About Us

Last updated: 2/25/2023

Arts of Bear Valley (AOBV) is an association of practicing artists and friends devoted to developing and promoting the visual arts in our mountain community.

AOBV was founded in 1990 in Bear Valley. While the association was centered in Bear Valley during its early years it has expanded to include artists living in Calaveras and surrounding counties. Approximately 30 artists are currently members of AOBV. Our artists include painters who specialize in oils and watercolors, photographers and ceramics artists.

Artist Members display their art at two art shows each year. One show is conducted at Bear Valley for two weeks during the Bear Valley Music Festival. The other show is conducted at Big Trees State Park. These shows are managed and operated by AOBV members. Please take a look at our Events tab for the scheduled dates for these shows this year.

AOBV organizes and conducts several programs each year to promote art for children in the effort to increase their appreciation and participation. Such programs are conducted, at a minimum, at the annual shows at Bear Valley and Big Trees State Park.

AOBV members, along with members of Golden Palette Art Association, and the Calaveras County Arts Council, donate their time to set up and run the professional artist exhibit at the Calaveras County Fair.

There are two levels of membership within AOBV. Artist Members are members who display their work in the art shows. Friends are members who support the association but do not display in the shows.

For more details about membership, please contact our Membership Chairperson Carol Goff;

Phone: (209) 728-8352
Email: carolspaintings80@gmail.com

or write to:

Arts of Bear Valley
c/o Carol Goff
P.O. Box 2205
Arnold, CA 95223-2205

Mission Statement

Arts of Bear Valley is an association devoted to developing and promoting the visual arts for the benefit of its members and the community with art shows, educational opportunities, children’s programs and other activities intended to encourage and support the creation of and the appreciation of fine art.