MOUNTAIN AREA — ‘Tis the season for readers to join in celebrating twelve local organizations and nonprofits, and the people behind them, making a difference in our communities. For our fourth such close-up, we look at Yosemite Western Artists.
Day #4 Yosemite Western Artists
- What is it? YWA is association of artists and art patrons working in all disciplines, dedicated to promoting the visual arts in the Yosemite foothills since 1969. Since then, the group has been offering art workshops, demos and social gatherings for painters and photographers. They encourage “the practice of craft” to enhance the enjoyment and skill of artists of all mediums.
- Who’s behind it? The organization elects officers annually. Sandee Scott is the current president and Gina Mims is vice-president. For a complete list of current officers and committee chairs, check out the website.
- Website. www.yosemitewesternartists.com
- Why we love it. Operating out of historic Gertrude School on Highway 49 in Ahwahnee, Yosemite Western Artists offer a wealth of workshops from photography and live model sessions, to monthly meetings with demonstrations, a portrait show, and other events throughout the year. The group is welcoming and friendly, and reminds interested people that loads of experience is not a requirement for membership, nor should a novice hesitate to stop by and get encouraged, empowered, inspired and involved.