Open Daily 10am-6pm
Paul Cockrell and Ruth Michelson opened Placerville Art Gallery in mid September, 2015. Eighteen local artists are currently showing their art at the gallery. Placerville Art Gallery is located at 352 Main St. in downtown Placerville, CA, and is just across the street from Robinson’s Pharmacy.
Paul and Ruth bought the building in July, 2015 and together designed the interior art wall and table displays. The wall displays consist of separate bays for each 2D artist, which provides a more intimate art viewing experience. A row of tables, with varying elevations, run down the center of the gallery for the 3D art. The tables and wall displays were built by Paul and his son Daniel.
Artists showing their art at Placerville Art Gallery include:
- Pam Findleton – Watercolor
- Charlie Howenstie – Stone Carving
- Lisa Marie Kindley – Canvas Giclee Prints
- Sherri Donlon – Ceramics
- Nancy Menzie – Textile Purses
- Jenny Williams – Oil Painting
- Marshall Brewer – Sculpture
- Joyce Campbell – Gourd Art
- Valerie Niergarth – Ceramic Figures
- Annette Schachner – Silver Jewelry
- Debi Ison – Sculpture, Painting, Jewelry
- Katie Caulk – Linoleum Block Prints
- Roberta Altshuler – Jewelry
- Myra Cooper Holmes – Steel Mesh Figures
- Jacque Brown – Jewelry
- Steve Walters – Watercolor
- Ruth Michelson – Jewelry
- Paul Cockrell – Photography
The building that houses Placerville Art Gallery at 352 Main Street was built in late 1856, after the July 6th 1856 Placerville fire, which nearly destroyed the town of Placerville. A good portion of the business section of the town was destroyed by three fires in 1856, which led to the construction of the Bell Tower in the center of town, as an alarm system to quickly call the volunteer fire department. 352 Main Street is the first of a series of three nearly identical buildings known as the Iron Front Buildings. 352 Main Street was built for William H, Smith and his wife, Frances P. Smith. A. A. Van Voorhies operated a Saddlery and Harness business here in 1859.