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Garden Landscaping Under Way

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AODC member David Blonsky (center) gets muddy along with a California Conservation Corps crew while organizing and directing our garden landscaping project. The project is funded with a grant through the El Dorado County Cultural and Community Development Program. We are also grateful for a the generous donation of gravel by Boyd of Bear Creek Quarry, and the labor of the CCC youngsters.

Over the weekend of September 27th and 28th the hardscape areas were staked and excavated, gravel placed and leveled, and pavers placed. Fortunately Sunday's rain held off until almost all of the potential mud pits were paved over.

The project improves on the utility of our historic rose garden by providing paved pathways and patio areas for workshops, monthly featured artist openings, our annual garden party, and other outdoor events.


About Art on the Divide Cooperative Gallery

Discover 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, glass mosaics, jewelry 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.

A Bit of History

The gallery was born three years ago 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.

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 Sebastian 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.

AODC 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. September hours will be 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Friday through Sunday. 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 our upcoming events .

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SPECIAL EVENTS

Visions of the West

Our October invitational show presents artistic work reflecting Western and Native American way of life - October 3 through October 26
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Artist's Reception

Please come to the gallery to meet artists and enjoy their entries in our October show, Visions of the West.
Sunday, October 12th, from 2 to 4PM

AODC Gallery Partners with Cowboy Gathering

Our show, “Visions of the West”, is presented in association with the first Cowboy Gathering on the Georgetown Divide
Saturday and Sunday, October 18th and 19th
www.cowboygathering.org 

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Hours and Location

Gallery hours (winter):
Friday through Sunday: 10 am – 5 pm

Art on the Divide Gallery
6295 Main Street
Georgetown, California 95634
530.333.2787 (ARTS)

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Art On the Divide Cooperative Gallery is a non-profit organization, funded in part by a grant from El Dorado County's Cultural and Community Development Program.
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Art on the Divide Cooperative Gallery is associated with the following organizations:
El Dorado County Chamber of Commerce
Divide Chamber of Commerce
Coloma Lotus Chamber of Commerce

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