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Calling All Artists!

Submit your art to the Calaveras County Arts Council 8th Annual RideandWalk4Art Fundraising Event on Sunday, March 17, 2023

Are you an artist with a passion for the outdoors ? Are your canvases inspired by the beauty of scenic walking trails and winding bike rides? We invite you to participate in an art show to celebrate the beauty of the outdoors as part of the Calaveras Arts Council annual fundraiser for art in education,be a part of RideandWalk4Art.t, an exciting event that celebrates the beauty between art and the great outdoors in the California Foothills.

Submission Guidelines:

  1. Theme: Your artwork should reflect the spirit of biking and/or hiking in the California Foothills. Whether it's capturing the vibrant hues of a sunset ride, California Poppies or the serenity of a hidden trail, let your creativity flow.

  2. Medium: We welcome submissions in various mediums, including paintings, photography, jewelry and sculptures. The more diverse, the better!

  3. Submission Deadline: Tuesday, March 12, 2024

  4. How to Submit: Visit our website, for submission details and guidelines.

What's In It For You?

  1. Exposure: Your artwork will be prominently displayed at the RideandWalk4Art Art Gallery the day of the fundraiser at the Jenny Lind Veterans Hall. We anticipate the hall will be visited by over 200 cyclists, hikers and art lovers.

  2. Sales Opportunities: All submitted artworks should be available for sale, providing you with a platform to reach potential buyers.

  3. Community Engagement: Connect with fellow artists, outdoor enthusiasts, and the local community, fostering a sense of unity through shared passions.

  4. Support a Cause: 20% of sale proceeds will go towards supporting community art initiatives. 

Event Details:

Join us as we blend the worlds of art and adventure, creating an immersive experience that showcases the beauty of the California Foothills. Let your creativity pedal and stride alongside the scenic wonders that inspire us all.

Submit your masterpiece today and be a part of RideandWalk4Art

This year, Saint Patrick’s day (Sunday, March 17) coincides with the  Calaveras County Arts Council’s 8th Annual Ride & Walk4Art. The Arts Council won’t have to decorate with shamrocks, because the rolling foothills of West Calaveras County will already be dressed in bright green grass and YELLOW POPPIES that will put you in mind of Old Ireland. And together with the Valley Springs Tri-Dam Lion’s Club, the Arts Council will be serving up traditional Chicken-in-a-Barrel for lunch. Weather permitting, you’ll get to enjoy a lunchtime concert of traditional Irish music from local fiddlers and whistle players. 

Rob Williams, unabashedly a champion of bicycling, the arts, and West Calaveras County, explained the location of the this popular event. “We want to showcase the three lakes—Pardee, Camanche, and New Hogan—in the West County,” he said. “The roads are the most popular and smooth road service cycling routes in Calaveras and Amador Counties, and the New Hogan Trail is a very popular trail for residents and for people from out of town

There are three ride routes for cyclist; start at the Jenny Lind Memorial District Center and meander through the open countryside and wide-open grasslands of the foothills. The short ride—30 miles—takes you through Campo Seco and past Camanche Lake, and the long ride 45 miles—takes you past the newly reopened Buena Vista Cultural Center outside of Ione, then skirts Pardee. The ride will be supervised by the Calaveras Amateur Radio Club and local Motherlode Bicycle Coalition Club members.

Returning this year, is the popular Bike and Walk Art Show featuring local artist paintings, photographs and gifts.

But don’t think that this RideandWalk4Art is a race. You can take a leisurely pedal if you like, which might be the best way to experience this ride, so that you can immerse yourself in the gorgeous landscape. And if you’re not a bicyclist, you can always enjoy the easy 4-mile out-and-back walk along New Hogan Reservoir. According to Williams, “Local and regional hikers recognize this as being one of the best hiking trails in Northern California. It’s not a run, it’s not a triathlon. It’s a leisurely walk.”

This annual event is a fundraiser for Arts in Education, a project of the Calaveras County Arts Council. The proceeds from the entry fee will go towards supporting the arts in Calaveras County Schools. According to Executive Director Kathy Mazzaferro, “Ride & Walk4Art celebrates the beauty of living in the foothills while supporting the importance of the arts for our local schools. Every dime earned is designated for school art programs be it art in the classroom, drama, and music.”  The Council helps school administrators and teachers provide students with quality art performances in classrooms and assemblies, paint murals on school walls, teach art classes, and hire theater groups like B Street Theatre from Sacramento. 

Thanks to the success of last year’s fundraising at Ride & Walk4Art, money exists for students to experience community art experiences. Mazzaferro said, “Students will be able to put their skills to work by creating murals at both Toyon Middle School and, with the financial support of Conifer Communications, on a community wall in San Andreas.” 

The Arts Council is very glad to thank Cal-Waste Recovery Systems, the MotherLode Bike Coalition and Grocery Outlet for their support for this event.

Registration Is At

18 Mile Uphill and 18 Mile Downhill 

Riding a road bike from Camp Connell, CA to Bear Valley along the highway shoulders is an exhilarating and picturesque ride that showcases the natural beauty of the Sierra Nevada region. As you embark on this bike ride, you'll find yourself immersed in a landscape characterized by towering mountains, dense forests, and sweeping vistas.

Beginning at the Camp Connell General Store, a small mountain community surrounded by towering pines, you'll pedal along smooth Highway shoulders that wind through the Sierra’s. The crisp mountain air, blue sky, full creeks and the sound of your tires humming on the pavement create a serene ambiance as you gain momentum and head towards Bear Valley.

The Motherlode Bicycle Coalition is hosting the Bike Ride 2 Bear Valley Tour  from Camp Connell to the Bear Valley Adventure Company in Bear Valley. The ride leader is Motherlode Bicycle Coalition Special Events Director, Rob Williams.

This road bike ride tour is a fundraiser for the Arnold Rim Trail Association. 

The Arnold Rim Trail Association is holding the High Sierra Bike A Palooza in Arnold, CA on Saturday, June 17, 2023. 

Riders must register and pay a $10 entry fee. Arnold Rim Trail and Registration Information is at:

The ride start is at Camp Connell General Store, 9am Roll Out Sharp. Our Home Base is at Camp Connell General Store and our host is Dan Tulipan. Bathrooms, water and snacks provided at Ride to Bear Valley Home Base.

Three riding groups will be chaperoned by experienced cyclists; fast, taking my time and new to ride. 

There is SAG Support, snacks and water at Camp Connell and Bear Valley Adventure Company. And, after the ride we will gather back in Arnold for food, drink, and fellowship at the Bistro Espresso.

The ride is 18 miles up, taking 2 and 1/2 hours up and  18 miles downhill, 1 and 1/2 hour. NOTE: The current Highway shoulder conditions are minor sand going Eastbound and significant sand going Westbound. A Caltrans Road Maintenance Request and Appeal for shoulder sand removal has been submitted.

Local Road Cyclist David Ritchey describes the ride as “a long steady 6% climb for eleven miles, then flattens out into Bear Valley Adventure Company General Store.”

Arriving in Bear Valley, you'll have a chance to rest, replenish your energy, and reflect on the incredible journey you've undertaken. Our host is Bear Valley Adventure Company General Manager Aaron Johnson.

Riding a road bike from Camp Connell, CA to Bear Valley is not just a physical endeavor; it's an immersive experience that connects you with the natural world, challenges your limits, and rewards you with unforgettable memories of the Sierra Nevada's stunning beauty

RSVP Ride2BearValley Information

Registration Direct Link

Ride Map, Mileage and Elevation 

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