization forward in the coming years.  Please look on the gallery website for information on how to join, come to the meeting on the 12th, or stop by AODC Gallery for more information.      

About Art on the Divide Cooperative Gallery

Gallery-Event-Oct-2012Photo by Stacy PedriDiscover a cozy gallery in a historic brick building on a tree-lined street, richly filled with the work of member artists. Art on the Divide Gallery is a cooperative, whose members share the work of running and staffing the gallery. When you stop by you will be greeted by an artist whose work is on display, and is also knowledgeable about the work of the other artists in the cooperative. The gallery is located in historic Georgetown, which is a lovely and quiet foothill drive of about 30 minutes from either Auburn or Placerville.
Once inside you will experience a spacious wood-paneled, brick- walled studio with high ceilings. In addition to track lights, lighting is provided by two bay windows and hanging lanterns that provide a warm, glowing ambiance. Two passageways filled with art lead to a rose garden used for workshops and social functions.

Fifteen to twenty local artists contribute their work, including gourds, pottery, glassware, photography, watercolors, oils, pastels, sculptures, stained glass, jewelry,wood art, and greeting cards. Most members live on the Georgetown Divide, in the small towns between the Middle and South Forks of the American River. This small but vital group has been providing local artists and students with a venue to display their work, as well as offering workshops, demonstrations, and art classes to students at the gallery and the Georgetown library.

History of Art on the Divide

Gallery-EntranceThe gallery was born thanks to a concept of Jan Rose, who worked to involve a core group of artists in the project. The energy and resources of that group provided the tipping point enabling the doors to open officially on a sunny day in July, 2010. More than 200 visitors enjoyed music by local musicians, food and beverages, and door prizes and the work of our local artists. The guests were also impressed with the charm of the wooden floors, bow-front windows and brick walls of the old building combined with new track lighting and handsome wooden pedestals crafted by Golden Sierra High School Regional Occupation Program students under the direction of the teacher Larry Hieberger.

Unbeknownst to visitors on that July day, they were in what had once been the second floor of the 19th century building. Down below in a dark and spooky basement, which had been the first floor, were the spider web covered original iron front doors. Those doors once opened to the street, but were blocked sometime in the gold mining days by an embankment. The embankment had been placed, according to local historians, to prevent the whole town being leveled in the event mining explosives once stored in the building went off. Unconcerned about long gone explosives, visitors wandered outside to the rear of the building where they enjoyed the historic rose garden, planted by Michael Lengylen to honor his mother, Teresa Lengyel, who was the original librarian in the 19th century brick building that now houses the gallery.

What those casual attendees could not have been aware of was the time and energy expended by that initial core group that made that opening day possible. Jan Rose had to move on to other things in life, but Susan Polstra agreed to a partnership with Andrea Dodson to get the business part in order, Nettie Fox acted as Secretary, and huge amounts of energy and time were put in by Kristi Kolln, Penny Scribner, Jodi Reed, Doris Gorin, Kay de Lange, Chris McClellan, and Criss Raintree, not to mention associated husbands. A total of eighteen original coop members also paid initiation fees and monthly dues, and shared the work of staffing the gallery, keeping the books, the records and all the myriad chores of running an establishment.

Contributions from benefactors with an interest in supporting the arts were also an essential ingredient and some of those who helped significantly in the early days were Jan Rose, Susan Flynn, Betsy Aufdenkamp, Kathy Martin, Tom Gilchrist, and Marvin Berman. Lacking any one of these pieces of the puzzle would have meant that the gallery would never have happened, and one of the corner pieces of that puzzle was provided by the Divide Friends of the Arts and Historical Society (DFAHS), and its Treasurer, Jackie Morgan. DFAHS provided sponsorship for a $1,500 grant from the El Dorado Arts Council. That grant covered the paint, cabinets, lighting, etc. needed to get the doors open and provided the necessary financial cushion should membership fees slacken. Jerry Scribner did all the original legal work to put together the original partnership and without Susan Polstra and Andrea Dodson willing to shoulder the responsibility of such an arrangement it never would have happened.

Art on the Divide Merges with Divide Friends of the Arts and Historical Society

So it is very suitable, given that earlier association, that now the AODC has obtained full non-profit status under the wing of Divide Friends of the Arts (DFAHS). This relationship is additionally appropriate inasmuch as the goal of DFAHS is to promote the arts and history of the Georgetown area. DFAHS provides annual scholarships to graduates of Golden Sierra High School who plan to pursue a college major or minor in arts or history. Funds for the scholarship come from a fall sale of daffodil bulbs. Many of the daffodil bulbs donated to DFAHS are planted by them to brighten the hills and byways of the Divide. Long range plans of DFAHS include raising funds to grow an existing savings account to the point where a museum can be built in the park which now includes the stamp mill.

Art on the Divide Gallery Cooperative is grateful to many benefactors, who have been key in maintaining the presence of AODC on the Divide. Current donors are Alan Johnston, Jan Rose, Betsy Aufdenkamp, and Penny Scribner. Benefactors are recognized by a plaque in the gallery, and of course by annual tax documents. The cozy Gallery is at 6295 Main Street, between the fire station and the American River Inn. AODC welcomes inquiries from those interested in membership or becoming a benefactor. For more information, call 333-2787(ARTS).

Gallery members are very active in refreshing the art display, as well as encouraging and promoting participation in the arts in the local community. Please check their upcoming events.

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  1. Cathy Keil
    April 8th

    Hi Fellow Artists ~
    I’m a member of Placerville Arts Assoc. and received word about your “All Things Wild” art show in September. I am very interested in submitting a couple of sculpture pieces for this show. Please add me to your list when you put out your “Call to Artists”. Thank you ~ Cathy Keil

    • Kaley Basham
      April 17th

      Hi Cathy, wonderful! I’ll be sure to get this message to the Art on the Divide Cooperative Gallery!

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