By Allen Pierleoni
Let's say you're planning a Saturday drive that will take you through, oh, El Dorado County, for instance, and you want to take in some of the arts scene. Visit an art gallery, maybe, or an artist's studio.
Your first stop could be www.theartsmap.com, a website "connecting the arts, artists and the community...making it easy to find arts sources and resources on a geographical basis."
The site's locator is on a global scale (84 countries), so you can click on "push pins" on maps from around the world. Find artists who specialize in specific media (glass, jewelry, metal, sculptures, music, performing arts), galleries, museums, public art, art schools and art-related events. Dozens of categories are listed.
We randomly clicked on a push pin in Paris and came up with "Roberta Faulhaber, painter and visual practitioner." In St. Petersburg, Russia, we found "Oleg Korolev, visionary, surrealism, fantastic realism." A quick zip over to Lima, Peru, produced "Renso Castaneda, painter."
Closer to home, in El Dorado County we found the ArtSpace Gallery in Placerville and the Sandige Fine Art Gallery in Diamond Springs. Also: "Oran Miller, printmaker and papermaker" in Placerville. And in Pollock Pines, there was "Frankie Paquin, animal artist, portraits and wildlife."
The website says, "Arts community members are invited to create markers and put themselves, their work or their organizations 'on the map.'" To do that (with some restrictions), visit www.theartsmap.com/account.php.
Call The Bee's Allen Pierleoni at (916) 321-1128.