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Xmas hours 2015

Special Christmas Hours for Frustration Free Shopping

Frustrated at finding the gallery closed when you stop by? That won't happen during the two weeks before Christmas this year. Members are pulling double duty to keep the door open from 10 AM to 5 PM beginning Friday, December 11, through Christmas Eve. And that will be in addition to our regular winter hours of 10-5, Friday through Sunday. And if you've ever been frustrated just trying to get our vintage door latch to let you in, we've hopefully cured that with a few squirts of lubricant. So no excuses - stop by for a hot drink and a treat to keep your shopping energy up. And, speaking of goodies how about an evening of ...

Music, Munchies, and Marvelous Art

With what is becoming an annual event, Art On the Divide Cooperative Gallery will once again help Georgetown celebrate the opening of the Christmas Season with our special evening of “Music, Munchies and Marvelous Art.  To coincide with the lighting of the Georgetown Christmas tree, the gallery will be open the evening of Saturday, December 5th. Weather permitting, the gallery will be open until 7:00 p.m. providing hot drinks and homemade munchies. Between 3 and 5 p.m. local musician, Mary Beth Dowd, will be playing holiday music. Stop in before or after the lighting of the Georgetown Christmas tree to warm up, get into the holiday spirit, and of course enjoy our marvelous art.   


Shop Locally - and leave more $$ in El Dorado County

Shop Local

Your art gallery has been featured in the "Buy Local First" flyer prepared by El Dorado County. You can use the link below to view the flyer and learn the reasons for shopping locally. But the best reason, of course, is to support this "Gem of the Divide", and its member artists.

Click here for the "Buy Local First" flyer

oil painting by Patricia McKinney

Oil by Patricia McKinney


Our star (pun intended) stained glass artist Terry Green will be conducting a stained glass class on Dec. 2nd  from 1-4 inside the AODC Gallery. 

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Music, Munchies, and More!!!

With what is becoming an annual event, Art On the Divide Cooperative Gallery will once again help Georgetown celebrate the opening of the Christmas Season on December 5th with “Music, Munchies and Marvelous Art".
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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, 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.

A Bit of History

The 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 webs 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.

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. 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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Do you love creating your own art? We encourage artists in all mediums who want to grow their work while supporting their Georgetown Divide community to consider becoming part of our cooperative. 
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Into the Garden
Into the Gallery Garden

Hours and Location

Gallery hours:
September thru May:: Friday - Sunday, 10 - 5
June thru August: Thursday - Sunday, 10 - 6

Special November Hours:
Throughout the run of Visions of the Harvest, closing on November 15, the gallery will be open daily from 11 to 4 Monday through Thursday,and 10 to 5 Friday through Sunday.

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
El Dorado Arts Council
Divide Chamber of Commerce
Coloma Lotus Chamber of Commerce

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