About the MLAA
The Mother Lode Art Association is a nonprofit organization founded in 1951 to promote the arts and appreciation of the arts in our community. Meetings are held at 1:00 pm on the third Monday of each month except July, August and December. in the Community Room in the Main Library at 480 Greenley Road, Sonora, CA 95370. We sponsor a Juried Art Show each year and our Plein Air Group meets weekly, weather permitting. In 2008, the MLAA founded the Aloft Art Gallery to provide members with a venue to show their work. The Gallery, located at 105 S. Washington Street in downtown Sonora, is member-run.
To contact anyone on the Board or a committee chair, click here. Your message will be directed to the recipient. Our mailing address is: MOTHER LODE ART ASSOCIATION. P.O. Box 5140, Sonora, CA 95370
Event Planner-Intern Volunteer Position Available
Mother Lode Art Association of Sonora, CA is looking for a Junior Co-Chair to assist in the set-up and running of the annual MLAA 68th Juried Art Show in 2023. The MLAA is a non-profit, all volunteer organization of artists whose goal is to support an appreciation of the fine arts in the community.
The 2022 annual art show exhibited over 300 pieces of painting and sculpture from local artists.
Qualifications would include a current field of study related to art and/ or a desire to get involved in the art world. THERE IS NO SUBSTITUTE FOR EXPERIENCE. Click on the link below to download an application!
MLAA Members' Art Show in the Library
Go to the Main County Library at 480 Greenley Street, in Sonora, to see paintings by 13 MLAA artists. The "Fall Colors" show will hang from August 3 to October 31. All works are for sale and contact information for the artist is on the wall tag by each painting. The Main Library is one of the venues where MLAA members who are not members of the Aloft Gallery can show their art free of charge. For more pix, and information on our member venues, go HERE to the Venues page.
This show was organized and installed by Venues Chair Susan Kendall, with assistance from Linda Happel and Maureen and Malcolm Carden. Diana Boegel, Judie Cain, Maureen Carden, Bill David, Pat Gray, Linda Happel, Shelley Keith, Susan Kendall, Renee Lambert, Nancy Palmie, Christie Popavich, Monika Stattner and Barbara Young are the participating artists.
CALL FOR 3 D ARTIST TO ADVISE WOMEN VETERANS' MEMORIAL COMMITTEE
We are in need of a 3 D Artist to volunteer some time to assist in the design of the Tuolumne County Women Veterans' Memorial in Twain Harte. For details, contact Project Manager, Frank Smart at 209 559 1908 or John Sharum at 925 588 1417. This project is supported by local Women Veterans, the Tuolumne County Board of Supervisors, the Twain Harte Chamber of Commerce and the Mother Lode Art Association. If you would like to contribute to this exciting public work, please give Frank or John a call.
This project offers a unique opportunity for local artists! For complete information, click on the link below to download a packet including design criteria and a site map.
What's Up in the Member Venues?
MLAA sponsors venues where members can display their art, free of charge, including a panel in the prestigious Aloft Gallery. Go HERE to see who's showing! Find out how to sign up to show your work.
Go to our online Members' Gallery for examples of members' current work. Submit your own work!
Go to Members' Gallery to see more examples of members' artwork, including more by Bill David. Email your submissions to: firstname.lastname@example.org .
Left: "Sea, Sky, Tree, Light Burning Away the Darkness". Multimedia, news" work by MLAA member Bill David.
Accepting New Members!
Go here to download and print a membership form. Bring your checkbook to the next meeting or mail payment to: MOTHER LODE ART ASSOCIATION. P.O. Box 5140, Sonora, CA 95370
Date: Monday, October 17, 2022
Time: 1:00 pm
Place: Tuolumne Co. Main Library, 480 Greenley Rd, Sonora
Our demos begin at 1:30 following the General Meeting and are free to all.
Presenter for October to be announced.
Our presenter in September was mixed media artist Marilyn Zinner. Participants had the chance to create a mixed media piece of their own! See some photos below.
Go HERE for more information about Marilyn and her art.
PLEIN AIR PAINTING
Join our Plein Air group for opportunities to discover outdoor painting in Tuolumne County! Go here for more information. See some of our members' plein air work and post your own! Members receive an email notification ahead of planned events.
This year's unrelenting heat in the Mother Lode has put a temporary stop to our regular Thursday plein air excursions. If it looks like we might catch a break, we'll plan something and let you know! We'll be back in full swing soon. Meantime, check out the MLAA's current show in the main County library. There are lots of examples of work by our plein air painters!