“Art Lives Here” Opens in Moke Hill

May 4, 2024 by

“Art Lives Here” Opens in Moke Hill

Another addition to downtown Mokelumne Hill is opening soon. It’s called “ART Lives Here – Studios, Gallery & Stuff.” Longtime Calaveras County artist Sue Smith has taken a break from oil painting to put together her dream project of selling quality works by local artists she knows, offering studio space, and finding an outlet for her passion of discovering unique antiques and collectibles, the “stuff” part.

Where is ART Lives Here? It’s across from Shutter Tree Park and kitty-corner from Renegade Winery & Bistro, at 8367 Center Street at Main St, Mokelumne Hill.

The Opening Party is Friday, May 17, from 2:00 to 5:00 pm. The public may drop in and enjoy the gallery and three studios.  Celebrate with refreshments and a raffle for an artwork.  Next door, Mok Hill Miscellany, operated by Sloane Dell’Orto and her son Christopher Dell’Orto Hefner, will be open featuring locally created art and crafts, custom Mok.Hill merchandise, and more. The Hotel Leger has recently reopened, and also, citizens of Moke Hill have brought back Friday Night Howl, 8:00 pm, a throwback to the Covid days when people would howl to let the rest of the town know they were still alive. Normal hours of ART Lives Here will be daily, 10 am to 5 pm.

Among the artists featured in May are popular oil painter George Durkee, formerly of Mountain Ranch, now of Tucson; Susie Hoffman of Copperopolis; Kevin Brady of Mokelumne Hill; Denise Schaad of Wilseyville; Sue Smith; and surprise artists.  Some of the stuff includes a vintage bird cage, 2 antique rocking chairs, African baskets, and beautiful planters with exotic flowers growing, to name a few. For more information about exhibiting and renting studio space, call Sue Smith at 209-286-9665.

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