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You’ve been to Glacier Point, you’ve hiked the Mist Trail, maybe you’ve even seen a bear or bobcat on your park adventures, but have you stopped to make these experiences into art? For many Yosemite visitors, experiencing the park means pulling out a camera and snapping a photo before moving on the next scenic spot. Experiencing Yosemite through art means you meditate on your experience of being there and make a lasting creation out of your experience. And the best part? Anyone can do it.

One way to experience Yosemite through art is at a Yosemite Conservancy art workshop. Professional artists lead workshops seven days a week. Each day, Monday through Saturday, a four hour workshop meets at the Yosemite Art Center in Yosemite Valley and explores a different subject. Sometimes watercolor techniques, or silk painting, even abstract shapes. There is a special beginner’s program on Sundays. Children’s art sessions are offered twice daily (ages 6-9 and 10+) on Tuesdays and Thursdays, with family craft sessions on Friday and Saturday afternoon.

You have spent your day in the park as an artist – now what? The art continues into the evening with Yosemite Theater shows, explorations of art galleries, and more. Yosemite Theater offers performances nightly at 7pm. Popular shows include Yosemite Search and Rescue, with footage and images from real Yosemite rescues. Or learn about Yosemite’s heroes like John Muir, or hear a Buffalo Soldier’s story of patrolling the park at the turn of the century. The Mariposa Theater Alliance also promotes shows at several venues throughout Mariposa, to see what’s playing check out their website.

Mariposa boasts several art galleries in their vibrant downtown area so that you can buy an incredible art piece that will remind you of your Yosemite adventures. In Yosemite you can purchase quality art and jewelry from the Ansel Adams Gallery or the Yosemite Art Center, both located in Yosemite Village.

Also did you know Mariposa has her own symphony orchestra? Normally just available to large cities, Mariposa’s symphony brings together the best of Yosemite/Mariposa’s vast musical talent.

In the evenings, you can enjoy one of the many local restaurants and then lounge at the Arts Park to hear bands from throughout the Sierras. Learn more about special exhibits, who’s playing the green and when the symphony is taking the stage at the Mariposa Arts Council website.

 

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