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Deep Blue Lead: An Exhibition of Contemporary and Historic Photographs, and Vintage Maps and Charts at El Dorado Arts Council
June 9 through August 27, 2017

Categorized as: Art & Galleries
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Continuing its program of exhibitions that explore the treasures of El Dorado County, El Dorado Arts Council will open the next show in the series on June 9. Deep Blue Lead examines the vast, ancient river forged by powerful geologic forces at work millions of years ago, a flow of water that gouged out a channel two miles wide and four miles long. The ore that was eventually deposited along the Lead was discovered during the Gold Rush; the vein runs under the lava caps that give the local winery its name, under Smith Flat House and Hangtown Creek for several miles towards the South Fork of the American River.

El Dorado Arts Council enlisted noted geologist George Wheeldon and local photographer Caitlin Thompson to combine their expertise in order to explore and document the ancient river channel. George A. Wheeldon, P.G., Emeritus Professor of Geology, is a leading expert on the Deep Blue Lead and local geology. He has been a resident in El Dorado County since the early 1960s, pursuing his childhood passion of discovery. A student, teacher, professional geologist and all-around curiosity seeker, he has amassed an enormous bank of knowledge which he brings to this venture.

Local photographer and artist Caitlin Thompson has lived in El Dorado County for nearly ten years and spends much of her spare time exploring and photographing the unique landscapes of the county.

Included in the exhibition are vintage and contemporary photographic images, charts, and maps, as well as geologic samples. A full-color catalogue to accompany the exhibition will be free to visitors and contains an essay by Professor Wheeldon, who will give a talk on the geology of the Deep Blue Lead on Thursday, July 13, at 6:30 pm at the Fausel House. The exhibition and public events were made possible in part by the National Endowment for the Arts, the County of El Dorado, and El Dorado Community Foundation.

Gallery Reception: Thursday, June 15, 6:00 - 8:00 pm

Geology talk by George Wheeldon: Thursday, July 13 at 6:30 pm.

If you would like more information about this, please contact Andrew Vonderschmitt at 530-295-3496 or email at andrew@eldoradoartscouncil.org.

Mon - Fri 10 am – 5 pm, Sat-Sun 11 am – 4 pm

Fausel House Gallery

772 Pacific Street, Placerville

eldoradoartscouncil.org – 530.295.3496

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